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DE HAVILLAND DH.94 MOTH MINOR IN AUSTRALIA

A listing compiled by Geoff Goodall

          

DH.94 Moth Minor VH-CZB (formerly RAAF A21-42) completed a five-year restoration in 2008. Seen at Melton Vic in March 2010.      Photo by Phil Vabre


VH-ACS c/n 94047 was a 1939 civil import which did not serve with RAAF. Seen over the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood while inbound from Albury to an airshow

at Berwick in February 1975, flown by its owner Robert Bunn.                                                                                                                    Photo by Geoff Goodall



         The story of the Moth Minor is Australia is unexpectedly complex for such a simple light aircraft, which was in production by the parent De Havilland company at Hatfield. It is not well known that Moth Minors were built in Sydney by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd prior to commencement of wartime production of over a thousand DH.82A Tiger Moths in their factory at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney.


        When the Moth Minor first went into production in England in 1938, there was enthusiasm from Australian flying clubs for the modern monoplane DH.94 with its economic 80 hp DH Gipsy Minor giving a similar performance to the Tiger Moth's 130hp DH Gipsy Major. The Newcastle Aero Club placed an order for eight and Royal Aero Club of WA ordered three new machines.


        The first example to arrive in Australia was VH-AAM shipped out on the Narkunda, which berthed in Sydney on 3 August 1939.  It had been over a year since De Havilland Aircraft had placed their order for this machine.  It was assembled at Mascot aerodrome where it was test-flown on the afternoon of Friday 18 August 1939 in the hands of George Coleman, Chief Instructor of the Kingsford Smith Air Service. Later that same afternoon it was delivered to Newcastle Aero Club, who flew it on demonstration flights on behalf of De Havillands.

       De Havilland's Australian subsidiary De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd at Sydney (hereafter referred to as DHA) was anxious for a sizeable military order for DH.94s to utilise its factory staff at Mascot Airport, Sydney while setting up for large-scale Australian production of DH.82 Tiger Moths. The order for 50 new Moth Minors for the RAAF was placed on 5th October 1939.


       When Britain declared with Germany in September 1939, De Havilland Aircraft Co was producing Moth Minors at a rate of 8 aircraft a week in the "94 Shop" at their Hatfield plant, and 100 had been completed or construction begun.  Despite a full order book from British flying clubs and private owners, the company closed the DH.94 production line to make way for priority military orders. Private flying in Great Britain was to stop because of wartime regulations and petrol rationing, so future deliveries were doubtful and the RAF had no interest in the type. The RAAF order would be produced by DHA in Sydney using the DH.94 manufacturing plant, jigs, tools and drawings, which were packed up and shipped to Australia. Also shipped were all remaining stocks of completed and uncompleted airframe assemblies and DH Gipsy Minor engines.


       The circumstances of the Australian order for 50 Moth Minors for the RAAF are intriguing, due to the politics and uncoordinated efforts of the Australian Government as it struggled to get itself on to a war footing during 1939/40.  Despite the RAAF ruling that the Moth Minor did not comply with their specifications for a basic trainer (such as no brakes in each cockpit) after political lobbying the order was placed by the Department of Supply and Development in October 1939 for 50 aircraft at £1,000 each. The contract included 10 spare engines and spare parts to 20% of the value of the aircraft order. Surprisingly, the Air Board, the senior arm of the RAAF, was not told of the order until 21st October.


       At this time, the Air Board learnt that an order for 50 DH.82 Tiger Moths previously withheld by Britain had become available for immediate shipping to Australia. The Tiger Moth was the preferred basic trainer for the RAAF.  In a flurry of cables and letters, RAAF HQ attempted to reduce the order for Moth Minors, but succeeded only in reducing the order by four aircraft.


       Moth Minor deliveries in Australia are thus in this sequence:

  • Prewar orders, British built and shipped complete from Hatfield
  • Second-hand British built aircraft shipped to DHA as sales stock
  • Order for 46 for RAAF: constructed by DHA at Mascot using components shipped from Hatfield and locally manufactured parts and woodwork.
    - the first 5 were complete British built aircraft which were diverted to civil flying schools for RAAF cadet pilot training prior to establishment of the   RAAF Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) units.
    - the remainder of RAAF order assembled at Mascot from parts shipped from Hatfield combined with locally manufactured components
  • Final four RAAF aircraft (at least) built at Mascot from only Australian manufactured   components and given DHA manufacturer's numbers

        On 16 January 1940 DHA advised DCA that 20 Moth Minors had recently arrived by ship from Great Britain, 14 of these holding British CofAs.  


               

               This microfilmed page from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper of 17 January 1940 shows eleven  
               British built fuselages. G-AFOO in the foreground was completed for a sale to the Singapore Flying Club.

               "70" on the next fuselage was 94070 which became A21-10 with RAAF.        Courtesy Roger McDonald


                With the large numbers of dismantled Moth Minor airframes arriving in Sydney in early 1940, DHA were looking for civil sales as well as the RAAF order. During the previous year the Netherlands East Indies Government had approached the Australian Government enquiring about training aircraft being built in Australia for their military pilot training. The response was that Australian aircraft production was fully committed to Australian needs. But the NEI remained interested in Moth Minors, and in June 1940, airline pilots from the KNILM Sydney service, representing the NEI Flying Club, inspected four DH.94s held by DHA after the RAAF order had been delivered. One was testflown at Mascot and found satisfactory except for suspected tendency for wing flutter. DHA requested approval under the wartime National Security Regulations to export DH.94s to NEI. Approval was granted, DCA’s Chief Aeronautical Engineer Gordon Berg’s file note: “The aircraft concerned are four second-hand machines which have not yet been entered on the Australian Register…. it is probable that the Company would desire to have Registration and Airworthiness Certificates issued prior to their sale and the transaction would then be subject to approval under the Regulations.  It is understood further that the RAAF is not interested in aircraft of this type and there appears to be no reason, so far as this Department is concerned, why approval should not be given for the aircraft to be sold to the Club in Netherlands East Indies.”  


However, the NEI Flying Club decided against the purchase of these four machines. Nevertheless six months later the club made a firm offer for the Royal Aero Club of WA’s Moth Minor VH-ADC, which was shipped to Batavia from Perth in February 1941, to become PK-BFC. It was probably lost during the Japanese invasion of Java early the following year and its fate is unknown.

DHA applied their own construction numbers to at least the last four of the Sydney assembled Moth Minors. It is assumed that by this late stage of the RAAF order, the majority of British components had been utilised, and these last airframes were constructed at Mascot from only Australian manufactured components.


DHA c/n RAAF Delivery date to RAAF from Mascot
DHP17 A21-38 24.4.40
DHP18 A21-39 23.4.40
DHP19 A21-40 23.4.40
DHP20 A21-41 23.4.40


RAAF SERVICE:

             Such was the RAAF's lack of interest in the Moth Minors ordered on their behalf, the Air Board diverted the first five aircraft delivered from DHA's plant at Mascot to civil flying schools to replace aircraft impressed earlier by the RAAF.


             In early January 1940 DHA wrote to DCA advising that five of the first shipment of Moth Minors to RAAF order were to be given civil registrations and allocated to aero clubs under a financial arrangement to replace DH.60 Moth aircraft impressed by RAAF. Initial certification was delayed by lengthy correspondence on whether the ownership should be to RAAF or to the allocated clubs.


Civil Reg c/n Organisation CofA issued
VH-ACO 94049 Aero Club of Broken Hill, Broken Hill NSW 16.1.40
VH-ACQ 94072 Spencers Gulf Aero Club, Whyalla SA 16.1.40
VH-ACR 94067 Matheson Aviation and Training Co Ltd, Archerfield Qld 23.1.40
VH-ACS 94047 Spencers Gulf Aero Club, Whyalla SA 23.1.40
VH-ADJ 94053 Aero Club of Broken Hill, Broken Hill NSW 24.1.40

             At the same time RAAF deliveries began with A21-1 being taken on RAAF charge at RAAF Station Richmond, west of Sydney on 26 January 1940.  Then regular deliveries over the next three months, all being collected from De Havillands at Mascot and flown to No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond. There the majority were stored in hangars pending allocation to units from RAAF HQ. The last aircraft of the new Moth Minor order, A21-41, was ferried to Richmond on 12 April 1940.  At the end of the following year, one additional aircraft was taken on charge as A21-42 on 15 November 1941 when VH-ACR was impressed.


              A further indication of RAAF attitude to the Moth Minors is given in a RAAF Minute Paper written on 18 March 1940. It quotes the disposition of the 28 Moth Minors so far delivered by DHA:

5     sold to Aero Clubs

1     No.1 Flying Training School, Point Cook

2     No.1 Engineering School, Ascot Vale

20   No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond storage


               The standard instrumentation was considered inadequate for RAAF training, and on 30 October 1939 the Air Board had specified eight additional instruments for front and rear cockpits. However in a series of clerical oversights, the order for extra instrumentation was not despatch to De Havilland until 13 January 1940. The minute records "Acting on his own initiative, the manager of the D.H. company had arranged for the necessary number of extra airspeed indicators and compasses to be delivered with the aircraft. The date for the delivery of the remainder of the extra instruments as list has not been given. The AMS states that it will be some time before the instruments catch up to the aircraft to which they should be fitted."

               The minute continues: "The only record of any decision as to use is contained in AMS's memorandum dated 28th February 1940. He stated that he had "so far avoided" taking any into the Service and, apart from holding them in reserve, at No.2 Aircraft Depot, had hoped not to introduce them at all in view of the fact that 100 Tiger Moth aircraft were available from the UK to fill the gap until local Tiger Moth production gets going. With regard to the use of the Moth Minor aircraft, it is noted that it is 60 lbs overweight for dual aerobatics, allowing 180 lbs per man, therefore the petrol load must be reduced accordingly before doing dual aerobatics."


                In May 1940, RAAF HQ was embarrassed by newspaper reports of the Moth Minors being stored unused at RAAF Richmond. This prompted allocation of Moth Minors to operational units, and a RAAF Minute quotes the following disposition as at 18 October 1940:

1    No.2 Squadron

3    No.4 Squadron

1    No.6 Squadron

3    No.12 Squadron

3    No.22 Squadron

3    No.23 Squadron

3    No.24 Squadron

3    No.25 Squadron

1    No.2 SFTS

1    No.4 EFTS - for communication Central Area

6    Central Flying School

1    No.1 ATS

1    No.1 AOS

1    Survey Flight - for use of Minister

2    No.1 Communications Flight

2    No.2 Aircraft Depot - 1 allotted to GRS, 1 unallotted

1    De Havillands - unallotted

Total: 36


CIVIL DISPOSAL OF RAAF MOTH MINORS:

                Moth Minors were among the first RAAF aircraft types made available for disposal towards the end of the war. On 20 September 1944, the newly formed Commonwealth Disposals Commission enquired of the Department of Air in regard to the types and quantities of aircraft likely to be released in the post-war period.  The reply on 28 October 1944 listed the first aircraft and engines to be released, including 20 Moth Minors and 14 spare Gipsy Minor engines, and these appeared on the first tender document issued by the CDC, with tenders closing on 20 Feb 1945. In correspondence with the CDC concerning the various types being made available for disposal, a letter from Department of Air in November 1944 made the remarkably ignorant statement that the Moth Minors were “not used very much because they were too light, and secondly may have depreciated through lack of use.”

                Following the first CDC tender, Moth Minors began being collected from RAAF stations by their new civil owners. In March 1945, DCA received a number of applications for ferry permits and registration allocations for RAAF disposals Moth Minors. An example was A21-19 purchased by Reg Ouston and four A21-3, -10, -24, -38 by F. H. Edwards of Edwards Aero Services, Melbourne, all aircraft located at 5AD Storage at RAAF Cootamundra.  Fred Edwards advised DCA that he would be ferrying Ouston’s aircraft, and the intended pilots for the four he had purchased were Jack Hodder, A. O. Keillerup, Desmond Cooke and Mrs. Gertrude J. McKenzie.  Mr. J. L. Roche was substituted for Mrs McKenzie at the last moment. DCA agreed to the request with qualifications for each pilot: “You will be required to complete 6 take-offs and landings prior to departure on the ferry flight and to produce a Certification signed by A. Keillerup that he is satisfied that flying of the aircraft is satisfactory.  The time occupied by these landings and the ferry flight will count towards endorsement.” DCA wrote to Ouston giving approval “for the machine to be flown from Cootamundra to Essendon by Mr. F .H. Edwards with yourself as passenger. The joy-stick is to be taken out and stowed in the locker and the rudder pedals disconnected so that interference to the pilot’s controls cannot take place.”


                A total of 19 former RAAF Moth Minors became civil aircraft after WWII, mostly for private flying but a few with charter companies. Queensland Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Services Pty Ltd, and Queensland Flying Services used Moth Minors on Red Cross contracts to deliver urgent blood supplies to country hospitals in southern Queensland. David Gray & Co Ltd, a pioneer aerial agriculture company in Perth used a Moth Minor to ferry pilots and equipment between its Tiger Moth crop sprayers in the field.


POSTWAR CIVIL USE

                Seven pre-war civil Moth Minors continued flying after WWII, and combined with the 19 RAAF disposals aircraft, Moth Minors were a relatively common sight on Australian airfields in the 1950s.  The majority were privately owned, although several were used by charter companies for light work such as Queensland Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Service Pty Ltd at Archerfield who delivered blood supplies from Brisbane to Queensland country hospitals.

                They suffered from the rigours to be expected of a light wooden construction airframe, and some were grounded because the fuselage centre-sections became oil soaked.  By the early 1960s only a few remained airworthy. On 21 September 1962 DCA announced that certain aircraft would have their Certificates of Airworthiness permanently suspended on 31 December 1963, and carriage of passengers was immediately prohibited. This was due to proven severe deterioration of wooden airframe structures using certain synthetic resin glues in Australia's warm climate. The types were:

Miles Messenger, Mercury and Gemini

Mraz Sokol M1C

Percival Proctor 5

DH.94 Moth Minor


               However after inspections of the wood-glue joints of the surviving flying Moth Minors, DCA was satisfied that all had been constructed with casein glue and ruled them exempt from the grounding order. However subsequent Australian DH.94 restorations received close attention from the airworthiness authorities, resulting in at least two rebuild projects having to de-laminate wooden joints and start again.



The perforated air brake panel can be seen extended as VH-AIB lands at Berwick, Victoria in May 1973. On the left is Australia's leading aircraft photographer at the time, Mike Madden.                                                                                           Photo by Geoff Goodall


1. AUSTRALIAN CIVIL DELIVERIES


c/n 94002                                                                                                                                                                                                       VH-AAM

3.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Ordered by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney.
6.4.39 DCA allocated registration VH-AAM to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney.
15.4.39 First flight at Hatfield
22.5.39 British CofA issued as VH-AAM De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
7.39 Shipped to Australia
3.8.39 Berthed Sydney on board MV Narkunda
18.8.39 Registration application: Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow aerodrome, Newcastle NSW
18.8.39 Testflown at 3.45pm at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, painted as VH-AAM. Test pilot was George Coleman, CFI of Kingsford Smith Air Service, Mascot
18.8.39 Delivered Mascot to Broadmeadow aerodrome, Newcastle, flown by NAC Manager E. A. Rushbrooke and club instructor A. J. Meyers
8.39 Press reports stated that the Newcastle Aero Club would take their first Moth Minor on a demonstration tour around Australia to promote the type on behalf of DHA.
2.10.39 DCA formally issue CofR and CofA as VH-AAM
18.8.41 CofA expired. Newcastle Aero Club wrote to DCA requesting an extension because they must give absolute preference to overhaul and repair work forwarded to them by RAAF for the Australian Production Commission, so will not be able to carry out work on VH-AAM. DCA granted a one month extension to CofA
18.9.41 CofA expired
25.9.41 DCA memo: VH-AAM is dismantled at Broadmeadow awaiting inspection to renew CofA
22.11.41 CofA renewed at Broadmeadow
4.10.43 Newcastle Aero Club wrote to DCA: the Club's flying activities are curtailed due to the war and they have no further use for VH-AAM. Club requests Government approval under wartime restrictions to sell the aircraft to Mr. D. L. Hilder, Cessnock NSW. Approved.
19.11.43 Change of ownership:  Dalkeith L. Hilder, Cessnock NSW
His letterhead "D. L. Hilder, Aircraft and Automotive Welding Engineer"
10.10.44 Hilder requests Government approval under wartime restrictions to sell the aircraft to Mrs. Gertie McKenzie, Melbourne. Approved.
26.10.44 Change of ownership: Mrs. Gertrude J. McKenzie, Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne Vic
12.44 DCA memo: VH-AAM is at Essendon Airport, Melbourne
8.3.45 CofA expired at Essendon
5.45 Under overaul at Essendon for renewal of CofA
23.9.45 CofA renewed at Essendon
30.10.51 Change of ownership: Leonard Freeth, Bridge Road Motors, Melbourne Vic
23.2.53 Change of ownership: Mrs. Gertrude J. McKenzie, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Vic

Moorabbin pilot Bruce Corrigan later wrote: "VH-AAM was owned by Gertude McKenzie at Moorabbin and Aspaxadrene was a spray for the relief of hay fever and asthma. They sponsored Gertie in some air race. I did my first flight in VH-AAM in 1953 with Lex Brown as my first instructional flight. I later wound up as an instructor with the McKenzie Flying School at Moorabbin."

Undated photograph of VH-AAM at Moorabbin shows inscription "M.O.B.A" on the nose cowlings. Gertie McKenzie used this on all her later flying school fleet, standing for My own Bloody Aeroplane
28.10.53 Crashed on takeoff at Nhill Vic while being flown by owner Mrs. Gertrude McKenzie in a womens pilots reliability trial between Melbourne and Adelaide. Undercarriage torn off and port wing damaged.  Reportedly inadvertantly took off with spoiler flap extended under the fuselage.
Mrs. McKenzie and other pilot Berryl Young were unjurt, and continued to Adelaide by train.
.53 Damaged aircraft returned to Melbourne by road for repair
28.10.54 Change of ownership: Mrs. Marion J. Edwards, Melbourne Vic
24.1.55 Change of ownership: Dennis F. J. Newman, Melbourne Vic
21.11.58 Struck-off Register. Centre-section was condemned because of oil soakage.
10.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in hangar
12.12.59 Dismantled in Schutt Aircraft hangar at Moorabbin
c59 Purchased dismantled by K. H. Treloar, "Wiawera" Station, Olary SA.
Acquired just for the engine but the airframe was included in the sale. Rear fuselage was burnt because it was considered to be of no value.
c60 Remains of VH-AAM moved by road from Melbourne to "Wiawera" Station, where left in a shed as parts for Moth Minor VH-ACS owned by the Treloar family.
21.10.67 Centre section noted stored in shed at "Wiawera". The original manufacturer's plate was still attached: "The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfields Herts England" and stamped 94002
3.73 Centre section moved by road from "Wiawera" to Bungowannah NSW by Donald and Robert Bunn, Bungowannah NSW. Stored on their farm, where their airworthy DH94 VH-ACS was based, along with various vintage aircraft restoration projects.
12.3.86 Registration VH-AAM reserved by Dept of Aviation for DH.94 94002 on request of
Mr. D. Bennett, Canberra ACT.  Bennett also reserved VH-AAP for a DH.82
23.4.87 Registration reservation renewed by D. Bennett, Canberra ACT
7.90 Don Bunn wrote in Rag &Tube magazine: "We have the remains of DH94 AAM hanging up in our machinery shed. The aircraft was grounded many years ago. The wing stubs were sawn off and the fuselage was sawn in half. The engine from AAM was used for many years in our Moth Minor VH-ACS until replaced a couple of years ago. A rebuild is in the distant future, as we are still collecting spare parts because the rear fuselage was burnt with all the metal fittings. However we still have the tail feathers."
.16
The surviving airframe sections of VH-AAM were acquired by Brian and Damien Turner, t/a  Latrobe Valley Airframes and Welding, Traralgon Vic

Brian Turner wrote in May 2016: "We are currently undertaking complete restorations to flying status on Percival Proctor 1 VH-UXS and Westland Widgeon VH-UHU.  These are both customer restorations.
We have recently purchased from Robert Bunn the remains of Moth Minor VH-AAM.  Whilst the aft fuselage and stub wings are long gone, there is a substantial amount of the airframe intact. It is our intention to restore her back to flying condition."

  

  Moorabbin 1955 with advertising for Aspaxadrene asthma medication.                                                                                         Photo by Eddie Coates


  

  Moorabbin September 1957, fuselage now repainted silver.                                                                                                           Photo by Jeff Atkinson


  

  Moorabbin December 1959, retired and dismantled.                                                                                                                 Photo: The Collection


  

  VH-AAM's centre section at "Wiawera" Station, Olary SA in October 1967.                                                                                          Photo by Geoff Goodall




c/n "94001" really 94006                                                                                                               G-AFRD, (VH-AAQ), ZK-AHI, NZ596, ZK-ALN

.37 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England. Prototype DH.94
22.6.37 First flight at Hatfield, pilot Geoffrey de Havlland.  Test registration E-4
4.4.39 Registered G-AFRD De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield
11.4.39 Crashed near Hatfield, wreck burst into flames.
Company test pilots Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr and John Cunningham baled out and were not injured
4.39 De Havilland transferred the registration paperwork to a newly-completed airframe c/n 94006.
G-AFRD retained the identity 94001 in its documentation, despite it being c/n 94006.

The events surrounding this confusing identity change are described in Janic Geelen's book series Magnificent Enterprise which give an intimate account of the De Havilland Aircraft company and people.  All the early test flying for the D.H.94 had been done exclusively by Captain Geoffrey de Havilland Junior, until he asked John Cunningham to join the test pilot team and take over all flying of the D.H.94s.

