England-Australia, 1929.—Fit. Lt. S. James Moir and P/O. Harold C. Owen (both RAAF) on G-EBYX, a Vickers " Vellore" (460 h.p. Armstrong- Siddeley "Jaguar").

Left Brooklands March 18. Arrived Cape Don Lighthouse, N. Australia, May 26.

Moir and Owen either mistook the Cape Don lighthouse for Port Darwin, or were forced down by engine failure, and landed there in the dark on May 18th with shark-filled seas on one side and crocodile-infested lagoons on the other. They then lived at the lighthouse until they were found on May 26th.

 

 

 

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They had also had a bit of an incident in Egypt on March 23rd, making a forced landing at Mersa Matruh, about 160 miles west of Alexandria.

Here is Owen (I think) examining some broken bits, 

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and a view of the machine at a somewhat unconventional attitude. g-ebyx_in_sollum.jpg
However, "A new wing and undercarriage  were sent out to North Africa, and the machine was  transported to Cairo. On May 1 it left Cairo."

 

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