Last update 20.6.16


PERCIVAL PROCTOR IN AUSTRALIA

Compiled by Geoff Goodall


Proctor 3 VH-SCC with Proctor 3 VH-GGB taxying behind at Parafield SA February 1966, when these were among the last Proctors still flying in Australia.         Photo by Geoff Goodall



  The Proctor was a military trainer development of the successful pre-war Percival Gull series designed by Australian Edgar Percival. The first Proctor was test flown at Luton on 8 October 1939 and ordered in large numbers for RAF and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm during WWII as communications aircraft and dual control wireless trainers.  The military Proctors were built by the Percival Aircraft Ltd plant at Luton Airport and large numbers sub-contracted to the woodworking factory of F. Hills and Sons Ltd at Manchester.  


  All Proctor models were powered by the 210hp De Havilland Gipsy Queen 2 engine driving a constant speed propeller. At the end of the war, 225 military disposals Proctors Mk.I, II and IIIs were stripped of military fittings and civilianised as 3 seaters in Great Britain for club, charter and private flying. Many of these were sold overseas.


  The Proctor Mk.IV was a later development ordered by the Air Ministry 1943. It had a lengthened and deeper fuselage with large rear cabin windows with sliding panels. Internally it reverted to Vega Gull layout to seat four in side-by-side pairs. The RAF Proctor IVs remained in service until 1955 when the 60 were sold to civil owners in Britain.  


Military Model Number built Military disposals civilianised as
Percival P.28 Proctor Mk.I 247 Proctor 1
Percival P.30 Proctor Mk.II 196 Proctor 2
Percival P.34 Proctor Mk.III 436 Proctor 3
Percival P.31 Proctor Mk.IV 258 Proctor 4


The post-war civil Proctor 5


  When the Proctor Mk.IV order was terminated by the Air Ministry at the end of hostilities in 1945, three newly built aircraft RM193, RM196, RM197 were retained at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd to become prototypes of a purely civil model, the Proctor 5 (also referred to as Proctor V). Production commenced at Luton in late 1945 and despite the cheaper ex military Proctors on the civil market, the Proctor 5 was a success, being the fastest of the British post-war four-seater aircraft types. A total of 154 Proctor 5s were built.


  Regarding Proctor Construction Numbers: the H. and K. series of c/ns quoted in the listings below are widely quoted, but British historian A. J. Jackson later reported that after talks with Edgar Percival, he believes that they were allocated after the war in an accounting exercise and were not used at the time of manufacture. He believes Proctors Mk. 1 to IV should be identified only by their previous RAF serial numbers. Edgar Percival recalled that Proctors did not receive company numbers until the civil Proctor 5 production.


  From 1946 to 1949 Australian agents for Percival Aircraft Ltd were Victorian & Interstate Airways Ltd, Essendon Airport, Melbourne. VIA in conjunction with Percival imported the first Proctor to Australia, VH-ARV, in February 1946.  By August 1949 experienced aviation agency Brown & Dureau Ltd, Melbourne placed a magazine advertisement offering 30 Percival Proctor Vs for sale at £1850, immediate delivery:

"BANG-ON CLEARANCE SALE! A British aircraft for the price of a luxury car. Here is the answer to the modern business man. A British built Proctor V four seater aircraft, powered by a De Havilland Gipsy Queen II engine, and fitted with long range tanks, giving a maximum range of 750 miles, cruising speed 130 miles per hour, VHF radio, dual control."

  There was little response to Brown & Dureau's marketing initiative, and most Proctors were imported to Australia by individuals or local maintenance companies, dealing through British export agencies such as W.S. Shackleton Ltd and R. K. Dundas Ltd



  Despite their construction on production lines, wartime and civil post-war for the Mk..5s, there were differences between the same model of Proctor.

  This is highlighted by the following candid comments written by John Treloar, from the Treloar family of SA and Broken Hill, who owned a number of Proctors:


"Our Proctors were fitted with DH Gypsy Queen 2  six cylinder engines of 205 HP and C/S props.  They had a beautiful exhaust sound which could be identified from miles away. My wife could hear me coming back to Broken Hill and was usually at the airport to pick me up by the time I landed.
My VH-SCC which I bought in 1956 was a solo control 4-seater, and Keith and Graham's VH-AVG was a dual 3 seater. Both cruised at 136 MPH (all ASI's were in MPH back then) but Brian's AUC which  was dual control and 4 seater cruised at 150 Mph---for the reasons I will put forward.
The Proctor was a military version of the Vega Gull.  The Vega was a hot ship which held many world records. In their day, drawings were apparently scanty and they were built  on lofting floors so that it was unlikely that all were exactly identical.  When WWII started and the war office ordered a militarised version in large numbers the design staff at Percivals worked 24 hours a day for 3 weeks preparing drawings so that the work could be farmed out to sub-contractors. The resultant Proctors weighed 600 lbs more than the Vega  I think Brian's AUC was still basically an upgraded Vega built before standardisation and farm-out took place. It had cabin lining which looked more like a civilian version.  More importantly, its centre section was attached to the fuselage with a markedly different angle of incidence which gave it a distinct nose down attitude in cruise. I also think it was lighter since it really leapt off the ground.

The Proctor could use bush strips that many people would hesitate to use with their modern aircraft..  DCA took to wooden box spar aeroplanes in the 1960's after they were given Aero Commanders to fly around in instead of their Avro Ansons. They brought in the spurious glue pull-test and vandalised our aviation heritage.  They would not listen to anyone -- they just wanted them out of the air. I had better stop there in case my blood pressure reaches dangerous levels."



Two atmospheric pictures of Treloar family Proctors on properties in the north of South Australia in the early 1960s 





Australian Grounding Orders for Proctor 5


  By 1958 DCA was concerned by examples of deterioration of wood-glue adhesion in the wooden construction of the Proctors operating in the Australian hot climate. That year the Department announced requirements for increased inspections on the internal structure of all models of Proctors on the Australian Register.  Restrictions were placed on Proctors in commercial use, resulting in those used for charter work being sold to private owners.  From 1962 DCA required invasive mandatory inspections of wood adhesion in wing spars of the wartime military production Proctors. This involved a "pull test" when the wing was opened up and sections of wingspar subjected to a tool drilled into the laminated wood spar and pulled out to check the glue joints.

The high cost of this inspection procedure and repairs to the wings even if successfully tested, caused some owners to retire their Proctors during the early 1960s.


  On 21 September 1962 the Minister for Civil Aviation announced restrictions on certain wooden construction aircraft types, due to deterioration of the glued joints using synthetic resin glues. The Certificates of Airworthiness of these aircraft would be permanently withdrawn on 31 December 1963. The decision had been taken following the investigation into the structural failure in flight of Proctor 5 VH-AIE and the evidence that this aircraft had been well-maintained and hangared most of its life. A total of 28 aircraft of the types effected were currently on the Civil Register. The types were:

- DH.94 and DHA Moth Minor

- Miles Gemini, Messenger & Mercury

- Mraz Sokol M1C

- Percival Proctor V

The announcement stated that other wooden aircraft types and wartime production models of Proctor were not included because of approved glues used in their manufacture. The Proctor 5s were constructed with urea glues, whereas the earlier military models used casein glues.


  Effective immediately, the listed aircraft types were restricted to Private Category operations only carrying no passengers. The pilot must be the aircraft's owner and the Certificates of Airworthiness would be permanently suspended effective 31 December 1963. There were predictable protests from some Proctor 5 owners, especially when DCA refused offers to inspect their aircraft on an individual basis. The Proctor 5 ceased flying in Australia in December 1963.


  Although the earlier model Proctors Marks 1, 2 and 3 were not included in this grounding order, DCA required glue adhesion tests of the wing spars.  These tests were invasive, involving significant damage to the wings to get access to the spar, which was then further damaged by the glue tests, which were known as wood adhesion pull-tests.  The cost of the testing was born by the owner, and some retired their aircraft rather than submitting them for testing.


  An indication of the high priority placed by DCA Airworthiness Branch on glue joint deterioration in older wooden aircraft is given by the Departmental request to the owner of Proctor 3 VH-BPR after it was abandoned in-situ when damaged in a forced landing at remote Banka Banka NT.  Only a week after the event, DCA wrote to the owner requesting his approval for DCA to remove samples of the Proctor’s structure in order to carry out glue evaluation tests. The owner, a vintage aircraft enthusiast, gave his approval.


The following listing of the 40 Australian Proctors is presented in order of addition to the Australian Civil Register.  Many were flown out freom Britain in adventurous delivery flights.  Other Proctors, which passed through Australia on delivery flights to NZ, and those intended for Australian but which, for various reasons, did not take up a VH- registration are included at the end.




Proctor 5                 c/n Ae.2                                                                                                                                          VH-ARV, VH-SAS(2)


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Mk.IV to RAF order as RM197 (c/n H.800)
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.
6.6.45 First flight at Barton as Mk.IV
.45 Purchased from RAF by Percival Aircraft Ltd at Luton to be rebuilt as a pre-production prototype for the civil Proctor V model.

Previously recorded that three pre-production Mk.Vs were converted from F. Hills & Son built RAF Mk.IVs RM193, RM196 & RM197 (c/n H.786, H780, H790 respectively) which were registered G-AGSW/X/Y which were allocated c/ns As.1 to As.3.
10.9.45 Registered G-AGSY Percival Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport
27.9.45 British CofA application
3.12.45 British CofA issued

Imported by Australian Percival agents Victorian & Interstate Airways Ltd, Essendon Airport Vic
7.2.46 Departed England by sea for Melbourne on board S.S.Wairangi
7.5.46 Registration application: Percival Aircraft Ltd c/- VIA, Essendon
27.5.46 Registered VH-ARV
27.5.46 Australian CofA issued at Essendon after assembly
5.6.46 Famous pre-war long distance record pilot Jimmy Mollison gave joyrides at Essendon in the new Proctor for those donating to the Lord Mayor's Food for Britain Fund. Phone contact for donations was Mr. Frank Roberts, Manager, Victoria & Interstate Airways Ltd.

It has been erroneously recorded that VH-ARV was flown from England on delivery by James Mollison, who did carry out two delivery flights of new Proctor 5s under contract to Percival Aircraft. These flights were given wide publicity to promote the range of the Proctor:
- G-AGTA (Ae.10) departed for Rio de Janeiro 28.1.46, solo crossing of the South Atlantic
- VT-CEP (Ae.28) to India in 4.46.
Mollison arrived in Sydney 16.5.46 on a Qantas Lancastrian service, after the Indian delivery flight, saying he hoped to sell more Proctors in Australia.
11.6.47 Change of ownership: Victorian & Interstate Airways Ltd, Essendon
15.9.48 Change of ownership: Aero Club of Southern Tasmania, Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart, Tas
10.11.53 Flown Launceston-Smithton on charter, pilot Lloyd Jones of the aero club
21.1.54 Flown from Hobart on a charter for Australian Army by Aero Club of Southern Tasmania chief pilot Mr. Lloyd Jones
11.7.54 Crashed Campania, Tasmania.  Engine trouble on a cross country flight from Cambridge caused the pilot to make a forced landing in a freshly ploughed field. Port wing dug into the soft earth and the aircraft was extensively damaged. Pilot and three passengers unhurt. Engine power loss believed to have been caused by carburettor icing.
13.7.54 Fuselage towed on its wheels behind a tractor back to Cambridge aerodrome

Damaged aircraft purchased in Tasmania by Jack W. McKean, Melbourne Vic
- Damaged aircraft airfreighted from Hobart to Melbourne by ANA Bristol 170.
55 Wreck used to rebuild Proctor 5 VH-SAS for McKean by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service at Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne.  (VH-SAS crashed on Mordialloc Beach in October 1954)

The rebuilt Proctor retained the registration VH-SAS and given VH-ARV's c/n since the fuselage was from ARV.  DCA file states "the new VH-SAS has been made up of parts of the old VH-SAS and parts of VH-ARV which were purchased in Tasmania by Mr. McKean"
1.7.55 VH-ARV struck-off Register
1.7.55 Registration application for Proctor 5 c/n Ae.2: John W. McKean, Melbourne
1.7.55 CofA issued at Moorabbin as VH-SAS c/n Ae.2
6.7.55 Registered VH-SAS (2) John “Jack” W. McKean, Melbourne trading as: Sabre Air Snaps, Moorabbin Vic

Based Moorabbin, "Sabre Air Snaps" on tail
11.55 ATC log of VH-SAS local flights Melbourne:  13, 16, 20 November
12.55 ATC log of VH-SAS local flights Melbourne: 3, 7, 15, 18 December
27.11.57 Annual CofA renewal at Essendon by Southern Airlines
29.2.59 Annual CofA renewal at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in hangar
12.12.59 noted at Moorabbin, silver with blue trim
15.1.60 ATC incident report: penetrated Essendon controlled airspace on flight Moorabbin-Ivanhoe NSW
20.1.60 Change of ownership: Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Vic
60 Broken-up at Moorabbin
28.2.60 Struck-off Register as "scrapped".
2.61 Arthur Schutt responded to a query from DCA: “VH-SAS is now completely wrecked.”
2.61 Sawn-off tail section in Schutt Aircraft’s hangar at Moorabbin: "Sabre Air Snaps - Aerial Photographers Melbourne"
61/63 Sawn-off tail section with "Sabre Air Snaps" titles stored on the roof of an office inside Schutt Aircraft hangar at Moorabbin

  

   Demonstrator Proctor 5 VH-ARV at the VIA's Essednon hangar in 1946. VIA were tustralian agents for Percival at he time.                       Photo: Neil Follett collection