"In those days Hatfield was still out in the country and there were no organised lunch facilities. Cunningham often joined Geoffrey Jnr and the other test pilots for a bowl of soup and a pint in "The Crooked Chimney" at nearby Lemsford. Early in 1939 Cunningham had all but completed the flight tests of the first open-cockpit Moth Minor, when he decided to ask Geoffry Jnr to check the handling before it was put into large-scale production. Geoffrey Jnr replied that he was far too busy but Cunningham insisted that he was not qualified to sign it out. Geoffrfey had to agree and suggested that they should make the aft-centre-of-gravity-spin-test, just to be sure.

On 11 April 1939 they climbed into 94001 test registration E-4 and took off from Hatfield with John Cunningham in the rear cockpit. They climbed to about 8,000 feet where Geoffrey Jnr threw the machine into a left-hand spin. They completed eight turns and made a perfect recovery. Then they clim,bed back up to 8,000 feet and stafrted a right-hand spin. The engine coughed and stopped, the nose suddenly reared up and the Moth Minor went into a flat spin.After a few turns Geoffrey spoke through the Gosport tube to tell John that he was getting no response from the controls. Cunningham tried his controls but got no response and suggested they jump.

Cunningham climbed out and, standing on the wing, watched Geoffrey get out. They jumped free and their chutes opened. Now pilotless, the Moth Minor pulled out of its spin, the propoeller started to turn and the engien started up. The aircraft now continued its spiral descent, circling the pilots before it crashed near Wheathampstead, where the wreck burst into flames.  Cunningham landed near the burning wreck, found his camera and took a photograph. He gathered his parachute and tucked it under his arm. He and Geoffrey went to a farmhouse and phoned Hatfield."

Rather than waste the registration fee of the Moth Minor that had crashed, the company selected another one and painted it with the same registration reserved for it (G-AFRD). The official documentation for 94001 was never altered even though the machine was really 94006."

As a result of this crash, modifications were made to the tailplane design, including increasing the rudder area, raising the tailplane and changing the rudder foot pedals to give greater rudder movement. Production Moth Minors could be spun in complete safety in either direction.
24.4.39 Log book: First flight Hatfield by DH pilot John Cunningham. Flight testing then continued in 8 testflights up to 13.6.39
8.5.39 Log book: test flight Hatfield by Geoffrey De Havilland Junior
15.5.39 British CofA issued
13.6.39 Log book: tailplane modified at Hatfield and raised 5 inches
15.6.39 Log book: testflown Hatfield after tailplane mods, pilot Peter De Havilland
16.6.39 Log book: departed Hatfield for sales tour of central Europe, pilot Peter De Havilland
28.6.39 Log book: returned to Hatfield from Europe
9.7.39 Log book: departed Hatfield for two week sales tour of Scandinavia, pilot Peter De Havilland
27.7.39 Delivered to Leicestershire Aeroplane Club for evaluation
12.8.39 Log book: flew Leicester-Hatfield
8.39 Log book: flown by pilots Sharp (probably Martin Sharp), Bradbrooke (probably F. D. Bradbrooke of The Aeroplane magazine and Taylor (probably H.A. Taylor of Flight )
23.8.39 Log book: flight tested at Hatfield prior to being dismantled for shipping to Australia. Total time 118 hrs 15 mins
21.2.40 Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW.
.40 Shipped to Australia

DCA allocated registration VH-AAQ, but Not taken Up.

Assembled at Mascot
7.6.40 Log book: Test flown at Mascot, pilot John A. Kerr. (Kerr was Manager of DH New Zealand)
9.7.40 Last flight as VH-AAQ. Stored at Mascot
11.7.41 De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd wrote to DCA: "At the moment we have four second-hand DH.94 aircraft in our hangars at Mascot that were sent to us by our parent company for sale in Australia approximately 12 months ago. These four were offered to the RAAF at the time they made a purchase of a large number of new Moth Minors from us, but we were advised that they were not interested in second-hand machines."
The company believed there was little chance of Australian civil sale, and requested permission under wartime aircraft sale restrictions to send two Moth Minors 94001/G-AFRD and 94012/G-AFON to De Havilland Company of NZ Ltd
7.41 Assembled Mascot and painted as ZK-AHI
9.7.41 Log book: Testflown at Mascot
14.7.41 Weighed at Mascot for CofA
14.7.41 Testflown at Mascot as ZK-AHI, pilot A. L. Ray.
15.7.41 Log book: "Aircraft dismantled for packing for shipment to NZ. All parts cleaned, inspected, wrapped and packed after repainting where necessary. Registration markings ZK-AHI painted on fuselage and mainplane. All relevant modifications incorporated."
16.7.41 Australian Government approval for the sale of two second-hand Moth to De Havilland Company of NZ Ltd.
7.41 Both shipped from Sydney to New Zealand.
DCA file note: "VH-AAQ was allocated some time ago to 94001 but never issued with an Australian CofA. 94012 has G-AFOM (sic) markings on the aircraft."
15.8.41 Registered ZK-AHI Airwork (NZ) Ltd
27.9.41 First flight after assembly in NZ
7.10.42 Impressed by RNZAF as NZ596
19.8.47 Registered ZK-ALN De Havilland Aircraft of NZ Ltd
19.7.48 Change of ownership: R. T. Mowatt, Hamilton    Name Silver Wings
19.9.48 Change of ownership: G. L. B. Wood, Morrinsville
18.7.56 Change of ownership: P. & C.P. Mudford, Paeroa
7.7.67 Change of ownership: H. A. J. Lamb, Masterton
68 Withdrawn from service
24.8.71 Change of ownership: W. Snedden, Auckland
28.3.72 Change of ownership: J. P. Galpin & S. C. Richardson, Te Puke
14.3.72 Badly damaged in forced landing Oropi, Tuaranga due engine magneto failure. Port wing, centre section and undercarriage damaged
28.3.72 Change of ownership: John P. Galpin, Te Puke
75 Under rebuild by John Galpin, Te Puke
76/97 Stored at Te Puke NZ pending restoration

  

  ZK-ALN during the 1950s.                                                                                                                                                        Ed Coates Collection




c/n 94012                                                                                                                                                              G-AFON, ZK-AHK, NZ597, ZK-AKM


Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England.
24.4.39 Registered G-AFON The London Aero Club Ltd, Hatfield Aerodrome, Herts
12.7.39 British CofA issued
21.2.40 Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW.
21.2.40 Struck-off British Register
.40 Shipped to Australia

Stored unassembled at Mascot, as G-AFON
11.7.41 De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd wrote to DCA: "At the moment we have four second-hand DH.94 aircraft in our hangars at Mascot that were sent to us by our parent company for sale in Australia approximately 12 months ago. These four were offered to the RAAF at the time they made a purchase of a large number of new Moth Minors from us, but we were advised that they were not interested in second-hand machines."
The company believed there was little chance of Australian civil sale, and requested permission under wartime aircraft sale restrictions to send two Moth Minors 94001/G-AFRD and 94012/G-AFON to De Havilland Aircraft of NZ Ltd
16.7.41 Australian Government approval for the sale of two second-hand Moth to De Havilland Aircraft of NZ Ltd.
7.41 Both shipped from Sydney to New Zealand to De Havilland Aircraft of NZ Ltd
DCA file note: "VH-AAQ was allocated some time ago to 94001 but never issued with an Australian CofA. 94012 has G-AFOM (sic) markings on the aircraft."
9.41 Registered ZK-AHK New Plymouth Aero Club, New Plymouth
12.9.41 Testflown in NZ after assembly
13.9.42 Impressed by RNZAF as NZ597

Used by Communications Flight, and later No.22 Squadron

Sold by RNZAF disposals to New Plymouth Aero Club
12.11.46 Registered ZK-AKM New Plymouth Aero Club, New Plymouth
70s Owned by P. E. Thwaites and partner, Auckland
70s stored dismantled at Ardmore Airport, Auckland
5.73 noted at Ardmore
83 NZ Civil register: H. W. McNair, Auckland
97 Flying, owned by Stan Smith, North Shore Aerodrome. Auckland
20.4.03 visited Omaka airshow

Currently registered to G.S. & G.A. Smith, Albany NZ

  

  Ardmore Airport, Auckland in May 1973.                                                                                                                                            Tony Arbon collection


  

  ZK-AKM restored in RNZAF markings.                                                                                                                   Photo: Peter Prince via Ed Coates Collection




c/n 94049                                                                                                                                                                                            VH-ACO

9.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Ordered by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney. DCA have allocated registration VH-ACO
19.9.39 First flight at Hatfield
22.9.39 British CofA issued as VH-ACO De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
.39 Shipped to Australia
1.40 DCA allocated registrations VH-ACO & ACQ for two Moth Minors being imported from England for RAAF
.40 DCA file memos: newly imported Moth Minors VH-ACO, ACQ, ACR, ACS are to be allocated to aero clubs under financial arrangement in connection with aircraft impressed by the Services. Lengthy correspondence on whether the ownership should be to RAAF or to the allocated clubs. Initial issue of CofA was delayed due to the paperwork.
16.1.40 Testflown at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
16.1.40 Registration application: Royal Australian Air Force, Sydney
16.1.40 Registered VH-ACO Aero Club of Broken Hill, Broken Hill NSW
16.1.40 CofA issued at Mascot
22.1.40 Barrier Miner newspaper: "The instructor of the Aero Club of Broken Hill, Mr. D. Collins, has arrived back at Broken Hill with the latest type of training plane as a replacement for the two machines recently requisitioned by the Air Board. The machine, a DH.94 Moth Minor monoplane was handed over to the aero club by the Air Board. While flying back to Broken Hill in the plane Mr. Collins landed at the scene of the crash of the Dragon in which the flying doctor Dr. J.G.Woods was ftying to Sydney."  
(The Dragon was VH-URD which crashed near Bathurst NSW on 19.1.40)
17.9.44 CofA expired. Retired at Broken Hill
1.6.45 CofA renewed at Broken Hill
4.8.49 CofA expired at Broken Hill
8.49 Ferried to Parafield Aerodrome, Adelaide from Broken Hill for CofA renewal overhaul by Furness Aviation Services

Work not finished. Stored at Parafield
11.1.51 Aero Club of Broken Hill wrote to DCA advising they do not intend to renew the CofA of both Moth Minors VH-ACO & ADJ plus their stock of Moth Minor spares.
6.51 Club advised they are finalising the sale of VH-ACO
3.7.51 VH-ACO noted at Parafield, dismantled in hangar, all silver
6.8.51 Struck-off Register by DCA in the 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft
8.52 DCA memo: VH-ACO is now owned by Douglas C. Muir, 32 Ross Street, Port Melbourne Vic. It was moved by road from Parafield to Moorabbin by Muir. The woodwork of its fuselage is badly oil soaked, so Muir will use its wings in his rebuild of Moth Minor VH-AHJ at Moorabbin.
12.12.59 Fuselage VH-ACO stored against wall of hangar at Moorabbin, unmoved by 8.10.60

      

      VH-ACO fuselage at Moorabbin, October 1960.                                                      Photo: The Collection




c/n 94072                                                                                                                                                                               (G-AFNX), VH-ACQ

9.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
7.39 Registration G-AFNX allocated: De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield
19.9.39 First flight at Hatfield
.39 Application for British CofA cancelled

Shipped to Australia
1.40 DCA allocated registrations VH-ACO & ACQ for two Moth Minors being imported from England for RAAF
12.1.40 RAAF Air Board memo: “Aircraft ready for January 15th for collection for Spencer Gulf Aero Club.”
16.1.40 Testflown at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
16.1.40 Registration application: Royal Australian Air Force, Sydney
16.1.40 Registered VH-ACQ Spencers Gulf Aero Club, Whyalla SA
16.1.40 CofA issued at Mascot
17.1.40 Arrived at Whyalla SA on delivery from Sydney, flown by club instructor A. I. McRitchie, with club engineer R. Gutteridge as passenger.
6.4.40 Minor damage on landing Whyalla SA
25.12.40 Damaged on landing Quorn SA. Accident due to air brake being left extended on landing, damage to undercarriage legs, propeller, front stub spar and port wing. Pilot unhurt.
17.5.41 CofA renewed after repairs
16.5.42 CofA expired. Not renewed.
.42 Withdrawn from service, stored in hangar at Whyalla for duration of war
12.45 Spencers Gulf Aero Club ceased operations. Assets taken over by N. L. Schuppan.
1.1.46 Change of ownership:  N. L. Schuppan, Whyalla SA.   Aircraft in unserviceable condition
23.5.47 Schuppan wrote to DCA requesting VH-ACQ be removed from the Civil Register
28.5.47 Struck-off Register



c/n 94067                                                                                                                                            (G-AFNN), VH-ACR, A21-42, VH-ACR, VH-CZB

18.10.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
23.8.39 Registered G-AFNN: Hull Aero Club Ltd, Hull Airport
14.8.39 First flight at Hatfield
8.39 Application for British CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State, back-dated to 23.839 due wartime restrictions on private flying
12.39 Shipped to Australia
1.40 DCA allocated registrations VH-ACR & ACS for two Moth Minors being imported from England for RAAF
19.1.40 Testflown at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
19.1.40 Registration application: Royal Australian Air Force, Sydney
23.1.40 Registered VH-ACR: Matheson Aviation Training Co Ltd, Archerfield Aerodrome Qld
23.1.40 CofA issued
2.40 DCA memo: VH-ACR is stationed at Archerfield operated on training duties by Mr. P. Sage of Matheson Aviation and Training Co Ltd
22.1.41 CofA expired. Matheson Aviation Training Co Ltd is in voluntary liquidation.
4.41 VH-ACR is stored in the Qantas hangar at Archerfield
22.8.41 RAAF Inspection report completed on VH-ACR at Archerfield by AID Inspector and RAAF engineer:
15.11.41 Repossessed by Royal Australia Air Force
18.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge as A21-42.  "Late VH-ACR Taken over 15.11.41"
18.11.41 Received 2EFTS, Archerfield "ex Matheson Aviation Training Co in satisfaction of debt to Commonwealth"
23.2.42 Received 5SFTS Uranquinty ex 2EFTS
1.5.44 Major damage when rolled forward at Belfrayden satellite aerodrome, aircraft left with brakes on and engine running.
5.6.44 U/S at 5SFTS, mainplane change
14.11.44 RAAF survey for CDC: Last flight in RAAF service. Total time 466 hours
20.12.44 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex 5SFTS for storage
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
2.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission to J. T. Bethell
15.3.45 J.T. Bethell wrote to DCA advising he had purchased A21-42 located at Narrandera. He requested to ferry it to Colleraine Vic. He plans to have the civil conversion inspection carried out by Ansett Airways at Hamilton Vic.
16.3.45 RAAF Status Card: sold by CDC to J. T.Bethell Esq for £100
18.3.45 8EFTS Narrandera Operational Record Book: Mr. Bethel arrived Narrandera to take delivery of a Moth Minor purchased from CDC.
21.3.45 Collected by Mr. Bethell ex 8 EFTS Store, Narrandera


2.4.45 Press report with picture of Bethell in the cockpit of his Moth Minor: "Another private owner of a Moth Minor has arrived at Essendon. He is Mr. J. T. Bethell, half owner of the aircraft with Mr. V. Crole of Newhaven, Phillip Island. Mr. Bethell was a sergeant pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and has been on operations in Wellingtons over Europe.  He has been discharged and is living at Newhaven"
26.4.45 Registration application: John J. Bethell, Phillip Island Vic
To be used for spotting shoals of coastal fish and attending sales at Melbourne Fish Market. flown by Bethell.
5.45 Civil certification overhaul under way at Essendon by Victorian & Interstate Airways Ltd
5.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AFU. When its previous civil registration was recognised the allocation was changed to VH-ACR
25.6.45 Registered VH-ACR
25.6.45 CofA issued at Essendon
20.9.45 Change of ownership: Alan B. Cottee, Sydney NSW
3.46 Being operated on lease by Royal Aero Club of NSW, Mascot Airport, Sydney
46 Pilot John Whittaker recalled flying ACR with the Royal Aero Cub of NSW in 1946.
20.11.46 Change of ownership: Queensland Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Service Pty Ltd, Archerfield Airport, Brisbane Qld
17.3.47 CofA expired
14.10.47 Struck-off Register

stored
c63
VH-ACR acquired by Colin McLeod, Brisbane Qld. 
McLeod was a trucking businessman with an interest in vintage aircraft. He negotiated a swap with George Gilltrap of the complete but unairworhty Moth Minor for Gilltrap's Waco UOC ZK-ALA which was displayed in his auto museum.
Unfortunately McLeod's plan to restore and fly the Waco was thwarted because the rare UOC model had not received Australian type certification and the manufacturer's design data required by DCA was unavailable since Waco Aircraft Co had long ceased business. The Waco was sold and eventually returned to NZ in 2008.
64 VH-ACR displayed at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, Coolangatta Qld.  Aircraft was hung from rafters above car displays, complete and in good condition.
13.2.64 noted at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, hanging from rafters, complete except for engine cowlings, original titles on rudder "Qld Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Service".  Painted all over green woth yellow trim.
1.67 noted at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, hanging from rafters
4.5.69 noted at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, hanging from rafters, engine cowlings removed
16.8.74 noted at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, hanging from rafters
2.75 noted at Gilltrap's Auto Museum, hanging from rafters. Green with yellow trim.
78 By now owned by George Sutherland, Gympie Qld.
He owned a number of vintage aircraft and planned to restore ACR to airworthy
9.79 George Sutherland placed advertisements in aviation magazines wanting DH94 parts
10.5.86 Displayed on loan to Museum of Australian Army Flying, Oakey Qld.
All silver, RAAF "A21-14".
Reportedly wings were connected to fuselage with angle-iron brackets.
29.8.87 Displayed in Army museum, Oakey
1.90 fuselage only "A21-14" noted at Barnborough Tourist Centre, Main Street, Oakey Qld.
Part of collection of aviation artifacts, engines and turrets.
96 Report: Owned by Ralph Ray, Toowoomba Qld who passed away .95 and is now in the hands of his family. VH-ACR had been sold by Gilltraps but changed hands several times without any beneficial work being carried out.
5.97 noted displayed at Caboolture Warplane Museum, Caboolture Airport Qld, fuselage standing on its wheels, all silver RAAF "A21-14".  Reported only recently gone on display here.
8.99 noted displayed at Caboolture Warplane Museum
6.03 Purchased as a restoration project by Mark Carr, Caboolture Qld
.03 Restoration to airworthy condition commenced by Sandora Aviation at Caboolture Qld. Last flown 61 years earlier.
5.6.03 Restored to Register as VH-CZB Mark Carr, Hong Kong t/a Military Air Training Heritage Pty Ltd, Euroa Vic
07 Photo at Caboolture: restored fuselage, painted RAAF trainer yellow mounted on wings. The DH Gipsy Minor engine is under overhaul in NZ and on its return, fabricated cowlings will be fitted.
.08 5 year restoration completed at Caboolture, rolled out painted in RAAF yellow scheme, "A20-42"
29.8.08 First flight at Caboolture, pilot Bert Person.
4.10.08 visited airshow at RAAF Amberley Qld
30.11.08 VH-CZB noted at Caboolture Qld
13.9.09 Departed Caboolture on ferry to Mark Carr's farm at Euroa Vic where now based

Current

  

  Gilltraps Auto Museum, Coolangatta Qld in February 1964.                                                                                                        Photo by Greg Banfield


  

  VH-ACR as A21-14 at Caboolture Warplane Museum, August 1999.                                                                                          Photo by Tony Arbon


  

  Restored Moth Minor VH-CZB at Melton Vic March 2010.                                                                                                                 Photo by Phil Vabre




c/n 94047                                                                                                                                                                                       (G-AFOW), VH-ACS

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
16.5.39 Registered G-AFOW: Yorkshire Aviation Services & Country Club Ltd,
York Municiple Aerodrome, York
14.8.39 First flight at Hatfield
18.8.39 British CofA issued
16.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 16.5.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying
.39 Shipped to Australia
1.40 DCA allocated registrations VH-ACR & ACS for two Moth Minors being imported from England for RAAF
23.1.40 Testflown at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
23.1.40 Registration application: Royal Australian Air Force, Sydney.
Application form quotes 94047 and states the base will be Spencers Gulf SA
23.1.40 Registered VH-ACS: Spencers Gulf Aero Club, Whyalla SA
23.1.40 Australian CofA issued
21.3.40 Crashed at Port Pirie SA. While landing the pilot saw DH.60G VH-UJK owned by the same aero club landing at 90 degrees to the Moth Minor, so opened throttle to go around but wing dug into the ground and the Moth Minor crashed. Undercarriage torn off, wing and propeller damaged.

