Last updated 22 March 2019
AUSTRALIAN CIVIL AVRO ANSONS - Part 2  VH-BAB to VH-BJR

Compiled by Geoff Goodall

Continuing the listing of RAAF Ansons sold by post-war military disposals which became civil registered

Retired RAAF Ansons at RAAF Station Ballarat, Victoria in 1947 waiting for Commonwealth Diposals Commission sales.
Photo: Adastra Aerial Surveys via Ron Cuskelly


            Anson 1           W2188                                                                                                             VH-BAB (1)
.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2188

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.6.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2188. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex UK for assembly
26.9.41
Issued to General Reconnaissance School, Laverton ex 1AD
20.9.43
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex GRS for overhaul
1.5.44
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
28.5.44
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 1AD
18.6.45
Received RAAF Station Maryborough ex 8SFTS for storage
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 750 to J.C.Allen, Brisbane Qld
5.10.46
Issued to purchaser
18.10.46
Civil Registration application: Inland Air Service, Brisbane Qld
Company representative Mr.E.S.Riggall submitted applications the same same day for Ansons allocated registrations VH-BAB, -BAC & -BAD. The three will carry fresh fruit, vegetables and fish from Brisbane to  a network of Queensland inland towns.
20.1.47
Registered VH-BAB Inland Air Service Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld
1.47
CofA issued
3.47
IAS commenced freight services on a charter basis
8.47
DCA required the three IAS Ansons to have inspections of woodwork in mainplanes and tailplane to check glue adhesion strength. It was agreed that IAS could continue freight services using VH-BAD while the other two were inspected, and when they were back in service, VH-BAD would be retired for the same checks.
10.47
VH-BAB returned to service. DCA file indicated the entire mainplane was replaced.
1.48
IAS announced its intention to commence passenger services on two routes from 19.1.48:
Brisbane-Oakey-Condamine-Roma-Mitchell-Charleville
Brisbane-St George-Goondiwindi-Cunnamulla
DCA refused to issue an Airline Licence and required flights to be on a charter basis only, until the company complied with Departmental requirements. The airline licence was issued 2.4.48 and IAS commenced limited passenger services from Brisbane Airport. Australian National Airways (ANA) was appointed as managing agents and to provide ground handling.
3.48
A Queensland railway workers strike resulted in many passenger and freight charters for IAS, particularly to St George and Goondiwindi.
5.10.48
Inland Air Services Pty Ltd assets were purchased by established airline Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Brisbane
18.10.48
Following financial investment in APL by Butler Air Transport, Sydney, Aircrafts Pty Ltd changed its operating name to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd, Brisbane. QAL was a wholly owned subsidiary of BAT.
10.49
VH-BAB was leased to East West Airlines, Tamworth for a period to replace their Anson VH-BDO which crashed on takeoff at Tamworth on 22.10.49
7.9.50
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd , Sydney NSW.
To be based at Tooraweenah NSW to connect services to NSW towns with BAT DC-3s to Sydney.
14.7.51
Ditched in sea off Swansea NSW.
Captain J.B.McCardell and 10 passengers were on a BAT scheduled service Nabiac NSW to Sydney when port engine failed 40 minutes after departure. When starboard engine began losing power, the pilot was unable to maintain altitude and carried out a ditching between a fishing boat and the beach. The aircraft floated for enough time for all occupants to use the emergency exit to wait on the wing until rescued by the fishing boat.


VH-BAB at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane 1946 still with military cabin glasshouse. Photo by Gus Grulke


VH-BAB in service at Brisbane Airport 1948 with revised paintwork and large square windows with curtains.
Photo by Gus Grulke


This view shows the paintwork on the original helmet cowlings.                 Photo by Gus Grulke


ANA ground staff handle an IAS passenger service at Brisbane Airport in 1948.         Photo by Gus Grulke


            Anson 1            AW877                                                                                                        VH-BAB (2
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory to RAF order as AW877

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
2.1.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AW877. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
30.3.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 1AD
4.7.43
Damaged Bundaberg, on landing collided with a tractor on the aerodrome
30.7.43
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 8SFTS
26.11.43
Damaged Bairnsdale, port wing tip struck a pole while taxying
15.1.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex GRS for complete overhaul
6.6.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
11.6.45
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 1AD
26.3.47
Received Air Ground Radio School, Ballarat ex Care & Maintenance Unit, Mallala
9.2.48
Receievd 3AD Amberley ex AGRS
17.9.48
Received School of Air Navigation, East Sale ex 3AD
25.8.50
Transferred to RAAF Station East Sale ex SAN
13.3.51
Received RAAF Tocumwal ex RAAF East Sale for storage
18.12.52
Sold by Department of Supply for 110 to William T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic

Bill Dwyer operated Ansons on freight work from Melbourne to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands as
Dwyer Airways, later reforming as Flinders Island Airlines.
1.4.53
Registered VH-BAB Brain & Brown Airfreighters Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Vic

Terry Brain and Bill Brown also operated Ansons on freight work from Melbourne to Tasmanian towns
30.10.59
VH-BAB with Ansons VH-CAD and VH-FIB made a formation flypast over Melbourne to mark the 25th Anniversary of Charles Kingsford Smith's Australia-USA flight
12.4.60
Badly damaged when port undercarriage collapsed while taxying Moorabbin.
Aircraft had landed from a freight charter,  port undercarriage leg collapsed during a turn while taxying due to failure of a metal drag strut assembly. Two crew unhurt.

Aircraft not repaired. Written off because of the DCA restrictions imposed on Anson operations prior to the type grounding effective 30 June 1962
13.7.60
Struck-off Civil Register as withdrawn from service

Stored dismantled in Brain & Brown hangar at Moorabbin as a parts source during the rebuild of the modified metal wing Anson VH-BAF  (see Late Model Ansons in this series)
8.63
VH-BAB fuselage frame left outside B&B hangar on completion of the VH-BAF rebuild
3.64
VH-BAB fuselage frame was mounted on the Victorian Parachute Club float in the Melbourne Moomba Parade through the city.


VH-BAB (2 at Moorabbin 1954 in service with Brain and Brown Airfreighters.       Photo by Eddie Coates


VH-BAB's fuselage frame left outside at Moorabbin in September 1963.                 Photo by Peter Limon


            Anson 1           DG730                                                                                                                 VH-BAC
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DG730

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
5.9.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG730. Assembled at Point Cook
30.9.42
Received No.2 Air Navigation School, Nhill ex Point Cook
19.3.43
Reeived No.67 Squadron, Laverton ex 2ANS Nhill
9.1.44
Damaged Seymour Vic, overshot on landing and ran through a fence. Repair beyond capacity of unit.
14.1.44
Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon for repair
22.5.44
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett
28.5.44
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 1AD
18.6.45
Received RAAF Station Maryborough ex 8SFTS for storage
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 750 to J.C.Allen, Brisbane Qld
15.10.46
Issued to purchaser ex RAAF Station Maryborough
18.10.46
Civil Registration application: Inland Air Service, Brisbane Qld
Company representative Mr.E.S.Riggall submitted applications the same same day for Ansons allocated registrations VH-BAB, -BAC & -BAD. The three will carry fresh fruit, vegetables and fish from Brisbane to  Queensland inland towns.
31.3.47
Registered VH-BAC Inland Air Service Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld
3.47
IAS commenced freight services on a charter basis
8.47
DCA required the three IAS Ansons to have inspections of woodwork in mainplanes and tailplane to check glue adhesion strength. It was agreed that IAS could continue freight services using VH-BAD while the other two were inspected, and when they were back in service, VH-BAD would be retired for the same checks.
10.47
VH-BAC is having its complete mainplane replaced
1.48
IAS announced its intention to commence passenger services on two routes from 19.1.48:
Brisbane-Oakey-Condamine-Roma-Mitchell-Charleville
Brisbane-St George-Goondiwindi-Cunnamulla
DCA refused to issue an Airline Licence and required flights to be on a charter basis only, until the company complied with Departmental requirements. The airline licence was issued 2.4.48 and IAS commenced limited passenger services from Brisbane Airport. Australian National Airways (ANA) was appointed as managing agents and to provide ground handling.
3.48
A Queensland railway workers strike resulted in many passenger and freight charters for IAS, particularly to St George and Goondiwindi.
3.8.48
Damaged at Charleville Qld when struck a fare cone while taxying. Repaired
5.10.48
Inland Air Services Pty Ltd assets were purchased by established airline Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Brisbane
18.10.48
Following financial investment in APL by Butler Air Transport, Sydney, Aircrafts Pty Ltd changed its operating name to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd, Brisbane. QAL was a wholly owned subsidiary of BAT.
19.1.50
Change of ownership: Max W. Hopp, Brisbane Qld
Category changed from Airline to Private. Hopp was a Brisbane businessman and pilot who occasionally dealt in aircraft sales.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
2.12.51
Restored to Register in Charter Category: Max W. Hopp, Brisbane Qld
14.11.52
Change of ownership: Laurie Crowley c/- Crowley Airways, Lae Aerodrome, New Guinea
Sale negotiated by Brisbane aircraft maintenance firm Carswell & Dalgleish, Archerfield Aerodrome.
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Retired at Lae due woodwork glue deterioration in tropical climate
1.5.56
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service


VH-BAC with Inland Air Services at Brisbane Airport (Eagle Farm) in 1948.
It has been fitted with individual window panels for improved passenger appeal.      Photo by Gus Grulke


Archerfield Qld 1949 now with Queensland Airlines.                                                 Photo by Gus Grulke


VH-BAC with Crowley Airways in attractive red and white paintwork at Kainantu, New Guinea in 1953,
parked with a Qantas DHA-3 Drover and Mandated Airlines Dove.    Photo by Harry West via Bill Brown.


              Anson 1         DJ224                                                                                                       VH-BAD
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DG730

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
11.9.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ224. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown for erection ex UK
3.11.42
Test flown Bankstown after assembly (from log book)
7.12.42
Issued to US Army Air Force in Australia ex 2AP
4.9.44
Received 3AD Amberley ex USAAF
30.4.45
Received RAAF Station Maryborough ex 3AD for storage
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 750 to J.C.Allen, Brisbane Qld
5.10.46
Issued to purchaser ex RAAF Station Maryborough
18.10.46
Civil Registration application: Inland Air Service, Brisbane Qld
Company representative Mr.E.S.Riggall submitted applications the same same day for Ansons allocated registrations VH-BAB, -BAC & -BAD. The three will carry fresh fruit, vegetables and fish from Brisbane to  Queensland inland towns.
24.3.47
Registered VH-BAD Inland Air Service Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld
24.3.47
CofA issued, freighter, no passenger seats
8.47
VH-BAD operated IAS freight services alone while Ansons VH-BAB & BAC were retired for wing woodwork inspections to check glue adhesion strength. When those inspections are completed, VH-BAD will be retired for the same inspections.
6.10.47
DCA memo: VH-BAD has been retired for woodwork inspections. 
IAS decided not to carry out the repairs found t   o be required.
10.47
Retired at Archerfield Qld
19.12.47
Struck-off Register


           
Anson 1 MH120 to VH-BAF:  refer AVRO ANSONS - LATE MODELS in this series


            Anson 1            W1539                                                                                                          VH-BAJ
.40
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as W1539

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
3.12.40
Taken on RAAF charge as W1539. Awaiting erection at No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK
22.12.40
Received 1AD Laverton ex 2AP
21.1.41
Test flown after assembly (logbook)
27.1.41
Received No.3 Service Flying Training School, Amberley ex 1AD
8.4.42
Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex 3SFTS
7.7.42
Received No.1 Air Navigation School, Parkes  ex 1SFTS
14.6.43
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 1ANS for complete overhaul
5.1.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex Ansett Airways
11.1.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 2AP
18.6.45
Received RAAF Station Maryborough ex 8SFTS for storage
23.1.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. G.Montgomery c/- Royal Hotel, Maryborough Qld
12.3.47
Issued to purchaser ex RAAF Station Maryborough
11.3.47
Registered VH-BAJ Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd c/- J.Montgomery, Townsville Qld
To be operated with Anson VH-BAK on regular passenger and freight services
19.12.47
Struck-off Register in DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft

Civil conversion at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane by Carswell & Dalgleish Aircraft Engineers
8.7.48
Restored to Register
9.7.48
CofA issued at Archerfield. Seating for pilot and 7 passengers

Operated by TACA on services from Townsville to inland centres
4.49
DCA inspection report: aircraft in poor condition. After investigation, DCA reprimaned Messrs Carswell and Dalgleish over the standard of their maintenance
8.7.49
Annual CofA expired. Had flown only 60 hours since civil conversion. TACA advise they will not be renewing its CofA
7.49
Retired at Townsville Qld
26.4.51
Struck-off Register


           
Anson 1 MH120 to VH-BAF, ZK-RRA:  refer AVRO ANSONS - LATE MODELS in this series


            Anson 1           W1717                                                                                                    VH-BAK
.40
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as W1717

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
30.1.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W1717. Received 1AD Laverton for assembly ex UK
8.2.41
Received No.4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 1AD
17.12.41
Damaged Geraldton, struck on tarmac by taxying Anson W1560
15.5.42
Damaged when taxying, tailplane struck tethering block
9.8.43
Issued to Australian National Airways, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth for complete overhaul
28.2.44
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex ANA Maylands
21.7.44
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Evans Head ex 87OBU Geraldton for storage under cover
28.2.46
Received CMU Maryborough ex CMU Evans Head for storage
23.1.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. G.Montgomery c/- Royal Hotel, Maryborough Qld
12.3.47
Issued to purchased ex RAAF Station Maryborough
23.5.47
Registered VH-BAK Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd c/- J.Montgomery, Townsville Qld
To be operated with Anson VH-BAJ on regular passenger and freight services
24.1.48
Crashed Julia Creek Qld.  Undercarriage collapsed on landing, wing badly damaged.
2.48
Owners intend to salvage the fuselage and move it by road to Townsville for spare parts.


Townsville and Country Airways Anson VH-BAK at Townsville 1947.   Vacuum Oil Co via Walter Civitico


VH-BAK being refuelled from 44 gallon drums at Cloncurry Qld 1947.            Ben Dannecker collection


               Anson 1         W2149                                                                                                         VH-BAU
.41
Built at Manchester by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd, to RAF order as W2149 

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2149. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex UK for assembly
12.7.41
Received No.4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 1AD
18.8.42
Damaged Kojarina satellite ground, ground-loop while taxying in high winds and struck Anson W2148
2.9.42
Damaged Kojarina satellite ground, tailplane struck airfield boundary marker 
7.4.43
Damaged Kojarina satellite ground, undercarriage collapsed during landing 
9.12.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
5.9.45
Received 4AD Boulder ex ANA for storage
22.1.46
Received No.87 Operational Base Unit Geraldton ex 4AD
30.9.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 400 to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
10.10.46
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Geraldton
10.46
Ferried from Geraldton to Maylands Aerodrome, Perth for civil conversion
17.12.46
Airlines (WA) Ltd request DCA approval to put W2149 into passenger service as an urgent interim measure to cover services due to their DH.90 Dragonfly VH-ADG being damaged at Kalgoorlie in a ground-loop.
No civil registration has been allocated to W2149. DCA approve request and allocate VH-BAU same day.
17.12.46
Registered VH-BAU Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
12.46
Entered airline passenger service, all silver finish with the company logo on rudder
25.10.48
Forced landing without damage on Erraheedy Station via Wiluna WAThe Anson was conducting a WA Government contract dropping dingo baits in the Wiluna district, based at that time at Granite Peaks Station 
11.48
Airlines (WA) Ltd requested DCA approval to install spray bars to VH-BAU for experimental trials spraying agricultural insecticides.
10.4.49
Damaged at Kalgoorlie WA in taxying collision with company DH.104 Dove VH-AQO
22.4.49
Returned to service after repairs at Kalgoorlie by Airlines(WA) Ltd
9.1.53
noted at Perth Airport, silver with blue trim, at Airlines(WA) Ltd hangar
16.4.53
Change of ownership: Yaringa Pastoral Co Pty Ltd, Yaringa South Station, via Geraldton WA.
Flown by Station owner Allan Kopke, who has a Tiger Moth VH-BCZ based at the Station.
Both aircraft will be maintained by Stan Doggett of Doggett Aviation and Engineering Co, Maylands.

Kopke flew the Anson carrying supplies and stockmen between Yaringa South Station and Innouendy Station which he had had purchased, 300 miles away by rough road.  Loads included fencing materials, windmill parts, corrugated iron sheets, general stores and sheep dogs. Fresh fish were also flown from Yaringa North Station on Shark Bay.
31.5.53
Damaged at Geraldton Airport during engine start. The aircraft swung and tailplane struck a refuelling unit.
Repaired on site by Stan Doggett using tailplane parts and an elevator from the grounded Anson VH-BMQ stored at his Maylands hangar.
11.53
DCA inspection report: aircraft in excellent condition, flies low hours on owner's private flying
1.10.54
Landed at Perth Airport from Geraldton, pilot reported u/s brakes. No damage.
27.3.55
Kopke flew VH-BAU in a Royal Aero Club of WA air race event at Maylands Aerodrome, diverted to nearby Perth Airport due low brake pressure indication.
8.55
Kopke flew his Tiger Moth VH-BCZ to Perth to discuss his concern over deterioration in the Anson's wing skin with DCA airworthiness examiners.
12.55
VH-BAU at Maylands for annual CofA renewal by Doggett Aviation and Engineering Co.
Inspected by DCA and sections of the wing upper sufaces cut open to allow inspection of the wood structure joints to test glue adhesion.
Extensive skin repairs and mainplane woodwork repairs required.
12.55
Retired at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
56
Parked beside Doggett Aviation hangar with grounded stripped Anson VH-BMQ. Both became derelict.
17.12.56
Struck-off Register "Aircraft beyond economical repair"
7.71
Wooden airframe sections of VH-BAU were found in poor condition in yard behind European Motors in the Perth suburb of Belmont, where a Tiger Moth restoration project was stored. The Anson woodwork had been salvaged from Maylands for use in several aircraft construction projects during the 1960s by members of WA Ultralight Aircraft Association.


