Last updated 26.6.17

AUSTRALIAN CIVIL AVRO ANSONS - Part 1

Compiled by Geoff Goodall

A listing of RAAF Ansons sold by post-war military disposals to become civil registered




The legendary Woods Airways flew two Ansons on passenger services between Perth Airport and Rottnest Island WA.
VH-WAB "Willem de Vlamingh" (ex RAAF MG841) seen at Rottnest on 26 December 1958.   Geoff Goodall collection


          The Royal Australian Air Force received a total of 1,028 Avro 652A Anson Mk.1s between 1936 and 1944 when the last wartime orders were shipped from Britain.  Powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah 9 radial engines, the dependable Ansons, popularly known as Aggies, were used for a wide range of operational and training duties.

           The first Ansons released to a civilian owner were VH-AGG (ex MG796) and VH-AGO (ex MG162) which the Department of Air agreed to sell to Sydney aerial survey operator Adastra Airways in early 1945. They were needed for an extensive photographic mapping Governmemt contract covering large areas of the State of Victoria that was to take several years.  The RAAF Survey Flight was unable to carry out this work because the RAAF aerial mapping gear was to an incompatable scale.
        

           From mid 1946 the Commonwealth Disposals Commission began offering large numbers of retired RAAF Ansons for sale by auction bids. These were the best examples, stored in hangars at RAAF stations across the country. They were either built 1943 or later, or older Ansons which had undergone complete overhaul by civilian contractors since 1943. The CDC auction notices included the advice that  the Department of Civil Aviation accepted the Anson was eligible for issue of an Australian Certificate of Airworthiness.
         (Conversely, DCA determined that RAAF Airspeed Oxfords (392 on strength) also up for disposal at the same time, were not suitable for civil certification due concerns over the integrity of its wooden construction. Interestingly, in the UK several hundred Oxfords were civilianised as Consuls in the post-war years)

          CDC sales of Ansons brought a strong response from establioshed aviation comopanies as well as many early-postwar aviation ventures by recently demobbed RAAF aircrew wanting to start their own civil airlines. Bids accepted by CDC settled down to a range between 500-250 per aircraft. At those low prices some buyers purchased additional Ansons for resale or just for engines and parts.
- William T. Dwyer, Melbourne: 13 Ansons, of which 10 became civil registered
- Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth:          14 Ansons, of which 8 became civil registered
- W. R. Spalding/New England Airways, Sydney:         10 Ansons, of which 8 became civil registered
- Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, Brisbane: 10 Ansons, of which 4 became civil registered

        However  the largest purchases were for the Aircraft Disposal Company, Mudgee NSW. This business was a partnership between Mudgee businessman and experience civil and military pilot Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree A total of 42 Ansons were purchased from CDC sales 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. Eric McIllree employed pilots to collect and ferry these Ansons from the RAAF Stations where they were sold to Sydney or Mudgee.  The Ansons were offered for resale, with or without civil conversions. G. H. Thomas was chief engineer for ADC, designing and supervising the civil modifications which were contracted to Airflite Pty Ltd and Marshall Airways at Mascot, De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd at Bankstown and Brown & Dureau Ltd at Geelong Vic. Later civil conversions into the 1950s were carried out at Camden NSW. Harold Thomas later wrote to the compiler:
"The Ansons were purchased in the name of E.H. Loneragan and Eric McIllree. They were purchased at RAAF Stations such as Mallala, Cootamundra, Evans Head, Temora and Narrandera, They were converted by New England Airways, Marshall Airways and Airflite Pty Ltd. Those not converted were reduced to parts. The civil conversions were very good. Long range tanks gave 8 hours range, smooth cowlings, rear locker, nose locker, electronic starters, spinners and other improvements. They sold complete with CofAs and radio for 3,000 each."

ADCo =  Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee
EHL =     Edward H. Loneragan c/o James Loneragan & Co, Mudgee
EEM =    Eric E. McIllree, Sydney
U-Drive = U Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney (McIllree's car rental service)

RAAF serial
Purchase date
Purchaser
RAAF Station
Civil Reg
Date registered
First civil owner
DG871
19.6.46
EHL
Benalla
VH-AYD
12.46
EHL, sold 3.47 Guinea Air Traders, Lae
R3530
19.6.46
EHL
Nhill
VH-AYE
9.46
EHL, sold 6.47 Dr. M.Hall, Toowoomba Qld
DJ459
19.6.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-AJJ
2.47
Guinea Air Traders, Lae
R3582
26.6.46
EHL
Nhill
VH-AST
8.46
F.W.Sutton, Sydney
LT711
26.6.46
EHL
Mallala
-

returned to CDC, W1604 subsitituted
LV287
26.6.46
EHL
Nhill
VH-ASZ
10.46
New England Airways, Sydney
W2486
12.7.46
EHL
Benalla
VH-BLG
10.49
ADCo, to EHL
AX113
12.7.46
EHL
Benalla
-

crashed during ferry flight to Sydney
A4-30
17.7.46
EHL
Narrandera
VH-BFJ
10.47
D-Drive, delivered to Vietnam
W2239
17.7.46
EHL
Benalla
VH-AVQ
9.46
Australian Air Traders, Sydney
DJ498
17.7.46
EHL
Narrandera
VH-AVZ
9.46
EHL, sold 12.46
AW679
12.8.46
EHL
Evans Head
VH-AVY
5.47
Consolidated Press, Sydney
W2657
14.8.46
EHL
Temora
VH-AVS
9.46
EHL, sold 10.46 New England AIrways
AW483
14.8.46
EHL
Cootamundra
VH-AVP
8.46
EHL, sold 11.46 Interstate Air Services
AW664
14.8.46
EHL
Laverton
-


AX238
14.8.46
EHL
Temora
-


AX261
14.8.46
EHL
Deniliquin
VH-ALY
12.46
EEM, delivered to UK for resale
DJ504
14.8.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-AJK
3.47
EEM, delivered to Singapore
DG750
14.8.46
EHL
Temora
VH-AJP
3.47
Consolidated Press, Sydney
EF989
14.8.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-BLF
3.48
ADCo, to Self-Drive Cars, to Adastra
DJ118
16.8.46
EHL
Evans Head
-


DG696
16.8.46
EHL
Tocumwal
VH-ALX
3.47
EEM, delivered to UK for resale
DJ165
20.8.46
EEM
Maryborough
VH-AKI
3.47
EEM, delivered to UK for resale
W1604
13.9.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-AKB
4.47
Vacuum Oil Co, Milne Bay
DG907
16.9.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-BGD
4.47
Guinea Air Traders, Lae
AX224
16.9.46
EHL
Mallala
VH-AKJ
1.47
EEM, sold 2.47 Interstate Air Services
W2065
15.11.46
EEM
Port Pirie
-

no civil conversion, derelict Camden
AX643
15.11.46
EEM
Port Pirie
-

no civil conversion, derelict Camden
AX238
15.11.46
EEM
Temora
VH-BBG
3.47
EEM
W1970
15.11.46
EEM
Mallala
VH-BFN
5.48
U-Drive, sold 5.48 W.A. Reed, Sydney
A4-44
15.11.46
EEM
Evans Head
VH-BFK
10.47
U-Drive, sold 11.47 Cathay Pacific Airways
R3543
10.12.46
EEM
Richmond
VH-BLE
10.49
no CofA, derelict Camden
DJ476
10.12.46
EEM
Richmond
VH-BDD
6.47
Thiess Brothers, Brisbane
EG494
10.12.46
EEM
Richmond
VH-BFM
12.47
U-Drive, sold 4.55 to Patair, Port Moresby
N4873
10.12.46
EEM
Richmond
VH-BFL
11.47
U-Drive, sold 11.47 Cathay Pacific Airways
W2000
10.12.46
EEM
Richmond
VH-BMN
11.47
U-Drive, sold 11..50 Charter Avtn Service
AW864
4.9.47
EHL
Cootamundra
-

no civil conversion, derelict Camden
EG128
4.9.47
EHL
Cootamundra
VH-BMM
5.51
Amphibious Airways, Rabaul
EG422
4.9.47
EHL
Cootamundra
VH-BMD
10.51
Amphibious Airways, Rabaul
W2084
21.9.47
EHL
Cootamundra
VH-BKU
9.54
Petroleum Drilling Co, Sydney
W2109
13.10.47
EEM
Narrandera
VH-BMO
8.50
U-Drive, sold .50 Charter Avtn Service
DJ225
13.10.47
EEM
Narrandera
VH-BMP
8.50
U-Drive, sold 3.51 Charter Avtn Service
MG837
13.10.47
EEM
Narrandera VH-BMC
12.48
U-Drive, del. to India
MG975
13.10.47
EEM
Narrandera VH-BMB
12.48
U-Drive. Stored. Derelict Camden
MG982
13.10.47
EEM
Narrandera VH-BME
1.49
U-Drive. Stored. Derelict Camden


Two Ansons under civil conversion by East-West Airlines at Tamworth circa 1949.
The window panels replaced the military cabin perspex glasshouse.  Geoff Goodall collection

          Ansons in civil service 

       Civilianised Avro Ansons were the mainstay of many airline services in the early post-war years.



Passengers for Sydney with warm coats and rugs board East-West Airlines VH-EWA at Tamworth in 1948.
Photo courtesy South Australian Aviation Museum Library




                                              Airlines (WA) Ltd route map in 1948 when all services were flown by Ansons


        The Avro Anson had a metal fuselage frame which included the vertical tailplane,  but the one-piece 56 feet span mainplane and horizontal tailplane were wooden construction.  During wartime production different glues has been used in their construction, and early in post-war civil service  inspections inside wings and tailplanes revealed alarming deterioration in the strength of glued wooden joints, particularly for Ansons based in hot weather regions. Ansons used by New Guinea charter operators faced an added hazard of mould in the wooden structure.
        In November 1947 DCA sent an airworthiness inspector to check Guinea Air Traders Ltd's Ansons based in the open weather at Lae. GAT pilot Tom Drury later described that event: 

"I came back from a flight one day at Lae and I could see an individual with a tomahawk in his hand chopping the tailplane off one of our Ansons. I pulled up and raced over, grabbed the tomahawk and yelled "A man ought to split you down the spine with this. That's our aeroplane". He said that he was a DCA airworthiness inspector and said "Well, have a look at what I'm finding in the tailplane". It was full of rainwater, growing an inch and a half (40mm) of green moss. None of the screws, glues and tacks which held the tailplane together were in position. And that Anson had gone out that very morning. So I took the tomahawk and said "Let's go and look at the next one" and chopped the next one off. The wings and tail structures were just rotted away. You could push a screwdriver clear through the mainspars just like a sponge."

        This resulted in DCA requiring a mandatory glued joint testing procedure for civil Ansons constructed with "Betel W" glue from February 1948. The test involved destructive testing in areas of the wing's wooden internal structure and was an expensive maintenance cost for owners. Some just retired their aircraft rather than undergo the testing, and RAAF spares stocks of unused complete mainplanes were in high demand.  Ansons constructed with Casein glue were exempt.  Checks of the wooden wings and tailplanes was a continuing requirement for Australian Ansons and during the 1950s poor engine-out performance was becoming a serious concern to the authorities.
       
        Finally in June 1961 DCA announced a series restrictions on all Australian Avro Anson Mk.1s, quoting single engined performance and deterioration of the structure in the wooden mainplane and tailplane:
- Effective 1.1.62 the type was prohibited from carrying passengers, or operating over-water flights.
- Effective 30.6.62 CofAs would be suspended for all Australian Anson 1s


          There was a some initial interest in converting Australian Anson 1s to metal wings as used on later models. As early as 1958 Sid Marshall of Marshall Airways at Bankstown obtained engineering drawings from Avro to install Anson 19 metal wings to his VH-ASM & AZX, but did not proceed because engine failure performance was becoming a major issue with DCA. Only one metal wing conversion was carried out: Brain and Brown Airfreighter's VH-BAF at Moorabbin in 1963. It had an Anson 19 metal mainplane and tailplane and more powerful Cheetah engines plus numerous improvements - but it had proven complex and expensive. See Late Model Ansons in this series


AUSTRALIAN CIVIL ANSONS PART 1
The following listing covers all Ansons allocated Australian civil registrations by DCA, presented in order of the first registration.
Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales records have not been found, so the CDC sale details below are based on the RAAF Airframe Record Cards (form E/E.88) in which the date quoted is the date correspondence was received from CDC advising of the sale, sometimes weeks after the event.



               Anson 1 MG796                                                                                                                              VH-AGG

43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order as MG796

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
14.2.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG796. Received 2AP ex UK for assembly
9.3.44
Test flown Bankstown after assembly
20.3.44
Received at 6SFTS Mallala ex 2AP
5.2.45
Received GRS Bairnsdale ex 6SFTS. To be held by GRS but not flown until further advice from HQ. Required for special purpose.

Department of Air had agreed to release two RAAF Ansons to Adastra Airways for a major aerial photographic mapping contract to cover most of the State of Victoria. RAAF Survey Flight is unable to carry out the work because a different survey scale was required
4.4.45
Sold though Commonealth Disposals Commission for 4,815 to Adastra Airways, Sydney
21.5.45
Issued to Adastra Airways ex GRS Bairnsdale

Ferried from Bairnsdale to Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney where overhaul commenced in Adastra's hangar.
RAAF cabin glasshouse covered by panels with 6 small round windows each side, to reduce ambient light inside the cabin for the camera operator
22.10.45
CofA and CofR issued VH-AGG  Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Sydney
10.45
Joined other Adastra aircraft on the Victorian photographic mapping operation
28.12.45
Based at Ballarat Vic. Adastra pilot Jack Howard made test flights with the Cheetah "helmet" cowlings replaced by smooth cowlings from an Airspeed Oxford. He reported a marked reduction in engine temperatures with no change to performance, engine oil temperature reduced by 10 degrees F.
18.9.47
CofA expired. Aircraft is at the Adastra hangar at Mascot pending an inspection of the wooden wing internal structure. DCA required this for Ansons built using "Betel W" glue because of examples of the glue breaking down in hot weather. Ansons constructed with Casein glue were exempt.

Lengthy acrimonious correspondence from Adastra Managing Director Frank W. Follett to DCA and the Dept of Air over the costs and loss of revenue his company had sustained because the two Ansons he was allocated by Dept of Air VH-AGG & VH-AGO were both built with Betel glue, hence have been out of service for lengthy inspections.
In March 1948 the Dept of Air reduced MG796's sale price to Adastra from 4,815 to 2,938
19.8.48
VH-AGG's mainplane was condemned after the inspection procedure revealed glued joint failure.
DCA wrote to Adastra advising that it must be completely rebuilt using Casein glue.
7.50
Adastra Airways advised DCA that VH-AGG which had been stored in their hangar, will be scrapped.
Requested VH-AGG be reserved for their Lockheed Hudson VH-BLA being prepared to enter service.

More detail on the Adastra Aerial Surveys Anson fleet can be found at: adastron.com





The first Australian civil Anson VH-AGG at Mascot October 1945 immediately after civil conversion
Photo: Tom Carpenter, courtesy adastron.com


         

   VH-AGG at Nhill Vic during 1947 with smooth Oxford cowlings replacing the original helmet cowls.
Photo via Mike Kingwell





              Anson 1 MG162                                                                                                                            VH-AGO

43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order. as MG162

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
15.11.43
Taken on RAAF charge as MG162. Received No.22 RSU Werribee ex UK for assembly
22.11.43
Received 9RSU ex 22RSU for repair
23.3.44
Allotted 1AP for W/T fitment and check
3.4.44
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 1AP
5.2.45
Received GRS Bairnsdale ex 6SFTS. To be held by GRS but not flown until further advice from HQ. Required for special purpose.