Damaged aircraft sent to Sydney for repair
17.4.40 New Registration application: Spencers Gulf Aero Club, Whyalla SA
Serial quoted on application form as "94072 (crossed out) 94047"
11.40 Repairs completed, suspension on CofA lifted
12.2.41 Damaged while taxying at Port Pirie SA.  Aircraft was blown up on to its nose by wind while taxying, pilot R.E.Heaslip jumped out to pull the tail down but a strong wind gust blew the aircraft over on to its back.
20.12.42 Forced landing at Serpentine Vic, no damage
7.10.44 Damaged in forced landing immediately after takeoff, Iron Knob SA
5.45 Report: VH-ACS needs a complete overhaul and rebuild of spar
12.45 Spencers Gulf Aero Club had by now ceased operations. Aircraft were DH.94s VH-ACQ & ACS and DH.60 VH-UQH. Assets taken over by N. L. Schuppan.
1.2.46 Change of ownership:  N. L. Schuppan, Whyalla SA.  
22.5.47 Change of ownership: Nonning Pastoral Co Ltd, "Nonning" Station, via Port Augusta SA
10.8.47 Pilot log: local flight Whyalla SA
1.10.48 Sold to Kurt G. Johannsen, Alice Springs NT  
1.10.48 Struck off Register, withdrawn from service
14.3.49 Restored to Register: Kurt G. Johannsen, Alice Springs NT
Identity quoted as 94047
30.6.49 Change of ownership: Douglas C. Muir, Darwin NT
11.49 VH-ACS stored in Kingsford Smith Aviation Service hangar at Bankstown while owner Muir is working for Gibbes Sepik Airways in New Guinea
8.11.49 Change of ownership: John P. Cowan & John P. Conley, Bankstown Airport, Sydney, later
Palace Hotel, Broken Hill NSW
6.7.50 Barrier Miner newspaper: Mr. J. Conley has flown a Moth Minor from Sydney on sale to Mr. Bonney McNeil, a miner at South Mine.
18.7.50 Change of ownership: Alexander McNeil, Broken Hill NSW
15.5.52 Change of ownership: Ronald B. Phillips, Jeffrey D. Blake, and Maurice E. Blake,
Broken Hill NSW
Identity quoted as 94047
1.6.53 Minor damage in forced landing en route Mildura-Broken Hill, pilot R. Phillips
53 DCA file memo: an aircraft inspector submits a list of placards in VH-ACS cockpit: includes the original manufacturers plate:
"Moth Minor No 94072 Designed and Manufactured by The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield, Herts, England."
2.7.54 Change of ownership:  Brian H. Treloar, "Mooleulooloo" Station, Mingary SA
21.4.56 Struck a fence post while taxying at "Wiawera" Station, Olary SA
28.7.58 Change of ownership: Graham H. Treloar, "Mooleulooloo" Station, later Adelaide SA
9.66 static display at Parafield SA airshow, allover silver
22.5.67 Change of ownership: Kevin Sporer, Mount Gambier SA
2.12.67
noted at Warrnambool Vic, in hangar
28.1.68 visited Portland Vic airshow. All silver with red nose cone, cheat line and undercarriage legs
26.4.68 Change of ownership: Peter A. Bainbridge & R. M. Milner, Adelaide SA
Adelaided pilot Laurie Driscoll was also in the partnership
5.70 Parafield report: Moth Minor VH-ACS is based here but has not flown for many months. Its owners also have Percival Proctor VH-SCC, which flies regularly.
17.8.71 Change of ownership: Peter A. Bainbridge, Adelaide SA
22.8.71 Damaged in ground-loop on landing, Alice Springs NT. Undercarriage collapsed.
12.1.73 Change of ownership: Robert A. Bunn, "Boxwood Park", Bungawannah via Albury NSW.
Joint ownership with brother Don Bunn.
5.5.73 noted at Albury NSW, local flying
27.1.74 visited Griffith NSW airshow, Mickey Mouse cartoon under front cockpit
24.3.74 visited Wodonga Vic fly-in at Joe Drage's farm
14.4.74 visited Morwell Vic fly-in
22.2.75 flown Albury-Mangalore-Berwick by Robert Bunn in formation of DH.82s for Berwick airshow
24.2.75 flown Berwick-Mangalore-Benalla-Albury, pilot Robert Bunn
21.11.76 visited Wodonga Vic fly-in
2.2.77 visited Wagga NSW airshow, pilot Robert Bunn
20.11.77 visited Point Cook Vic fly-in
30.12.77 visited Morwell Vic fly-in
4.6.78 visited Shepparton Vic fly-in
17.6.79 visited Wodonga Vic fly-in
31.3.86 visited Wangaratta Vic airshow
12.1.87 visited Wangaratta Vic airshow
90/02 On loan to Air World, Wangaratta Vic for museum display
1.02 Airworld closed in late January due falling visitor numbers and costs
8.2.02 VH-ACS noted at Airworld, complete, awaiting removal by Robert Bunn

VH-ACS manufacturer's plate was inspected in 1968:

"Moth Minor
No 94072
Designed and Manufactured by The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield, Herts, England."

94072 was VH-ACQ of Spencers Gulf Aero Club: appears that the centre sections were swapped during a rebuild of VH-ACS.     

Currrently registered to Robert A. Bunn

  

  Portland Vic January 1968, silver with red undercarriage legs and nose.                                                                                          Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  Over the outer suburbs of Melbourne, February 1975.                                                                                                                     Photo by Geoff Goodall




c/n 94028                                                                                                                                                                                       VH-ADA, VH-ADL

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
.39 Ordered by Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Perth WA
13.7.39 DCA allocated registrations VH-ADA, VH-ADB and VH-ADC on request from Royal Aero Club of WA for three new Moth Minors which they have ordered.
18.7.39 DCA allocated VH-ACK and VH-ACL for Moth Minors, but later cancelled as “same aircraft as 13 July allocation”
.39 Application for British CofA by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield quoted allocated registration G-AFPL, changed to VH-ACK. Prior to issue of CofA the company advised the Air Registration Board that the correct registration was VH-ADA.
(G-AFPL was in fact c/n 9408 in the Hatfield production run of coupe cabin models)

Testflown Hatfield, painted as VH-ADA
26.7.39 British CofA issued as VH-ADA, owner Royal Aero Club of WA, Perth
.39 Shipped to Australia
29.9.39 Crated aircraft unloaded from ship at Fremantle, Perth. Taken by road to Maylands Aerodrome
9.39 Assembled in aero club hangar at Maylands, airframe already painted at VH-ADA
30.9.39 Testflown at Maylands by club Chief Engineer Robert O.Giles
Airframe total time prior to testflight was .15 mins
30.9.39 Australian CofA issued
20.10.39 Registered VH-ADA: Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Maylands Aerodrome, Perth WA

Used for basic training of RAAF pilots prior to the establishment of RAAF EFTS units
3.2.40 VH-ADA noted at Maylands, all silver, Royal Aero Club of WA insignia on tail.
16.9.40 DCA memo: "This aircraft is currently under consideration by the Air Board for impressment"
29.9.40 CofA expired. Stored in aero club hangar at Maylands

Stored Maylands due wartime restrictions on private flying and fuel rationing
30.3.44 Purchased by Langley George Hancock, "Mulga Downs" Station, Roebourne WA,
later Nunyerry Asbestos Mines, Coolawanyah WA
Hancock had taken over ownership of Mulga Downs from his parents and was District Superintendent of Australian Blue Asbestos Ltd at Roebourne
3.44 CofA renewed at Maylands
7.10.44 Badly damaged in forced landing 4 miles west of Reedys WA, pilot Hancock unhurt
1.6.45 CofA renewed at Maylands after rebuild
5.47 Acrimonious correspondence between DCA Head Office and Hancock when explanations were demanded of reports that he had changed the engine of VH-ADA himself and made various modifications to the Moth Minor without authority
10.47 Hancock refused to pay Air Route Fees for VH-ADA stating that he built and owned all airfields that the aircraft used in the past year, with the exception of Maylands, Perth
1.48 Sliding canopy installed covering the rear cockpit by Aero Service, Maylands. Appears to have used CA-6 Wackett Trainer canopy sections.
.48 Hancock modified the sliding canopy to cover both cockpits.
It was a one-off design quite different to the prewar Moth Minor Coupe models delivered new by De Havillands, which had a raised rear fuselage decking.
11.48 DCA write to Hancock advising that registration VH-ADA was now prohibited because of confliction with ICAO codes or standard callsigns. VH-ADL has now been allocated to his aircraft.

Hancock replies that he wants to keep VH-ADA as his aircraft is known by that marking in the Pilbara district in the north of WA.

DCA do not insist on the change of registration
20.10.49 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Sydney as trade-in against new Auster J-5 VH-KSV ordered by Hancock. Auster due for delivery from Sydney 1.50
3.50 Moth Minor ferried WA to Sydney, still marked as VH-ADA

Stored at Bankstown
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
28.5.52 Official re-registration date to VH-ADL
18.9.52 Restored to Register as VH-ADL: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney
4.53 Photo at Bankstown with canopy, taxying, taken by John Whittaker: he recalled at the time it was owned by KSAS and being used by an organisation called the Volunteer Coast Guard Corp which failed to gain Government backing.  "VH-ADL was a delight to fly as it was fitted with a Wackett canopy and you had no trouble in rainy weather."
30.12.53 Change of ownership:  Clive B. Martin, Sydney NSW
1.3.54 noted at Bankstown, with canopy, parked outside
1.8.54 Departed Bankstown in Redex Air Reliability Trial to Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Bankstown, entered by C. B. Martin.
10.8.54
Crashed Renner Springs NT during the air trial.
Press reports stated the aircraft overturned when struck a tree while making a forced landing on the main north-south Stuart Highway during the Redex Air Trial. The pilot Clive Martin was knocked unconscious briefly and when he came to, he was face down in sand and had to scrape sand from his mouth to breath. He was found still strapped in the cockpit by a passing car driver and taken to Tennant Creek hospital, with broken arm, severe bruising and other injuries.
22.8.55 Struck-off Register

  

  Maylands Aerodrome, Perth February 1940 with aero club insignia on the tail.                                                                Photo attached to CofA form


  

  Nunyerry Asbestos Mine, Wittenoom WA in 1948 with canopy.                                                                                                  Photo Lang Hancock


  

  Bankstown in April 1953 with Volunteer Coast Guard emblem on nose.                                                                                 Photo by John Whittaker


  

  Bankstown 1954 repainted but retaining the unique sliding canopy.                                                                                      Photo by Eddie Coates  




c/n 94077                                                                                                                                                                                              VH-ADB

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
.39 Ordered by Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Perth WA
13.7.39 DCA allocated registrations VH-ADA, VH-ADB and VH-ADC on request from Royal Aero Club of WA for three new Moth Minors which they have ordered.
14.7.39 Australian registration application: Royal Aero Club of WA
18.7.39 DCA allocated VH-ACK and VH-ACL for Moth Minors, but later cancelled as “same aircraft as 13 July allocation”
24.10.39 Testflown Hatfield, painted as VH-ADB
24.10.39 British CofA issued as VH-ADB
12.39 VH-ADB & -ADC shipped to Fremantle WA on board S.S.Orcades
1.40 Assembled at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
9.1.40 Testflown at Maylands by now
3.2.40 VH-ADB noted at Maylands, assembled
15.2.40 Registered VH-ADB: Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Maylands Aerodrome, Perth WA
15.2.40 CofA issued at Maylands

Used for basic training of RAAF pilots prior to the establishment of RAAF EFTS units
20.3.40 Crashed on Dunreath Golf Course, Guildford, Perth. Struck trees when stalled during forced landing practice. The engine was buried in the ground. Civil instructor J. Tudor Evans and RAAF Cadet A. J. Macpherson were both killed.

RAAF Accident report 20.3.40: Unit 5EFTS Maylands, aircraft serial VH-ADB. Crashed into trees. Total wreck except for tail unit.

At the time of the accident, the RAAF were establishing No.5 EFTS to take over pilot training from the Royal Aero Club of WA.
A RAAF accident report was submitted for VH-ADB quoting unit as "5EFTS, Maylands".
19.6.40 Struck-off Register

    
    Maylands Aerodrome, Perth February 1940 with Royal Aero Club of WA emblem on tail.                                                          Photo attached to CofA form



c/n 94073                                                                                                                                                                                          VH-ADC, PK-BFC

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
.39 Ordered by Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Perth WA
13.7.39 DCA allocated registrations VH-ADA, VH-ADB and VH-ADC on request from Royal Aero Club of WA for three new Moth Minors which they have ordered.
14.7.39 Australian registration application: Royal Aero Club of WA
26.10.39 Testflown Hatfield, painted as VH-ADC
27.10.39 British CofA issued as VH-ADC owner quoted as Royal Aero Club of WA
4.11.39 Official sale date from De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd to Royal Aero Club of WA
12.39 VH-ADB & -ADC shipped to Fremantle WA on board S.S.Orcades
1.40 Assembled at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
15.2.40 Australian CofA issued at Maylands
15.2.40 Registered VH-ADC: Royal Aero Club of WA (Inc), Maylands Aerodrome, Perth WA

Used for basic training of RAAF pilots prior to the establishment of RAAF EFTS units
4.1.41 CofA expired, stored in Aero Club hangar at Maylands
20.1.41 Aero Club requested approval under wartime aircraft sale restrictions to sell VH-ADC to the Dutch Aero Club, Batavia (sic) to be used to train the British Section of that club

Sale and export approved. RAAF had no requirement for the aircraft.
22.2.41 CofA renewed at Maylands for export
2.41 Shipped from Fremantle to Netherlands East Indies, consigned to agents
Maclain & Watson & Co, Batavia.
5.3.41 Struck-off Register.
5.3.41 Registered PK-BFC Vleig Club. Batavia

Fate unknown.
41 It has been suggested that PK-BFC was operated by Malayan Volunteer Air Force which used over 40 civil aircraft. One DH.94 of the Singapore Flying Club was among MVAF aircraft which fell back from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore where many were lost to Japanese air raids. On 4.2.42 five Moths and a DH.94 evacuated Singapore to Palembang, Sumatra where they were destroyed by allied forces at Palembang to prevent them falling into Japanese hands.
However more likely the Moth Minor was either VR-SBE or VR-SBF of the Singapore Flying Club.

  

   Maylands Aerodrome, Perth in January 1940, just assembled.                                                                                       Photo attached to CofA form




c/n 94053                                                                                                                                                                                               G-AFOV, VH-ADJ

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
19.7.39 Registered G-AFOV: Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club Ltd, Bristol Airport, Whitchurch
23.8.39 First flight at Hatfield
26.8.39 British CofA issued
16.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 19.7.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying
12.39 Shipped to Australia
16.1.40 Testflown at Mascot after assembly by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
23.1.40 Registration application: Royal Australian Air Force.
Application form states will be based Broken Hill NSW
24.1.40 Registered VH-ADJ: Aero Club of Broken Hill, Broken Hill NSW
24.1.40 Australian CofA issued
17.2.40 Departed Sydney at 6.30am on ferry flight to Broken Hill by club instructor Mr. Dan Collins, with club ground engineer Mr. Penn as passenger. Reached Broken Hill at 4pm after refuelling stops at Condobolin and Ivanhoe. While in Sydney the two men studied the maintenance and construction of the Moth Minors at Mascot.
4.40 DCA memo: aircraft is station at Broken Hill NSW
5.10.45 CofA expired at Broken Hill. Stored pending overhaul
29.5.46 CofA renewed at Broken Hill
1.4.49 Forced landing in paddock after takeoff from Parafield due engine failure. Undamaged and towed back to the hangar at Parafield.
8.5.49 Ferried Parafield-Broken Hill after engine maintenance following forced landing.
11.5.49 Flown from Broken Hill to Essendon by club Chief Instructor "Dusty" Bartlett and pilot member Eric Robins who will fly the aircraft back to Broken hill.
7.49 Flown from Broken Hill to Melbourne by aero club members to collect a new Tiger Moth VH-AVR purchased for the club.
14.1.50 Damaged landing "Kajuligan" Station, near Ivanhoe NSW.  Struck scrub while landing, pilot Norman C. Waite who was on the aero club committee.
22.1.50 Damaged aircraft arrived by road at Broken Hill.
7.50 Stored in hangar at Broken Hill awaiting rebuild, subject to an insurance claim
11.1.51 Aero Club of Broken Hill wrote to DCA advising they do not intend to renew the CofA of both Moth Minors VH-ACO & the damaged VH-ADJ plus their stock of Moth Minor spares.
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft

  

        Aero Club of Broken Hill VH-ADJ & VH-ACO at Broken Hill in 1948.                                                                                         Barrie Colledge collection



   VH-ADJ in different paintwork, with Aero Club of Broken Hill emblem on the rudder.                                                                             Frank Walters collection



c/n 94008                                                                                                                                                                 G-AFOM, (VR-SBJ), VH-AED

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
24.4.39 Registered G-AFOM: The London Aero Club Ltd, Hatfield
22.6.39 First flight at Hatfield
12.7.39 British CofA issued
21.2.40 Change of ownership: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
2.40 Shipped to Australia

Stored at Mascot
2.12.41 Registration application submitted to Australian DCA: Royal Singapore Flying Club, Kallang Aerodrome, Singapore
Registration allocated VR-SBJ
13.12.41 Testflown at Mascot, painted as VR-SBJ
12.41 Due to be shipped from Sydney to Singapore late December

Not shipped due to the war situation in Singapore.

Stored at Mascot
6.43 Disposal of VR-SBJ completed by Delegate of Controller of Enemy Property, Department of Treasury, Canberra ATC. Has been sold to Mr. Huppert, Melbourne

Taken out of storage at Mascot. Intended that Butler Air Transport at Mascot would assemble the aircraft and make it airworthy for a ferry flight to Melbourne

DCA allocated VH-ADQ. However when it was realised that this aircraft had previously been allocated VH-AED, they made that the allocated registration.

Assembled at Mascot by Australian National Airways Pty Ltd instead of BAT
14.10.43 Registration application: C. Huppert & Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne
22.10.43 Registered VH-AED
22.10.43 CofA issued
13.9.45 Change of ownership: Messrs McDonald & Bull, Perth WA

Ferried from Melbourne to Perth by Mr. Bull solo. A cover was fitted over the rear cockpit by Victorian & Interstate Airways at Essendon
28.10.45 Log book: first sales tour to promote the partners' agency business, flown by Bull. Departed Maylands 28.10.45 to York, Beverley, York, Cunderdin, Merredin, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Norseman, Esperance, Albany, Mount Barker, Albany, Busselton, Bunbury, Katanning, Tambellup, Katanning, Wagin, Narrogin, returned to Maylands 11.45.
11.45 Damaged by vandals on the ground at Bunbury. Rear cockpit cover was levered off, cowling removed, hole punched in rudder fabric, names scrawled over airframe.
1.12.45 Log book: second sales tour flown by Bull: departed Maylands to Guildford, Maylands, Katanning, Wagin, Narrogin, returned to Maylands for CofA renewal inspection
21.12.45 Testflown Maylands after CofA renewal, pilot R. Digby Bull
12.45 Log book: Next sales tour flown by Bull: Maylands to Moora, Maylands, Rottnest Island, Maylands, Narrogin, Wagin, Katanning, Maylands
1.46 Log book: Maylands-Moora-Maylands, pilot Bull
1.46 Log book: urgent business trip to Melbourne, pilot Digby Bull, passenger McDonald: Maylands to Kalgoorlie, Forrest, Cook, Ceduna, Cowell, Parafield, Tanunda, Burrembeet, Essendon
2.46 Log book: Essendon to Nhill, Murray Bridge, Parafield, Ceduna, Cook, Forrest, Kalgoorlie, Boorabbin 21.2.46
21.2.46 Forced landing at Boorabbin WA. Pilot Digby Bull returned to Perth by train
9.3.46 Log book: Local flight Maylands, pilot Bull
12.3.46 Log book: Local flight Maylands, pilot Bull
3.46 Log book: Moora to Three Springs, Carnamah, Moora, Maylands, pilot Bull
4.46 Log book: Maylands to Carnamah, Geraldton, Mullewa, Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue, Big Bell, Meekatharra, Wiluna, Yalgoo, Mullewa, Carnamah, Maylands, pilot Bull
11.11.46 Change of ownership: Ray M. Bull, Perth WA.  He was brother of R. Digby Bull of the previous partnership, which is now dissolved. R. Digby Bull is now pilot/agent for Ray M. Bull
21.12.46 Competed in the first post-war aerial derby competitions at Maylands, pilot Digby Bull
5.1.47 Departed Maylands on business flight to Sydney, pilot Digby Bull accompanied by his wife, a war bride recently arrived in Perth from Britain. She met Bull in Ceylon during the war while he was on the Qantas Catalina service from Perth to Ceylon and she was a RAF signals officer.
8.1.47 Arrived at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
12.3.47 Returned to Perth. The West Australian newspaper 13.3.47: “Claimed to be the only full-time flying salesman in Australia, Mr. Digby Bull of Perth returned in his Moth Minor yesterday after a visit to the Eastern States. He sells heavy earth moving equipment for a Sydney firm of engineers. His plane was originally built for the Kallang Flying Club in Singapore but was never delivered because of the war.”
11.11.47 reported at Onslow WA, pilot Digby Bull
14.1.50 flew Maylands-Narrogin WA to collect Digby Bull who was the pilot of an Avro Anson operated by Aerial Surveys Ltd, Perth in which he made an emergency landing at Narrogin with a smoking engine.
11.6.51 CofA expired, not renewed
10.51 Owner writes to DCA advising he will sell the Moth Minor
2.53 DCA report: VH-AED is in hangar at Maylands, withdrawn from service
9.8.54 Struck-off Register
54 Displayed complete at a used car sales yard in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley

Reportedly sold to Darwin
56 Sold to K.R. McConachy, Melbourne Vic to provide fuselage and parts for the rebuild of his VH-AFV (c/n 94088) in 1956, which changed id. to 94008.       See 94088/VH-AFV

  

     VH-AED in a used car yard at Mount Lawley, Perth in 1954.                                                                                                   Geoff Goodall collection




c/n 94033                                                                                                                                                            G-AFOO, VH-AEE , VH-CBE

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
11.5.39 Registered G-AFOO: London Aero Club Ltd, Hatfield Aerodrome, Hatfield
17.7.39 First flight at Hatfield
20.7.39 British CofA issued
21.2.40 Change of ownership: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney.
Total airframe time 65 hours
1.40 Shipped to Australia
17.1.40 Newspaper photo of Moth Minors under assembly at Mascot by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd shows G-AFOO fuselage on trestles, painted in a light colour with pin striping.
2.40 Registration reserved VR-SBI for export to Royal Singapore Flying Club

