Last updated 17.3.16


AUSTRALIAN AVRO 643 CADETS

Compiled by Geoff Goodall


                     

                     Cadets A6-7, A6-8 & A6-10 in standard RAAF pre-war silver finish, rear cockpits fitted with folding covers for blind-flying training.

Photo: RAAF



         

         Restored Avro Cadet Mk. II VH-AGH (ex RAAF A6-17) at Melton Vic on 20 March 2010.                                Photo by Phil Vabre




  In May 1935 the Avro 643 Cadet II was selected for RAAF training and an initial order for 12 machines placed with A.V.Roe & Company Ltd.  Local production of the chosen training aircraft was being considered and the Cadet was considered favourable to the DH.82 Tiger Moth because its performance was better with the the air cooled radial engine. In addition deHavilland had specified a slower delivery rate at higher cost, and stipulated that 36 DH.82s must be built in England before Australian production would be allowed.

  The first six Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor on 29 December 1935. Two months later an agreement was approved between the Australian Government and A.V.Roe & Co Ltd for manufacturing rights for Australian built Cadets. A further order for 10 British built Cadets was approved on 18 August 1936, followed by another 12 Cadets placed on 18 August 1936.  

  Delays in establishing the Australian production necessitated another order for 12 more British Cadets approved on 18 November 1937. In a complex story of RAAF policy changes and Australian politics of the volatile years leading up to the outbreak of World War Two, the planned Australian production line was never established. There is evidence that British factory jigs and forgings were brought to Melbourne in the preparations.


  While Australian production was still being debated, on 20 August 1938 the RAAF placed an order for a further 12 Cadets with A.V.Roe. However wartime production in Great Britain overtook export orders resulting in that final order not being delivered.

  The British civil training company Air Service Training Ltd at Hamble offered its fleet of second-hand same model Avro Cadet Mk.IIs to the Australian Government, but the offer was declined.


  Total deliveries to RAAF were 34 Cadets, all the Avro 643 Mark II model, powered by the 150hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major 1A radial engine, operated without cowlings.  The RAAF named them Avro Trainers and they were referred to by that name during their RAAF careers.


Order Number Quantity Construction Numbers RAAF serial numbers Delivered
I.O.468 12 850 - 861 A6-1 to A6-12 November 1935
I.O.525 10 986 - 995 A6-13 to A6-22 December 1937
I.O.589 12 1058 - 1069 A6-23 to A6-34 February 1939


  In June 1938 a RAAF specification was issued to replace biplane trainers with low wing monoplanes for primary training to be powered by the DH Gipsy Major engine. In general terms this resulted in orders for 200 Australian built CAC CA-6 Wackett Trainers, and 50 Australian assembled DH.94 Moth Minors.  Then in 1940 DH.82 Tiger Moths were made available to Australia by the British Government to become the standard basic trainer for the Empire Air Training Scheme and the DH.82 went into large scale production at Mascot by deHavilland Aircraft Pty Ltd for the EATS in Australia, Rhodesia and South Africa.


  The RAAF's Avro Cadets continued in advanced training roles during WW2, mainly with Central Flying School at Camden NSW which specialised in training flying instructors. During the war the RAAF obtained Genet Major engines from the Canadian Government where they had been replaced in Canadian built Fleet Finches with Kinner radials. In addition RAAF reverse-engineered Genet engine spares which were manufactured locally, including pistons, piston rings, valves, valve guides and seats. Such an effort indicates that the remaining Cadets were considered essential to the wartime training effort.  Crash repairs and scheduled maintenance  was contracted to civil operators such as Newcastle Aero Club and Marshall Airways at Mascot. However the majority of RAAF Avro Cadet repair and overhaul work was carried out by Clyde Engineering Co Ltd at their Lidcombe factory in Sydney. A local transport  company moved the completed Avros between the factory and RAAF Bankstown where assembled for test flights, using a truck loaded with the wings, towing a specially-built trailer for the fuselage. 


  As the War drew to a close, the surviving Avro Trainers, along with other types regarded as obsolete, were withdrawn from service and stored pending disposal.  Cadets formed part of a large group of surplus aircraft which were disposed of during early 1945 before the end of the war.  On 20 September 1944, the newly formed Commonwealth Disposals Commission wrote to the Department of Air asking which types and quantities of aircraft likely to be released in the post-war period.  This enquiry elicited a reply on 28 October 1944, in which details of the first aircraft and engines to be released were given.  17 Avro Trainers with 25 spare Genet Mk.IA engines were listed for disposal , and appeared on the first tender issued by the C.D.C., which closed on 20 February 1945. All Avro Trainers had been retired during 1944 and flown to RAAF Narromine for storage, before being ferried to RAAF Narrandera NSW. Over several days at the end of December 1944/January 1945 large numbers of RAAF CAC Wackett Trainers were also ferried from Narromine to Narrandera at that time. This mass movement of retired training aircraft was probably to clear parking areas at Narromine for RAF and Royal Navy aircraft being assembled at Bankstown and Schofields for the planned British force to advance on the Japanese homeland.


  DCA approved the Avro Cadets for civil use and 17 received civil certification, initially flown by aero clubs and private owners. Later Cadets found a new role in aerial agriculture, when a number were fitted for dusting and spraying and two were re-engined with the more powerful American 220hp Jacobs R-755 radial.  A modification installed on most drop dusting Cadets was an air scoop on the top of the rear fuselage, to expel superphosphate and other granular fertiliser dust, which otherwise covered the fuselage internal structure.


  

  The way it was. Newcastle Aero Club Cadets at Broadmeadow airfield Newcastle.                                                  Photo: NAC


    

   Hardy Brothers Avro Cadet loading superphosphate between dusting runs.                                             Photo: Peter Hardy collection



  A proposal was submitted to DCA in a letter from Proctors Rural Services, Alexandra Victoria in June 1958 to re-engine agricultural Cadets with a 165hp Continental 0-470-K horizontally opposed six cylinder engine driving a McCauley constant speed propeller. The significant increase in power and changed engine installation weight would involve a changed Centre of Gravity datum and revised fuel system.  The plan progressed to the trial installation of a flat six engine in a Cadet (probably VH-BJB but unconfirmed) while dismantled for overhaul in the Brookes Aviation hangar at Moorabbin during 1960. However when the overhaul was completed the Cadet retained the original Genet engine.

  The final phase of the Australian Avro Cadet story is the re-emergence of long retired Cadets folowing lengthy restorations as immaculate flying examples, some in RAAF colour schemes. Several more are yet to reappear.  



The following listing of all Australian Cadets is presented in order of RAAF serial numbers:



A6-1                                 c/n 850        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-1. Received 1AD Laverton for assembly
24.1.36 Testflown at Laverton by A.W.Murphy & W/C Marsden - 30 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
22.5.36 Minor damage at Point Cook. Struck hedge landing during instructors practice: pilot Sgt. Byrnes, passenger F/O McLahlan
2.6.36 Ditched in sea off Point Cook following engine failure. Pilot was Cadet C. Kelaher
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
8.11.41 Issued Newcastle Aero Club for complete overhaul
1.6.42 In service at CFS
28.2.44 CFS: request allotment for conversion to components
13.3.44 Received 2CRD for conversion

Converted to components



A6-2                                  c/n 851                                                                                                                                                                                      VH-APV  

25.10.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
26.10.35 First flight
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-2. Received 1AD Laverton for assembly
20.1.36 Testflown Laverton, A.W.Murphy - 25 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
11.11.36 Tipped on nose Point Cook while taxying in strong wind, pilot Cadet E.H.Ross.
25.2.37 Struck fence Point Cook:  on a training exercise, with F/O Moran instructing Cadet Townsend, the aircraft struck a fence during forced landing practice, causing damage to the lower port mainplane and aileron
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
12.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 2 hours
13.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
18.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
21.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 50 mins
23.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
3.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two flights, each 1 hour
12.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
13.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two flights, each 1 hour
14.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two flights, each 1 hour
21.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden two flights, each 1 hour


12.4.43 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney for complete overhaul ex CFS
6.9.43 Received CFS ex Clyde Engineering
13.9.44 Received 8OTU Narromine ex CFS for storage
31.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance 8EFTS Narrandera ex CMU Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
3.45 Sold by CDC for £150 to: J. H. Alessio c/- Fawkiner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Road, Sourth Yarra, Melbourne VIC
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
7.4.45 Letter to DCA from J. H. Alessio on letterhead of Fawkiner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Road, South Yarra:  he requests petrol ration books to ferry three Avros from Narrandera to Essendon, planned date 14.4.45:
A6-10 pilot F.H.Edwards
A6-28 pilot J. Roche
A6-2 pilot J. Hodder
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: issued to purchaser ex C&M Narrandera
14.4.45 ferried RAAF Narrandera to Essendon


3.46 Sold to Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow NSW
1.4.46 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have been advised that approval has been given for A6-2 and -28 to be ferried Essendon-Newcastle for civil overhaul by Club. Registrations VH-APV & -APW have been allotted. Both were purchased from J. H. Alessio and stored dismantled. Both will be assembled and certified for the ferry flight by Mr. F. H. Edwards at Essendon.
7.11.46 Registered VH-APV Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow NSW
7.11.46 CofA issued at Broadmeadow airfield
12.8.50 damaged during landing in main street, Walgett NSW
24.2.52 crashed Moscheto Island, Hunter River, near Newcastle  NSW
24.2.52 Struck-off Register

Believed to be the damage fuselage frame included in NAC Cadet spares collection acquired by Proctors Rural Services. It was donated to a Victorian fire brigade for fire practice, and the burnt frame was acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell Vic from the back yard of a house near Warburton Vic.



A6-3                                c/n 852        

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-3. Received 1AD Laverton for assembly
24.1.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & AC1 Vaughan - 15 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
24.4.36 Minor damage at Point Cook in forced landing due engine failure, pilot Cadet Wight.
2.5.38 Struck fence landing Point Cook: on approach to the landing field, AC.1 Curtis applied side-slip and in an endeavour to recover, aircraft stalled and the wheels touched a fence - on bouncing, the underside of the fuselage struck a post: damage to a cross-member in fuselage, undercarriage and floor.
23.5.38 Damaged at Point Cook:  after landing A6-3 and nearing completion of run, pilot AC.1 Sage saw
A6-10 (Cadet Weston) taxying across his bow - both pilots endeavoured to avoid collision, but were unsuccessful: damage to A6-3 was considerable, and included the fuselage, the port lower and both starboard mainplanes, the airscrew, undercarriage, centre-section, engine.
22.6.38 1FTS Store less engine
9.5.39 1FTS Store
25.8.39 In service 1FTS
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
16.5.40 Damaged by wind storm
23.5.40 Received 2AD ex CFS for major repair
12.7.40 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex 2AD for complete overhaul
18.12.40 Completed at Clyde, reallotted CFS
23.12.40 In service CFS
15.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
22.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
25.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
19.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two night flights, 50 mins, circuits 45 mins
26.3.42 Accident: top mainplanes, fin and rudder damaged
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for repair
16.11.42 Received 2AD ex Clyde
18.11.42 Received CFS ex 2AD
23.8.43 Accident, airframe repairs beyond capacity of unit
13.12.43 Issued to Newcastle Aero Club
9.3.44 Received 2CRD ex NAC for conversion to components

Converted to components



A6-4                                c/n 853        

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-4.  Assembled at 1AD Laverton
24.1.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & LAC Burns - 20 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
12.10.36 1FTS: Minor damage Point Cook, due inexperience of pilot
11.11.36 1FTS: Minor damage Point Cook, due inexperience of pilot
8.3.37 Damaged at Point Cook :  whilst being flown by Cadet Savage, A6-4 collided with A6-12 on the forced landing paddock, both machines overturned, causing damage to engines and airframes, necessitating Workshops’ repairs
31.8.37 Damaged at Point Cook ; on coming out of a side-slip and doing a gliding turn, the engine failed to respond immediately - the mainplane hit a post, resulting in damage to lower port mainplane tip and undercarriage fairing : F/O Ford instructing Cadet Symonds
18.3.40 In workshop awaiting complete overhaul
6.8.40 Ready for allotment
23.8.40 Issued 2AD ex Point Cook
26.8.40 In service with CFS
11.43
crashed, no details
7.12.43 Issued 2AD ex CFS for conversion