Department of Air had agreed to release two RAAF Ansons to Adastra Airways for a major aerial photographic mapping contract to cover most of the State of Victoria. RAAF Survey Flight is inable to carry out the work because a different survey scale was required
18.9.45
Sold though Commonealth Disposals Commission for 1,000 to Adastra Airways, Sydney
28.9.45
Collected by Adastra. (On 21.9.45 Messrs Haines and Lindfoot of Adastra had a meeting at DCA in Melbourne on their way to Bairnsdale to collect their second Anson)
10.45
Civil conversion has commenced at Adastra hangar at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
29.1.46
Registered VH-AGO Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
29.1.46
CofA issued.  2 crew and 2 cabin seats, fitted with camera and equipment for vertical photography.
RAAF glassshouse covered by panels with 6 small round windows plus a larger rectangular window made in the door and on other side of rear fuselage. Painted all silver.
28.1.47
Annual CofA expired. Adastra advise DCA it will be renewed when pressure of work allows
15.7.47
CofA renewed at Sydney Airport
9.10.48
CofA expired. The aircraft had returned to Mascot the previous month from field operations and will stored in the Adastra hangar until needed. It will be  replaced on survey operations by Adastra Anson VH-AVT
21.10.49
CofA renewed Mascot
30.11.50
Withdrawn from service at Mascot
17.10.51
CofA renewed at Mascot
 16.10.52
CofA expired. Adastra requested DCA grant a short-term extension to allow completion of a photographic survey dependent on the current cloudless weather. It will be replaced by Anson VH-BKZ which has been delayed entering service. DCA approve a 2 week CofA extension.
31.10.52
CofA expired. Aircraft retired at Mascot Aerodrome
9.1.53
Struck-off Civil Register

More detail on the Adastra Aerial Surveys Anson fleet can be found at: adastron.com





VH-AGO at Mascot in January 1946 after civil conversion by Adastra. Note the six small round windows
and the larger square window cut into the cabin door.                            Photo: Geoff Goodall collection


              Anson 1 W2472                                                                                                                      VH-AGX,  RI-004
41
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2472

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
8.8.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2472. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
19.9.41
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 2AP
12.11.43
Issued to Guinea Airways, Parafield for overhaul
29.5.44
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex Guinea Airways
22.1.45
Tfd to 4SFTS Storage Geraldton ex unit strength.
2.8.45
Tfd to 87OBU Geraldton ex 4SFTS. Stored pending disposal
3.2.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA

Ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where civil conversion carried out in the company hangar.
Airlines (WA) Ltd purchased 14 Ansons from RAAF Geraldton, of which 8 were converted to civil
6.3.47
Registered VH-AGX Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
31.3.47
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion, pilot Captain J. H. Moore
1.4.47
CofA issued. Cabin has been configured with 8 passenger seats. RAAF glasshouse has been covered both sides with panels fitted with rectangular windows

Entered service on Airlines (WA) Ltd route network from Perth Airport (Guildford)
13.5.47
Port wing struck a hangar while taxying at Maylands minor damage. Captain Glynn-Smith
8.11.47
Forced landing without airframe damage in a farm paddock near Piawaning, 80 miles south of Perth due engine failure. A cyclinder had blown apart causing the cowling to break open in flight
13.2.48
Change of ownership: Ralph E. Bower, Perth WA
13.2.48
Annual CofA renewed at Guildford by Airlines (WA) Ltd as part of sale

Bower was a part-time Airlines (WA) Ltd employee working as both a pilot and accountant. A press report at the time said he purchased the Anson so that he and a Perth friend Leslie Denton could make a leisurely holiday flight to Singapore where he intended to sell the aircraft.
16.2.48
VH-AGX departed Perth Airport at 9.48am, pilot Bower and navigator Denton. No radio carried.
16.2.48
Departed Meekatharra at 1.45pm but failed to arrive at destination Port Hedland
17.2.48
Anson located on the airstrip at Pardoo Station by searching Flying Doctor Service Fox Moth VH-USJ from the FDS Port Hedland base. Bower had landed at Pardoo the previous afternoon and the Anson's undercarriage was bogged in mud after a recent cyclone.  The Anson was pulled clear of mud by a team of donkeys but was delayed 8 days at Pardoo
4.3.48
Departed Darwin for Koepang, Timor
5.3.48
Departed Koepang early morning for Denopasar, Bali. Did not arrive and search organised
6.3.48
Located on Waingapu airstrip, Sumbawa Islands. Bower had landed here due to a propeller fault
3.48
Reached Batavia, Java where radio equipment was installed
26.3.48
Bower in Singapore sent a telegram to DCA advising that VH-AGX has been sold, the new owner is
F. W. Morgan, Laidlow Buildings, Battery Road, Singapore
.48
Not registered in Singapore. On-sold to the Indonesian Independence movement under Dr. Sukarno,  fighting against the Dutch military in Netherlands East Indies.
Designated RI-001 in the their air transport arm, referried to as the embryo Indonesian Air Force.
Repainted in a colourful scheme with "Indonesian Airways" above the windows. This was a cover name painted on some of their aircraft to imply a civil operation
48
Captured by Dutch forces on the ground at Magoewo airstrip, Djocja, Java (Yogyakarta)
19.12.48
Broken up

See also Anson VH-BBY, to RI-001 (the first) which crashed 14.12.47





Magazine picture of RI-001 after capture by Dutch military at Magoewo, Netherlands East Indies in 1948




              Anson 1  MG889                                                                                                                              VH-AHG

.44
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order as MG889

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.3.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG889. Received at 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
29.3.44
Test flight Bankstown after assembly
12.4.44
Issued to 3WAGS Maryborough
9.10.44
Received 8SFTS Marybrough ex 3WAGS
18.12.44
Received Radar School Maryborough ex 8SFTS
14.12.45
Received Air and Ground Radio School, Ballarat
30.9.46
Received AGRS Storage ex unit strength
12.12.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Air Taxi Pty Ltd, Albury NSW
17.12.46
Issued to purchaser
24.1.47
DCA allocate registration VH-AHG to disposals Anson MG889 for D.N.Dalton, Air Taxi Pty Ltd, Albury
15.9.47
Registration Application: Baker Motors, Olive Street, Albury NSW. Application signed by D.N.Dalton

Civil conversion by Brown & Dureau Ltd, Belmont Common airfield, Geelong Vic
24.9.47
Registered VH-AHG
24.9.47
CofA issued, seats for 9 passengers
1.48
DCA memo: the owner Mr. A.E. Baker is presently in New Guinea. He is a shareholder in an enterprise named Milne Bay Merchants involved in war disposals equipment at Mine Bay, New Guinea.
He will shortly be taking VH-AHG to New Guinea and requests DCA requirements for the flight.

Compiler's note: On 3 December 1946, the Commonwealth Disposals Commission sold the salvage rights to the vast military equipment and facilities abandoned by US forces within 50 miles radius of Milne Bay to Jas Loneragan & Co Pty Ltd, Mudgee NSW. The task was so huge that Loneragans sold salvage rights to the fuel and oil supplies in thousands of unopened 44 gallon drums and fuel pipelines, to Standard Oil (USA), which transferred the rights to its Australian associate Vacuum Oil Co.  Salvage rights to much of the remaining assets at Milne Bay was sold to a company War Assets Pty Ltd, headed by notorious Melbourne businessman John Wren.  In turn, War Assets Pty Ltd assigned its rights to a newly-formed company Milne Bay Merchants Ltd, in which it held two thirds of the shares. The rest of the shares were held by:
- Thiess Brothers, Brisbane Qld             Heavy construction and coal mining
- Jas Loneragan & Co, Mudgee NSW   Rural stores, agriculture, finance
- M. R. Horibrook Ltd, Brisbane           Heavy construction and bridge building
- Mr. A. Stubbs, Port Moresby               Heavy construction        
- A.E. Baker, Bakers Motors, Albury    Vehicle sales
Over the following eight years at least, construction equipment, bulldozers, jeeps and trucks were shipped from Milne Bay's wartime harbour installations to Australia.
17.2.48
DCA memo: Baker is anxious to depart Albury for New Guinea
15.5.48
Change of ownership: Taylors Air Transport Ltd, Lae, New Guinea

Joe Taylor, proprietor of Taylors Air Transport, in a 1978 interview by Greg Banfield recalled:
"There as a chap at Lae who had the salvage rights at Milne Bay and he bought an Anson from Disposals. However the pilots he employed wouldn't stay with him so he came to me in desperation one day and said that if I woukd give him 40 hours flying when he wanted it, I could have the Anson. I agreed and sent a pilot over to Port Moresby to bring the aeroplane back to Lae."
1.49
Ferried from Lae to Brisbane for CofA renewal overhaul
27.1.49
CofA renewed at Archerfield Qld. Freighter only.
1.3.49
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders, Lae
(Joe Taylor sold out to Guinea Air Traders, which was a significant operator in New Guinea)
11.49
DCA memo: VH-AHG is in freight service with GAT at Lae
8.2.50
CofA lapsed.  Not renewed. GAT's New Guinea operations were ending
8.51
Letter to DCA from the Sydney proprietors of GAT: "VH-AHG is unfit for further service"
6.8.51
Struck off Civil Register





              Anson 1                                                                                                                                              (VH-AHX) ntu

13.10.53
R.W.Baines, Tamworth NSW letter to DCA:
I own an Anson which I would like to register in the private category. This aircraft had not had a CofA previously. I am in possession of log books showing full history since manufacture. The aircraft has completed very few flying hours, engines and airframe having done less than 100 hours since starting new life after overhaul by Ansett Airways. The aircraft has always been hangared with both engines properly inhibited."
9.11.53
DCA allocate provisional registration VH-AHX
22.11.53
Licenced engineer A.B.Smith of East West Airlines, Tamworth certifies he has inspected Anson VH-AHX and has found the airframe and engines are suitable for ferry flight from Parkes NSW to Tamworth

Nothing further in the DCA file





             Anson 1  DJ459                                                                                                                                    VH-AJJ

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as DJ459

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
30.11.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ459. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
27.1.43
Issued to 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AP
23.12.43
Damaged landing at Evans Head NSW
21.2.44
Issued to Aircrafts Pty Ltd (APL), Archerfield for complete overhaul. Lengthy delays awaiting parts
9.3.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL Archerfield
26.3.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Mallala ex 3AD
16.9.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
7.10.46
Issued to purchaser

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced pilot. He and Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
18.2.47
Registered VH-AJJ Guinea Air Traders, Lae, New Guinea
15.11.47
CofA suspended at Lae.   GAT Ansons VH-ALS, BGD, AST were grounded the same day

GAT pilot Tom Drury recalled: "I came back from a flight one day at Lae and I could see an individual with a tomahawk in his hand chopping the tailplane off one of our Ansons. I pulled up and raced over, grabbed the tomahawk and yelled "A man ought to split you down the spine with this. That's our aeroplane". He said that he was a DCA airworthiness inspector and said "Well have a look at what I'm finding in the tailplane". It was full of rainwater, growing an inch and a half (40mm) of green moss. None of the screws, glues and tacks which held the tailplane together were in position. And that Anson had gone out that very morning. So I took the tomahawk and said "Let's go and look at the next one" and chopped the next one off. The wings and tail structures were just rotted away. You could push a screwdriver clear through the mainspars just like a sponge."
11.47
GAT wrote to DCA advising that the four grounded Ansons would be broken up for engines and parts
10.3.48
Struck-off Civil Register





This atmospheric view of a Qantas Dragon at Lae in 1948 shows two of the grounded GAT Ansons and the
wartime sunken Japanese ship "Tenyo Maru" off the end of the runway  Photo: Qantas via Al Bovelt collection





             Anson 1  DJ504                                                                                                           VH-AJK, VR-SCI, XY-ABD


Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as DJ504

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.11.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ504.  Received at Montague South Wharf, Melbourne ex UK
7.12.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex Point Cook
27.6.44
Forced landing near Colombo Satellite landing ground
8.1.45
Issued 6SFTS Storage Reserve Mallala ex unit strength
6.3.45
Issued to Guinea Airways, Parafield for complete overhaul
17.9.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Reserve ex Guinea Airways
14.8.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
7.10.46
Issued to purchaser

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced pilot. He and Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. Chief engineer G.H.Thomas wrote: "The conversions were very good. Long range tanks gave 8 hours range, smooth cowlings, rear locker, nose locker, electronic starters, spinners etc. They were sold complete with CofAs and radio for 3,000."
17.12.46
Civil registration application:  Eric E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
14.3.47
Registered VH-AJK and CofA issued

Eric McIllree, a Sydney car dealer and pioneer of the rental car business, organised a flight of four Ansons from Aircraft Disposals Co to London for resale in UK. The others were VH-ALX,-ALY,-AKI.
All were painted with the Australian flag on the nose and tail, with "Sydney Australia".
20.3.47
The four Ansons departed Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. Crews were assigned to individual aircraft, VH-AJK having pilots Stuart Cassell and Jack Brooks.

Overnight stops at Charleville, Cloncurry, Daly Waters, Wyndham
24.3.47
Departed Australia from the abandoned wartime Truscott airfield on the northern WA coast where McIllree had organised fuel supplies. The loose formation flew to Koepang, Timor and on to Batavia and Singapore

At Singapore Eric McIllree heard of a potential buyer and quickly negotiated the sale of one Anson
23.4.47
Registered VR-SCI  Earl Alfred Wild, Katong, Singapore
16.7.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold to Singapore
19.7.47
Sold to Airways (Burma) Ltd, Rangoon

Airways (Burma) Ltd was formed by Australian mercenary pilot Ralph R. Cobley who flew his Catalina VH-BDP in support of the Indonesian independence movement fighting Dutch military forcesin the  Netherlands East Indies. Two Ansons were registered to Airways (Burma) Ltd, VH-AJK as XY-ABD and VH-BBO as XY-ABG but Cobley quickly ran into financial difficulties and fled Burma. He was killed in his Catalina in December 1948 while attempting a single-engine takeoff from a river in Java under fire from Dutch troops
.47
Registered XY-ABD

Fate unknown





              Anson 1  DG750                                                                                                                                         VH-AJP

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as DG750

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.9.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG750. Under erection at Point Cook ex UK
12.10.42
Received 1AOS Cootamundra ex Point Cook
9.1.45
1AOS request allotment for complete overhaul. Repairs to airfrmae uneconomical. 1,508 hours since new
22.1.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 1AOS
22.8.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways, Mascot
26.9.45
Received 10EFTS  Storage, Temora ex 2AD. To be stored pending disposal
14.8.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced pilot. He and Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. Chief engineer G.H.Thomas wrote: "The conversions were very good. Long range tanks gave 8 hours range, smooth cowlings, rear locker, nose locker, electronic starters, spinners etc. They were sold complete with CofAs and radio for 3,000."
15.11.46
DG750 test flown at Temora by Charles Eather, employed by Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee
17.11.46
ferried Temora-Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by Eather, flying time 2 hr 35 mins
17.3.47
Civil Registration application: Consolidated Press Ltd, Sydney NSW
12.6.47
Registered VH-AJP, CofA issued

Consolidated Press was a Sydney newspaper and magazine publisher, headed by Mr. Frank Packer. Ansons VH-AJP & AVY were flown by company employed pilots to carry Daily Telegraph newspaper staff, journalists and photographers. Also personal flights for the Packer family. The remaining Anson VH-AVY was replaced by Miles Gemini VH-BMV in 1950
28.12.47
Change of ownership:  Wollongong and South Coast Aviation Services Pty Ltd, Wollongong NSW
11.49
Change of name: South Coast Airways Pty Ltd, Wollongong NSW

Operated scheduled airline services from Sydney to Wollongong, Jervis Bay, Cowra, West Wyalong
6.51
DCA memo: VH-AJP has been retired and dismantled for parts




              Anson 1 W1604                                                                                                                                       VH-AKB

.40
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W1604
30.9.40
First flight

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W1604. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK. Deficient mainplane
27.8.41
Received 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AP
24.1.42
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 1AOS
1.5.44
Issued to Aircrafts Pty Ltd (APL) Archerfield ex 8SFTS for complete overhaul
5.1.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL Archerfield
24.1.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Mallala ex 3AD
8.2.45
Allotted 6SFTS ex 6SFTS Storage. Not to be flown pending advice from HQ.
1.5.45
HQ advise Royal New Zealand Air Force have no further requirement for aircraft to be held in reserve
13.9.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Substituted for LT711 which was sold 26.6.46  to Mr. Loneragan. LT711 must be returned by Mr. Loneragan complete and in the same condition as when delivery taken.


Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced pilot. He and Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. Chief engineer G. H.Thomas wrote: "The conversions were very good. Long range tanks gave 8 hours range, smooth cowlings, rear locker, nose locker, electronic starters, spinners etc. They were sold complete with CofAs and radio for 3,000."

Sold to Standard Vacuum Oil Co in stock military configuration

Civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
24.4.47
Registered VH-AKB Standard Vacuum Oil Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne Vic.
24.4.47
CofA issued. 5 pasenger seats. Will be based at Milne Bay, New Guinea
19.5.47
Letter to DCA from F. W. Haig, Aviation Manager, Vacuum Oil Co: VH-AKB will be used between Australia, New Guinea and Melanesiae. Radio is currently being installed at Mascot. It will be flown by Captain R. E. Wingrove and has been purchased primarily for the use of Mr. J. P. McLaughlin to operate between Port Moresby and Milne Bay. He plans to leave Sydney on 20 May for New Guinea

Compiler's note: On 3 December 1946, the Commonwealth Disposals Commission sold the salvage rights to the vast military equipment and facilities abandoned by US forces within 50 miles radius of Milne Bay to Jas Loneragan & Co Pty Ltd, Mudgee NSW. The task was so huge that Loneragans sold salvage rights to the fuel and oil supplies in thousands of unopened 44 gallon drums and fuel pipelines, to Standard Oil (USA), which transferred the rights to its Australian associate Vacuum Oil Co.  Salvage rights to much of the remaining assets at Milne Bay was sold to a company War Assets Pty Ltd, headed by notorious Melbourne businessman John Wren.  In turn, War Assets Pty Ltd assigned its rights to a newly-formed company Milne Bay Merchants Ltd, in which it held two thirds of the shares. The rest of the shares were held by:
- Thiess Brothers, Brisbane Qld             Heavy construction and coal mining
- Jas Loneragan & Co, Mudgee NSW   Rural stores, agriculture, finance
- M. R. Horibrook Ltd, Brisbane           Heavy construction and bridge building
- Mr. A. Stubbs, Port Moresby               Heavy construction        
- A.E. Baker, Bakers Motors, Albury    Vehicle sales
Over the following eight years at least, construction equipment, bulldozers, jeeps and trucks were shipped from Milne Bay's wartime harbour installations to Australia.
20.5.47
Departed Sydney for New Guinea
14.7.47
DCA memo: VH-AKB is back in Sydney from New Guinea. Radio has not yet been installed
8.47
Returned to Milne Bay from Sydney. Pilot was Chris Braund, newly-engaged by Vacuum Oil, to be based at Milne Bay for the next year making local flights between the wartime airstrips in the area.
9.47
Vacuum Oil letter to DCA: VH-AKB is used for the transport of Vacuum Oil Co personnel and stores in New Guinea with only occasional flights to Australia. It is currently being fitted with AWA radio
15.11.47
Change of ownership: Milne Bay Merchants Ltd, Milne Bay, New Guinea
1.48
DCA Port Moresby memo: VH-AKB is based at Milne Bay with only occasional visits to Port Moresby
1.48
Inspection report at Port Moresby by DCA airworthiness surveyor: aircraft is in unsatisfactory condition. Although CofA did not expire until 23.4.48, DCA approved only 40 hours flying with no passengers.