Stored at Mascot
13.2.45 De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney wrote to DCA advising that they wish to recondition a DH.94 imported from England in 1940 and which they have had in storage ever since.
It has registration markings G-AFOO. It will be used by the firm's test pilots for transport to various RAAF stations
21.3.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AEE
3.8.45 Registered VH-AEE
3.8.45 CofA issued at Mascot
23.8.46 Change of ownership: Queensland Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Service Pty Ltd, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane Qld  
26.11.48 DCA advised QAATS that VH-AEE was now a prohibited registration due conflict with international callsigns, and registration was to be changed to VH-CBE
12.48 Aircraft repainted VH-CBE during CofA renewal overhaul
19.1.49 Civil Register date for re-registration to VH-CBE
11.6.49 Crashed in forced landing, Traveston Qld.  Crashed on a tennis court while making a forced landing in a farm paddock due engine failure at Traveston, near Gympie Qld. Aircraft was en route Archerfield to Maryborough. Pilot Allen D. Berg and his passenger received minor injuries.
12.6.49 Wreck arrived by road at Archerfield from Traveston

Wreck stripped for parts then burnt
20.7.49 Struck-off Register

  

  Archerfield Qld in 1948 with QAATS emblem on the tail.                                                                                                              Photo by Eddie Coates




2. DELIVERIES TO ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE: A21-1 to A21-42


c/n 94058                                                                                                                                                                                   (G-AFNA), A21-1

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
21.7.39 Registered G-AFNA Air Sales and Service Ltd, Bekesbourne Aerodrome, Canterbury, Kent

Application for British CofA cancelled

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production lined shut down
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 21.7.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
26.1.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-1. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
23.5.40 Received 22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD Richmond
17.6.40 Allotted to 4EFTS, Mascot ex 22 Sqn
2.12.40 Issued to 22 Squadron, Richmond ex 4EFTS
6.1.42 Crashed near Windsor NSW.  Crashed on Wisemans Ferry Road 6 miles from Windsor during forced landing following engine failure. Pilot Sgt K. G. Byrnes minor injuries, passenger LAC W. J. Webster unhurt.
Unit 22 Squadron
1.2.42 Received 2AD Richmond ex 22 Sqn for conversion
5.3.42 Approved for Conversion to components


c/n 94056                                                                                                                                                                                                 (G-AFOF), A21-2

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
31.7.39 Registered G-AFOF Airwork Flying Club Ltd, Heston Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex
28.8.39 CofA issued
4.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 31.7.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
2.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-2. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
11.2.40 Allotted to Engineering School, Flemington Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne
4.7.40 Converted to "Instructional Moth Minor No.1"
8.11.45 Converted to components



c/n 94079                                                                                                                                                                                                        A21-3, VH-BKI

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
2.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-3. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted to 23 Squadron, Archerfield ex 2AD
23.5.40 Allotted 2AD ex 23 Sqn
21.8.40 Allotted 22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-3 is currently with No.22 Squadron at Richmond in serviceable condition.
7.9.42 Received No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot
27.10.42 Received 32 Squadron, Richmond ex 3CF
2.11.42 Attachment to 32 Sqn cancelled, returned to 3CF
25.11.42 on strength 3CF located at 32 Sqn
26.3.43 Issued 3CF Mascot ex 32 Sqn
6.4.43 Received 73 Squadron ex 3CF for use of 73 Sqn Detachment at Camden
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
29.5.44 Received 5AD Storage, Cootamundra ex 73 Sqn
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
22.3.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission to F. H. Edwards, Melbourne for £75
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from Fred H. Edwards on letterhead Edwards Aero Services, Essendon Airport, Melbourne: he has purchased four Moth Minors from RAAF Cootamundra A21-3,
-10, 24, -38. All will be signed out as airworthy by licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder, then will be ferried from Cootamundra to Essendon as a group under his supervision by the following pilots:
- Jack Hodder
- A. O. Keillerup
- Desmond Cook
- Mrs. Gertie McKenzie (later changed to Mr. J. L. Roche)
Fred Edwards will be flying Mr. Ouston's Moth Minor A21-19
3.4.45 Edwards wrote to DCA from Cootamundra, where he is peparing for the group ferry flight
4.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Despatched to F. H. Edwards


30.12.47 Registration application: Fred H. Edwards, Melbourne, Vic.
94079 and A21-3 quoted on application form
21.1.48 DCA allocate VH-BKI
28.6.48 Registered VH-BKI
28.6.48 CofA issued
24.8.48 Change of ownership: Geoffrey B. Woodward, Melbourne Vic
28.8.48 Crashed destroyed during aerobatics at St Arnaud Vic.  Pilot Norman H. Sutton, who had flown the aircraft to St Arnaud that morning from Essendon, was killed. He was an experienced aerobatic and transport pilot, but failed to recover from a loop while flying a solo display for a group of pilots at the town racecourse.
31.8.48 The Argus newspaper: "The crashed Moth Minor plane in which Norman Sutton, a St Kilda pilot was killed at the weekend was stripped by thieves of every useful removable part yesterday. The plane crashed on St Arnaud racecourse and it was guarded only until Civil Aviation authorities had inspected it. The owners of the plane, Mr. G. Hill and Mr G. Woodward of Alma Street, St Kilda arranged on Sunday with a St Arnaud garage proprietor to salvage the wreck but it was looted before he got to it yesterday."



c/n 94060                                                                                                                                                                                  (G-AFNO), A21-4, VH-AFT

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
7.39 Allocated registration G-AFNO but Not Taken Up

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
1.2.40 Testflown Mascot
2.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-4. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted 23 Squadron, Richmond
27.5.40 Allotted 2AD ex 23 Sqn
21.8.40 Allotted No.1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 2AD
5.12.40 Forced landing due low oil pressure, tipped on nose. F/O C. O. McKew unhurt
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-4 is currently held at 1AOS Cootamundra in serviceable condition
15.9.44 1AOS survey report:  Fit for ferry flight, total time since new 367 hours 35 mins.
19.9.44 Log: last flight in RAAF service: Total time 375 hours
27.11.44 Received 2AD Care & Maintenance Section, Evans Head ex 1AOS
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
12.2.45 Received 1AOS Store, Evans Head ex 2AD for storage
13.3.45 Tender for £100 accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission from
Frederick H. Edwards, Melbourne
13.3.45 F. H. Edwards of Edwards Aero Services, Essendon wrote to DCA, advising they they have purchased A21-4 from CDC. Aircraft is located at Evans Head and will be ferried to Essendon by pilot A. O. Kiellerup.
21.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Departed 1AOS
7.4.45
RAAF Status Card: Damaged by hurricane at Evans Head.
(Compiler note: the hurricane damaged many Ryan STMs at Evans Head. This entry for A21-4 is doubtful because it was reported as departing Evans Head 21.3.45 and completed civil conversion overhaul at Essendon only 6 weeks later)


3.5.45 Registration application: Arthur O. Kiellerup, Essendon Vic
94060 and A21-4 quoted on application form
25.5.45 Registered VH-AFT
25.5.45 CofA issued at Essendon
27.6.46 Change of ownership: Frank Jaeger, Smithton Tasmania
5.2.47 Jaeger's Moth Minor was parked outside and escaped damage when a scrub fire destroyed a hangar and shed at Smithton airfield
8.3.47 Frank Jaeger landed the Moth Minor in a paddock at Lillydale Tas for a carnival.
19.12.47 Struck-off Register, withdrawn from service
26.2.48 Sold to John L. & Francis G. Roche, Melbourne Vic
8.3.48 Restored to Register
10.48 Advertised for sale by John Roche, Melbourne: 550 hrs since new, 11 months CofA, long range tanks, excellent condition, £450
5.10.49 Change of ownership: Bernard J. Trethowan, Melton Vic
2.3.51 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Services Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney
2.3.51 Change of ownership: Morris Air Service, Bankstown Airport, Sydney. (same day)
2.3.51 Change of ownership: James W. Prince, "The Bluff", Cobar NSW. (same day)
Sale negotiated by Howard Morris of Morris Air Service, Bankstown.
18.5.51 Crashed and burned after takeoff Bankstown, Sydney.  Engine failed just after takeoff from Bankstown Airport, pilot attempted a forced landing on a vacant housing block but crashed in the front yard of a house in Beatty Parade, George's Hall. Burst into flames, but pilot James Prince of Cobar was able to climb out of the wreck without injury.
28.11.51 Struck-off Register

  

     A21-4 at 1AOS Cootamundra NSW in 1940, trainer yellow scheme.                                                                                               David Vincent collection


  

   A21-4 later in dark camouflage.                                                                                                                                                      Frank F. Smith collection



c/n 94050                                                                                                                                                                                                  (G-AFNZ), A21-5

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
24.7.39 Registered G-AFNZ: The Hon. Lady Mary Bailey, Bletchington Park, Oxford
24.8.39 British CofA issued
14.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 24.7.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
7.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-5. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
15.2.40 Issued to No.22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD Richmond
23.11.40 Allotted No.2 Communications Flight, Mascot
9.4.42 A21-5 arrived Narrandera from Cootamundra, departed same day to Temora.
(8EFTS Narrandera ORB)
7.42 RAAF report: on strength 3CF Mascot
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-5 currently held at 2CF Wagga
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-5 currently at Mascot
13.9.43 Issued to De Havilland Aircraft, Mascot ex 3CF
18.11.43 Received No.2 Aircraft Park ex De Havillands
23.11.43 Received No.3 Communications Unit (3CF renamed 3CU 29.10.43) ex 2AP
31.5.44 3CU pilot log: A21-5 flew Mascot-Camden-Mascot
12.7.44 Received No.2 Central Recovery Depot, Richmond ex 3CU
12.9.44 Approved for Conversion to components



c/n 94063                                                                                                                                                                                               (G-AFOG), A21-6

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
23.8.39 Registered G-AFOG: Airwork Ltd, Heston Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 23.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
9.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-6. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
11.2.40 Allotted Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne
(later renamed No.1 Engineering School)
11.7.40 Converted to Moth Minor Instructional No.2

Maintained in taxying condition
8.11.45 Approved for Conversion to components

  

    No.1 Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds 1942.                                                                                   Photo: The Collection p114112r-9976


  

        A21-6 used for taxy handling training at 1ES Melbourne Showgrounds.                                                                                 Geoff Goodall collection



c/n 94066                                                                                                                                                                                               (G-AFNB), A21-7

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
19.8.39 Registered G-AFNB: Air Sales & Service Ltd, Bekesbourne Aerodrome, Canterbury

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 19.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
13.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-7. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted 2AD for flying practice
1.6.40 Allotted No.23 Squadon, Richmond ex 2AD (23 Sqn later moved to Lowood Qld)
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-7, -8, -24 are with 23 Squadron at Lowood in serviceable condition
14.10.42 Allotted to No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 23 Sqn
9.11.42 Attached 23 Sqn, Lowood Qld
19.7.43 Aircraft to be made available to CO of No.14 Operational Base Unit
3.12.43 To be attached to No.71 Squadron, Coffs Harbour ex 3 Communications Unit (renamed ex 3CF) and to be made available to CO of 14OBU as required
25.5.44 Aircraft held by 71 Sqn for use of CO of 14 OBU
13.8.44 Received No.4 Communications Unit, Archerfield ex 71 Sqn
18.10.44 Request allotment for repair of centre section and starboard mainplane spar split. No facilities to repair at 4CU. Hours flown since new 361 hrs
23.10.44 Received No.3 Central Recovery Depot, Amberley ex 4CU for survey report
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
24.4.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £60 to: C. Huppert & Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne
1.5.45 Issued to C. Huppert & Co

(Probably purchased as a parts source)

  

     A21-7 with 23 Squadron at Lowood Qld 1943. Note the kangaroo marking.                                                                                   Frank F. Smith collection



c/n 94065                                                                                                                                                                                              (G-AFPA), A21-8

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
16.8.39 Registered G-AFPA: Redhill Flying Club Ltd, Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 16.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown at Mascot
13.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-8. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
1.6.40 Allotted No.23 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD (23 Sqn later moved to Lowood Qld)
5.5.41 Pilot log: flew Archerfield to Evans Head, Pilot F/Lt Geoff Marshall
6.5.41
Pilot log: flew Evans Head-Archerfield-Amberley-Archerfield, F/Lt Marshall
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-7, -8, -24 with 23 Squadron at Lowood in serviceable condition
11.6.43 Issued to No.83 Squadron, Strathpine
19.1.44 Received No.4 Communications Unit, Archerfield ex 83 Sqn
14.3.44 Received No.3 Central Recovery Depot, Amberley ex 4CU for survey report
26.4.44 Approval given at Technical Salvage Unit to convert to Instructional Airframe No.7
23.7.46 Issued to No. 3 Wing, Air Training Corps, Queensland ex 3CRD
19.5.50 Approved for Conversion to components

  

     A21-8 at Strathpine Qld, September 1943 with 83 Squadron.                                                                                                Frank F. Smith collection



c/n 94068                                                                                                                                                                                                     (G-AFRJ), A21-9

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
31.7.39 Registered G-AFRJ: Charles H. & Mrs Benedetta Willis, Gravesend

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 31.7.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
14.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-9. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted to No.25 Squadron, Pearce
2.7.40 Departed 2AD for Canberra on ferry to 25 Sqn
8.7.40 Arrived at Pearce for 25 Sqn
27.7.40 Forced landing Pearce due magneto failure, no damage. P/O J. C. Campbell
19.3.42 9EFTS Cunderdin Operational Record Book: source for all following Cunderdin references:
arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
20.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
21.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
22.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
24.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
27.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
28.3.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
30.2.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
21.6.42 Received No.77 Squadron, Guildford ex 25 Sqn
23.8.42 Received No.35 Squadron, Pearce ex 77 Sqn
8.12.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Maylands, returned to Maylands same day
11.2.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Maylands, returned to Maylands same day
26.9.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, departed for Southern Cross same day
27.9.43 Issued No.4 Aircraft Depot, Boulder ex 35 Sqn
11.2.44 Received No.7 Communications Unit, Pearce ex 4AD
(7CU formed at Pearce 24.11.43, unit moved to Guildford/Dunreath 10.11.44)
8.3.44 arrived at Cunderdin from Maylands, departed same day for Merredin
20.4.44 arrived at Cunderdin from Merredin, departed next day for Guildford, Perth
24.4.44 arrived at Cunderdin from Guildford, returned to Guildford same day
1.8.44 Forced landing 5 miles south west of Pearce Aerodrome. Engine failure soon after takeoff from Pearce for a flight to Albany. Forced landing in a paddock and struck a fence. Extensive damage. Pilot F/O S. B. Houghton and passenger unhurt. Unit 7CU
7.8.44 Issued No.4 Central Recovery Depot, Boulder
21.8.44 Approved for Conversion to components



c/n 94070                                                                                                                                                               (G-AFOS), A21-10, VH-AHJ, VH-KHJ

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
31.7.39 Allotted registration G-AFOS but Not Taken Up.      

Note: G-AFOS is not listed on the official British Civil Register, so identity can not be confirmed. It has also been suggested as c/n 94078.  
Some sources give G-AFPI for 94070, however the official British Register quotes G-AFPI as 94057 which was impressed by RAF as X5116.

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
14.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-10. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
8.4.40 Allotted No.1 Armament Training School, Cressy ex 2AD
14.12.40 Forced landing due engine failure 5 miles east of Cressy Vic, no damage. Pilot Officer I. M. Hamilton unhurt. Unit: Armament Training Station (sic)
31.5.42 Received No.1 Air Navigation School, Parkes ex 1ATS
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-10 is currently held at Parkes in serviceable condition
6.12.43 Issued to No.2 Communications Unit, Mascot ex 1ANS
28.7.44 Received 5AD Store, Cootamundra ex 2CU for storage
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
22.3.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £75 to Frederick H. Edwards, Melbourne Vic
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from Fred H. Edwards on letterhead Edwards Aero Services, Essendon Airport, Melbourne: he has purchased four Moth Minors from RAAF Cootamundra A21-3,
-10, 24, -38. All will be signed out as airworthy by licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder, then will be ferried from Cootamundra to Essendon as a group under his supervision by the following pilots:
- Jack Hodder
- A. O. Keillerup
- Desmond Cook
- Mrs. Gertie McKenzie (later changed to Mr. J. L. Roche)
Fred Edwards will be flying Mr. Ouston's Moth Minor A21-19
3.4.45 Edwards wrote to DCA from Cootamundra, where he is preparing for the group ferry flight
4.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Issued to Mr. Edwards


27.10.45 Registration application: Mrs. May L. Kiellerup, Melbourne Vic
A21-10 quoted on application form
23.8.45 Registered VH-AHJ
23.8.45 CofA issued at Essendon
8.45 Change of ownership: Mrs. Rita Ditchburn, Melbourne Vic
29.11.46 Change of ownership: John E. Gleeson & P. Bert Seaton, Albury NSW
19.4.47 noted at Albury NSW
2.48 DCA file memos: VH-AHJ is stored in Gleeson's motor garage at Albury. The owners complain of poor maintenance on tailplane by Schutt Aircraft at Essendon.
Investigation finds that the complaint was unjustified and was motivated by the owners' resentment of a high charge by Schutt for the last CofA renewal at Essendon
7.12.48 CofA expired, not renewed
.50 Crashed through fence and both wings badly damaged. No location given.
Stored damaged at Albury.
7.50 DCA write to Gleeson & Eaton requiring explanation of the "recent damage" sustained by VH-AHJ while flying without valid CofA.  No response given.
6.8.51 Struck-off Register due DCA 1951 Census of unairworthy aircraft

Doug Muir, licenced aircraft engineer, recalls purchasing a damaged Moth Minor at Albury which had gone through a fence and wrecked both wings. He moved VH-ACO from Parafield to Moorabbin where he used all parts of ACO except its oil-soaked centre-section in the rebuild of AHJ, which he then sold.
10.3.53 DCA memo: VH-AHJ has been acquired by D.C.Muir, Melbourne and rebuilt by him at Moorabbin using mainplane of VH-ACO brought by road from Parafield.
29.3.53 Restored to Register: Douglas C. Muir, Melbourne Vic
30.3.53 CofA renewed
27.4.53 Change of ownership: John Clark, Melbourne Vic
4.53 DCA report: Clark is training for a private pilot licence with Royal Victorian Aero Club at Moorabbin and AHJ is maintained by Air Operations Pty Ltd, Moorabbin.
29.11.53 Change of ownership: John L. Thomas, Mebourne Vic
8.10.60 noted at Moorabbin in hangar
28.5.65 Change of ownership: D. H. Heidke, RAAF Laverton Vic
14.6.65 Ferried Moorabbin to RAAF Laverton on delivery to a flying group of RAAF personnel
10.65 Traded on PA-22 Colt 108 VH-GWC to Pipeair Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne.
16.10.65 VH-AHJ arrived at Moorabbin on delivery to Pipeair
16.10.65 Change of ownership: K. H. Jenkin, Cobram Vic
22.11.65 VH-AHJ noted at Moorabbin in Pipeair hangar for inspection and repaint for a new owner, to be based at Tocumwal NSW
8.12.65 Reregistered VH-KHJ
6.2.66 VH-KHJ noted at Albury NSW, white and blue with sharks mouth on nose
5.66 noted at Moorabbin, parked out on grass, white and blue with shark's mouth on nose
5.67
noted at Tyabb Vic, repainted all silver
11.1.67 Change of ownership: M. Verhagen, Tyabb Vic
29.11.67
noted at Tyabb Vic, parked outside
70 Withdrawn from service at Tyabb Vic
.70 Sold to Nelson R. Wilson, Wandin North Vic
VH-KHJ was unairworthy and was purchasedto provide parts for DH.94 VH-AIB owned by a partnership of Nelson Wilson and George Russell
.71 Moved by road to Wandin North from Tyabb.  Dismantled at Wilson's property.
71-72 Rebuilt and assumed identity of the crashed VH-AIB
71-72 VH-KHJ was rebuilt using parts from the crashed VH-AIB  The rebuilt aircraft was mostly VH-KHJ, but adopted the idenity and paperwork of VH-AIB, rebuilt aircraft painted as VH-AIB. .
5.11.71 VH-KHJ Struck-off Register

Refer VH-AIB (A21-38) below, for the rest of VH-KHJ's career
23.11.72 Wing sections of VH-KHJ noted at Nelson's Wilson's property at Wandin North

  

         At Albury NSW during an airshow in April 1947.                                                                                                           The Collection p1234-2379


  

    Moorabbin 1954.                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Eddie Coates

 

  
       Moorabbin, April 1965.                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Lindsay Nothrop


  

        Re-registered VH-KHJ at Moorabbin May 1966, white and blue with shark’s mouth.                                                                        Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

      VH-KHJ at Tyabb Vic in May 1967, repainted silver.                                                                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall




c/n 94074                                                                                                                                                                                      (G-AFOA), A21-11

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
10.8.39 Allotted registration G-AFOA Leicestershire Aero Club Ltd, Leicester Airport

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Application for British CofA cancelled
16.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 10.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
14.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-11. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
27.2.40 Issued to No.1 Service Flying Training School, Point Cook ex 2AD. For instructor training.
5.6.40 Allotted to 1AD Laverton ex 1SFTS for practice flying
18.6.40 Allotted Communications Flight, Laverton ex 1AD (later to be renamed No.1 CF)
8.7.40 Forced ditching in water of bay adjacent Point Cook airfield. Forced landing after departure from Point Cook to Laverton, due engine failure. Pilot Officer A. S. Hayes unhurt. Unit: Communications Flight.
15.7.40 Allotted 1AD ex CF
4.9.40 Converted to Instructional Moth Minor No.5
.40 Airframe allotted No.1 Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne.