Converted to components




A6-5                                  c/n 854                                                                                                                                                                                              VH-AEG  

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-5.  Assembled at 1AD Laverton
20.1.36 Testflown Laverton. Pilot A.W.Murphy - 25 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
30.4.36 Minor damage at Point Cook, Cadet Kaufman
28.5.37 Damaged Point Cook. Cadet Taylor misused the brakes causing the tail to come up to damage the airscrew
21.1.38 Damaged Point Cook. F/O Allshorn, accompanied by passenger Flt.Lt. Porter, throttled back while taxying in Wapiti A5-34 - an airman put his weight on the starboard mainplane, swing the aircraft around which caused it to hit the port mainplane of Cadet A6-5 : minor damage to A6-5’s trailing edge of upper portion aileron, being buckled
6.4.38 Collided with A6-13 over Point Cook. A6-5 (F/O Sharpe) and A6-13 (Flt.Lt. Chapman) when flying in Vee line-abreast formation collided ; damage to A6-5 - slot hinge group, starboard upper mainplane and leading edge of lower starboard mainplane crushed
23.8.38 Damaged at Point Cook. While carrying out instruction with Cadet Watt, F/O Jeffrey applied brakes on landing - starboard brake appeared to bind, swinging the aircraft to starboard and the port wing touched the ground : damage to rear starboard undercarriage strut, fabric punctured
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
10.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
13.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two night flights, 1 hour dual, 30 mins solo
9.12.41 Port undercarriage collapsed on landing, damage to lower port wing and undercarriage
22.11.43 Issued Newcastle Aero Club ex CFS for complete overhaul
3.6.44 Received 2AP ex NAC
8.6.44 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU Narromine ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance 8EFTS Narrandera ex CMU Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
7.3.45 Sold by CDC to Newcastle Aero Club for £250  
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA for the sale
19.3.45 Issued to purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera


26.3.45 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, -25, -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J. An additional purchase is A6-33 for which they have requested marking VH-AAR but it is not available. Two Avros remain to be ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle.
4.5.45 Registered VH-AEG Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow airfield, Newcastle NSW
4.5.45 CofA issued at Broadmeadow
9.8.45 damaged by heavy landing at Broadmeadow by student on first solo            on first solo  9.8.45  
1.11.47 AEG was one of four NAC Cadets visiting Charleville Qld for airshow, 1400 miles round trip
23.5.48 collided with Auster VH-KSI on landing roll, Broadmeadow            Newcastle-Broadmeadow NSW
22.7.51 Damaged at Kempsey aerodrome NSW
11.11.51 Spun into ground, destroyed 12 miles NE of Kempsey NSW while practising aerobatics, both on board killed.    
11.11.51 Newspaper reports state the aircraft had done two loops at low altitude then spun into the ground on a farm at Clubucca, 10 miles from Kempsey. Pilot Nerio Parissotto, (aged 22), passenger Lucaano Favotto (also aged 22) both killed on impact. The pilot was son of Kempsey Italian airman Mr. S. Parissotto.
Aircraft owned by Newcastle Aero Club, one of several from the Club which give training at Lismore every weekend.  
11.1.52 Struck-off Register

       

       A6-5 with No.1 Flying Training School, RAAF Point Cook Victoria prewar.  State Library of Queensland


  

  VH-AEG on the Newcastle Aero Club flight line at Broadmeadow airfield. The Collection p6525-0804


  

  Newcastle Aero Club's VH-AEG, through the flying wires of another Cadet.                                                Photo NAC




A6-6                                  c/n 855        

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.12.35 First 6 Cadets arrived at Melbourne on board SS Nestor
31.12.35 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-6.  Received at 1AD Laverton for assembly
21.1.36 Testflown Laverton by A. W. Murphy & LAC Hamilton - 25 mins
31.1.36 Received 1 FTS Point Cook
19.3.36 1FTS Damaged Point Cook, heavy landing after stalled, pilot C. Sladen
30.8.37 Crashed Point Cook. Cadet C. J. Sharpe allowed the aircraft to become too slow and spun into the ground, airframe and engine extensively damaged
12.37 Converted to components




A6-7                                  c/n 856        

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order

Shipped to Australia
7.2.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-7. Received 1AD for assembly
10.2.36 Allotted to 1FTS
12.2.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & AC1 Vaughan - 20 mins
13.2.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & AC1 Connelly - 15 mins
24.7.36 1FTS Damaged Point Cook, struck wire while carrying out a re-grading test, Pilot Flt. Lt. Wight, passenger Flt. Llt. Kyle
23.10.37 Struck post on takeoff Point Cook. Cadet Dickson was demonstrating a cross-wind landing and take-off in a confined space: in taking off and turning in to wind, starboard lower mainplane was broken near tip, lower aileron broken on leading edge
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
9.7.40 Minor damage to rudder and fin in collision with A6-11
22.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two night flights, 1 hour dual, 35 mins solo
19.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
22.1.42 Damaged in forced landing. Both lower mainplanes and undercarriage
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
29.3.43 Received CFS ex Clyde
25.5.44 Crashed Parkes, NSW. Crashed 1 mile north of Parkes aerodrome, extensive damage
29.5.44 Issued 2CRD for conversion to components

Converted to components


  

  Mr. Richard Casey, later Lord Casey of Berwick, flying solo in A6-7 at Point Cook.                             Photo: The Collection p6525-0805




A6-8                                 c/n 857                                                                                                                                                                                              VH-AEJ  

14.11.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order

Shipped to Australia
7.2.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-8. Received 1AD for assembly
10.2.36 Allotted 1FTS
12.2.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & AC1 Collins - 20 mins
21.4.36 1FTS: Tipped on nose landing Point Cook, Cadet Johnston
23.9.36 Overturned on landing in strong crosswind Point Cook, Cadet Leighton.
7.10.40 Received CFS ex 1FTS
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
31.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
12.3.45 Sold by CDC to Newcastle Aero Club for £150
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA for sale
26.3.45 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, -25, -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J. An additional purchase is A6-33 for which they have requested marking VH-AAR but it is not available. Two Avros remain to be ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle.
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by Newcastle Aero Club ex 8EFTS Store Narrandera


16.1.46 Registered VH-AEJ Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow airfield, Newcastle NSW
16.1.46 CofA issued at Broadmeadow
5.49 Flown Broadmeadow-Mascot by NAC member John Abraham
.53 Renamed Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow NSW
54 DCA file: CofA current to 14.6.54
.56 Change of ownership: Hardy Bros Spraying Co, Pittsworth QLD

Modified for agricultural spraying
12.7.61 Struck-off Register as WFS
66 Remains included in Hardy Bros Avro Cadet spares purchased by Cliff H. Parsons, St George Qld
.74 Howard Jones, Morwell VIC: rest. project
4.74 Arrived by road at Warrigul Vic

Restoration commenced by Howard Jones at Morwell
.91 Sold by Jones as a partially restored project to Darryl K. Hill, Hong Kong.
Darryl Hill quotes his purchase date as 10.10.92.  
12.93 trucked to Murwillumah NSW for rebuild to fly by Mothcair Aviation Service for Darryl Hill. Engine restored by Aircraft Engine Works, Hallam Vic
25.10.94 noted at Murwillumbah NSW, frame in storage area of Mothcair hangar
6.5.96 noted at Murwillumbah NSW, frame in storage area of Mothcair hangar
5.11.97 noted at Murwillumbah NSW, frame in storage area of Mothcair hangar
13.10.98 noted at Murwillumbah NSW, frame in storage area of Mothcair hangar
5.6.03 Restored to Register VH-AEJ: Darryl K. Hill, Hong Kong and Adelaide SA
17.5.04 VH-AEJ noted at Murwillumbah NSW
03 Restoration of AEJ's fuselage at Murwillumbah well under way by Nick & Greg Challinor of Mothcair Aviation Services for owner Darryl Hill. Wing spars ordered from Croydon Aircraft Co in NZ and when they are delivered work will commenced on the wings and tail group. The AS Genet radial was rebuilt by Borg Sorenson's Aircraft Engine Works, Victoria.
06 final assembly at Murwillumba, all silver RAAF scheme            RAAF “A6-8”, ff Murwillumbah 8.2.07)
8.2.07 First flight Murwillumbah after 14 year restoration, pilot Matt Handley.  Aircraft all silver, painted as RAAF "A6-8".  Darryl Hill flew the aircraft later that day.
11.07 Ferried from Murwillimbah to home base Murray Bridge SA
25.4.08 visited fly-in Temora NSW, all silver RAAF “A6-8”
29.9.09 based Hindmarsh Island airfield SA, kept in hangar
12 Current

         

          VH-AEJ at Hindmarsh Island SA in October 2009. Photo by Nigel Daw





A6-9                                c/n 858        

.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order

Shipped to Australia
20.2.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-9. Received 1AD for assembly
20.2.36 Allotted 1FTS
13.2.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy & LAC Dean - 20 mins
9.12.36 Collided with Moth, crashed Point Cook.  While on a test flight by Flt. Lt. C.D.Candy, while approaching to land, collided with Moth A7-31 being flown by Sgt. Somerville, wreck of A7-31 struck A7-36, which was parked on the tarmac and caused some damage; Somerville died as a result of injuries received, Candy received some facial injuries.


                 

                 RAAF Point Cook 9 December 1936, A6-9 with wreck of Moth A7-31 behind.                   Photo: The Collection p6525-0002




A6-10                                c/n 859                                                                                                                                                                                             VH-AMM  

13.12.35 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
13.12.35 First flight

Shipped to Australia
20.2.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-10. Received 1AD for assembly
24.2.36 Testflown Laverton: A.W.Murphy - 20 mins
12.3.37 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
24.8.37 I FTS :  Landed Point Cook without engine power. After recovery from a slow roll, the engine failed to respond when throttle opened - landed, and discovered that float in carburettor was stuck - nil damage: Flt.Lt. Kyle instructing P/O Wood
23.5.38 Damaged in landing collision Point Cook: After landing A6-3 and nearing completion of run, pilot AC.1 Sage saw A6-10 (Cadet Weston) taxying across his bow - both pilots endeavoured to avoid collision, but were unsuccessful : damage to A6-10  included the fuselage lower side, the starboard mainplanes, the airscrew, u/c, rocker gear, and exhaust manifold.  No ref on Status Card
9.4.40 Engine fire, starboard upper and lower mainplanes damaged
8.6.40 U/S at Tech Squadron for major repair
2.9.40 Servicable at CFS
13.5.42 Ran through fence, fuselage and mainplanes damaged. Repaired at CFS
3.1.44 Struck fence and tipped on nose, extensive damage. Repaired at CFS
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
22.3.45 Sold by CDC to J. H. Alessio, c/- Fawkner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Rd, South Yarra Melbourne for £100
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
7.4.45 Letter to DCA from J. H. Alessio on letterhead of Fawkiner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Road, South Yarra:  he requests petrol ration books to ferry three Avros from Narrandera to Essendon, planned date 14.4.45:
A6-10 pilot F.H.Edwards
A6-28 pilot J. Roche
A6-2  pilot J. Hodder
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera
14.4.45 ferried RAAF Narrandera to Essendon
6.45 Sold to Clarence H. McBean, 27 Chesnut Street, Richmond, Melbourne.
20.6.45 Letter to DCA from Alessio advising that he has sold A6-10 to Clarence H. Bean.
24.7.45 Registration application: C. H. McBean, Melbourne
28.5.46 Registered VH-AMM
28.5.46 CofA issued at Essendon
5.9.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
19.4.47 visited Albury NSW airshow
5.9.47 CofA renewed at Essendon
.48 Damaged landing at Lucindale SA
5.7.48 Repairs completed: lower starboard mainplane replaced by a unit from VH-AFY which was stored at Essendon
21.8.48 Pilot log: local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies of Air Operations Pty Ltd, Essendon
2.12.49 Crashed destroyed Melton Vic.  Struck power lines, crashed on road and burnt out, pilot C. H. McBean and passenger both killed.
Press report said they had been visiting friends at Melton and soon after takeoff to return to Melbourne the aircraft struck high tension cables, plunged to the ground and burst into flames. Cal McBean (aged 40) of Richmond and Edward Sweeney (43) also of Richmond were burnt to death.