  

  Over Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart while with Aero Club of Southern Tasmania.                                                                                  Photo by Norm Weeding


                      Fuselage being loaded into an ANA Bristol Freighter at Hobart for Melbourne.                                                                                   Mike Vincent collection


                   Rebuilt as VH-SAS, seen at Moorabbin in good company, in December 1959.                                                                                       The Collection



    

                                                Moorabbin February 1962 after the Proctor had been retired and broken-up for parts.                 The Collection        




Proctor 5                c/n Ae.13                                      Jennie Wren                                                                                                   VH-AIE

20.11.45 J. G. Money of Bunbury WA wrote to DCA advising that he had purchased a new Proctor 5 and that it is due to arrive Perth in February 1964.
46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. Registration VH-AIE painted on at the factory
11.3.46 British CofA issued. CofA photograph at Luton painted as VH-AIE
15.3.46 Collected from Luton by Immediate Packing Company, for shipping to Australia
1.5.46 Loaded on board ship M.V.Wiawera. Shipped to Australia
28.5.46 Australian Registration application: John G. Money, "Nebo" Station, Darlot WA later
"Coral Park", North Dandalup WA
24.6.46 Due to arrive Fremantle on board M.V.Wiawera
6.46 Assembled at Maylands aerodrome, Perth by MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co.
3.7.46 Testflown Maylands after assembly, pilot J. G. Money
3.7.46 CofA issued
3.7.46 Registered VH-AIE
8.8.49 Nosed over while taxying at Perth-Guildford, prop damaged. Pilot J.G.Money
11.50 Mandatory wingspar modifications carried out by MMA at Guildford
3.1.51 Testflown after extensive wing rebuild by MMA
6.51 noted at Guildford, light blue all over with dark blue registration letters, name "Jennie Wren" on nose
29.5.58 noted at Guildford. Tarpaulin over cockpit area.
25.8.62 Crashed and destroyed by fire "Wildara" Station, Leonora WA. Pilot John G. Money killed.
Flying in conjunction with a ground party rounding up isolated flocks of sheep when leading edge of the starboard wing broke away and fell to the ground. Aircraft went into an uncontrolled dive into the ground.

DCA investigation found "the glue used in the assembly of the starboard wing had deteriorated to such a degree as to render the wing considerably under the design strength."
Total airframe time only 632 hours. Had been hangared all its life with all CofA renewals done by MacRobertson Miller Airlines in Perth.
21.9.62 Minister for Civil Aviation announced in Perth that all Australian Proctor 5 aircraft would have their CofAs suspended as from 31 December 1962 due to deterioration of the glue used in their construction.

    

VH-AIE shown on completion at the Percival factory at Luton.  British Certificate of Airworthiness form.  

  

  Perth Airport May 1958, with name Jennie Wren on nose.  Behind is the Edgar Percival EP-9 G-APAD during its   Australian   demonstration tour.         Photo by Ern Flanders


  

  The crash scene at “Wildara” Station, Leonora WA in August 1962.                                                                                                                  Geoff Goodall collection




Proctor 1                c/n K.303                                     Dominion Lass                                                                                                  VH-AYU


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6226/P6275 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.

Taken on RAF charge as P6269
.46 Registered G-AHMG Denys Neal Dalton, RAF Station Weston Zoyland, Somerset
20.6.46 British CofA issued
15.8.46 G-AHMG departed Croydon Airport, London for Australia, flown by Denys Dalton with passengers Miss Isabel Ogden and Miss A. Bartlett. Aircraft named Dominion Lass
Dalton was a Flt Lt in RAF who had spent three years in Australia during WW2 and was now migrating and planning to establish an air charter company at Essendon Airport, Melbourne. His partner was Fred Ogden who departed England in his Proctor G-AHFX on 16.7.46

G-AHMG had name Dominion Lass and Air Taxis on cowlings
25.9.46 Arrived Parafield flown by Denys Dalton and his two female passengers. Ogden had passed through Parafield 3 days earlier in G-AHFX
16.10.46 Registered VH-AYU Denys N. Dalton, c/o Navy, Army & Airforce Club of Victoria, Melbourne
29.11.47 Ownership changed to: Denys N. Dalton, c/o Air Taxi Pty Ltd, Albury NSW
9.48 Dalton sold AYU to Mrs. Hazel Roberts, Richmond Qld and delivered it to her.
22.9.48 Dalton landed AYU on a disused airstrip on the edge of town Richmond Qld then taxied the aircraft down the main street. A police report of the incident stated that Dalton appeared mentally unbalanced.

DCA investigated Dalton's recent activities and listed various breaches of ANRs:
- giving pilot conversion course at Wagga without an Instructor rating
- flying AYU from Wagga to Albury after dark without authority
- landing Albury when aerodrome closed due soft surface
- low flying over cars on a road near Corowa NSW
- landing on a golf links near Bowen Qld
Dalton's pilot licence was temporarily suspended by DCA on medical grounds.
27.9.48 Change of ownership: Mrs. Hazel K. Roberts, "Ennis Downs" Station, Richmond Qld.
Based on Ennis Downs and flown by Mrs. Roberts on station duties
24.1.56 Change of ownership: Mitchell Aerial Services, Cairns Qld
56 Visited Oak Park Station Picnic Horse Races. Painted all over yellow with red trim, “Mitchell Aerial Services” titles on fuselage and company wings emblem on rudder
1.5.59 Struck-off Register as failed to renew CofA

  

  G-AHMG at Parafield, September 1946 on delivery flight to Melbourne from England.                                                                       Ed Coates Collection


  

  VH-AYU over Hume Wier near Albury NSW where it was based in 1946 with Air Taxi Pty Ltd.  "Dominion Lass" is on the nose cowlings along with "Air Taxis".                                                                                                                                                Photo: Ed Coates Collection


  

  VH-AYU with visiting aircraft at the annual Picnic Races at Oak Park Station, north Queensland in 1956. Others are a Leopard Moth, Stinson Sentinel, DH.89 Rapide,

   Royal Flying Doctor Service DHA-3 Drover and two Austers.                                                                                                          Geoff Goodall collection

  

  VH-AYU departs Oak Park Station Qld 1956.                                                                                                                                 Geoff Goodall collection




Proctor 1                 c/n K.249                                                             Yorkshire Lass                                                                                    VH-AYV


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6168/P6200 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.

Taken on RAF charge as P6190
29.3.46 Registered G-AHFX Field Consolidated Aircraft Services Ltd, Hanworth
12.6.46 Change of ownership: Fred Ogden, Sheffield
29.6.46 British CofA issued
16.7.46 Departed England for Australia, flown by Fred Ogden (aged 28) with passengers his wife and 3 year old daughter.
Ogden was a Flt Lt in RAF and was migrating to Australia and planned to establish an air charter company at Essendon Airport, Melbourne. His partner was Denys Dalton who departed England in his Proctor G-AHMG the following month.

G-AHFX had name "Yorkshire Lass" and "Air Taxis" painted on the nose cowlings
22.9.46 G-AHFX arrived Parafield flown by Fred Ogden, after 71 days en route so far. Dalton arrived Parafield 3 days later in G-AHMG
18.10.46 Australian Registration application: Fred Ogden, 93 William Street, Melbourne
To be based Essendon on private and charter flying
18.10.46 Registered VH-AYV
13.6.47 Change of ownership:  John McInnerney, Melbourne
13.8.48 Forced landing Bendigo Vic. No damage, flown back to Essendon
49 Ownership amended:  J. McInnerney c/o Greenfields Air Taxis, Albury NSW
50 Greenfield Air Taxis applied to DCA for a reduction in ANR charges for VH-AYV stating it only operates within a 100 miles radius of Albury and had been grounded for 9 months due lack of spares
53 Ownership amended:  J. McInnerney, Moolap, Tooma NSW
1.12.56 Change of ownership: Erwyn Dennis Lieschke, Aerodrome, Albury NSW
24.7.59 Change of ownership: Richard Le Gallien, Melbourne
61 Change of ownership: K. G. Napier, Melbourne
20.5.61 noted at Moorabbin, silver with red trim
15.10.61 Crashed into sea Mornington Vic.  Pilot Richard Le Gallion and his 3 passengers were killed
DCA accident report: "While attempting an aerobatic manoeuvre at a low altitude, the pilot lost control of the aircraft and it dived into the sea." Pilot age 35: Hours: All types 420, this type 67
15.10.61 Struck-off Register


  

  VH-AYV Yorkshire Lass (centre) with VH-AYU Dominion Lass (left) and the Proctor 5 VH-ARV at the rear during 1947.                                Geoff Goodall collection




Proctor 1                 c/n K.325                                                                                                                                                        VH-SMS


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6301/P6322 from an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers

Taken on RAF charge as P6316
4.9.46 Registered G-AIEF Field Aircraft Services Ltd, Croydon Airport, London

Civil conversion overhaul by Field Aircraft Services

Australian aviator Warren Penny was visiting London and asked aircraft brokers W.S.Shackleton to find him a Proctor. They could not supply one immediately so he contacted R.K.Dundas Ltd who arranged his purchase of G-AIEF, freshly converted to civil ex RAF, for £1200 Stirling. Penny obtained a loan from the Bank of NSW in London to purchase the aircraft.
12.12.46 Testflown at Hanworth by Penny
19.12.46 Change of Ownership: Harold Warren Grindrod Penny, London
24.12.46 CofA issued
28.12.46 Departed Hanworth on ferry flight to Australia by Penny with his wife Mone. Cleared Customs at Lympne. No radio or lighting.
28.12.46 Forced landing in ploughed field near Meaux, Seine et Marne, 30 miles from Paris when unable to find Toussus le Noble due low cloud. No damage. Proctor pulled out of mud by six oxen by local farmers and towed with wings folded seven miles up a road to a wartime airstrip.
31.12.46 Weather improved, took off and after refuelling at Toussus le Noble continued to Marseilles

Routed via stops at Ajaccio in Corsica, Elmas in Sardinia, Tunis (O/N) Castel Benito in Tripoli (O/N), Marble Arch, El Adam in Tobruk, (O/N), Mersah Matruh, Cairo (O/N) Lydda (O/N),
H3 pipeline pumping station, Baghdad, Basra (O/N) Bahrain, Sharjah (O/N) Jiwani in Baluchistan, Karachi (O/N), Utarlai near Jodhpur (O/N), Jodhpur, Agra, Cawnpore (O/N) Allahabad, Gaya, Calcutta (O/N) Akyab (O/N) Rangoon (O/N) Tavoy, Mergui, Victoria Point, Sangei Patani (O/N) Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore (O/N 4 days), Palembang in Sumatra, Batavia (O/N 3 nights due magneto repair) Semarang (O/N), Den Pasar (O/N 2 days) Waingapoe Island, Koepang (O/N)
29.1.47 Arrived Truscott strip WA, 2 hrs 45 mins from Koepang, at limit of aircraft's range. Continued to Wyndham where instruction received from DCA Head Office that he had to clear customs at Darwin. Penny sent cable refusing to detour to Darwin, and after several signals back and fro, agreed that the Wyndham policeman and doctor could clear them.
Continued to Victoria River Downs where stayed the night due Penny having severe upset stomach
30.1.47 VRD to Daly Waters, Tennant Creek
31.1.47 Tennant Creek, Camooweal, Cloncurry, Longreach, Charleville
1.2.47 Charleville to Cunamulla, where bogged after landing
2.2.47 Cunamulla to Bourke, Parkes, Bathurst where overnighted due low cloud on mountains to Sydney
3.2.47 Arrived Mascot Airport, Sydney. Flight time from England 109 hours 5 minutes.
2.47 Proctor impounded at Mascot by Australian Customs until Penny paid the import duty of £300
18.2.47 G-AIEF flown Mascot-Camden by Penny, with passengers Greg Board & Stan Godden to inspect a partially converted Lockheed Hudson they had for sale. Penny purchased the Hudson (to VH-ASV)
27.2.47 G-AIEF flown Mascot-Tocumwal by Penny with Greg Board & Stan Godden to inspect Lodestar A67-5 which they later purchased from Commonwealth Disposals Commission (to VH-GRB)
8.3.47 Proctor advertised for sale by Warren Penny c/- Marshall Airways Mascot or c/- Eagle Hotel, Darlinghurst

Proctor flown regularly by Penny to support the establishment of his company Intercontinental Air Tours, Sydney.
See The Migrant Caper on this Site for details of Intercontinental Air Tours

Penny later wrote: "The Proctor in the meantime was doing very good service racing us round getting organised. Later the Proctor became surplus to requirements and I sold it to Mr. Fred Sutton of Suttons Motors."
5.47 F.W.Sutton requested registration VH-SMS. DCA agreed as a special concession ahead of the general registration sequence, for "Suttons Motors Sydney"
15.5.47 Australian registration application: Frederick Walter Sutton, Suttons Motors Pty Ltd, 137-153 Bourke Street, Sydney
15.5.47 Registered VH-SMS

Painted on nose: "Suttons Motors Pty Ltd  GMH dealers  SASCO Temora and Grenfell", later changed to
"Suttons Motors Ltd  General Motor Dealers  Sydney Temora Grenfell",
47 Doug Fawcett in his book Pilots and Propellers recalls:
In later years I got to know Fred better through civil aircraft. He learnt to fly after the war and purchased a Percival Proctor which he used to visit Grenfell, where he was setting up his first Holden agency. When I was chief engineer of Butler Air Transport, he had me hangar his Proctor and service it at Mascot. Some of my men had repaired and built sections of the DH Mosquito wooden bomber. Butlers were also operating DH.84 Dragon biplane wooden aircraft on a passenger and freight run from Sydney to Charleville. These men were used to woodwork, so I had them build a luggage compartment behind the bulkhead of the Proctor's cabin."
27.12.50 VH-SMS at opening ceremony of Holbrook aerodrome
23.1.51 Change of ownership: Howard K. Morris, Morris Air Service, Bankstown NSW
12.3.51 Change of ownership: John Wilkinson Morton, "Bundoran", Nonda Qld