Engine made serviceable and placed in reserve stock
23.8.45 Approved for conversion to components ex 1ES



c/n 94076                                                                                                                                                                   A21-12, VH-AMI, VH-DDG, VH-THT

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors

Testflown Mascot
16.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-12. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted No.25 Squadron, Pearce ex 2AD
2.7.40 Departed 2AD for Canberra on ferry flight to Pearce WA, accompanied by A21-13
8.7.40 A21-12 & -13 arrived Pearce
3.9.40 Forced landing 5 miles west of Pearce aerodrome on dry lake, no damage.
Pilot T/Sgt A. W. Page unhurt.
4.11.40 Minor damage while in transit on a lorry when tail unit struck a telegraph pole
17.11.41 Issued to Pearce Workshops ex 25 Sqn
20.4.42 Received 25 Sqn ex Pearce Workshops
10.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-12 is currently held at No.25 Squadron, Pearce.
11.1.43 Attached to No.14 Squadron, Pearce
12.1.43 Received 35 Squadron, Pearce ex 25 Sqn
6.11.43 Allotted No.7 Communications Unit, Pearce ex 35 Sqn.
(7CU formed at Pearce 24.11.43, unit moved to Guildford/Dunreath 10.11.44)
16.2.44 9EFTS Cunderdin Operational Record Book: source for following Cunderdin references:
departed Cunderdin from Pearce
3.4.44 arrived Cunderdin from Guildford, returned to Guildford same day
15.5.44 arrived Cunderdin from Pearce, departed for Merredin same day
8.11.44 A21-12 & -13 ferried from Guildford to Cunderdin for storage pending disposal
13.11.44 Status Card: Received 9 EFTS Storage, Cunderdin ex 7CU.
Total time in RAAF service 388 hrs 25 mins
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945. Located at 9EFTS Cunderdin
10.3.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £150 to C.A. Fox, Perth WA
15.5.45 Issued to C. A. Fox ex 9 EFTS Store


23.5.45 DCA file memo: A21-12 now at Maylands, owner intends to store until some future date
12.45 CofA inspection under way at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth by MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co. Aircraft is owned by Messrs Conway and Maskiell of Perth who purchased it from Fox.
17.12.45 Registration application: Neil F. Conway & F. John Maskiell, Perth WA
94076 and A21-12 quoted on application form
11.1.46 Testflown Maylands after civil conversion, pilot R. Digby Bull
11.1.46 Registered VH-AMI
11.1.46 CofA issued. Retained RAAF camouflage
12.1.46 Log book: Local flying Maylands while Conway endorsed on type by R. Digby Bull
19.1.46 Log book: Maylands-Rottnest Island-Maylands
21.1.46 Owners wrote to DCA stating that they intended to use the aircraft for joyrides over Perth and Rottnest Island to defray operating costs
26.1.46 Log book: Local flying Maylands, pilot Conway
2.2.46 Log book: Local flying Maylands
21.9.46 Log book: next logged flight: low flying incident over Perth  (no other details)
46 Log book: flown regularly from Maylands to Rottnest Island, Beverley, Cunderdin, Merredin, Kununoppin, Pearce
12.46 Log book: numerous return flights from Guildford to Rottnest Island
2.1.47 Log book: Rottnest-Maylands
2.47 CofA renewal inspection at Maylands by MMA. Camouflage paint will be retained with civil registration in white
17.3.47 test flown Maylands after CofA renewal, pilot Conway
47 Log book: flown regularly, to Cunderdin, Kununoppin, Moora, Northam, Carnamah, Southern Cross, Rottnest Island. Pilot Conway.
29.8.47 Log book: Maylands-Rottnest Island-Maylands: last flight by Conway
8.47 Parked in the TAA hangar at Guildford Airport, Perth.
The partnership had logged 98 hours in VH-AMI, which had been maintained by John Maskiell who was a Qantas ground engineer. He has now been employed by TAA as their first Perth based officer.  
29.8.47 Change of ownership: Edgar W. Vincent, Perth WA
Vincent owns "Spearmore" Farm, Yorkrakine WA

Stored in hangar at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
19.12.47 Struck-off Register
25.2.48 Log book: next recorded flight: ferry from Maylands to Spearmore Farm, Yorkrakine WA by Vincent. Aircraft left in a shed on the farm, Vincent returned to Perth by train.
DCA investigated this flight because CofR was not valid.
2.3.48 Restored to Register
3.48 Ferried Yorkrakine to Maylands
18.3.48 CofA renewed Maylands
9.12.48 Log book: Ferried Cunderdin-Maylands after storage

Stored at Maylands
8.49 CofA renewal inspection commenced at Maylands by Messrs Pekin, Watts and Uren.
19.8.49 Testflown Maylands after overhail, pilot Vincent
20.8.49 Log book: Local flying Maylands
21.8.49 Log book: Local flying Maylands. Groundloop on landing Maylands, damaging undercarriage and wingspar.
11.49 Advertised for sale by E. W. Vincent: "Excellent condition, best of its type in Australia"
Inspection arranged through Airflights, Maylands Aerodrome. Asking £600
50 Not sold. Moved by road to Vincent's house at 38 The Avenue, Nedlands, Perth where stored in his garage
5.51 DCA memo: VH-AMI still stored at owners home at Nedlands
14.5.51 Struck-off Register
4.52 Moved by road from Nedlands to Maylands Aerodrome for new owners David Gray & Co. Wing repair and CofA renewal by Aero Service Pty Ltd
26.7.52 Testflown Maylands after CofA renewal
28.7.52 Restored to Register as VH-DDG David Gray & Co Ltd, Perth WA
28.7.52 CofA renewed, Aircraft has been repainted in an allover grey colour scheme
52 Log book: regular cross country flights from Maylands to Southern Cross, Pinjarra, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie. Used to support David Gray's agricultural pesticide business.
9.9.52 Forced landing at Maylands due engine trouble after takeoff on a flight to Geraldton.
No damage, pilot G. J. Bailey.
26.8.53 Log book: Local flying Maylands: last flight for David Gray & Co.

Total hours flown with David Gray & Co: 50 hrs. Stored in hangar Maylands pending sale
15.2.54 Log book: testflight Maylands after CofA renewal by Jim Pekin
10.3.54 Log book; Acceptance testflight by Tom Talbot
11.3.54 Change of ownership: Thomas H. Talbot, "Wedderburn", Brunswick Junction WA
11.3.54 Log book: Local flying Maylands, pilot Talbot.  Same 12.3.54 & 14.3.54
24.3.54 Log book: Maylands-Busselton where now based, flown by Talbot.

Log book: regular flights from Busselton to Bunbury and Brunswick Junction
4.7.54 Log book: Busselton-Yallingup-Busselton: last flight by Talbot
2.55 CofA renewal at Maylands by Aero Service Pty Ltd. New registration VH-THT has been painted on the aircraft.  DCA inspection form quotes condition as "scaly but satisfactory"
3.2.55 Reregistered VH-THT

Stored in Royal Aero Club of WA hangar Maylands after CofA renewed
20.3.56 Change of ownership: Carol Guthrie, Busselton WA
3.56 DCA memo: still parked in back of aero club hangar at Maylands, behind a stack of Tiger Moth wings
6.56 DCA memo: the old wings have been carted away and burnt. Inspection of VH-THT shows it to be in poor condition with damage to port wing. It is reported that Guthrie has been advertising the aircraft for sale
10.56 CofA renewal overhaul commenced at Maylands by Doggett Aviation. Repainted in a new ivory and velox scheme.
5.10.56 Log book: testflown Maylands after CofA overhaul and repairs, pilot John Downie
25.10.56 Log book: Local flying Maylands
26.10.56 Log book: Local flying Maylands, same 5.11, 6.11, & 10.11.56

Then stored in Guthrie's garage at Busselton while he completed his pilot training with Royal Aero Club of WA
31.12.56 Crashed on landing Wonnerup WA. Undershot on approach and
Pilot W. H. Nagorcka and passenger E. Melville.

DCA investigated several reports of low flying over Busselton and the accident: pilot W. H. Nagoroka held only a Student Pilot Licence but was instructing E. Melville.
Mr. Guthrie stated that VH-THT was still stored in his garage and is not flying.
3.57 DCA have report that VH-THT damaged while flown by Guthrie with passenger Bignell.
28.4.57 Change of ownership: James W. Barry, Cunderdin WA
Barry purchased the aircraft in damaged condition and moved by road from Busselton to Maylands Aerodrome for repair by David Gray & Co Ltd
9.57 DCA report: THT at Maylands under repair by David Gray & Co Ltd
15.11.57 Log book: testflown Maylands after rebuild, pilot Reg Currell
14.12.57 Log book: Maylands-Cunderdin-Muckinbudin-Cunderdin-Maylands
24.12.57 Log book: Maylands-Cunderdin-Maylands
16.1.58 Log book: flown almost daily by Barry on his own pilot training to PPL, at Maylands and Cunderdin
25.3.58 Minor damage to a wingtip on landing Maylands, pilot Barry on a solo training exercise
28.3.58 Log book: local flying Maylands: flight tests for Barry's Private Pilot Licence
5.58 Log book: Maylands to Port Hedland, then based at Woody Woody, 250 miles inland where Barry worked for D. F. D. Rhodes at a mining camp
18.12.59 Log book: Arrived Maylands after a two day flight from Woody Woody. Total time with Barry was 175 hours

Stored Maylands pending sale
10.2.60 Change of ownership: Reginald C. Currell, Perth WA
1.3.60 Log book: local flying Maylands, pilot Reg Currell

Log book: occasional local flights Maylands, pilot Currell
3.12.60 Log book: local flying Maylands, pilot Reg Currell. Total time with Currell: 10 hours
12.60 CofA renewal at Maylands by WA Aircraft Service Co
9.12.60 Change of ownership: Carol Guthrie, Busselton WA
16.12.60 Log book: Maylands-Busselton to take up residence
1.61 DCA have reports that the Moth Minor was seen flying over Busselton over the Christmas period 12.60. Guthrie holds only a Student Pilot Licence PPL and is not endorsed on DH.94 type. Matter not pursued because no evidence that pilot was Guthrie.
5.61 VH-THT inspected at Busselton by DCA officer. Did not have a valid Maintenance Release. Guthrie still has not completed his PPL training.
25.5.61 Log book: local flying Busselton, pilot Tom Talbot
28.5.61 Log book: local flying Busselton, pilot Tom Talbot
8.61 Talbot requests ferry permit to fly VH-THT from Brunswick Junction to Maylands for maintenance
30.12.61 Log book: Busselton-Perth-Busselton
6.1.62 Log book: local flying Busselton
13.1.62 Log book: Busselton-Brunswick Junction-Busselton.  Airframe log book ends.
25.2.62
Crashed during forced landing at Busselton WA.
DCA report: "During a forced landing in a field of insufficient length the aircraft collided with a fence. A piston failure was the cause of the loss of power."
Pilot was PPL aged 28 with total flying time 25 hours. He and passenger were unhurt.

Damaged aircraft moved by road to "Boodge" Guthrie's farm at Willyabrup near Cowaramup WA and dumped under trees near the farm house. The damaged Gipsy Minor engine was later sold to Neville Hyder of Bunbury, then to Graham Treloar in Adelaide as spares for VH-ACS.
15.10.62 Struck-off Register
5.5.68 Fuselage on belly with wings stacked alongside under trees on Guthrie's farm at Willyabrup. Woodwork in poor condition
5.12.71 Fuselage on belly with wings stacked alongside unmoved on Guthrie's farm at Willyabrup. He agreed to donate the airframe to Air Force Association Aviation Historical Group, Perth for their proposed museum
2.1.72 Fuselage and parts moved by road from Cowramup to Fremantle, Perth where stored in a shed
12.5.73 Moved from Fremantle to a farm at Taylor Road, Jandakot for storage in a disused chicken shed. Several other aircraft for the AFA were also stored in this chicken shed
6.73 Moth Minor fuselage, which was resting on drums was broken into two pieces by the farmer's children who were playing in it.
3.8.73 Moved from farm to 26 Hopkinson Way, Wilson, Perth by Allan Buzza, an AFA AHG member who volunteered to restore the Moth Minor to museum display standard.
74 Restoration of the wooden airframe well under way in the garage at Buzza's house. Additional parts were obtained from Nelson Wilson in Victoria (owned VH-AIB & -KHJ)
75 Restoration completed, painted white with green trim. Final assembly and fitting of mainplanes carried out in the Royal Aero Club of WA hangar at Jandakot. Wings were then removed and aircraft returned to Buzza's house for storage
10.2.78 VH-THT displayed complete at an AFA exhibition inside Garden City Shopping Centre, Booragoon, Perth
81 Placed on permanent display inside the first building of the Airforce Association Aviation Museum, Bull Creek, Perth. Museum renamed Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth
9.81 noted displayed in museum, Bull Creek

Current

  

       Maylands Aerodrome, Perth in 1946, still in RAAF camouflage.                                                                                                 Geoff Goodall collection


  

         Maylands October 1956, now reregistered VH-THT.                                                                                                                         Photo by Don Ende


  

              Dumped on the owner's farm at Willyabrup WA in May 1968.                                                                                              Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

          Restored and displayed at the Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth June 1988.                                                                               Photo by Ken Tilley




c/n 94078                                                                                                                                                                                               A21-13, VH-AHT

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated              

Possibly G-AFOS : see c/n 94070

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
1.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
16.2.40 Testflown Mascot
23.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-13. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted No.25 Squadron, Pearce ex 2AD
2.7.40 Departed 2AD for Canberra on ferry flight to Pearce WA accompanied by A21-12
8.7.40 A21-12 & -13 arrived Pearce
21.4.41 Minor damage when nosed over on landing after starboard tyre burst on takeoff
28.4.42 Minor damage to undercarriage in forced landing
26.7.42 9EFTS Cunderdin Operational Record Book: source for all following Cunderdin references:
arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
10.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-13 is currently held at No.25 Squadron, Pearce.
28.10.42 Received 35 Squadron, Pearce ex 25 Sqn
15.11.42 Issued to 25 Sqn ex 35 Sqn
13.12.42 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
4.1.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
12.1.43 Received 35 Sqn ex 25 Sqn
29.3.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
6.5.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
16.7.43 Issued to MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Maylands for overhaul
26.8.43 Received 35 Sqn Pearce ex MMA
2.11.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Maylands, returned to Maylands next day
6.11.43 Allotted No.7 Communications Unit, Pearce ex 35 Sqn.
(7CU formed at Pearce 24.11.43, unit moved to Guildford/Dunreath 10.11.44)
19.11.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
22.8.44 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
25.8.43 arrived at Cunderdin from Pearce, returned to Pearce same day
8.11.44 A21-12 & -13 ferried from Guildford to Cunderdin for storage pending disposal
13.11.44 Received 9 EFTS Cunderdin ex 7CU
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
9.3.45 Tender of £300 accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission from C. W. Hill,
East Pingelly WA
29.3.45 Delete reference to sale to C.W.Hill. Now sold for £150 to H. I. D’Alton, Ulverstone, Tasmania
12.5.45 Delivery effected to accredited representative of H.I.Dalton ex 9 EFTS Cunderdin


22.5.45 DCA Perth office memo:  A21-13 has been purchased by L. R. Watson, Carnamah WA who plans to store the aircraft until a later date
21.8.45 Registration application: Leonard R. Watson, Carnamah WA
A21-13 and 20087 quoted on application form. 20087 was the Gipsy Minor engine number
24.8.45 Registration VH-AHT allocated by DCA
8.45 Undergoing civil overhaul at Maylands by MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co
12.10.45 Registered VH-AHT
4.1.46 CofA issued at Maylands
3.1.47 CofA expired. Renewal inspection begun at Maylands by Royal Aero Club of WA
3.6.47 CofA renewed Maylands
47 Based on Watson's father's property at Carnamah
13.7.47 Crashed on landing Carnamah WA.  Overshot during landing at his father's property, struck a fence and crashed into scrub. Badly damaged. Pilot Leonard Watson had minor injuries
3.1.48 Struck-off Register



c/n 9404                    DH.94 Cabin Moth Minor                                                                                                G-AFOR, A21-14, VH-AGL, VH-AGO

.39 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England as DH.94 Cabin Moth Minor
17.8.39 First flight at Hatfield
29.8.39 Registered G-AFOR Women's Legion Air Wing, Park Lane, London.
1.9.39 CofA issued.  
14.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 29.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
26.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-14. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
27.5.40 Allotted 1AD Laverton ex 2AD
18.6.40 Allotted Communications Flight, Laverton ex 2AD. Renamed No.1 Communications Fight
5.9.40 Laverton Operations Record Book: A21-14 Modification No.115 carried out for 1CF: front rudder bar pivot attachment
29.3.42 Allotted No.7 Service Flying Training School, Deniliquin ex 1CF
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-14 currently held at 7SFTS in serviceable condition
21.10.42 Forced landing Boort Vic. Engine failure during instructor's navigation test.
Flt Lt J. W. Tuckfield and Flying Officer F. J. Gillespie unhurt.  Mainplane, propeller and undercarriage damaged. 7SFTS.
23.10.44 Issued 7SFTS Stored Reserve ex 7SFTS unit equipment for storage pending disposal
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
9.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £100 from
Sqn Ldr G. Elliot, RAAF HQ, Perth WA
20.3.45 Delivered to purchaser


16.10.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AGL to DH.94 owned by Mr. Gordon Elliot
4.46 DCA memos: DH.94 allocated VH-AGL has been purchased by Dr. C. W. Hammond, Terrigal NSW
15.4.46 Registered VH-AGL Dr. Charles W. Hammond, Terrigal NSW, later Rosebud Vic, later Warburton Vic
Registration application form quotes c/n 9404 and first flight Hatfield 17.8.39
15.4.46 CofA issued
15.5.46 Damaged. Repaired by Victorian & Interstate Airways, Essendon Vic
15.6.50 Change of ownership: Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service, Essendon Vic
15.6.50 Change of ownership (same day): James B. Darbyshire, Melbourne Vic
8.5.51 Change of ownership: Francis J. Shaw, Hazelwood Estate, Yinnar Vic
15.8.52 Change of ownership: John G. "Jack" Willis, Thorpedale Vic
12.52 Change of ownership: A. Kenneth Wylie, Melbourne Vic
8.1.54 Change of ownership: John Owen, Ararat Vic
7.56 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
7.56 Sold to D. E. Czery, Mount Isa Qld.  Hire purchase agreement between KSAS and Czery, to remain under KSAS ownership until final payment.
1.6.57 Crashed in forced landing "Mayfield" Station, near Windorah Qld.
DCA accident report: "The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on unsuitable terrain due to engine failure in flight. The aircraft collided with a fence during the landing roll. Cause of the engine failure could not be determined."
17.9.58 Struck-off Register

Rebuilt in Newcastle NSW area
67/68 Stored all silver, complete with wings folded in hangar at West Maitland NSW
5.7.67 noted at West Maitland in a small hangar, dismantled, with dismantled DH.87B VH-UVV
14.9.68 noted at West Maitland in small hangar, complete, wings folded, covered with a layer of dust, no registration
.76 Advertised for sale by vintage aircraft sales company Hendon Flight, Sydney
.76 Sold to Rob Robilliard, Griffith NSW
c7.76 Moved by road from West Maitland to Griffith NSW for rebuild to satisfy DCA airworthiness requirements for glued wooden airframes
28.1.77 VH-AGL noted at Griffith. Red fuselage and silver wings with black registration letters
78 Rebuild completed at Griffith late 1978. Had completed taxy trials at Griffith and was just waiting airworthiness certification from Dept of Transport
4.11.78 VH-AGO noted at Griffith, complete, white with blue trim
11.78 Letter to Rag & Tube magazine from Rob Robilliard, Griffith NSW:
"My Moth Minor was formerly VH-AGL which was in storage 1957-1972. It's now awaiting registration but being held up by weighing requirements by the Dept of Transport. Its serial number is 9404 and will be re-registered VH-AGO because VH-AGL is no longer available. All fabric was removed: we counted up to 17 coats of paint including that applied by the RAAF. We've had taxi tests and the engine and everything checks out OK. I'm looking forward to that first flight in the old girl."
3.8.80 VH-AGO noted at Griffith
.80 Ferried from Griffith to Sydney by Mick English. Then grounded. Reported had only made a test flight at Griffith prior to the ferry permit to Bankstown.
17.3.81 Restored to Register as VH-AGO Rob M. Robilliard, Griffith NSW
Original registration not available, had been allocated to a Yeoman YA-1 Cropmaster
27.3.81 Struck-off Register
81 Reported that glued joints failed airworthiness requirements
84 Under rebuild in Sydney "to existing airworthiness standards" by LAME Mick English for owner Bill Machin
10.5.84 Restored to Register as VH-AGO: Bill Machin, Sydney, later The Entrance NSW
16.5.84 Fuselage of VH-AGO noted at Bankstown on wheels, white with blue trim
2.9.86 Moved by road from Bankstown to Bathurst NSW to have engine installed by Mick English
.87 CofA renewed at Bathurst
21.9.88 VH-AGO noted at Bathurst, yellow with black registration
27.9.88 VH-AGO noted at Bathurst, all yellow
14.10.88 visited RAAF Richmond NSW airshow, all yellow with black registration
.89 Advertised for sale by Mick English Aviation, Bathurst NSW
15.1.94 VH-AGO noted at Bathurst undergoing extensive rebuild
7.96 visited Watts Bridge Qld annual fly-in: all yellow, blue trim lines. Pilot Charlie Camilleri.
13.5.11 Change of ownership: Charles Camilleri, Bathurst NSW
29.3.14
visited Temora NSW airshow, yellow with blue trim lines

Current

  

            VH-AGL in good company at Narrabri NSW 1947.                                                                                                                Geoff Goodall collection


  

           VH-AGL at West Maitland NSW September 1968, under restoration.                                                                                      Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

           Re-registered VH-AGO, seen at Griffith NSW in November 1978.                                                                                                    Photo by Nigel Daw


  

          VH-AGO visiting an airshow at Mangalore Vic in 1990s.                                                                                                         Tony Arbon collection