W2149 at Maylands WA late 1946 awaiting civil conversion.        Photo by Ern Flanders, via Dick Hourigan


VH-BAU at Perth Airport early 1947 in passenger service with Airlines (WA) Ltd.
All silver finish with the airline logo on the rudder. This photo was attached to the CofA certificate form.


Airlines (WA) Ltd conducted experimental agricultural trials with their Ansons. This was a superphosphate
dry fertiliser spreading trial at Perth in October 1951 and the Anson is believed to be VH-BAU.


Derelict retired Ansons VH-BMQ with VH-BAU behind at Maylands WA 1957. BAU has the tell-tale cuts in
the upper wing skin to access the wooden structure for DCA glue adhesion checks. 


             Anson 1            MG989                                                                                                                VH-BAV
.44
Built by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as MG989 

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
15.5.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG989. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
7.6.44
Test flown Bankstown after assembly (log book)
20.6.44
Damaged Mascot Aerodrome collision on grass area with Tiger Moth A17-712
14.8.44
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
24.4.45
Received Radar School, Maryborough ex 8SFTS
12.11.45
Received Air Ground Radio School, Ballarat ex Radar School
14.12.45
Transferred to AGRS Storage, Ballarat ex unit strength
19.12.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. N.Padgett, Werribee Vic
12.46
Civil conversion at Essendon. MG989 had been used by RAAF on radar work and had logged less than 500 hours since new.
24.12.46
Registered VH-BAV Norman G. Padgett, Werribee Vic
24.12.46
CofA issued Essendon: fitted with only two passenger seats. Short-term interim CofA for 3 months only.
1.47
Norman Padgett flew VH-BAV from Melbourne to Labuan, Borneo with two business partners as passengers. Negotiations with local authorities resulted in the establishment of a timber mill on the Baram River, Sarawak.
2.47
Padgett flew VH-BAV on a second trip from Melbourne to Borneo
20.3.47
Padgett cabled DCA from Labuan requesting a 3 week extension to the CofA 23.3.47 expiry date, due delays returning to Melbourne. DCA approved.
8.4.47
VH-BAV back in Melbourne by now from Borneo. Parked at Essendon while advertised for sale.
27.6.47
Change of ownership: Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
30.6.47
CofA renewed at Essendon

Ferried to New Guinea to join GAT fleet on freight charter work
13.3.48
CofA suspended at Lae by a DCA inspector who found severe deterioration in the Beetle Glue adhesion in wooden structure of tailplane and mainplanes.
13.3.48
Retired at Lae, New Guinea
13.3.48
Struck-off Register
11.48
Guinea Air Traders advise DCA that VH-BAV has been dismantled and used for parts


            Anson 1           MG656                                                                                                             VH-BAX
.43
Built by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as MG656

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
14.2.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG656. Received No.1 Aircraft Park, Geelong ex UK for assembly
13.3.44
Received No.4 Service Flying Training School, Gwraldton ex 1AP
19.11.44
Received AGS ex 4SFTS
2.4.45
Received Genberal Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex AGS
11.2.46
Received Station HQ East Sale ex GRS
20.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 505: Western Airways Passenger Services Pty Ltd, Colac Vic
27.11.46
Issued to purchaser
11.4.47
Registered VH-BAX Mrs Muriel J. Blackwell, Geelong Vic
18.8.47
Change of ownership: Western Airways Passenger Service Pty Ltd, Warrnambool Vic
11.47
Retired for maintenance by Air Operations Ltd at Essendon
4.48
DCA memo: WAPS has ceased operations and are in liquidation. Their Ansons VH-BAX, BBI, BFG have been sold, Tiger Moth VH-ATU in damaged condition
25.4.48
Change of ownership: Corio Air Freighters, Belmont Common Airfield, Geelong Vic
CAF was an associated business of Corio Air Engineers, formed by David Bourke to take over the aircraft maintenance operation of Brown & Dureau Ltd at Belmont Common.
8.49
Brain & Brown Airfreighters, Melbourne request DCA approval to operate cargo services to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands using VH-BAX leased from Corio Air Freighrers.
17.11.49
Change of ownership: Bass Islands Airways Ltd, Melbourne Vic. Aircraft based at Geelong
17.11.49
Damaged when roilled into a drain during landing at Belmont Common. Quickly repaired.
8.51
Damaged by flood waters from Barwon River which covered Belmont Common airfield and hangars.
Insurance write-off
12.51
Change of ownership: Corio Air Engineers, Belmont Common Airfield, Geelong Vic
 21.5.53
Struck-off Register


Western Airways Anson VH-BAX with pilot Bob Miles, visiting an airshow at Albury NSW 19 April 1947
Photo: John Hopton Collection


VH-BAX at Moorabbin 1951 while operated as a freighter by Bass Islands Airways.   Geoff Goodall collection


Belmont Common, Geelong flooded in August 1951. Anson on left believed to be VH-ARL, VH-BAX on right.
Locally-owned Junkers Junior VH-UCC can be seen behind the men in the boat.   Photo by George McKenzie


            Anson 1            DG768                                                                                                 VH-BAZ
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DG768

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
5.10.42 Taken on RAAF charge as DG768. Held u/s at RAAF Point Cook, damaged in packing case
6.11.42
Issued temporarily to North East Area
14.11.42
Erection completed at Point Cook
6.12.42
At No.12 Repair & Salvage Unit, Charters Towers while on loan to NEA
28.12.42
Received No.1 Service Flying Taining School, Point Cook ex NEA
1.2.43
Issued 6SFTS Mallala ex 1SFTS
22.1.45
Transferred to 6SFTS Reserve ex unit strength
3.4.45
Received Guinea Airways Parafield for complete overhaul
28.11.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Reserve, Mallala ex Guinea Airways. To be stored under cover.
19.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 400 to William T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
11.12.46
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Mallala

Bill Dwyer operated Ansons on freight work from Melbourne to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands as
Dwyer Airways, later reforming as Flinders Island Airlines. 
13.1.47
Civil Registration application: Brown & Dureau Ltd, Melbourne Vic
19.1.47
Change of ownership: Richard P. Carr, Ingham Motors, Ingham Qld
11.2.47
Registered VH-BAZ.  Carr advises it will be based at Garbutt Airfield, Townsville.
He plans to establish an air freight business between Townsville and New Guinea
11.2.47
CofA issued after civil conversion at Brown & Dureau workshops, Belmont Common airfield, Geelong Vic
10.2.48
Annual CofA expired. DCA investigate reports that Carr flew the Anson at Ingham Aerodrome after CofA had expired
2.4.48
CofA renewed
48
DCA memo: Carr had flown the Anson to remote North Queensland mineral deposit sites for his mining venture Fortuna Mining Syndicate, Hidden Valley via Townsville Qld
1.4.49
Annual CofA expired
49
Flown from Bowen Qld to Maryborough Qld for intended CofA renewal by engineer Joe Vine.
Maintenance was not commenced and aircraft left in the open at Marybrough Aerodrome.
50
Letters to Carr from DCA returned as address unknown.
6.51
DCA memo: VH-BAZ is in derelict condition and beyond repair.
28.6.51
Struck-off Register. Abandoned derelict at Maryborough
c51
Towed from the hangar area to the wartime RAAF station parade ground, left there for several years
c53
Broken up and burnt

The two Cheetah engines were kept by Mr. H. King, March Street, Maryborough
c89
Cheetah engines acquired by Shaun Ryan, Marybough who later donated them to Queensland Air Museum


VH-BAZ in 1947, still with original helmet cowlings.                                              Photo by Gus Grulke


VH-BAZ abandoned and derelict at Maryborough Aerodrome circa 1951.                 Geoff Goodall collection


            Anson 1          DJ448                                                                                                         VH-BBB
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DJ448

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
13.11.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ448. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
21.12.42
Received No.2 Air Navigation School, Nhill ex 2AP
28.12.42
Received 67 Squadron, Laverton ex 2ANS
29.1.44
Forced landing near Mount Gambier SA due engine failure. Repaired at 2AOS Mount Gambier
20.4.45
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 67 Squadron for complete overhaul
24.9.45
Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex Ansett Airways
26.4.46
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Western Junction (Launceston) ex 1AD for storage
15.8.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to Mr.W.T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic

Bill Dwyer operated Ansons on freight work from Melbourne to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands as
Dwyer Airways, later reforming as Flinders Island Airlines. 
3.4.47
Registered VH-BBB  William T. Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
47
Based at Essendon, flown by Dwyer on freight charters to Flinders Island, returning with crayfish for the Melbourne Fish Market. Operated initially retaining the RAAF camouflage paintwork.
22.7.52
Change of ownership: Flinders Island Airways Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Vic
16.8.54
Annual CofA expired at Moorabbin, not renewed
9.4.56
Letter to DCA from FIA Manager Alan M.Rea: VH-BBB will not be returned to service
11.4.56
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
11.59
noted stored dismantled in rear of FIA hangar Moorabbin, stripped for parts
5.62
removed from FIA hangar to make way for Lockheed 12A VH-FMS being moved by road from Adelaide for planned rebuild by FIA.  The Anson was carted away as rubbish.


Bill Dwyer put VH-BBB into freight service in its RAAF camouflage. Essendon 1947.     Ed Coates Collection


VH-BBB at Essendon 1948 surrounded by other newly-civilianised Ansons.               Photo by Bob Fripp


VH-BBB's mortal remains dumped outside at Moorabbin June 1962, waiting to be carted away as rubbish.
Photo by John Hopton


             Anson 1           DJ336                                                                                                            VH-BBC
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DJ336

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
31.8.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ336.  Under assembly at RAAF Point Cook
14.9.42
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex Point Cook
20.4.43
Received No.73 Squadron Nowra ex 6SFTS
3.8.44
Received No.67 Squadron, Laverton ex 73 Sqn
30.10.44
Received RAAF Point Cook ex 67 Sqn
18.3.45
Issued to Ansett AIrays, Essendon ex Point Cook for complete overhaul
10.9.45
Received 1D Laverton ex Ansett Airways
29.10.45
Received 1AD Test and ferry Sqisdron, Laveron ex 1AD
8.6.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to Mr.W.T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
1.7.46
Issued to purchaser ex Point Cook

Bill Dwyer operated Ansons on freight work from Melbourne to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands as
Dwyer Airways, later reforming as Flinders Island Airlines. 
12.46
Civil registration application: G.K.Bolton, Cairns Qld t/a Cairns Flying Service
Requested registration VH-GKB but DCA refused, stating it was too far ahead of the current VH-B series allocations and would cause "administrative difficulties." (Despite ANA having been allocated the VH-IN series and TAA allocated the VH-TA series)
7.2.47
Registered VH-BBC  G.K.Bolton, Cairns Qld t/a Cairns Flying Service
Ld
Bolton also operated under the name Cairns Flying School. A second Anson W1587 was purchased 1.47 at RAAF Maryborough Qld by Cairns Flying School, and ferried to Cairns.
.47
Guinea Air Traders parent company Australian Air Traders, Sydney approached Bolton to purchase both his Ansons for the growing New Guinea business. Negotiations resulted inBolton selling all his aircraft to GAT
8.47
Change of ownership:  Guinea Air Traders Pty Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
8.47
Ansons VH-BBC and W1587 ferried Cairns-Sydney, along with Cairns Flying Service's other aircraft: DH.80 Puss Moth VH-ABU, DH.60G Moth VH-UAE, DH.82 Tiger Moths VH-APZ & AQQ.
19.12.47
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
24.3.48
Restored to Register: Australian Air Traders Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
24.3.48
CofA renewed Sydney
23.3.49
Annual CofA lapsed, not renewed. VH-BBC was still in Sydney, had not been delivered to New Guinea. AAT advises DCA they will not be renewing the CofA.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft


Magazine picture of the Cairns Flying Service fleet at Cairns Qld in 1947. Anson VH-BBC heads the line,
then Puss Moth VH-UPA, Anson W1587, DH.60G Moth VH-UAE and Tiger Moths VH-APZ, -AQQ.


              Anson 1          AX238                                                                                                         VH-BBG
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as AX238

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
22.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AX238. Received No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond ex UK for assembly
21.9.42
Received No.2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier ex 2AD
14.12.43
Received No.3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie ex 2AOS
22.2.44
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 3AOS
22.11.44
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
7.5.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Reserve, Mallala ex Guinea Airways, via DAP Parafield
14.5.45
Issued on loan to Royal Navy, Bankstown ex 6SFTS S/R
9.1.46
Received 10EFTS Storage, Temora ex Royal Navy
15.11.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Mr. E. E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
3.12.46
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Temora

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

Civil conversion for Aircraft Disposals Co by Brown & Dueau Ltd at their workshops at Belmont Common airfield, Geelong Vic
1.3.47
Registered VH-BBG  Eric E. McIlree, Sydney NSW
1.3.47
CofA issued
9.47
VH-BBG was intended to depart shortly to be flown to Singapore by McIllree for resale, but VH-BFJ was substituted. McIllree will be away from Sydney for some time arranging similar Asian sales.
18.9.47
Struck-off Register
6.11.47
Restored to Register
11.47
CofA renewal inspection at Bankstown by New England Airways
17.9.48
CofA expired
22.9.48
Change of ownership to a McIllree company: U-Drive Pty Ltd, Mudgee NSW
48-55
Stored, probably in a hangar at Camden NSW with other unsold McIllree Ansons
8.11.51
Struck-off Register due withdrawn from service 17.9.48
13.10.55
Restored to Register Papuan Air Transport Ltd, Port Moresby, New Guinea
55
Passenger and freight service with Papuan Air Transport, which traded as Patair
10.2.56
incident report: VH-BBG flew Port Moresby-Tapini, Papuan Air Transport

Ferried to Brisbane for CofA renewal at Archerfield, failed wood glue inspections
57
Retired at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane
1.8.57
Struck-off Register
1.59
Derelict outside at Archerfield, wings cut off outboard of engines. "Papuan Air Transport" above windows


VH-BBG at Port Moresby in 1956 with Patair. Note the Aircraft Disposals Co pointed nose modification.
DCA Anson VH-CAC is behind.                                                              Ed Coates collection


Retired and derelict at Archerfield Qld in January 1959 with "Papuan Air Transport" above the windows.
Photo by David C. Eyre


              Mk.1                DG727                                                                                                    VH-BBI
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as DG727

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.8.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG727. Under assembly at RAAF Point Cook ex UK 
24.8.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex Point Cook
3.9.43
Received No.73 Squadron Nowra ex 8SFTS
20.5.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 73 Sqn
11.10.44
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
2.4.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways
16.4.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 2AD
21.1.46
Transfererd to GRS Storage Reserve ex unit equipment. To be stored under cover.
6.2.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr.R.Green, Cattle Bay, Eden NSW
21.4.47
Collected by purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Bairnsdale
4.47
Civil conversion at Essendon by Air Operations Ltd
1.5.47
Registered VH-BBI Bega Freight Service, Eden NSW c/- Messrs R.Green and D.McDomald
1.5.47
CofA issued Essendon
2.9.47
Change of ownership: Western Airways Passenger Service, Warrnambool Vic
9.47
Overhaul at Geelong by Brown & Dureau Ltd to prepare the aircraft for airline service. WAPS wanted the freighter cabin fitted with 8 passenger seats, rather than the DCA approved 7 seat configuration. Weight and balance problems caused by the extra seat resulted in B&D designing a modified short nose with reduced baggage weight, referred to as its Beaufighter nose.  No other Ansons received this nose modification.

B&D Chief Engineer David J. Bourke wrote to the compiler: "The stubby nose on VH-BBI was an aircraft owner's compromise between beauty and spending power. We did not like it and made it only to this owner's specifications." 

Used with Anson VH-BFG by WAPS on its short-lived scheduled passenger airline service between Warrnambool and Melbourne under the name Western Airways.