Morton brothers of Nunda had previously owned Proctor 5 VH-BLU and while this was at Bankstown having an overhaul by Morris Air Service, they decided to trade it on Proctor 1 VH-SMS which would have a better performance for their hot climate.
.51 John Morton later wrote to DCA criticising Howard Morris stating that their pre-delivery overhaul of VH-SMS was poor, took an excessive time, and the aircraft was "unsafe" when handed over to him at Bankstown. He ferried SMS from Bankstown to Nonda and found the aircraft to be in poor condition. Logbooks had not been updated by Morris Air Service.
DCA investigated the claims, found them inconclusive but cautioned Morris
24.1.53 Change of ownership: Jack Gerrard Schulz, "Glentor Downs", Hughenden Qld
1.2.53 Flown from "Glentor Downs" by Jack Schulz in search for lost children on "Perrone" Station near Hughenden
15.4.56 Crashed on takeoff Killarney Qld.  Failed to climb above 20 feet on takeoff and crashed 125 yards beyond end of airstrip for reasons not determined. Substantial damage.
20.2.58 Struck-off Register

 

 
    Warren Penny (left) visiting RAAF Tocumwal in February 1947.                                                                                         Photo: Tocumwal Aviation Museum

 

  

      Bankstown 1949. "Suttons Motors, General Motors Dealers, Sydney, Temora, Grenfell" painted on the cowlings.                                  The Collection p5528-0151

 



Proctor 5                   c/n Ae.91                                                                                                                                                                    VH-BJY

47 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5

Painted in factory as VH-BJY

Sold new by Percivals to W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
Shackeltons brokered the sale of a new production Proctor 5 for Dr. Geoffrey Young, Forbes NSW.

No British CofR issued
17.11.47 Sold by Shackleton to Dr. Geoffrey Lawrence Young, Forbes NSW
8.12.47 First flight Luton
14.1.48 Registered VH-BJY
2.2.48 Collected from Percival Aircraft Ltd by owner's representative
8.2.48 noted at Croydon Airport, London

Flown to Australia on delivery by ex RAF Polish born Hans Hasenfus.  Hasenfus wished to migrate to Australia and had approached aircraft companies in England offering to ferry an aircraft.
5.4.48 Departed Lympne Aerodrome, Kent bound for Australia
4.5.48 Departed Singapore for Batavia en route to Australia, pilot Hans Hasenfus
8.5.48 Reached Wyndham WA. Then to Darwin to clear Customs, then he will deliver it to Forbes NSW
9.5.48 Arrived Darwin where detained by Customs because the pilot, Hans Hasenfus did not carry a receipt for the purchase price hence Customs could not calculate import duty. He was delivering the aircraft to the Forbes aerial ambulance service.
Newspaper report quotes Hasenfus complaining about being held in Darwin, saying that surely Customs could trust the flying doctor service to pay the duty.  
48 Based Forbes flown by Dr. Geoffrey Young for the Flying Doctor Service (NSW Central Section). Young used Proctor, Waco VH-UYD and DH87 UXO for ambulance work and was a popular well known figure in central NSW
5.49 Dr. Young advertised Proctor and Waco UYD for sale. Proctor fitted with a removable stretcher, total airframe time only 250 hours.
.49 Change of ownership:  Joseph H. Bowden, Sydney NSW
19.4.50 Change of ownership:  Howard K. Morris, Morris Air Service, Bankstown NSW
20.4.50 Change of ownership:  Reginald Harry Hamblin, Hay NSW
Based on "Tholloloboy" Station, Mossgiel NSW, flown by Hamblin
22.5.53 Crashed on takeoff "Tholloloboy" Station, badly damaged, pilot Hamblin
5.8.54 BJY departed Bankstown as participant in 1954 Redex Reliability & Navigation Trial.  Bankstown to Townsville, Darwin, Adelaide, Bankstown. Entered by R. H. Hamblin. Crew included a Mr. Howard and well known Queensland pilot Cliff Parsons
23.3.55 CofA renewed at Bankstown by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
12.4.56 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
13.4.56 CofA renewed Bankstown by KSAS
21.4.56 Change of ownership: Roderick Charles Dyer, "Woodside" Buangor Vic
12.5.57 Change of ownership: R.Werner & N. Green, Melbourne Vic
23.5.57 CofA renewed Moorabbin
15.8.58 CofA renewed Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft
8.59 Advertised for sale by R. Werner: total time 1122 hours
30.10.59 Took part in flypoast over Melbourne on 25th Anniversary of Kingsford-Smith's flight to America
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
7.7.61 Change of ownership:  Alan B. Nelson, Melbourne Vic
9.9.61 noted at Moorabbin, flying: silver all over with thin red/black cheat line
18.11.61 attended Australian Aerial Agricultural Association conference at Ballarat Vic
5.62 noted at Moorabbin in hangar
27.5.62 local flight from Moorabbin, pilot Alan Nelson. Flew over Port Philip Bay information with Walrus VH-ALB for photography.
6.62 Alan Nelson requests DCA approval to use BJY for his personal instrument training for his commercial pilots licence. Refused
9.62 When DCA announced restrictions on the Proctor 5 and a type grounding effective 31.12.63, Alan Nelson protested and offered VH-BJY to DCA for inspection of glue joints and load testing within the manufacturer's specxification. DCA declined.
11.62 by now retired at Moorabbin, parked in open near pine trees
.63 Sold to Lindsay Ball, Ball Construcion Co, Melbourne
11.3.63 moved from Moorabbin, towed on wheels with wings folded behind truck marked Ball Construction Co, to be stored at a factory in Chesterfield Road, Moorabbin owned by Ball. There placed on display at the side of the building.
22.3.63 Struck-off Register as Withdrawn from Service
10.64 Donated to Moorabbin Air Museum, Moorabbin Airport Vic
15.11.65 moved from Ball's factory to the museum storage lot in an open field on a market garden near Moorabbin Airport. Proctor had no engine or engine mounts and was in weathered condition. Left in open storage.
16.5.67 noted at in storage area, poor condition. Fuselage on wheels with wings stacked alongside
3.68 badly deteriorated airframe moved to Museum's compound on Moorabbin Airport. Stored there pending decision of whether to be restored or stripped for parts to help restoration of VH-AUC.

BJY's condition too poor, stripped for parts

  

          Moorabbin 1955.                                                                                                                                         Photo by Eddie Coates


  

  The sad remains at a market garden property near Moorabbin Airport in May 1967.                                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall




Proctor 5                  c/n Ae.139                                                                                                                                              VH-BLU, F-OAYU

48 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
9.3.48 Registered G-AKIV W. H. Vetch, Cheltenham, Gloucester
13.3.48 British CofA issued
.48 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
7.48 Sold by Shackletons to Mr. Hewson, Queensland
18.7.48 Australian registration Application: Falkiner William Hewson, "Highfield" Station, Augathella Qld
To be based "Highfield" and used by owner to inspect his pastoral and mining interests.
7.48 DCA allocated registration VH-BLU while still in England. owner had advised DCA he was considering flying to Australia on delivery, however changed to having it shipped
17.8.48 Departed England for Brisbane as cargo on board S.S.Coptic
17.10.48 Arrived Brisbane on the Coptic
18.10.48 Hewson flew his Stinson L-5 VH-BEE from "Highfield" Station to Archerfield to supervise the assembly of his new Proctor
27.10.48 Registered VH-BLU

Assembled at Archerfield by Carswell & Dagleish
10.48 CofA issued Archerfield.
28.4.49 Change of ownership: John Wilkinson Morton & Max William Morton, "Bundoran" Station, Nonda Qld
11.50 Spar inspection and mods required. Intended that Joe Vine at Maryborough would do the work but he was unable to handle it, so Moreton brothers applied to DCA for a ferry permit to fly the Proctor to Bankstown for the work to be done by Morris Air Service.

At completion of work at Bankstown, Howard Morris delivered VH-BLU to Nonda. Mortons later wrote to DCA claiming that the ferry flight took 7 days, included 2 forced landings and a lady passenger was carried in contravention of the ferry permit.

While BLU was at Bankstown, Morton brothers decided that the Mk.5 performance was unsatisfactory for their hot climate and decided to replace it with a Proctor Mk.1
12.3.51 Morton brothers purchased Proctor Mk.1 VH-SMS from Morris Air Service, Bankstown
19.3.51 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
Sale negotiated through Howard Morris.
51 Morton brothers wrote to DCA complaining about poor condition of VH-SMS, which Morris had sold them allegedly freshly overhauled. Included complaints about Morris' ferrying of VH-BLU
19.1.54 Change of ownership: Allyan Edwin McDonald & William Taylor, t/a Central Western Aviation Service, Nyngan NSW
2.56 Advertised for sale by Central Western Aviation Service
15.9.56 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
.56 Sold by KSAS to New Caledonia
.56 Shipped to New Caledonia
20.11.56 Struck-off Register, sold abroad
16.5.57 Registered F-OAYU Cercle Aerienne Caledonien, Magenta Airport, Noumea, New Caledonia
11.57 Used for charter by French airline Transpac, until replaced by a PA-23 Apache
10.4.58 Withdrawn from service, dismantled by Transpac
26.11.59 Struck-off French Register

  

  Bankstown 1950, red and silver paint scheme.                                                                                                                          Ed Coates Collection




Proctor 5   c/n Ae.9            VH-BCM, (VH-SST) VH-BCM

8.12.45 Registered G-AGTB Marshall's Flying School Ltd, Cambridge Aerodrome
26.1.46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5

Following the original Registration allocations for Ae.8, Ae.9 & Ae.10 as G-AGTB, -AGTD, -AGTA respectively, the airframes were changed at the factory and became G-AGTA, -AGTB, -AGTD respectively

Ae.8 G-AGTB ordered by Northern Air Charter was exchanged in the factory for G-AGTA for Marshalls. Sold to Australia.
Ae.9 G-AGTD interchanged with G-AGTB for Northern Air Charter 2.46, to Adastral Aviation 2.48, crashed Carlisle 18.10.48
29.1.46 British CofA issued. c/n Ae.9 is quoted on the CofA certificate
29.1.46 Departed Luton on delivery to Marshalls at Cambridge
10.5.47 Change of ownership: Eric Edward McIllree, c/- Bank of NSW, London.  He was in England arranging civil sales for ex RAAF disposals Avro Ansons purchased from Commonwealth Disposals Commission. He intended to use the Proctor to carry pilots, engineers and supplies between his various disposals aircraft purchases (Ansons, Walrus)
.47 Flown to Australia by Englishman Mr. J. Brooks who on arrival Australia obtained employment as a salesman for a Melbourne pottery firm.
9.12.47 Letter to DCA on letterhead U Drive Pty Ltd, 214 William Street, Sydney: Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Dodge cars for hire with typed over c/- Jas Loneragan (Mudgee) Co Pty Ltd:
Proctor G-AGTB was purchased in England by Mr. McIllree on behalf of this company. Mr. McIllree is at present in the Far East and if he finds a market for this aircraft it will be flown or shipped from Australia. Request keep the British registration as it is more readily recognised from the point of view of the sale of an aircraft in the Far East,
2.1.48 Letter to DCA on letterhead Jas Loneragan (Mudgee) Co Pty Ltd signed by P. J. Loneragan, enclosing paperwork for G-AGTB
5.1.48 Letter to DCA on letterhead Aircraft Disposals Company, 199 Castlereagh Street, Sydney with the address xxxx out and replaced by Church Street, Mudgee NSW, signed by P. J. Loneragan:
G-AGTB is registered in E. E. McIllree's name and British CofA expires 18.3.48
17.3.48 Australian registration application: U-Drive Pty Ltd, Mudgee NSW
U-Drive was one of several subsidiary companies operated by Eric McIllree and his partners the Loneragan family of Mudgee NSW. McIllree pioneered airport car rentals in Australia and was founder of Avis Rent-a-car in Australia.
18.3.48 British CofA expired.
20.12.48 Registered VH-BCM
20.12.48 Australian CofA issued
4.49 VH-BCM noted at Mascot
19.12.49 CofA expired, not renewed.