94088                                                                                                                                                                                                       A21-15, VH-AFV

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-15. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
7.6.40 Allotted to No.8 Squadron, Canberra
4.7.40 Serviceable with Station HQ Canberra. (8 Sqn moved to Singapore 8.40)
14.10.40 Serviceable with Survey Flight, Canberra
8.11.40 Allotted General Reconnaissance School, Laverton ex Survey Flight
23.1.41 Allotted Central Flying School, Camden ex GRS
6.2.41 CFS Operations Record Book: A21-15 & -18 collected at Laverton for ferry to CFS Camden, overnight at Wagga
7.2.41 CFS ORB: A21-15 & -18 Wagga-Goulburn-Camden
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-15 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB A21-15 and other five CFS Moth Minors all require spar repair but are capable of ferry to DH at Mascot
18.5.41 Flown to DH Mascot for modifications
30.7.41 Awaiting test flight at DH
16.8.41 Received 2AD Richmond ex DH
3.1.42 Received No.1 Bombing and Air Gunnery School, Evans Head ex 2AD
2.7.42 Substantial damage when ground-looped on landing
11.8.42 Issued to DH Mascot for repair ex 1BAGS
14.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-15 currently held by 1BAGS but is currently en route Bankstown (sic) for repairs
15.9.42 Received 2AD Richmond ex DH Mascot
21.9.42 Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 2AD
1.3.43 Received No.1 Service Flying Training School, Point Cook ex 2AP
18.9.44 Received Station HQ Point Cook ex 1SFTS for storage
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
9.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposal Commission for £100 from
Edwards Aero Service, Melbourne Vic
19.3.45 Status Card: Issued to F. H. Edwards ex Station HQ Point Cook


18.3.45 A21-15 noted at Essendon  (Keith Meggs' logbook)
30.4.45 Registered VH-AFV Leslie Elliott, Melbourne Vic
30.11.45 Change of ownership: Mrs. M. J. Edwards, Hartwell Vic
21.9.50 Change of ownership: Francis W. Binns, Melbourne Vic
4.11.50 Change of ownership: Clifford J. Brown, Melbourne Vic
30.9.51 Change of ownership: Vincent T. Boyes, Hernes Oak Vic
22.4.52 Change of ownership: Murray J. Myers, Melbourne Vic
22.11.52 Change of ownership: A. Kenneth Wylie, Melbourne Vic
15.12.53 Change of ownership: Leonard Freeth, Melbourne Vic
20.1.55 Change of ownership: Keith R. McConachy, Melbourne Vic
17.2.55 Change of ownership: Marjory A. R. McConachy, Melbourne Vic
.55 Change of ownership: Keith R. McConachy, Melbourne Vic
55 photo at Moorabbin, allover yellow with blue trim
11.4.56 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
23.4.56 McConachy requested VH-AFV be reserved for the rebuild of this aircraft, using sections of VH-AFV and fuselage and components of 94008/VH-AED.
23.12.57 Restored to Register: D. F. McKenzie, Koyuga Vic
Identity now quoted as "94008", whereas until 1956 was quoted as 94088.
- Anecdotal report of damage on takeoff Rochester Vic when pilot lost control when a rat ran up his leg. Unconfirmed
24.12.59 Struck-off Register
9.12.61 noted at Moorabbin, dismantled laying on ground outside a hangar
.62 moved from Moorabbin to Rochester Vic where the fuselage was left in the open outside the Ampol motor garage and the wings stored in rafters of the garage. Fuselage deteriorated in the weather and was later burnt.
5.67 Wings of VH-AFV noted stored in rafters of Ampol garage, Rochester Vic
5.73 Wings VH-AFV collected from Rochester by Robert Bunn, Bungowannah NSW. Moved by road to his farm as parts source for his DH.94 VH-ACS

  

           A21-15 in RAAF service.                                                                                                                                                        Fred G. Harris collection


 

         VH-AFV soon after its was civilianised, in all silver finish.                                                                                              Photo: Frank Walters collection


  

            Moorabbin, with shark's mouth painted on the cowling.                                                                                                    Photo by Barrie Colledge


  

        Moorabbin 1955, painted all over yellow with blue trim.                                                                                                           Photo by Barrie Colledge


  

          Dumped dismantled at Moorabbin in February 1962.                                                                                                                      The Collection




94064                                                                                                                                                                                                      (G-AFPW), A21-16

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
18.8.39 Registered G-AFPW Edinburgh Flying Club Ltd, Macmerry Aerodrome, Edinburgh, Scotland

Application for CofA cancelled
9.10.39 British Registration cancelled by Secretary of State back-dated to 18.8.39 due wartime restrictions on private flying

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-16. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
19.6.40 Issued to Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne Vic with serviceable Gipsy Minor engine
19.6.40 At Cootamundra on ferry flight to Melbourne, with A21-17
28.10.40 Converted to Instructional Moth Minor 3
8.11.45 Converted to components


94080              (VT-ALJ), A21-17

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
3.39 Registration allocated VT-ALJ

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-17. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
19.6.40 Issued to Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne Vic, with serviceable Gipsy Minor engine
19.6.40 At Cootamundra on ferry flight to Melbourne, with A21-16
28.10.40 Converted to Instructional Moth Minor 4
8.11.45 Converted to components


94081                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A21-18

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
11.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-18. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
17.6.40 Allotted No.24 Squadron, Amberley
9.9.40 Allotted No.2 Squadron, Laverton
23.1.41 Allotted Central Flying School, Camden ex 2 Sqn
6.2.41 A21-15 & -18 collected at Laverton for ferry to CFS Camden, overnight at Wagga
7.2.41 A21-15 & -18 Wagga-Goulburn-Camden
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-18 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB: A21-18 and other five CFS Moth Minors all require spar repair but are capable of ferry to DH at Mascot
18.5.41 Flown to DH at Mascot for modifications
23.9.41 Allotted 2AD Richmond ex DH for storage
29.11.41 Received No.2 Squadron, Laverton
1.2.42 Serviceable at No.1 Communications Flight, Laverton ex 2 Sqn
22.4.42 Allotted No.7 Service Flying Training School, Deniliquin ex 1CF
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-18 is currently held at 7SFTS in serviceable condition
22.3.43 U/S at 7SFTS, awaiting allotment for complete overhaul
18.9.43 Approved for conversion to components
24.9.43 Received 7AD Tocumwal ex 7SFTS for conversion to components

  

         A21-18 at Point Cook Vic in 1940, yellow trainer scheme.                                                                                                  David Vincent collection



94075                                                                                                                                                                                                 A21-19, VH-AGT

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
26.2.40 Testflown Mascot
28.2.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-19. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
19.6.40 Allotted No.2 Squadron, Laverton ex 2AD
16.9.40 Serviceable at 2AD
21.10.40 Allotted Central Flying School, Camden ex 2AD
27.3.41 A21-19 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 RAAF survey report: A21-19 and other five CFS Moth Minors all require spar repair but are capable of ferry to DH at Mascot
24.5.41 Flown to DH Mascot for modifications
23.9.41 Allotted 2AD ex DH Mascot
22.11.41 Received No.6 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-19 currently with No.6 Squadron, Richmond
8.2.43 Issued DH Mascot ex 32 Sqn
27.4.43 Serviceable with 2AD Richmond
28.4.43 Issued No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 2AD
2.8.43 Issued to No.73 Squadron, Nowra ex 3CU
22.8.44 Received 5AD Store Cootamundra ex 73 Sqn for storage pending disposal
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
16.3.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £100 to R. G. Ouston, Melbourne Vic
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from R. G. Ouston: he has purchased A21-19 from 5AD Cootamundra. He wishes to have it ferried to Essendon by F. H. Edwards on 5.4.45
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from Fred H. Edwards on letterhead Edwards Aero Services, Essendon Airport, Melbourne: he has purchased four Moth Minors from RAAF Cootamundra A21-3,
-10, 24, -38. All will be signed out as airworthy by licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder, then will be ferried from Cootamundra to Essendon as a group under his supervision by the following pilots:
- Jack Hodder
- A. O. Keillerup
- Desmond Cook
- Mrs. Gertie McKenzie (later changed to Mr. J. L. Roche)
Fred Edwards will be flying Mr. Ouston's Moth Minor A21-19
3.4.45 Edwards wrote to DCA from Cootamundra, where he is preparing for the group ferry flight
4.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Issued to R. G. Ouston ex 5AD Store Cootamundra


12.4.45 Registration application: Reginald G. Ouston, Melbourne Vic
94075 quoted on application form
25.5.45 Registered VH-AGT
7.6.45 CofA issued Essendon after civil conversion overhaul
28.6.46 Change of ownership: Kenneth & Peter K. Wilson, "Brigalows", Barraba NSW
5.5.48 Change of ownership: Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service, Essendon Airport, Melbourne Vic
14.12.48 Change of ownership: Alan B. Davies, "Nalyambo" Station, Wilcannia NSW
17.10.50 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney NSW
22.6.54 Change of ownership: Roderick C. Dyer, Buangor Vic
18.6.55 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport NSW
27.12.56 Change of ownership: William Winch, Cairns Qld, later Maitland NSW
14.8.59 Change of ownership: Robert J. Wicks, Sydney NSW later East Maitland NSW
19.5.65 noted at Camden NSW, dark brown paint scheme
24.6.65 noted at Camden NSW with "For Sale" sign
3.10.65 visited a fly-in at West Maitland-Rutherford NSW. Brown and yellow paint scheme.
4.5.67 Damaged while landing at Port Macquarie NSW, port undercarriage leg collapsed. Stored at Port Macquarie aerodrome for some years.
4.5.67 Struck-off Register
.70 Acquired damaged by Harold Thomas / Camden Museum of Aviation, Narellan NSW
1.71 Moved by road from Port Macquarie to Narellan (near Camden) where Harold Thomas had moved his museum aircraft collection, which had been previously displayed in a hangar at Camden Airport. A large display building was erected at Narellan.
74/76 Stored dismantled in a small storage shed at Narellan NSW
8.95 Detailed listing of Camden Museum of Aviation did not mention VH-AGT

  

          West Maitland NSW 1965.                                                                                                                                                     Ed Coates Collection



94084                                                                                                                                                                                         (G-AFUU), A21-20, VH-AGA

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Allocated G-AFUU: Not Taken Up

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
7.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-20. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
25.6.40 Issued to No.21 Squadron, Laverton ex 2AD
26.7.40 Modification No.115 installed at Laverton: front rudder bar pivot attachment
4.8.40 Serviceable at Communications Flight, Laverton (later renamed No.1 CF)
30.1.41
A21-20 flew Laverton to RAAF Cressy, F/O Hugh Hughes of 1CF, passenger photographer John T. Harrison
10.3.41 Tipped on nose when taxying due soft patch, no damage. Flt Lt F. J. Wood
30.10.41 Pilot log: A21-20 flew Laverton-Cressy, pilot F/O Hugh Hughes of 1CF
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-20 is currently held at 1CF in serviceable condition
27.10.42
Air Armament School pilot log book: solo circuits and landings A21-20, no location quoted
2.11.42 Received Air Armament School, Hamilton Vic ex 1CF (unit moved to Nhill 12.43)
29.12.42
AAS pilot logbook: A21-20 solo circuits and landings. Also 3.1.43 and 8.1.43
21.1.43
AAS pilot logbook: A21-20 Cressy-Hamilton with passenger, a pilot who took an Anson to Cressy.
23.1.43
AAS pilot logbook: A21-20 general flying with passenger. 1.00 hrs
9.4.43
AAS pilot logbook: A21-20 general; flying with passenger, 40 mins, and Check Dual 40 mins
9.6.43 Damaged on landing when pilot took action to avoid a pot hole, port wing struck a tree and damaged front spar near wingtip
11.6.43 Port mainplane issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex AS for repair
8.2.44 Requesting allotment for conversion to components due aircraft U/S tailplane
3.4.44 U/S at Air Armament and Gas School, Nhill awaiting tailplane
9.8.44 Serviceable at AAGS
29.10.44 Received AAGS Stored Reserve for storage
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
9.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £185 from F. J. Williams, Nelson Street, Nhill Vic 
21.3.45 Issued to J. Williams ex AAGS, Nhill


22.3.45 F. J. Williams on letterhead F. J. Williams Motors, Nhill wrote to DCA: he has purchased A21-20 which will be ferried to Essendon by J. D. Hodder
26.4.45 Registration application: F. J. Williams, Nhill Vic
A21-20 quoted on application form
10.10.45 Registered VH-AGA
.45 CofA issued Essendon
19.6.47 Change of ownership: Reginald James Keen, Melbourne Vic later St Marys NSW
47 Based on small airstrip at Tullamarine on the site of the present Melbourne Airport. Jim Keen's partner in the Moth Minor was Laurie Bickerton , both worked for CAC
c48 Damaged undercarriage near Sydney. Kean did his own repairs but DCA would not approve the work. Aircraft stored dismantled
17.12.48 Withdrawn from service
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
62 Parts of the aircraft stored around Reg Kean's house at St Marys NSW where Kean operates a local car taxi service
7.67 Derelict fuselage of VH-AGA Stored in a small shed on West Maitland aerodrome NSW
30.10.68 Derelict fuselage of VH-AGA noted at West Maitland aerodrome, loaded on a trailer with the discarded wings of VH-AGL.
c68 Reported that the trailer loaded with parts of VH-AGA & -AGL was taken to Queensland by a prospective purchaser but in the meantime the project was sold to Rob Robilliard, Griffith NSW. By the time he got the components to Griffith he described AGA's fuselage and most parts as "beyond restoration".
76 Advertised for sale in poor condition by vintage aircraft sales company Hendon Flight, Sydney
79 Acquired by George Sutherland, Gympie Qld
79 Moved by road to Gympie Qld by Sutherland. He owns a number of vintage aircraft and plans a complete rebuild of VH-AGA, using only the metal fittings and manufacturing all wooden airframe components. He also has Moth Minor VH-ACQ pending rebuild
10.79 Dilapidated fuselage VH-AGA noted stored at Gympie Qld, with a set of wings marked VH-AGL which were included in the restoration project package with the fuselage. DH plate in fuselage shows "94084".  Wings had been stripped for restoration
87 AGA reportedly now with new owner
c93 Remains of VH-AGA moved to NZ as basis of restoration project by Croydon Aircraft Co, Mandeville
21.3.05 VH-AGA fuselage noted at Mandeville NZ, wearing registration but woodwork in extremely poor condition

  

          A21-20 civilianised as VH-AGA, on a farm near Nhill Vic 1946.                                                                                               Kevin O'Reilly collection


  

          Essendon 1948.                                                                                                                                                                                The Collection


  

              Derelict fuselage in a shed at West Maitland airfield NSW, July 1967.                                                                                    Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

          VH-AGA fuselage and discarded wings of VH-AGL, West Maitland October 1968.                                                                                      The Collection




94086                                                                                                                                                                                       (G-AFYS), A21-21

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
15.5.39 Registration G-AFYS reserved by DH for 94086

British Registration Not Taken Up

British Register ledger: "28.3.44: Marking reserved for radio callsign for Liberator aircraft flown by Americans"

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
7.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-21. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
4.11.40 Received 12 Squadron, Darwin ex 2AD, along with A21-22 and A21-33
2.11.41 Forced landing on Darwin Civil Aerodrome due engine failure, no damage. Pilots Wing Commander J. R. G. McDonald and Flt Lt M. P. Willing unhurt. 12 Squadron, Darwin

12 Sqn personnel and Wirraways moved from Darwin to Daly Waters NT in early February 1942 and quickly relocated to Batchelor NT on 9 February 1942. 
Despite the move of base, two of its Wirraways were damaged by shrapnel on the ground at Darwin during the first Japanese raid on 19.2.42, one at the civil aerodrome, the other at the RAAF aerodrome
14.2.42
A21-21 RAAF Status Card: "U/S at 12 Recovery & Salvage Unit. "

(Authority for this back-dated entry was dated 14.9.42.
12RSU was not formed until May 1942, at Charters Towers Qld.
Probably a clerical error for 1RSU formed 18.3.42 at Daly Waters NT?)

Status Card: final entry "Location not known"



94085                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A21-22

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
1.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-22. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
4.11.40 Received 12 Squadron, Darwin ex 2AD along with A21-21 and A21-33
19.6.41 Damaged in groundloop when landing in cross wind. Port spar cracked near wingtip

12 Sqn personnel and Wirraways moved from Darwin to Daly Waters NT in early February 1942 and quickly relocated to Batchelor NT on 9 February 1942. 
Despite the move of base, two of its Wirraways were damaged by shrapnel on the ground at Darwin during the first Japanese raid on 19.2.42, one at the civil aerodrome, the other at the RAAF aerodrome
19.2.42
Pilot log book F/O David Hopton of 12 Squadron: Local flight Batchelor in A21-22.

(At that time he believed A21-22 was the only serviceable Moth Minor of the three allocated to 12 Squadron and he was unaware of the status of A21-21 & A21-33)
3.42
Believed to be the camouflaged RAAF Moth Minor flown by US Army Battery B of 147th Field Artillery Regiment, which was posted to Batchelor in early March 1942 to work on airfield ground facilities and defences.
A photograph shows the aircraft with name Princess Pat hand-painted on the nose in white over the camouflage, and “P-147” on the rudder in white (for 147th FAR).

This US Army unit left Batchelor in May 1942, probably leaving the Moth Minor behind
17.3.42 RAAF file memo: HQ North West Area request the Air Board to allot A21-22 from 12 Sqn to No.34 Sqn. Reply 8.4.42 stating a temporary allotment could be made pending a final decision.
18.5.42 U/S at No.1 Recovery & Salvage Unit, Daly Waters NT
5.42 RAAF File memo: HQ North West Area advise Air Board that A21-22 is currently at 1RSU Daly Waters unserviceable, with serviceability indefinite.
8.10.42 Allotted Guinea Airways for overhaul ex 1RSU
2.11.42 At Daly Waters with 1RSU awaiting transport to Guinea Airways at Adelaide
27.11.42 Approval for Conversion to Components

(At that stage of the war, with Japanese invasion considered close, priority for access to road transport to Adelaide for such a non-operational aircraft would have been very low)



94083                                                                                                                                                                                        (G-AFYR), A21-23, VH-AFU

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
15.5.39 Registration G-AFYR reserved by DH for 94083

British Registration Not Taken Up

British Register ledger: "28.3.44: Marking reserved for radio callsign for Liberator aircraft flown by Americans"

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
7.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-23. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
25.6.40 Issued No.22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
16.9.40 Serviceable at 2AD
17.11.40 Serviceable at Central Flying School, Camden
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-23 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB: After inspection A21-23 approved to be flown to DH at Mascot for repairs
18.5.41 Flown to DH at Mascot for modifications
22.8.41 Flight tested and flown to 2AD Richmond for storage
18.1.42 Received No.2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier ex 2AD
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-23 is currently held at 2AOS in serviceable condition
6.9.43 Received No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 2AOS
28.10.43 Received No.2 Air Ambulance Unit, Kingaroy ex 3CF. Moved to Archerfield 9.44.
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
9.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposal Commission for £300 from Queensland Flying Training School
16.3.45 Issued to Queensland Flying training School ex 2AAU


9.7.45 Registered VH-AFU: Queensland Flying Training School, Archerfield Aerodrome,
Brisbane Qld
4.4.46 Change of owners name: Queensland Flying Services, Archerfield Airport Qld
27.7.46 visited Casino NSW airshow, all silver
24.9.46 A Moth Minor owned by QFS flew urgent blood supplies from Archerfield to Kingaroy, flown by Mr. J. Schultz of Brisbane
19.2.50 A Moth Minor owned by QFS flew urgent blood supplies from Archerfield to Condamine Qld for an accident victim.
8.50 visited airshow Casino NSW
8.53 Change of ownership: Stanley J. Porter, Brisbane Qld
5.4.54 Change of ownership: Henry W. Endres. Brisbane Qld
20.7.56 Change of ownership: S. K. Wignell, Wedderburn Vic
56 Painted silver with red trim
5.11.56 Crashed near Gisborne Vic. Struck a timbered ridge near Mount Macedon in low cloud and was wrecked. Owner Lindsay Wignell, 25, of Wedderburn and fellow pilot Coonley Edwards Price had departed Moorabbin at 5.30am to fly to Wedderburn. Both killed.
29.3.57 Struck-off Register

  

         Queensland Flying Services insignia on the rudder.                                                                                              State Library of Queensland


  

           VH-AFU visiting an airshow at Casino NSW July 1946.                                                                                              Alan Sheppard collection



94087                                                                                                                                                                                                      A21-24, VH-AHK

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
27.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-24. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
25.6.40 Issued No.23 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD (23 Sqn later moved to Lowood Qld)
24.3.41 Forced landing 3 miles northeast of Ipswich Qld due engine failure, no damage. Pilot Flying Officer J. Dewar unhurt. Operated by No.3 SFTS Amberley
3.4.41 Forced landing 2 miles east of Boonah Qld due engine failure, no damage. Pilots Flying Officer J. Brereton and Pilot Officer J. Woods unhurt. Operated by No.3 SFTS Amberley
13.1.42 Forced landing 10 miles west of Archerfield Qld, no damage. Pilots Sgt A.C.Davies and Pilot Officer R. B. Creagh unhurt. Operated by 23 Sqn
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-7, -8, -24 with 23 Squadron at Lowood in serviceable condition
14.10.42 Allotted No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 23 Sqn
9.11.42 Attached to 23 Sqn, Lowood Qld
11.2.43 Issued No.71 Squadron, Lowood ex 23Sqn
14.8.44 Received 5AD Storage, Cootamundra ex 71 Sqn for storage pending disposal.
Total hours flown in RAAF service: 319 hrs 45 mins
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
3.45 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £75 to F.H. Edwards, Melbourne
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from Fred H. Edwards on letterhead Edwards Aero Services, Essendon Airport, Melbourne: he has purchased four Moth Minors from RAAF Cootamundra A21-3,
-10, 24, -38. All will be signed out as airworthy by licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder, then will be ferried from Cootamundra to Essendon as a group under his supervision by the following pilots:
- Jack Hodder
- A. O. Keillerup
- Desmond Cook
- Mrs. Gertie McKenzie (later changed to Mr. J. L. Roche)
Fred Edwards will be flying Mr. Ouston's Moth Minor A21-19
3.4.45 Edwards wrote to DCA from Cootamundra, where he is preparing for the group ferry flight
4.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Issued to F. H. Edwards ex 5AD Storage.  