By early 1948 WAPS had ceased operations and was in liquidation.
VH-BBI was held by Brown & Dureau Ltd at Belmont Common airfield, Geelong for resale
1.4.48
Test flown Belmont Common for pending sale to East West Airlines
8.4.48
Change of ownership: East West Airlines Ltd, Tamworth NSW
8.4.48
Delivered Geelong to Tamworth to join EWA's all-Anson fleet

EWA initially used VH-BBI on the Tamworth-Sydney-Tamworth direct services where the extra passenger seat was in demand because of the high loadings
14.12.53
Change of ownership: Air Express Co, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane
Founded by A.L.McLachlan to fly freight charters to Queensland inland towns, along with Anson VH-BEV
6.4.57
Change of ownership: Gillham Airways Pty Ltd, Mackay Qld
Founded by O.W. Gillham to fly passenger and freight charters from Mackay, principally to Great Barrier Reef tourist islands. Gillham also acquired Air Express Co's other Anson VH-BEV.
61
Retired at Mackay due pending DCA grounding order of all Anson Mk.1s effective 30.6.62
1.7.62
Struck-off Register due DCA Policy

Parked in open on grass at Mackay Airport
.63
Donated to RAAF Air Training Corps, North Queensland Squadron No.5 Flight, Mackay
63
Towed to ATC compound on the boundary of Mackay Airport and parked in the open
65
Derelict Mackay Airport Qld. Moved to a DCA compound on the airport
c65
Carted away for scrap


East West Airlines' VH-BBI over Tamworth in May 1948.                             Roger McDonald collection


This view from the same photo session over Tamworth highlights the unique shortened "Beaughter nose".


VH-BBI retired on the grass at Mackay Qld 1963.   The windows were enlarged by Gillham Airways for
passengers on reef scenic flights. The curtains have been symbolically closed.     Geoff Goodall collection


End of the road for VH-BBI, derelict at Mackay Airport in August 1965.             Photo by Roger McDonald


            Mk.1                 N4909                                                                                                        VH-BBN
.38
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as N4909

Shipped boxed to Australia under charter agreement with British Government to supply Ansons to Australia, new aircraft diverted from delivery to RAF 
3.2.39
Taken on RAAF charge as N4909. Received No.2 Aircraft Depot Richmond ex RAF 
28.3.39
Received No.6 Squadron, Richmond
30.4.40
Received No.1 Flying Training School, Point Cook ex 6 Sqn
17.6.40
Received General Reconnaissance School, Laverton ex 1FTS
3.9.41
Received 1AD Laverton ex GRS
14.11.41
Received No.2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier ex 1AD
13.12.43
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 2AOS
19.7.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AOS for complete overhaul
9.4.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways
18.4.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 2AD
10.4.46
Transferred to GRS Storage Reserve. To be stored under cover
11.2.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Mr.W.T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
21.3.47
Collected by purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Bairnsdale
29.5.47
Registered VH-BBN  Colin G. Cameron, Melbourne Vic
31.7.47
Struck a log in grass during landing at Bega NSW, undercarriage leg badly damaged. Repaired on site.
48
VH-BBN retired at Essendon, CofA expired, parked on grass. Cameron is attempting to sell the aircraft.
4.51
DCA report: VH-BBN has deteriorated badly at Essendon in the open weather and is beyond economical repair. Owner has changed address and attempts to contact him have failed.
9.4.51
Struck-off Register


VH-BBN at Essendon in 1949 retired and already looking weathered. Note the stylish-shaped windows panel.
Behind are retired Ansett Airways Airspeed Envoy VH-UXM and Lockheed 10B VH-UZO.  Photo by Trevor Boughton


            Mk.1                W2062                                                                                                           VH-BBO, XY-ABG    
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as W2062

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
4.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2062. Awaiting assembly at No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK
28.6.41
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 2AP
24.1.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 1AOS
14.9.42
Issued to No.71 Squadron, Lowood ex 8SFTS
28.10.42
Issued to 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 71 Sqn
15.11.43
Mainplane found defective, laminate opened up for inspection at 8SFTS. Request allocation to civilian contractor for
6.12.43
Issued to Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield by road transport ex 8SFTS for complete overhaul
8.9.44
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL
18.9.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 3AD
30.4.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 8SFTS
10.5.45
Transferred to GRS Storage Reserve ex unit strength
11.2.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Mr. W. T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
3.3.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Bairnsdale
27.5.47
Registered VH-BBO: J. W. Roll, Brisbane Qld

Civil conversion at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane. On completion owner intends to depart immediately on a private flight to United Kingdom. Roll had been an RAF Wellington pilot who saw wartime service in Middle East, Greece and Balkans.
30.6.47
CofA issued Archerfield
5.7.47
Departed Archerfield for Darwin and UK, flown by owner J.W.Roll who is returning to his home in Glasgow, Scotland. On board were his wife and their two children (ages 3 years and 10 months) and Engineer V.B.Murray from Melbourne. The flight to UK was expected to take 30 days.
7.47
Reached Rangoon, Burma.

While at Rangoon, Roll received an offer of 3,000 cash for the Anson "as is". He agreed to the sale because he had only paid 300 for it in Australia. He and his family continued to UK by ship.
7.47
Sold to Airways (Burma) Ltd, Rangoon

This operation was established by Australian pilot Captain Ralph R.Cobley, with plans to operate scheduled airline services between Bassein, Henzada, Akyab and Moulmein.
In July 1947 another Australian Anson XY-ABD was purchased (see VH-AJK/DJ504).
The airline company was probably to serve as a cover for Cobley's clandestine flying from Burma in support of Indonesian independence forces fighting the Dutch in Netherlands East Indies.

Airways (Burma) Ltd soon ceased operations. Cobley departed Burma leaving the Ansons with his financial backers. Cobley was killed in December 1948in his Catalina VH-BDP during a single-engine takeoff from a river in Netherlands East Indies under fire from Dutch troops.

Fate XY-ABG unknown


Airways (Burma) Ltd's XY-ABG in the schrapnel-scarred hangar at Mingaladon Airport, Rangoon 1947.
Geoff Goodall collection


            Mk.1                R3334                                                                                                        VH-BBW    
.40
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as R3334

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
23.5.40
Taken on RAAF charge as R3334. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot Laverton ex UK for assembly 
1.7.40
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 1AD
9.3.42
Issued to Butler Air Transport, Mascot ex 1AOS for complete overhaul
1.12.42
Received 2AD Richmond ex Butler Air Transport
8.1.43
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AD
2.7.43
Received No.66 Squadron Bundaberg ex 8SFTS
29.12.43
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 66 Sqn
24.1.44
Damage to starboard wing, tail and fuselage, struck on ground Bundaberg by Anson AX126 taking off
17.7.44
Issued No.3 Wireless Air Gunners School, Maryborough ex 8SFTS for staff pilot training
4.9.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 3WAGS
29.1.45
Allotted to RAAF Station Maryborough ex 8SFTS for storage under cover
14.3.47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. A.Lowe, Julia Creek, Qld
17.4.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit, Maryborough
29.7.47
Civil Registration application: Thomas & Phyllis Wall and Arthur M.Lowe, Julia Creek Qld
9.47
Civil conversion commenced at Maryborough in the workshop of licenced engineer Joe Vine
1.48
Sold prior to completion of CofA to Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd, Townsville Qld
12.2.48
CofA issued at Maryborough Qld
24.2.48
Registered VH-BBW Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd, Townsville Qld
2.48
Ferried Maryborough-Townsville by TACA pilot
11.2.49
Annual CofA expired, not renewed.
4.5.51
Struck-off Register


R3334 in service with 1AOS Cootamundra during September 1941.                     John Hopton collection


            Mk.1                 AW907 unconfirmed                                                                             VH-BBX
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as AW907

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
2.1.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AW907. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
23.2.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
14.9.42
Received No.71 Squadron Lowood ex 8SFTS
22.4.43
Issued 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 71 Sqn
4.12.44
Issued to Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 8SFTS for complete overhaul
20.6.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL
22.6.45
Received No.4 Communications Unit, Archerfield ex 3AD
28.1.46
Received RAAF Station Maryborough ex 4CU for storage under cover
10.10.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 400 to Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, Brisbane Qld
19.4.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Maryborough
11.9.47
Civil Registration Application: Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd, Townsville Qld
12.12.47
CofA issued. Fitted with 6 passenger seats
15.12.47
Registered VH-BBX Townsville and Country Airways Pty Ltd, Townsville Qld
11.12.48
Annual CofA expired. TACA advised DCA the aircraft will be stored.

Retired, stored at Townsville
4.51
TACA advised DCA they will not be returning VH-BBX to service
26.4.51
Struck-off Register

DCA quoted AW907 as VH-BBX's identity.
However the typed Registration Application form submitted by TACA to DCA in September 1947 quoted the aircraft's identity as "ex RAAF 907". The prefix "AW" was a hand-written later addition.
It is possible "907" was the aircraft's unit code rather than serial number.
Further, the application quoted: "Assembled Point Cook 26.9.42. Test flown 28.9.42". These dates are from the log book of a different Anson, probably in the DJ series.


               Mk.1            AX505                                                                                               VH-BBY, RI-003
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as AX505

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AX505. Received No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond ex UK for assembly
16.3.42
Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 2AD
22.4.42
Assembly completed at 2AP (logbook)
5.5.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bunbaberg ex 2AP
24.5.43
Damaged when struck by landing Anson A4-30. Repaired at 8SFTS
17.11.44
Issued to Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 8SFTS for complete overhaul
4.6.45
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL
20.6.45
Receievd No.92 Squadron, Kingaroy ex 3AD
27.9.45
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Evans Head ex 92 Sqn, for storage under cover
13.11.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, Brisbane Qld
11.7.47
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Evans Head
7.10.47
Registered VH-BBY Queensland Aerial Ambulance & Taxi Services Pty Ltd, Archerfield Aerodrome Brisbane Qld
7.11.47
Change of ownership: Air Traders Co, Brisbane Qld
7.11.47
CofA issued at Archerfield, freighter with two crew seats and 1 passenger seat
12.47
Air Traders Co was a partnership between Harold Keegan, an airline pilot with Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Brisbane and Mr. S. Sharp of Sydney ex Royal Australian Navy.
The company planned to sell civilianised Australian Ansons in SE Asia, including to Indonesian independence militia fighting Dutch forces in Netherlands East Indies. VH-BBY was the ony Anson registered to Air Traders Co, although they may have sold others - Archerfield ground engineer Ivan Unwin recalled preparing "several" Ansons painted bright blue and red at Archerfield for Indonesian independence fighters: see VH-AGX
12.47
VH-BBY departed Archerfield for Darwin, then Singapore, pilot Harold Keegan.
12.47
Sold in Singapore to a Malayan merchant Mr.Tamimi and Burmese businessman Mr.Savidge, who were
representing the embryo Indonesian Air Force.
12.47
Keegan ferried VH-BBY from Singapore to Siam. Posted missing between Singapore and Penang. The aircraft had diverted to an airstrip in Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies for a liaison with Indonesian independence air force officers.
DCA later required Keegan to submit a forced landing report on the event, in which Keegan wrote the diversion was due "weather, wind and other things."
10.12.47
Flown Sumatra-Singora, Siam by Keegan, with Indonesian independence air force pilots Flt Lt. Iswahyudi and Air Commander Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma.
At Singora, Harold Keegan handed the aircraft over to the two Indonesian pilots
14.12.47
Crashed into the sea in Malacca Strait between Malaya and Sumatra, both pilots killed.
The aircraft was flying in monsoonal weather and had its undercarriage down, attempting an emergency landing on the beach. It crashed into the sea just off shore from the Malayan village Tanjong Huntu, 80 miles south of Penang.

Police report stated the aircraft wreckage had registration "VH-BBY" painted over and an Indonesian republic flag painted on the tail. The two airmens' bodies were found floating nearby and identified by the identity cards in their uniforms.

Air Commander Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma's body was later buried at Kalibata Heroes Cemetry, Jakarta.
He was considered to be the founder of the Indonesian air force, during the war of independence against the Dutch.  The main Jakarta military and airline airfield was named Halim in his honour

On 24.12.47 Harry Keegan arrived at Darwin by airline on his way back to Brisbane to resume his flying for APL. Press reports quote him saying he heard about the Anson's crash when he got to his hotel in Singapore.
He said he flew the aircraft from Singapore to the Indonesian Republicans air base in Sumatra where he was treated very well. "From what I saw behind their lines, I have a great deal of sympathy for them. The Indonesians suffered a great loss in the deaths of these two fliers. They were really good lads and great airmen"
(Harry Keegan and his wife were to die as passengers on board Aircrafts Pty Ltd Lockheed Lodestar VH-BAG when it crashed on takeoff at Coolangatta Qld in March 1949)
9.2003
Newspaper reports that members of the present day Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) had inspected the wreckage of the Anson in which Air Commander Halim Perdanakusuma died in December 1947.
The report said the wreck was found by villagers in August 2003 in a mangrove swamp in Kerumulan forest, on the Malacca Strait. A 7.62 mm machine gun was found at the site.

A memorial to Halim at Bukittinggi in West Sumatra, features a reproduction of an Avro Anson on poles with "RI-003" painted on the tail



Note: the independence fighters' "Indonesian Air Force" gathered a collection of aircraft including Ansons, C-47s and Catalinas. They were given serials commencing RI-001 and some were painted with a civil style name "Indonesian Airways".
Anson VH-BBY was reportedly serial RI-003 and that is what is painted on the replica Anson at the Halim memorial.


AX505 in RAAF service                                                                       Dick Hourigan collection


The Air Commander Halim Perdanakusuma memorial at Bukittinggi, West Sumatra features this Avro Anson
reproduction "RI-003", which appears to have been constructed from a Piper Apache.  Photo by Peter de Jong


              Mk.1              DJ177                                                                                               VH-BBZ
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DJ177

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
10.8.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ177.  Received Point Cook ex UK for assembly
24.8.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex Point Cook
3.3.43
Damaged, collision with tractor (repaired)
6.7.45
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Evans Head for storage ex No.88 Operational Base Unit Bundaberg
28.2.46
Received RAAF Maryborough ex CMU Evans Head for under cover storage
4.11.46
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to H.Ellis, Shermans Motors, Dubbo NSW
17.4.47
Issued to purchaser ex RAAF Maryborough

Harry Ellis planned an airline service from Dubbo. He purchased another Anson N4936 which was registered VH-ARK but he was unable to pay for its civil conversion at Mascot 1.47 and it was auctioned along with his Tiger Moth VH-AYY. Ellis also had CA-6 Wackett Trainer VH-ALV.
In 2.47 he was the successful tenderer for RAAF Lodestar  A67-7 at Tocumwal with a 1000 bid, however defaulted on payment to Commonwealth Disposals Commission and the Lodestar was resold.

Due to his financial situation, Ellis sold this Anson which he had left at Maryborough to veteran prewar aircraft engineer Joe Vine who was based at the airfield. It was probaby a case of Vine taking the aircaft as payment for unpaid work he did to prepare it for ferry flight.
29.9.47
Civil Registration application: Joseph C. Vine, t/a Air Maintenance, Maryborough Qld
29.7.48
Registered VH-BBZ
7.9.48
Change of ownership: Sepik River Trading Co, Madang, New Guinea

Owner of Sepik River Trading Co was Ben W.G.Hall of Madang (ex RAAF pilot) who during 1948 also purchased DH.82 Tiger Moth VH-BDR and DH.84 Dragon VH-AOT which he operated under the names Sepik River Airways and Hall's Charters. His chief pilot was Neville Mitchell.
1.1.49
Hall sold his business with Anson VH-BBZ and Dragon VH-AOT to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Lae.
4.2.49
Hall delivered VH-BBZ to Lae where taken over by QEA for their New Guinea domestic passenger and freight services
11.5.49
Crashed during take off Kerowagi, New Guinea.
The position of the strip was such that a downwind take off was necessary. The aircraft swung off the runway during the take off roll, the port undercarriage struck a drain and collapsed, causing extensive damage to the airframe.  The sole occupant was the pilot, who received minor injuries.

The pilot was Neville Mitchell, who had flown this Anson previously for Ben Hall. Neville later formed Mitchell Aerial Services at Cairns Qld. Ben Hall was to be posted missing 16.8.65 in his Victa Airtourer VH-MUB enroute Cairns-Townsville on a holiday trip to Sydney from New Guinea.