Chris Braund recalls that he was instructed to ferry the Anson from Milne Bay to Sydney in 1948 when Vacuum's stocktake and removal of fuel and oil supplies at Milne Bay had been organised. At Port Moresby the aircraft was inspected by DCA and wingspar required repairs and the aircraft was generally in poor condition due exposure to the tropical weather. Crossing Torres Strait from Port Moresby to Horn Island, fabric began peeling off sections of the wing, but he reached Sydney
5.48
VH-AKB is parked at Mascot
6.48
Change of ownership: Thiess Brothers Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
7.48
Ferry permit issued for Sydney-Archerfield Qld, to be broken up for parts for Thiess Anson VH-BDD
15.7.48
Thiess Bros advise DCA they will not reduce VH-AKB for spares, but instead will return it to service
24.11.48
CofA renewed at Archerfield Qld

Ansons VH-AKB & VH-BDD flown extensively in support of Thiess Bros company projects, carrying men and supplies to open cut coal mines in central Queensland, and flights to New Guinea
.55
Change of ownership: Ernest F. Reid, Port Moresby, New Guinea
.55
Change of ownership: Robert G. Carswell, Brisbane Qld
22.5.56
Change of ownership: J. & A. Bjelke-Petersen, Kingaroy Qld

J. & A. Bjelke-Petersen was an agricultural application business using Tiger Moths. Joh Bjelke-Peterson (later to enter politics and become Premier of Queensland) had VH-AKB fitted with a chemical tank and spray bars along the wings, but he recalls that his pilots did not like flying it as a sprayer
3.58
Commenced a dingo-baiting contract based at Birdsville in far western Queensland. Pilot was Ralph Thompson flew at low level while a Lands Department operator fed cubes of brisket fat laced with strychnine into a mincer which spread 60 poison baits per mile. The campaign was expected to take 6 weeks with 230 hours flying.  VH-AKB was operating on charter to Agricultural Aviation Pty Ltd, Archerfield Qld.
60
Withdrawn from service at Joh Bjelke-Petersen's farm at Kingaroy Qld
Joh recalled that it was an economic write-off because the next CofA renewal would require stripping of the mainplane and tailplane for mandatory internal inspection of the glued joint construction.
13.5.60
Struck-off Civil Register

Became derelict on the farm due exposure to the weather
c73
Burnt out by a scrub fire on the farm
c80
Remains collected from the farm by aircraft restorer Ralph Cusack, Brisbane. Moved to Brisbane where fuselage tubing and other parts were to be used in his restoration of Anson VH-AZU in a hangar at Archerfield Airport.





VH-AKB at Archerfield 1948 with Vacuum Oil winged horse emblem on the nose.      Photo: The Collection




Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane c1953 with Thiess Brothers.                                      Photo by Gus Grulke




Low-level dingo baiting in western Queensland 1958.
Painted on the fuselage "J. & A. Bjelke-Petersen chartered to Agricultural Aviation"





The burnt remains of VH-AKB on Jo and Flo Bjelke-Petersen's farm at Kingaroy Qld in September 1975
Photo by Geoff Goodall



             Anson 1  W2131                                                                                                                                  VH-AKH

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2131

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
12.7.41
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
24.11.42
Taxying accident prior to cross-country flight
27.5.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
2.10.44
Received 4SFTS ex ANA Maylands
22.7.45
Received CMU Evans Head
29.3.46
Received CMU Narrandera ex CMU Evans Head
11.10.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 450 to Australian Air Traders, Sydney

Civil conversion at Sydney Airport by Sid Marshall t/a Marshall Airways
3.1.47
Registered VH-AKH Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea

Guinea Air Traders was formed in 10.46 as a subsidary of Australian Air Traders, managed by brothers Sam and John Jamieson, Sydney. GAT was to become a major charter operator over the next three years, in New Guinea and using its DC-3s on migrant charters from Europe to Australia. Both companies ceased operations during 1950.
3.1.47
CofA issued at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney

Ferried to New Guinea, based Lae
1.3.47
Crashed in Wampit Valley between Lae and Bulolo, New Guinea
Captain R. G. Peters and three passengers killed.
3.47
GAT advise DCA they do not intend to salvage the wreck





Guinea Air Traders Anson VH-AKH visiting Essendon early 1947, just before delivery to New Guinea.
Photo by Charles D Pratt courtesy Kevin O'Reilly




              Anson 1  DJ165                                                                                                                          VH-AKI , G-AJSD

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as DG750

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
27.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG750. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
12.10.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 2AP
4.7.44
Issued 1WAGS Ballarat ex 6SFTS
7.2.45
Issued Ansett Aitways Essendon ex 1WAGS for complete overhaul
2.7.45
Received Laverton ex Ansett Essendon
22.7.45
Received CMU Evans Head ex 1AD
28.2.46
Received CMU Maryborough ex Evans Head for storage under cover
20.5.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to Mr.McIllree, 199 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Eric McIllree, Sydney car dealer and rental car pioneer, and Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan, Mudgee NSW were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale.
30.10.46
DJ165 flown Mascot to RAN Station Nowra by Charles Eather, who was employed by McIllree to collect and ferry military disposals Ansons
14.1.47
Civil Registration application: Eric Edward McIllree, Sydney NSW

Eric McIllree organised a delivery flight of four Aircraft Disposals Co Ansons to London for resale in UK. The others were VH-AJK, ALX, -ALY.  All were painted with the Australian flag on the nose and tail, with "Sydney Australia".
14.3.47
Registered VH-AKI
14.3.47
CofA issued. RAAF glasshouse replaced by panels with 5 rectangular windows each side

Photo shows completed VH-AKI at the Victorian & Interstate Airways hangar at Essendon Vic, indicating that the civil conversion was carried out by VIA which converted a number of Ansons
20.3.47
The four Ansons departed Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. Crews were assigned to individual aircraft, VH-AKI being flown by Eric McIllree, with Cecil Light

Overnight stops at Charleville, Cloncurry, Daly Waters, Wyndham
24.3.47
Departed Australia from the abandoned wartime Truscott airfield on the northern WA coast where McIllree had organised fuel supplies. The loose formation flew to Koepang, Timor and on to Batavia and Singapore

While at Singapore, McIllree sold VH-AJK to a local buyer. The other three Ansons continued to UK. Slow progress with many problems and forced landings due engine troubles
24.4.47
The three reached Croydon Aerodrome, London.
29.4.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold abroad
6.5.47
Registered G-AJSD British and Continental (Air Charter and Freight) Ltd, Southend, Essex

This small charter firm was established at Southend the previous year with a Percival Vega Gull and a Proctor. This single Anson was operated as British and Continental Airways and flew several long distance charters to Africa and the Middle East. The company had ceased operations by the end of 1948.
9.5.47
British CofA issued
10.5.47
G-AJSD departed Southend on a charter to Capetown, South Africa
7.47
Back at Southend
48
Retired at Southend, left parked outside in the weather
50
Derelict at Southend, later removed a scrap





VH-AKI on arrival at Croydon Aerodrome, London in April 1947.                           Photo by A.J. Jackson




G-AJSD at Southend in July 1947.                                                                         Photo by A. J. Jackson




G-AJSD retired and derelict in the weather at Southend in 1950.                          Photo by A. J. Jackson




               Anson 1  AX224                                                                                                                                VH-AKJ

.41
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as AX224

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AX224. Received 2AD Richmond ex UK for assembly
6.4.42
Received 2AOS Mount Gambier ex 2AD
9.9.42
Struck fence during low flying practice near Lake Bonney SA
18.3.43
Groundloop, undercarriage collapsed, Mount Gambier
10.12.43
Received 3AOS Port Pirie ex 2AOS
22.2.44
Received 6SFST Mallala ex 3AOS
13.8.44
Forced landing near Bute SA. Recovered by road to Mallala
30.11.44
Received Guinea Airways, Parafield for repair and complete overhaul
15.5.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Mallala ex Guinea Airways
16.9.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Jas Loneragan Co, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman, managing the business Jas Loneragan Co which operated a Mudgee department store and various rural enterprises.  He and Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. Chief engineer G. H.Thomas wrote: "The conversions were very good. Long range tanks gave 8 hours range, smooth cowlings, rear locker, nose locker, electronic starters, spinners etc. They were sold complete with CofAs and radio for 3,000."
1.10.46
AX224 test flown at Mallala by Charles Eather, who was employed by Eric McIllree to collect and ferry Ansons for the Aircraft Disposals Co
1.10.46
AX224 ferried by Eather Mallala-Parafield, Parafield-Narrandera 2.10, Narrandera-Camden 3.10.46
9.1.47
Registered VH-AKJ  Eric Edward McIllree, Sydney NSW
9.1.47
CofA issued
1.2.47
Change of ownership: Interstate Air Services Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney

IAS was founded during 1946 by Managing Director Captain F. M. "Mac"Twemlow DFC (ex RAAF and Qantas) with financial backing from prominent Sydney bookmaker Arthur Browning. Dragon VH-ASU and Ansons VH-AVP, AVZ, AKJ were used on charter work. Aircraft were maintained by Airflite at Sydney Airport, IAS operating from a hut next to the Airflite hangar. Company reformed with new Directors in December 1946.
In January 1947 commenced a 3 days weekly airline service Sydney-Jervis Bay return, with bus transfer to Nowra. Increased to 4 return flights weekly. IAS ceased operations in March 1948 as unprofitable.
8.1.48
CofA expired, not renewed. Parked at Sydney Airport
3.48
Interstate Air Services ceased operations
10.48
IAS is in liquidation, Ansons VH-AVP & VH-AKJ are in the hands of auctioneers
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in the 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft




             Anson 1  DG895                                                                                                                                       VH-AKU

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as DG895

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.5.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG895.  Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
26.6.42
First test flight Bankstown
13.7.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 2AP
4.8.42
Received 100 Squadron, Laverton ex 6SFTS
28.9.42
Received 67 Squadron, Laverton ex 100 Sqn
26.10.44
Issued to Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 67 Sqn for complete overhaul
30.3.45
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex Guinea Airways via Dept of Aircraft Production, Parafield
3.12.45
Allotted 6SFTS Storage Mallala ex unit strength
4.10.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to New England Airways, Sydney

One of 10 Ansons purchased at Mallala 4.10.46 by Bill Spalding of New England Airways. All were  ferried from Mallala to Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney where the company had a maintenance hangar

Civil conversion Banktown by New England Airways
24.1.47
Registered VH-AKU New England Airways Aerial Ambulance & Freight Service, Sydney NSW

NEAAAFS was formed early 1946 by W.R.Spalding and G. Christie, absorbing 3 Dragons from  Spalding's earlier operation Shark Patrol Service. Operating with shortened name New England Airways, Ansons were used for charter and newspaper deliveries until an airline licence issued in March 1947 for scheduled services from Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney to Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Casino, and later to Brisbane. Butler Air Transport took over New England Airways effective 17.5.48
24.1.47
CofA issued. Configured as a freighter

Later fitted with 8 passenger seats
30.5.47
Ground collision at Mascot with parked US Navy Beech SNB-2 Expediter Bu39194.
New England Airways Captain A.C. Dobson was taxying the Anson from the company despatch office when the port wing struck the Beech's nose causing serious damage to both aircraft.
8.5.48
Company ground crew member killed when struck by propeller at Nabiac NSW
17.5.48
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney.
BAT initially based VH-AKU at Bourke NSW
7.8.50
Wheels became bogged on "Miralwin" Station airstrip between Bourke and Brewarrina, while delivering supplies to flooded properties. Not flown out until 3.12.50 by Captain Ross Stapleton due wet airstrip
5.51
Based at Tooraweenah NSW
.51
Retired Sydney, CofA expired
18.10.51
Change of ownership: Fawcett Aviation Co Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney
5.52
Change of ownership: South Coast Airways Pty Ltd, Wollongong NSW

Purchased only for engines and parts
8.7.52
Struck-off Register





A photo of VH-AKU taken from a truck window, no date or place.                     Townsville Library collection




             Anson 1  W2542                                                                                                                            VH-ALS

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2542

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.10.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2542.  Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
6.1.42
Received 3SFTS Amberley ex 2AP
6.4.42
Issued 6SFTS Mallala ex 3SFTS
24.10.42
Received 67 Sqn Laverton ex 6SFTS
15.10.44
Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex 67 Sqn for complete overhaul
23.1.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
5.2.45
Received 67 Sqn Laverton ex 1AD
20.9.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Benalla ex 67 Sqn. Tfd to CMU Benalla
4.11.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Engineers Laboratories, Sydney
 
Civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by Airflite Ltd
11.3.47
Registered VH-ALS Engineers Laboratories Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
11.3.47
CofA issued, configured as freighter
15.3.47
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Pty Ltd, Lae, New Guinea

Guinea Air Traders was formed in 10.46 as a subsidary of Australian Air Traders, managed by brothers Sam and John Jamieson, Sydney. GAT was to become a major charter operator over the next three years, in New Guinea and using its DC-3s on migrant charters from Europe to Australia. Both companies ceased operations during 1950.
15.11.47
CofA suspended at Lae.  GAT Ansons VH-AJJ, VH-BGD, VH-AST were grounded the same day
Refer VH-AJJ above for more detail
11.47
GAT wrote to DCA advising that the four grounded Ansons would be broken up for parts
10.3.48
Struck-off Civil Register





67 Squadron Ansons EG504 and W2054 at rear, Laverton 1944.                    Photo: Frank F. Smith collection





              Anson 1  DG696                                                                                                  VH-ALX, G-AJSC, Israeli Air Force


Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order as DG696

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
24.6.62
Taken on RAAF charge as DG696. No record of receipt ex UK but probably erected at Point Cook
13.7.42
Received 8SFTS  Bundaberg ex 1SFTS Point Cook
31.3.43
Received 71 Sqn, Lowood ex 8SFTS
3.8.44
Received 67 Sqn, Laverton ex 71 Sqn. Code "MK-X"
8.3.45
Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex 67 Sqn for complete overhaul
6.8.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
28.8.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Benalla  ex 1AD for storage
12.12.45
Received 7OTU Tocumwal ex 11EFTS Storage
7.3.46
Received CMU Tocumwal ex 7OTU
16.8.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale. 

Ferried from Tocumwal to Sydney
31.10.46
DG696 flew Mascot-Nowra RAN Station, pilot Charles Eather, who was employed by McIllree to collect and ferry disposals Ansons
17.2.47
Civil Regstration application: Eric Edward McIllree, Sydney NSW

Eric McIllree organised a delivery flight of four Aircraft Disposals Co Ansons to London for resale in UK. The others were VH-AJK, AKI, -ALY.  All were painted with Australian flag on the nose and tail with "Sydney Australia".
17.3.47
Registered VH-ALX
17.3.47
CofA issued
20.3.47
The four Ansons departed Mascot. Crews were assigned to individual aircraft, VH-ALX being the lead aircraft : Chief Pilot Sqn Ldr Damien Miller DFC,  Geoff Liggins (pilot), Jim Crombie (engineer) and Kevin Dickson (radio operator)

Overnight stops at Charleville, Cloncurry, Daly Waters, Wyndham
24.3.47
Departed Australia from the abandoned wartime Truscott airfield on the northern WA coast where McIllree had organised fuel supplies. The loose formation flew to Koepang, Timor and on to Batavia and Singapore
25.3.47
Departed Soembawa Besar for Bali but forced to return due engine failure
29.3.47
En route Batavia-Singapore, severe weather caused emergency landing at Muntok, Bangkai island
2.4.47
Test flown Kallang Aerodrome, Singapore after engine repair

While at Singapore, McIllree sold VH-AJK to a local buyer. The other three Ansons continued to UK. Slow progress with many problems and forced landings due engine troubles
16.4.47
Departed Nicosia, Cyprus but twice forced to return due rough running engine
17.4.47
Emergency landing Calato, Rhodes due to failure of the same engine
24.4.47
The three reached Croydon Aerodrome, London.
Recorded in VH-ALX logbook as "Sydney-London in 35 days with 35 stops and 5 forced landings"
29.4.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold abroad

British historian A. J. Jackson inspected the three Ansons on arrival at Croydon and noted that the previous RAAF serials were visible through the silver dope on the rear fuselage sides for VH-ALX & VH-ALY.
The civil registrations had been painted on the wrong aircraft, ie. VH-ALX was painted on AX261 and VH-ALY was painted on DG696.
The error was corrected during their British certification preparation a few days after arrival
5.5.47
Registered G-AJSC Eric E.McIllree c/- Bank of NSW, London

VH-ALY was registered G-AJSE at the same time, both stored in hangar at Croydon while waiting resale
late 47
both sold by McIllree to H. Fredkins, London

Fredkins was an agent for the embryo nation of Israel, clandestinely acquiring aircraft in defiance of the world-wide embargo at that time on exporting arms or military equipment to the Israelis. By December 1947 he had six Ansons to deliver
25.2.48
G-AJSC & G-AJSE both issued with British CofAs, owner still McIllree
10.4.48
G-AJSC & G-AJSE departed England on ferry flights to Israel, several days behind four other Ansons owned by Fedkins. Both still had the Australian flag on the nose and tail, helping the subterfugethat their destination was Australia.
The preceeding four Ansons were impounded that day when they reached the Mediterranean island of Rhodes by Greek military acting on the request of the British Government
12.4.48
G-AJSC was impounded at Athens. G-AJSE had made a wheels-up forced landing that day near Milan
1.49
Dipliomatic negotiations resulted G-AJSC and the four Ansons at Rhodes being released to continue their delivery flights to Israel.