McIllree found the Proctor 5 to be unsuitable because of its poor performance in hot weather, and replaced it with B.A. Eagle VH-UUY.
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 Census
28.10.55 Restored to Register VH-BCM Australian Aircraft Sales, 40 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross, Sydney
14.11.55 Change of ownership: Super Spread Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne Vic.
28.11.55 Re-registered VH-SST
VH-SST was not painted on the aircraft.  It was evaluated at Moorabbin as VH-BCM with titles "Super Spread Pty Ltd, Aerial spraying", later photographed at Moorabbin with no registration.
1.2.56 Letter to DCA from A. W. Miller, Managing Director, Super Spread: “Regarding our personal Proctor 5, this aircraft was purchased by us from Australian Aircraft Sales and found to be unsatisfactory for our operations. We have sent it back to Sydney so that it can be placed for resale by the people we purchased it from. We request the registration be changed back to VH-BCM so that Super Spread can have the marking VH-SST for another aircraft.”
3.2.56 Re-registered VH-BCM Australian Aircraft Sales, 40 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross, Sydney
24.7.57 Struck-off Register as Withdrawn from Service
58-64 Stored in hangar at Camden NSW
64 Stored in hangar Camden, engine removed
.64 Donated to Camden Air Museum, Camden Airport NSW, later Narellan NSW
Permanent loan from Mr. Laurie Johnson of Australian Aircraft Sales
24.1.65 noted at Camden in Camden Air Museum hangar, silver with white & blue trim
1.67 displayed by Camden Air Museum at Roselands Shopping centre, Sydney with several other aircraft. The Proctor was towed from Camden on its wheels behind a car with wings folded. Returned to Camden at the end of the month.
18.6.72 official roll-out Camden from museum hangar, to show recent repaint in RAF camouflage as "NP336" representing the Australian Governor General's Proctor - see VH-BNB
10.72 noted at Camden, camouflaged "NP336"

Camden Air Museum moved from Camden Airport to a new site at nearby Narellan NSW
6.1.91 noted at inside museum hangar at Narellan, camouflaged, displayed with wings removed due lack of space

Current

Note: British Register ledger sheets show:
Ae.8   Registered G-AGTB 8.12.45, reregistered G-AGTA 18.1.46, retaining CofA 7336
Ae.9   Registered G-AGTD 8.12.45, reregistered G-AGTB 18.1.46, retaining CofA 7336
Ae.10 Registered G-AGTA 8.12.45, reregistered G-AGTD 18.1.46

  

  G-AGTB at Camden NSW 1948, hangar still camouflaged from the war.                                                                                             Robert Wiseman collection


  

  Registered VH-BCM, at Bankstown in 1949.                                                                                                                                       Ed Coates Collection


  

  Moorabbin 1955 while with Super Spread Pty Ltd.                                                                                                                                        The Collection


  

  VH-BCM at Camden NSW in September 1972, painted as RAF NP336.                                                                                            Photo by Dave Eyre




Proctor 3              c/n H.466                                       Tribian,  Rudolph                                                                                                 VH-AHR


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ672-LZ717

Taken on RAF charge as LZ684
28.6.48 Registered G-ALCF: Michael J. Conry & John A. Longmore t/a Central Aeronautical Bureau, London
1.1.49 Change of ownership:  Ian A. Brown, Dubbo NSW
7.1.49 British CofA issued G-ALCF
2.2.49 Departed England on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Ian Brown, with Australians David Smith and Miss Beryl Bonfield. Brown, 28 and Smith, 24, were in RAAF during the war.  Brown travelled from Sydney to England six months earlier, to study civil aviation, Smith is studying engineering at Sydney University and Beryl Bonfield was a nurse in the Australian Army during the war and travelled to England a year ago to visit her sister who married in England. All three are sharing the costs of the flight.

Australian press reports on their flight to Australia quote the two men as salesmen for Sponson Develoipments Ltd, and at each stop en route are promoting the new British amphibian aircraft design, Sponson Tribian and that Miss Bonfield is their Secretary.  
(Sponson company Director Simon Warrender flew Proctor G-AGSZ to Australia 5.49, also promoting the Tribian and looking for backing en route)
17.2.49 Engine log book: maintenance at Bhopal, India
15.3.49 Arrived Darwin, 107 hours flying time on delivery flight
4.49 G-ALCF noted at Mascot, name Tribian
14.6.49 Struck off British Register as sold to Australia

First Proctor Mk.3 imported to Australia
49 Australian CofA overhaul at Albury NSW
26.9.49 Australian Registration application: Eric Enoch Condon, 21 Thorn Street, Wagga NSW, trading as Wagga Fying School
27.9.49 Added Register as VH-AHR in Charter Category
22.3.50 Australian CofA issued
1.52 Proctor 3 advertised for sale by Wagga Flying School
4.53 Report in Aircraft magazine: Eric Condon is known as the “Flying Godfather” to Riverina people. He offers financial assistance to local towns to build airstrips. Currently Wagga Flying School has 7 aircraft and an approved workshop. Over 600 students have flown their first solos to date. Also operates as Wagga Air Taxis using Proctor AHR & Dragon BDS. Often flies air ambulance work, his Proctor can be fitted with a stretcher.
7.54 Eric Condon died
19.8.54 Change of ownership: Mrs. Dorothy Gladys Condon, 21 Thorn Street, Wagga NSW
1.8.56 Change of ownership: John Dalby Kenyon, 2 Salmon Street, Wagga NSW
11.56 Proctor 3 advertised for sale by Wagga Flying School
24.5.57 Change of ownership: Keith Nash Ward, "Yallambie", Brawlin NSW later Cootamundra NSW
3.62 noted at Cootamundra NSW
30.4.62 noted at Cootamundra, in hangar, cream and red, Rudolph on nose
9.1.63 noted at Cootamundra
12.1.63 Change of ownership: D. F. deBritt & D. R. Corby, 16 Queen Street, Cootamundra NSW
12.1.64 noted at Cootamundra
16.3.64 noted at Cootamundra, silver & red
21.4.64 Struck-off Register as WFS. Register note: "is being returned to Register, retain registration"
11.9.64 noted at Cootamundra NSW, in hangar with a layer of dust on aircraft
1.65 noted at Gouburn aerodrome NSW, parked outside in good condition
5.4.65 noted at Gouburn aerodrome NSW, parked outside in good condition
16.4.65 had departed Goulburn by this date
.65 Sold by Frank deBritt to Michael Bolger, "Cloverdene", Bethong via Young NSW
65 Flown sans CofA from Bolger's farming property
.65 Damaged in ground-loop on takeoff at "Cloverdene" Bethong NSW

Parked in damaged condition near farm house on the farm, for children to play in until its condition deteriorated into an eyesore, when moved to a creek bed on the property and dumped there
27.4.75 noted at "Cloverdene" in derelict state, in creek bed
78 Parts stripped from AHR by Mr. Lindsay Campbell, Coffs Harbour NSW to provide parts for his rebuild project of Proctor VH-AHY from Cowra
83 VH-AHR hulk is a rebuild project at Lara Vic near Geelong with Leigh Giles & Ken Baird, Lara Vic. They also have Proctor VH-SCC and Wackett Trainer VH-AGP as rebuild projects
85 Leigh Giles advertises for sale: Proctors SCC & AHR, Vega Gull ACA
11.05 Leigh Giles, Lara Vic advertises his Percival collection for sale: Vega Gull ACA, Proctor 2 SCC,
Proctor 3s AHR. BEG, BXU, KZG

    

          VH-AHR at Cootamundra in 1958, cream and red.                                                                                                                  Photo by Ben Dannecker


  

         Cootamundra NSW 30 April 1962, now named Rudolph.                                                                                                 Photo: The Collection


  

     VH-AHR at Gouburn NSW January 1965, after it was ferried from Cootamundra.                                                                             Photo by Mike Croker


  

  VH-AHR dumped in a creek bed on "Cloverdene", Bethong NSW in April 1975.                                                                                       Photo by Mike Vincent




Proctor 5                 c/n Ae.131                                    Item Willie                                                                                                                VH-DIW

.48 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
6.4.48 Registered G-AKIW Nevil Shute Norway, Pond Head, Hayling Island, Hampshire
6.4.48 First fight Luton
30.4.48 CofA issued

Owner was a best-selling author, pen name Nevil Shute. He wrote of his aeroplane Item Willie in early books
9.48 Flown from England to Australia by N.S.Norway. Fitted with long-range fuel tank, and flight made in easy stages to provide background for his future novels. Named Item Willie
22.9.48 G-AKIW departed England for Australia, flown by Nevil Shute, accompanied by fellow author James Riddle
26.11.48 Arrived Darwin
12.48 Shute flew from Darwin to Normanton, Augusta Downs, Croydon, Burketown, Inverleigh, Galbraith, Dunbar in northern Queensland. At Cooktown he collected a sick child, who he flew to hospital in Cairns at the request of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, whose own plane at Cairns was unavailable.
27.12.48 Departed Rockhampton for Brisbane, pilot Shute with James Riddle. Shute told the press that he had flown to Australia to get background information for books he planned to write.

After a stay in Australia, Norway flew the Proctor back to England.
2.49 Early February departed Australia on return to England
14.3.49 Damaged in groundloop at Brindisi, delayed pending repairs. Pilot Norway. Landed in crosswind at 11.30am.
Several reports state that the Proctor was shipped back to England from Brindisi for repair: but in fact it was flown: see next entry
19.5.49 G-AKIW flew Brindisi-Genoa, pilot Norway
6.6.50 Australia House, London write to DCA advising that they had been approached by N.S.Norway who wished to migrate to live in Australia and would take his aircraft G-AKIW with him. He requested allocation of a registration ending in IW so he could retain the "Item Willie" name. DCA allocate VH-DIW.
.50 Shipped to Australia
.50 Assembed at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service, who will hangar and maintain the aircraft for owner N.S.Norway
27.6.50 Australian registration application: Nevil Shute Norway c/- Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne.  Address later changed to "Harfield", Mount Eliza, Melbourne
10.10.50 Registered VH-DIW
10.10.50 Australian CofA issued
10.10.50 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
18.8.51 noted at Moorabbin, parked in hangar
9.10.52 Change of ownership: Arthur Henry Schutt, Moorabbin Airport Vic
.53 Change of ownership: A. H. Schutt and Anthony Vigano, Moorabbin Airport Vic
7.11.53 Change of ownership: Barry Innes Ker, 39 Ramsey Street, Pennant Hills, Sydney NSW
.54 Change of ownership: Australian Aircraft Sales, 40 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, Sydney
17.12.54 Change of ownership: Dayal Singh Pty Ltd, Lismore NSW
20.1.55 Logs: Keith Dayal-Singh first flight in DIW. Then flown by him regularly
28.11.58 Engine mount broke away from fuselage structure in flight near Tamworth NSW. Emergency landing at Tamworth without power and with engine hanging down. Last flight.
Keith Singh later wrote: "Approaching the new Tamworth airport, the engine started to come away. There was a steel frame holding the motor to the plane's wooden frame, which was held on with brads glued to the wooden airframe. After recently flying in 140 degree heat near the Queensland/NT border, the glue gave way causing the motor to fall and hang loose from the plane. When the motor fell down, the rods connected to the carburettor were pulled, causing "Willy" to rev and go back up."
Singh had to shut the engine down to glide in, but landed safely.

Note: DCA accident report quotes this date as 3.12.58

Broken-up at Tamworth. Engine sold, remainder to town rubbish tip.
16.7.59 Struck-off Register

  

  Neville Shute’s Item Willie being refuelled at Moorabbin by Arthur Schutt.                                                                                                  Ben Dannecker collection




Proctor 5                c/n Ae.61                                                                                                                                                                         VH-BDA

46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
26.6.46 Registered G-AHTG Jean J. H. Charlebois & James G. Woodill, Ickenham, Middlesex t/a Mercury Air Services
16.7.46 First flight at Luton
17.7.46 CofA issued
1.8.46 Delivered Luton-Elmdon
12.12.46 Change of ownership: Patrick Duval Aviation Ltd, Elmdon
28.5.48 Change of ownership: Dawn Hire Ltd, Jersey
5.5.50 Change of ownership: Gregory R. Board c/o R.K.Dundas Ltd, London
15.1.51 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
24.1.51 Proctor 5 G-AHTG emerged from the Miles hangar at Redhill Aerodrome, London where it had been resprayed painted as VH-BDA. It departed that same afternoon.
25.1.51 Registered VH-BDA Gregory R. Board, Sydney NSW
27.1.51 VH-BDA departed Croydon Airport, London for Toussus-le-Noble, France on delivery flight to Australia, flown solo by Gregory Board.
3.51 Reached Australia.
See The Migrant Caper on this Site for details of Greg Board and New Holland Airways
23.1.52 Change of ownership: Frederick Walter Sutton, Sutton Motors, Bourke Street, East Sydney
26.6.52 Tipped on nose while landing at Grenfell NSW. pilot Sutton
22.12.52 Struck fence on takeoff at Cowra NSW, pilot Howard Morris
10.5.55 Change of ownership: Christeys Motors (Melbourne) Pty Ltd, 334 William St, Melbourne
19.6.57 Change of ownership: Auto Auctions Pty Ltd, 137 Bourke Street, East Sydney  
16.9.57 Change of ownership: J. Jamieson & Sons Pty Ltd, 267 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
.57 CofA expired
8.58 Change of owner's name: Australian Hardwoods Pty Ltd, 267 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
57-61 Based at Camden, in good condition
28.8.60 visited Wentworth NSW airshow
21.7.61 Struck-off Register, owner's request. WFS at Camden
17.12.62 Flown from Camden to Albion Park aerodrome, Wollongong by persons unknown. Believed to have been in protest at DCA mandatory grounding of Proctor Mk.5s
20.12.62 DCA officers removed starboard wing from the aircraft at Albion Park. Wing taken to Sydney for glue strength testing
27.1.63 noted at Albion Park, parked on grass on edge of airfield with tarps over cockpit. Starboard wing removed.
.63 Trucked to Bankstown, stored on its wheels with wings removed in a DCA truck compound
9.7.63 noted at Bankstown in DCA compound
27.10.63 noted at Bankstown unmoved in DCA compound
10.1.64 noted at Bankstown unmoved in DCA compound
69 noted at Bankstown, derelict in DCA compound

  

          Croydon Airport, London in January 1951, before being flown to Australia by Greg Board.                                                                   Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Bankstown January 1964, impounded in a DCA truck yard.  Photo by Geoff Goodall




Proctor 1                 c/n K.253                                                                                                                                                     VH-AUC


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6168/P6200 from an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers  

Taken on RAF charge as P6194
2.46 Deivered ex RAF disposals to Norman Airways
26.2.46 Registered G-AHDI Newman Aircraft Ltd, Hatfield
Newman Airways was founded in late 1945 at Panshanger Aerodrome and in early 1946 purchased a number of former RAF Proctors. Two were converted for civil use and the first G-AHDI entered commercial service in late May 1946. Both Proctors flew charter from Panshanger and Croydon, and after a DH.89 Rapide was added in June 1948 to fly summer holidaymakers to the Channel Islands and Isle of Wight, the first Proctor was sold. Company ceased trading in May 1951.
24.5.46 CofA issued
5.46 Entered charter service with Newman Airways, their first aircraft
26.7.48 Change of ownership:  Stanley C. Caliendi, Hatfield
.51 Sold to Morris Air Service, Bankstown NSW
1.6.51 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
.51 Shipped to Australia for Morris Air Service, the purchase financed by Suttons Motors, Sydney
20.9.51 Australian Registration application: Neville J. Crisp, "Yelta" Station, Ivanhoe NSW
28.9.51 Registered VH-AUC
.52 Crisp threatened legal action against Morris & Sutton for costs to repair damage to airframe caused by battery acid leaks

Based on "Yelta" for next 6 years until Neville Crisp needed to sell the aircraft to raise funds to purchase more land to extend his property
.57 Ferried "Yelta" to Moorabbin by Arthur Schutt of Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service for overhaul and resale on behalf of Crisp.