Two views of VH-BBZ visiting a mission airstrip in the New Guinea highlands 1948




Two views of the take off accident at Kerowagi on 11 May 1949.             Photos: QEA via Greg Banfield




             Mk.1               DG869                                                                                              VH-BCH
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DG869

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
29.3.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG869. Awaiting assembly at 1AD Laverton.
22.5.42
Issued from temporary storage on the grounds of Corpus Christie College, Werribee to No.1 Service Flying Training School, Point Cook for assembly
12.6.42
DG869 logbook: assembly completed at 1SFTS workshops, Point Cook
22.6.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 1SFTS
5.8.42
Minor damage, landed with starboard undercarriage jammed not fully extended
5.8.43
Received No.73 Squadron Nowra ex 6SFTS
2.12.43
Received 5AD Wagga for installation of air-to-surface vessel ASV radar equipment and nose antennae.
13.12.43
Received back at 73 Sqn
14.7.44
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot for overhaul, via 2AP Bankstown where ASV equipment removed

(final card of RAAF Airframe Record Cards missing)
12.5.45
DG869 airframe logbook: lasr recorded flight at RAAF Mallala
4.10.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission to New England Airways, Sydney ex CMU Mallala
24.4.47
Civil Registration application: New England Airways, Sydney NSW
6.5.47
DG869 airframe logbook: test flown after civil conversion carried out, cabin fitted for passengers.
Nose modified as per New England Airways approved engineering drawings. Signed engineer J.Emmerson.
2.6.47
Registered VH-BCH
2.6.47
CofA issued
3.6.47
Consecutive log book entries:
Bankstown-Mascot-Kempsey-Coffs Harbour-Kempsey-Mascot-Kempsey-Bankstown
25.6.47
Bankstown-Mascot-Coffs Harbour-Kempsey-Mascot-Bankstown
30.6.47
Bankstown-Mascot-Kempsey-Coffs Harbour-Kempsey-Mascot-Bankstown
2.7.47
Bankstown-Wagga-Mascot-Bankstown
7.7.47
Bankstown-Quirindi-Mascot-Bankstown
15.7.47
Bankstown-Mascot-Kempsey-Coffs Harbour-Casino-Coffs Harbour-Kempsey-Mascot-Bankstown
Same routing on 17.7, 21.7, 23.7, 26.7, 31.7, 2.8, 5.8 and 7.8.47
8.8.47
Starboard undercarriage collapsed during landing Kempsey NSW. A tyre burst on landing causing the aircraft to volently swing. No injuries. Main wing spar was fractured, causing the aircraft to be written off.
20.10.47
Struck-off Civil Register at owner's request


            Mk.1                DJ476                                                                                               VH-BDD
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DJ476

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
14.12.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ476. Received No.2 Aircraft Park Bankstown from Pitmans Wharf ex UK
12.3.43
Log book: first flight Bankstown after assembly
15.3.43
Issued Radio Installation and Maintenance Unit ex 2AP
27.12.43
Received No.3 Communications Unit, Mascot ex RIMU
4.8.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 3CU for storage pending allocation for complete overhaul
30.1.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot for complete overhaul
18.1.46
Issued to No.2 Central Recovery Depot, Richmond ex Ansett Airways
23.4.46
Damaged by hail storm
10.9.46
Received 2AD Storage Richmond
10.12.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Mr. E. E.Mcllree, Sydney NSW 
4.3.47
Issued to purchaser

Eric E. McIllree was a Sydney car dealer and pilot. He and E.H. "Tim" Loneragan of Mudgee NSW were partners in Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee which purchased a total of 42 Ansons in 1946-47 for civil conversion and resale.
5.47
Civil conversion at Mascot by New England Airways
30.5.47
Weighed at Mascot on completion of civil overhaul, 6 passenger seats
3.6.47
Registered VH-BDD Thiess Brothers Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld.   Named "Progress"
3.6.47
CofA issued Mascot

Thiess Bros was a heavy earth-moving and mining company with offices in Brisbane and Sydney
Anson based Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane, flown by company pilot Captain Francis Finlay.
Flown extensively in Queensland and NSW also to New Guinea.
First Thiess Bros business flight was in 6.47 Archerfield to Clermont Qld taking Managing Director
Les C. Thiess for an inspection of the company's Blair Athol coal mine.
28.7.48
Annual CofA renewed at Archerfield by ANA
3.49
Name change to "Progress I" when Beech C18S VH-BJJ entered service with Thiess Bros and was named "Progress II"
29.7.49
CofA agreed to a 6 week CofA extension due to the good condition of the aircraft to allow important company flying during a national coal miners' strike
22.11.49
Annual CofA renewed at Archerfield by ANA
30.11.50
CofA expired. Aircraft with engineers Carswell & Dalgleish at Archerfield, to have CofA renewed late 1951 when Thiess Bros' other Anson VH-AKB will be undergoing CofA overhaul. The company policy is to have one Anson operational while the other is having maintenance
6.2.52
Test flown Archerfield by Frank Finlay after overhaul. CofA renewed.
12.12.52
Change of ownership: Ernest F. Reid trading as Goilala Air Service, Tapini, New Guinea

Goilala Air Service was formed during 1952 by Ernie Reid to replace Charter Aviation Service at Lae which ceased operations. Reid had been an Anson pilot for Charter Aviation Service and was financed by
Dr. Alexander L. Caselberg of Tapini who became Managing Director of GAS.
1.53
New Guinea newspaper report: E.F.Reid announced the formation of new company GAS. He is Manager/Chief Pilot and Chief Engineer. Three Ansons have been purchased, which will be available for charter but will principally operate between Port Moresby and Tapini. The first Anson is already in New Guinea (VH-BDD) and is fully radio equipped and has radio compass. A second pilot has just been employed, Captain R.K.Pilling formerly with Gibbes Sepik Airways.
4.2.53
Damaged in forced landing near Embessa, New Guinea. 
During a charter flight from Popondetta to Port Moresby in poor weather, landed in kunai grass 4 miles north of Embessa village due fuel expiry.  Pilot R. Pilling and his 11 school girl passengers were not hurt but the aircraft was badly damaged. An air search had commenced and the Anson was located by a Qantas DC-3.

VH-BDD was not salvaged because of the inaccessable area

DCA investigation into the forced landing resulted in suspension of pilot Pilling's Commercial Pilot Licence and Reid's Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence each for 6 months. Goilala Air Service's Charter Licence was suspended until April 1953.

Goilala Air Service was reorganised to DCA's satisfaction and went on to purchase a total of 7 Ansons and a Percival Gull. Dr. Casselberg sold his financial interest to Reid in 2.54 (see Anson VH-BMA)
Ernie Reid flew the Gull VH-UTP to Sydney in July 1954 to compete in the RedEx Trial around Australia: see Percival Gull in this series.
After Reid died in 1956, his wife kept Goilala Air Service operating until mid 1957, when it shut down.


Archerfield 1952.                                                                         Photo by Eddie Coates


           Mk.1                W2365                                                                                               VH-BDO
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2365

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
27.7.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2365. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot Laverton ex UK
30.11.41
Received General Reconnaissance School, Cressy ex 1AD.
11.12.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex GRS for complete overhaul
7.5.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
8.5.45
Aircraft not to be flown, under offer to Royal New Zealand Air Force
27.7.45
Not required by RNZAF
22.8.45
Received 11EFTS Benalla ex 1AD for under-cover storage
16.1.47
Received TTSD Storage ex Care & Maintenance Unit Benalla
24.4.47
Allotted 2AD Richmond ex TTSD Stirage
18.6.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Mr. H. W. Chapman, Sydney
24.6.47
Issued to purchaser

Civil conversion overhaul at Bankstown
16.1.48
Registered VH-BDO: Harry W. Chapman, Sydney NSW
16.1.48
CofA issued

Harrry Chapman was Manager of Chromesteel Pty Ltd, Dulwich Hill, Sydney which manufactured DCA approved passenger seats and other metal equipment for aircraft. East-West Airlines purchased seats and other items for its Avro Ansons from Chromesteel.
1.7.48
Change of ownership: East-West Airlines, Tamworth NSW
8.7.48
Ferried Bankstown to Tamworth on delivery to EWA
18.8.48
Test flown Tamworth after modifications by EWA maintenance staff prior to entering airline service

Flew EWA scheduled passenger services
12.10.49
Crashed on takeoff Tamworth NSW.
Port engine failed on takeoff from the original Tamworth Aerodrome, crashed into trees a half mile west of the runway. Captain John Rentell lost a leg in the crushed cockpit, but his 7 passengers sustained only minor injuries.

East-West Airlines leased Anson VH-BAB from Queensland Airlines as a temporary replacement


VH-BDO at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane 1949.                                                     Photo by Gus Grulke


Tamworth 12 October 1949.                                           Civil Aviation Historical Society


             Mk.1                DJ118                                                                                      VH-BDX
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as DJ118

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
2.6.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DJ118.  Delivered to Butler Air Transport, Mascot ex wharf

Assembled by Butler Air Transport, whch was an approved civilian contractor 
18.6.42
Received No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond ex BAT
25.6.42
Received No.1 Air Navigation School, Parkes ex 2AD
13.12.43
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundrea ex 1ANS
22.9.44
Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 1AOS for storage pending allotment for complete overhaul
15.1.45
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
6.8.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett AIrways
13.8.45
Received Care & Maintenance Unit, Evans Head ex 2AD for under cover storage
13.11.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, Brisbane Qld
19.6.47
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Evans Head

The purchaser was in fact a commercial aviation company Queensland Aerial Ambulance and Air Taxi Services Pty Ltd. Archerfield Aeodrome, Brisbane.
QAAATS had an agreement to provide air transport of patients on request by the QATB, but used an implied closer connection with the official ambulance brigade to its commercial advantage, such as the low purchase price of this Anson with only a few hours since major overhaul. QAAATS purchased large nunbers of RAAF disposals Tiger Moths, Dragons, Ansons and became a significent Archerfield company providing charter, maintenance and aircraft sales. The air ambulance operation was never developed before QAAATS went out of business in 1950.
2.1.48
Civil Registration Application: G.A. Michaelov, Sydney NSW

Michaelov was a post-war Yugoslavian migrant who had applied for Australian naturalisation.
The Australian Air Navigation Regulations stated that Australian registered aircraft must be owned by Australian citizens. This set off extensive bureaucratic correspondence over the following six months.
In frustration, Michaelov posted a 5 note to the Miniser for Immigration, Arthur Caldwell to cover his naturalisation fee to speed up the process.
7.4.48
Registered VH-BDX G.A. Michaelov, Melbourne Vic
7.4.48
CofA issued Essendon
6.48
VH-BDX based at Essendon. DCA Head Office required reports of any flying conducted.
The matter of Michaelov's right to own the aircraft was still being debated between DCA and various Government Departments.
Meanwhile on 29.4.48 Michaelov had became registered owner of DH.82 Tiger Moth VH-AMC at Essendon, whch was registered without query in the name of G.S.Moffat and G.A.Michaelov, Melbourne.
12.49
Michaelov flew VH-BDX to Darwin, enroute to England.
6.2.50
VH-BDX made a wheels-up forced landing at Cranbrook, Kent following engine trouble crossing the English Channel. Landng made on Elphick's farm, Horsmonden.  Pilot G.A.Michaelov was unhurt and the aircraft had only minor damage.

Probably his arrival in UK at the end of the flight from Australia, but not confirmed

A query from Australia House, London to DCA Head Office regarding the status of Anson VH-BDX which the British  press have reported had an accident in England. DCA reply that they have received no accident report from the owner, his address is unknown and that their enquiries indicate he has left the United Kingdom for South America.
13.8.50
VH-BDX noted at Croydon Airport, London. Parked in a hangar, all silver with red lettering. It was reported that it had been sold locally by its Australian owner.
11.50
VH-BDX noted at Croydon
18.11.50
Forced landing Baincthum, 3 miles from Boulogne, France
11.12.50
Crashed on takeoff Le Touquet Airport, Paris.  Extensive damage, bound for Croydon Airport, London. 2 on board. No details of pilot or owner.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of aircraft with expired CofAs.  DCA received no reply to letters sent to his South Melbourne address requesting his intentions with the aircraft.

By 1952 Michaelov was living at the same South Melbourne address as in 1949.


Essendon 1948                                                                                      Ed Coates Collection


Croydon Airport, London 1950, silver with red lettering and trim.                          Photo by John M. Smith


             Mk.1                W2047                                                                                                VH-BEH
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2047

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
7.4.41
Taken on RAAF charge asW2047 Received No.2 Aircraft Park Bankstown ex UK
22.5.41
Received No.4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 2AP
7.2.44
Issued to ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
31.7.44
Received back at 4SFTS ex ANA Maylands
2.8.45
Transferred to No.87 Operational Base Unit, Geraldton ex 4SFTS which was disbanded
24.3.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Airlines(WA)Ltd, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
6.5.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Geraldton

Ferried fron Geraldton to Maylands for civil conversion by Airlines
1.5.47
Registered VH-BEH  Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
11.6.47
Test flight Maylands after civil overhaul
12.6.47
CofA issued
6.47
Entered service on Airlines (WA) Ltd scheduled passenger services
10.7.50
CofA expired. Airlines advise DCA that VH-BEH will be retired, replaced by DH.104 Doves

Retired, reduced to components at Perth Airport
27.3.51
Struck off Register
22.6.51
Fuselage VH-BEH noted at the back of Airlines (WA) Ltd hangar at Perth Airport, silver with blue trim,


VH-BEH at Perth in June 1947 immediately after civil conversion with window panels and curtains.
Photo: Geoff Goodall collection


            Mk.1                 W2121                                                                                              VH-BEL
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2121

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2121 Awaiting assembly at No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton
14.7.41
Received No.4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 1AD
21.5.43
Damaged, ground-loop on takeoff Georgina satellite ground. Repaired by unit
26.12.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
26.9.45
Received No.4 Central Recovery Depot, Maylands ex ANA for storage
10.1.46
Allotted No.17 Repair & Salvage Unit, Pearce for completion of overhaul
11.3.46
Received No.7 Communications Unit Pearce ex 17RSU
13.5.46
Received Care and Maintenance Unit Geraldton ex 7CU for under-cover storage
6.11.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Flying Doctor Service, Kalgoorlie WA
7.1.47
Issued to puchaser

The purchaser was in fact George W. Lewis trading as Goldfields Airways, Kalgoorlie WA.
He was a WWI pilot who was an established Kalgoorlie charter operator, contracted by FDS Kalgoorlie base to provide aircraft for emergencies and clinic runs as requested.
8.1.47
George Lewis departed Geraldton in W2121 at 7am on delivery flight to Kalgoorliee, accompanied by his Percival Vega Gull VH-UZH in which he and a company pilot had previouslyflown to Geraldton to collect the Anson.
8.1.47
Vega Gull made a forced lnding in a farm paddock at East Buntine, Lewis landed the Anson alongside to attend to the Vega's engine. Both then continued the flight, arriving at Kalgoorlie the following day

W2121 civil conversion overhaul at Kalgoorlie on a time-available basis single-handedly by G.W.Lewis, who held airframe and engine maintenance licences. Periodic inspections by a DCA inspector from Perth
18.6.47
Registered VH-BEL George W. Lewis c/- Flying Doctor Service, Kalgoorlie WA
7.8.47
Test flown Kalgoorlie by Lewis on completion of the extended civil overhaul
7.8.47
CofA issued. Fitted with 6 passenger seats and fittings for a stretcher patient

For  next 15 years VH-BEL was operated on charters and FDS work (later renamed RFDS). The annual CofAs were always renewed and the DCA inspections reported the aircraft condition as excellent. Lewis employed pilots to operate his second Anson VH-AXC and other aircraft Vega Gull VH-UZH and Proctor VH-BLC, on which he carried out all maintenance.
6.59
George Lewis was now a one-man business with only VH-BEL. The flying doctor contract ended earlier that yesr when RFDS introduced its own aircraft Cessna 182 VH-FDK and pilot at the Kalgoorlie Base.
11.60
DCA reduced VH-BEL from Charter Category to Airwork Category as part of DCA Policy to retire all wooden wing Anson Mk.1s. Passengers could no longer be carried.
5.9.61
Lewis flew supplies from Kalgoorlie to Warburton Mission during a measles epidemic
61
Lewis won a contract for an extensive photographic mapping survey in the Kalgoorlie district
30.6.62
George Lewis flew VH-BEL on a farewell circuit over Kalgoorlie and Boulder prior to the type grounding
30.6.62
CofAs of all remaining Australian Anson Mk.1s suspended by DCA Policy effective midnight

VH-BEL retired in the hangar at Kalgoorlie.
8.62
Lewis wrote to DCA: requested a 14 day CofA renewal for VH-BEL to enable him to carry out outstanding photographic survey runs now required to complete the contract.
DCA WA Region recommended the extension to Head Office stating a recent inspection of the grounded VH-BEL found it to be in excellent condition.
21.8.62
Short-term CofA renewal until 4.9.62
9.62
Retired Kalgoorlie. Lewis gifted VH-BEL to No.9 Flight RAAF Air Training Corps, Kalgoorlie
Aircraft remained in the hangar as an instructional airframe, starboard Cheetah engine and propeller were later removed as a training exercise.
16.4.70
Donated to Air Force Association (WA Division) Inc, Bull Creek, Perth WA
Later renamed RAAF Association (WA Division) Inc
AFA had requested the Anson for their proposed aviation museum to be built at their Bull Creek estate

Unmoved in the hangar at Kalgoorlie, complete but deteriorated torn fabric and some woodwork damage,
flat perished tyres 
16.1.71
A party from No.25 Squadron at RAAF Pearce flew to Kalgoorlie in Dakota A65-102 to dismantle the Anson as a training project
24-27.6.71
Fuselage moved by road from Kalgoorlie to Perth, unloaded in Alco Timber yard, Leach Highway, Melville. Stored mounted on trestles in the open.
10.7.71
Fuselage moved by road to a large shed in Hampton Road, Fremantle for storage under cover
16.2.72
Mainplane arrived Jandakiot Airport from Kalgoorlie, stored in open in a DCA truck yard
12.5.73
Fuselage and mainplane moved from their respective storage locations to a chicken farm in Taylor Road, Jandakot where they were stored in disused chicken sheds with other aircraft collected by the AFA
6.72
Anson fuselage damaged by vandals when left outside at the chicken farm for two weeks waiting for equipment to move it into the sheds. Fabric torn, perspex smashed , woodwork broken.
14.11.76
Anson fuselage and mainplane moved from chicken farm to the AFA Country Club at Bull Creek.
Left in the weather in the AFA Aviation Historical Group's fenced compound with other aircraft stored for the proposed aviation museum. Fuselage later moved into the AHG workshop shed on the estate.
17.11.79
Aviation Heritage Museum was opened in a new buuilding on the AFA estate at Bull Creek

VH-BEL was rebuilt to an excellent display standard, painted all silver as RAAF W2121

Currently displayed inside Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek


George Lewis flying VH-BEL north of Kalgoorlie circa 1961.                        Photo: Merv Prime collection


Retired at Kalgoorlie in October 1970, flat tyres and deteriorating fabric.                Photo by Geoff Goodall


George Lewis recorded his frustrations on the Anson's nose.                            Photo by Geoff Goodall


VH-BEL at the AFA Estate Bull Creek, Perth in May 1977 before work could begin on its restoration.
Photo by Geoff Goodall


After an impressive restoration, VH-BEL is displayed in the Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth as RAAF W2121.


