Short S23 C Class Empire Flying Boat G-AEUE at Karumba

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat G-AEUE Cameronian, nominally of Imperial Airways, alighting and moored on the Norman River at Karumba, Qld, c.1938. In the background of the lower photo the Aeradio buildings can just be seen behind the tail of the aircraft. The Radio Officer is securing the boat to the buoy while from the top hatch the First Officer runs up the ship's mail pennant beneath the already-flying Civil Air Ensign.

This aircraft (c/n S0847) was launched and had its first flight on 21 October 1937. It was delivered to Imperial Airways two days later on 23 October. At the time of these photos Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) and Imperials interchanged aircraft on the Australia-UK service, with QEA operating the legs from Sydney to Singapore.

G-AEUE survived the war with Imperial Airways (later BOAC) and was broken up at Hythe, UK, in January 1947.


Civil Air EnsignAeradio building

(Photos: CAHS/Ivan Hodder collection)

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