Handed over to Chel Ha’Avir (Israeli Air Force)





VH-ALX refuelling at Bahrein 14 April 1947, crew l-r Damien Miller, Jim Crombie, Kevin Dickson
Photo Kevin Dickson courtesy Charles Eather




Crew log book page showing the Anson formation's progress across Asia to the Middle East




A representative picture of an Israel Air Force Anson navigator trainer




            Anson 1  AX261                                                                                                   VH-ALY,  G-AJSEIsraseli Air Force

.41
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as AX261

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AX261  Received 2AD Richmond ex UK for assembly
22.7.42
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 2AD for erection
14.9.42
Received  6SFTS Mallala ex 2AP
17.1.43
Received 73 Sqn Lowood ex 6SFTS.  Code "NJ-K"
10.4.44
Damaged, struck high tension wires near Nowra NSW while on low level reconnaissance
3.8.44
Received 67 Sqn Laverton ex 73 Sqn
4.11.44
Received Pount Cook ex 67 Sqn
19.1.45
Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex Point Cook for complete overhaul
25.6.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
21.8.45
Received AFRU Storage Deniliquin ex 1AD.
14.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
24.10.46
AX261 ferried Deniliquin to Mascot, pilot Charles Eather, who was employed by McIllree to collect and ferry disposals Ansons
20.12.46
Registered VH-ALY Eric E. McIllree, Sydney NSW

Eric McIllree organised a delivery flight of four Aircraft Disposals Co Ansons to London for resale in UK. The others were VH-AJK, AKI, -ALX.  All were painted with Australian flag on the nose and tail with "Sydney Australia".
20.3.47
The four Ansons departed Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. Crews were assigned to individual aircraft, VH-ALY having pilot Trevor Dennet and navigator Ron Simmons 

Overnight stops at Charleville, Cloncurry, Daly Waters, Wyndham
24.3.47
Departed Australia from the abandoned wartime Truscott airfield on the northern WA coast where McIllree had organised fuel supplies. The loose formation flew to Koepang, Timor and on to Batavia and Singapore

While at Singapore, McIllree sold VH-AJK to a local buyer. The other three Ansons continued to UK. Slow progress with many problems and forced landings due engine troubles
24.4.47
The three reached Croydon Aerodrome, London
29.4.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold abroad

British historian A. J. Jackson inspected the three Ansons on arrival at Croydon and noted that the previous RAAF serials were visible through the silver dope on the rear fuselage sides for VH-ALX & VH-ALY.
The civil registrations had been painted on the wrong aircraft, ie. VH-ALX was painted on AX261 and VH-ALY was painted on DG696.
The error was corrected during their British certification preparation a few days after arrival
5.5.47
Registered G-AJSE Eric E.McIllree c/- Bank of NSW, London

VH-ALX was registered G-AJSC at the same time, both stored in hangar at Croydon while waiting resale
10.5.47
noted at Croydon still painted as VH-ALY, silver with black registration and Australian flag painted on nose and tail.
late 47
both sold by McIllree to H. Fredkins, London

Fredkins was an agent for the embryo nation of Israel, clandestinely acquiring aircraft in defiance of the world-wide embargo at that time on exporting arms or military equipment to the Israelis. By December 1947 he had six Ansons to deliver
25.2.48
G-AJSC & G-AJSE both issued with British CofAs, owner still McIllree
10.4.48
G-AJSC & G-AJSE departed England on ferry flights to Israel, several days behind four other Ansons owned by Fedkins. Both still had the Australian flag on the nose and tail, helping the subterfugethat their destination was Australia.
The preceeding four Ansons were impounded that day when they reached the Mediterranean island of Rhodes by Greek military acting on the request of the British Government
12.4.48
G-AJSE made a gear-up forced landing in a farm field at Pavia near Milan.

Fate unknown





AX261 with 73 Squadron, fitted with Air Surface Radar antenna on the nose.       Frank F. Smith collection




G-AJSE after a forced landing in an Italian ploughed field enroute from England to Israel in April 1948.
The Australian flags are still on the nose and tail from the the earlier Eric McIllree Sydney-London flight.




               Anson 1  W2145                                                                                                                     VH-AQV, VH-CSC

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2131

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2131. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
26.8.41
Received 3SFTS Amberley ex 2AP
21.2.42
Struck fence on landing approach Amberley, damaging tailplane
6.4.42
Issued to 6SFTS Malala ex 3SFTS
28.12.43
Collided with Anson W2374 after both aircraft had landed at Mallala. Damage to nose section and starboard mainplane and propeller. Repaired by unit.
27.3.45
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
21.11.45
Issued to RAAF Station Parafield via Dept of Aircraft Production, Parafield ex Guinea Airways
7.1.46
Allotted CMU Mallala ex RAAF Parafield for 40 hourly inspection and fitting of radio equipment
19.2.46
Received 1AD Laverton for storage
2.5.46
Approval given to issue to NSW Police Department in lieu of AW488 which is to be returned to RAAF
15.5.46
Issued to NSW Police Dept

Civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
17.7.46
Handed over to Police Department in a ceremony at Mascot. Painted silver with navy blue nose, cowlings, cheat line and registration letters. Name "Nemesis" on nose also in navy blue.
(Nemises was the telegraphic address for NSW Police)
19.7.46
Registered VH-AQV Commissioner of Police, NSW Police Department, Sydney NSW
19.7.46
CofA issued. Configured for pilot, radio operator and 3 passenger seats. A Bendix 7 channel wireless transceiver had ATC and Police communications frequencies. A compartment to carry police dogs had been built where the gun turret had been removed.

The Anson was operated by the Police Aviation Section, which could call on 5 serving policemen with appropriate pilot and engineering licences, all had served in RAAF during the war.  It was used on a variety of police tasks including taking detectives to country crime scenes and carriage of prisoners. It was alsoi used for general Government work such as transporting food to flooded districts of the State
.50
NSW Police Dept decided the cost of maintaining the Anson was uneconomical. The state wide police communications network had improved as had road transport between Sydney and country centres
6.50
VH-AQV and support equipment advertised for sale, tenders closing 11.7.50
31.8.50
Change of ownership: Ernest C. Fountain, Fountain's Garage, Sydney

Fountain had the cabin renovated with comfortable passenger seating. He advises DCA he intends to use the aircraft for charter and also for his company travel between motor garages at Sydney, Mudgee and Rylestone NSW
.51
CofA lapsed, not renewed
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft
21.12.53
Sold to Laurience "Laurie" Crowley t/a Crowley Airways, Lae New Guinea
21.1.54
CofA renewed
21.1.54
Restored to Register Crowley Airways Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
20.3.55
Change of registration to VH-CSC
30.8.58
Withdrawn from service at Lae. Inspection for annual renewal of CofA had been abandoned when poor glue adhesion was found inwooden joints in the mainplane
1.9.60
Struck-off Civil Register
2.61
A derelict Anson painted cream and red noted in the town at Lae. Probably VH-CSC





NSW Police Aviation Section pose with VH-AQV at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney in 1946




VH-AQV was silver with navy blue trim and registration markings.                  Photo: David C. Eyre collection




             Anson 1  N4936                                                                                                                        VH-ARK

.39
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as N4936

Shipped boxed to Australia 
7.3.39
Taken on RAAF charge as N4936. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
21.4.39
2 Squadron, Laverton
25.8.39
1 Flying Training School, Point Cook
15.5.40
General Reconnaissance School, Point Cook
3.10.41
Received 1AD ex GRS
30.11.41
Received 2AOS Mount Gambier ex 1AD
10.5.42
During night flying exercises, pilot of N4936 made a low approach to the flare path and its undercarriage struck Anson A4-46 on the aerodrome. Both aircraft extensively damaged. N4936 repaired at unit.
2.11.43
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 2AOS for complete overhaul
1.8.44
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
10.8.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 1AD
29.1.45
Allotted to RAAF Station Bundaberg ex 8SFTS, for storage
9.7.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. H.Ellis, Terminus Hotel, Newcastle NSW
24.12.47
Civil Registration application: Harry Ellis c/- Mr. Walker, Dubbo NSW

Civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by Airflite Pty Ltd
6.1.47
Registered VH-ARK
6.1.47
CofA issued
31.3.47
Public auction held by Airflite to sell Harry Ellis' Anson VH-ARK which they have held to recover payments owed to Airflite. Ellis had gone missing in his Wackett Trainer VH-ALV with CofA expired. DCA had requested NSW police to watch out for him, and the Wackett was located at Nowra NSW
31.3.47
Sold at aution for 800 to W. Haines, Sydney NSW
23.4.47
Change of ownership: Gregory R. Board c/- New Holland Airways, Sydney NSW
10.6.47
VH-ARK departed Sydney flown by Greg Board on a flight to Singapore where he had arranged to sell the Anson.

Board was involved in a side deal with two associates in the then booming migrant air charter trade from Europe to Australia, Captain Warren Penny of Intercontinental Air Tours and Stan Godden, his original partner in New Holland Airways. In his unpublished autobiography Penny gives a candid account:
   “Godden had been approached by a Mr. Hammond, who wanted to get out of the country. It later transpired that he was on a fraud charge for share selling and he was out on bail pending the hearing of the case. The price arranged to get him to Singapore was 5,000 because Hammond had no passport. Greg and I both put up 500 and Board was to fly the aircraft, an Anson which we bought quite cheaply for the job.  The arrangement was to leave Mascot with only the pilot on board, booked out to Walgett. On being airborne the aircraft would divert to Woy Woy where there was an old air force strip, pick up Hammond and proceed to Walgett. The few minutes involved in picking Hammond up did not greatly affect the flight plan. The route was via Wyndham, because Customs agreed that as it was only a ferry flight to SIngapore for the sale of the aircraft, with only the pilot on board, Wyndham could do the necessary clearance. Again, the plan at Wyndham was to drop Hammond on a clay pan outside Wyndham. Board then flew back and night-stopped, cleared Customs the next day, and enroute to Koepang, land on the claypan and pick Hammond up.
    All went well until Board landed at Banka Island instead of Palembang in Sumatra. The Dutch arrested him and then later found Hammond in the back locker of the Anson which opened on the inside of the cabin. The idea on arrival at Singapore was to land at Changi, a military field, and to do a long landing run. This took the aircraft behind some trees outside the vision of the control tower. Hammond could then jump out and disappear in the scrub. He was then, of course, on his own. Board would be told that he was on the wrong field and be sent back to the civilian field at Kallang.
    Board and Hammond got out of the Dutch jail, got to the aircraft and under various pretexts started the engines and began to take off. As they took off, they were shot at by the guards but luckily there was no damage and they were not hurt. The Dutch of course alerted Singapore, Hammond was arrested on arrival and later flown back to Sydney. We had to refund 5,000 and we lost about a 1000 on the deal among the three of us.”

DCA file includes reports that VH-ARK had been impounded by Dutch authorities at Banka Island off Sumatra, Netherland East Indies. Board was questioned at length regarding his relationship with the Indonesian Republic rebel fighters because he had earlier landed at an emergency airfield near Palembang which was in Republican controlled territory.
Afer four days Board had taken off under gun fire and arrived Singapore where the stowaway was arrested
The identity of the extra person on the aircraft was in fact one George Stanford, an Australian who had outstanding fraud charges from 1944 in Sydney. Police arranged his extradition back to Australia from Singapore.
6.47
VH-ARK reached Singapore
28.6.47
Change of ownership: Lim Cheng Sun, Singapore
17.7.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Register

Not registered in Singapore or other SE Asian countries

Strong probability it was destined all along for the republican rebels' air arm "Indonesian Air Force"
(see VH-AGX, VH-BBO)





This picture in an Indonesian magazine shows an Anson at Kallang Airport, Singapore when acquired by the
Independence movement for their air arm. It is probably Greg Board's VH-ARK




            Anson 1  NK950  Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm                                                                         VH-ARL

 .44 Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd as NK950
Part of an Air Ministry order for 800 Ansons of models Mk.1, X, XI. XII for RAF and Royal Navy
19.7.44
First flight
28.7.44 Taken on charge by Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as Anson Mk.1 NK950
22.4.45 Despatched to Sydney, Australia on board the merchant ship Empire Captain.
30.5.45 Received RNFAA Australia. Nothing further on the RN airfame record card

RNFAA Ansons operased courier services between RNFAA temporary bases in Australia, as part of the planned advance on Japan by the British Pacific Fleet. The Ansons were replaced by RNFAA Beech Expediters based at Sydney.
.46 Several Royal Navy Ansons offered for disposal sale in Australia a few months earlier than the large scale Commonwealth Disposals Commissions sales of RAAF Ansons
.46
Purchased by New England Airways Aerial Ambulance and Air Freight Service, Sydney NSW

NEAAAFS was formed early 1946 by W.R.Spalding and G. Christie, absorbing 3 Dragons from  Spalding's earlier operation Shark Patrol Service. Operating with shortened name New England Airways, Ansons were used for charter and newspaper deliveries until an airline licence issued in March 1947 for scheduled services from Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney to Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Casino,
and later to Brisbane. Butler Air Transport took over New England Airways effective 17.5.48
27.6.46 Civil Registration application: New England Airways c/- Airflite Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
28.6.46 Registered VH-ARL
28.6.46 CofA issued after weighing on DCA scales that day at Airflite. 7 passenger seats.
RAAF glasshouse was replaced by panels on each side with six rectangular windows
47
Civil Anson rounded nose modification installed.

Named Casino, later Spirit of Glen Innes
4.5.48
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Effective 20.5.48 BAT took over New England Airways routes and its Ansons VH-AKU, ARL, AVS, BFI, BFY
12.49
Inspection report: total airframe time 2,685 hrs
30.6.50
Change of ownership: Overland Air Services Pty Ltd, Condobolin NSW
14.12.50
CofA expired
6.51
CofA renewal inspection by Corio Air Engineers at Belmont Common Vic
8.51
Submerged in flood waters at Belmont Common from nearby Barwon River which covered the aerodorme and hangars.  Insurance write-off
3.52
noted at Belmont Common, derelict
13.6.52
Struck-off Civil Register





VH-ARL at Casino NSW in December 1946 with original military nose.                  Photo: Russ Stapleton




Mascot, soon after entering New England Airways service.                            Frank Walters collection




Brisbane-Eagle Farm Aerodrome early 1948, now with the civil rounded nose modification and smooth cowlings.
The name on the nose is "Spirit of Glen Innes".                                                      Photo by Gus Grulke




Eagle Farm. "New England Airways" above the windows and lightning strike cheat line paintwork.            
 Photo by Gus Grulke




VH-ARL gives a spirited display at Casino Aerodrome in March 1947.      Photo courtesy Alan Sheppard




Sydney Tower 1949. VH-ARL now with Butler Air Transport, awaits passengers surrounded by DC-3s.
Photo: Civil  Aviation Historical Society




             Anson 1  W2068                                                                                                                                     VH-ASM

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2068

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
12.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2068. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
27.5.41
Issued 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
12.6.41
Forced landing due engine failure Geraldton, ran through a fence. Damage to undercarriage and fuselage
4.6.42
Taxying accident at Georgina Satellite airfield, damage to tailplane and port wingtip
24.3.43
Forced landing on cross-country flight, damaged
18.10.43
Issued to ANA, Maylands for complete overhaul
5.6.44
Issued 4SFTS ex ANA
22.1.45
Transferred to 4SFTS Storage ex unit strength. Transferred to 87OBU Geraldton
25.7.45
Received 87OBU Evans Head ex Geraldton for under cover storage
29.3.46
Received CMU Narrandera ex Evanbs Head for under cover storage
14.11.46
Ansons W2068 & W2598 sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 each to
E. Wilkinson, Inverell NSW

13.12.46
W2068 & W2598 issued to purchser ex CMU Narrandera

Edward Wilkinson purchased 4 Ansons from Disposals for the Anson Holding Syndicate, Inverell, founded by local investors in a proposed airline to connect northern NSW towns. Later registered as a business as the Anson Holding Company
12.46
Pilot Arch Smith flew VH-AYI Narrabri-Sydney-Narrandera, carrying Anson Holding Co members and volunteers to work on two Ansons W2068 & W2598 purchased at Narrandera. After 4 days and nights of maintenance, the two were fit for ferry flights
12.46
W2068 & W2598, flown by Keith Robey, Sydney and Reg Jones, Inverell were ferried from Narrandera to Tamworth, in company with VH-AYI pilot Arch Smith

The Anson Holding Co's four Ansons were stored in former RAAF hangars at the wartime Tamworth aerodrome while the planned air service, named East West Airlines was established and applications made for an airline licence. Ted Wilkinson was a foundation director.
.47
W2068 ferried Tamworth-Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney for civil conversion by Marshall Airways
7.5.47
Registered VH-ASM  East-West Airlines Ltd, Tamworth NSW
7.5.47
CofA issued
26.5.47
Delivered Sydney to Tamworth
7.6.47
Flew the first trial East-West Airlines service Tamworth-Sydney, Captain John Rentell, 7 passengers. Returned to Tamworth next day. Named Hinkler
23.6.47
Flew the inaugural East-West Airlines scheduled service Tamworth-Sydney, Captain John Rentell, 7 passengers

Operated East-West Airlines services to ports in NSW and to Brisbane Qld
16.8.50
CofA expired, not renewed. Replaced by Lockheed Hudsons. Stored in a company hangar at the old Tamworth Airport. Maintained in good condition
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft
7.55
East-West Airlines Director's meeting minutes "VH-ASM was recently sold to Marshall Airways, Sydney"
13.9.55
VH-ASM noted parked at Marshall Airways hangar at Bankstown Airport, Sydney. It had recently been ferried from Tamworth and still had EWA titles and name Hinker on the nose

Operated by Sid Marshall with other Marshall Ansons on charter and air ambulance work, also regular weekend joyriding at Bankstown
30.6.62
CofA suspended due DCA Policy grounding all Mk.1 Ansons due concerns over deterioration in the glued wooden structure of mainplane and tailplane and poor single-engined performance.

