||On this day, thanks to RAAF Air Power Development Centre:
11th May 1927
Valuable photographs lost in forced landing
On this day, while returning to Victoria from the opening of Federal Parliament in Canberra two days earlier, a S.E.5a single-seat fighter (A2-11) flown by Sergeant Pilot Orme Denny crashed in rugged bushland near Tolmie, in the Mansfield area, after the engine seized. Denny’s aircraft was one of five of this type involved in the activities at the national capital, but became the sole one remaining after mishaps had put the others out of action. He carried on board the official photographs of the parliamentary opening, intended for inclusion in a presentation album for the Duke of York. After surviving collision with a peppermint tree, Denny managed to walk out of the crash site and made his way back to Melbourne by train––but without the precious photographs. Relics were recovered in 1992 by cadets of the RAAF College Engineer Training Squadron and lodged with the RAAF Museum.