If you look out to sea just after takeoff on one of our Tiger Moth Joy Flights you may see the remaining wreckage of Queensland Airlines DC-3 VH-BBV. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Mackay early on the morning of the 14th of March 1954. Sadly both Captain  E. W. White and First Officer G. Tait were lost in the accident. The aircraft was on a freight flight and had just delivered newspapers.

Below are links to additional information on this aircraft and  photos of the remaining wreckage in 1954 and 2021.

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19540314-0

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/133788415

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/50583351

http://www.aussieairliners.org/dc-3/vh-bbv/vh-bbv.html

VH-BBV. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown. (R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-307.)

VH-BBV. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd – in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown. (R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-307). (Photo Colourised).

 

The wreckage of DC3 VH-BBV off Far Beach in Mackay just after the accident in 1954 (Photo Colourised).

 

The wreckage of DC3 VH-BBV off Far Beach in Mackay just after the accident in 1954 (Photo Colourised).

 

The wreckage of DC3 VH-BBV off Far Beach in Mackay just after the accident in 1954 (Photo Colourised).

 

 

 

Google Earth location of DC-3 VH-BBV.

 

Google Earth image of the remaining wreckage of BBV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The remaining wreckage of DC3 VH-BBV.