Retired at Bankstown. Parked on grass with Marshall Ansons VH-AZX and unconverted W2599
18.7.62
Struck-off Civil Register
6.65
VH-ASM's wings were chopped off by axe and the aircraft moved by road to Sid Marshall's storage yard on the Bankstown Airport boundary. Also in the yard were two ex RAAF DC-2s, two Spitfires, a Nakajima Oscar and many aircraft engines and parts.
.72
VH-ASM's weather-damaged remains were acquired by East-West Airliness, Tamworth NSW.
Moved to Tamworth Airport where work began on a static restoration for display purposes, but the project was not completed and stored in a company hangar=

Management changes in East-West Airlines resulted in renewed interest in completing the Anson, but decided to out-source the rebuild project. Restoration proposal and costing submitted by vintage aircraft enthusiast John G. Gallagher, Loftus, Sydney was accepted
22.6.87
VH-ASM unveiled at a ceremony in the East-West Airlines hangar at Sydney Airport.  Early pilots, hostesses and other companypersonnel were invited
27.2.88
Official opening of a new display building housing VH-ASM at Tamworth Airport

Currently displayed at Tamworth Airport

In 1993 East-West Airlines ceased operations in its own name and was merged into Ansett Airlines

For a more detailed history of VH-ASM, see The RAF Museum Anson Mix-up in this section





VH-ASM "Hinkler" over Tamworth in June 1947.                                                           East-West Airlines




Bankstown September 1958 with Marshall Airways.                                                  Photo by Peter Keating




In Sid Marshall's storage yard at Bankstown, February 1967.                                      Photo by Dave Thollar




The restored Anson unveiled at East-West Airlines' 40th Anniversary celebration at Sydney Airport, June 1987 
Photo by Roger McDonald



              Anson 1  R3582                                                                                                                           VH-AST      

.40
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as R3582

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
18.7.40
Taken on  RAAF charge as R3582. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
16.9.40
Serviceable at 2SFTS Wagga ex 2AP
4.4.41
Received 3SFTS Amberley ex 2SFTS
6.4.42
Issued to 6SFTS Mallala ex 3SFTS
20.1.44
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 3SFTS for complete overhaul
31.7.44
Received 6SFTS ex Guinea Airways
21.5.45
Transferred to 6SFTS Storage ex unit strength. Transferred to CMU Mallala
22.2.46
Received CMU Nhill ex CMU Mallala for storage under cover
26.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
22.7.46
Civil Registration application: Frederick Walter Sutton, Sydney NSW

Fred Sutton was proprietor of Suttons Motors, with branches at Sydney, Grenfell and Temora NSW. Prewar he gained lucrative contracts to service the NSW State Government's vehicle fleet and became an enthusiastic private pilot.  Sutton purchased Ansons LT930, LT998, MG449 from CDC of which only MG449 became civil as VH-AYC. He also purchased Anson VH-AST and was a supporter of Sydney aviation enterprises in the early post-war years. He financed a number of ventures, the most successful being New England Airways, Morris Air Service and Tom Watson's Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd

Civil conversion by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd at Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney
2.8.46
Registered VH-AST F. W. Sutton, Sydney NSW
2.8.46
CofA issued
29.10.46
Change of ownership: Australian Air Traders Pty Ltd, Sydney. Based Lae, New Guinea
17.11.46
Departed Sydney with 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take passengers to New Guinea to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales. None were fitted with radio.
22.11.46
The loose formation of 7 aircraft reached Port Moresby from Higgins Field, Cape York
14.4.7
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea

Guinea Air Traders was formed in October 1946 as a subsidary of Australian Air Traders, managed by brothers Sam and John Jamieson, Sydney. GAT was to become a major charter operator over the next three years, both within New Guinea and using its DC-3s on migrant charters from Europe to Australia. Both companies ceased operations during 1950.
15.11.47
CofA suspended at Lae. Ansons VH-AJJ, ALS, BGD were grounded the same day
see VH-AJJ above for more detail
11.47
GAT wrote to DCA advising that the four grounded Ansons would be broken up for engines and parts
10.3.48
Struck-off Civil Register




             Anson 1  LV287                                                                                                                                      VH-ASZ

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order as LV287

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
11.10.43
Taken on RAAF charge as LV287. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
7.1.43
Assembly completed at 2AP
9.1.43
Test flight Bankstown
13.1.44
Received Air Armament School, Nhill ex 2AP. Unit renamed Air Armament and Gas School
29.2.44
Minor damage during unauthorised low flying
6.11.45
Transferred to AAGS Storage ex unit strength
26.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale

Sold to New England Airways, Sydney in stock military configuration

Civil conversion by Airlite Pty Ltd at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney for NEAW which operated from the Airflite hangar
27.9.46
Civil registration application: New England Airways, Sydney NSW

New England Airways Aerial Ambulance & Freight Service was formed early 1946 by W.R.Spalding and G. Christie, absorbing 3 Dragons from  Spalding's earlier operation Shark Patrol Service, Sydney. Operating with shortened name New England Airways, Ansons were used for charter and newspaper deliveries until an airline licence issued in March 1947 for scheduled services from Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney to Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Casino, and later to Brisbane. Butler Air Transport took over New England Airways effective 17.5.48
1.10.46
Registered VH-ASZ
1.10.46
CofA issued after weighing on DCA scales at Airflite, Mascot. Initially freighter configuration
30.9.47
CofA expired, retired at Bankstown. Parked at the NEAW hangar at Bankstown Aerodrome
50
DCA memo: the only New England Airways Anson left at Bankstown is VH-ASZ in poor condition
.50
Sold to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney
25.10.50
KSAS advise DCA that VH-ASZ will be broken up for parts
10.1.51
Struck-off Register





VH-ASZ immediately after civil conversion in October 1946.                                     Geoff Goodall collection




             Anson 1  AW483                                                                                                                                 VH-AVP

.41
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd to RAF order as AW483

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.10.41 Taken on RAAF charge as AW483.  Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
31.1.42 Received 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AP
21.12.43 Issued to 5AD Wagga ex 1AOS for replacement mainplanes
31.10.44 Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 5AD for complete overhaul
21.5.45 Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Mascot
25.6.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 2AD for under-cover storage
3.1.46 Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 1,000 to NSW Police Department, Sydney
8.2.46 Issued to NSW Police Dept
4.46 Approval for NSW Police Dept to return AW483 to RAAF Cootamundra and W2145 be issued in lieu.
(Reason for exchange unclear, W2145 became VH-AQV with NSW Police)
1.5.46 AW482 received CMU Cootamundra ex NSW Police Dept. To be stored under cover
7.46 Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
29.7.46 Mr. Loneragan has taken delivery ex CMU Cootamundra

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
8.8.46 Civil Registration application: Edward H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Civil conversion by Airflite Pty Ltd at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
14.8.46 Registered VH-AVP
14.8.46 CofA issued. Fitted with 7 passengers seats, thick cabin wall lining to reduce noise
19.11.46
Change of ownership: Interstate Air Services Pty Ltd, Mascot Asrodrome, Sydney

IAS was founded during 1946 by Managing Director Captain F. M. "Mac"Twemlow DFC (ex RAAF and Qantas) with financial backing from prominent Sydney bookmaker Arthur Browning. Dragon VH-ASU and Ansons VH-AVP, AVZ, AKJ were used on charter work. Aircraft were maintained by Airflite at Sydney Airport, IAS operating from a hut next to the Airflite hangar. Company reformed with new Directors in December 1946.
In January 1947 commenced a 3 days weekly airline service Sydney-Jervis Bay return, with bus transfer to Nowra. Increased to 4 return flights weekly. IAS ceased operations in March 1948 as unprofitable.
19.11.46
VH-AVP departed Sydney with 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take passengers to New Guinea to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales. None were fitted with radio.
22.11.46
The loose formation of 7 aircraft reached Port Moresby from Higgins Field, Cape York
1.1.47
Minor damage, no details

Used for charter and IAS airline services from Sydney to Jervis Bay
13.8.48
CofA expired, retired Sydney
10.48
Purchased at IAS aircraft auction by Wollongong and South Coast Aviation Co, Wollongong NSW

Assumed used for parts for the company's Ansons
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in the 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft




                Anson 1  W2239                                                                                                                              VH-AVQ

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2239

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.6.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2239. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
11.9.41
First test flight Laverton
25.9.41
Issued GRS Laverton ex 1AD. GRS moved to Cressy then Bairnsdale
11.12.44
Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex GRS for complete overhaul
1.5.45
Aircraft under offer to Royal New Zealand Air Force. No longer required by 27.7.45
21.5.45
Received 1AD ex Ansett
22.8.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Benalla ex 1AD for under cover storage. Transferred to CMU Benalla
17.7.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
12.8.46
Civil registration application: Australian Air Traders, Sydney NSW
4.9.46
Registered VH-AVQ
4.9.46
CofA issued
6.10.46
Local flight from Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney, pilot Charles Eather, who worked for Eric McIllree at that time
17.11.46
VH-AVQ departed Sydney with 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take passengers to New Guinea to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales. None were fitted with radio.
18.11.46
Refuelled at Townsville enroute to New Guinea
22.11.46
The loose formation of 7 aircraft reached Port Moresby from Higgins Field, Cape York
14.4.47
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea

Guinea Air Traders was formed in October 1946 as a subsidary of Australian Air Traders, managed by brothers Sam and John Jamieson, Sydney. GAT was to become a major charter operator over the next three years, both within New Guinea and using its DC-3s on migrant charters from Europe to Australia. Both companies ceased operations during 1950.
21.4.47
Damaged in forced landing near Gaile Village New Guinea. 20 miles east of Port Moresby
While on a flight from Lae to Port Moresby, GAT pilot John W. Speirs (ex Wellingtons and Lancasters in WWII) made a forced landing with gear down on cleared ground due low fuel.  Aircraft was damaged but Speirs and his two native passengers were unhurt.
Photographs of the accident show the aircraft was still painted "Australian Air Traders"

Broken up for parts by GAT
20.10.47
Struck-off Register





Mascot aerodrome, Sydney 1946.                                                                            Ed Coates collection




Higgins Field, Cape York Peninsula, bound for New Guinea, November 1946.          The Collection.                




               Anson 1  W2657                                                                                                                                 VH-AVS

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2657

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as W2657. Received 2AD ex UK
16.3.42
Receievd 2AP Bankstown ex 2AD for assembly
20.4.42
Received 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AP
17.6.42
Damaged struck fence on takeoff Cootamundra, forced landing in paddock near aerodrome
26.11.43
Forced landing at Dooen, near Horsham Vic due port engine failure
30.11.44
Issued Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 1AOS for complete overhaul
26.8.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL Archerfield
3.9.45
Received 3CRD Amberley ex 3AD for under cover storage
3.12.45
Received 10EFTS Storage Temora ex 3CRD for under cover storage
14.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
27.8.46
Civil Registration application: E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
2.9.46
Registered VH-AVS
2.9.46
CofA issued. Military cabin glasshouse replaced by panels each side with rectangular windows.
Civil pointed nose modification with nose baggage locker
28.10.46
Change of ownership: New England Airways Aerial Ambulance and Air Freight Service, Sydney

New England Airways Aerial Ambulance & Freight Service was formed early 1946 by W.R.Spalding and G. Christie, absorbing 3 Dragons from  Spalding's earlier operation Shark Patrol Service, Sydney. Operating with shortened name New England Airways, Ansons were used for charter and newspaper deliveries until an airline licence issued in March 1947 for scheduled services from Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney to Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Casino, and later to Brisbane. Butler Air Transport took over New England Airways effective 17.5.48

Operated charter and New England Airways scheduled airline services. Named Spirit of Coffs Harbour
4.5.48
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney
4.10.51
Change of ownership: Aerial Surveys (W) Pty Ltd, Perth WA

Purchased by Aerial Surveys to replace their Anson VH-BFC which was operating a survey contract in SA until damaged landing at Wallaroo SA on 31.8.45 and written off
7.11.52
Badly damaged in forced landing Carnamah WA. Port engine had failed, pilot D.M. Taylor unhurt
9.1.53
Mainplane of VH-AVS seen at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
6.53
DCA Memo: the remains of VH-AVS have been purchased for parts by Woods Airways, Perth
11.6.53
Struck-off Register





New England Airways Anson VH-AVS loading passengers at Casino NSW during 1947.
The door to the nose baggage compartment is open.          Photo via Alan Sheppard




VH-AVS at Kempsey in 1947 showing the pointed nose civil modification with nose baggage locker.
"Spirit of Coffs Harbour" and NEAW emblem are painted on the nose.  Photo by Howard Quinlan




              Anson 1  R9883                                                                                                                           VH-AVT, VH-AGA

.40
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as R9883

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.10.40
Taken on RAAF charge as R9883. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
18.11.40
Issued 1ANS, Parkes ex 2AP
20.12.43
Received 2AOS Mount Gambier ex 1ANS
30.11.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 2AOS for complete overhaul
30.4.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett
1.5.45
Not to be flown, on offer to Royal New Zealand Air Force. No longer required by RNZAF by 27.7.45
22.8.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Benalla ex 1AD for storage under cover
14.8.46
Sold through Commonwelth Disposals Commission for 500 to Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Sydney
15.8.46
R9883 ferried Benalla-Sydney Airport by Adastra pilot Jack Howard
29.11.46
Civil registration application: Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney

Civil conversion by Adastra Airways at Mascot
9.1.47
Registered VH-AVT
9.1.47
CofA issued. Fitted for aerial photographic survey with vertical camera and operator seat

Operated by Adastra Aerial Surveys
19.5.53
Nosed over on landing Mascot due flat port tyre, minor damage
1.4.57
Reregistered VH-AGA.  Adastra Aerial Surveys were using the VH-AG block
5.1.59
Nominal change of ownership: Sepal Pty Ltd, Sydney
Sepal Pty Ltd was a subsidiary holding company of Adastra Hunting Geophysics Ltd, Sydney
5.62
Based at Essendon Vic on survey work
30.6.62
CofA suspended due DCA Policy
7.62
DCA granted Adastra several weeks CofA extension to complete a survey job
7.62
Grounded at Sydney Airport. Parked in the open weather at the Adastra hangar with VH-BLF
18.7.62
Struck-off Civil Register
9.63
Donated to Harold G. Thomas/ Camden Museum of Aviation, Camden NSW
8.1.64
VH-AGA and VH-BLF noted parked outside the Adastra hangar, condition deteriorating
.64
VH-AGa dismantled and moved by road from Sydney Airport to Camden Airport. Assembled at Camden Museum of Aviation, using some parts removed from VH-BLF.
65
Repainted in camouflage as "N5151", displayed suspended from roof in museum hangar
78
By now repainted with correct serial "R9883", aircraft parked on floor of museum hangar
by 86
Camden Museum of Aviation forced to relocate, collection moved to land at Narellan near Camden

Currently stored inside display hangar at Narallen. Museum no longer open to the public





                            VH-AVT at Mascot circa 1956.                                                       Photo: Barrie Colledge collection




Reregistered VH-AGA, in Adastra service at Essendon in May 1962, a month before the DCA type-grounding
Photo by Geoff Goodall




January 1964 retired at Sydney Airport, with damaged right wing.                        Photo by Geoff Goodall




VH-AGA painted as "N5151" at the Camden Museum of Aviation hangar, Camden Airport in June 1967
Photo by Neville Parnell



               Anson 1  AW679                                                                                                                      VH-AVY

.41
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as AW679

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.10.41
Taken on RAAF charge as AW679. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
7.3.42
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 2AP
7.4.42
Forced landing 5 miles south of Rockhampton Qld due engine failure, no airframe damage
27.5.44
8SFTS request civilian contractor overhaul for AW679 which has defective mainplane but is flyable
9.7.44
Received 2AP Storage ex 8SFTS due no space available with civilian contractors
30.1.45
Issued Ansett Airways Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
24.9.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways
8.10.45
Received CMU Evans Head ex 2AD for under cover storage
12.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
27.10.46
AW679 ferried Evans Head to Mascot Aerodorme, Sydney by pilot Charles Eather who was employed by Eric Mcillree to collect and ferry RAAF Ansons purchasedfor Aircraft Disposals Co
17.3.47
Civil registration application: Consolidated Press Ltd, Sydney
5.5.47
Registered VH-AVY
5.5.47
CofA issued

Consolidated Press was a Sydney newspaper and magazine publisher, headed by Mr. Frank Packer. Ansons VH-AJP & AVY were flown by company employed pilots to carry Daily Telegraph newspaper staff, journalists and photographers. Also personal flights for the Packer family. The remaining Anson VH-AVY was replaced by Miles Gemini VH-BMV in 1950
11.4.51
Change of ownership: South Coast Airways Pty Ltd, Wollongong NSW

Operated scheduled airline services from Sydney to Wollongong, Jervis Bay, Cowra, West Wyalong
1.1.53
Change of ownership: Goilala Air Service, Goilala New Guinea

Goilala Air Service was established in 1.53 by E.F."Ernie"Reid, who had flown Ansons for Charter Aviation Service at Lae until they ceased in 1952. GAS was backed by Dr. Alexander L. Casselberg, Tapini to fly general charter and regular services between Tapini and Port Moresby. 7 Ansons and Percival Gull VH-UTP were acquired. Reid died in 1956 and Goilala Air Services ceased operations.
23.3.54
Nominal change of ownership: Dr. Alexander L. Casselberg, Goilala, New Guinea
28.6.56
Struck-off Register





Brisbane-Eagle Farm, almost certainly during the delivery flight to New Guinea in January 1953.
       Photo by Gus Grulke




Retired in the open at Lae, New Guinea in 1955.                             Photo: Civil Aviation Historical Society