  

  A6-10 in prewar RAAF service.                                                                                        Photo: The Collection p6525-0679


    

  VH-AMM at Essendon 1947 with pilots Bob Miles and "Smoky" Parker.                               Photo: The Collection p6525-0742




A6-11                               c/n 860                                                                                                                                                                                              VH-AFW  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order

Shipped to Australia
17.3.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-11. Received 1AD for assembly
7.36 Allocated 1FTS
6.8.36 Tipped on to nose at Point Cook: misuse of wheel brakes while undertaking instructional training by F/O Chapman, with passenger Cadet Walsh
23.2.37 Forced landing at Point Cook:  while being flown by Sqn.Ldr. Bladin, the aircraft was force landed due blockage of petrol pump to the carburettor
15.6.37 Struck post on landing Point Cook: during instruction from F/O Tindal to Cadet Taylor, on completing landing run after engine had stopped, aircraft struck a post - damage to approximately 2” of the 3-ply u/c fairing
5.5.38 Overturned on landing at Point Cook: owing to a stopped airscrew, pilot AC.1 Curtis attempted to land - as aircraft neared the ground it turned right and landed cross-wind, ran some distance, bounced and overturned: damage to port upper and both starboard mainplanes, fin & rudder, engine mounting stays, engine, tyres perforated with thorns.
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
9.7.40 Minor damage in collision with A6-7
13.3.43 Damaged in forced landing
29.7.43 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
23.2.44 Received CFS ex Clyde via 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
9.3.45 Sold by CDC for £255 to C. Wynne, Yarram VIC
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
25.3.45 8EFTS Narrandera Operational Record Book: A party of 10 civilians arrived by road from Melbourne at RAAF Narrandera to ferry 5 Cadets purchased from CDC. Departed by air the next day
27.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera

DCA file for VH-AFW contains the following correspondence:
Five Cadets were purchased from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission by individuals in the Yarram, Vic. area.  In a letter to DCA on 19 March 1945 Messrs. C.J. & G.Wynne, J.Bindt, J.Lennon and A.Cumming advised of their purchase of A6-27, A6-11, A6-12, A6-31 and A6-21 respectively.  The letter went on to indicate they required a ferry permit and fuel rationing allocation for the aircraft to be flown from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon, and later on to Yarram;   
Pilots for the ferry flight would be:
Des Cook (A6-27)
Clifford J.Wynne (A6-11)
L.G.Taylor (A6-12)
Mrs. Gertrude McKenzie (A6-31)
Laurie Bickerton (A6-21)
D.C.A. responded on 23 March 1945 advising
C.J.Wynne that qualified approval had been given for the aircraft to be flown solo from Narrandera to Essendon.  Two sets of conditions were imposed:
- “Each pilot must complete six landings and six take-offs in an Avro Trainer before leaving Narrandera.  A Certification by a qualified R.A.A.F. Flying Instructor that each pilot has completed this requirement must be obtained and forwarded to this office on completion of the ferry flight.  The time taken for the ferry flight, together with production of the Certification from the R.A.A.F. Instructor, will qualify each pilot to have this type of aircraft endorsed on his licence.”  
- “A Certification in respect of each machine must be obtained from a R.A.A.F. Technical Officer   
that the aircraft is airworthy for the ferry flight.”  
The necessary Petrol Authority and Record books were issued, and the owners were advised that tentative Registration markings had been allotted to the aircraft as follows :
A6-11 - VH-AFW
A6-12 - VH-AFX
A6-31 - VH-AFY
A6-21 - VH-AFZ  
"Markings have not been allotted to A6-27, as it is understood that it is not intended to have this machine made airworthy but reduce it to spares for use on the other machines.”
3.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon


27.4.45 CofA issued
10.5.45 Registered VH-AFW Clifford John Wynne, Yarram VIC
15.3.47 Change of ownership: Yarram Aero Club, Yarram VIC
19.8.49 Change of ownership: Mrs. Dorothy I. Leckie, Binginwarri via Yarram, VIC.
Wife of Douglas Leckie, a former wartime RAAF flying instructor, who was now an instructor with the Yarram Aero Club

History of Latrobe Valley Aero Club, Morwell Vic: "The LVAC founders arranged for Yarram Aero Club instructor Doug Leckie to bring his Avro Cadet to Morwell to provide flying instruction on weekends."
13.6.51 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Bankstown NSW
2.7.51 damaged in forced landing near Prospect Reservoir NSW
7.10.51 Change of ownership: Cyril J. Radford, Burren Junction NSW
2.52 Wrecked by windstorm Narrabri NSW. Aircraft was tied down outside. Insurance write-off
20.6.52 Struck-off Register

   

 

     Four Yarram based Cadets all in same paint scheme, Morwell Vic in 1946.                              Photo: Elizabeth Leckie collection


 

 

   Gippsland Victoria in the late 1940s now all silver.  Photo:  Elizabeth Leckie collection

 

     

          VH-AFW at Bankstown circa 1951.                                                                                   Photo: Ed Coates Collection




A6-12                               c/n 861                                                                                                                                                                                VH-AFX  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
10.12.35 First flight  
17.3.36 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-12. Received 1AD for assembly
1.9.36 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
8.3.37 Crashed Point Cook: A6-12 flown by P/O Edwards collided with A6-4 on the forced landing paddock - both machines overturned, causing damage to engines and airframes, necessitating Workshops’ repairs
9.3.37 Allotted 1AD for repair
28.9.37 Returned to 1FTS after repair
24.11.39 Forced landing on beach at Point Cook, nil damage: P/O Plumridge with passenger P/O Robinson: on taking off the engine stopped - pilot landed a/c on the beach and finished the run in shallow water - petrol cock had not been turned on
19.4.40 Forced landing, no damage
22.7.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
24.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
25.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
29.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
1.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
16.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two flights, each 1 hour
30.12.41 Struck fence during forced landing practice, lower mainplanes damaged
17.4.43 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
5.10.43 Received CFS ex Clyde Engineering via 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
31.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
9.3.45 Sold by CDC for £250 to J. M. Bindt, Ring Street, Yarram VIC  
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
25.3.45 Collected by purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera
3.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon 3.45: see ferry flight details at A6-11


1.5.45 Registration application: J.M. Bindt, Yarram Vic
7.6.45 Registered VH-AFX James M. Bindt, Yarram VIC.   Identity quoted as "4632"
7.6.45 CofA issued at Essendon
6.4.46 Change of ownership: Hoad Bros, Yarram VIC
12.1.48 Change of ownership: Hardy Bros Spraying Co, Pittsworth QLD
54 DCA file note: CofA current until 5.4.54
c60 re-engined with 220hp Jacobs R-755 radial
25.8.62 Change of ownership: Grasslands Aviation, Albury NSW
1.7.63 Change of ownership: Brown Williams Aviation, Parkes NSW
11.1.64 Change of ownership: Williams Flying Service, Pittsworth QLD
18.7.64 noted Parkes NSW, silver, Jacobs radial
5.10.64 VH-AFX & AFY noted Pittsworth QLD both with Jacobs radials, both sprayers
13.8.66 Change of ownership: C. H. Parsons Pty Ltd, St George Qld
20.8.66 Change of ownership: G. P. Morris, St George QLD
20.3.67 Struck-off Register, owner's request
14.12.67 Restored to Register: G. P. Morris, St George QLD
19.12.67 noted St George
27.12.68 Struck-off Register, owner's request
5.69 Sold by Morris to Cliff Douglas, Coolangatta Qld
7.69
noted Coolangatta Qld under overhaul, Jacobs engine
22.6.70 Restored to Register: Cliff C. Douglas, Coolangatta QLD (retained the Jacobs R-755 engine)
22.9.70 noted Coolangatta Qld
4.1.72 noted Coolangatta Qld
9.1.73 noted Coolangatta Qld
9.1.73 noted Coolangatta Qld
9.5.73 noted Coolangatta Qld
27.7.73 Ownership changed to: Cliff C. Douglas t/a Chewing Gum Field Air Museum, Tallebudgera QLD
15.8.74 noted Coolangatta Qld
12.6.75 noted Coolangatta Qld
13.8.76 noted Murwillumbah NSW
28.9.76 noted Murwillumbah NSW
18.4.78 noted at CGFM, Tallebudgera Qld, yellow & white, airworthy: flies from field next to museum building
23.4.80 noted at CGFM, Tallebudgera Qld
1.7.89 Change of ownership: David L. Morris, River Station, Rylestone NSW
27.4.91 visited Temora NSW fly-in, yellow & white scheme
12.10.91 visited RAAF Richmond airshow
19.4.92 visited Kyabram Vic fly-in
22.4.95 visited Cowra NSW fly-in, yellow and white, owned David Morris
6.4.96 visited Kyabram Vic fly-in, yellow & white scheme
4.01 visited Parkes NSW fly-in, Jacobs radial, owned David Morris
9.6.04 Change of ownership: Charles Camilleri, Bathurst NSW
13.5.06 Change of ownership: David L. Morris, River Station, Rylestone NSW
Operator: Charles Camilleri, Bathurst NSW
6.3.07 Change of ownership: Howard Jones, Hazelwood North VIC
07 Based Latrobe Valley Airport, Morwell Vic. Flies in same yellow & white scheme, Jacobs engine
.10 Overhaul at Latrobe Valley and repaint into Hardy Brothers agricultural scheme, fleet number "2"
12 Current



        

        VH-AFX with spraybars "in the field" in 1950s, still with Genet engine.                                  Photo: Geoff Goodall collection


           

        VH-AFX at Chewing Gum Field Air Museum, Tallebudgera Qld with Vampire, Bristol Boxkite replica and BA Eagle. Photo by Geoff Goodall


           

            Dawn at a Narromine NSW fly-in, October 2005.                                                                            Photo by Phil Vabre


           

Morwell Vic in April 2010, rolled-out after a major overhaul and repaint in the scheme of Hardy Bros Spraying Co in Queensland. 
It retains the Jacobs R-755 engine which Hardy Bros installed.                                                            Photo by Howard Jones



A6-13                               c/n 986        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
15.12.37 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
21.2.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-13. Received 1AD for assembly
25.2.38 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
28.2.38 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
6.4.38 1FTS Damaged at Point Cook: A6-5 (F/O Sharpe) and A6-13 (Flt.Lt. Chapman) when flying in flights in Vee line-abreast formation collided ; damage to A6-13 was to fake spar for aileron hinge tip, port mainplane, leading edge of top port aileron
5.5.38 Damaged Point Cook: engine stalled and pilot AC.1 Sage made a forced-landing in forced-landing paddock : a cadet went to assist to start the engine, it started but owing to the fact that there was no one in the cockpit, the tail rose and the airscrew hit the ground, breaking the airscrew.
23.3.39 Forced landing due engine failure
18.1.40 Damaged Point Cook: an airman accidently knocked the throttle open on Wapiti A5-33 and jumped out, whereupon the Wapiti crashed into a Bellman hangar and caused varying degrees of damage to four Cadets (A6-13, A6-22, A6-28 and A6-31) : A6-13 received extensive damage
23.8.40 Issued 2AD ex 1FTS
26.8.40 Serviceable at CFS
27.2.41 Stalled from 10 feet, damage to longerons
10.3.41 Airframe issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney for repair
10.5.41 Serviceable at CFS
25.10.41 Struck tree during night landing. Extensive damage
25.11.41 Converted to components

        

         A6-13 on the flight line at RAAF Point Cook Victoria circa 1939.                                                  Photo: The Collection p6525-0206




A6-14                                c/n 987        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
24.12.37 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
21.2.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-14. Received 1AD for assembly
25.2.38 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
3.3.38 Allotted Training Depot Laverton
5.4.38
Laverton local flight, pilot S/Ldr F.Wight, carrying photographer John T. Harrison to take air-to-air photographs of RAAF Magister A15-1.
19.7.38 Allotted Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation for specifications for new type trainer
22.7.38 Returned to Training Depot Laverton
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
4.8.43 Crashed Loombah. Extensive damage
13.8.43 Issued to 2AD ex CFS
26.8.43 Converted to components