The flight is described in the book This Flying Business,  an account of the life of Arthur Schutt:
"Schutty knew the aircraft had not been examined for CofA for about 4 years but was still being flown regularly. "When I arrived at Yelta, Neville rolled the Proctor out of the hangar so I could make an inspection. It was a typical station workhorse showing signs of a hard life but when I inspected the main spar I found it had begun to break away due to the failure of glue in the joint. I told him there was no way to I was going to fly it in that condition, but finally agreed to do so - provided it passed a test I had in mind. Neville was to fly the Proctor into Broken Hill and return. Before he took off I would place a piece of tape across the joint. He made the trip and when I checked the tape there was no sign of movement. This seemed to indicate the joint was still sound so I flew it back to Melbourne. The only precaution I took was to depart at daybreak to make sure of getting smooth air but I also made sure to fly with extreme care - just in case. "
3.12.57 Change of ownership: Brian H. Treloar, "Mooleulooloo" Sation, Mingary SA
28.8.60 visited Wentworth NSW airshow
30.9.62 visited Mildura Vic airshow
24.1.63 noted at Adelaide-Parafield, first visit for some time, parked in United Aviation hangar
15.6.63 noted at Parafield , just arrived for annual CofA renewal by Aerokair.  However it required woodwork repairs, which made the overhaul uneconomical. Proctor parked in the rear of the Aerokair hangar.
(Aerokair took over the United Aviation maintenance business and hangar. It was an associate company of SA Air Taxis, founded by the Treloar family)
22.6.63 noted at Parafield, in Aerokair hangar
10.8.63 noted at Parafield, unmoved in Aerokair hangar
26.8.63 noted at Parafield, in Aerokair hangar
12.10.63 noted at Parafield, in Aerokair hangar
26.10.63 noted at Parafield, in Aerokair hangar
10.12.63 noted at Parafield, in Aerokair hangar
5.2.64 noted at Parafield, now in Aviation Services hangar
12.11.64 Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
20.4.65 noted at Parafield, being rolled from Aerokair hangar to DCA hangar
24.4.65 noted at Parafield
5.65 Brian Treloar donated VH-AUC as a airframe in good condition, less engine to Australian Aircraft Restoration Group, operating as Moorabbin Air Museum, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne
6.65 Towed behind Geoff Goodall’s Ford Zephyr sedan from Parafield to the Adelaide suburb of Richmond where stored in a back garden awaiting collection by AARG
21.8.65 Wings left Richmond on a trailer, by road to Moorabbin
22.8.65 Fuselage left Richmond, towed on its wheels behind his Holden sedan by Dick Hourgan (AARG founder).  SA Police required a secondary road route due to the width of the mainwheels : crossed the River Murray by car ferry at Mannum SA but near Murray Bridge SA the road had a rough earth surface. The port undercarriage leg was torn away from the wing stub when wheel hit a large rock on the road.  A nearby farmer provided a tractor to move the fuselage to his property where it was left in storage
1.4.66 Fuselage collected by AARG and taken to Moorabbin by road on a specially constructed large trailer. Reached Moorabbin Air Museum next day and stored inside the museum enclosure.  It had sustained considerable additional damage during the move and from the farmer's children.
68 AARG decided that VH-AUC's condition was now so poor due exposure to weather while in storage at the museum that its restoration was no longer practical. It would be stripped of parts to be used to restore Proctor 5 VH-BJY also stored by AARG.
69 No work on either Proctor, both badly deteriorated due weather exposure and VH-BJY damaged by vandals.  VH-AUC remained stored in museum compound at Moorabbin Airport
72-79 Static restoration to display standard by AARG member Ken Baird at Geelong Vic
79 7 year restoration completed. Painted all silver as RAAF "A75.1" to represent the RAAF Proctor NP336 which was allocated serial A75-1 although never painted on the aircraft.
.79 On completion, transported to RAAF Museum, Point Cook where displayed as "A75.1"
88 displayed at Moorabbin Air Museum as "A75.1"

Displayed inside the renamed Australian National Aviation Museum, Moorabbin Airport

Currently on display at Moorabbin

  

       VH-AUC visiting an airshow at Wentworth NSW in August 1960.  Silver with green trim.                                                                               The Collection


  

  VH-AUC leaves Parafield in June 1965 under tow behind the compiler’s Ford Zephyr.                                                                                      Photo by Arthur Perkins


  

  VH-AUC en route to Melbourne, crossing the River Murray at Mannum SA, August 1965.                                                                                       Photo by Neil Follett


  

   An undercarriage leg was torn from stub wing by rocks on road, Murray Bridge SA, August 1965.                                                                               Photo by Neil Follett


  

VH-AUC in the storage area of the Moorabbin Air Museum compound in September 1966. With the Proctor are Anson VH-FIA, Wackett VH-AGP, Tiger Moth VH-AQM. 

                                                                                     Photo: The Collection


VH-AUC restored in spurious RAAF markings, seen at RAAF Point Cook Victoria in December 1979 while on loan to the RAAF Museum.                     Photo by Mike Madden




Proctor 5                 c/n As.3                                                                                                                                                                   VH-ADP


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as Mk.IV to RAF order as RM191 (c/n H.794)
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.
45/46 Rebuilt at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd as a pre-production prototype for the civil Proctor V model.

Previously recorded that three pre-production Mk.Vs were converted from F. Hills & Son built RAF Mk.IVs RM193, RM196 & RM197 (c/n H.786, H780, H790 respectively), which were registered
G-AGSW/X/Y which were allocated c/ns As.1 to As.3.
13.11.45 Registered G-AGSZ Hunting Air Travel Ltd, London
1.46 British CofA application for G-AGSZ quotes identity "RM191"
6.2.46 British CofA issued
9.2.46 Delivered ex Percival Aircraft to Hunting Air Travel.
Hunting Air Travel was formed by the Hunting family, who were shareholders in Percival Aircraft Co. The company grew into a large charter airline with a fleet of Proctors, later Vikings, Yorks, Viscounts, DC-6s mostly used for inclusive tour passenger charters.
4.12.46 Change of ownership: Field Aircraft Services Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
25.5.47 G-AGSZ noted at Hanworth
9.48 Purchased by The Honorable Simon Warrender, Picadilly, London

Warrender was on the board of Sponson Developments Ltd, who were developing the Tribian amphibious aircraft company. He wrote in his book Score of Years:
"Various agencies were organised to handle orders for the Tribian in particular and British aircraft in general.  In September 1949 (sic) the company agreed to my suggestion that I buy a light aircraft and fly it from England to Australia to try to find market outlets there. Naturally a flight of this nature would evoke publicity and should lead to custom. Also logically we should have better sales prospects with a board member on the spot in Australia. The aircraft we decided on was an old single-engined Percival Proctor Mk.V from Field Aircraft Services, that cost £300 and took three months to outfit."
28.3.49 Official change of ownership date to Warrender
5.49 G-AGSZ noted at White Waltham. Titles "LONDON-AUSTRALIA" on fuselage, also
“Sponsor Field Aircraft Services, Croydon, England”, and on engine cowling "Tribian Aircraft"
Australian flag & Union Jack on tail.
17.5.49 Departed Croydon for Paris on first leg of flight to Australia.  Pilot Harold D. Shaw, Chief Pilot of the Tribian company, with Simon Warrender who also was a pilot and passenger Charles Swinton. Swinton had answered an advertisement Warrender placed on the notice board at Australia House offering a seat to Australia.

Details of the flight to Australia in Warrender's book Score of Years, pages 60-78.

Note: Proctor G-ALCF had been flown from England to Australia in 2.49 with the crew promoting the Sponson Tribian at each stop en route. Flown by Australians Ian Brown 28, and David Smith 24 (both ex RAAF during the war) and reported as salesmen for Sponson Developments Ltd,  
See G-ALCF/VH-AHR.
13.6.49 G-AGSZ arrived at Darwin, then continued to Sydney
19.6.49 Reached Sydney, landed at Mascot at 5.10pm from last stop Coffs Harbour.
On arrival Warrender received telegram from DCA informing him that CofA was suspended due to mandatory wing spar modifications required. A modification kit was sent from UK and fitted by Marshall Airways at Mascot during a complete overhaul, total cost £1200.
49 On completion of overhaul at Mascot, Warrender took G-AGSZ on a series of demonstration tours in several states, promoting sales of British aircraft.
8.49 Advertisement in Aircraft magazine with photo of G-AGSZ: Bang-on Clearance Sale: Proctor Vs.
30 aircraft available. Immediate delivery. Details from Brown & Dureau Ltd.
This is believed to have been an arrangement with Warrender.
49/50 G-AGSZ based Essendon, as a British registered aircraft. Owner Warrender settled in Melbourne and in 1951 married Pamela Myer, daughter of Sir Norman Myer.

Sold by Warrender in Melbourne for £1,850
17.7.51 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
14.8.51 Change of ownership: Fred H. Edwards, Melbourne Vic
21.8.51 Australian registration application: Fred H. Edwards, Melbourne
14.12.51 Added Register VH-ADP
14.12.51 CofA issued at Essendon
17.12.52 Change of ownership: Jack Reginald Hannon Bartlett, Sydney. Based Bankstown
7.5.54 Change of ownership: John Patrick Conley, Hampton Court, 40 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, Sydney.  John Conley was founder of Australian Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd
7.6.54 Change of ownership: Wyndham Jack Harold Hartley c/- Australian Aircraft Sales, Hampton Court, Kings Cross, Sydney
1.12.54 Change of ownership: W. J. H. Hartley & J. P. Conley, 40 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, Sydney
28.7.55 Port wing damaged during forced landing Clergate NSW, near Orange.
DCA accident report: Private flight, substantial damage:
"At end of landing run in a forced landing, port wing struck a tree stump. The pilot had continued to fly into unsuitable weather necessitating a forced landing on unsuitable terrain."
3.4.56 Change of ownership: W. J. H. Hartley, 40 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, Sydney
30.6.59 Struck-off Register

  

       G-AGSZ at White Waltham in May 1949, days before departure to Australia.                                                                                  Photo: Air Britain


  

        In Australia as VH-ADP, still with the crossed flags on the tail.                                                                                             Ben Dannecker collection



Proctor 3                    c/n H.381                                                                                                                                                                       VH-ABN


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ556-LZ603

Taken on RAF charge as LZ574
20.7.48 Registered G-AKWD Surrey Financial Trust Ltd, Old Couklston, Surrey
3.12.49 Change of ownership: W.A.Rollason Ltd, Croydon Aerodrome, Surrey
22.9.50 CofA issued at Eastleigh
51 Photo G-AKWD with "Rollason" painted on engine cowling
6.8.51 G-AKWD among visiting aircraft for The Daily Express Air Race at Shoreham
11.9.51 Change of ownership: Arthur Milbourne Lowe, Julia Creek, Queensland
14.9.51 Departed England for Australia flown by Arthur Lowe, with passenger John Harris.
Lowe had been visiting England and when he found he had a 3 month wait for an airline flight home to Queensland, purchased the Proctor to fly himself.
9.51
G-AKWD reached Australia, landing at Wyndham WA. The policeman at this remote town was approved by Australian Customs to carry out inspection and preliminary customs clearance.
11.51 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
15.12.51 Australian Registration application: Colin D. Kelman, "Glenberrie" Station, Julia Creek Qld
15.12.51 Added Register VH-ABN
56 Offered for sale by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service, who had the aircraft at Moorabbin
12.56 Change of ownership: James W. Prince, "The Bluff", Cobar NSW

Delivered to Jim Prince by Moorabbin Proctor owner Les Elliott
4.3.57 Crashed on takeoff "Tundalya" Station near Cobar NSW.  Became airborne on Prince's first flight in the aircraft, with Les Elliott and passenger Don Forbes. when engine failed at 50 feet altitude due to incorrect fuel switch selection and hit the ground at 70 knots and collided with dead trees. DCA report says pilot was inexperienced on the aircraft type.
21.7.61 Struck-off Register