27.6.45 Registration application: William T. Hall, Cavendish Vic
A21-24 quoted on application form
7.45 Civil inspection completed at Essendon by engineer J.D. Hodder
14.7.45 Registered VH-AHK
14.7.45 CofA issued
19.4.47 visited airshow at Albury NSW
3.12.50 Change of ownership: Walter G. Knight, Dennington Vic
8.4.52 Change of ownership: H. J. "Jack" Williams, Nhill Vic
15.2.53 Flew Port Augusta-Parafield, pilot W. McMullin
23.2.53 Change of ownership: Leonard Freeth, Melbourne Vic
20.6.53 Change of ownership: Arthur V. Fuggle, Melbourne Vic
26.5.55 Change of ownership: Christian J. Siemer, Delamere SA
2.11.55 Log book; Ferried Koonawarra-Broken Hill-Yunta-Parafield

Log book: extended maintenance at Parafield, short test flights only

Stored Parafield
21.4.60 Log book: Departed Parafield on ferry flight to Perth, pilot Reg C. Currell
23.4.60 Log book: arrived at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth from Parafield
21.5.60 Change of ownership: Geoffrey R. Lawrence, Benjaberring WA
11.60 DCA report: AHK is at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth being maintained by WA Aircraft Service Co Pty Ltd. It is owned by Geoffrey Lawrence of Benjaberring
25.10.62 DCA inspection report, location not stated: port wing tip badly damaged
2.63 DCA inspection report at Cunderdin under ANO on glued wooden construction restrictions. Confirmed that casein glue was used throughout, so AHK is exempt from the ban.
8.2.63 Change of ownership: Carol Guthrie, Busselton WA
20.11.63
Crashed, wrecked on landing Busselton WA.
DCA accident report: "The pilot who had very little experience, attempted to land the aircraft after last light but he allowed it to stall whilst on approach and collided with trees."
Pilot Richard F. Gray of Busselton was aged 22, Student Pilot Licence, 4 hours flying experience on PA-22 type, none on DH.94.
DCA report stated it was an unauthorised solo flight
20.11.63 Struck-off Register
29.12.63 Wreckage still in scrub on Busselton airfield, large sections of fuselage and tailplane had been removed. Owner Guthrie says he only salvaged wing sections and parts.

A21-24 has been quoted as 94097 by some sources:

c/n 94087 was allocated engine No.20097 at Hatfield
c/n 94097 was assigned engine No.20112 at Hatfield
A21-24 Status Card quotes engine as 20097 when delivered to RAAF
A21-32 Status Card quotes engine as 20112 when delivered to RAAF

 


    Nhill Vic 1952, with Wimmera Aero Club Tiger Moth VH-BXS behind.                                                                                   Photo via John Williams

  

        Newspaper photograph of VH-AHK's crash at Busselton, taken the next morning, 21 November 1963


  

    VH-AHK's remains still in situ Busselton in December 1963.                                                                                                        Photo by Alistair Coutts




94089                                                                                                                                                                                  (G-AFSE), A21-25, VH-AEM

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Allocated G-AFSE: Not Taken Up

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
27.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-25. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
8.7.40 Issued No.24 Squadron, Amberley ex 2AD.  24 Sqn moved to Townsville 10.40
6.11.40 Forced landing 5 miles northeast of Ayr, Qld (50 miles south of Townsville), no damage.
Engine failure in flight, attempts to restart engine by diving were unsuccessful. Cause of failure was found to be a blocked fuel line. Pilot Officer J. MacMillan and passenger unhurt. 24 Squadron
18.8.42 RAAF Pilot log book Alf Humble: A21-25 circuits at Townsville
14.9.42 Issued 3AD Amberley ex Townsville
15.7.43 Issued No.11 Recovery and Salvage Unit, Mount Druitt NSW ex 3AD
26.10.43 Received 3AD Amberley ex 11RSU
4.12.44 Allotted Care and Maintenance, Evans Head ex 3AD.  2AP to ferry.
19.1.45 RAAF inspection report for Commonwealth Disposal Commission: located at 3AD
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
31.1.45 Received 2AD Care and Maintenance Section, Evans Head ex 3AD.  
2.2.45 Received No.1 Air Observers School Store, Evans Head ex 2AD Care and Maintenance
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
10.3.45 RAAF Status Card: To be issued to Mr. W. Stillard, "Marbock", Hawson Mail, Cobram Vic.  Price £205
1.4.45 Taken delivery of by Mr. W. Stillard
.45 Flown from Evans Head to Essendon by Wallace Stillard

Letter from RAAF HQ dated 5.5.45 to No.5 Maintenance Group, Sydney demanding an explanation for A21-25 being flown from 3AD Amberley to Evans Head after an instruction that all Moth Minor aircraft were frozen pending disposal by Commonwealth Disposals Commission:  
"Despite this instruction, Moth Minor A21-25 was issued from 3AD on 31st January 1945. Advice has now been received from Disposals Commission complaining about the movement of the aircraft from Amberley to Evans Head after they had been given an assurance that all aircraft for disposal would be frozen and pointing out the great deal of inconvenience which was caused to the purchaser Mr. Stillard, who proceeded to Amberley to collect it. However Mr. Stillard discovered on arrival at Evans Head that the aircraft had not only flown considerable additional hours to those shown on the survey report but that it had been crashed and was in damaged condition. No report of any damage sustained by this aircraft has been received at this Headquarters.
As a result of this, the contract of sale made with Mr. Stillard was void and the matter had to be dealt with on an entirely fresh basis and the amount of £80 was lost on the sale."
No response is on file, but this letter implies that CDC dropped the sale price for A21-25 from £205 to £125.


4.45 W. Stillard wrote to DCA advising that he had purchased Moth Minor A21-25 and Miles Falcon A37-1 from CDC sales. On 16.4.45 DCA allocated VH-AEM to the Moth Minor and re-issued the Falcon’s pre-impressment registration VH-ABT.
10.4.45 Registration application: Wallace O. Stillard, "Marbock", Barooga NSW
A21-25 quoted on application form
15.6.45 Registered VH-AEM
15.6.45 CofA issued at Essendon          
14.6.46 CofA expired
8.46 Work has commenced at Essendon to renew the CofA
24.3.47 CofA renewed at Essendon
26.8.47 Stillard missing on a flight Canberra-Geelong in his Percival Q6 VH-ABY, with John Meehan of Geelong Airways. Wreck found many months later in mountains near Wee Jasper NSW with remains of both occupants.
9.8.48 Struck off Register as Withdrawn from Service
8.5.50 Purchased from the Estate of the late W. Shrimpton by Colene J. Tobin, Albury NSW
14.6.50 Restored to Register: Colene J. Tobin, Albury NSW
14.6.50 CofA renewed at Essendon
20.7.50 Change of ownership: Sidney Davis, Albury NSW
13.5.51 Change of ownership: Rupert J. Howes, Yass NSW
22.5.51 Press report: Mr. R. Howes of Yass, a member of the Canberra Aero Club, has purchased his own Moth Minor aircraft. He will keep it at Canberra Aerodrome.
15.11.51 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport NSW
12.12.51 Change of ownership: Geoffrey B. Woodward, Melbourne Vic
23.5.52 Crashed in forced landing Bonnie Doon Vic. Precautionary landing in a paddock due poor weather, struck a fence. Pilot H. K. Torr
11.12.52 Struck-off Register


94090                                                                                                                                                                                                           A21-26

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
27.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-26. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
4.7.40 Issued to No.24 Squadron, Amberley ex 2AD.   24 Sqn moved to Townsville 10.40
23.3.42 Forced landing, totally destroyed by fire
6.4.42 Status Card: Destroyed by enemy action
7.11.42 Approved for Write Off


94092                                                                                                                                                                                                             A21-27

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-27. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
11.7.40 Issued to No.24 Squadron, Amberley ex 2AD.   24 Sqn moved to Townsville 10.40
26.5.42 Extenisve damage when ground looped on landing
1.6.42 Attached U/S at Station HQ Townsville
10.8.42 Issued to No.12 Recovery & Salvage Unit, Townsville ex SHQ Townsville
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-27 is currently with 12RSU Townsville, condition unknown
28.9.42 Received No.3 Aircraft Depot, Amberley ex 12RSU
2.11.42 Awaiting coversion
12.11.42 Approval for Conversion to Components


94093                                                                                                                                                                                                             A21-28

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
27.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-28. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
25.6.40 Issued No.4 Squadron, Richmond.
2.7.40 Forced landing Beckstern NSW, no damage. Due engine failure caused by petrol shortage. Crew Pilot Officer B. Todd and Pilot Officer V. East were unhurt. 4 Squadron.
22.7.40 Issued to No.2 Service Flying Training School, Wagga ex 4 Sqn
19.4.42 Received No.5 Service Flying Training School, Uranquinty ex 5AD Wagga
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-28 is currently held at 5SFTS Uranquinty in serviceable condition
20.12.43 Request allotment for airframe overhaul, mainspar U/S
14.1.44 Issued to DH at Mascot for necessary repairs ex 5SFTS
28.1.44 Allotted No.2 Central Recovery Depot, Richmond ex DH for conversion
9.3.44 Approval for Conversion to Components


94094                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A21-29

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
29.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-29. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
29.3.40 RAAF memo: A21-29, -32, -34, -36 ferried from Mascot to Richmond on delivery to 2AD
25.6.40 Issued to No.4 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD. (4 Sqn moved to Canberra 10.40)
9.4.42 Arrived at 11EFTS Benalla from Canberra. Remained on strength 4 Sqn
30.7.42 Received No.24 Squadron Townsville ex 4 Sqn
10.8.42 U/S at 24 Sqn. Allotment cancelled
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-29 is at Bankstown unserviceable
7.9.42 Received No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 4 Sqn
21.12.42 Temporarily attached 2FS ex 3CF
6.9.43 Maintenance at 1FS
6.4.44 Status Card next entry: Allotted No.2 Central Recovery Depot, Richmond ex 1FS
12.4.44 Received 2CRD ex 101FS
14.6.44 Approval given to convert to components at Salvage Unit

Converted to components




94095                                                                                                                                                       (G-AFUV), A21-30, VH-AFQ, (CF-AOO), N16731

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Allocated G-AFUV: Not Taken Up

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
19.3.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-30. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
25.6.40 Issued to No.4 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD. (4 Sqn moved to Canberra 10.40)
27.1.41 Forced landing on a hillside 6 miles southeast of Canberra. Undercarriage, propeller and engine damaged. Crew Pilot officer R. G. Marshall and Sgt Buley unhurt. 4 Squadron
18.8.42 Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot ex 4 Sqn for overhaul
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-30 is at Camden, unserviceable
23.10.42 Received 2AD Richmond ex Ansett Airways Mascot
28.12.42 Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 2AD
19.2.43 Pilot log Harry Dawkins, instructor 6SFTS Mallala: 25 mins solo
25.2.43 Pilot log Harry Dawkins, instructor 6SFTS Mallala: 35 mins solo
8.4.43 Pilot log Harry Dawkins, instructor 6SFTS Mallala: 1 hour solo
25.10.44 Received 6SFTS Stored Reserve ex 6SFTS equipment
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
6.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £120 from
LAC McKinnon, RAAF Benalla Vic
23.3.45 Departed 6SFTS on purchase


6.3.45 Registration application: J. McKinnon, Mount Gambier SA
Application form quotes A21-30 and 94095, "built Mascot 19.3.40, originally built Hatfield"

DCA file note states "Previous registration G-AFCV" (a Short Empire). a transcription error for G-AFUV
6.3.45 Registered VH-AFQ
4.45 DCA report: VH-AFQ is at RAAF Station, Mount Gambier SA being flown by McKinnon without a CofA
5.45 Ferried Mount Gambier to Essendon for CofA inspection
15.6.45 CofA issued at Essendon
24.2.46 Change of ownership: Ralf M. Gericke, Naracoorte SA
19.12.47 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
13.5.48 Restored to Register: Ralf M. Gericke, Naracoorte SA
2.5.56 Change of ownership: K. Reidy, Stawell Vic, later Melbourne Vic
17.9.59 Withdrawn from service
1.7.61 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service 17.9.59
23.2.62 Restored to Register: M. W. Palmer & E. Aubort, Melbourne Vic
13.1.64 noted at Belmont Common airfield, Geelong Vic in the remaining hangar
27.1.64 VH-AFQ visited Moorabbin Vic after a stay at Belmont Common. It was reported in good condition, all silver with red fuselage flash
2.5.64 refuelled at Wagga NSW reportedly on a flight to Queensland
29.3.65 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
12.65 Restored to Register:  Eric Aubort, Tamworth NSW
8.1.66 Change of ownership:  Frank De Britt t/a De Britt Motors, Cootamundra NSW
6.2.66 noted at Cootamundra, silver with red trim, airworthy
.68 Sold to Robert Diemert, Carman Manitoba, Canada
11.9.68 Struck-off Register, sold to Canada

Diemert was allocated Canadian registration CF-AOO but it was Not Taken Up.
Canadian DoT file quoted identity "940095", previously certified in Australia.
Canadian registration not completed due incomplete certification paperwork
.70 CF-AOO seen at an airshow in Manitoba, owned Diemert.

Sold to USA
- Registered N16731 Lewis Merton, Alabama

note: some sources say this is the Moth Minor held by Confederate Air Force HQ, Harlingen Texas by 1977. It was seen there in 10.77 by the compiler, parked complete in museum aircraft collection, painted in camouflage. No registration, no plate inside cockpit.

However that aircraft is in fact N94DH c/n 94020 ex HB-OMU. It was later repainted in a different RAF camouflage scheme and by 1987 was displayed at Harlingen as RAF "AV977". It is currently on static display at the renamed Commemorative Air Force's Rio Grand Valley Wing, Brownsville Texas.

  

            A21-30 fitted with the cowlings of A21-36.                                                                                                                         Frank F. Smith collection


  

            Naracoorte SA circa 1950.                                                                                                                          Photo: Civil Aviation Historical Society  
      

  

        Cootamundra NSW in February 1966, silver with red trim.                                                                                                   Photo by Geoff Goodall



94096                A21-31

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-31. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
18.7.40 Issued to No.4 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD. (4 Sqn moved to Canberra 10.40)
17.8.42 Received No.3 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 4 Sqn
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-31 is currently at Mascot, unserviceable
6.2.43 Received No.73 Squadron, Nowra ex 3CF  (3 Sqn had detachments at Camden and Coffs Harbour)
7.7.43 Substantial damage in ground-loop on landing at Camden
9.7.43 Allotment for repair to be advised. DAP contractors working to full capacity
24.9.43 Received by DH Mascot ex 73 Sqn
13.1.44 Received No.2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex DH Mascot
25.2.44 Received No.3 Communications Unit, Mascot ex 2AP
11.7.44 3CU Pilot log: Mascot-Richmond-Mascot
12.7.44 Received No.2 Central Recovery Depot, Richmond ex 3CU
12.9.44 Approval for Conversion to Components

  

     A21-31.                                                                                                                                                                                  Frank F. Smith collection




94097                                                                                                                                                                                                             A21-32

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
29.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-32. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
29.3.40 RAAF memo: A21-29, -32, -34, -36 ferried from Mascot to Richmond on delivery to 2AD
30.7.40 Issued No.22 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
11.11.40 Serviceable on loan to 4EFTS, Mascot
25.11.40 Serviceable with 22 Sqn
12.1.41 Crashed near Richmond NSW. Extensive damage when struck power lines during low flying dropping flour bombs at Yarramunda, Falls Bridge, 5 miles southwest of Richmond. Made a forced landing in a field. Crew Pilot Officer J.W. Piper and observer Flt Lt L. Moffatt unhurt. 22 Squadron. Aircraft was engaged in Army cooperation work with troops on weekend exercises. RAAF Report: “struck telephone wires - forced landing”  “its tail-plane, comprising rudder and elevators, was torn off” – during forced landing in an adjacent cornfield, a “wing was torn off and the propeller damaged.”
20.1.41 Allotted 2AD Richmond for report on whether to repair or convert to components
4.2.41 Approval for Conversion to Components



94098                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A21-33

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
29.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-33. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
4.11.40 Received No.12 Squadron, Darwin ex 2AD, along with A21-21 and A21-22
8.12.40 Wirraway A20-131 taxied into A21-33 which received damage to starboard mainplane
16.2.42 Serviceable at 12 Sqn.
(12 Sqn personnel and Wirraways moved from Darwin to Daly Waters NT in early February 1942 and quickly relocated to Batchelor NT on 9 February 1942. 
Despite the move of base, two of its Wirraways were damaged by schrapnel on the ground at Darwin during the first Japanese raid on 19.2.42, one at the civil aerodrome, the other at the RAAF aerodrome)

Last entry on RAAF Status Card (undated): "Location not known"



94099                                                                                                                                                                                                       A21-34, VH-AEK

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
29.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-34. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
29.3.40 RAAF memo: A21-29, -32, -34, -36 ferried from Mascot to Richmond on delivery to 2AD
20.9.40 Delivered to Central Flying School, Camden ex 2AD
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-34 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB: After inspection A21-34 approved to be flown to DH at Mascot for repairs
18.5.41 Flown to DH at Mascot for modifications
15.11.41 Serviceable at 2AD Richmond ex DH Mascot
1.2.42 Received No.5 Service Flying Training School, Uranquinty ex 2AD
8.7.42 Forced landing due engine failure on takeoff
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-34 currently held at 5SFTS, Uranquinty in serviceable condition
20.12.44 Received 8EFTS Stored Reserve, Narrandera ex 5SFTS for storage
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
9.3.45 Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £100 from
A. J. Peardon, Sydney NSW
21.3.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AEK to a Moth Minor on application by A. J. Peardon
26.3.45 RAAF Status crard: Collected by A. J. Peardon


7.45 E.A.Hirst wrote to DCA advising that he has purchased VH-AEK from Mr. A. J. Peardon, who had intended to use the aircraft on his return from New Guinea after his military service. However Peardon commenced flying instruction with Royal Aero Club of NSW and decided he was not suited to being a pilot and sold his Moth Minor
7.7.45 Registration application: Eric A. Hirst, "Lyndhurst", Cowra NSW
A21-34 added in penvil on application form
9.7.45 Registered VH-AEK
9.7.45 CofA issued
22.1.46 Crashed into sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW. Struck the sea off McKenzie point, Tamara Bay near Bondi Beach, which was crowded with swimmers. Pilot Eric Hirst was killed.
Hirst held only a restricted private pilot licence, which required him to remain within 3 miles of Mascot aerodrome. He was flying over the beach where his girlfriend was watching. Witnesses said he was standing up in the cockpit
13.2.46 Struck-off Register



94100                                                                                                                                                                                               (G-AFSF), A21-35

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

Allocated G-AFSF: Not Taken Up

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
28.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-35. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
18.9.40 Allotted Central Flying School, Camden ex 2AD
20.9.40 Delivered to Central Flying School ex 2AD
7.1.41 Crashed in forced landing near Camden NSW.  Instruction in forced landing 3 miles north of Camden. RAAF accident report: "forced approach landing practice - pilot did final gliding turn too low and slowly - aircraft struck ground heavily on port wing and undercarriage."
Extensively damaged, majority of airframe beyond repair.  Flying Officer C.H.C. Thompson and Sgt A. A. Buck minor injured.  CFS.
30.1.41 Approval for Conversion to Components
 

94091                                                                                                                                                                                                      A21-36

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England

No British registration allocated

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
29.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-36. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
29.3.40 RAAF memo: A21-29, -32, -34, -36 ferried from Mascot to Richmond on delivery to 2AD

Initial RAAF Status Card (unit allocations 1940-43) lost
1.41 attached to No.6 Squadron, Richmond
18.1.41 Struck a fence while taxying at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney.  Caused by strong wind and brake failure. Prop and cowling damaged. Pilot Officer D. C. Stumm injured. 6 Squadron
22.9.41 Received 2AD ex DH Mascot
10.12.41 Issued No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 2AD
11.12.41 6SFTS ORB: A21-36 arrived ex 2AD
8.4.42 Pilot log Harry Dawkins, instructor 6SFTS Mallala: check-out 15 mins dual, 15 mins solo
29.4.42 6SFTS ORB: A21-36 allotted to No.5 SFTS, Deniliquin ex 6SFTS
8.42 RAAF report: on strength 5SFTS Uranquinty
17.12.43 Instructional Airframe Moth Minor No.6

Issued to 26 Squadron Air Training Corps, Rose Bay, Sydney
21.3.45 Approval for Conversion to Components


94082                                                                                                                                                                                                   (G-AFYP), A21-37

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England
15.5.39 Registration G-AFYP reserved by DH for 94082

British Registration Not Taken Up

British Register ledger: "28.3.44: Marking reserved for radio callsign for Liberator aircraft flown by Americans"