A6-15                              c/n 988        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
24.12.37 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
7.3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-15. Received 1AD for assembly
14.3.38 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
22.3.38 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
16.5.40 Damaged in wind storm
29.5.40 Received 2AD ex CFS for repair
12.7.40 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex 2AD for complete overhaul
28.10.40 Serviceable at CFS ex Clyde Engineering
16.7.41 Crashed. Port wing struck shed at 'drome, airframe extensively damaged
1.8.41 Converted to components

  

   A6-15 at RAAF Point Cook in pre-war silver finish with polished metal nose.                                    Photo: The Collection p6525-0085



  

  A wartime photo of A6-15, with Central Flying School at RAAF Camden NSW.                                     The Collection p6525-0080



A6-16                              c/n 989        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
24.12.37 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
7.3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-16. Received 1AD for assembly
21.3.38 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
11.5.38 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
24.10.39 Damaged at Point Cook: while being flown by F/O A.N.Hick (passenger P/O Milward-Bason) the aircraft made a forced landing - the undercarriage struck a concealed rock and collapsed, damage to undercarriage, lower starboard mainplane
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
14.3.41 Forced landing on 'drome due engine faiure
30.8.43 Crashed during forced landing
12.11.43 Allotted Newcastle Aero Club ex CFS for repair
9.3.44 Received 2CRD ex NAC for conversion to components

Converted to components



A6-17                                c/n 990                                                                                                                                                                          VH-AGH  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
24.12.37 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
7.3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-17
14.3.38 Received 1AD for assembly
21.3.38 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
11.4.38 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
19.5.38 Damaged Point Cook: while in charge of Cpl. Watson owing to faulty manipulation of switches and incorrect airscrew swinging drill, the engine started and propeller struck an airman, resulting in a broken propeller.
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
2.9.40 Forced landing, no damage, due engine failure
2.12.40 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co, Sydney for complete overhaul
9.8.41 Servicable at CFS
30.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
10.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
11.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
16.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 35 mins instrument flying
24.7.42 Work not yet commenced due pressure of other RAAF work
12.3.43 Received 2AP ex NAC
22.3.43 Received CFS x 2AP
8.9.43 Accident, forced landing
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
12.4.45 Sold by CDC for £25 to Dr. T. F. French, 1 Warrington Street, Edgecliffe NSW
13.4.45 Collected by Dr. French ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
13.4.45 Forced landing due magneto trouble near Stockbingle during ferry flight from Narrandera to Mascot, no damage. Pilot T. F. French


4.7.45 Registration Application: S.D. Marshall, Mascot NSW
16.7.45 Registered VH-AGH  Sidney David Marshall t/a Marshall Airways, Sydney-Mascot NSW
Identity quoted as "3135"  ie Avro number R3/LT/3135
16.7.45 CofA issued at Mascot
2.46 Sid Marshall submitted design for DCA approval for a welded framework canopy for passenger comfort. A canopy had been constructed. File does not indicate whether it was approved or used
29.7.46 CofA renewed Mascot
24.7.47 CofA renewed Mascot
30.9.49 CofA expired, not renewed
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census
3.7.53 Restored to Register: S. D. Marshall t/a Marshall Airways, Sydney-Bankstown NSW
22.1.58 noted Bankstown
6.58 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
29.5.60 parked in static display area at Bankstown Airshow
20.7.61 Struck-off Register as WFS

(stored complete in Marshall hangar Bankstown 58/70)
6.10.62 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
10.11.62 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
9.2.64 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
6.3.65 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
22.11.65 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
15.11.66 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
6.7.67 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar, hung from roof. Complete, silver with red trim.
20.11.67 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
1.11.68 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
19.9.70 noted Bankstown in Marshall Airways hangar
c75 Transferred to Jack Davidson, Bankstown, later The Oaks airfield, near Camden NSW: stored.
Davidson was Marshall Airways Chief Engineer for many years and inherited most of Sid Marshall's aircraft when Sid died.
5.11.79 noted Bankstown, fuselage in Jack Davidson's maintenance hangar with tailplane assembly removed
3.80 Unairworthy aircraft in Davidson's Bankstown hangar were moved by road to The Oaks aerodrome in a truck by Doug Jeffery who owned DH.82 VH-PCG based at The Oaks. Eight loads in all, one aircraft per trip: included Avro Cadet VH-AGH, Westland Widgeon VH-UGI, DH.60M VH-UQV, Comper Swift VH-UVC.
11.10.88 noted The Oaks airfield NSW, stored
94 Under restoration at The Oaks by Jack Davidson
.96 Advertised for sale as restoration project by Jack Davidson, The Oaks airfield NSW
c2.96 Purchased from Davidson by Clinton D. Ashton-Martin, Wedderburn NSW.

At time of purchase all fabric had been removed from the fuselage and wings were stacked on racks. Two engines and three propellers were included. Moved to his home at Wedderburn on the outskirts of Sydney and work commenced on the aircraft. Later moved to his farm 13 miles north of Temora where final preparation to fly was completed
18.3.03 Restored to Register: Clinton D. Ashton-Martin, Temora NSW
24.4.08 First flight at owner's farm near Temora NSW
25.4.08 visited Temora NSW fly-in: RAAF camouflage scheme as "A6-17"
20.3.10 visited airshow Melton Vic  "A6-17"
12 Current

        

          VH-AGH at Bankstown circa 1960, silver with red trim.                                                               The Collection p6525-0312


         

         VH-AGH stored in Sid Marshall's hangar at Bankstown, July 1967, hung from the roof with a Messerschmitt 109G and Nakajima Oscar    
         to save space on the crowded hangar floor. Marshall Airways' Lockheed 10B VH-ASM is below.                        Photo by Geoff Goodall


         

VH-AGH attended an airshow at Temora NSW on 25 April 2008, the day after its first flight following a 15 year restoration project.

Photo by Phil Vabre




A6-18                               c/n 991                                                                                                                                                                         VH-AEH, VH-PRV  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
1.38 First flight  
13.1.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
7.3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-18. Received 23 Squadron.
14.2.39 Allotted 25 Squadron new.  Assumed received unassembled
29.3.40 Issued 1FTS ex 24 Sqn
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
30.12.41 Damaged in forced landing
26.11.43 Issued Newcastle Aero Club for complete overhaul
27.7.44 Received 2AP ex NAC
1.8.44 Received CFS ex 2AP
12.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
31.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
9.3.45 Sold by CDC for £250 to Newcastle Aero Club
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of the sale
19.3.45 Issued to purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera


26.3.45 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, -25, -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J. An additional purchase is A6-33 for which they have requested marking VH-AAR but it is not available. Two Avros remain to be ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle.
20.4.45 CofA issued
10.5.45 Registered VH-AEH: Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
.53 Name changed to: Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow NSW
13.7.53 Change of ownership: Maxwell I. Burgess, “Venter Fair” via Walcha NSW
27.5.56 Change of ownership: Proctor’s Rural Services Pty Ltd, Alexandra VIC   
7.56 fitted for aerial spraying at Tamworth NSW
8.8.58 Reregistered VH-PRV
12.4.59 struck trees while spraying Homewood, near Yea VIC
59 Leased to Aerial Missions, Melbourne Vic
12.59 VH-PRV noted Moorabbin, "Aerial Missions" stencilled on fuselage, in ag service
4.2.60 damaged in forced landing while spraying, Molesworth VIC
6.4.60 crashed after takeoff, ag strip Mansfield  VIC. Became airborne too early from a sub-standard strip, sank back to the ground, undercarriage collapsed, aircraft overturned.
5.5.60 Change of ownership: Aerial Missions, Melbourne Vic
c60 Photo at Moorabbin "Aerial Missions" titles, forward cockpit faired over
5.3.61 Change of ownership: Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Melbourne VIC
21.8.61 crashed destroyed by fire, Cobden VIC. While crop-spraying, aircraft crashed and was destroyed by fire, pilot J. Talar escaped with minor injuries.
21.8.61 Struck-off Regiser

       

         VH-AEH in a line of Newcastle Aero Club Avro Cadets at Broadmeadow in the late 1940s.                                  Photo: NAC


  

  A formation of Newcastle Aero Club Avro Cadets.                                                                   Photo: The Collection p6525-0811


  

VH-AEH in 1956 after modification to a single seat crop sprayer with Proctor’s Rural Services, Alexandra, Victoria.  
Apostrophe pedants will note the painter’s misuse in the company’s name.                   The Collection p6525-0810.


 

    Moorabbin 1958 as a single seat duster with Proctors Rural Services.                                                    Photo by Eddie Coates


  

    Now re-registered VH-PRV, at Moorabbin December 1959 with Aerial Missions.                         Photo: The Collection p6525-0161


    

   Moorabbin 1961, fresh from an overhaul with new fabric.                                                    Photo:  The Collection p6525-0813



Moorabbin 1961, now operated by Victorian Aerial Farming Aids.  Note the rear fuselage air scoop designed to extract fertiliser dust

from the interior of the fuselage.                                                                                                                  Photo by Neil Follett



A6-19                                c/n 992        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
13.1.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-19. Received 23 Squadron.
14.2.39 Allotted 25 Squadron new.  Assumed received unassembled
30.4.39
Pearce local flight, pilot  F/O M.V. Lewis, carrying photographer John T. Harrison to take air-to-air photos of A6-20 F/Lt Brian R. Walker
12.12.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 25 Sqn
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
27.7.43 Forced landing, extensive damage.
12.8.43 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for repair
25.8.43 Issued Marshall Airways, Mascot for repair
10.12.43 Converted to components



A6-20               c/n 993        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
3.2.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-20. Received 23 Squadron.
14.2.39 Allotted 25 Squadron new.  Assumed received unassembled
30.4.39
Pearce local flight, pilot F/Lt Brian R. Walker
12.12.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 25 Sqn
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
12.1.44 Issued Newcastle Aero Club ex CFS for complete overhaul
9.3.44 Received 2CRD ex NAC for conversion
5.7.44 Converted to components



A6-21                               c/n 994                                                                                                                                                               VH-AFZ, VH-RAC  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
3.2.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-21. Received 23 Squadron.
14.2.39 Allotted Pearce Station Store. Assumed received unassembled
9.11.39 Allotted 14 Squadron
29.11.39 Forced landing, lower mainplane holed in several places
30.11.39 Repaired and flown to Pearce
12.12.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 14 Sqn
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
17.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
6.1.42 Forced landing, lower mainplanes and undercarriage damaged
30.3.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for repairs
13.11.42 To be transported to Bankstown for test flight
11.12.42 Received 2AP ex contractor
15.12.42 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
31.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
16.3.45 Sold by CDC to Alex Cumming, Yarram VIC
16.3.45 CDC advise DCA of the sale
25.3.45 Collected by purchaser ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
3.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon : see ferry flight details at A6-11


25.7.45 Letter to DCA from J. H. Alessio, Melbourne advising that he had sold A6-21 to Brooks Bros (sic) of Port Albert Victoria
11.8.45 Registered VH-AFZ: Henry R. Brosche, Port Albert VIC. To be based Yarram
Identity quoted to DCA as Avro number R3/LT/3139
11.8.45 CofA issued at Essendon
28.1.46 damaged when tipped on nose landing, Powlett River, near Wonthaggi Vic (Brousche under training)
10.8.46 CofA expired, not renewed
9.12.47 Struck-off Register due WFS
8.50 By now owned by Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd, Parafield SA: stored for future use
19.8.54 Registered VH-RAC: Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd, Parafield SA
26.9.55 Change of ownership: H. G. Sheridan, Myponga SA
19.9.56 Change of ownership: R. N. Moffatt, Darwin  NT
5.10.56 Crashed during forced landing Mataranka NT.  While being ferried Adelaide-Darwin for new owner Moffatt, engine failure caused a forced landing on unsuitable terrain near Mataranka near Darwin, pilot Charles Miller unhurt.
12.3.59 Struck-off Register
.93 wreck remains recovered from crash site, moved to Darwin. Plans to use for a static museum restoration

  

  A6-21 with No.1 Flying Training School, RAAF Point Cook.                                                       Photo: The Collection