           Mk.1                 W1949                                                                                              VH-BEM
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W1949

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
4.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W1949. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
6.6.41
Log book: first test flight Bankstown after assembly
20.6.41
Issued to No.4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 2AP
7.4.43
Undercarriage collapsed in ground-loop during night execises at Georgina satellite field (repaired at unit)
4.10.44
Received ANA Maylands ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
17.9.45
Received 4AD Boulder ex ANA Maylands
22.1.46
Received No.87 Operational Base Unit Geraldton ex 4AD for storage under cover
28.1.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to W. Couper, Mount Barker WA
15.4.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care and Maintenance Unit Geraldton
6.5.47
Registered VH-BEM Robert S. Couper, Mount Barker WA
5.47
Civil conversion commenced at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth by Airlines(WA)Ltd.
Bob Couper had been a wartime RAAF pilot and intended to establish a charter business in the Albany region. Using Tiger Moths he conducted charters, fish spotting and whale spotting.
Couper initially wanted VH-BEM fitted as a freighter but during the overhaul instructed Airlines(WA)Ltd to install six passenger seats and passenger window panels.
4.8.47
CofA issued at Maylands

Couper operated the Anson as "BEM Air Services" in partnership with John Dyer of Perth. Dyer was an Australian flying in RAF during the war and to get home, ferried Percival Proctor G-AHTN from London to Kalgoorlie, arriving February 1947 after a 7 month trip with an accident repair enroute.
1.12.47
Change of ownership: John Dyer, Perth WA
2.48
DCA file memo: Dyer is operating VH-BEM in the far north of WA
4.48
By now VH-BEM is based at Darwin. Dyer wrote to DCA changing his address to:
J. Dyer c/- BEM Air Services, Parap Camp, Hut 32, Darwin
4.48
VH-BEM is being operated from Darwin in partnership with Neville "Dinga" Bell, a popular local commercial pilot who uses the name Bell Airways, Darwin NT
11.48
Dyer advised DCA his address was now J.Dyer c/- Bell Airways, GPO Darwin NT
21.12.48
Annual CofA renewal Darwin by Messrs Moss and Oliver
2.49
Dyer wrote to DCA advising that VH-BEM is now permanently based at Darwin.
His letterhead was "John Dyer, Proprietor BEM Air Services, Darwin NT"
21.12.49
Annual CofA expired. Dyer requested an extention until to complete charter work. The aircraft had flown 145 hours since last renewal 12.48.  DCA approve extention to 9.1.50.
1.50
Retired in open at Darwin
2.51
DCA Darwin report:  VH-BEM is u/s after a year standing in the weather. It is in the hands of the Official Receiver due monies owed by John Dyer, who is now in Calcutta, India
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft


Perth Airport 1948, "BEM Air Services" painted above the door.                    Geoff Goodall collection


While based in Darwin with Bell Airways 1949.                  Photo courtesy Shirley Dean, via Ron Cuskelly


             Mk.1                 W2043                                                                                            VH-BEP
41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2043

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
13.4.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2043. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex UK for assembly
5.5.41
Log book: first test flight Laverton after assembly
8.5.41
Issued 4 Service Flying Training School, Geraldton ex 1AD
25.9.41
Undercarriage collapsed while taxying Geraldton, port mainplane damaged
1.12.41
Port tyre blew out on landing Kojarina satellite landing ground near Geraldton, starboard undercarriage collapsed when aircraft swung violently
25.3.42
Forced landing Ardingly due port engine failure
9.10.42
Minor damage, struck airfield boundary marker while taxying at Georgina satellite landing ground near Geraldton
3.1.43
W2043 while parked was struck by a taxying Anson, damage to mainplanes of both aircraft
28.11.43
Landed with undercarriage retracted at Geraldton
9.12.44
Received Australian National Airways, Maylands Aerrodrome Perth ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
10.9.45
Received No.7 Communications Unit, Guildford Aerodrome, Perth ex ANA Maylands
11.3.46
Mainplane damaged in taxying accident Carnarvon WA
28.3.46
Issued No.87 Operational Base Unit, Geraldton ex 7CU for storage pending disposal
24.3.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
6.5.47
Issued to purchaser
30.5.47
Civil Registration application: Allan R. Wegener, Perth
Wegener was Chief Engineer of Airlines(WA)Ltd who purchased the aircraft at Maylands prior to civil conversion
30.5.47
Registered VH-BEP
8.47
DCA memo: CofA overhaul has commenced at Maylands by Airlines (WA) Ltd. Wegener intends flying this aircraft to England for resale. He is in partnership with a Perth pilot E.W.Vincent.
9.47
Wegener letter to DCA: "Two Ansons were recently sold to England to the company that I am dealing with".
9.10.47
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion, pilot Airlines (WA) Ltd Captain E.H.Wheatly
26.10.47
Local flight Perth area, pilot E.W.Vincent carrying 6 passengers.
DCA investigated because Vincent holds only a Student Pilot Licence which does not allow passengers
12.11.47
VH-BEP departed Guildford Aerodrome, Perth for UK:  pilot A.R.Wegener, engineer Paul Fatquarson, Wireless Operator John Tapper, passengers E.W.Vincent and Mrs. Pougnant (aged 58) bound for Sourabaya to visit her daughter.
11.47
Delayed at Darwin. Wegener's cheque to DCA for hangarage bounced after his departure
26.11.47
Departed Darwin. Local press report stated they now plan to sell the Anson to "Burma Airways, Rangoon".
The Wireless Operator was repaced by Mr. George Birmingham, a former DCA Darwin Aeradio operator. The crew said they will then continue to UK and Sweden where they will collect a Junkers Ju 52 trimotor which they had purchased there some time ago for a low price.  They will fly the Junkers to Australia carrying 21 refugees as paying passengers.  (compiler's note: the Ju 52 plan was abandoned)
12.47
Crashed near Calcutta, India.  Aircraft wrecked during a forced landing. Wegener and his two crew were not injured and obtained jobs with Indian airline companies.

Advice of the accident passed to DCA from Indian DCA
19.12.47
Struck-off Civil Register
48
Correspondence to DCA from Wegener's wife in Perth seeking information on his whereabouts. Wegener had never contacted DCA to advise of the loss of his Anson and his current situation was unknown.
Further enquiries by DCA established that Wegener was working overseas and had no intention of returning to Australia.



                Mk.1                 MG530                                                                                                  VH-BES
43
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as MG530

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
31.1.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG530. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
19.3.44
Log book: first test flight Bankstown after assembly
31.3.44
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
25.6.45
Received No.3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie ex 8SFTS
6.8.45
Transferred to 3AOS Storage Reserve ex unit strength
1.2.46
Transferred to No.5 Central Recovery Depot, Port Pirie for storage pending disposal
15.3.46
Transferred to Care & Maintenance Unit, Port Pirie
6.5.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 200 to W.R.Murphy & Rudd, Melbourne Vic
3.6.47
Issued to purchaser.  Murphy & Rudd purchased Anson LV128 at the same sale, see VH-BET
19.6.47
DCA allocated VH-BES to MG530 and VH-BET to LV128 both owned by Messrs W.R.Murphy and C.R.Rudd, 41 Chappel Street, St Kilda Vic
8.8.47
Civil Registration application: C.R. Rudd & W.R.Murphy, Melbourne Vic, trading as Rudd & Murphy.
Fitted with 7 passenger seats, will be based Essendon for personal use of owners
2.10.47
CofA issued Essendon
2.10.47
Registered VH-BES

Rudd & Murphy had purchased six RAAF Ansons which they planned to resell to civil owners.
2.4.48
Inspection report at Essedon by DCA surveyor: well maintained\
5.48
DCA memo: VH-BES and VH-BET both have original "helmet" engine cowlings replaced with round Cheetah XXV cowlings

VH-BES and VH-BET were ferried from Essendon to Nhill for storage in a disused RAAF hangar while the owners attempt to sell both aircraft. VH-BET was ferried in May 1948. 
1.6.48
VH-BES departed Essendon on 1 June 1948 but was forced back due to bad weather near Ballarat. A top fuselage hatch was blown off and a passenger clung to the fabric to prevent it tearing open.
5.6.48
After repairs it was ferried to Nhill on the morning of 5 June and landed uneventfully at 1pm . It was pushed into a hangar with the other Rudd & Murphy Anson VH-BET and Adastra's VH-BGO.  The Adastra Anson was one of several Adastra aircraft engaged on a Victorian State Government photographic survey of western Victoria, flown by Adastra Captains Joe Linfoot, Tom Carpenter and John Howard.
5.6.48
VH-BES and VH-BET destroyed by a hangar fire at Nhill Vic.  Adastra Anson VH-BGO also destroyed

It is believed an electrical short circuit in the recently arrived Anson started the fire. Adastra pilot Joe Linfoot had closed and locked the hangar doors and had driven away from the aerodrome in a car when smoke was seen and he immediately returned to unlock a side door of the hangar to find BES & BET well ablaze and his Anson BGO had started to burn. While trying to save valuable survey cameras and maps and specialist gear in his aircraft he was caught by a blast from exploding photographic film and hurled back through the hangar door.  Exploding fuel tanks hampered efforts by the local fire brigade, and the hangar structure and the three Ansons were destroyed.

Adastra pilot Tom Carpenter adds to the story:
"On 5th June 1948, we were based at Nhill in Victoria, but as the weather was not suitable for aerial survey work, Johnny Howard and I decided to go to Hamilton in John's Tiger Moth VH-AVV for a football match and stay the night. Mid afternoon, the police located us at the football ground with the news that our survey aircraft had been totally destroyed by fire in the hangar at Nhill. We immediately headed back to Nhill and into a strong north wind late in the afternoon, but found that our ground speed was down to about 55 miles per hour. Soon it got dark, but that did not worry us, because Nhill aerodrome being on the Adelaide-Melbourne air route had a revolving beacon. Eventually the light was seen but not where we expected it - we were about 30 miles off course. At last we were in the circuit area and saw the flare path that had been laid for us - but again things went wrong. Those days only big aerodromes had electric flare path lights, smaller aerodromes had tins filled with rags soaked in petrol and oil. This night the wind was so strong that the flares kept blowing out. John Howard flew the return flight and said he dropped the aircraft from about 10 feet above the ground on landing, but I don't remember it happening. I was too busy watching the flares blowing out and the two men who caught our wing tips as we hit the ground.

Briefly the story was that another Avro Anson which had been converted into a passenger carrying aircraft had been parked in our hangar and joined by its sister aircraft shortly after John Howard and I had left for Hamilton. Joe Linfoot's story was that he was still on the aerodrome and removed our aircraft to allow the new arrival to park in the back of our hangar for storage. Our aircraft was returned to the hangar and the doors locked. The owner and pilot were about to be driven to town in our car when the owner said he had left something in his aircraft and requested the keys to the hangar. Joe said that he and his two passengers had just arrived in town when he saw a cloud of smoke out towards the aerodrome. After depositing his passengers at the hotel he drove back to the airport to see smoke pouring from our hangar. Despite the heat he was able to open a small side door to see both stored aircraft ablaze and the nose area of our aircraft just starting to burn."

Joe Linfoot received minor injuries in the fire but continued with Adastra Aerial Surveys. He was killed on 24 June 1957 as captain of Adastra Lockheed Hudson VH-AGO which crashed at Horn Island during an emergency landing with port propeller feathered.


The ferry crew for Rudd and Murphy's Ansons at RAAF Station Port Pirie in June 1947 with MG530.
The likely lads are not identified in the photo, which was taken by pilot Jack Gillies.


MG530 (with a line through the RAAF serial) refuels at Port Pirie before the ferry flight to Melbourne.
Photos by Jack Gillies via Maurice Austin collection


MG530 became VH-BES, seen with sister Anson VH-BET out on the grass at Essendon 1948.   T.W.Boughton


             Mk.1                 LV128                                                                                                  VH-BET
.43
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as LV128

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
9.8.43
Taken on RAAF charge as LV128. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
1.12.43
Issued to ANA Mascot ex 2AP
12.12.43
Received Air Gunnery Shool, West Sale
24.9.44
Damaged when port undercaeriage leg collapsed West Sale aerodrome. Repaired at unit
18.4.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex AGS
7.6.45
Received No.3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie ex GRS
6.7.45
Transferred to 3AOS Storage Reserve ex unit strength
1.2.46
Transferred to No.5 Central Recovery Depot, Port Pirie for storage pending disposal
15.3.46
Transferred to Care & Maintenance Unit, Port Pirie
6.5.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 200 to W.R.Murphy & Rudd, Melbourne Vic
6.6.47
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Port Pirie. Murphy & Rudd purchased MG530 at the same sale, see VH-BES
19.6.47
DCA allocated VH-BES to MG530 and VH-BET to LV128 both owned by Messrs W.R.Murphy and C.R.Rudd, 41 Chappel Street, St Kilda Vic
8.8.47
Civil Registration application: C.R. Rudd & W.R.Murphy, Melbourne Vic, trading as Rudd & Murphy.
Fitted with 7 passenger seats, will be based Essendon for personal use of owners
2.12.47
Registered VH-BET
2.12.47
CofA issued Essednon
5.48
DCA memo: VH-BES and VH-BET both have original "helmet" engine cowlings replaced with round Cheetah XXV cowlings
5.48
VH-BET erried from Essendon to Nhill for storage in a disused RAAF hangar while the owners attempt to sell both aircraft. VH-BET followed in ealy June 1948
5.6.48
VH-BES and VH-BET destroyed by a hangar fire at Nhill Vic.  Adastra Anson VH-BGO also destroyed
 
Refer VH-BES for further details


              Mk.1                 W2483                                                                                                  VH-BEV
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2483

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
8.8.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2482. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
6.9.41
Received No.1 Air Navigation School, Parkes ex 2AP
13.12.43
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 1ANS
12.6.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 1AOS
24.7.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
26.2.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways Mascot
8.3.45
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 2AD
21.5.45
Transferred to 6SFTS Storage ex unit strength. Transferred to Care & Maintenance Unit Mallala
7.3.47
Received CMU Benalla ex CMU Mallala for under cover storage
23.11.48
Received CMU Tocumwal ex CMU Benalla for under cover storage
15.9.52
Offered to Dept of Supply for disposal
9.7.54
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Tocumwal (sale details not included on RAAF airframe record card)
23.8.54
Registered VH-BEV Air Express Co, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brusbane Qld
16.1.58
Change of ownership: Gillham Airways Pty Ltd, Mackay Qld.  Named Coral Voyager

Gillham Airways was founded in 1957 by O.W. Gillham to fly passenger and freight charters from Mackay, principally to Great Barrier Reef tourist islands. First aircraft was Anson VH-BBI also acquired from Air Express Co.
60
Retired at Archerfield Qld in open weather, poor condition

Left outside with horizontal tailplane removed and all access hatches along the mainplane hanging open, indicating that an inspection of glued wooden joints had found problems and the overhaul abandoned.
.61
Carted away as scrap metal
1.7.62
Struck-off Civil Register

(In 8.67 the nose section of VH-BEV was seen at Kallangur Qld, metallic with blue and black trim, name Coral Voyager and palm tree artwork)


VH-BEV retired and derelict at Archerfield in December 1960.                          David Daw collection


This nose view of the derelict VH-BEV shows the name "Coral Voyager".          Geoff Goodall collection


               Mk.1                 R9899
.40
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as R9899

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.11.40
Taken on RAAF charge as R9899. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
15.12.40
Received No.2 Service Flying Training School, Wagga ex 2AP
24.2.41
Issued 4SFTS Geraldton ex 2SFTS
9.8.43
While parked at Geraldton R9899 was struck by taxying Anson R3556 during night flying exercises
12.9.43
Issued Australian National Airways, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth for complete overhaul
22.5.44
Receievd 4SFTS Geraldton ex ANA Maylands
22.1.45
Transferred to 4SFTS Storage ex unit strength
2.8.45
Transferred to No.87 Operational Base Unit Geraldton. Transferred to Care & Maintenance Unit Geraldton for storage pending disposal.
3.2.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
10.2.47
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Geraldton
1.7.47
Registered VH-BFC Airlines (WA) Ltd, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
14.7.47
Test flown Maylands after civil conversion by Airlines (WA) Ltd
14.7.47
CofA issued. Freighter
14.7.47
Entered service, initially on newspaper delivery contract from Perth to south west towns replacing DH.90 Dragonfly VH-ADG which was needed for survey work.
5.11.47
Change of ownership: Kingsley L.Watson, trading as Aerial Surveys (WA) Pty Ltd, Perth WA

VH-BFC remained in service with Airlines(WA) Ltd as a freighter while Watson arranged finance for the aircraft's purchase and modification for aerial photographic survey
19.5.48
Handed over to Watson
2.6.48
Loss of radio comms while operating in Carnarvon WA area, pilot Glynn-Smith
19.6.49
Aerial Surveys (WA) Pty Ltd letter to DCA advising the company now has its own engineers and maintenance organisation for VH-BFC, which was previously maintained on contract by Airlines(WA) Ltd.
14.12.49
Forced landing Cunderdin Aerodrome WA due engine trouble enroute Perth-Southern Cross, no damage, pilot Digby Bull
50
Pilot Digby Bull recalls an emergency landing at Narrogin West WA due engine fire while he was conducting photographic survey at 12,000 feet in the area. The engine was changed and the Anson flown back to Maylanfds
22.3.51
Forced landing Busselton WA due engine trouble, aerial survey operation in the area, pilot Pierce
3.7.51
VH-BFC noted at Parafield SA, silver with black registration letters. Parked at Robbys Aircraft hangar
31.8.51
Undercarriage collapsed landing Wallaroo SA, badly damaged.  Crew unhurt. Insurance write-off.
15.1.52
Struck-off Civil Register

The damaged aircaft was dragged on its belly to a town park in Wallaroo, where it was stripped of parts by local citizens for some months. The derelict airframe was dismantled and moved to the farm of Mr. Hawk near the nearby town of Kadina, where it was used forscrews, metal tubing, witing etc around the farm,
2.65
The intact centre fuselage sectiuon was found laying on one side on Mr.Hawk's farm tip.


