Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Fokker Super Universal

A photo from a vintage publication dated June 15, 1940. On that day, at 14:00, Fokker Super Universal J-DFOH arrived in Tokyo's Haneda airport from Sapporo to celebrate the commencement of regular commercial flights between Tokyo and Sapporo by Dai Nippon Koku. For this celebrating event the J-DFOH Super Universal took off from Sapporo carrying plenty of Lilies of the Valley (suzuran in Japanese) to be handed to wounded soldiers in Tokyo's 1st and 2nd Army hospitals.

   Sapporo Lilies of the Valley

On the same day at 08:00 another Fokker Super Universal took off from Haneda loaded with Edomae Senbe (Tokyo Rice Crackers) for 200 persons to be handed at wounded soldiers at Sapporo's Tsukisamu hospital.


 Edomae Senbe

The lilies were handed by six "Air Girls", Misses Uematsu, Komuro, Yamada, Yamamoto, Mita and Kawano, three of which are featured in this photo. Note that J-DFOH has no engine cowling offering a splendid view of the Kotobuki Type 2 engine. The J- registration is most unusual but that's what the vintage publication clearly mentions.



昭和15年6月15日午後2時札幌からのスーパー(DFOH)が羽田空港に到着した。
東京と札幌の各陸軍病院での傷痍軍人を空から慰問しようと、大日本航空が
東京ー札幌飛行開始にあたって試みた慰問交換。
北の贈り物が北海道のすずらんで、第一・二両病院に。
また、この朝8時出発の下り便では既に江戸前煎餅二百人分が、南からのプレゼントとして、札幌月寒病院に届いているという。
別名、谷間の姫百合とも呼ぶ、この空の慰問花束は、早速エアガール 植松・小室・山田・山本・三田・河野の六嬢によって傷いえる日を待つ勇士の枕頭へ届けられた。

2 comments:

John in Boston said...

I just saw your post here... and I shared it with my wife, as she was born in the USA on 16 June 1940, the very next day after those flights of kindness in Japan.

And --happy coincidence-- her very favorite flower has always been the Lily of the Valley! Small, subtle, humble, and lovely.

John in Boston

Arawasi said...

Thank you John for the very nice comment. Glad our posting had more than strictly aviation meening to you.