A6-22                               c/n 995        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
3.2.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
3.38 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-22. Received 23 Squadron.
14.2.39 Allotted Pearce Station Store.  Assumed received unassembled
12.12.39 Allotted 1FTS ex Pearce Station
18.1.40 Damaged at Point Cook: an airman accidently knocked the throttle open on Wapiti A5-33 and jumped out, whereupon the Wapiti crashed into a Bellman hangar and caused varying degrees of damage to four Cadets (A6-13, A6-22, A6-28 and A6-31) : A6-22 received slight damage to rudder.
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
17.12.40 Forced landing, no damage
11.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: two flights, 15 mins dual, and 40 mins solo
2.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
4.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
8.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
8.11.41 Issued to Newcastle Aero Club for complete overhaul
2.3.42 Received CFS ex NAC
1.6.43 Damaged in landing accident
12.1.44 Received Newcastle Aero Club ex CFS for repair
9.3.44 Issued 2CRD ex NAC for conversion to components

Converted to components

         

        A6-22 in wartime camouflage, with Sgt William Orr.                                                                   Photo via Matthew Dorhauer




A6-23                               c/n 1058                                                                                                                                                                                      VH-AHH  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
12.11.38 first flown
3.2.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
10.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-23. Received 1AD for assembly
31.1.39 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
6.2.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
16.5.40 Damaged by wind storm
23.5.40 Received 2AD for repair
8.7.40 U/S at 2AD
12.7.40 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex 2AD for complete overhaul
29.11.40 Completed and test flown at Clyde Engineering, allotted to CFS
2.12.40 Servicable at CFS
18.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
29.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
17.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden:
18.11.41 Forced landing, no airframe damage
11.12.41 Struck boundary marker, lower mainplanes and undercarriage damaged beyond repair
21.7.42 Forced landing after striking an obstacle, both lower mainplanes damaged
10.6.43 Allotted Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
12.6.43 Issued to 2AP ex CFS for issue to Clyde Engineering
10.12.43 Issued 2AP ex Clyde
14.12.43 Issued CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
30.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera.
Total hours 1869 hrs
22.3.45 Sold by CDC for £150 to Sqn Ldr Robilliard, 2 AOS Mt Gambier SA
16.3.45 CDC advise DCA for sale
27.3.45 Sqn Ldr F.W. Robilliard wrote to DCA: "I have recently purchased Avro Trainers A6-23 & -34. I am engaged as CFI 2AOS and will personally ferry one aircraft, the other will be flown by Flt Lt Gibbons."
29.3.45 8EFTS Narrandera Operational Record Book: Sqn Ldr Robilliard arrived by Oxford to take delivery of Cadet purchased from CDC and departed next day for Mildura
29.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by F. Robilliard ex 8EFTS Store, Narrandera
29-30.3.45 Log book: ferried RAAF Narrandera to Parafield via Kerang, Nhill


18.4.45 Registration application: Francis H. W. Robilliard, Adelaide SA
Identity quoted to DCA as 1058.
Surviving Log book confirms ex A6-23.
DCA File quotes id. R3/LT/3454

civil conversion not commenced, stored Parafield
47 Acquired by F. J. Jarrett, Adelaide SA
11.11.47 Log: Testflown Parafield after civil conversion, pilot F. J. Jarrett
14.11.47 Registered VH-AHH: F. J. Jarrett, Adelaide SA
14.11.47 CofA issued Parafield
19.4.49 Change of ownership: Maxwell Bond t/a Robby’s Aircraft Repair Co, Parafield SA
10.49 liquid spray equipment fitted at Parafield for agricultural spraying
29.3.50 Change of ownership: Robby’s Aircraft Repair Co Ltd, Parafield SA
25.10.50 crashed “Bungaree” Station, Clare SA.
19.2.51 Struck-off Register
3.7.51 AHH noted Parafield dismantled damaged in Robbys hangar, cream with red trim

 
   This wartime picture shows A6-23 after overhaul by Clyde Engineering Co in Sydney, being transported from their suburban works.

    

   Civilianised as VH-AHH, at Parafield SA c1949 prior to conversion for agricultural use by Robbys Aircraft.    Photo R. Brennan via Nigel Daw


    

       VH-AHH crashed on "Bungaree" Station, Clare SA on 25 October 1950 while cropdusting.                 Photo: R. Brennan via Nigel Daw.




A6-24                              c/n 1059        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
18.11.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
10.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-24. Received 1AD for assembly
31.1.39 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
6.2.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 1AD
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
22.11.43 Issued to Newcastle Aero Club for complete overhaul
28.4.44 Allotted 2CRD ex NAC for report with a view to conversion
5.7.44 Converted to components



A6-25                               c/n 1060                                                                                                                                                         VH-AEI, VH-PRU, N643AV  

7.11.38 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
21.11.38 First flown
29.11.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
12.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-25. Received 1AD for assembly
31.1.39 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
10.2.39 Allotted 2 Squadron ex 1AD
7.11.39 Allotted 1ATS ex 2 Sqn
12.11.39 Forced landing, broken airscrew
3.1.40 Allotted 1FTS ex 1ATS
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
30.3.42 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
27.11.42 Allotted 2AP ex Clyde for final adjustments and test flight
11.12.42 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
30.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
12.3.45 Sold by CDC for £150 to Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow NSW
Note: Status Card quotes date as 22.3.45
16.3.45 CDC advise DCA of sale
26.3.45 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, -25, -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J. An additional purchase is A6-33 for which they have requested marking VH-AAR but it is not available. Two Avros remain to be ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle.
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by NAC ex 8EFTS Store, Narrandera


16.4.46 Registered VH-AEI: Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow Airfield NSW
16.4.46 CofA issued
1.11.47 AEI was one of four NAC Cadets visiting Charleville Qld for airshow, 1400 miles round trip
18.12.48 Log book: AEI flew 4 local flights from Casino each day until 21.12.48, pilot Milty Sheppard of Casino Aero Club
30.1.50 dam. struck stump on takeoff, Deervale NSW
51 stored damaged awaiting rebuild
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census
24.3.57 Restored to Register: Proctor’s Rural Services, Alexandra VIC
23.3.58 Reregistered VH-PRU
5.5.60 Change of ownership: Aerial Missions, Melbourne VIC
60 based Moorabbin as cropsprayer, “Aerial Missions” titles on fuselage
8.5.61 noted Moorabbin on overhaul in CFS hangar, no titles  
9.9.61 noted Moorabbin outside CFS hangar overhaul completed, single cockpit, no titles  
61 retired at Ballarat Vic: parked in Aerial Missions hangar which was taken over by Maf-Air Services. Commenced overhaul and conversion back to 2 seater for resale
.61 After engine had been overhaulled, it was installed in the fuselage while wings and some of tail structure were removed. Wheels did not have brakes fitted, so were chocked to prevent the fuselage rolling forward.  While the engineer had left the aircraft with engine running outside the hangar, vibration moved the left wheel clear of the chock, causing the fuselage to swing to the right, pulling the right wheel free of its chock. The engine and prop then pulled the wingless fuselage between two buildings until it struck a wall heavily. Propeller was destroyed, engine and fuselage structure damaged. The aircraft was repaired by Maf-Air. The damaged tubular metal fuselage frame required considerable welding repair.
8.1.64 noted Ballarat in Mafair hangar, agricultural equipment removed and two open cockpits. Hangar has been taken over from Aerial Missions by Missionary Aviation Fellowship - Mafair.
30.5.64 noted Ballarat, unmoved in Mafair hangar
6.64 Advertised for sale: good condition recently restored back to 2 seater;
20.2.65 noted Ballarat, unmoved in Mafair hangar.  Gone from Ballarat by 18.7.65 visit
21.4.65 Change of ownership: Barry F. Cosson, Stawell VIC
4.65 delivered Ballarat-Stawell. First entry for PRU in Stawell aerodrome refueller's fuel book is 15.4.65
26.9.65 noted Stawell, parked outside hangar
22.3.66 Change of ownership: Joseph G. Drage, Wodonga Vic. Based at Albury NSW

Purchased of PRU from Barry Cosson included a large quantity of spares which Aerial Missions had stored in a hangar at Ballarat.
27.3.66 noted Wagga, arrived on a visit from Albury
7.11.66 visited St Arnaud Vic airshow
12.11.66 noted flying over Cohuna Vic en route to airshow at Kerang Vic
13.11.66 visited Kerang Vic airshow, all silver with red engine cowling
13.12.66 noted Albury
12.3.67 VH-PRT & PRU both visited Manglore air show from Albury
25.3.67 noted Albury
26.3.67 damaged in forced landing on Albury airfield due engine failure after takeoff. Pilot Joe Drage attempted to land on a road but continued back to the aerodrome when he saw cars on the road, while still in the turn the port wing struck the ground just inside the aerodrome boundary. Came to rest on belly with undercarriage collapsed, pilot unhurt.
DCA accident report indicates power loss due fuel starvation.
13.5.67 noted Albury in hangar damaged, also VH-PRT
68 Sold in damaged condition to Cliff Parsons, St George QLD
20.4.68 Struck-off Register
73 3 damaged Avro Cadet airframes stored in hangar St George. Identities not confirmed.
.73 Sold in damaged condition to Howard Jones; Morwell Vic: rest. project
.73 Howard Jones purchased all Cliff Parsons’ Cadet collection, included damaged fuselage & wings of PRU, 2 other fuselages, parts, rudders of AFX, AFY, AEJ: Jones also acquired remains of AEJ, -AEL & -APW)
.74 Howard Jones recalls that when he collected the St George airframes, VH-PRU was fairly complete standing on its undercarriaged in the right hand back corner of Cliff Parson's hangar; another straight complete fuselage frame was hung on the back wall, and on right side of the hangar was a third badly damaged airframe. The only frame with an identity tag was VH-PRU (a small stainless steel tag screwed to the cockpit woodwork).
4.74 Arrived by road at Warrigul Vic.

Long-term restoration commenced by Howard Jones
90 Sold as a partially restored project to Steve Merritt, Milton NSW

4 year restoration to airworthy by Nick and Greg Challinor of Mothcair Aviation Services at Murwillumbah NSW, assisted by their father Peter Challinor.  The Genet Major engine came from Jack Davidson, The Oaks NSW, originally from Marshall Airways. The engine logs showed it was originally with Air Service Training Ltd at Hamble. The AS Genet radial was rebuilt by Borg Sorenson's Aircraft Engine Works, Victoria.
4.6.93 Registration VH-PRU provisionally reserved by CAA for Mothcair Aviation Services, The Airfield, Murwillumbah NSW
20.8.93 noted at Murwillumbah, approaching completion, assembled and painted silver as RAAF "A6-25"
22.7.94 Restored to Register: Steve L. Merritt, Milton NSW
2.8.94 First flight Murwillumbah after rebuild. Pilot Nick Challinor of Mothcair
19.8.94 delivered from Murwillumbah to Nowra NSW by Steve Merritt. Silver RAAF scheme "A6-25"
22.4.95 visited Cowra NSW fly-in, owned Steve Merritt, "A6-25"
94/95 loan: RAN Museum, Nowra NAS  NSW: flown privately at Nowra
1.95 noted at Navy Museum, Nowra
9.6.97 last flight in Australia: Nowra-Mittagong-Nowra, pilot Ben Dannecker
.97 Sold to Kermit A. Weeks, Miami, Florida USA
26.11.97 Packed into a container at Nowra for shipping to USA
98 displayed at Weeks' museum attraction Fantasy of Flight, Polk City Florida.  
6.3.98/10 Registered N643AV: Kermit A. Weeks, Polk City, Florida
27.4.98 noted at Fantasy of Flight, Polk City Florida, displayed as “A6-25/VH-PRU”

Currently displayed

  

  Broadmeadow airfield, Newcastle, circa 1947.                                                                            Photo: The Collection p6525-0816


           
Newcastle Aero Club Avro Cadet VH-AEI and Tiger Moth VH-AOD at Casino NSW 1948 while on loan to the Casino Aero Club.
VH-AEI has been fitted with the upper right wing from VH-AEL.                                                       Photo by Milty Sheppard


  