VH-BFC after its landing accident at Wallaroo SA on 31 August 1951.  The lower view shows the fabric
damage inflicted by livestock attracted to the dope taste. Both photos by Len Betterman, via Nigel Daw.




VH-BFC's fuselage dumped on a farm tip near Kadina SA in February 1965.         Photo by Geoff Goodall


               Mk.1                  DG729                                                                                                    VH-BFG
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as DG729

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.9.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG729. Received Point Cook ex UK for assembly
1.10.42
Log book: first test flight Point Cook after assembly
12.10.42
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex Point Cook
1.9.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 1AOS for complete overhaul
19.3.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Mascot
26.3.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 2AD
16.7.45
Transferred to GRS Reserve ex unit strength
6.2.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to R. Green, Eden NSW
21.4.47
Collected by purchaser
14.7.47
DCA allocted VH-BFG to Anson DG729 for owner Western Airways, Warrnambool Vic
21.7.47
Civil Registration application: Western Airways, Warrnambool Vic
Application submuited on Western Airways' behalf by Air Operations Pty Ltd, Essendon who are carrying out the civil conversion.
17.10.47
CofA issued Essendon. 7 passenger seats
19.10.47
Registered VH-BFG Western Airways Passenger Services Pty Ltd, Warrnambool Vic

Used with VH-BBI by WAPS on a short-lived scheduled passenger airline service between Warrnambool and Melbourne under the name Western Airways.

By early 1948 WAPS had ceased operations and was in liquidation.
VH-BBI was held by Brown & Dureau Ltd at Belmont Common, Geelong for resale
24.4.48
Change of ownership: Corio Air Freighters, Belmont Common Aerodrome, Geelong Vic

Early 1948 Brown & Dureau Ltd sold the assets of its aircraft overhaul business at Belmont Common to the former Chief Engineer David J. Bourke. He reorganised as Corio Air Engineers, specialising in Avro Anson conversion and maintenance. An associate company was Corio Air Freighters to operate Ansons from Geelong to Tasmania and Bass Strait islands.
5.48
Short-term lease to Connellan Airways, Alice Springs NT pending delivery of a DH.89 Rapide from UK.
12.5.48
VH-BFG was at Alice Springs NT
31.5.48
VH-BFG by now back at Geelong.

Connellan Airways proprietor Eddie Connellan was unimpressed by the Anson. DCA, which administered a Government subsidy for his outback services,proposed military-disposals Ansons as a cheap effective type for the airline.  But Connellan wrote "Anson unsuccessful due severe engine strarting problems in hot weather and also uneconomical to operate"
7.48
Corio Air Freighters are replacing the Cheetah helmet cowlings with smooth Oxford cowlings
16.10.48
CofA expired at Belmont Common
10.48
Under overhaul at Belmont Common by Corio Air Engineers, passenger seats removed and being fitted out for freight work, radios being installed.
3.12.49
Weighed for CofA at Essendon, owner quoted as D,.J.Bourke
6.12.49
CofA renewed
6.12.49
Change of ownership: Bass Islands Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne Vic. Based Belmont Common, Geelong
5.12.50
CofA expired
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft

Assumed retired at Geelong 1950, but actual fate unknown


              Mk.1                  AX148                                                                                                    VH-BFI
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as AX148

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
27.12.41
Taken on RAAF charge as AX148. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
23.3.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
27.6.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 8SFTS
1.8.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
6.3.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Mascot
15.3.45
Received 6SFTS, Mallala ex 2AD
21.5.45
Received 6SFTS Storage ex unit strength, for undercover storage
4.10.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 450 to New England Airways, Sydney NSW
29.11.46
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Mallala
26.9.47
Registered VH-BFI New England Airways, Sydney NSW.  Named Lismore
4.5.48
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
BAT took over NEAW and its route licences with effect 17.5.48
4.8.50
Change of ownership: Overland Air Services Pty Ltd, Condobolin NSW
13.1.52
Crashed during a forced landing Padstow, Sydney, destroyed by fire.
Captain B.J.Moore and the airline hostess were killed. The hostess' young son, the only passenger, survived.

The aircraft was making a positioning flight from Bankstown to Mascot following work on its radio. While crossing Sydney suburbs engine trouble caused the aircraft to lose altitude and it flew over Punchbowl at an estimated 100 feet heading for a section of clear land. The port wing struck a tree, aircraft crashed in a market garden and burst into flames.

(The DCA file includes an accounting adjustment made to the liquidators of Overland Air Services later in 1952:  a refund of the unused portion of Registration fee for VH-BFI was put towards outstanding hangarage fees owed to DCA by OAS)


VH-BFI while in passenger service with Butler Air Transport.                          Roger McDonald collection


             Mk.1                  A4-30                                                                                                    VH-BFJ
20.7.37
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as K8809.  C/n 1025

Diverted to Australian Government order for RAAF

Shipped boxed to Australia 
13.10.37
Taken on RAAF charge as A4-30. Received No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond. Stored dismantled
24.6.38
Issued 2AD workshops for erection
27.7.38
Issued 22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
15.11.39
Tailplane damaged, struck object landing Richmond
30.5.40
Received No.1 Flying Training School, Point Cook ex 22 Sqn
10.11.40
Issued No.3 Service Flying Training School, Amberley ex 1FTS
6.9.41
Issued Qantas Empire Airways, Archerfield ex 3SFTS for compete overhaul
6.4.42
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex Qantas Archerfield
25.5.43
Ground collision with Anson AX505 at Bundaberg aerodrome, both serious damage. Repaired at unit.
13.3.44
Issued to No.2 Communications Unit, Mascot ex 8SFTS. Not used by 2CU due airframe poor condition
1.5.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 2CU to hold pending overhaul by civilian contractor, none have capacity for an additional Anson at this time
4.12.44
Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
30.7.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Mascot
31.7.45
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Evans Head ex 2AD for under cover storage
15.3.46
Received CMU Narrandera ex CMU Evans Head for under cover storage
17.7.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 500 to E.H.Loneragan, Mudgee NSW 
16.10.46
Issued to purchaser
16.10.46
A4-30 test flown Narrandera RAAF Station by ferry pilot Charles H. Eather, employed by Eric Mcillree to collect Ansons purchased by the McIllree-Loneragan partnership Aircraft Disposals Co,Mudgee
16.10.46
Ferried Narrandera-Mascot by C.H.Eather, 2 hrs 15 min
30.10.46
Flew Mascot-Nowra NSW. Next day Nowra-Jervis Bay-Mascot, both flights pilot Eather
20.10.47
Civil Registration application: U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW c/- E.E.McIllree
28.10.47
CofA issued after civil inspection at Bankstown
28.10.47
Registered VH-BFJ
11.47
Australian Customs approval for E.E.McIllree to export Avro Ansons VH-BFJ, BFK, BFL to Federated Malay States. The export was arranged through Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee NSW
12.11.47
The three Ansons departed Sydney for overseas sale. Each was fitted with extra fuel tanks in the bomb bay.
11.47
U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney letter to DCA advising change of ownership for Ansons VH-BFJ,BFK,BFL to
McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore
30.12.47
Aircraft Disposals Co letter to DCA advises that VH-BFJ, BFK,BFL had been sold to Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong
15.3.48
Hong Kong Directorate of Air Services letter to DCA: only two, VH-BFK & VH-BFL were purchased by Cathay Pacific Airways from McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore 
4.48
Aircraft Disposals Co replied to an enquiry from DCA advising that VH-BFJ was in fact sold to
M. LeGrand, Saigon, French Indo China

22.4.48
Struck-off Australian Register as sold abroad

Fate unknown, no French civil registration has been traced


A4-30 with two other 22 Squadron Ansons visiting Parafield SA circa 1938, in pre-war all silver finish.
Note the shorter nose and sloping windscreens of early production Ansons.     Geoff Goodall collection


              Mk.1                  A4-44                                                                                                    VH-BFK, VR-HDX
13.7.38
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester, to RAF order as L7918.  C/n 1084

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
19.8.38
Taken on RAAF charge as A4-44. Received No.1Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex Avro for assembly
12.9.38
Issued No.2 Squadron, Laverton ex 1AD
8.7.40
Issued No.1 Initial Training School, Point Cook ex 2 Sqn. 1ITS renamed No.1 SFTS
25.10.40
Minor damage ground collision with Anson R3545
20.6.41
Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex 1SFTS for overhaul
8.8.41
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
13.8.41
Received 1SFTS Point Cook ex 1AD
3.1.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 1SFTS
29.5.44
Received 1 Wireless Air Gunners School, Ballarat ex 6SFTS
8.1.45
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 1WAGS for complete overhaul
28.5.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
19.7.45
Received No.94 Squadron, Castlereagh NSW ex 1AD
15.10.45
Received CMU Evans Head ex 94 Sqn for under cover storage pending disposal
15.11.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to E.E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
30.1.47
Issued to purchaser
30.10.47
Registered VH-BFK U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney c/- Mr. Eric E. McIllree
30.10.47
CofA issued after civil conversion
11.47
Australian Customs approval for E.E.McIllree to export Avro Ansons VH-BFJ, BFK, BFL to Federated Malay States. The export was arranged through Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee NSW
12.11.47
The three Ansons departed Sydney for overseas sale. Each was fitted with extra fuel tanks in the bomb bay.
11.47
U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney letter to DCA advising change of ownership for Ansons VH-BFJ,BFK,BFL to
McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore
12.47
McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore sold VH-BFK & VH-BFL to Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong
30.12.47
Telegram to DCA from Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee: "VH-BFK and VH-BFL are held up at Rangoon awaiting delivery to new owners. Urgently require CofA and CofR forms sent."

In fact they had been delivered to Cathay Pacific Airways, which based both Ansons at Rangoon to operate a quasi military contract with the Burmese Government to carry military supplies and personnel to forces fighting Karen rebels in southern Burma.
McIllree and a ferry crew had flown VH-BFK & BFL from Singapore to Hong Kong, then on to Rangoon
8.1.48
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold abroad
1.48
Registered VR-HDX Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

Details can be found in Captain Charles H. Eather's book We Flew In Burma. The Ansons were replaced by Cathay Pacific DC-3s as soon as they became available. Eather wrote "The Ansons proved unsuitable for the Burma operation. Military equipment frequently could not fit inside the restricted fuselage"
9.2.48
Badly damaged landing at Sandoway, Arakan, Burma. Undercarriage and front wing spar damaged when the aircraft undershot a landing approach and struck terrain.  Cathay Pacific Captain M. Lothian unhurt.
13.2.48
Cathay Pacific Airways letter to Hong Kong Directorate of Civil Aviation advising that the aircraft was a write-off because of cost to repair the damaged front spar.
16.3.48
Lloyd's of London insurance company cable to DCA Australia seeking clarification: they are dealing with a claim for an Avro Anson recently damaged at Sandoway, Burma. The aircraftcarries the markings VR-HDX but its log books are for VH-BFK.


                Mk.1                  N4873                                                                                                  VH-BFL, VR-HDU
16.11.38
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester to RAF order as N4873

Shipped boxed to Australia under a charter agreement with the British Government 
26.12.38
Taken on RAAF charge as N4873. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex Avro
18.7.39
1AD Workshops ex storage for assembly
29.8.39
Allotted No.1 Squadron, Point Cook ex 1AD
29.3.40
Issued No.1 Service Flying Training School, Point Cook ex 1 Sqn
28.8.41
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 1SFTS for overhaul
9.11.41
Received 1AD Laverton  ex Ansett Airways
23.11.41
Received No.2 Air Observer School, Mount Gambier ex 1AD
13.12.43
Received 1AOS Cootamundra ex 2AOS
15.9.44
Received 2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 1AOS for allotment to civil contractor for overhaul
11.12.44
Issued Ansett Airways Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
4.2.46
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways for fire spotting
6.2.46
Damaged Richmond by severe hail storm.  Repaired, stored under cover
10.12.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to E.E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
31.1.47
Issued to purchaser
6.11.47
Registered VH-BFL U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney c/- Mr. Eric E. McIllree
6.11.47
CofA issued after civil conversion
11.47
Australian Customs approval for E.E.McIllree to export Avro Ansons VH-BFJ, BFK, BFL to Federated Malay States. The export was arranged through Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee NSW
12.11.47
The three Ansons departed Sydney for overseas sale. Each was fitted with extra fuel tanks in the bomb bay.
11.47
U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney letter to DCA advising change of ownership for Ansons VH-BFJ,BFK,BFL to
McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore
12.47
McIllree Aircraft Ltd, Singapore sold VH-BFK & VH-BFL to Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong
30.12.47
Telegram to DCA from Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee: "VH-BFK and VH-BFL are held up at Rangoon awaiting delivery to new owners. Urgently require CofA and CofR forms sent."

In fact they had been delivered to Cathay Pacific Airways, which based both Ansons at Rangoon to operate a quasi military contract with the Burmese Government to carry military supplies and personnel to forces fighting Karen rebels in southern Burma.
McIllree and a ferry crew had flown VH-BFK & BFL from Singapore to Hong Kong, then on to Rangoon
8.1.48
Struck-off Australian Civil Register as sold abroad
1.48
Registered VR-HDX Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong.
Identity quoted as fuselage frame part number R3LW-17880.
late 48
Replaced by Cathay Pacific DC-3s on the Burma contract. Anson retired at Rangoon-Mingaladon Aerodrome, parked in the open. Condition quickly deteriorated in the tropical weather.
11.50
Sold to Major Arthur Sinclair Cannon, Peacock Motors, Rangoon, Burma.
Cannon former British Army now living in Rangoon. His flying experience was 60 hours on Moth types.

VR-HDX dismantled Mingaladon for rebuild for Cannon by Cathay Pacific base engineer Bob Smith, assisted by volunteers from the RAF detachment at Rangoon. 9 month rebuild of the wooden mainplane using spruce shipped from Britain.

By the time the Anson overhaul was completed, Major Cannon was in debt and under threat of arrest and execution by Burmese authorities for his political activities.
.51
Unauthorised night departure from Rangoon flown by Cannon, carrying his wife and their dog. He took off in the dark after the runway lights had been turned off for the night.
VR-HDU landed at dawn at RAF Station Butterworth, Malaya, running off the strip during landing roll.
Cannon was arrested by RAF, after his release he flew the Anson to Singapore

Cannon in debt in Singapore, VR-HDU sold by public auction for $400 Straits Dollars
7.53
Registered in Malaya as VR-RCE Nanyang Airways Ltd
27.10.54
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service


N4873 in pre-war silver finish in a crowded hangar at RAAF Laverton,                        Joe Barr collection


VR-HDU at Rangoon in January 1948.                                                         Photo via Charles H. Eather


              Mk.1                 EG494                                                                                                  VH-BFM
.43
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as EG494

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
12.7.43
Taken on RAAF charge as EG494. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
3.12.43
Received No.9 Communications Unit, Port Moresby, New Guinea ex 2AP
4.4.44
Received No.15 Aircraft Repair Depot, Port Moresby ex 9CU for 240 hourly service.