              Anson 1  DJ498                                                                                                                           VH-AVZ

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as DJ498

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
30.11.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ498. Received 2P Bankstown ex Pitmans Wharf ex UK
29.1.43
Test flight Bankstown after assembly
1.2.43
Issued 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AP
8.9.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 1AOS pending allocation to civil contractor for overhaul
30.12.44
Received 3AD Amberley ex 1AP for storage pending allocation to contractor
19.2.45
Issued Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 3AD for complete overhaul
5.10.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL
22.10.45
Received CMU Evans Head ex 3AD for storage under cover
15.3.46
Received CMU Narrandera ex Evans Head for storage under cover
17.7.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale

Civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by Airflite Pty Ltd
16.9.46
Registered VH-AVZ
16.9.46
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats
4.11.46
Change of ownership: Interstate Air Services Pty Ltd , Sydney

IAS was founded during 1946 by Managing Director Captain F. M. "Mac"Twemlow DFC (ex RAAF and Qantas) with financial backing from prominent Sydney bookmaker Arthur Browning. Dragon VH-ASU and Ansons VH-AVP, AVZ, AKJ were used on charter work. Aircraft were maintained by Airflite at Mascot, IAS operating from a hut next to the Airflite hangar. Company reformed with new Directors in December 1946.
In January 1947 commenced a 3 days weekly airline service Sydney-Jervis Bay return, with bus transfer to Nowra. Increased to 4 return flights weekly. IAS ceased operations in March 1948 as unprofitable.
20.11.46
Departed Sydney with 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take passengers to New Guinea to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales. None were fitted with radio. VH-AVZ was flown by Captain J. Madsen, Chief Pilot of Interstate Air Services
22.11.46
Departed Higgins Field, Cape York Peninsula at 5.50am for Port Moresby
22.11.46
Badly damaged, ran off runway landing Port Moresby, New Guinea
Brakes failed, ran off the steel matting runway and rolled into a ditch, wrecking the port wing.
Captain Madsen and passengers unhurt but aircraft written-off
9.1.48
Struck-off Register





The short-lived Anson VH-AVZ is in the background of this Tiger Moth photo at Mascot in November 1946.
Behind the Anson is Handley Page Halifax G-AGXA, which Geoff Wikner flew from England




             Anson 1  W2260                                                                                                                         VH-AXC, VH-BXC

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2260

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.6.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2260. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
20.9.41
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
20.2.42
Tailwheel assembly collapsed on roiugh ground Geraldton aerodrome
17.3.42
Tail struck concrete tie-down block while taxying at Georgina Satellite Ground
11.11.42
Damaged when landed Geraldton with undercarriage partly retracted
1.12.43
Tail struck splinter-proof pen while taxying Geraldton, damaged rear fuselage and tailplane
25.9.44
Issued to ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
12.6.45
Receievd 4AD Boulder ex ANA Maylands for storage
22.1.46
Received 87OBU Geraldton ex 4AD for storage under cover
18.2.46
Received 7CU Guildford ex 87 OBU as replacement aircraft
1.4.46
Issued 87OBU Geraldton ex 7CU. Transferred to CMU Geraldton
1.6.46
Sold by CDC for 1000 less 50% discount to Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Kalgoorlie WA
23.7.46
Civil Registration application: George W. Lewis c/- Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Kalgoorlie WA
30.7.46
DCA memo: W2260 has been ferried by George Lewis from Geraldton to Kalgoorlie. The Anson is in  exceptionally good condition, has only flown 102 hrs since overhaul by ANA Maylands

Civil conversion at Kalgoorlie by G.W. Lewis
13.9.46
Test flown Kalgoorlie by G.W. Lewis
13.9.46
Registered VH-AXC. CofA issued. 

George W. "Lewie" Lewis was a WWI aviator who had operated as Goldfields Airways, Kalgoorlie since 1934 and held the FDS contract to provide an aircraft for flying doctor call-outs in the Kalgoorilie area. When he purchased Ansons VH-AXC and -BEL to continue his charter business, Lewis presented them as Flying Doctor aircraft to gain concessions on purchase price and ongoing air navigation charges. DCA WA Region was aware they were mostly used for charter but the ANC concessions were not changed
17.9.47
Test flown Guildford Aerodrome, Perth by G.W. Lewis after CofA renewal inspection
10.48
DCA advised owners of all aircraft in the VH-AX series that their registration was no longer available due new International aeronautical telecommunications requirements. VH-BXC was suggested to minimise  repainting
28.10.48
Reregistered VH-BXC.  Owners given until next annual CofA renewal overhaul to repaint their aircraft
9.49
Repainted as VH-BXC
24.7.58
Change of ownership: Bell Brothers Pty Ltd, Perth WA. Named Learmonth

Bell Bros was an established heavy construction business which was building a new RAAF airfield at Leamonth WA. The Anson was flown by company pilot Keith Baker and maintained by MMA.
8.58
A 5th passenger seat was installed by MMA at Perth
21.11.60
CofA expired. DCA approved extension to 1.61
1.61
Retired at Perth Airport, parked in hangar pending disposal
61
Offered to DCA Airport Fire Service for practice
26.10.61
Burnt for fire practice at Perth Airport





VH-BXC "Learmonth" in service with Bell Bros, at Perth Airport June 1959.         Geoff Goodall collection




VH-BXC was burnt at Perth Airport for an airport fire service exercise in October 1961
Photos taken by Phil McCulloch






            Anson 1  DG731                                                                                                                                  VH-AXE

.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as DG731

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.9.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG731. Received RAAF Point Cook ex UK for assembly
7.10.42
Received 1AD Laverton ex Point Cook for fitment of Wireless Transceiver equipment
9.11.42
Received 2ANS Nhill ex 1AD
28.12.42
Receieved 67 Sqn Laverton ex 2ANS
20.4.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 67 Sqn for complete overhaul
15.10.45
Receievd 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways. Stored under cover
8.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to Pilot Officer W.T.Dwyer, Melbourne
6.9.46
Registered VH-AXE  William T. Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
6.9.46
CofA issued. Freighter

Bill Dwyer purchased a total of 13 Ansons in 1946-47 with plans to establish a major air freight operation between Melbourne and Tasmania and Bass Strait island communities. Operating under the name W.T.Dwyer Airlines, he concentrated on carrying fresh seafood to the Melbourne Fish market, but was unable to gain the finance needed to expand the business. In 1952 Dwyer reformed as a new operation named Flinders Island Airlines at Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne

Based Essendon Airport flying freight charters to Tasmanian and Bass Strait island airfields, pilot Dwyer
5.48
DCA review of Tasmanian charter flights, based on Essendon Tower logs, listed VH-AXE flying regularly.  The report implied that it was being used by Tradair, Essendon along with Tradair's own Ansons VH-BJN, BJO, BJP, BJQ and VH-BJR.
16.12.48
Retired at Essendon
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft





VH-AXE in service as a freighter at Essendon Airport, Melbourne 1946.               Photo: Darryl Mackenzie




               Anson 1  LT792                                                                                                                                   VH-AXQ

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as LT792

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.8.43
Taken on RAAF charge as LT792.  Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
2.12.43
Received 3BAGS West Sale ex 2AP
12.12.43
Received 1AGS West Sale ex 3BAGS
1.7.45
Prop struck water Shoal Inlet near Seapray Vic during over water exercise
3.9.45
Transferred to 1AGS Storage ex unit strength for storage under cover
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 535 to D.W. Gluyas, Geelong Victoria
19.9.46
Civil Registration application: Douglas W. Gluyas and Peter B. Lavender, Geelong Vic

Gluyas and Lavender, both former RAAF aircrew, applied to DCA for a charter licence under the name New Guinea Air Freighters, with engineers Tom Watson and B. McHugh. Planned to operate between Lae, Madang and the Highlands with Ansons but the operation did not commence.
Lavender and Tom Watson instead joined Guinea Air Traders in early 1947, Lavender later flying with  Cathay Pacific Airways, Tom Watson became Senior Engineer for GAT
7.3.47
Registered VH-AXQ
7.3.47
CofA issued. Fitted with 5 passenger seats
18.4.47
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
8.11.47
GAT Anson VH-AXQ arrived Sydney Airport from New Guinea, pilot Peter Lavender.
Advertised for sale in Sydney by GAT

CofA expired, retired at Sydney Airport
20.10.49
Struck-off Civil Register





                Anson 1  W1657                                                                                                                         VH-AXV, VH-BXV

.40
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as W1657

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
22.1.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W1657. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
19.2.41
Received 3SFTS Amberley ex 2AP
6.4.42
Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex 3SFTS
15.6.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 1SFTS
12.11.43
Issued to Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
3.7.44
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex Guinea Airways
22.1.45
Transferred to 4SFTS Storage ex unit strength, transferred to 87OBU Geraldton 2.8.45
8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
10.9.46
Departed Geraldton, collected by purchaser

Airlines (WA) Ltd purchased a total of 14 Ansons from Geraldton, all ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where 8 were converted to civil in the airline's maintenance hangar, the rest were broken up for parts
18.9.46
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion
2.10.46
Registered VH-AXV Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
2.10.46
CofA issued. RAAF glasshouse replaced by panels each side with 6 oval windows.

Flown on Airlines (WA) Ltd scheduled services from Guilford Aerodrome, Perth. Named R.M.A.Albany
10.48
DCA advised owners of all aircraft in the VH-AX series that their registration was no longer available due new International aeronautical telecommunications requirements. VH-BXV was suggested to minimise the repainting. Ownersgiven until next annual CofA renewal overhaul to repaint their aircraft
7.12.48
Repainted as VH-BXV in the Airlines' hangar at Guildford
1.10.50
Forced landing Meekatharra WA after a propeller broke away in flight, no airframe damage
5.53
Fitted with dispensing gear to spread dingo baits on a 4 week contract
11.3.54
Change of ownership: Arnold H. Gibson & Keith Reynolds, Carnarvon WA

Keith Reynolds was a wild cattle shooter who took the beef to Carnarvon in his rerigerated truck. With the Anson he planned to fly his beef to butchers in other WA towns, as well as carry fruit and vegetables. Pilot R.V.Hames was engaged and the aircraft maintained by Doggett Aviation at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
3.6.54
Ground-looped landing Carnarvon on arrival from Learmonth, no damage,. Pilot R. V. Hames
20.10.54
Flown Carnarvon-Perth by R.V.Hames, landed Guidford where he unloaded freight. When taxying for departure to Maylands, a tyre went flat causing a ground-loop. No damage
10.54
Annual CofA renewal commenced by Doggett Aviation at Maylands. Not completed, aircraft is for sale
8.12.54
Change of ownership: Westralian Oil Pty Ltd, Perth WA
12.54
To be used to transport company employees to the north of WA. Pilot William G. Boulden has been engaged to operate the aircraft, which Doggett Aviation at Maylands will continue to maintain
13.1.55
Test flown Maylands by W.G.Boulden on completion of CofA renewal. Now 5 passenger seats
8.8.55
DCA inspection at Guidford. Glued wooden joints in the mainplane found to be seriously deteriorated. Ferry permit issued for the 5 minute flight to Maylands where the wing was repaired by David Gray & Co.
14.2.56
Test flown Maylands by W. G. Boulden after wing repair and CofA overhaul
15.2.56
CofA renewed. DCA Inspection states aircraft is now in excellent condition, airframe time 8,526 hrs.
It will be hangared at Maylands when not in use
14.2.57
CofA expired, retired at Maylands
5.4.57
Ferried Maylands-Cunderdin by W. G. Boulden for storage. Boulden wrote to DCA: "return of the Anson to airworthy condition depends on development of oil search activities in northern parts of WA and NT."
11.57
By now parked in the open at Cunderdin with rudder missing
57
Retired at Cunderdin WA, became derelict
8.60
DCA memo: VH-BXV is at Cunderdin in poor condition, rats and birds living in the airframe
8.1.64
Derelict airframe noted in paddock near hangars at Cunderdin. "Westralian Oil Ltd"still visible on the fuselage
70
Alan Mather at Kellerberrin WA had a Cheetah engine from VH-BXV, the other was at Katanning.





Kalgoorlie WA circa 1948 on an Airlines(WA )Ltd scheduled passenger service.     Geoff Goodall collection




Anson VH-BXV retired at Cunderdin WA is seen in this aerial view of a flying event there in November 1957.
The Anson's windows appear to have been modified to rectangular shape.            Geoff Goodall collection




             Anson 1  MG921                                                                                                                                 VH-AYA

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as MG921

Shipped boxed to Australia 
20.3.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG921. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
1.6.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 2AP
15.8.44
Badly damaged in ground-loop on takeoff Bundaberg
11.12.44
Received Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 8SFTS for repair
27.7.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL Archerfield
13.8.45
Received CMU Evans Head ex 3AD for under cover storage
14.8.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 770 to Mr. B. J.Clifton, Forbes NSW
19.8.46
Collected by Mr. Clifton at Evans Head
15.11.46
Registered VH-AYA  Cliftons Western Airways Ltd, Forbes NSW c/- B. J. Clifton

In July 1946 B.J.Clifton, Managing Director of Cliftons Western Airways applied to DCA for an airline licence to operate from Forbes to Cowra, Condobolin, Wyong to Sydney with Ansons. DCA policy at that time was to defer decisions on airline licence applications from small under-capitalised operations, usually started by former RAAF aircrew. They were not refused, just deferred until the applicant was insolvent.

The Directors of Cliftons Western Airways Ltd were particularly tenacious and continued demanding a decision until 1950 when they bitterly criticised the DCA unwritten policy to politicians including Prime Minister R.G.Menzies. The Minister for Air T.E. White responded with brilliant obfuscation stating that the Butler Air Transport DC-3 service to Parkes was considered near enough to Forbes. However if the Forbes local authorities paid to upgrade the Forbes aerodrome to DC-3 standard, BAT might consider making it a stopping point on the existing service.
15.11.46
CofA issued
22.11.46
VH-AYA departed Sydney with 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take passengers to New Guinea to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales. None were fitted with radio.
14.11.47
CofA expired, not renewed
19.12.47
Struck-off Register





             Anson 1  MG449                                                                                                                            VH-AYC, CR-AFT

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as MG449

Shipped boxed to Australia 
6.12.43
Taken on RAAF charge as MG449. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
18.1.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 2AP
29.1.45
Allotted RAAF Maryborough ex 8SFTS for storage
22.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission fo 250 to Suttons Motor Maintenance, Sydney
23.9.46
Civil Registration application: Frederick W. Sutton c/- Suttons Motors Pty Ltd, Sydney

Fred Sutton was proprietor of Suttons Motors, with branches at Sydney, Grenfell and Temora NSW. Prewar he gained lucrative contracts to service the NSW State Government's vehicle fleet and became an enthusiastic private pilot.  Sutton purchased Ansons LT930, LT998, MG449 from CDC of which only MG449 became civil as VH-AYC. He also purchased Anson VH-AST and was a supporter of Sydney aviation enterprises in the early post-war years. He financed a number of ventures, the most successful being New England Airways, Morris Air Service and Tom Watson's Aerial Agriculture Pty Ltd

Civil conversion by Marshall Airways at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. Completed by 20.12.46
24.12.46
Registered VH-AYC
24.12.46
CofA issued. Cabin glasshouse replaced by panels each side with rectangular windows
12.2.47
Change of ownership: Portuguese Government, Dili, Portuguese Timor

Repainted in Sydney as CR-AFT in civil paint scheme but with Portuguese Air Force insignia
4.47
Ferried Sydney-Alice Springs-Darwin-Timor
1.5.47
Struck-off Australian Civil Aircraft Register
13.7.47
Registered as CR-AFT: Transportes Aereos de Timor, Dili

Transportes Aereos de Timor (TAT) was a Portuguese Colonial Government-backed airline formed in 1946 to provide services within Timor. From 1955 equipped with Doves and Heronswhich allowed a air service to Darwin. After the loss of a Heron in 1960, TAA took over the Darwin-Timor route with F.27s

CR-AFT fate unknown



Two views of CR-AFT at Alice Springs NT in April 1947 on delivery flight from Sydney to Portuguese Timor
Photos: Civil Aviation Historical Society of SA, via SA Aviation Museum




              Anson 1  DG871                                                                                                                                   VH-AYD
.42
Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as DG871

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
29.3.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG871. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK
22.5.42
Issued to Point Cook for assembly ex storage at Corpus Christie college at Werribee Mansion
27.6.42
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex Point Cook
7.4.43
Received 73 Sqn Laverton ex 8SFTS
11.8.44
Received 67 Sqn Nowra ex 73 Sqn
30.10.44
Received Point Cook ex 67 Sqn
19.1.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex Point Cook for complete overhaul
18.6.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways. Airframe time 1,146 hrs
18.6.45
Issued to 67 Sqn Storage ex 1AD
26.9.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Benalla ex 67 Sqn Storage, for under cover storage
19.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
23.9.46
Civil registration application: E. H. Loneragan c/- Jas Loneragan (Mudgee) Ltd, Mudgee NSW
11.46
Registered VH-AYD.   Civil register date 14.12.46 due clerical delay
11.46
CofA issued
16.11.46
VH-AYD departed Sydney for New Guinea, flown by E.H.Loneragan carrying business associates to attend Commonwealth Disposals Commission sales at Lae, Rabaul and Milne Bay. Departing Sydney at the same time were 5 other Ansons and a Dragon chartered to take prospective buyers to the CDC New Guinea sales
22.11.46
The loose formation of 7 aircraft reached Port Moresby from Higgins Field, Cape York

