Miss Hobart was a four-engine, de Havilland 86 that left Western Junction airport at 9am with 10 people on-board, including David Warren’s 33-year-old father, Rev Hubert Warren. He was on his way to take over duties at St Thomas’ Church in Sydney. His wife was planning to follow weeks later with their two children by boat. The Miss Hobart was last heard from as it approached the Victorian coast at 10.20am, with a message received at Laverton stating: “Over Rodondo Is … all’s well.” There were signs the plane had passed over Wilson’s Promontory, but what happened next remains a mystery. RELATED: Missing black box found from doomed flight RELATED: Amazing story behind an iconic Australian invention RELATED: The Aussie invention that’s worth millions After an extensive search, the Civil Aviation Department decided the plane must have crashed into Bass Strait and there was no hope for the 12 people on-board; three women, a baby boy and eight men. No final conclusion was ever reached by the subsequent inquiry. Shortly before he left Tasmania, Rev Warren gave his son David a crystal radio set. The gift instilled in him a love of science that would eventually lead to his lifesaving… Read full this story
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