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National Archives of Australia:

A3560, 440 Like


Aircraft crash - DH9 aircraft, serial A6-28, which crashed at the original Canberra Aerodome on 11 February 1926. The DH9 belonged to No 3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. The Accident fatally injured Flying Officer Philip Mackenzie Pitt and photographer William Edward Callander.

Date Range

January 1921–December 1935



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Zoe D'Arcy updated the location of this photograph.
November 13 2012 Reply
Rod Dunne says:
November 19 2012

This is most unlikely to be a photograph of the RAAF SE5a A2-24 that crashed during the opening of Parliament House on 9 May 1927. A photograph of the wreckage in the Canberra Times on 13 May 1927 shows an unburnt aircraft.

This is almost certainly the remains of a 3 Squadron RAAF DH9 A6-28 that crashed and burned at Canberra on 11 February 1926 killing both crew, Flg Off P.M. Pitt and AC1 W.E. Callander.

For more information see the Federal Capital Pioneer of 27 February 1926 and Archives file A705, 32/10/403

Ann Smith says:
November 28 2018

Absolutely not the crash in front of Parliament House, not with that fence running through the photograph. Time to change the caption, MOAD!

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