VH-AYD continued to Lae, Finschaffen, Nadzab, Lae, Rabaul, Lae, Port Moresby
1.12.46
Port Moresby-Milne Bay to inspect the vast array of equipment and infrastructure abandoned there
7.12.46
Departed Port Moresby for Higgins Field (Jacki Jacki)-Cairns-Rockhampton-Brisbane-Sydney

The Loneragan family business had purchased the Milne Bay salvage rights and Tim Loneragan was to fly company Ansons to New Guinea numerous times over the following years
23.3.47
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
24.5.47
Crashed Bulolo, New Guinea, wrecked.
Pilot Peter B. Lavender was the only person on board and was not hurt.
When on final to land at Bulolo, Lavender saw another GAT Anson VH-ALS flown by W.Burdus was approaching to land from the opposite end of the runway. Lavender attempted a missed approach from low altitude but with undercarriage and flaps extended was unable to climb over a mountain ridge 2 miles from the airfield. For a detailed account of this event see the Balus Volume 1 pp43-44
6.47
GAT advised DCA that the crash site was inaccessable to vehicles or lifting equipment. The aircraft was stripped for parts then abandoned
26.8.47
Struck-off Register








Tim Loneragan approaching Milne Bay in VH-AYD on 1 December 1946 to inspect the war salvage.
This and the photo below were taken by Ted Loneragan, courtesy Maria Anstis




VH-AYD loads up to depart Milne Bay 7 December 1946




              Anson 1  R3530                                                                                                                        VH-AYE

.40
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as R3530

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
11.7.40
Taken on RAAF charge as R3530.  Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
29.8.40
First flight Bankstown after assembly
2.9.40
Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex 2AP
17.10.41
Received 2AOS Mount Gambier ex 1SFTS
2.3.42
Badly damaged struck fence when ran off strip landing at Cootamundra
7.9.42
Minor damage struck trees Mount Gambier
16.11.42
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 2AOS for overhaul
22.4.43
Received 1AD ex Ansett Airways
17.5.43
Received 6SFTS Malala ex 1AD
24.2.45
Undercarriage failed during landing Mallala. Requires major repair
12.3.45
Received Guinea Airways, Parafield for repair
2.10.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Mallala ex Guinea Airways via Dept of Aircraft Production, Parafield
1.1.46
Transferred to CMU Mallala
22.2.46
Received CMU Nhill ex CMU Mallala for storage under cover
19.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E. H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW

Edward H. "Tim" Loneragan was a Mudgee businessman and experienced civil and military pilot. He and Sydney car dealer Eric E. McIllree were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale
30.9.46
Registered VH-AYE  Edward H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
30.9.46
Temporary CofA issued on completion of civil conversion at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney

Commenced civil flying retaining RAAF camouflage.  Initially used to take ferry pilots and engineers to collect and deliver Ansons purchased by Aircraft Disposals Company from RAAF Stations
1.10.46
Flew Mascot-Narrandera-Mildura-Mallala, pilot Charles Eather employed by Eric Mcillree
2-3.10.46
Flew Mallala-Parafield-Narrandera-Camden-Mascot, pilot Eric McIllree
25.6.47
Change of ownership: Dr. Thomas Mervyn S. Hall, Toowoomba Qld.  Purchased with expired CofA.
10.47
New England Airways at Bankstown commenced work on CofA reneal overhaul, including installiation of civil Ansion modifications such as seating, window panels replacing the military cabin glasshouse, fitting Oxford type smooth engine cowlings
5.48
New England Airways advise DCA that the work is completed
7.6.48
CofA renewed at Bansktown
6.48
Dr. Mervyn Hall, who also owned Aeronca VH-ACJ, flew the Anson to his surgery rounds at Queensland hospitals, as well as using it for charter  
7.11.48
Rudder replaced after damage, no details
19.3.49
VH-AYE visited an airshow at Casino NSW
8.6.49
Annual CofA renewal Archerfield Qld
17.7.50
Annual CofA renewal Archerfield Qld
9.12.50
Crashed, forced landing Tuggerah Lakes near Wyong NSW
Pilot Dr. Hall, and passengers, his wife and children and friends were not hurt. They were on a holiday flight from Brisbane to Tasmania, when engine trouble forced the emergency landing on a disused airstrip. Dr. Hall said he was committed to land before he saw a fence had been built across the strip. Impact with the fence tore off the undercarriage and damaged the fuselage and tailplane.

Damaged beyond economical repair, stripped for parts
6.4.51
Struck-off Civil Register




This creased print taken in 1946 while flying in RAAF camouflage was attached to VH-AYE's CofA form




Archerfield December 1948 now with window panels and smooth cowlings                   Photo: The Collection




Sydney Morning Herald 10.12.50.  The side story is a sign of the times.




              Anson 1   DJ322                                                                                                                     VH-AYI,  VH-RAU


Built at Newton Heath shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as DG871

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
26.10.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ322. Assembled by civilian contractor Butler Air Transport, Sydney Airport
9.11.42
Received 1RIMU ex Butler Air Transport
4.1.43
Received 12RSU Calibration Flight, Charters Towers ex 1RIMU
12.1.43
Received 1RIMU ex 12RSU
13.4.43
Received 6CF
2.10.43
Damaged in forced landing on salt pan
6.11.43
Received 4RSU Pell Field NT for repair.
4.2.44
4RSU request allotment to civilian contractor for major repair
6.3.44
Issued to Ansett Airways, Sydney Airport ex 4RSU
23.10.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex Ansett Airways
26.10.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 2AP
17.6.45
Received CMU Narrandera ex 8SFTS for storage under cover
19.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 400 to E. Wilkinson, Inverell NSW

Edward Wilkinson purchased 4 Ansons from Disposals for the Anson Holding Syndicate, Inverell, founded by local investors in a proposed airline to connect northern NSW towns. Later registered as a business as the Anson Holding Company

Civil conversion by Marshall Airways, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
15.11.46
Registered VH-AYI Anson Holding Company, Inverell NSW c/- E.Wilkinson 
15.11.46
CofA issued. 6 passenger seats
16.11.46
VH-AYI delivered Sydney-Inverell by Arch Smith
12.46
Arch Smith flew VH-AYI Inverell-Tamworth-Sydney-Narrandera, carrying Anson Holding Company members and volunteers to work on two Ansons purchased at Narrandera. After 4 days and nights of maintenance, the two W2068 & W2598 were fit to be ferried to Tamworth, accompanied by Smith in VH-AYI.

The Anson Holding Co's four Ansons were stored in former RAAF hangars at the wartime Tamworth aerodrome while the planned air service, named East West Airlines was established and applications made for an airline licence. Ted Wilkinson was a foundation director, and all assets of Anson Holding Company were turned over to East West Airlines
14.7.47
Change of ownership: East-West Airlines Ltd, Tamworth NSW
19.7.47
Ferried Sydney-Tamworth after modification to airline standard by Marshall Airways

Entered East-West Airlines service on the initial route Tamworth-Sydney return
6.9.47
VH-AYI was named Smithy by Mrs. R. Williams, wife of Air Marshall Richard Williams, Director General of Civil Aviation in a ceremony at Tamworth. Anson VH-ASM was named Hinkler

Flew East-West Airlines services as they expanded to other NSW towns and to Brisbane
12.3.51
Change of ownership: Campbell-Hicks Airways, Condobolin NSW

William Campbell-Hicks was an experienced pre-war pilot who previously flew with Overland Air Services and was their Condoblin agent. His small charter and pilot training operation at Condobolin named Western Airways was taken over by OAS. In 1950 he left OAS and purchased the assets and licences of the defunct Truscott Club for Aeronauts, Bankstown to establish Campbell-Hicks Airwaysbased Condobolin. Offered charter and training with a DH.60, DH.82, Aeronca, Desoutter, Auster.
In 1950 Campbell-Hicks Airways advertised "8 and 16 pax aircraft available for charter, NT tours etc", referring to Anson VH-AYI and OAS Lodestar VH-OAS.
3.51
Delivered Tamworth-Condobolin by freelance Sydney pilot Warren Penny
13.6.51
Change of ownership: Air Centre (Narrabri) Pty Ltd, Narrabri NSW

This operation was established in June 1951 by H.W.G. (Warren) Penny of Sydney, financed by local graziers. Because he was an undischarged bankrupt, his wife’s name Mrs. Monica M. Penny appears in all company records. The Anson was purchased for 1200 and flown by Warren Penny on passenger and freight charters. Within several months the company had ceased operating.
4.4.52
Change of ownership: Robbys Aircraft Repair Co Ltd, Parafield Aerodrome, Adelaide SA

Robbys was formed at Parafield in 1948 by P.W. Robilliard and Maxwell Bond. Operated agricultural services, pilot training, charter and aircraft maintenance. The company gained a 5 year aerial photographic survey contract with the SA Department of Lands and purchased two Ansons for this contract
17.4.52
Reregistered VH-RAU
26.10.54
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service

Stood outside at Parafield for about 3 years then broken up




RAAF Anson DJ322 bogged to the belly on a NT salt pan in November 1943 while with 6CF Batchelor




VH-AYI at Tamworth 1947 prior to the formation of East-West Airlines.         Photo: John Smith collection




Tamworth September 1947 now with East-West Airline titles and name "Smithy" on the nose




Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane 1950 on a scheduled East-West Airlines service.              Photo by Gus Grulke




Parafield SA in September 1952, silver with red lettering, "Robbys Parafield" above the windows
Photo by John M. Smith




             Anson 1  MH150                                                                                                                                      VH-AYK

.44
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as MH150

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
20.3.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MH150. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
24.4.44
Test flight Bankstown after assembly
17.7.44
Received GRS Bairnsdale ex 2AP

Transferred to GRS Storage ex unit strength
11.2.46
Received RAAF East Sale ex GRS Storage for storage under cover
7.9.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to C. S. Richards, Sydney NSW

Former wartime RAAF pilot Cliff S. Richards of Paton Advertising Service, Pitt St, Sydney had been a prewar DH.60 owner. He operated the Anson in partnership with C. F. Ney and A.C. Coppleson, all three being directors ofmanufacturing company Covergirl Products Ltd, Sydney
30.5.47
Registered VH-AYK C. S. Richards and C.F.Ney, Sydney NSW.
30.5.47
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats
7.47
Nominal change of ownership: C. S. Richards, C.F. Ney, A.C. Coppleson, Sydney NSW
9.47
Cliff Richards has been operating from Narrandera NSW and Sydney flying experimental rain-making flights, dispensing dry ice on clouds. Continued until at least February 1948
1.5.48
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
23.8.48
CofA renewed at Camden NSW. To be based at Lae
22.8.49
CofA expired, not renewed.
7.10.49
Guinea Air Traders advised DCA that they did not intend returning VH-AYK to service
17.5.51
Struck-off Civil Register




VH-AYK at Narrandera NSW during Cliff Richards' 1947 rain making experiments.           Photo: Vacuum Oil




               Anson 1  W2164                         RMA De Gray                                                                     VH-AYN,  VH-MMG 

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as W2164

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.6.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2164. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
31.8.41
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
1.10.42
Minor damage struck parked Anson W2096 after overshooting the flare path landing on night exercise
15.11.42
Forced landing Georgina satellite landing ground duie starboard engine fire
28.10.43
Forced landing with undercarriage retracted on bombing range 12 miles south of Geraldton
11.9.44
Issued ANA Maylands ex 4SFST for complete overhaul
14.5.45
Received 4SFTS ex ANA Maylands
2.8.45
Transferred to 87OBU Geraldton ex 4SFTS to be stored under cover
19.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 350 to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Perth

MMA purchased 6 Ansons from Geraldton, all ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where they were converted to civil passenger standard in the MMA hangars to become VH-AYN,O,P,Q and VH-MMB,C
7.9.46
Civil registration application: MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd, Perth WA

Civil conversion by MMA at Maylands
1.11.46
Test flown Maylands by MMA Captain Cyril Kleinig
1.11.46
Registered VH-AYN
1.11.46
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats
2.11.47
Test flown by Captain Kleinig after annual CofA renewal at Guildford Airport, Perth where MMA had moved its maintenance sections from the old Maylands Aerodrome
4.49
Reregistered VH-MMG, named RMA. De Gray
50s
Based at Derby WA operating MMA scheduled station services through the Kimberley district, also medical flights on contract to the Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
31.1.55
Minor damage: wheels-up landing Ord River Station on a Flying Doctor Service flight from Darwin with stops at Victoria River Downs and Wave Hill. Captain B. Floyd
4.2.56
Crashed destroyed Hawkestone Peak, Kimberley District WA
Flying Doctor Service flight to bring a seriously ill child from Tableland Mission to Derby Hospital.
MMA Captain Pieter J. van Emmerick departed Derby at 2.35pm with two nurses, landed at the mission and loaded the child and her father. Departed the mission at 6.32pm for Derby in poor weather and encountered a severe tropical thunderstorm enroute.

Did not arrive Derby. Aerial search commenced with 16 aircraft including RAAF Lincolns
22.2.56
Wreckage finally spotted by a searching aircraft. It had been broken up by the waters of a river
24.2.56
Ground party reached the crash site. Most of the aircraft remains were submerged in mud from the river in flood from continuous heavy monsoon season rain.  The bodies of the five occupants were buried nearby.

This accident hastened the replacement of Ansons with MMA DH.104 Doves on the Kimberley services. Ansons were limited to VFR operations but the better-performing Doves operated IFR





VH-AYN in November 1946 immediately after civil conversion, outside the impressive new MMA hangar at
Guildford Airport, Perth. Note military glasshouse and helmet cowlings.               Photo: Frank Colquhoun




VH-AYN in 1948 at Tennant Creek NT, now window panels, MMA name and Oxford type smooth cowlings.
This view shows the nose baggage locker.                       Photo by resident Aeradio operator Mike Cosgrave




Reregistered VH-MMG "RMA De Grey", seen at Halls Creek in the far north of WA in December 1953.
Photo by resident DCA radio technician Colin Hayes



Memorial plaque at the original Derby Airport recorded the tragic end of VH-MMG.    Photo by Geoff Goodall




               Anson 1  W2088                   RMA Ord, RMA Harding                                                        VH-AYO, VH-MMH

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as W2088

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
14.4.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2088. Received 2AP Bankstown ex UK for assembly
20.6.41
Issued to 4SFTS Geraldton ex 2AP
29.9.42
Brake failure, struck concrete tie-down block while taxying at Georgina satellite landing ground
9.3.43
Damaged in ground loop while taxying at Kojarena satellite landing ground
2.9.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
7.5.45
Received 4SFTS ex ANA Maylands
2.8.45
Transferred to 87OBU Geraldton ex 4SFTS, to be stored under cover
23.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 350 to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Perth
7.9.46
Civil registration application: MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd, Perth WA

MMA purchased 6 Ansons from Geraldton, all ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where they were converted to civil passenger standard in the MMA hangars to become VH-AYN,O,P,Q and VH-MMB,C
25.10.46
Interim CofA issued by DCA to allow VH-AYO to be used by MMA to fly special charters during a railway strike and a period of reduced coastal shipping. Approved to carry passengers using the existing RAAF seating and the copilot seat used by a passenger
25.11.46
DCA approved MMA request for VH-AYO to carry a company pilot and 3 engineers to Geraldton to collect two spare Anson one-piece mainplanesand load them for rail transport to Perth
10.12.46
Test flown Maylands after CofA conversion to airline standard completed by MMA
11.12.46
Registered VH-AYO.  Named RMA Ord
11.12.46
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats
14.4.47
Arrived Darwin to be based there on contract to Northern Territory Administration, resident pilot MMA Captain Dave Campbell
18.9.47
Damaged while being towed by tug on ground Darwin
18.8.48
Damaged by a severe ground-loop on takeoff Victoria River Downs Station NT when tyre burst. Aircraft was operating a scheduled MMA service, Captain R. Nolan and 6 passengers unhurt.
10.48
Repairs at VRD completed, returned to Darwin where based
4.49
Reregistered VH-MMH
16-18.11.49
Logbook: Darwin-Croker Island-Elcho island-Gove-Oenpelli Mission-Snake Bay-Darwin
22.6.51
noted at Perth Airport, silver with blue lettering, name RMA Ord
14.2.54
damaged in emergency landing Perth Airport with port undercarriage locked up, Captain Ross Treadgold
.55
MMA report states that VH-MMH has been used on aerial survey contracts for the past few years
.59
Name changed to RMA Harding.
This allowed MMA's new flagship Fokker F.27 Friendship VH-MMO to be named RMA Ord, following  MMA policy for each aircraft to be named after a WA river and with the first letter matching the last letter of their VH-MM registration
11.59
VH-MMH advertised for sale by MMA: 7 passenger seats, total airframe time 5,860 hours,
"standby aircraft for passenger and special operations"
4.60
Temporarily based at Derby WA on Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victorian Section) contract, pilots MMA Captains R.V. Hames and E. H. Marshall

Flown on survey and charter up to the DCA mandatory grounding of Australian Ansons effective 30.6.62
29.6.62
VH-MMH RMA Harding ferried Mount Magnet-Perth Airport for retirement. Made a farewell circuit over Perth before landing
30.6.62
Retired Perth Airport WA.  CofA suspended by DCA Policy. Struck-off Civil Register
11.8.62
Delivered on a DCA ferry permit from Perth Airport to Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra WA, flown by senior MMA Captain Alex Whitham. Landed on the wartime Pinjarra airstrip adjacent to the school.
Donated by MMA to Fairbridge Farm School for use as an engineering instructional airframe.
VH-MMH's log books were handed over by MMA Managing Director Cyril N. Kleinig
63
Mounted on concrete blocks in flying attitude at the school
64
Aircraft destroyed by Fairbridge Farm School students in acts of gross vandalism
5.68
VH-MMH's remains located on the school tip

Wreck sections collected by Mr. John B.Martin, Perth to save it from further destruction




VH-AYO at Guildford Airport, Perth late 1946 immediately after civil conversion. At this stage it retains the
military cabin glasshouse and helmet cowlings.                                              Photo by Frank Colquhoun




Victoria River Downs Station NT August 1948 after the starboard gear collapsed. Now has window panels and
smooth cowlings. Captain Alex Whitham who flew in the MMA repair team, poses with the downed Anson.
He would fly this same Anson on its final flight 14 years later.               Photo: Frank Colquhoun collection



Now VH-MMH, "RMA Ord" seen at Elcho Island NT in November 1949.         Photo by Phil McCulloch




VH-MMH brings a sheep shearing team to Noonkenbah Station in the far north of WA in 1951
Courtesy Roger McDonald
















The pitiful remains of "RMA Harding" at Pinjarra in May 1968.                           Photo by Geoff Goodall




              Anson 1  W2045                        RMA Greenough                                                                 VH-AYP,  VH-MMI

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as W2088

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
13.4.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2045. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
8.5.41
Issued 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
10.7.42
Forced landing near Morawa WA due engine failure, no damage to airframe
24.2.43
Damaged struck by taxying Anson DJ460 at night at Geraldton
1.11.43
Issued ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
17.6.44
Issued 4SFTS ex Maylands
22.1.45
Transferred 4SFTS Storage Geraldton ex unit strength
2.8.45
Transferred 87OBU Geraldton for storage under cover
19.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Perth
7.9.46
Civil registration application: MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd, Perth WA

MMA purchased 6 Ansons from Geraldton, all ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where they were converted to civil passenger standard in the MMA hangars to become VH-AYN,O,P,Q and VH-MMB,C
10.9.46
Ferried Geraldton-Maylands for civil conversion by MMA. Total airframe time ex RAAF was 2,118 hours
26.4.47
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion
26.4.47
Registered VH-AYP. Named RMA Greenough
26.4.47
CofA issued.  7 passenger seats, RAAF glasshouse replaced by panels each side with windows
4.6.47
Departed Maylands on a scheduled MMA service to Geraldton, returned for emergency landing with engine trouble. Ground-looped on landing, port undercsrriage collapsed. Captain F. Hammersley and the 5 passengers were unhurt.