15ARD request allotment to mainland for complete overhaul and replacement of mainplane due effects of tropical service
25.5.44
Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 15ARD for storage
30.1.45
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul, moved by road
7.1.46
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways
6.2.46
Damaged Richmond by severe hail storm.  Repaired, stored under cover
10.12.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to E.E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
28.1.47
Issued to purchaser
12.12.47
Registered VH-BFM U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney c/- Mr. Eric E. McIllree

No CofA issued
11.12.48
Registration lapsed, along with Ansons VH-BLF and VH-BME.
49
Aircraft Disposals Co, Mudgee advise DCA that the company intended placing VH-BFM, BLF,BME in service in the near future and requestedtheir registration markings be reserved.
6.8.51
Struck off Civil Register in 1951 DCA census of unairworthy aircraft
22.4.55
Registered VH-BFM Papuan Air Transport, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
13.2.56
Flew Tapini-Port Moresby (radio failure incident report)
14.9.56
Struck-off Civil Register

No accident reports in that period, cancellation probably due deterioration of glued wooden structure


Port Moresby 1955 showing VH-BFM had the pointed nose baggage hold modification.   Ed Coates Collection


Port Moresby with Papuan Air Transport, which later operated as Patair.          Geoff Goodall collection


              Mk.1                 W1970                                                                                                VH-BFN
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W1970

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W1970. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
6.7.41
Received No.3 Service Flying Training School, Amberley ex 2AP
6.4.42
Issued 6SFTS Mallala ex 3SFTS
17.1.44
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
24.2.45
Received 6SFTS Reserve Mallala ex Guinea Airways
5.3.45
Received No.1 Communications Unit, Laverton ex 6SFST Reserve
24.1.46
Allotetd for use of AOC Southern Area HQ
4.3.46
Issued RAAF Station Parafield ex 1CU to replace Anson W2145
7.5.46
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Mallala ex Parafield for storage pending disposal
15.11.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to E.E. McIllree, Sydney NSW
29.11.46
Issued to purchaser
3.11.47
Civil Registration application: U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney c/- Mr. Eric E. McIllree
5.48
Sold to W.A.Reed, Sydney NSW
18.5.48
Registered VH-BFN W.A.Reed, Sydney NSW. Named Ski Flier
18.5.48
CofA issued.

Reed represented a snow skiing club. He intended to have the aircraft flown by a commercial pilot to transport club members and their guests to Cooma NSW during the winter months and trout fishermen in summer months.
10.48
Aircraft has ceased being flown, parked at Mascot
24.11.49
Change of ownership: South Coast Airways Pty Ltd, Wollongong NSW c/- Walter E. James

Purchased in unairworthy condition, given overhaul to return to service
5.1.51
Minor damage when struck an airport marker at Mascot
28.6.54
Struck-off Civil Register as withdrawn from service


Sydney Airport, Mascot 1950 with South Coast Airways name above the windows.  Geoff Goodall collection


VH-BFN at Wollongong in November 1951 showing the pointed nose baggage locker.   Geoff Goodall collection


               Mk.1                 EF918                                                                                                VH-BFY
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as EF918

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
14.12.42
Taken on RAAF charge as EF918. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
14.1.43
Received Air Armament School, Hamilton Vic, moved to Nhill 12.43
1.5.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex AAS for complete overhaul
6.12.44
Received 1AD Laverton  ex Ansett Airways
16.1.45
Received 6SFTS Store Reserve, Mallala ex 1AD for unde cover storage
4.10.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to New England Airways, Sydney NSW
29.11.46
Issued to purchaser ex CMU Mallala
19.3.48
Registered VH-BFY New England Airways, Sydney NSW
19.3.48
CofA issued
4.5.48
Change of ownership: Butler Air Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney
BAT took over NEAW and its airline route licences with effect 17.5.48
17.5.48
Change of ownership: Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane Qld
BAT owned a majority shareholding in APL and the two airlines ran in association
12.1.49
Change of APL name: Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld
18.3.49
CofA lapsed. Queensland Airlines advise DCA that Ansons VH-BFY &  BAB are withdrawn from service
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
20.9.51
VH-BFU sold by QAL in unairworthy condition to R.W. Brandon, Mount Nebo Qld

Fate unknown


Archerfield 1948 in APL passenger service. In the background are APL's Lockheed Lodestar VH-BAG and a
Netherlands Government courier service Douglas DC-4.                                      Photo by Gus Grulke


Archerfield 1949 with new name Queensland Airlines painted above the windows


                Mk.1                 DG907                                                                                                VH-BGD
.42
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as DG907

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
25.5.42
Taken on RAAF charge as DG907. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
5.8.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
7.5.43
Received No.71 Squadron, Lowood ex 8SFTS
6.5.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex 71 Sqn for removal of ASV equipment prior to alotment to civil contractor for complete overhaui. Airframe 1,426 hours since new
20.11.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 2AP for complete overhaul
11.6.45
Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways
19.7.45
Received 6SFTS Store Reserve, Mallala ex 2AD for under cover storage
16.9.46
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 300 to E.H.Loneragan, Mudgee NSW
7.11.46
Issued to purchaser

Marketed by the Loneragan/McIllree business partnership Aircraft Disposals Company, Mudgee.
30.4.47
Registered VH-BGD: Guines Air Traders, Lae, New Guinea

GAT had requested this registration because their biggest customer was Bulolo Gold Dredging Co.
30.4.47
CofA issued Sydney

Ferried to New Guinea to be based at Lae
15.11.47
CofA suspended by DCA at Lae.  GAT Ansons VH-ALS, -AJJ and -AST suspended the same day.

 In November 1947 DCA sent an airworthiness inspector to check Guinea Air Traders Ltd's Ansons parked in the open tropical 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. 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 wooden construction 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."

Broken up at Lae for engines and parts by GAT
10.3.48
Struck-off Civil Register


               Mk.1                 W2591                                                                                               VH-BGO
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2591

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.8.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2591. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex UK for assembly
22.10.41
Assembly completed Laverton
2.11.41
Received General Reconnaissance School, Laverton ex 1AD
28.12.41
Received No.2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier ex GRS
8.12.43
Received 3AOS Port Pirie ex 2AOS
20.3.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 3AOS for complete overhaul
30.10.44
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
16.11.44
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 1AD
4.6.45
Transferred 6SFTS Store Reserve ex unit equipment. Transferred to Care & Maintenance Unit Mallala
18.2.46
Received CMU Nhill ex CMU Mallala for under cover storage
2.9.46
Received Point Cook Store ex CMU Nhill for under cover storage
14.11.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
16.1.48
Issued to purchaser
5.5.48
Registered VH-BGO Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Sydney Airport, Mascot NSW
5.5.48
CofA issued Mascot. 4 crew seats, fitted with camera and equipment for aerial photographic survey
5.48
Its first Adastra tasking was a Victorian Government contract for aerial mapping of western Victoria
5.6.48
Destroyed by a hangar fire at Nhill Vic. Ansons VH-BES and -BET also destroyed

Refer VH-BES for details of the Nhill fire


              Mk.1                 AW798                                                                                              VH-BID
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as AW798

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
28.11.41
Taken on RAAF charge as AW798. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
5.2.42
Received No.2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier ex 2AP
8.12.43
Received No.3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie ex 2AOS
6.3.45
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 2AOS for complete overhaul
25.9.45
Received 6 SFTS Store Reserve, Mallala ex Guinea Airways for under cover storage
25.2.47
Received Air and Ground Radio School, Ballarat ex CMU Mallala
1.9.47
Received CMU Benalla ex AGRS for under cover storage
16.7.48
Received 3AD Amberley ex CMU Benalla
26.11.48
Received School of Air Navigation, East Sale ex 3AD
25.8.50
Received RAAF East Sale ex SAN
13.5.51
Received RAAF Tocumwal ex East Sale for storage pending disposal
6.9.54
Sold by Department of Supply to Mr. K. Challender, Randwick NSW

Challender also purchased Ansons AW593 & LV295 at the same sale at Tocumwal: neither became civil
22.9.55
Registered VH-BID Robert G. Carswell, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Bob Carswell was an experienced aircraft engineer and pilot with a maintenance and sales business at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane. in 1956 he established a charter operation at Port Moresby, trading as Carsair.
14.11.55
Change of ownership: Goilala Air Service, Tapini, Papua New Guinea

Grounded due deterioration of the wooden wing spar construction
7.8.57
Struck-off Civil Register


Port Moresby 1956.                                                                        Geoff Goodall collection


              Mk.1                 W2172                                                                                              VH-BIE
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2172

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
6.6.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2172. Received No.1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex UK for assembly
31.7.41
Received No.3 Service Flying Training School, Amberley ex 1AD
6.4.42
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex 3SFTS
29.1.45
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
8.8.45
Received 6SFTS Storage Reserve Mallala ex Guinea Airways for under cover storage
12.2.46
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Nhill ex 6SFTS for under cover storage
2.9.46
Received RAAF Point Cook ex CMU Nhill for under cover storage
20.4.50
Issued to Airflite, Mascot ex Point Cook for servicing and survey report
30.11.50
Received 2AD Richmond ex Airflite
7.12.50
Received RAAF Tocumwal ex 2AD for under cover storage
24.3.53
Received 1AD Laverton ex Tocumwal. Maintained serviceable
15.8.55
Sold by Department of Suppy to Mr. M.Hopp, Grey Street Traders, South Brisbane Qld

Max W. Hopp was a Brisbane commercial pilot and occasional aircraft dealer
7.6.56
Registered VH-BIE Carsair Air Service, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea c/- Robert G.Carswell

Bob Carswell was an experienced aircraft engineer and pilot with a maintenance and sales business at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane. In 1956 he established a charter operation at Port Moresby, trading as Carsair Air Service (PNG) Pty Ltd. Carsair also operated Lockheed 10B VH-CMA, Lockheed 12A VH-ABH, Norseman VH-ASS, Avro 19 VH-BIX, Beech 17 VH-ACU.
21.12.57
Damaged on landing Tapini PNG. The left undercarriage retracted during the landing roll, left wing tip and engine contacting the ground. No injuries. Repaired on site and flown out.

Carswell withdrew from PNG in 1958, blaming DCA refusal to issue Carsair an airline licence for scheduled services to Tapini and other regularly served ports.
58
VH-BIE retired at Archerfield Qld
1.59
VH-BIE noted Archerfield outside a hangar with other grounded Ansons.
BIE had fabric damage and deflated oleo in the right undercarriage, cabin door hanging open.
31.8.60
Change of ownership: Carsair Air Service, Archerfield Airport, Brisbane Qld
31.8.60
Struck-off Civil Register
c61
Bob Carswell cut off the wooden wings outer of the engines, then towed VH-BIE on its wheels from Archerfield to a vacant block at his home in the Brisbane suburb of Mount Gravatt.
6.67
Derelict stripped fuselage frame found in high grass on the vacant block of land in Mount Gravatt.
Identified by panels marked with RAAF serial W2172
c75
Fuselage frame and remains collected from Mount Gravatt by aviation enthusiast John Hill, Springbrook Qld
.77
Acquired by Queensland Air Museum as a basis for a future Anson restoration.
12.6.77
Collected by QAM from John Hill's property at Springbrook

QAM had not yet secured a display location, Anson stored in Brisbane area, later joined by another former Carsair Anson VH-BIF (see next entry)
9.06
VH-BIE's fuselage frame acquired from QAM by Jason Stagg, Heyfield Vic. 
Jason had been locating post-war disposals Ansons on farms in the Victorian Gippsland
district and had a large collection of parts and engines from Ansons and other aircraft types.












Jason Stagg collects VH-BIE's fuselage frame from QAM in September 2006.                 Photo: Ron Cuskelly


                Mk.1               AX305                                                                                                                VH-BIF
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as AX305

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
22.2.42
Taken on RAAF charge as AX305. Received No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond ex UK for storafge
20.7.42
Received No.2 Aircraft Park Bankstown ex 2AD for assembly
23.9.42
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 2AP
26.12.42
Received No.73 Squadron, Nowra ex 1AOS
3.8.44
Received No.67 Squadron, Laverton ex 73 Sqn
4.11.44
Received RAAF Point Cook ex 67 Sqn
20.11.44
Received Ansett Airways, Essendon ex Point Cook for complete overhaul
3.4.45
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
1.5.45
Not to be flown until further advice, aircraft under offer to RNZAF
27.7.45
Not required by RNZAF, released from storage
22.8.45
Received 11EFTS Storage Reserve, Benalla ex 1AD for under cover storage
23.11.48
Received RAAF Tocumwal ex Benalla for under cover storage
24.4.53
Department of Supply Disposals Tender List included Ansons AX305 and W2472 located at Tocumwal.
AX305 total flying time 1450 hours, 11 hours since complete overhaul.
7.5.53
Sold by Department of Supply to J. H. Hutchinson, Tocumwal NSW

Hutchinson also acquired Anson W2472 at the same time at Tocumwal
17.12.53
Telegram to Territory Airlines, New Guinea from their senior pilot Frank Goosens: he has inspected Ansons W2472 & AX305 at Tocumwal owned by J. Hutchinson. Both are suitable for TAL.
26.12.53
Telegram from Goosens to Hutchinson: Territory Airlines will purchase W2472 & AX305

Appears TAL was outbid by Bob Carswell who operated an aircraft maintenance and sales business at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane. W2472 and AX305 ferried from Tocumwal to Archerfield.
15.7.55
Registered VH-BIF Robert G. Carswell, Brisbane Qld

Registration application paperwork submitted to DCA identified the aircraft as W2472.
CofR and CofA quoted "W2472" instead of the correct AX305
See note at end of listing

During 1955 Carswell established an air charter business at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea operating under the name Carsair Air Service (PNG) Pty Ltd.  Carsair also owned Lockheed 10B VH-CMA,
Lockheed 12A VH-ABH, Norseman VH-ASS, Avro 19 VH-BIX, Beech 17 VH-ACU.
.55
VH-BIF ferried from Brisbane to Port Moresby to be based with Carsair
5.4.56
Undercarriage collapsed when aircraft swung on takeoff Tapini PNG. Repaired on site and flown out.
5.12.57
Change of ownership: Carsair Air Service, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Carsair pilot Bill Vink recalled in Jim Sinclair's book series Balus:
"I did one trip in the Lockheed 10 to Daru and couldn't get the thing above 1,000 feet. The oil pressure went up too high if you went above 1,000 feet. We had the same trouble with the metal wing Anson VH-BIX. The old Anson VH-BIF was different - I've had that up to 18,000 feet. She still had the bomb doors. If you had to go high to get over the top of the mountains, you'd hit the bumps and the bomb doors would fall open and that cold air would be coming in."

Carswell withdrew from PNG in 1958 blaming DCA refusal to issue Carsair an airline licence for scheduled services to Tapini and other regularly served ports.
58
VH-BIF returned to Archerfield. Retired after inspection revealed deterioration of glued joints in the wooden mainplane.
20.1.59
Flown Archerfield to Dundee Station, Charleville Qld by Bob Carswell and Carsair pilot Keith Virtue. Carswell gave the Anson to a friend Max Bushell, owner of Dundee, for his children to play in.
The landing at Dundee was careful because the aircraft brakes were inoperative.
19.2.59
Struck-off Civil Register
29.8.80
VH-BIF's derelict remains at Dundee Station were inspected by a team from Queensland Air Museum. 
Donated "as is"by the current owners of Dundee, Bell brothers.
10.5.81
Loaded on semi-trailer truck by QAM for road transport to Brisbane
12.5.81
Arrived Brisbane and unloaded into temporary storage inside woolsheds in Brisbane suburb Hendra.
4.90
Fuaelage moved to QAM's display site at Caloundra Airport. Other parts stored at a member's home.
Planned restoration delayed due priority given to QAM's other Anson project MG222 which had been acquired from a farm in South Australia

VH-BIF partially restored bare metal fuselage frame with nose cone attached is displayed at QAM inside Hangar 2 at Caloundra.

Compiler's Note:
DCA records quote VH-BIF with identity W2472. However W2472 was stored by Carswell in a hangar at Archerfield for future civil conversion, which never eventuated. Circa 1959 he donated W2472 to a friend on a farm near Kingaroy Qld and flew it to Kingaroy still in RAAF yellow paint scheme: see next listing.
VH-BIF was similarly ferried to a property near Charleville in 1959.

VH-BIF's fuselage manufacturer's plate has part number R3/LW/107500. Melvyn Davis compiled a listing of fuselage numbers which were often quoted in Australian and overseas Civil Registers as an Anson's identity. He added to the list by checking the fuselage plates on numerous derelict RAAF Ansons located on farms in SA and Victoria. Fuselage numbers do not consecutively match the original RAF serial numbers but give an close indication: VH-BIF's fuselage number places it very close to AX305, and far away from fuselage number range for W2472.

AX305 and W2471 were acquired together in 1954 by Carswell from Tocumwal. The circumstances behind Carswell falsifying the identity of VH-BIF are unknown.  DCA file references to aircraft handled by his maintenance and sales business Carswell & Dalgliesh, Archerfield indicate Carswell's standards were held in high regard by DCA.
It is perplexing, given that DCA airworthiness inspectors would routinely check airframe log books and prior RAAF maintenance records before issuing the original CofA at Archerfield - especially as by all indications the "real" W2472 in RAAF yellow markings was parked complete in Carswell's hangar.
The confliction should also have been obvious to DCA when Carswell applied for a ferry permit to fly W2472 from Archerfield to Kingaroy circa 1959.




