ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1931

A massive air search got underway, on this day in 1931, following the disappearance of the airliner ‘Southern Cloud’. The airliner had taken off from Sydney at 8am and was expected to arrive in Melbourne at 130pm. Bad weather delayed it’s expected arrival until late in the afternoon, extra fuel was sent out to Bowser airstrip just out side of Wangaratta. The Southern Cloud was seen to circle Bowser, but it suddenly turned away in the direction of Benalla, but failed to make an emergency landing. The disappearance of the Southern Cloud remained a mystery until the wreckage was found in the Snowy Mountains after the 2nd World War, 14 years later.