                VH-PRU returned to two open cockpits at Ballarat Vic in January 1964.                                                  Photo by Geoff Goodall


      

        A fine study of VH-PRU at Albury NSW in March 1966, taken by John Hopton.                                        The Collection p6525-0165


       

         Badly damaged in forced landing on Albury airfield 26 March 1967.                                                       Photo by Kevin Murphy


        

        Murwillumbah NSW August 1993, nearing completion of the rebuild.                                                       Photo by Dave Eyre


      

     Mittagong NSW in 1996 after restoration, pilot Ben Dannecker.                                                      Photo: Ben Dannecker collection          


     

       Maintained airworthy at Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of Flight attraction, Polk City, Florida.                             Photo: Ben Dannecker collection




A6-26                              c/n 1061        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
29.11.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
12.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-26. Received 1AD for assembly
31.1.39 Allotted 1AD Workshop for erection
18.7.39 Allotted 2 Squadron ex 1AD
7.11.39 Allotted 21 Squadron ex 2 Sqn
6.9.39 Taxying accident, slight damage
14.11.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 21 Sqn
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
8.11.41 Issued Newcastle Aero Club for complete overhaul
25.5.42 Received CFS ex NAC
27.6.44 Due for complete overhaul, request allotment
3.8.44 Issued 2CRD ex CFS with view to conversion

Converted to components




A6-27                               c/n 1062                                                                                                                                                                                   VH-AHW  

12.38 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
16.12.38 First flown
14.12.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
26.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-27. Received 1AD for assembly
23.2.39 Allotted 2 Squadron ex 1AD
21.3.39 Forced landing due engine failure
11.11.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 2 Sqn
12.3.40 Damaged at Point Cook: pilot F/O B.F.Rose stalled aircraft whilst carrying out a landing and dropped on to starboard wheel, damaging top and bottom starboard longerons, starboard undercarriage and mainplane
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
30.3.42 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
13.3.43 Received 2AP ex Clyde
22.3.43 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
30.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
16.3.45 Sold by CDC to C. Wynne. Yarram VIC
25.3.45 Collected by C. Wynne ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera
3.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon : see ferry flight details at A6-11


3.45 DCA did not allocate a registration on advice that A6-27 is to be used as spares by the Yarram group

stored pending civil conversion, probably at Essendon
17.12.46 Registration Application: Clifford J. Wynne, Yarram VIC
24.2.47 Change of ownership: Yarram Aero Club, Yarram Vic
24.2.47 Registered VH-AHW:
DCA file quotes id. as Avro number R3/LT/3447
24.2.47 CofA issued at Essendon
14.4.50 Change of ownership: Clifford J. Wynne, Yarram VIC
54 CofA kept current by Wynne
28.10.54 Change of ownership: Hardy Bros Spraying Co, Brisbane later Pittsworth QLD
- leased to Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Moorabbin VIC
12.7.61 Struck-off Register

Acquired by Cliff Parsons, St George QLD: stored dismantled
73 3 Avro Cadet wrecks stored dismantled in hangar at St George aerodrome
.73 Acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell  VIC: rest. project

Howard Jones purchased all Cliff Parsons’ Cadet collection, included damaged fuselage & wings of PRU, 2 other fuselages, parts, rudders of AFX, AFY, AEJ: Jones also acquired remains of AEJ, -AEL & -APW)
4.74 Arrived by road at Warrigul Vic

Jones began rest. of the best fuselage, which had been in a shed at St George for 15 years after purchased by Cliff Parsons ex Air Express at Archerfield: already partly repaired for agricultural work but not completed: believed to be AHW            in a shed at St George for 15 years after purchased by            Cliff Parsons ex Air Express at Archerfield:        for            Cliff Parsons e  
12.77 This partly restored fuselage displayed at Morwell airshow by Howard Jones
c77 One of Howard Jones Cadet fuselages plus parts package sold to Mr. Parsons, Druin Vic for a planned rebuild (no relation to Cliff Parsons)
94 Howard Jones has VH-AEL, AHW & APW at Morwell:  he plans to complete one, leave one as a long-term project and possibly offering the third for sale as a restoration project. Has three fuselages under restoration side by side in his workshop at Clarkes Road, south of Morwell.

  

  VH-AHW while with the Yarram Aero Club circa 1949.                                                                     Photo: The Collection p6525-0785



A6-28                                c/n 1063                                                                                                                                                                                  VH-APW  

26.11.38 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
9.12.38 First flown
14.12.38 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
26.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-28. Received 1AD for assembly
1.3.39 Taken on charge 1AD
4.5.39 Allotted 21 Squadron ex 1AD
2.9.39 Forced landing due engine failure, no damage
14.11.39 Allotted 1FTS ex 21 Sqn
18.1.40 Damaged Point Cook: an airman accidently knocked the throttle open on Wapiti A5-33 and jumped out, whereupon the Wapiti crashed into a Bellman hangar and caused varying degrees of damage to four Cadets (A6-13, A6-22, A6-28 and A6-31) : A6-28 received damage to port lower mainplane and rudder
30.1.40 Forced landing Point Cook, no damage:  while being flown by P/O Ramsden (passenger P/O Hemsworth), a probable temporary airlock in the fuel system caused by aerobatics stopped the engine - the pilot successfully force-landed the aircraft without damage.
21.4.40 Forced landing, no damage
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
3.6.40 U/S major repair at CFS   wind storm?
19.12.40 Struck boundary marker, damage to rear spar and lower mainplane
3.10.42 Issued ANA Mascot ex CFS for complete overhaul
18.1.43 Received 2AP ex ANA
20.1.43 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
30.12.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
22.3.45 Sold by CDC for £150 to J.H.Alessio, c/- Fawkner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Road, South Yarra, Melbourne Vic
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
7.4.45 Letter to DCA from J. H. Alessio on letterhead of Fawkiner Park Service Station, 408 Punt Road, South Yarra:  he requests petrol ration books to ferry three Avros from Narrandera to Essendon, planned date 14.4.45:
A6-10 pilot F.H.Edwards
A6-28 pilot J. Roche
A6-2  pilot J. Hodder
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by J. H. Alessio ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera
14.4.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon.


3.46 Sold to Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
1.4.46 DCA memo: Newcastle Aero Club have been advised that approval has been given for A6-2 and -28 to be ferried Essendon-Newcastle for civil overhaul by Club. Registrations VH-APV & -APW have been allotted. Both were purchased from J. H. Alessio and stored dismantled. Both will be assembled and certified for the ferry flight by Mr. F. H. Edwards at Essendon.
13.8.46 Registered VH-APW Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
13.8.46 Testflown Broadmeadow after civil converion
13.8.46 CofA issued Broadmeadow
1.11.47 APW was one of four NAC Cadets visiting Charleville Qld for airshow, 1400 miles round trip
31.10.48 struck fence during forced landing Mugu NSW near Mudgee. Pilot Kelvin Eades and is passenger, both from Newcastle, escaped unhurt.
30.11.48 CofA renewed after repair
3.12.48 testflown Broadmeadow after repair
17.3.50 Engine log book for Genet Major No.9975 fitted to Cadet VH-APW: first entry.
Regular daily flying hours recorded until last entry 3.8.50 "aircraft damaged".
Pencilled note states 3558 hours total.
3.8.50 Damaged
10.11.50 CofA expired, not renewed
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census

Acquired by Cliff H. Parsons, St George Qld: stored dism.
73 3 Avro Cadet wrecks stored dismantled in hangar at St George aerodrome
.73 Acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell Vic: rest. project

Howard Jones purchased all Cliff Parsons’ Cadet collection, included damaged fuselage & wings of PRU, 2 other fuselages, parts, rudders of AFX, AFY, AEJ: Jones also acquired remains of AEJ, -AEL & -APW)
4.74 Arrived by road at Warrigul Vic
94 Howard Jones has VH-AEL, AHW & APW at Morwell:  he plans to complete one, leave one as a long-term project and possibly offering the third for sale as a restoration project. Has three fuselages under restoration side by side in his workshop at Clarkes Road, south of Morwell.




A6-29                                c/n 1064        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
13.1.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
26.1.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-28. Received 1AD for assembly
1.3.39 Taken on charge 1AD
3.1.40 Allotted 1FTS ex 21 Sqn
14.3.40 Damaged in heavy landing. Starboard lower mainplane and undercarriage damaged
15.7.40 Awaiting conversion or writeoff at Tech Squadron
28.10.40 Converted to components



A6-30                               c/n 1065        


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
13.1.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
22.2.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-30. Received 1AD for assembly
3.1.40 Issued 1FTS ex 1AD
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
30.6.40 Forced landing, no damage
14.2.43 Accident to aircraft, repaired at unit
18.2.44 Allotted Newcastle Aero Club ex CFS for complete overhaul
21.2.44 Allotment cancelled
29.2.44 Allotted 2CRD ex CFS for conversion

Converted to components




A6-31                              c/n 1066                                                                                                                                                                                            VH-AFY  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
20.1.39 first flight
25.1.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
13.4.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-31. Received 1AD for assembly
3.1.40 Issued 1FTS ex 1AD
18.1.40 Damaged at Point Cook:  an airman accidently knocked the throttle open on Wapiti A5-33 and jumped out, whereupon the Wapiti crashed into a Bellman hangar and caused varying degrees of damage to four Cadets (A6-13, A6-22, A6-28 and A6-31) : A6-31 received slight damage to elevator and rudder
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
11.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
15.10.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
23.11.41 Received 1AD ex CFS
20.5.42 Received CFS ex 1AD
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
16.3.45 Sold by CDC to Mr. Jack Lennon, Yarram VIC
25.3.45 Collected by Mr. Lennon ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
3.45 ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon : see ferry flight details at A6-11


21.1.46 Registered VH-AFY: Alfred J. Lennon, c/- C. J. Wynne, Yarram VIC
DCA file quotes id. Avro number R3/LT/3451
21.1.46 CofA issued at Essendon
30.1.47 CofA expired, not renewed
8.12.47 Struck-off Register

Stored
5.7.48 Cadet VH-AMM accident repairs completed: lower starboard mainplane replaced by a unit from
VH-AFY
1.4.55 Restored to Register: Hardy Bros Spraying Co, Pittsworth QLD  
c60 re-engined with 220hp Jacobs R-755 radial
11.1.61 Change of ownership: Brown Williams Aviation, Pittsworth QLD
20.9.63 damaged on spraying operations, Nangwee Qld
8.12.63 overturned on landing Pittsworth Qld due brakes locking during agricultural operations
.63 Change of company name: Williams Flying Service, Pittsworth QLD
23.1.64 noted Archerfield, all silver, Jacobs engine, spraybars, single cockpit, in service
18.9.64 Struck and fatally injured a person acting as a ground marker during spraying run, Mount Tyson Qld
5.10.64 VH-AFX & AFY noted Pittsworth Qld, both with Jacobs radials, both sprayers
13.8.66 Change of ownership: C. H. Parsons Pty Ltd, St George QLD
4.6.67 Struck-off Register at owner's request
4.12.67 Restored to Register: C. H. Parsons Pty Ltd, St George QLD
31.5.69 Struck-off Register at owner's request
1.6.69 Restored to Register: C. H. Parsons Pty Ltd, St George QLD
6.3.70 Struck-off Register at owner's request
1.8.70 Restored to Register: Vic Mason, Brisbane Qld
22.9.70 noted Coolangatta Qld
1.71 noted Coolangatta Qld, all silver, spraybars, Jacobs radial
13.2.71 Crashed during spraying, Murwillumbah NSW. Struck power cable, came to rest submerged in the Dunbible River near Murwillumbah NSW
13.2.71 Struck-off Register

Damage not severe, placed in long-term storage at Tygalgah agricultural strip by Vic Mason
12.6.75 noted Tygalgah NSW, wreck
13.8.76 noted Tygalgah NSW, wreck
29.9.76 noted Tygalgah NSW, damaged, dismantled in hangar
23.4.80 noted Tygalgah NSW, wreck
14.8.80 noted Tygalgah NSW, wreck
80s Tygalgah airstrip was closed. Vic Mason moved his Cadet VH-AFY and retired Callair A9A VH-MPR to a warehouse in the Queensland Gold Coast area.
93 Photo of basically complete fuselage of AFY in storage with wings stacked alongside at Mothcair hangar at Murwillumbah airfield NSW, reported still owned by Vic Mason
94/03 Under long-term restoration by Mothcair at Murwillumbah NSW
6.5.96 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar, still owned by Vic Mason
17.10.96 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar
5.11.97 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar
13.10.98 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar
20.8.99 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar
03 reported still owned by Vic Mason, stored Murwillumbah
17.5.04 noted Murwillumbah, wreck stored in Mothcair hangar