  G-AKWD reaches Australia in 1951, at Wyndham WA.  Photo by DCA radio tech R.Aylett via CAHS



  Wyndham refueller Norm Finlay poses with G-AKWD in 1951.                                                             Photo by R.Aylett, courtesy Civil Aviation Historical Society

  

  Moorabbin 1956.                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Eddie Coates




Proctor 1                 c/n K.247                                                                                                                                             VH-BQQ, VH-BXE


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6168/P6200 from an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers

Taken on RAF charge as P6188
6.2.46 Registered G-AGYA Air Taxis Ltd, Kenley Aerodrome, Surrey
20.2.46 British CofA issued
46 Air Taxis (Croydon) Ltd commenced postwar operations with Proctors G-AGYA & G-AGYB. The company had been formed in 1934 with Airspeed Couriers.
46 Photo G-AGYA with titles "Air Taxis Ltd, Manchester"
15.12.46 Change of ownership: Air Taxis (Croydon) Ltd, Croydon Airport
Reorganised company registered 4.12.46 to fly charters with Proctors and Rapides. Pooled aircraft with associated company Southampton Air Services.
47 Delivered to Skytravel Ltd, Liverpool.
9.47 Skytravel Ltd had ceased operations, G-AGYA sold by auction 9.12.47
9.12.47 Change of ownership:  Aikman Airways Ltd, Croydon Airport
Company registered 13.11.47 by Wing Commander Barry T. Aikman, formerly General Manager of Lancashire Aircraft Corporation, and during the war Chief Navigation Officer with RAF Transport Command. Aikman Airways owned 7 Proctors and a Rapide during 1948, but Barry Aikman left in May 1948 to form Aquila Airways with Sunderlands and Solents.
17.11.48 Change of ownership:  Ernest W. Cox, London
28.7.49 Change of ownership:  Reginald J. Jones, Southend-on-Sea
51 Squadron Leader R. J. "Jack" Jones operated as East Anglian Flying Services Ltd, Southend-on-Sea.  The 1951 fleet was two Rapides, an Auster and Proctor G-AGYA, for charter work and scheduled services:
Luton-Southend-Ostend (Belgium)
Ostend-Southend-Jersey
Luton-Southend-Jersey
Jones built up scheduled routes and became Channel Airways Ltd, which grew to a major British airline with DC-3s, Vikings, Viscounts, BAC-111s, Tidents and Comets.
27.8.51 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
2.9.51 VH-BQQ noted at Croydon ex G-AGYA, at Willis Hole Aviation hangar
10.51 Noted at Croydon being readied for export to Australia, painted as VH-BQQ, red colour scheme ex G-AGYA. Departed by 10.10.51.  
10.51 VH-BQQ was flown from Croydon to Hanworth aerodrome by Brian Stead (R.K. Dundas aircraft salesman) where crated and despatched for shipping to Australia with VH-BQO & BQP

Shipped to Australia
31.1.52 Australian Registration application: Australian Aviation Investments Pty Ltd, 21 Campbell Street, Sydney. Signed by Arnold J. Glass
15.2.52 Registered VH-BQQ
15.2.52 CofA issued
9.6.52 Damaged on landing Newcastle NSW
15.9.52 Change of ownership: Reginald Geary, 16 Sorrell Street, Parramatta, Sydney t/a Sydney Air Taxis
28.3.53 Crashed on takeoff from muddy airstrip at The Entrance NSW and tipped on to its nose then overturned on to its back. Reported that tail broke away and engine torn from aircraft. Pilot Trevor Theil, an ex RNZAF Corsair pilot, and his two passengers were unhurt.
20.8.53 Change of ownership: Redex Products (Australasia) Ltd, 5 Church Street, Lidcombe, Sydney
c53 photo at Bankstown VH-BQQ with large "REDEX" on fuselage and under wings, with company emblem on fuselage, nose, and rudder
30.8.53 Departed Mascot for Brisbane with officials of the Redex car reliability trial, flown by experienced pilot J. L. D. "Wac" Whiteman. Bad weather prevented them reaching Brisbane and Whiteman diverted to land at Goondiwindi Qld
28.9.53 Change of ownership: Bridge Road Motors, 517 Bridge Road, Richmond, Melbourne Vic
28.9.53 Change of ownership: (Same day) Leonard Freeth, 69 Tennyson Street, Kew, Melbourne
8.11.54 Change of ownership: Gordon Greig, 218G Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW
28.3.55 Change of ownership: A.S.C.C. Redex Round Australia Trial Fund, 1 Regent Street, Redfern, Sydney
27.6.56 Change of ownership: Aubrey John Raymond ("Titus") Oates, 9 Weda Street, Hamilton NSW
11.1.57 Change of ownership: Joseph Howell Bowden, Sydney
9.57 Re-registered VH-BXE
30.11.57 Change of ownership: Robert H.T. Rowston, 53 Constitution Road, Wentworthville, Sydney
31.10.59 Flew in BP Air Trophy Race at Albion park airfield, Wollongong as race #9
16.5.60 Forced landing in a clearing near Roper River Bar NT due fuel shortage. Aircraft was undamaged and pilot Bob Rowston and two passenger Nigel Love and N.Newman unhurt. Stranded until; a ground party reached the site.
18.5.60 Crashed on takeoff near Roper River Bar NT. Rowston attempted to fly out of the forced landing site with his two passengers on board. No injuries. DCA accident report:
"During an attempted takeoff from a heavy soil strip, the aircraft failed to become airborne before encountering rough ground on which it swung and crashed heavily on to its nose/"

Damage not serious but salvage uneconomical due inaccessibility of the location, aircraft abandoned.
31.5.61 Struck-off Register

    

           G-AGYA was painted as VH-BQQ in England in 1951 prior to being shipped to Australia. Seen here in England.                   Photo by Peter R. Keating

 

  

  Bankstown in the 1950s.                                                                                                                                                             Photo: The Collection


  

This heavily touched-up picture of BQQ was on the cover of Australian Wheels magazine November 1953 issue. The Proctor carried officials along the route of the
 annual REDeX car trial around Australia.                                                                                                                      Courtesy Nigel Daw


  

      VH-BQQ at Bankstown 1955 in a revised REDeX scheme.                                                                                                      Ed Coates Collection




Proctor 5                  c/n Ae.106                                                                                                                                                               VH-ALR

46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
23.10.46 First flight Luton
2.11.46 Registered G-AIEV W. H. & J. Rogers (Engineers) Ltd, Bedford
19.11.46 British CofA issued
12.12.46 Change of ownership: Nathan King, London, later Durban, Natal, then Isleworth, Middlesex. Retained British registration
13.8.47 Collected ex Percival Aircraft by Nathan King
27.9.49 G-AIEV noted at Blackbushe
8.50 Blackbushe report: G-AIEV was in Westminster Airways hangar
12.9.51 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
25.10.51 Change of ownership: Jesse Henry Herbert Luxton, St Agnes, Cornwall
51 Jesse H. Luxton had operated as Loxham's Flying Service Ltd, Blackpool.  He was appointed as a Managing Partner with Somerset Airways, Muttaburra Qld and he was to acquire and deliver a Proctor 5 to Australia for the company.
1.11.51 G-AIEV departed Blackbushe at 10.25am for Australia.
1.11.51 Cleared Customs at Croydon Airport, London
17.11.51 Damaged landing at Waingapoe on Soemba Island, Eastern Indonesia. A violent wind squall struck the aircraft when taxying after landing, lifting the aircraft and dumping it heavily on starboard wheel. The starboard undercarriage was badly damaged and centre-section woodwork was split. Local repair was impossible, so Luxton removed the wings and placed the fuselage on blocks on the side of the airfield.
11.51 Proctor G-AIIL refuelled at Waingapoe en route England-Australia (became VH-AYQ). Pilot Martin Cherry reported:
"As we landed at Waingapoe I noticed a Proctor fuselage on blocks, We had heard of Mr. Luxton's mishap a few days before , and soon we were getting the full story from the natives. After meeting Mr. Luxton, handing him some letters from the Australian High Commission's office, Djakarta, we flew to Koepang"
11.51 Dismantled G-AIEV moved 7 miles from airstrip to the island port
4.12.51 First ship to call at the island was a Dutch steamer whose captain agreed to load the Proctor and take it to Djakarta. Aircraft was floated out to the ship on an old pontoon. Luxton went with it to Djakarta
12.12.51 Ship reached Djakarta where the Proctor was taken ashore then by road to Kemajoran Airport, Djakarta where repairs begun by Garuda Airways.  Repairs commenced using Oregon pine from a packing case
1.52 Somerset Airways arranged to have timber sent to Djakarta for the spar repair
2.52 Repairs completed at Kemajoran, re-assembled.
2.52 Luxton departed Djakarta to continue his flight to Australia
3.3.52 Reached Australia after crossing the coast at Cape Talbot, north of Kalumburu WA. Then continued the delivery flight to Longreach Qld
7.3.52 Australian Registration application: Somerset Airways, Longreach Qld c/- Gordon F. G. Lee
Gordon Lee was proprietor of Somerset Agencies, Muttaburra Qld who formed Somerset Airways, growing to a large fleet of Austers
12.3.52 Struck-off British Register
12.3.52 Added Register VH-ALR
12.3.52 Australian CofA issued at Archerfield

Operated by Somerset Airways on charter work across north Queensland, alongside a fleet of Austers
17.3.52 ALR flew Longreach-Muttaburra-Longreach at night to take a sick child to Longreach Base Hospital. Emergency flare path laid at Muttaburra, pilot Jesse Luxton
11.52 Glue break-away found in woodwork of centre-section and wingspar. DCA approve ferry flight to Archerfield for repairs. Deterioration believed to be due dry and hot operating area.
20.12.52 Testflown Archerfield by Luxton after repairs by Carswell & Dagleish
53 ALR did charters to Townsville, Birdsville
17.12.53 CofA expired
3.11.54 DCA Ferry Permit for delivery Brisbane-Sydney, certified as airworthy by Carswell & Dagleish, Archerfield
11.54 Change of ownership: Australian Aircraft Sales, Sydney
17.11.54 CofA renewed at Camden NSW
18.11.54 Change of ownership: Alan D. Mathews & Jose Elkins, Mildura Vic
Trading as Sunraysia Air Taxi Service, Mildura.  Also have Proctor 3 VH-BQO

CofAs renewed annually at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service Pty Ltd
18.9.56 Change of ownership: Sunraysia Air Taxi Service, Mildura Vic c/- Alan D. Mathews
29.4.60 Change of ownership: Paul F.Hartnett, Melbourne Vic
Based at Moorabbin, usually hangared
9.5.60 CofA renewed Moorabbin
19.11.60 Scraped port wingtip on runway in a heavy landing at Ballarat Vic. Pilot Hartnett. Minor damage.
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
9.7.61 noted at Moorabbin, flying
2.62 noted at Moorabbin, flying
9.9.62 Change of ownership: Francis Hunter, Melbourne
10.9.62 Struck-off Register due pending DCA grounding order for Proctor 5s effective 31.12.62
11.62 Parked retired on grass near pine trees at Moorabbin, without engine and engine mounts
22.12.62 Parked retired on grass near pine trees at Moorabbin, without engine and engine mounts
5.1.63 noted at Moorabbin, by pine trees, parked engineless next to retired Anson VH-FIA
2.63 Wings removed, undercarriage roughly chopped out of the wings, then wings stashed up against the fuselage on the grass, at the same spot near pine trees
63 Carted away as rubbish

  

           G-AIEV in Southern England during the early 1950s.                                                                                                     Photo by Dave Freeman


  

        G-AIEV at Archerfield Qld in March 1952, on arrival from England.                                                                             Photo by Eddie Coates


  

      VH-ALR at Moorabbin 1960.                                                                                                                                         The Collection p5528-0016


  

   The end for VH-ALR at Moorabbin January 1963. It was broken up on this spot the following month.                                                               Photo by Rod Adam




Proctor 5                   c/n Ae.99                                                                                                                                           VH-AAH, VH-SAS(1)

46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
5.10.46 First flight Luton
14.10.46 Registered G-AIER Blue Line Airways, Tollerton Airport, Nottingham
21.10.46 CofA issued
24.10.46 Collected at Luton by pilot from Blue Line Airways
10.46 G-AIER was first aircraft of Blue Line Airways Ltd, formed October 1946. The company grew to a large charter operator with 5 Ansons and a DC-3 before collapsing on 15 August 1949. G-AIER was still in service with Blue Line at the time the company collapsed. Most of its aircraft were sold to Eagle Aviation.
30.6.48 Owner name change: Blue Line Airways Ltd, Tollerton
13.5.50 Change of ownership: Eagle Aviation Ltd, London
One of three Proctors used for air taxi and airline communications work by Eagle Aviation, which at that time operated a Halifax, York and Dakota fleet and became the large charter company British Eagle Airways.
51 G-AIER based at Luton with Eagle Aviation
22.3.51 Change of ownership: Robert A. Short, Whyteleafe, Surrey
26.5.51 Change of ownership: David W. Allen, 53 Martin Place, Sydney NSW
10.6.51 G-AIER departed England on delivery flight to Australia, pilot Sydney solicitor David W. Allen and his friend R. Arnott who is a Sydney scientist. Allen had travelled to UK during 1950 and intended to buy a plane to fly home.
21.7.51 Arrived Darwin via Wyndham WA. Owner described the flight as "uneventful", with 30 landings en route.
- delayed for a week in Singapore with magneto problems,
- became lost inbound to Koepang, landing there after dark close to fuel exhaustion
- delayed Koepang with a broken tailwheel  
27.8.51 G-AIER crashed through a fence on landing at Temora NSW, pilot D. Allen. Minor damage.
17.12.51 Australian Registration Application: David Wigram Allen, 53 Martin Place, Sydney
24.4.52 Added Register VH-AAH
9.53 Jack McKeon, Melbourne wrote to DCA advising them that he no longer intends purchasing Proctor 4 VH-BNB, so no longer requests DCA to reserve the reg VH-SAS for it.
12.9.53 Change of ownership: Jack Wellesley McKean, Melbourne
McKean is proprietor of Sabre Air Snaps, Moorabbin
12.9.53 Reregistered VH-SAS