This snapshot from the "Dundee" Station photo album shows VH-BIF parked in a clump of trees circa 1960.
Photo via Ron Cuskelly


Dundee Station August 1980 showing the effects of 20 years in the open weather.      Photo via Ron Cuskelly


VH-BIF's mortal remains arrive at Brisbane from Dundee Station in May 1981 after QAM's salvage mission.
Photo by Ron Cuskelly


               Mk.1                  W2472                                                           Registered as VH-BIF (which was really AX305)
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, 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 No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
27.9.41
Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 2AP
17.1.44
Issued Guinea Airways, Parafield ex 6SFTS for complete overhaul
27.12.44
Received 6SFTS Mallala ex Guinea Airways
21.5.45
Transferred to 6SFTS Storage Reserve ex unit equipment for storage under cover
7.3.47
Received Care & Maintenance Unit Benalla ex CMU Mallala, for storage under cover
17.11.48
Received RAAF Tocumwal ex CMU Benalla for under cover storage
24.4.53
Sold by Department of Supply to J. H. Hutchinson, Tocumwal NSW

Hutchinson also acquired Anson AX305 at the same time at Tocumwal
17.12.53
Telegram to Territory Airlines, New Guinea from their senior pilot Frank Goosens: he has inspected Ansons W2472 & AX305 at Tocumwal owned by J. Hutchinson. Both are suitable for TAL.
26.12.53
Telegram from Goosens to Hutchinson: Territory Airlines will purchase W2472 & AX305
54
Appears TAL was outbid by Bob Carswell who operated an aircraft maintenance and sales business at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane. 

W2472 and AX305 purchased from Hutchinson by Robert G. Carswell, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane.
Both ferried from Tocumwal to Archerfield
54-59
W2472 parked complete in hangar Archerfield, RAAF yellow paintwork
15.7.55
VH-BIF registered R. G. Carswell, Brisbane Qld. Identity quoted as W2472, but actually AX305  
c59
W2472 donated by Carswell to a friend on a farming property near Kingaroy Qld. W2472 still in RAAF yellow was ferried Archerfield-Kingaroy for a landing on the farm.
21.1.67
W2472 inspected on the farm at Kingaroy. Now derelict due weather exposure, still RAAF yellow with large under wing serial W2472 plainly readable.

Remains of W2472 moved to Miles Qld by an aircraft parts collector

Moved from Miles Qld to RAAF Amberley for restoration at RAAF Amberley Museum


W2472 on a farm near Kingaroy Qld in January 1967 still in RAAF yellow with large serial "W2472"
clearly readable under a wing.                                                               Both photos by Bob Livingstone




               Mk.1                  R3549                                                                                           VH-BIU
.40
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newron Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as R3549

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
11.7.40
Taken on RAAF charge as R3549. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
2.9.40
Received No.2 Service Flying Training School, Wagga ex 2AP
1.4.41
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex 2SFTS Wagga
12.3.42
Damaged taxying accident Georgina satellite landing ground near Geraldton, tail swung and struck air compressor unit
8.10.42
Damaged landing Georgina satellite landing ground, starboard undercarriage collapsed at end of landing run
6.1.43
Damaged during forced landing Geraldton due port engine failure, rolled into aerodrome fence
13.8.43
Received ANA Maylands Aerodrome, Perth ex 4SFTS for complete overhaul
10.8.44
Received 4SFTS Geraldton ex ANA Maylands
2.8.45
Transferred to No.87 Operational Base Unit, Geraldton ex 4SFTS for storage. Transferred CMU Geraldton
28.2.47
Passed to DAP for disposal ex CMU Geraldton
6.47
Sold by DAP to Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA
27.6.47
Collected by purchaser ex Geraldton CMU

Ferried from Geraldton to Maylands Aerodrome Perth for civil conversion by Airlines (WA) Ltd
8.9.47
Registered VH-BIU Airlines (WA) Ltd, Perth WA. Named "Mount Barker"
5.12.47
Test flight Maylands after civil overhaul, Captain S. Goddard
5.12.47
CofA issued by DCA
22.5.48
Minor damage Perth Airport (Guidford), struck ground trolly on arrival from Rottnest Island on scheduled service, pilot R. E. Bower.
29.6.48
Crashed on takeoff, Cue WA

Departed Perth Airport at 8am that morning on scheduled service Perth-Mount Magnet-Cue-Big Bell- Meekatharra and return to Perth via same ports. Crashed after takeoff Cue WA on the return service that afternoon when starboard engine failed just after airborne. Captain C. Nelson Hill, Chief Pilot  of
Airlines (WA) Ltd, attempted a forced landing on the aerodrome but the port wing struck mulga trees and was sheered off, the undercarriage collapsed on impact with the ground and the aircraft ground-looped violently, ending up on its belly on the runway. No injuries to Captan Hill or the three passengers.
11.48
Airlines (W) Ltd advise DCA that VH-BIU was written off and dismantled for parts
9.12.48
Struck-off Civil Register
4.79
VH-BIU fuselage frame and parts at Pinacles Homestead"on Austin Downs" Station, 10 miles from Cue WA

Anson 19 VH-BIX: ex VM375: refer Avro Ansons - Late Models

Anson 1 VH-BIZ: ex VH-MMJ, VH-AYO: refer Australian Civil Ansons Part 1


               Mk.1                  EG425                                                                                           (VH-AGY), VH-BJN
.43
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as EG425

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
16.8.43
Taken on RAAF charge as EG425. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK 
19.11.43
Received Butler Air Transport, Mascot ex 2AP for assembly
10.1.44
Received 2AP Bankstown ex BAT
12.1.44
Received 5AD Wagga ex 2AP for fitting of ASV equipment
22.1.44
Received No.67 Squadron, Laverton ex 5AD
14.2.44
Damaged heavy landing Laverton in strong winds
28.5.44
Undercarriage collapsed while taxying Laverton
4.6.44
Issued No.1 Central Recovery Depot Werribee ex 67 Sqn
15.8.44
Issued Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 1CRD for overhaul
3.10.44
Received 1AD Laverton ex Ansett Airways
11.10.44
Received 6SFS Storage Reserve Mallala ex 1AD for under cover storage
12.11.44
Received No.1 Wireless Air Gunners School, Ballarat ex 6SFTS
27.11.45
Transferred to Air Ground Radio School Storage, Ballarat ex 1WAGS for under cover storage
10.1.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 250 to L.R.Burgess, Melbourne Vic
7.3.47
Issued to purchaser ex AGRS Ballarat
3.47
DCA allocated registration VH-AGY to L.R.Burgess for EG425
3.47
EG425 painted all silver with registration VH-AGY at Ballarat.
Owned by L.R.Burgess and partner Harry P. Rosenhain, Adelaide SA
Burgess was a former RAAF airframe fitter and Rosenhain was a former RAAF B-25 pilot.
20.3.47
VH-AGY test flown at Ballarat
23.3.47
Ferried Ballarat to Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne for inspection for issue of CofA.
1.7.47
Fuel receipt from Shell Essendon: VH-AGY owner H.P.Rosenhain

The owners planned to base the Anson in Adelaide for charter work. However after being unable to secure worthwhile flying prospects in SA, sold the aircraft for 400 without CofA to Tradair Pty Ltd, Essendon
22.10.47
DCA allocated registrations VH-BJN to VH-BJR to Tradair Pty Ltd for 5 Ansons which are currently having civil conversion inspections at Bankstown NSW
28.10.47
Civil Registration application as VH-BJN: Tradair Pty Ltd, Melbourne Vic
27.11.47
CofA issued at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney: freighter, 2 crew seats only
27.11.47
Registered VH-BJN
5.48
DCA Essendon memo: Tradair's VH-BJN, BJQ and BJR are fitted with Cheetah XXV cowlings
6.48
DCA memo: a review of flights from Essendon lists numerous flights to/from Tasmania and Bass Strait islands by Tradair Ansons VH-BJN, BJP, BJQ, BJR & AXE
26.11.48
Annual CofA expired.
7.2.49
CofA renewed Essendon
6.11.49
Port elevator damaged when the aircraft was taxying between the DCA Admin building and a parked Governor General's aircraft at Essendon. A wind gust swung the Anson, its tailplane struck a DCA vehicle.
Captain P.Kemp operating a freight charter for Ansett Airways.
7.12.49
Returned to Tradair service after repair
6.2.50
CofA expired at Essendon. Tradair Pty Ltd is in liquidation
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
30.11.51
Liquidators of Tradair Pty Ltd sold VH-BJN to Schutt Aircraft, Essendon Vic
11.51
On-sold by Schutt Aircraft to Robbys Aircraft Repair Co Ltd, Parafield Aerodrome, Adelaide SA

Ferriy permit Melbourne to Adelaide
26.12.51
VH-BJN noted at Parafield in Robbys hangar, silver with blue registration letters

No futher sightings.  Assumed broken up for parts for Robbys' Anson VH-RAS purchased 12.51, probably a mainplane replacement 




Original owners L.R.Burgess (left) and H.P.Rosenhain, Ballarat April 1947.           David Vincent collection


Essendon 1948. now VH-BJN with Tradair Pty Ltd                                              Geoff Goodall collection


This view of VH-BJN at Essendon 1950 shows the pointed nose modification.       Photo by Barrie Colledge


                   Mk.1                  MG992                                                                                           (VH-BFE), VH-BJO
.44
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as MG992

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
20.3.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG992. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
19.5.44
Received Central Flying School, Point Cook ex 2AP
31.5.44
Received No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex CFS
21.1.45
Received 3AOS Port Pirie ex 1AOS
9.3.45
Damaged forced landing due port engine failure
3.45
Repaired at 3AOS

Trasnferred 3AOS Storage Reserve ex unit equipment
1.2.46
Transferred to 5 Central Recovery Depot, Port Pirie ex 3AOS Storage Reserve for under cover storage
6.5.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 200 to W.R.Murphy & Rudd, Melbourne
3.6.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit Port Pirie
14.7.47
DCA allocated registration VH-BFE to MG992 for Murphy and Rudd
22.10.47
DCA allocated registrations VH-BJN to VH-BJR to Tradair Pty Ltd for 5 Ansons which are currently having civil conversion inspections at Bankstown NSW. MG992 was allocated VH-BJO.
19.1.48
CofA issued at Bankstown. Freighter, 2 crew seats only
19.1.48
Registered VH-BJO Tradair Pty Ltd, Melbourne Vic
25.2.48
Damaged when ground-looped landing Currie Aerodrome, King Island, undercarriage collapsed.
6.48
Purchased in damaged condition by Corio Air Freighters, Belmont Common airfield, Geelong Vic
21.9.48
CofA renewed at Essendon after rebuild
3.11.49
Change of ownership: Bass Islands Airways Pty Ltd, Melbounre c/- H.W.Dedman
16.11.50
Annual CofA expired
.51
Purchased without CofA by David J. Bourke, Geelong Vic
6.8.51
Struck-off Civil Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
30.11.51
Registration application: David J. Bourke, Geelong Vic
Fitted for 8 passengers, 2 crew. 
D.J.Bourke requested VH-DJB for this aircraft when his Anson VH-DJB (W1532) which he has sold to Robbys Aircraft, Adelaide is changed to VH-RAS

Nothing further in DCA file


                Mk.1                  MH128                                                                                          (VH-BFD), VH-BJP
.44
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Yeadon shadow factory, to RAF order as MH128

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
20.3.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MH128. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
20.4.44
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 2AP
14.5.45
Received No.3 Air Observer School, Port Pirie ex 8SFTS
10.6.45
Received 3AOS Storage ex unit strength
1.2.46
Transferred to No.5 Central Recovery Depot Storage, Port Pirie
17.6.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 200 to W.R.Murphy & C.R.Rudd, Melbourne
4.7.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care and Maintenance Unit Port Pirie
14.7.47
DCA allocated registration VH-BFD to Murphy & Rudd for Anson MH128. Allocation only
22.10.47
DCA allocated registrations VH-BJN to VH-BJR to Tradair Pty Ltd for 5 Ansons which are currently having civil conversion inspections at Bankstown NSW. MH128 was allocated VH-BJP.
28.5.48
Registered VH-BJP Tradair Pty Ltd, Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne Vic
28.5.48
CofA issued
5.48
Entered Tradair service on regular freight flights between Essendon and Tasmanian airfields
6.48
DCA memo: a review of flights from Essendon lists numerous flights to/from Tasmania and Bass Strait islands by Tradair Ansons VH-BJN, BJP, BJQ, BJR & AXE
.48
Leased for approximately 3 months to Taylors Air Transport Ltd, Lae, New Guinea
27.5.49
CofA expired. Parked at Essendon.
8.49
Victorian and Interstate Airways, Essendon requested DCA ferry flight approval for retired Tradair Ansons VH-BJP and VH-BJR from Esssendon to Benalla for storage in a hangar.  Both aircraft had not flown for some time. No response in DCA file.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
c51
Ansons VH-BJP, BJQ, BJR were towed complete from Essendon Aerodrome to vacant land between houses in the suburb of Niddrie on the airfield boundary. The land was next to VIA Timber's premises, an associate business of Victorian and Interstate Airways.

Local children played in the aircraft, they soon became derelict


A cheerful group of Tradair ground staff with VH-BJN at Essendon 1948. Note the stylish painted cheat line.
Fred Niven collection


Kainantu, New Guinea later in 1948 while on lease to Taylors Air Transport, Lae.


             Mk.1                  W2063                                                                                                VH-BJQ
.41
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as W2063

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
4.5.41
Taken on RAAF charge as W2063. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
21.8.41
Received No.1 Air Observer School, Cootamundra ex 2AP
24.1.42
Received No.8 Service Flying Training School, Bundaberg ex 1AOS
2.6.42
Damaged in groundloop during a forced landing on Bundaberg aerodrome
1.7.42
Aircraft struck water surface of Kolan River while on a training flight
30.9.42
Damaged when struck by taxying Anson DG868 at Bundaberg
1.12.43
Issued Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 8SFTS for complete overhaul
3.6.44
Received 3AD Amberley ex APL
6.6.44
Received 8SFTS Bundaberg ex 3AD
30.4.45
Received General Reconnaissance School, Bairnsdale ex 8SFTS
10.5.45
Transferred to GRS Reserve ex unit strength
11.2.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 150 to W.T.Dwyer, Melbourne Vic
21.3.47
Collected by purchaser ex Care and Maintenance Unit Bairnsdale
22.10.47
DCA allocated registrations VH-BJN to VH-BJR to Tradair Pty Ltd for 5 Ansons which are currently having civil conversion inspections at Bankstown NSW. W2063 was allocated VH-BJQ.
11.2.48
Registered VH-BJQ Tradair Pty Ltd, Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne Vic
11.2.48
CofA issued
6.48
DCA memo: a review of flights from Essendon lists numerous flights to/from Tasmania and Bass Strait islands by Tradair Ansons VH-BJN, BJP, BJQ, BJR & AXE
10.2.49
CofA expired, parked Essendon
16.2.49
DCA approved a Tradair request for a two day CofA extension to allow it to be flown from Essendon to King Island to carry maintenance staff and equipment to repair VH-BJRstanded there with engine problem
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
c51
Ansons VH-BJP, BJQ, BJR were towed complete from Essendon Aerodrome to vacant land between houses in the suburb of Niddrie on the airfield boundary. The land was next to VIA Timber's premises, an associate business of Victorian and Interstate Airways.

Local children played in the aircraft, which soon became derelict


VH-BJQ at Essendon circa 1949 with Tradair above the windows.                             Ed Coates Collection


                Mk.1               MG838                                                                                           (VH-BFF),   VH-BJR
.44
Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath shadow factory, to RAF order as MG838

Shipped boxed to Australia under the Empire Air Training Scheme
27.4.44
Taken on RAAF charge as MG838. Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex UK for assembly
30.6.44
Received No.5 Aircraft Depot, Wagga ex 2AP
28.7.44
Received No.3 Air Observers School, Port Pirie ex 5AD
6.8.45
Received 3AOS Storage ex unit strength
1.2.46
Transferred to No.5 Care & Recovery Depot Storage, Port Pirie
6.5.47
Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for 200 to W.R.Murphy & C.R.Rudd, Melbourne
6.6.47
Issued to purchaser ex Care & Maintenance Unit, Port Pirie
14.7.47
DCA allocated registration VH-BFF to Murphy & Rudd for Anson MG838. Allocation only
22.10.47
DCA allocated registrations VH-BJN to VH-BJR to Tradair Pty Ltd for 5 Ansons which are currently having civil conversion inspections at Bankstown NSW. MG838 was allocated VH-BJR.
19.3.48
Registered VH-BJR Tradair Pty Ltd, Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne Vic
19.3.48
CofA issued
6.48
DCA memo: a review of flights from Essendon lists numerous flights to/from Tasmania and Bass Strait islands by Tradair Ansons VH-BJN, BJP, BJQ, BJR & AXE
16.2.49
VH-BJR grounded at King Island in Bass Strait with a u/s engine due oil leak. Tradair Anson VH-BJQ brought engineers and parts from Essendon
18.3.49
CofA expired. Not renewed, parked at Essendon
8.49
Victorian and Interstate Airways, Essendon requested DCA ferry flight approval for retired Tradair Ansons VH-BJP and VH-BJR from Esssendon to Benalla for storage in a hangar.  Both aircraft had not flown for some time. No response in DCA file.
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
c51
Ansons VH-BJP, BJQ, BJR were towed complete from Essendon Aerodrome to vacant land between houses in the suburb of Niddrie on the airfield boundary. The land was next to VIA Timber's premises, an associate business of Victorian and Interstate Airways.

Local children played in the aircraft, which soon became derelict


VH-BJR retired at Essendon circa 1950 with damage around the cabin door.          Photo: Trevor Boughton



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