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07 January - Wilmot Fysh's vision lead to "QANTAS"

Unread postby Max ADU » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:36 pm

Australian Birthday Today
7th January

see video of Making of QANTAS

Sir Wilmot Hudson Fysh KBE, DFC,
born7 January 1895, Launceston, Tasmania – 6 April 1974, Paddington NSW, was an Australian aviator and businessman.

Fysh was the oldest of five siblings; Originally staying with his father, he ran away so often that eventually he was able to stay with his mother. Living in St Leonards—a suburb of Launceston—until 1914,

Rides into History
On 25 August 1914, Fysh enlisted in the Light Horse upon the start of World War Serving in the Battle of Gallipoli and Palestine Campaign as a lieutenant of the Australian Light Horse Brigade,

On July 1917, Fysh requested a transfer
from the Light Horse Brigade to the Royal Flying Corps and became an observer and gunner to Paul McGinness in the AFC.

Fysh was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross during the aftermath of the war for his services to aerial warfare.

His citation read:
For gallantry in air combat and in attacking ground objectives. On 31 August 1918 this officer, acting as Observer to Lieutenant McGuiness, . DCM, attacked and destroyed two hostile two-seater aeroplanes ... On previous occasions (23 June and 3 August 1918) this Officer has engaged in combats, resulting in the destruction of enemy aircraft as well as forcing enemy machines to land ... ...He has always shown great skill and gallantry on these and other occasions On 28 February 1919,

Post war and QANTAS beginnings
Fysh received his flying licence, graduating as a scout pilot.

At the Cloncurry Post Office, McGinness and Fysh started to make plans to build their airline service, confident in the future of commercial aviation

Earlier on, McGinness had met a grazier,
Fergus McMaster, when McMaster's car axle had broken down on a bed in Cloncurry River. McGinness fixed the car, gaining the respect of McMaster

Fysh alongside Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster formed QANTAS on 16 November 1920,

Fysh was also one of the founders of the Australian National Travel Association, now known as the Australian Tourist Commission.

Writing about his experiences in the outback in his autobiography, Fysh commented that:
We could not help being struck by the natural advantages which favoured the establishment of an air service in the district... We were convinced of the important part aircraft would eventually play in transporting mail, passengers and freight over the sparsely populated and practically roadless areas of western and northern Queensland and North Australia

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