(Several hours later Captain Hammersley and his 5 passengers departed Maylands in Anson VH-AYQ for Geraldton, Carnaravon and Port Hedland. Plans to make up time on the delayed service were frustrated by poor weather which forced an overnight stay at Geraldton. Early next morning departed Geraldton for Carnarvon but forced to return due to a rough running engine. Captain Hammersley changed the spark plugs then took the aircraft without passengers on a flight test.
At 10am he loaded the passengers and departed for Carnarvon. When 75 miles south of Carnarvon the port engine lost power and altitude could not be maintained. Hammersley reached Carnarvon Aerodrome but made an emergency landing straight-in to a down-wind runway at higher than normal approach speed. He turned on to the crossing runway at too high a speed, causing VH-AYQ to violently ground-loop and undercarriage collapsed. Again the pilot and his hapless passengers were not hurt)
7.6.47
VH-AYP repairs completed at Maylands. Returned to MMA service
4.49
Reregistered VH-MMI   Retained name R.M.A. Greenough
19.5.50
CofA expired, not renewed.
7.50
MMA advise DCA that VH-MMI will be broken up after engines, instruments and parts removed
31.8.50
Struck-off Civil Register




Maylands 4 June 1947 after the port gear collapsed in an emergency landing. It was repaired and back in
MMA passenger service three days later.                                                        Geoff Goodall collection





Guildford Airport, Perth 1947, showing VH-AYP's unusual window design.  Behind are MMA Lockheed 10A
VH-ABV and stripped Hudson A16-116 ferried from RAAF Pearce by MMA for engines and parts.
                        Geoff Goodall collection




              Anson 1  W2015                        RMA Drysdale                                                             VH-AYQ,  VH-MMJ,  VH-BIZ

.41
Built at Manchester by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as W2015

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
13.4.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2015. Received 1AD Laverton ex UK for assembly
8.5.41
Issued 4SFTS Geraldton ex 1AD
24.11.42
Ground taxying accident prior to cross-country flight, struck by taxying Anson R3557 Geraldton
21.8.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
16.4.45
Received 4SFTS Storage ex ANA, ferried by 7CU Perth
2.8.45
Transferred to 87OBU Geraldton ex 4SFST Storage
11.10.45
Received 7CU ex 87OBU
17.12.45
Received 87OBU ex 7CU for under cover storage
19.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Perth

MMA purchased 6 Ansons from Geraldton, all ferried to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth where they were converted to civil passenger standard in the MMA hangars to become VH-AYN,O,P,Q and VH-MMB,C
7.9.46
Civil registration application: MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co Ltd, Perth WA
10.9.46
Ferried Geraldton-Perth for civil conversion by MMA 
20.12.46
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion
20.12.46
Registered VH-AYQ. Named RMA Drysdale
20.12.46
CofA issued
5.6.47
Ground-looped after emergency landing at Carnarvon: for details see VH-AYP above 4.6.47
Undercarriage wrecked, fuselage and engine nacelles damaged
6.47
MMA repair team from Perth made temporary repairs, aircraft ferried to Maylands 2 weeks later
12.47
Stored at Maylands, due pressure of work MMA have not yet returned the aircraft to service
8.48
Back in passenger service by now
4.49
Reregistered VH-MMJ.  Retained the name RMA Drysdale
22.6.51
VH-MMJ noted at Guildford, silver with blue lettering, RMA Drysdale
27.3.58
Change of ownership: Carsair Air Service, Port Moresby, New Guinea c/- Robert G. Carswell
2.4.58
Reregistered VH-BIZ

The change of registration was at MMA's request to vacate their VH-MM block. Carsair had six Anson 1s plus a metal-winged Anson Mk.19 VH-BIX, mostly in the VH-BI series, based in New Guinea. In September 1958 Bob Carswell pulled out of New Guinea due DCA refusal to grant an airline licence.  He moved his remaining Ansons, plus Lockheed 12A VH-ABH, Lockheed 10B VH-CMA and Norseman VH-ASS back to his home base at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane
1.7.60
Nominal change of ownership: Robert G. Carswell, Archerfield Airport, Brisbane Qld
6.62
VH-BIZ noted at Darwin Airport NT, no longer active.
Carswell had charter contracts in Darwin the previous year, also using his DH.89 Rapide VH-AAG
30.6.62
Struck-off Civil Register. CofA suspended by DCA Policy
3.63
noted at Darwin Airport, poor condition





VH-MMJ at Halls Creek WA in 1953 while operating MMA Kimberley routes.         Photo by Colin Hayes




             Anson 1  LT773                                                                                                                     VH-AZU

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as LT773
2.5.43
Test flight

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
7.43
Taken on RAAF charge as LT773. Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex UK for assembly
30.8.43
Received 3BAGS West Sale ex 1SFTS
11.10.43
Received GRS Bairnsdale temporarily ex 3BAGS
29.11.43
Received 3BAGS ex GRS
12.12.43
Received 1AGS West Sale ex 3BAGS
6.8.45
Received 1AGS Storage ex unit strength, for storage under cover
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to J. Blomberg, Sydney NSW

Civil conversion by Marshall Airways at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
12.12.46
Registered VH-AZU Kenneth H. Johnson c/- Airflite Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
12.12.46
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats.

Operated with Anson VH-AZX for charter by Johnson's company Air Taxi Service of Australia, Sydney
10.47
Change of ownership: Far Eastern Flying Training School Ltd, Hong Kong

Sale to Hong Kong included Johnson's other Anson VH-AZX and was negotiated by aviation agency Brown and Dureau Ltd, Melbourne. B&D had sold Ryan STMs to Far Eastern Flying Training School for pilot training at Kai Tak Airport. Both Ansons will be flown to Hong Kong
11.12.47
Annual CofA expired
12.47
VH-AZU and AZX at Bankstown at a hangar leased by Brown and Dureau Ltd
1.48
Brown and Dureau Ltd advised DCA that both Ansons will have CofA renewals by Marshall Airways at Sydney Airport prior to their departure for Hong Kong
2.2.48
VH-AZU ferried Bankstown to Mascot by S.D.Marshall
2.48
CofA renewal inspection completed. Cabin glasshouse replaced by panels with windows.

A new DCA glued joint testing procedure was mandated for Anson wooden mainplanes and tailplanes constructed with "Betel W" glue which was found to deteriorate with age and heat. The test procedure required destructive testing of the wing internal structure.  A DCA inspection of VH-AZU at Mascot found the suspect glue was used in its mainplane and tailplane, thus it would require the glue test procedure before CofA could be renewed
3.48
Brown & Dureau Ltd wrote to DCA complaining about the expense and delay involved in having VH-AZU's wing so soon after both Ansons had CofA renewal overhauls

Overhaul of VH-AZU discontinued, DCA wing tests not carried out

Sale to Hong Kong cancelled due to delayed delivery
26.8.48
Change of ownership: Marshall Airways, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
Sid Marshall took over ownership of both Ansons, VH-AZU in u/s condition, VH-AZX used for charter.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in the 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
51
Marshall Airways moved to Bankstown Aerodrome. VH-AZU stored dismantled
by 62
Complete fuselage of VH-AZU in Marshall Airways' was among other aircraft in Sid Marshall's open storage yard on the boundary of Bankstown Aerodrome
2.64
VH-AZU fuselage in the yard still in fair condition, fabric tearing away due weather exposure
1.77
VH-AZU fuselage unmoved in the yard but now in poor condition

Sydney aviation enthusiast John S. White proposed a restoration of VH-AZU's fuselage by RAAF Museum at Point Cook: it would to mounted on an unused spare Anson wooden mainlane the museum was reported to have located in a RAAF Stores Depot. Plan did not proceed
.77
Fuselage acquired by Ralph Cusack, Brisbane Qld.
Sid Marshall had died and his collection of stored aircraft was being disposed of by his long-time partner and chief engineer Jack Davidson.
80
VH-AZU's fuselage frame under restoration in a hangar at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane by Cusack and experienced aircraft woodworker Ken Beard. Componenst salvaged from Ansons on farms were being used to restore the fuselage to display standard (see VH-AKB above)

Completed fuselage traded by Ralph Cusack to RAF Museum, Hendon. Probably an exchange deal for Bristol Beaufort parts needed for Cusack's airworthy restoration project of Beaufort A9-141
by 2002
Fuselage displayed at RAF Museum, Hendon on a RAF Queen Mary transporter, painted in RAF camouflage as "W2068” code “68" on right, cut away on left side to show construction

W2068 was VH-ASM which had been in Marshall's yard with VH-AZU

Current.  See: "The RAF Museum Anson Mix-Up" in this section





Mascot 1946 at the Airflite hangar after civil conversion in this attractive scheme, reportedly red and silver.
Photo: Ed Coates Collection




Marshall Airways storage yard at Bankstown February 1964, with window panels and different paint scheme.
VH-AZU had not flown since February 1948.                                                            Photo by Peter Limon




Thanks to Dave Eyre we have this colour view of VH-AZU in the storage yard in 1964




VH-AZU on display at RAF Museum Hendon, painted as RAF "W2068"




            Anson 1  LT737                                                                                                                               VH-AZX

.43
Built at Yeadon shadow factory by A.V.Roe  & Co Ltd to RAF order as LT737
23.4.43
Test flight

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.8.43
Taken on RAAF charge as LT737. Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex UK for erection
30.8.43
Received 3BAGS West Sale ex 1SFTS
11.10.43
Received GRS Bairnsdale temporarily ex 3BAGS
29.11.43
Received 3BAGS ex GRS
12.12.43
Received 1AGS West Sale ex 3BAGS
3.9.45
Transferred 1AGS Storage ex unit strength for storage under cover
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to J. Blomberg, Sydney NSW

Civil conversion by Marshall Airways at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
30.1.47
Registered VH-AZX Kenneth H. Johnson c/- Airflite Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
30.1.47
CofA issued. 7 passenger seats

Operated with Anson VH-AZU for charter by Johnson's company Air Taxi Service of Australia, Sydney
10.47
Change of ownership: Far Eastern Flying Training School Ltd, Hong Kong

Sale to Hong Kong included Johnson's other Anson VH-AZU and was negotiated by aviation agency Brown and Dureau Ltd, Melbourne. B&D had sold Ryan STMs to Far Eastern Flying Training School for pilot training at Kai Tak Airport. Both Ansons will be flown to Hong Kong
12.47
VH-AZU and AZX at Bankstown at a hangar leased by Brown and Dureau Ltd
1.48
Brown and Dureau Ltd advised DCA that both Ansons will have annual CofA renewals by Marshall Airways at Sydney Airport prior to their departure for Hong Kong
18.1.48
VH-AZX ferried Bankstown to Mascot by S.D.Marshall
30.1.48
CofA renewed at Mascot
1.2.48
Ferried Mascot-Bankstown and parked in Brown & Dureau hangar
14.2.48
Inspected at Bankstown by DCA airworthiness inspector to determine the type of glue used in its mainplane and tailplane. It was "Betel W" glue which had been found to deteriorate with age and heat.  VH-AZX would require the glue test procedure which involved destructive testing of areas of the wing internal structure
3.48
Brown & Dureau Ltd wrote to DCA complaining about the expense and delay involved in having both Ansons now requiring the wing testing so soon after competing CofA renewal overhauls

Sale of both Ansons to Hong Kong cancelled due to delayed delivery
8.7.48
Change of ownership: Marshall Airways, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
Sid Marshall took over ownership of both Ansons, VH-AZU in u/s condition, VH-AZX used for charter.
31.8.48
VH-AZX CofA renewed at Mascot by Marshall Airways. The original one-piece mainplane was replaced with spare mainplane constructed from approved casein glue.

Flew charter and air ambulance work from Mascot. From 1950 Marshall Airways moved to Bankstown
20.11.51
Ground collision at Bankstown while being taxied by Joe Palmer, who often flew for Sid Marshall.
Struck parked Anson VH-BLL and Tiger Moth VH-BCE. Minor damage sustained by all three.
30.6.62
CofA suspended by DCA Policy
18.7.62
Struck-off Civil Register "Direction of the Director General of Civi Aviation"

Sid Marshall had protested the grounding of his airworthy Ansons VH-AZX & VH-ASM and offered both to DCA to be tested in any way they required. DCA declined.
12.62
Marshall Airways Ansons VH-ASM, AZX and unconverted W2599 were towed on to the grass opposite the hangar at Bankstown, lined up nose to tail. Left unmoved for next 18 months
mid 64
VH-AZX had its wings sawed off outboard of the necelles. Towed behind a truck to the Sydney suburb of Fairfield where parked at front of Fairfield Motor Wreckers as an "eye catcher"
7.67
unmoved at Fairfield, poor condition. The cabin interior had been burnt out by a fire
.68
carted away as scrap

The identical military and early civil careers of VH-AZU and VH-AZX is noteworthy





Mascot 1948 at the Marshall Airways hangar with ambulance cross signifying regular air ambulance flights.
Photo:  Ed Coates Collection




Bankstown October 1961 still in service. "Marshall Airways Charter Service" above the windows.
Photo by Dave Eyre




VH-AZX's undignified final days.  Faifield, Sydney in July 1967.                               Photo by Geoff Goodall


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               RAAF units operating Ansons

AAS
Air Armament School
Hamilton Vic, to Nhill Vic 12.43, renamed AAGS
AAGS
Air Armament and Gas School
Nhill Vic
1AD
Aircraft Depot
Laverton Vic
2AD

Richmond NSW
3AD

Amberley Qld
4AD

Boulder, Kalgoorlie WA
5AD

Forest Hill, Wagga NSW
6CF
Communications Flight
Batchelor NT
AFRU
Advanced Flying and Refresher Unit
Deniliquin NSW
1AGS
Air Gunnery School
West Sale Vic
AGRS
Air and Ground Radio School
Ballarat Vic
1ANS
Air Navigation School
Parkes NSW
2ANS

Nhill Vic
1AOS
Air Observers School
Cootamundra NSW
2AOS

Mount Gambier SA
3AOS

Port Pirie SA
1AP
Aircraft Park Geelong Vic
2AP

Bankstown NSW
2BAGS
Bombing and Gunnery School Port Pirie SA
3BAGS

West Sale
CMU
Care and Maintenance Unit

3CRD
Central Recovery Depot
Amberley Qld
7CU
Communications Unit
Guildford WA
11EFTS
Elementary Flying Training School
Benalla Vic
1FTS
Flying Training School
Point Cook Vic
GRS
General Reconnaissance School Laverton Vic, to Cressy Vic, to Bairnsdale Vic
87OBU
Operational Base Unit
Geraldton WA
1RIMU
Radio Installation and Maintenance Unit Croydon NSW, deployments to NSW, Vic, Qld
4RSU
Repair and Salvage Unit Pell Field NT
9RSU

Werribee Vic, to Sattler NT 5.44
12RSU

Charters Towers Qld
22RSU

Werribee Vic, to Nadzab 2.44
1SFTS
Service Flying Training School Point Cook Vic
2SFTS

Forest Hill, Wagga NSW
3SFTS

Amberley Qld
4SFTS

Geraldton WA
6SFTS

Mallala SA
8SFTS

Bundaberg Qld
2 Sqn
Squadron
Laverton
100 Sqn

Richmond NSW, to Mareeba Qld 5.42, to Laverton Vic 7.42, to Milne Bay 9.42, other New Guinea airfields
67 Sqn

Laverton Vic
71 Sqn

Lowood Qld
73 Sqn

Nowra NSW and Camden NSW
1WAGS
Wireless Air Gunners School
Ballarat Vic
3WAGS

Maryborough Qld











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