 

    VH-AFY at Essendon Vic circa 1947.                                                                                                         Photo by Bob Fripp


  

  Hardy Brothers cropdusting Cadet line-up at Archerfield Queensland: VH-AFY, AFX, AEJ, AHW.                       Peter Hardy collection


  

  Archerfield 1964, showing the built-up hopper area ahead of the cockpit.                            Photo: The Collection p6525-0819


  

  VH-AFY at Archerfield in January 1964, with Jacobs engine.                                                                        Photo by Dick Hourigan



  

  VH-AFY at Archerfield with spraybars, fitted with a 4 bladed propeller.                                 Photo: The Collection p6525-0820


  

  VH-AFY's ag career ended in the Dunbible River near Murwillumbah NSW in February 1971.                                         Classic Wings




A6-32                                                  c/n 1067                                                                                                                                                   VH-AGC, VH-BPS, VH-PRT  


Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
25.1.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
13.4.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-31. Received 1AD for assembly
3.1.40 Issued 1FTS ex 1AD
29.4.40 Forced landing, no damage
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
4.3.41 Forced landing due engine failure, no damage
13.4.42 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
15.1.43 Transported to Bankstown for test flight
29.1.43 Received CFS ex 2AP
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
10.3.45 J.R.Cleary wrote to DCA advising that he had purchased A6-32 and requesting ferry permission from Narrandera to Essendon
16.3.45 Sold by CDC to John R. Cleary, c/- Goodyear Tyre Co, Melbourne VIC
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
25.3.45 Collected by J. R. Cleary ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera
3.45 ferried RAAF Narrandera to Essendon, pilot Fred H. Edwards with Cleary as passenger


29.3.45 Registration application: John Robert Cleary, Melbourne VIC
3.2.46 Registered VH-AGC: J. M. & J. R. Cleary, St Kilda, Melbourne VIC
DCA file quotes identities "R1712" and A6-32
3.2.46 CofA issued at Essendon
4.4.46 Pilot log book: Local flight Essendon, conversion training for Jack Gillies
6.4.46 Pilot log book: Local flight Essendon, endorsement for Jack Gillies
13.4.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
20.4.46 Change of ownership: John A. Gillies, Melbourne VIC.  
22.4.46 Pilot log book: 4 local flights Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
8.6.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
15.6.46 Essendon-Hamilton, pilot Jack Gillies
17.6.46 Hamilton-Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
20.7.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
27.7.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
10.8.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
24.8.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
7.9.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
14.9.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
28.9.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
5.10.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
19.10.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
26.10.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
9.11.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
16.11.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
27.11.46 Change of ownership: Air Operations Pty Ltd, Essendon VIC
Jack Gillies was an original partner in this maintenance company
16.12.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
5.1.47 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
3.2.47 CofA expired, stored at Essendon
5.5.47 DCA approved ferry Essendon-Tullamarine for storage pending CofA renewal
12.5.47 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
2.12.47 Struck-off Register
31.10.47 Sold to Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
31.10.47 VH-AGC & A6-34 ferried Essendon to Newcastle. both stored on arrival
20.10.49 Restored to Register: Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
21.10.49 CofA renewed Broadmeadow
24.6.51 struck fence during a forced landing, Copmanhurst  NSW. Pilot Dr. Hammond
23.9.51 crashed on takeoff, extensive damage, Woodenbong  NSW. Pilot A. Coote and passenger were unhurt
10.1.52 Struck-off Register

Stored
5.4.56 Restored to Register: Proctor’s Rural Services, Alexandra VIC
5.6.56 Reregistered VH-BPS
7.1.58 Reregistered VH-PRT
5.5.60 Change of ownership: Aerial Missions, Melbourne VIC
8.10.60 noted at Moorabbin in Brookes Aviation hangar, dismantled on overhaul. A Lycoming flat six engine was installed. However when the overhaul was completed, it had been fitted with a standard Genet radial engine.
24.11.60 flew agricultural demonstration at Aerial Agricultural Operators Association Symposium at Wagga NSW.
22.3.61 damaged aircraft arrived on truck at Moorabbin for rebuild. Indications are that the damage was caused by wind while aircraft on the ground.
22.8.61 Testflown Moorabbin by Jock Garden after repair by Brookes Aviation. Garden confirms AS Genet engine
9.61 noted Cambridge, all yellow, in Southern Aerial Super Service hangar
10.61 noted Cambridge, in ag service, reported owned by Southern Aerial Super Service, Hobart
28.10.61 Change of ownership: L. G. Gangell, t/a Gangell Aviation, Campania TAS
Operated by: Southern Aerial Super Service, Hobart-Cambridge TAS
62 Based Cambridge all year, reportedly operated by Southern Aerial Super Service
28.9.63 noted Cambridge in ag service, silver & black
30.11.63 Change of ownership: Benders Spreading Service Pty Ltd, Moonah TAS
12.63 noted Camdridge in Benders hangar
.64 Blown over on back by wind at Cambridge
5.64 under rebuild at Cambridge. Rear fuselage rebuilt, and a replacement tailplane marked VH-AEI was fitted
9.64 Rebuild at Cambridge completed
20.9.64 Parked on tarmac at Cambridge with engine running, rolled forward and broke prop
10.10.64 noted Cambridge, airworthy after recent accidents
12.66 Change of ownership: Barry R. Wilson & Joe Drage, Albury NSW
12.66 ferried from Hobart to Albury by Joe Drage, 8.5 hours. Joe Drage flew to Hobart in a Victa Airtourer VH-MRI with Barry Wilson, arrived Cambridge 17.12.66 to collect the Cadet then they flew home in formation.
12.3.67 VH-PRT & PRU both at airshow at Mangalore Vic
13.5.67 noted Albury in hangar with –PRU
1.10.67 noted Albury
29.10.67 Change of ownership: William L. Larsen, Eskdale, via Tallangatta VIC
3.3.68 noted Albury
10.7.68 Change of ownership: Joseph G. Drage, Albury NSW
8.3.69 noted Albury, in hangar, allover cream with red trim
27.7.69 noted Albury
4.10.69 noted Albury, all white, parked in hangar
8.1.70 noted Albury
2.5.70 noted Albury
28.9.70 noted Albury
21.8.71 noted Albury
.72 Change of ownership: Joe Drage/ Drage’s Historic Aircraft Museum, Wodonga Vic
20.1.72 noted Albury
9.4.72 noted Albury
15.6.72 noted Albury
22.4.73 noted noted Wodonga Vic in display hangar of Drage Historical Aircraft Museum on farm
5.5.73 noted Wodonga Vic in display hangar of Drage Historical Aircraft Museum on farm
19.3.74 Struck-off Register at owner's request
6.11.76 noted at Drage's Historic Aircraft Museum on farm Wodonga Vic
21.1.77 Restored Register: Drage’s Historic Aircraft Museum, Wodonga Vic
21.1.77 Struck-off Register same day. Assumed paperwork exercise to cover a permit to fly
27.1.85 Flown from Wodonga to Wangaratta with other vintage aircraft from the Drage Historic Aircraft Museum. Displayed in new Airworld collection hangar at Wangaratta Airport
85/02 Static display at Drage Airworld, Wangaratta Vic, later renamed Airworld, Wangaratta Vic.
Ownership of museum taken over by City of Wangaratta
14.6.84 Drage wrote to DoT advising that the aircraft would be returning to the Register
27.1.85 Civil Register change of ownership: City of Wangaratta, Wangaratta Vic
2.85 noted at Airworld, Wangaratta inside display hangar
28.9.95 VH-PRT reserved by City of Wangatta Vic. Reservation renewed 16.10.98.
19.11.96 noted at Airworld, Wangaratta inside display hangar, painted allover cream
1.02 Airworld closed in late January due falling visitor numbers and costs
8.2.02 VH-PRT noted at Airworld, complete, awaiting disposal
.03 Airworld closed to the public early 2003 due financial losses.
8.03 advertised for sale as part of Wangaratta Airworld collection: all white
.03 Acquired by Darry K. Hill, Hong Kong & Caboolture QLD  03
5.6.03/12 Restored to Register: Darryl K. Hill, Hong Kong later Adelaide SA
12 stored pending restoration to fly: wings removed, fuselage standing on its undercarriage, allover cream

 

    VH-AGC on the Tullamarine airstrip in 1946 with owner Jack Gillies.                                  Photo: Jack Gillies via Maurice Austin


  

   At Mascot circa 1949 all over silver finish, Newcastle Aero Club wings on rudder.                                Photo: Ed Coates Collection



  

    Moorabbin 1959 while a cropduster with Aerial Missions, with rear fuselage air scoop.                                     Photo by Neil Follett


 

  This rare colour view shows VH-PRT at Wagga NSW in November 1960, with Aerial Missions.                 Photo by Kurt Finger                        

 

  

 

  Moorabbin October 1960, fitted with a Lycoming 6 cylinder engine during an overhaul. It did not fly with the Lycoming, and was
   completed with a standard Genet radial.                                                                                               Photo by Neil Follett

   

   VH-PRT arriving at Moorabbin on 22 March 1961 for repair.                                                        Photo:  The Collection p6525-0824


    

   Cambridge Airport, Tasmania in October 1961, with Southern Aerial Super Service in yellow scheme.                    Photo by Norm Weeding


 

   Albury NSW April 1969, painted all over cream, restored as a two seater.                                         Photo by Geoff Goodall          




A6-33                               c/n 1068                                                                                                                                                                                          VH-AEL  

1.39 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
4.2.39 First flight
14.2.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
13.4.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-33. Received 1AD for assembly
3.1.40 Issued 1FTS ex 1AD
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
6.9.40 PO Heigh fell out of aircraft
23.2.42 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
20.10.42 Received 2AD ex Clyde
28.10.42 Received CFS ex 2AD
24.10.43 Undershot on landing approach, struck stumps. Damage to mainplanes, engine and airscrew
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
12.3.45 Sold by CDC for £150 to Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
26.3.45 Newcastle Aero Club wrote to DCA requesting registration VH-AAR for this Cadet. It was previously allotted to a DH.82 impressed by RAAF from the Club. The initials are for the Club President Mr. A. A. Rankin.  DCA replied refusing the request, stating that the policy was not to re-allocate registrations.
14.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Collected by Newcastle Aero Club ex 8EFTS Storage, Narrandera


24.8.45 Registered VH-AEL: Newcastle Aero Club, Newcastle-Broadmeadow airfield NSW
24.8.45 CofA issued
1.11.47 AEL was one of four NAC Cadets visiting Charleville Qld for airshow, 1400 miles round trip
19.4.51 Struck a truck when landing, Inverell NSW
19.4.51 Newspaper reports stated the Cadet was landing in foggy conditions and struck the truck on Inverell aerodrome. The aircraft and truck were extensively damaged. The pilot and passenger were unhurt, and the truck driver escaped with a scratch on his hand.
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census

Acquired damaged by Cliff H. Parson, St George QLD: stored dism.
73 3 Avro Cadet wrecks stored dismantled in hangar at St George aerodrome
.73 Acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell  VIC: rest. project

Howard Jones purchased all Cliff Parsons’ Cadet collection, included damaged fuselage & wings of PRU, 2 other fuselages, parts, rudders of AFX, AFY, AEJ: Jones also acquired remains of AEJ, -AEL & -APW)
4.74 Arrived Warrigul Vic
94 Howard Jones has VH-AEL, AHW & APW at Morwell:  he plans to complete one, leave one as a long-term project and possibly offering the third for sale as a restoration project. Has three fuselages under restoration side by side in his workshop at Clarkes Road, south of Morwell.