Based Moorabbin, maintained by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service. Titles "Sabre Air Snaps"
10.10.54 Crashed on Mordialloc Beach Vic.  Engine failed soon after takeoff from Moorabbin on a flight to Carisbrook Vic for photography work. Pilot Jack McKean made a forced landing on Mordialloc Beach, struck a breakwater groyne and turned over on to its back 20 metres out in water.
Wreckage was pulled on to the beach, removed to Moorabbin that same afternoon.
Pilot Jack McKean and his passenger Miss Freda Thompson were both unhurt.
Location also referred to as Aspendale beach.
1.7.55 Struck-off Register


55 Wreckage was rebuilt at Moorabbin using the fuselage and parts of Proctor 5 VH-ARV, which were airfreighted from Tasmania by ANA Bristol Freighter.
6.7.55 VH-SAS restored to Register.
The rebuilt aircraft was assigned VH-ARV's c/n: see entry for VH-SAS(2)                                                                                                                     


 
  G-AIER refuels at Wyndham WA en route to Darwin on its ferry flight to Australia in 1951.                               Photo: Civil Aviation Historical Society

  

           VH-SAS (1) Moorabbin 1953 "Sabre Air Snaps, Aerial Photographers, Melbourne" on tail.                                                          Photo by Eddie Coates




Proctor 2 to 3   c/n K.405            VH-BQO


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch Z7193/Z7222 from an order for 50 Percival P.30 Proctor 1Is

Taken on RAF charge as Z7216

Mofified to Proctor III in RAF service
9.4.48 Registered as a Mk.3 G-AKXI Surrey Financial Trust Ltd, Old Coulsdon, Surrey
4.11.48 Change of ownership: Guy M. Bowle-Evans, Kensington, London
23.11.48 British CofA issued
24.2.49 Change of ownership: Mrs.Dorothy J. Bowle-Evans, Kensington, London
11.50 Croydon report: G-AKXI with a number of Proctors, Ansons and Consuls at the graveyard west side of the airfield but stated that G-AKXI looked like it might fly again.
29.8.51 Struck-off Register, sold to Australia
10.51 VH-BQO completed overhaul at Croydon, ex G-AKXI
10.51 flown from Croydon to Hanworth painted as VH-BQO, and at Hanworth crated for despatch to Australia by sea along with VH-BQQ & BQP.
31.1.52 Australian Registration Application:  Australian Aviation Investments Pty Ltd, 21 Campbell Street, Sydney. Signed by Arnold J. Glass
2.52 VH-BQO & BQQ under overhaul for Australian CofA
5.9.52 Registered VH-BQO
5.9.52 CofA issued
5.9.52 Change of ownership: Ross Bedford McKay, Wilcannia NSW t/a Aero Taxi Service, Wilcannia
25.8.56 Change of ownership: Sunraysia Air Taxi Service, Mildura Vic
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in Schutt hangar
31.12.60 Crashed near Elizabeth SA. Major damage.
DCA accident report: "During a simulated forced landing approach, the pilot lost control of the aircraft at low height because of his failure to maintain a safe airspeed. The aircraft struck the ground and a fence."
25.1.61 Struck-off Register

  

            Moorabbin 1959.                                                                                                                                                                         The Collection




Proctor 2 to 3           c/n K.392                                                                                                                                                               VH-BQR


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch Z7193/Z7222 from an order for 50 Percival P.30 Proctor 1Is
26.10.40 Taken on RAF charge as Proctor Mk.II Z7203.
26.10.40 Delivered ex Percival Aircraft Ltd to No.44 Maintenance Unit
30.4.41 Received at No.27 Maintenance Unit
10.7.41 Received No.2 Signals Squadron
31.12.42 Received BW Flight
27.2.43 Received Herts & Essex Airways for repairs. Awaiting collection 21.5.43
31.5.43 Received No.44 Maintenance Unit
4.7.43 RAF Station Woolsington
10.7.43 13 Group Communications Flight, RAF Waddington
.45 Received Herts & Essex Airways for repairs. Awaiting collection 18.5.44
31.5.45 Received Central Recovery Depot
30.8.45 Issued to Hawker Aircraft Company
7.5.47 Issued Percival Aircraft Ltd
19.6.47 Received No.44 Maintenance Unit
10.5.48 Received No.8 Maintenance Unit
10.1.49 Final entry RAF record: Sold to Central Aeronautical Bureau
  Modified from Mk.II to Proctor Mk.3 in RAF service
21.2.49 Registered G-ALIS Michael J. Conroy, Thornton Heath, Surrey
12.4.49 Change of ownership: Michael J. Conroy & John Anton Longmoor t/a Central Aeronautical Bureau, Croydon Airport
21.5.49 Change of ownership: William Stuart & Eleanor Lettuce Curtis, A&AEE Boscombe Down
21.5.49 CofA issued
26.8.49 noted at Thuxton with Race #11 on tail
11.8.50 Change of ownership: Stanley J. Bartham, Elmdon
4.12.50 Change of ownership: Mrs Dorothy E. Bartham c/o Arab Airways Association, Amman, Jordan
10.51 noted at Croydon Airport, London in the Morton Air Services hangar
14.1.52 Change of ownership: Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport
2.52 Sold to Arnold Glass t/a Australian Aviation Investments Pty Ltd, Sydney
2.52 VH-BQR noted at Croydon painted red and yellow, ex G-ALIS
23.2.53 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia

Shipped to Australia
11.9.52 Australian Registration application: Australian Aviation Investments Pty Ltd, 21 Campbell St, Sydney. Signed by Arnold J. Glass
11.52 Being assembled at Bankstown by Fawcett Aviation. All over crimson colour scheme.
15.11.52 Testflown Bankstown after assembly
26.11.52 Registered VH-BQR
17.5.53 Change of ownership:  John P. Conley, Palace Hotel, Broken Hill NSW t/a Australian Aircraft Sales, Hampton Court Hotel, Kings Cross, Sydney
8.53 Airframe Logbook: had been flown regularly until now, now only occasionally
6.9.53 next flight
10.10.53 next flight
12.11.53 next flight

Mac Job recollections: John Conley demonstrated the Proctor in its all crimson colour scheme to the Sydney based BCAS Federal Secretary and another principal, who were impressed. They struck a deal with Conley to purchase the Proctor to transport the doctor on clinic trips when patients were not carried, on condition Conley took their DH.83 VH-GAS as trade-in. Conley wanted the Fox Moth to satisfy an urgent request from Patair in New Guinea in 11.53 to replace a Fox Moth crashed 17.11.53.
4.12.53 Change of ownership: Bush Church Aid Society of Australia and Tasmania, Diocesan Church House, George Street, Sydney. Based Ceduna SA
12.12.53 Delivery flight ex Bankstown to Parkes, Ivanhoe, Broken Hill.
13.12.53 Broken Hill-Parafield
12.53 Based Ceduna SA carrying doctor to clinics at Coorabie, Kingoonya, Coober Pedy, Mulgathing, pilot Alan Chadwick who also serviced the aircraft. No mods to carry a stretcher, retained normal seating.
Major maintenance carried out at Parafield by Aviation Services (SA) Ltd.
Logs: regularly flights to country hospitals and clinics, also to Woomera, Whyalla, Nullabor, Lake Everard.
54 Mac Job recollections: BCAS Chief Pilot Alan Chadwick was quickly aware the Proctor had problems. The wooden airframe needed considerable work, and the slipstream from the constant speed propeller was blasting through recesses in the cabin, causing constant discomfort to its occupants. Ferried to Parafield where Aviation Services (SA) Ltd found that the interior woodwork was seriously deteriorated and a major rebuild was undertaken. Some months later returned to Ceduna, now repainted silver with a blue cheat line and registration.
31.5.56 Minor damage on landing Parafield on a medical flight, when taxied over a boundary marker
31.7.56 Logs: BQR left Ceduna for a long flight to WA and NT pilot Alan Chadwick: stops at Forrest, Kalgoorlie, Southern Cross, Maylands, Geraldton, Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, Wittenoom, Roebourne, Port Hedland, Marble Bar, Mandora, Broome, Derby, Jubilee Downs, Glenroy, Wyndham, Darwin, Alice Springs, back to Ceduna arriving 28.8.56
8.56 Logs: based Ceduna on BCAS clinic runs until early 1958 when only occasional flights logged for the following year
1.58 Alan Chadwick advised DCA that the BAS Lockheed 12A VH-BHH is used for most routine flights and the Proctor is used only as a back-up and for emergency work
7.2.59 Ferried Ceduna-Parafield for storage pending sale. Logs shows 721 hours flown with BCAS.
14.1.60 Change of ownership: W.A. Aircraft Service Co Pty Ltd, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth WA
15.1.60 next flight: test flight Parafield. Aircraft is silver with zenith blue lettering
19.1.60 Departed Parafield on ferry flight to Perth, refuelling stops at Ceduna, Colona Homestead, Forrest, Kalgoorlie, Cunderdin, arrived Maylands next day.  Pilot was J. Knight (who was later to perish in Wackett Trainer VH-BEC when he became lost between Ceduna and Cook SA 14.1.62)
1.60 Logs: commenced regular flying at Benjaberring WA with pilot Frank Lawrence
1.3.60 Change of ownership: Frank W. Lawrence, Benjaberring WA. Based on his farm at Benjaberring
17.1.62 CofA expired
31.3.62 Last flight: ferried Benjaberring-Maylands for CofA renewal by WA Aircraft Service Co. Inspection revealed significant woodwork was required in the mainplane due to glue deterioration. Owner decided this was uneconomical, Proctor parked in back of hangar at Maylands.
Log: Total airframe time 2223 hours.
14.1.63 Struck off Register as WFS
23.2.63 noted at Maylands in John Forrest hangar, good condition but dusty. WAASCo used this hangar.
14.3.63 noted at Maylands in John Forrest hangar, complete
6.63 Maylands closed to aircraft operations by DCA. Lawrence had to remove the Proctor but did not want the aircraft broken-up, and had offered to donate it to various technical schools.
.63 Donated to Bunbury Technical College, Bunbury WA
.63 Frank Lawrence towed BQR on its wheels from Maylands to Bunbury, aircraft parked in school's grounds in the town to be used for engine and airframe instruction.

A roof was later built over the aircraft to shield it from the worst of the weather
9.10.65 noted at Bunbury Technical College in a fenced compound with roof, complete, wings attached
26.10.65 Logs: engine ground run
16.11.65 Logs: engine ground run
18.4.66 Logs: engine ground run
5.4.69 noted at Bunbury Technical College in the fenced compound with roof, complete, wings attached. Fabric had deteriorated and RAF roundel showing
25.1.70 noted at Bunbury Technical College, stored outside alongside a school building with wings removed, standing on wheels covered with tarpaulin, significant fabric and woodwork deterioration. Wings stashed nearby. Had been moved because WA Government Railways resumed a section of the school grounds for extensions to the nearby railway yards at Bunbury railway station.
7.71 Donated to Airforce Association Museum Group, RAAFA Bateman Estate, Perth WA
5.12.71 noted at Bunbury Technical College, unchanged
13.4.72 Moved on a truck from Bunbury to Bateman. Fuselage in very poor condition, left parked on its wheels covered by tarpaulins alongside the museum group's aircraft collection. Wings moved to Jandakot Airport for initial restoration work
16.12.72 Fuselage moved on a truck from AFA Estate to 73 Bungerie Road, Riverton where it was to be restored to display standard by museum group member Alf Sturt.
73 Restoration had commenced in a shed at Alf Sturt's home. The fuselage was later moved to the museum workshop on the AFA Estate.
97 Restoration completed, painted in RAF scheme of brown with sky blue under-surfaces
.97 Displayed in The Aviation Heritage Museum, Air Force Association Estate, Bateman, Perth

Current

  

           G-ALIS at Thruxton in August 1949, with race number 11.                                                                                                   Photo by Dave Freeman


  

       Bush Church Aid Society's Proctor VH-BQR and Dragon VH-AGI at home base Ceduna SA.                                                                   Photo by Mac Job


 

   VH-BQR at Ceduna with Alan Chadwick, pioneer pilot for the Bush Church Aid Society.                                                        Photo: Mac Job collection

  

         VH-BQR on a Bush Church Aid Society clinic visit to Billikillina in the far west of SA.                                                                           Photo by Mac Job


  

  VH-BQR under a shelter at Bunbury Technical College WA, April 1969.                                                                                              Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  The original RAF roundel revealed by fuselage deterioration, Bunbury WA April 1969.                                                                             Photo by Geoff Goodall


                       VH-BQR's weather-beaten airframe being loaded on a truck at the Airforce Association Estate at Bateman, Perth in December 1972, being moved to a museum member's

                         home for a major restoration effort.                                                                                                                                 Photo by Geoff Goodall

 

  The rebuild under way in the museum workshop, Bateman, Perth.                                                                                                          Photo by Paul Charlton

 