Uncompleted at Hatfield when DH.94 production line shut down

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors
.40 Testflown Mascot
12.4.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-37. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
2.9.40 Issued to Central Flying School, Camden ex 2AD
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-37 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB: After inspection A21-37 approved to be flown to DH at Mascot for repairs
18.5.41 Flown to DH at Mascot for modifications
18.10.41 Received 2AD Richmond ex DH Mascot
16.1.42 A21-37 arrived Narrandera from Richmond then departed next day to Hay NSW.
(8EFTS Narrandera ORB)
24.1.42 Received No.6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala ex 2AD
4.5.42 Issued to No.7 Service Flying Training School, Deniliquin ex 6SFTS
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-37 is currently held at 7SFTS in serviceable condition
22.3.43 7SFTS awaiting allotment for complete overhaul
24.9.43 Received 5AD Wagga ex 7SFTS for conversion
18.9.43 Approval for Conversion to Components


DHP17                                                                                                                                                                                                    A21-38, VH-AIB

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England.
British c/n not known

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
4.40 Assembled at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors. Assigned Australian c/n DHP.17
12.4.40 Testflown Mascot
24.4.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-38. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
2.9.40 Issued to No.6 Squadron, Richmond ex 2AD
30.9.40 Wing struck port rudder of Hudson A16-5 when Moth Minor taxied behind the parked Hudson, minor damage. Pilot Officer D.G.Dey.
22.10.40 Struck telegraph wires on takeoff at Richmond, minor damage. Flying Officer Sturman
18.1.41 Struck a fence while taxying at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. Minor damage.
RAAF Accident report: "whilst taxying, strong wind turned aircraft towards fence. Brakes ineffective, pilot turned engine off, aircraft rolled gently into fence."
Pilot Officer D. Stumm.
17.2.41 Issued 22 Squadron, Richmond ex 6 Sqn
23.3.42 Received Station HQ Richmond ex 22 Sqn
13.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-38 is currently held at HQ Richmond in unserviceable condition
15.2.44 Received 38 Squadron, Richmond ex SHQ Richmond
7.9.44 Received 5AD Storage Cootamundra ex 38 Sqn for storage
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945. Available for inspection at RAAF Cootamundra.
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA of sale of A21-38 to Mr. F.H.Edwards
22.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £75 to
F. H. Edwards, Melbourne Vic
27.3.45 Letter to DCA from Fred H. Edwards on letterhead Edwards Aero Services, Essendon Airport, Melbourne: he has purchased four Moth Minors from RAAF Cootamundra A21-3,
-10, 24, -38. All will be signed out as airworthy by licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder, then will be ferried from Cootamundra to Essendon as a group under his supervision by the following pilots:
- Jack Hodder
- A. O. Keillerup
- Desmond Cook
- Mrs. Gertie McKenzie (later changed to Mr. J. L. Roche)
Fred Edwards will be flying Mr. Ouston's Moth Minor A21-19
3.4.45 Edwards wrote to DCA from Cootamundra, where he is preparing for the group ferry flight
4.4.45 RAAF Status Card: Issued to F. H. Edwards ex 5AD Storage


19.10.45 Registration application: Fred H. Edwards, Melbourne Vic
DHP.17 quoted on application form, built Sydney 4.40, first flight Mascot 12.4.40
26.11.45 Registered VH-AIB
26.11.45 CofA issued at Essendon


17.2.47 Change of ownership: Misses Patricia Norton and Nancie A. Watts, Hobart Tasmania
19.2.47 Arrived Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart on ferry flight from Melbourne by Mr. L. Jones, instructor with Tasmanian Aero Club Southern Section, with Miss Norton as navigator. They had departed Essendon the previous day, and made stops at Yarram, Pats River and St Helens.
5.47 Being operated on lease by Tasmanian Aero Club Southern Section, Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart
19.9.47 Pat Norton flew VH-AIB from Hobart to Melbourne, accompanied by Miss Nan Watts of Hobart.  Miss Norton was a former champion Australian Olympic swimmer. They departed Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart at 9am, refuelled at Flinders island and Yarram, and arrived at Essendon Airport at 4pm.  They plan to fly to Adelaide then Mildura.
4.3.48 Change of ownership: Maxwell L. Matheson, "Coonara", Red Cliffs Vic
27.9.48 Change of ownership: Herbert S. Berkefeld, Mount Gambier SA
10.3.49 DCA inspection report: housed on a property three miles from Mount Gambier, in a timber and galvanised iron shed. Aircraft condition was good and airstrip satisfactory
2.7.55 Change of ownership: Cooney E. Price, Wedderburn Vic
5.11.56 Price killed in crash of Moth Minor VH-AFU near Gisborne Vic when flying to Wedderburn with Lindsay Wignall. Price was a First Constable with Victorian Police who took up flying at Mildura in 1952. He had flown VH-AIB to Rockhampton Qld and Victor Harbour SA.  After his death his wife said she would sell the Moth Minor which was stored at the Wedderburn police station
15.2.57 Change of ownership: M. J. & J. S. Lanham, Melbourne Vic
29.9.57 Forced landing in Melbourne suburb of Springvale due to storm while flying to nearby Moorabbin Airport, no damage. Pilot Jim Lanham (sic) and passenger unhurt.
11.9.59 Change of ownership: L. M. Morton & E. J. Veale, Melbourne Vic
1.9.63 Change of ownership: George P. Russell, The Basin Vic
28.2.64 noted at Moorabbin Vic in Airspread hangar, reassembled after a period dismantled. Owner George Russell pans to have it flying again soon.
30.8.64 VH-AIB noted on a farm property near Coldstream Vic, along with Auster VH-KSZ
2.65 noted at Ballarat Vic, all over yellow with black trim, name Miss Canary
6.65
Ownership became a partnership of George Russell & Nelson Wilson, Wandin North Vic
6.4.69 visited Morwell Vic fly-in, all over yellow with black trim, name Miss Canary
29.9.69 Civil Register change of ownership: Nelson R. Wilson, Wandin North Vic
20.12.70 Forced landing in a farm paddock near Wonthaggi Vic due engine failure. No damage
Pilot Nelson Wilson had joined a loose formation with two Austers flown by Roger Pearman and Ted Veil, to fly along the shoreline of the bay to Wonthaggi.  VH-AIB’s engine failed near Wonthaggi due to a rocker-bearing stud coming off at No.3 cylinder.   The engine was temporarily repaired on the spot by fitting a bolt found in the farmer’s workshop. Later that day Nelson Wilson attempted to fly out.
20.12.70
Crashed on takeoff Wonthaggi Vic.
After the forced-landing in a small paddock, the only takeoff run required Nelson Wilson to avoid a high fence and power wires at the end. As soon as he was airborne he banked to the right but side-slipped into the ground and the starboard wing struck a fence around a silage pit and the aircraft cart-wheeled to the ground.
Extensive damage, with only the port wing and tailplane undamaged.

The wreck was moved to Wilson’s property at Wandin North. Useable parts were removed and stored with the undamaged port wing and tailplane. The remainder of VH-AIB was burnt.
71
The airframe of Nelson Wilson’s spare parts DH.94 VH-KHJ was then restored to represent VH-AIB.
71
Rebuild project moved by road to Griffith NSW for completion at Eric Robertson’s maintenance hangar
11.8.71 Completed fuselage of VH-AIB noted at Griffith in a hangar.

DCA NSW Region airworthiness officials were reluctant to renew the CofA at Griffith. With assistance from Colonel Keith Hatfield who operated Berwick airfield near Melbourne, DCA Victoria/Tasmania Region indicated they would review the certification.
2.1.72 Fuselage moved by road from Griffith to Berwick, in a trailer towed behind a car
.72 CofA renewed at Berwick
72 VH-AIB based at Berwick-Casey Field Vic, flown regularly
21.5.73 noted at Berwick, flying
17.12.74 Forced landing near Berwick due engine failure, no damage. Left in hangar on a private airstrip for six months.
.75 Moved by road to Berwick, left dismantled in hangar Berwick
5.75 noted at Berwick
2.1.76 Struck-off Register as owner's request
13.3.76 noted at Berwick, dismantled in hangar
30.1.77 First test flight Berwick after repairs completed
9.2.77 Restored to Register: Nelson R. Wilson, Wandin North Vic
17.2.77 ferried to RAAF Point Cook from Berwick by Nelson Wilson for loan to RAAF Museum. 

While at Point Cook, the fabric control surfaces were re-covered and repairs carried out. The starboard wing was also re-covered. When the paintwork on the fuselage (VH-KHJ) was rubbed back, the original RAAF markings A21-10 were revealed. Aircraft repainted silver with RAAF markings as “A21-10”
3.77 noted at Point Cook, red dope patches on tailplane and left wing
20.11.77 noted Point Cook, painted all silver with inaccurate RAAF markings "A21-10"
12.79 noted Point Cook at RAAF Museum, all silver "A21-10", excellent condition
13.2.82 flew at airshow Lilydale Vic, silver "A21-10"
22.4.84 visited Mangalore Vic airshow, silver “A21-10”
25.8.06 Change of ownership: Stephen Jenkins, Adelaide SA

Restored, flies as silver RAAF "A21-38"

Steve Jenkins wrote: "While rubbing back the markings I found yellow fuselage from "Miss Canary" days. Manufacturers plate located and installed again in a more prominent position."
25.2.07 Public debut at airshow at Goolwa SA, all silver, RAAF markings “A21-38”
11.9.10 Noted at Goolwa SA, all silver, RAAF markings “A21-38”

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           Moorabbin 1955.                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Eddie Coates


  

       Ballarat Vic February 1965, in yellow and black Miss Canary.                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

         RAAF Point Cook 1977.                                                                                                                                           Photo by Barrie Colledge


  

    VH-AIB at Mangalore Vic airshow, April 1984 now as RAAF A21-10.                                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

         VH-AIB at Goolwa SA, September 2010, after complete restoration.                                                                                             Photo by Nigel Daw




DHP18                                                                                                                                                                                                        A21-39, VH-AFS

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England.
British c/n not known

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
5.4.40 Completed at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors. Assigned Australian c/n DHP18
4.40 Testflown Mascot
23.4.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-39. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted to 2AD for flying practice
31.1.41 Allotted Central Flying School, Camden ex 2AD
27.3.41 CFS ORB: A21-39 and the other five DH.94s with CFS grounded due splits detected in wing spars in centre section at undercarriage attachment
17.5.41 CFS ORB: After inspection A21-39 approved to be flown to DH at Mascot for repairs
18.5.41 Flown to DH at Mascot for modifications
22.8.41 Flight tested at DH and flown to 2AD Richmond for storage
15.1.42 Received 1AD Laverton ex 2AD
19.3.42 Received No.3 Bombing and Air Gunnery School, West Sale ex 1AD  
(unit renamed Air Gunnery School 12.43)
7.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-39 is currently held at No.3 BGS in serviceable condition
20.10.44 RAAF report: last RAAF flight
29.10.44 Received AGS Stored Reserve. West Sale ex AGS initial equipment
1.45 RAAF survey report for CDC: location AGS, West Sale: condition good, total time 369 hours
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
9.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £100 from L. G. Underwood, Euroa Vic
14.3.45 Underwood wrote to DCA advising he had purchased A21-39, which is located at Air Gunnery School, West Sale. It is to be ferried to Essendon by Fred Edwards on 18.3.45.
18.3.45 Status Card: Issued to L. Underwood ex AGS
18.3.45 Ferried West Sale to Euroa by pilot Fred Edwards


25.6.45 Registration application: Noel Calvert, "Kornong", Nerrin Nerrin Vic
A21-39 and DHA.18 (sic) quoted on application form. Built Mascot 5.4.40
6.2.46 Registered VH-AFS
5.4.46 CofA issued after delay in overhaul
20.12.46 Change of ownership: W. D. Barrett, Orange NSW
5.2.47 CofA expired
25.8.47 CofA renewed at Mascot
25.8.47 Change of ownership: Hubert K. Suttor, "Womble", Euchareena NSW.
To be based at Orange NSW
31.10.48 Crashed and destroyed, near Forbes NSW.  Struck the ground in a paddock during aerobatics and burst into flames. Pilot Albert D. Styles, farmer of Forbes and his passenger both killed. Press reports stated that Styles was the owner of the aircraft.
17.12.48 Struck-off Register

  

             VH-AFS is in the centre of this gathering at Holbrook NSW in 1948.                                                                                    Ben Dannecker collection




DHP19                                                                                                                                                                                        A21-40, VH-AXB, VH-BXB

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England.
British c/n not known

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
4.40 Completed at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors. Assigned Australian c/n DHP.19
22.4.40 Testflown Mascot
23.4.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-40. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands

Allotted to 2AD for flying practice
26.4.42 On landing struck a stake markiong an unserviceable area on the aerodrome, Centre section and fuel tank pierced.
14.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-40 is currently with 2AD Richmond in unserviceable condition
21.12.42 Received No.1 Bombing and Air Gunnery School, Evans Head ex 2AD
13.12.43 Received No.1 Air Observers School, Evans Head ex 1BAGS
15.9.44 1AOS request Allotment for overhaul, tail wheel U/S and fuel tank U/S. Aircraft will be dismantled for transportation
27.11.44 Received 2AD Care & Maintenance Section, Evans Head ex 1AOS
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
12.2.45 Received 1AOS Stored Reserve, Evans Head ex 2AD C&M
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945
16.3.45 CDC advised DCA that A21-40 had been sold to J. H. Alessio
22.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £75 to
J. H. Alessio, Melbourne Vic
30.4.45 Aircraft collected by J. H. Alessio


24.7.45 J. H. Alessio wrote to DCA advising that he had purchased A21-40.
14.8.45 Alessio wrote to DCA advising he had sold A21-40 to Mr. George Bennett, Melbourne
10.9.45 George Bennett wrote to DCA advising he has purchased A21-40 in partnership with Robert H. Herd, 200 Latrobe Terrace, Geelong Vic. CofA overhaul is being carried out at Herd's address
30.7.46 Registration application: George W. M. Bennett, Geelong Vic
DHP.19 quoted on application form, and first flight 22.4.40
19.12.46 Registered VH-AXB
19.12.46 CofA issued
4.47 Advertised for sale by George Bennett: complete overhaul in 1946, condition exceptionally good, new long-range tankage, engine hours since new 70, hours since new 500.
26.11.48 Letter from DCA to G. W. M. Bennett advising that a series of registrations conflicted with standard radio callsigns, or "Q" Code groups: VH-AXB was on the list with proposed change of registration to VH-BXB. The entire VH-AX_ series was now prohibited.
1.10.49 Reregistered VH-BXB
28.12.50 Change of ownership: Robert K. Herd, Geelong Vic
21.7.52 Change of ownership: Geoffrey B. Woodward, Melbourne Vic
24.2.56 Change of ownership: Robert J. Alexander, RAAF Station, East Sale Vic
16.5.57 Change of ownership: Robert A. Gibbs, Sale Vic
27.6.59 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
15.9.61 Restored to Register VH-BXB: D. F. McKenzie, Simmie via Koyuga Vic
31.12.61 noted at Moorabbin
15.9.63 Crashed on takeoff Koyuga Vic
15.9.63 Struck-off Register
c65 Wreck sold to Ryan Equipment Pty Ltd, Shepparton Vic. Rebuilt for display in front of the company machinery yard as an eye-catcher
c66 Blown on back by a wind storm. Remains dumped at the rear of the yard
13.5.67 derelict fuselage noted at rear of Ryan's yard near Shepparton
29.6.68 Remains collected for parts by Australian Aircraft Restoration Group, operating as Moorabbin Air Museum, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Vic

Neil Follett, a foundation AARG member recalls:
"VH-BXB was donated to the AARG sight unseen. When we arrived to collect it the condition was much worse than your May 1967 photo shows. We felt an obligation to remove the remains seeing they were donated to  us. Only the engine was considered of any value. We collected all the bits and they were stored under the house of a member who lived in the Dandenongs. They were forgotten about and many years later a gentleman turned up at the museum at Moorabbin and said he had just bought a house in the Dandenongs and there were some aeroplane bits under the house, were we interested?  We were and told him they were ours to which he replied that they were his and we could have them for a stiff price. I can't remember what he wanted, but it was outrageous, so we declined his offer. Today the engine would probably be reasonably valuable."

  

  VH-BXB at Moorabbin in December 1961.  Geoff Goodall collection


  

     VH-BXB's remains in Ryan Equipment's yard, Shepparton Vic, May 1967.                                                                                      Photo by Geoff Goodall



DHP20                                                                                                                                                                                                A21-41, VH-AGF

.39 Construction commenced by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield, England.
British c/n not known

Sold to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia for completion
4.40 Completed at Mascot to RAAF order for 41 Moth Minors. Assigned Australian c/n DH.20
12.4.40 Testflown Mascot
23.4.40 Taken on RAAF charge as A21-41. Received 2AD Richmond ex De Havillands
22.5.40 Slightly damaged in ground collision with Wirraway. Pilot Officer Hopgood
21.7.40 Issued DH Mascot ex 2AD for repair
30.12.40 Serviceable at 2AD Richmond ex DH Mascot
13.1.41 Received No.2 Communications Flight, Mascot ex 2AD (2CF later moved to Wagga)
11.10.41 A21-41 arrived Narrandera then departed next day to Wagga. (8EFTS Narrandera ORB)
11.11.41 A21-41 arrived Narrandera then departed next day to Mascot. (8EFTS Narrandera ORB)
11.8.42 RAAF file memo: A21-41 is currently held at 2CF Wagga in unserviceable condition
11.9.42 Being fitted new mainplane at 2CF Wagga (later renamed No.2 Communications Unit)
19.5.44 Received Base Torpedo Unit, Nowra ex 2CU
22.1.45 Instruction from RAAF HQ: all Moth Minors are "frozen" pending disposal by CDC
20.2.45 Included in CDC Tender List No.1 with closing date for tenders 20 February 1945.
9.3.45 RAAF Status Card: Tender accepted by Commonwealth Disposals Commission for £175 from J.D. Otton, Bega NSW
26.3.45 Issued to J. D. Otton ex Base Torpedo Unit, Nowra


5.6.45 Registration application: John D. Otton, Bega NSW
"20" and A21-41 quoted on application form, first flight Mascot 12.4.40
8.6.45 Registered VH-AGF
8.6.45 CofA issued
28.2.47 Change of ownership: Samuel T. Batchelor, Melbourne Vic, later Sydney NSW
24.11.47 Change of ownership: Colin C. Thelkeld, Sydney NSW
19.12.47 Struck-off Register, withdrawn from service
25.6.48 Restored to Register: Colin C. Threlkeld, Sydney NSW
24.9.49 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney moved base c50 to Bankstown Airport, Sydney
3.7.51 CofA expired at Bankstown
1.52 Change of ownership: Charles Hyland, Sydney NSW
52 Stored in Royal Aero Club of NSW hangar at Bankstown
3.52 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport NSW
Traded to KSAS who were Auster agents on new Auster VH-KBV
53 Stored by KSAS pending CofA renewal
26.2.54 Change of ownership: Maksis Grants, Mount Isa Qld
5.3.54 Crashed near Grafton NSW. Extensively damaged in accident
31.8.54 Struck-off Register
c57 Displayed on roof of Parramatta Marine Centre, Paramatta, Sydney, reportedly fitted with CA-6 Wackett Trainer wings.

Removed from display when condition deteriorated in the weather

 
  VH-AGF at Mascot circa 1946, with a camouflaged RAAF Catalina parked behind.                   Photo: Frank Walters collection

  

  VH-AGF ended its days as an advertising attraction at Paramatta in western Sydney.



c/n 94067                                                                                                                                                                                      VH-ACR, A21-42

23.1.40 Registered VH-ACR: Matheson Aviation Training Co Ltd, Archerfield Aerodrome Qld
.41 Repossessed by Royal Australia Air Force
18.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge as A21-42

See civil registered examples at beginning of listing for full details of this aircraft




3. SHIPPED FROM ENGLAND BUT UNACCOUNTED FOR:


These partially completed airframes had just been commenced when the Hatfield production line was closed. Although they were assigned registrations, when shipped to Australia they were probably just a collection of components, which were absorbed in the construction of the RAAF order:


94104  G-AFYT  Registration reserved 15.8.39

94105  G-AFZM

94106  G-AFZN



MOTH MINOR NOSE ART


Thanks to David Vincent, here is a rare example of artwork on a RAAF Moth Minor. The photograph was taken at Camden NSW in early 1943 while the Moth Minor was with 32 Squadron, most probably A21-19.

  




References:

Acknowledging the original research of Melvyn Davis and John Hopton

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

- DCA Aircraft files, National Archives of Australia, Melbourne

- DCA Annual Survey of Aircraft Accidents 1956-1968

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

- RAAF accident reports, Air Historical Section, Department of Defence, Canberra

- RAAF Airframe Status Card A75-1, Air Historical Section, Department of Defence, Canberra

- National Library of Australia - Trove newspaper archive website

- Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal, numerous references 1960-1980

- Australian Air Log, monthly, numerous references 1965-1968

- British Civil Aircraft since 1919, A. J. Jackson, Volume 2, Putnam 1973

- De Havilland Aircraft since 1909, A. J. Jackson, Putnam 1978

- Air Britain Archive: quarterly journal: DH.94 development and production: various 1985 & 1986

- Australian-Built Aircraft and the Industry, Keith R. Meggs, Finger Four Publishing, 2009

- The DH.82A Tiger Moth in Australia, Julian Forsyth, Skyline Publications, Melbourne 1995

- Moth Minor Aircraft, RAAF Minute Paper 18 March 1940, National Archives of Australia

- National Library of Australia - Trove newspaper archive website

- Aircraft in Australia series: DH.94, compiled by John Hopton: incomplete draft 16 Nov 1999

- John Hopton, extracts from Department of Air files, National Archives of Australia

- The Air Log magazine, Sydney, September 1939

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

- Flight Path magazine, Melbourne, various references to restoration projects

- Classic Wings Downunder quarterly magazine, renamed Classic Wing,s various references to DH.94 restoration projects

- Letters to Editor, John Whittaker, Classic Wings Downunder, Jan-March 1997 & April-June 1997

 

 


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