  

  VH-AEL with the Newcastle Aero Club in the late 1940s.                                                                            Photo: NAC    




A6-34                                c/n 1069                                                                                                                                          (VH-AHI), VH-BJB, (VH-AVR), VH-RUO.  "A6-34"

1.39 Built by A.V.Roe & Co Ltd at Newton Heath, Manchester, to RAAF order
4.2.39 First flight
28.2.39 British CofA issued: Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Shipped to Australia
13.4.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A6-34. Received 1AD held unassembled
22.6.39 Allotted 1AD Storage
28.2.40 Issued Technical Squadron ex 1AD for assembly
10.4.40 Allotted 1FTS
16.5.40 Issued CFS ex 1FTS
9.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
19.9.41 Pilot log Harry Dawkins: CFS Camden: 1 hour
23.2.42 Issued Clyde Engineering Co Ltd, Lidcombe, Sydney ex CFS for complete overhaul
20.10.42 Received 2AD ex Clyde
28.10.42 Received CFS ex 2AD
13.9.44 Received 8OTU ex CFS for storage
1.1.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera (8EFTS Store) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
20.2.45 Included in Commonwealth Disposals Commission's first disposal list: located at RAAF Narrandera
22.3.45 Sold by CDC for £100 to Sqn Ldr Robilliard, 2 AOS Mt Gambier  22.3.45
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale
27.3.45 Sqn Ldr F.W. Robilliard wrote to DCA: "I have recently purchased Avro Trainers A6-23 & -34. I am engaged as CFI 2AOS and will personally ferry one aircraft, the other will be flown by Flt Lt Gibbons."
29.3.45 8EFTS Narrandera Operational Record Book: Sqn Ldr Robilliard arrived by Oxford to take delivery of Cadet purchased from CDC and departed next day for Mildura
29.3.45 Collected by Sqn Ldr Robilliard ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
31.3.45 ferried to Parafield via Kerang, Nhill by Frank Robilliard. At Parafield parked in his brother Pat Robilliard's hangar. Pat founded Robbys Aircraft Repair Co at Parafield.
4.4.45 Sqn Ldr F.W.Robilliard wrote to DCA:  he had arrived at Narrandera on 29.3.45 to collect his Avro aircraft but petrol ration book had not arrived from DCA as previously arranged. His leave from RAAF was limited so he departed at 0700 on 30.3.45 but was forced back due to a dust storm. Departed Narrandera again next morning 31.3.45 and flew via Kerang and Nhill to avoid the dust.


10.4.45 Owner writes to DCA advising that A6-34 is to be dismantled for the present.
18.4.45 Registration application: Sqn Ldr F. W. Robilliard, RAAF Mt Gambier SA  18.4.45
4.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AHI.
DCA file quotes identities Avro Number R3/LT/3454 & A6-34.

no civil conversion, stored Parafield
.47 Sold to F. J. Jarrett, Adelaide SA
.47 Sold to Air Operations Pty Ltd, Melbourne-Essendon Vic
10.47 Sold to Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow NSW
31.10.47 Cadets A6-34 & VH-AGC ferried Essendon to Newcastle

Sold to Royal Queensland Aero Club, Archerfield Qld
8.1.48 Registration application: Royal Queensland Aero Club, Archerfield Qld
10.12.48 Registered VH-BJB
10.12.48 CofA issued
6.7.49 Change of ownership: Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow NSW  
6.51 noted at Broadmeadow, all silver, NAC emblem, fitted with two cockpit enclosed canopy, adapted from a CAC CA-6 Wackett Trainer canopy.
Compiler’s note: this is the only known Avro Cadet to be fitted with a canopy
26.3.52 Change of ownership: Frederick D. Hoinville, Melbourne Vic  
24.10.55 Change of ownership: R. S. & S. R. MacDonald, "Highland Plains" via Clermont Qld  
2.8.58 Change of ownership: MacNeil Air Fertilising & Crop Dusting, Muswellbrook NSW
1.1.60 Change of ownership: Neil Simpson, Muswellbrook NSW
20.6.60 Change of ownership: Aerial Missions Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
7.60 Overhaul and converted to crop sprayer at Moorabbin by Brookes Aviation
2.8.60 Testflown after overhaul Moorabbin, pilot Richard Millang
12.12.60 Change of ownership: Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Moorabbin Vic  
4.2.61 Crashed Launching Place Vic. Collided with tree and nose dived into the ground during a forced landing due loss of engine power because of an ignition fault: pilot’s vision impaired by fertilizer dust.
Engine had been signed out by engineer C.H.W.Rasmussen of Airspread Australia at Moorabbin
14.11.61 Testflown Moorabbin after rebuild at Moorabbin by Airspread Australia, pilot C. Rasmussen of Airspread Australia.
14.11.61 CofA renewed
18.11.61 flew ag demonstration at Ballarat Vic at annual symposium of Australian Aerial Agricultural Operators Association  
28.11.61 Crashed Woorndoo Vic: wheels contacted crop during spraying, overturned, wrecked. Pilot J. Talar minor injuries
1.63 Struck-off Register
63 BJB wreck stored in a hut at Ballarat aerodrome, along with a collection of Avro Cadet parts. The Aerial Missions hangar at Ballarat was now taken over by Missionary Aviation Fellowship as their maintenance and pilot training base, also carrying out general maintenance. Avro Cadet VH-PRU was in this hangar awaiting sale.  
Most of the Cadet parts from this hut were acquired by Cliff Parsons, St George Qld

Compiler’s note: the ground engine running accident at Ballarat which is assumed to be VH-PRU in 1961 could have been VH-BJB after crash rebuild at Ballarat c1962. Howard Jones recalls seeing BJB before Ken Orrman commenced his rebuild: badly damaged condition, partly burned, "some sort of ground running accident I believe".
by 74 BJB acquired by Ken Orrman, Shepparton VIC: moved from hut at Ballarat for rebuild project.
5.10.79 K.E. Orrman wrote to DoT requesting allocation of VH-AVR or VH-AVO for an Avro Cadet rebuild. He states it is probably formerly a Proctors Rural Services aircraft because the airframe had been stored in their premises at Ballarat aerodrome. It had been written off due to a taxying accident and resultant fire at Ballarat in early 1960s.
10.10.79 Registration VH-AVR reserved by K. Orrman

Restored at Shepparton and at Moorabbin by aircraft engineer for Orrman, registration VH-AVR reserved  
27.10.91 Ken Orrman wrote to CAA requesting renewal of his earlier reservation of VH-AVR for his Cadet. He was advised that VH-AVR had now been allocated to an Avid Flyer 8.
In same letter Orrman requested renewal of his registration reservations for his other aircraft:
DH.60 VH-SSC, DH.82A VH-DYI, DH.83 VH-UVL, DH.87 VH-UVV, DH.89 VH-IAN, PA-22 Tripacer VH-SDJ.
93 Restoration completed at Shepparton for Ken Orrman, but not registered
25.4.95 VH-AVR noted Shepparton Vic
22.10.96 noted Shepparton Vic
24.4.98 noted Shepparton Vic
27.7.00 Registered VH-RUO:  Ken E. Orrman, Shepparton VIC
27.7.00 Ken's DH.83 VH-UVL & DH.60 VH-SSC were also first registered 27.7.00 after lengthy storage at Shepparton in complete airworthy condition.
10.01 Sold to: Graham P. Hosking, Tyabb VIC  
12.10.01 delivered to Tyabb from Shepparton  by Graham Hosking
11.11.01
VH-RUO noted at Tyabb

Hosking was associated with RAAF Museum and negotiated to swap the Cadet for a Sopwith Pup replica
17.4.02 Civil Register change of ownership: Graham P. Hosking, Melbourne VIC
6.03 Change of ownership: RAAF Museum, RAAF Point Cook VIC  
19.6.03 Delivered to RAAF Point Cook from Tyabb by Hosking, Last flight.
03 Static display at RAAF Museum, Point Cook, painted as pre-war silver RAAF "A6-34"

Currently displayed

           

            Moorabbin 1954, the only Cadet modified with a cockpit canopy. The extended pipe from the engine was installed for owner

        Fred Hoinville to provide oil smoke for sky writing.                                                        Photo: The Collection p6525-0837


           

          Moorabbin in 1950s, showing the unique canopy.                                                            Photo: The Collection p6525-0839


             

           Moorabbin 1960 as a crop-srayer with Aerial Missions.                                                Photo: The Collection p6525-0840


               

            VH-BJB at Moorabbin in 1961 now operated by Victorian Aerial Farming Aids.                                    Photo: Bob Neate collection


                             

                          The crash scene at Launching Place Vic, 4 February 1961. Victorian Aerial Farming Aids name on the fuselage.

Photo: Neil Follett collection


  

  Displayed as A6-34 at RAAF Museum, Point Cook.                                                              Photo: The Collection p6525-0790


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Unidentified civil Avro Cadet accidents:


15.12.56 Yea Vic During take-off from a sub-standard airstrip in cross-wind conditions on an agricultural flight, pilot allowed aircraft to drift immediately after becoming airborne. Undercarriage leg struck stump, undercarriage collapsed on landing: nil injury
1.2.57 nr Mangalore Vic Starboard undercarriage collapsed during takeoff roll on an agricultural flight, failure considered to result from service fatigue
29.5.57 Wallabadah NSW
(nr Tamworth)
Landed on unsuitable terrain during an agricultural flight. Superphosphate in hopper became damp and stayed in the hopper. When more super was loaded for the next flight, the aircraft attempted a takeoff while overloaded.
22.4.58 nr Walcha NSW Aircraft stalled at low height in mountainous terrain while on agricultural flight, and substantially damaged : pilot seriously injured
22.8.58 South Grafton Aerodrome Struck a fence and overturned on a private flight during a forced landing due to loss of engine power due to fuel starvation: aircraft substantially damaged, nil injuries
29.6.60 nr Werribee Vic Ground-looped on takeoff for an agricultural flight due undercarriage strut failure
18.5.61 Shelford Vic
(nr Geelong)
swung during takeoff off strip on to rough ground on agricultural flight, undercarriage collapsed. Pilot’s vision impaired by superphosphate



RAAF units which operated Avro Cadets


Unit Name RAAF Station at time Avro Trainers were in use
2 Squadron Laverton Vic
14 Squadron Pearce WA
21 Squadron Laverton Vic
23 Squadron Laverton Vic
25 Squadron Pearce WA
1AD Aircraft Depot Laverton Vic
2AD Aircraft Depot Richmond NSW
2AP Aircraft Park Bankstown NSW
CFS Central Flying School Point Cook Vic, to Camden NSW 18.5.40, to
Tamworth NSW 19.4.42, to Parkes NSW 19.1.44
2CRD Central Recovery Depot Richmond NSW
8EFTS Elementary Flying Training School Narrandera NSW  storage only
1FTS Flying Training School Point Cook Vic
8OTU Operational Training Unit Narromine NSW  storage only



References:

- Australian Civil Aircraft Register, Department of Civil Aviation and its successors

- DCA aircraft files, National Archives of Australia, Melbourne

- RAAF Status Cards, Department of Defence Air Historical Section, Canberra

- RAAF accident reports, courtesy John Hopton

- Disposal of Surplus Aircraft and Accessories, Commonwealth Disposals Commission files, NAA

- Flypast A Record of Aviation in Australia, Neville Parnell & Trevor Boughton, CAA 1988

- Airmen I have Met, Derrick Rolland, self published, Bright Victoria 1999

- Aerial Agriculture in Australia, Derrick Rolland, AAAA, 1996

- Aircraft in Australia series, Avro Cadet: compiled by John Hopton, early draft 1999

- U.K. CofA Applications series, Air Britain Archives journal, 1981

- An engine log book for VH-APW in 1950, held by David Prossor

- Australian Air Log, monthly journal 1965-1968

- British Civil Aircraft Since 1919, A. J. Jackson, Putnam, London 1973

- Avro Aircraft Since 1908, A.J.Jackson, Putnam, London 1965

- Beech 17 Production, Air Britain Archive, quarterly journal, 1994 onwards

- Classic Wings Downunder magazine, renamed Classic Wings: editor Graham Orphan: numerous references

- Flight Path magazine, editor Rob Fox, numerous references

- Rag & Tube, monthly journal of Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, 1977 onwards





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