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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Australian Salvation Army
Registration: VH-ASA
C/n / msn: DHA976/T309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cambridge Gulf, 14 miles NW of Wyndham, Western Australia -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Katherine, NT
Destination airport:Wyndham, WA
The first aircraft to carry the registration VH-ASA was this Tiger Moth, formerly RAAF A17-541. It was one of the first military aircraft to be civilianized after WW II, being thus converted in September 1945. Purchased from the RAAF for 468, it was owned at the time by the Australian Salvation Army, based at Darwin and flown by "The Flying Padre" Captain Victor Pederson.

A forced landing in the Cambridge Gulf (14 miles north-west of Wyndham) in the top end of Western Australia on 14 January 1947 caused the demise of this aircraft. To quote Capt Pederson:

"One sunset I was coming into Wyndham, a tiny township though an important port some 300 miles from Darwin, when a cyclone came over the town. I flew to the face of the storm hoping that I just might be able to reach the aerodrome - but had to turn and flee. A forced landing was made some fourteen miles north-west of Wyndham on a piece of ground covered with grass. At first it seemed that the machine was making a very smooth landing, but that was only the tops of the grass! As soon as the wheels touched the ground they tripped over a log and VH/ASA was a wreck

That forced landing makes quite a story in itself in which bush fires and crocodiles play a part. The main point was missed by the press - that tragedy was averted because I was able to distil sea water with a service water bottle and a pair of speaking tubes, and thus produce reasonable quantities of fresh water"

The lighting of a signal fire to attract attention and eventual help turned to disaster, when Spinifex grass which covered the ground enabled the fire to work its way against the wind and burn out a big area including where VH-ASA had crashed.

The pilot and sole occupant - Capt Pederson - was located three days later by a RAAF Dakota search aircraft and rescued.


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Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
24-May-2009 23:07 angels one five Updated
07-Jul-2010 02:42 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Total fatalities, Location, Narrative]
09-Mar-2012 11:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2014 01:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2014 01:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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