VH-BQR restored and displayed in RAF camouflage at the Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth




Proctor 1                   c/n H.9                                                                                                                                                       VH-AHY


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as Proctor 1
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 50 Proctor Is & IIIs, completed as Mk.I from serial batch R7485/R7499

Taken on RAF charge as R7493
4.9.46 Registered G-AIEB Field Aircraft Services Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
15.11.46 Change of ownership: Wing Commander Robert L. Bowes, Picadilly, London
28.11.46 British CofA issued
10.7.50 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London.
7.9.50 CofA annual renewal for 12 months
8.9.50 Change of ownership: Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd, Thruxton
7.12.50 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
6.8.51 Flew in the Daily Express Air Race at Shoreham
7.9.51 CofA renewal for 1 month only
22.9.51 Flew in the South Coast Air Race at Shoreham
3.12.51 CofA annual renewal for 12 months
24.1.52 Change of ownership: sold to Australia
52 Delivered by air from England to Australia. Contemporary report says flown by two ex RAF pilots.
30.9.52 DCA letter to Howard K. Morris, Bankstown advising that registration VH-AHY has been allocated to the Proctor aircraft being imported from England
4.12.52 Australian Registration application: Frederick W. Sutton, Suttons Motors, Bourke St, East Sydney
To be based Bankstown, maintained by Morris Air Service (Howard K. Morris)
10.12.52 CofA issued Bankstown
10.12.52 Added Register as VH-AHY
26.1.53 Change of ownership: Christies Motors (Melbourne) Pty Ltd, 334 William Street, Melbourne.
Associate company of Christies Car Sales, 334 William Street, Melbourne. Both companies are c/- Ronald J.Annetts.
11.12.53 Annual CofA renewal at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service
21.4.54 Change of ownership: Ellis Victor Hargreaves, 4 McRea Street, Swan Hill Vic.
E.V.Hargreaves was the Morris and Wolseley car dealer for Swan Hill
5.54 Photo at Mildura, with "Christeys Motor Auctions" titles within map of Australia on cowling
5.8.54 Departed Bankstown in 1954 Redex Reliability & Navigation Trial.  Entered by Mr. D. Nichols of Christies Motor Auctions, Melbourne.
12.54 Short-term CofA extension approved by DCA due Schutt Aircraft worload will nit allow the inspection until February 1955
18.5.55 Annual CofA renewal at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service
8.55 Photo at Moorabbin, allover silver, no titles
10.5.55 Change of ownership: Atlas Auto Auctions Pty Ltd, 372 Latrobe Street, Melbourne
Manager Ronald J.Annetts
26.7.56 Annual CofA renewal at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service
22.8.57 Annual CofA renewal at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service
5.11.57 Change of ownership: Allen Bros (Asphalting Contractors) Pty Ltd, Flinders Rd, Georges Hall, Sydney
22.4.58 Sold through Kingsford Smith Aviation Service to David Ebzery, 12 Kentia Street, Mount Isa Qld. Official change of ownership delayed due KSAS not supplying certificates.
12.8.58 Register Change of ownership: David Ebzery, Mount Isa Qld
8.58 Ebzery flew AHY to Ennis Downs, Richmond Qld for CofA renewal by engineer Fred L. Bird
22.11.58 Test flown at Ennis Downs by Ebzery after annual CofA renewal by Ennis Downs Aviation.
DCA issue 3 year CofA renewal effective to 31.12.61
7.12.59 Ebzery wrote to DCA advising that he had sold VH-AHY to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Bankstown
11.4.60 J.T.Brown of KSAS wrote to DCA advising that they had sold AHY to W.Patterson, Gooloogong
23.4.60 Change of ownership: William D. Patterson, "Alkoma", Gooloogong NSW
31.12.61 CofA expired. Airframe total time 2,075 hours
5.2.63 Patterson wrote to DCA: aircraft has not been flown since its CofA expired over a year ago. His house on his property was destroyed by fire but the Proctor was not damaged, being parked in its own shed.  Log books and certificates for VH-AHY were destroyed in the house fire. He had no insurance. He wants to have the CofA renewed and asks DCA for concessions against full overhaul of engine and airframe due to the low hours he has flown. DCA calculate the hours on the engine and suggest he contact licenced engineer Mr. Jack Hodder of Parkes Aviation Service who is experienced on the Proctor type and after inspection may recommend an extension of hours for the engine.
5.64 Patterson does not reply to further correspondence from DCA
19.5.64 Struck-off Register by DCA
1.68 Stored in a shed on "Alkoma", Gooloogong in good condition. Wings were removed and hung from the roof of the shed to avoid damage.

Purchased by Baker Motors, Cowra NSW
8.71 Purchased by Cowra Auto Museum from Baker Motors

Fuselage on wheels placed on display without wing inside museum among vintage cars. Wings were stored outside the museum building
6.72 noted at museum, Cowra: displayed inside without wings. Good external condition, silver finish
26.12.74 noted at museum, Cowra:  now outside museum building, wings reattached and folded back,  in open weather, parked with cars waiting to be restored
28.3.75 noted in a farm paddock near Cowra airport, no wings. Unmoved 21.4.75, 31.5.75
77 Sold in poor condition to Lindsay Campbell, Coffs Harbour NSW later Port Macquarie NSW
He plans a rebuild to airworthy condition, using components which he stripped from the hulk of AHR
4.4.78 Proctor had been removed from paddock near Cowra airport by now: stored in Cowra town
84 Sold to Ross Stenhouse, Kenmore, Brisbane
5.1.85 Derelict remains collected from Cowra by car and trailer by Stenhouse. Arrived at his home in Kenmore next day.
Metal fittings and engine will be used, but all wooden structure was too deteriorated to be of use except as pattern. A set of Proctor construction drawings on microfilm had been obtained from NZ
86 Report on AHY's restoration by Ross Stenhouse states that work on a new centre section is underway, all new tail surfaces have been built and outer spars now complete.
10.94 Ross Stenhouse advertises for Percival Proctor parts and drawings for "active Proctor 1 rebuild", address quoted as 15 Timbarra Crescent, Jindalee Qld
98/08 Stenhouse continues the rebuild of AHY in Brisbane. Centre-section and flying control structures almost completed. He has rebuilt DH.82 VH-JRS which he flies from Watts Bridge Qld
02 Ross Stenhouse has rebuilt the wooden tailplane and fuselage centre-section
09 VH-AHY reported in a hangar at Watts Bridge airfield Qld

  

           VH-AHY at Mildura Vic in May 1954, Christy’s Motor Auctions logo on nose.                                                                                             The Collection


  

      VH-AHY at Moorabbin, August 1955.                                                                                                                              Photo by Eddie Coates


  

  Cowra Auto Museum, June 1972.                                                                                                                                               Photo by Neville Parnell


  

  Abandoned on a farm near Cowra out in the weather, March 1975.                                                                                                          Photo by Mike Vincent




Proctor 4                c/n H707                                                                                                                                              NP336, A75-1, VH-BNB


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor IV.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.31 Proctor IVs, from serial batch NP323-NP369

Taken on RAF charge as NP336

Allotted to Australian Governor General's Communications Fight, Canberra ACT
Along with Avro York MW140 and Anson C.12 NL153.

Governor General was Prince William of Gloucester
27.2.45 Arrived crated at No.2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond NSW for erection. Gipsy Queen Mk. 2 engine
28.2.45 Taken on RAAF charge: allocated RAAF serial A75-1, but never painted on aircraft, which retained its RAF serial.  RAAF Record Card used "A75/NP336"
19.3.45 Received Governor General's Communication Flight, Canberra.
Other aircraft assigned to the Flight: York MV140, Anson 1 AW879 and Anson XII NL153
11.7.46 Used to assess safety height of wireless masts at HMAS Harmon, flown by Flt.Lt.Crichley RAAF
13.12.46 Flew Dr. Daley from Sydney to Canberra to attend to the Governor General
5.47 Governor General’s Flight being disbanded
2.6.47 Received Station Headquarters Canberra ex GGF due unit disbanding
1.7.47 To be held in Category B Storage
28.1.48 To be Brought On charge as RAAF property and remain in Cat B Storage
22.9.48 Downgraded to Cat D Storage
10.48 Proctor NP336 proposed to be offered to Commonwealth Disposals Commission for disposal, including Gipsy Queen II and associated spares. "Originally RAF property on issue to Governor General's Flight at Canberra. Together with Anson Mk.XII and spares holding were purchased from the Air Ministry for £2,000 Stirling."
4.11.48 Minister for Air, Mr. A. S. Drakeford wishes to have disposal of the Proctor deferred
11.49 Memo from CO of RAAF Station Canberra "Proctor NP336 and spares held at Canberra are causing storage embarrassment at Canberra"
3.50 Survey report carried out on NP336: Total hours flown 461. Serviceable condition: airframe condition fair, ailerons require fabric recover, mainplanes require a strip and re-dope. A spare Gipsy Queen is held in crate at Canberra. Aircraft has been run up fortnightly and tyre pressures checked
7.50 Memo from CO of RAAF Station Canberra: again requesting disposal of NP336 because "storage space is at a premium"
27.7.50 Memo from Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore F. R. W. Sherger: he wants the Proctor kept in service, and suggests that it be based at Laverton "as a hack for staff officers when visiting units".
Proctor assessed as having 500 hours use before requiring major expense.
31.7.50 Dept of Air decides to retain Proctor. It is to be reconditioned for use of staff officers
9.8.50 Upgraded from Cat D Storage to Cat B Storage pending allotment to RAAF Canberra
17.8.50 Minister advised that RAAF has Proctor "has a definite Service requirement" and wish it to be withdrawn from disposal action
14.2.51 Allotted R/S Canberra for base Squadron Point Cook
27.2.51 Received Base Squadron Point Cook ex R/S Canberra
24.7.51 To be stored in Category B
31.5.51 Downgraded Cat B to Cat D storage Point Cook
17.8.51 Memo from Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore G. Jones: "I have decided that the Proctor aircraft is surplus to RAAF requirements. The Proctor, which is at present held on the establishment of Base Squadron, Point Cook is a light communications aircraft for the use of staff officers of Air Force Headquarters. This aircraft is the only one of its type in the Service, so that the maintenance effort involved is out of all proportion to its value for communications."
1.10.51 Stored Cat D Storage under cover at Base Squadron Point Cook

Total time flown in RAAF service was 151 hours
19.5.52 CO RAAF Point Cook sent Dept of Air a listing of Proctor spares held at Point Cook. These are to be disposed of by the Department of Supply.
24.7.52 Offered for disposal
13.12.52 Sold for £525 to Mr. R. J.Beaton, Melbourne Vic
18.5.53 Registration application: R. J. Beaton. Requests VH-JNB, but refused by DCA because the VH-J block being allocated for RAAF callsigns
16.6.53 DCA memo records that this is the first Proctor IV on the Register. "The Mk.IV is similar to the Mk.V in type of construction, dimensions, engine, propeller and Maximum All Up Weight. As the type is well known to the Department and the aircraft is being transferred from RAAF, Regulation ANR 28 would not need to be complied with" (ANR 28 referred to type certification of new types)
10.8.53 Added Register VH-BNB Ralph J. Beaton t/a Moorabbin Air Taxis, Moorabbin Vic
10.8.53 CofA issued
9.53 Jack McKeon wrote to DCA advising them that he no longer intended to purchase VH-BNB and he no longer required DCA to reserve the registration VH-SAS for it.
10.53 Beaton advertises for sale a "Proctor 5", total time 470 hours. Asking £1800.
Indicates little flying after civil conversion to this time - airframe time at Canberra was 461 hours
28.12.53 Change of ownership: Leslie Elliot, Moorabbin Vic.
10.54 noted at Moorabbin
27.2.55 noted at Moorabbin, flying
9.57 noted at Moorabbin
5.4.58 visited Canberra
20.4.58 Wing damaged when the taxying Proctor struck a stationary Chipmunk at Moorabbin
23.5.58 Crashed destroyed Chiltern Vic.  While on a flight from Moorabbin to Albury, struck a tree 8 miles south of Chiltern when flying low under cloud in rain. Crashed to ground and burnt out. Pilot and passenger killed.

  

           NP336 at Canberra in 1945 with the Governor General's Flight Avro York MW140.                                                                                  The Collection


  

   Civilianised as a Proctor 4 VH-BNB, seen at Moorabbin in October 1954, retaining the Governor General's coat of arms under the cockpit.                 Photo by Eddie Coates


  

      Moorabbin February 1955, "Proctor Mk.4" painted on the cowling in front of the Governor General's coat of arms a recent silver respray having changed the rectangular shape to oval. 
                                                                                                               Photo by Barrie Colledge



Proctor 1                c/n K.305                                                                                                                                                         VH-BCX


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6226/P6275 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.
.40 First flight Luton
13.7.40 Taken on RAF charge as P6271: 8MU Little Rissington
19.9.40 Watchfield
5.10.40 8MU Little Rissington
17.10.40 2E&WS
26.10.40 1SS
20.11.43 44MU Edzell
31.3.44 Comms Flight Woodley
22.5.44 44MU Edzell
19.6.44 71CNS
20.12.45 29MU High Ercall
13.6.46 Sold to Air Service Training Ltd, Hamble
5.6.46 Registered G-AHTV Air Service Training Ltd, Hamble
19.6.46 Application for CofA by AST Ltd
25.7.47 British CofA issued
51 Report: Air Service Training Ltd at Hamble have a fleet of 15 Tiger Moths, 6 Oxfords, 2 Ansons, 3 Austers and Proctor G-AHTV
5.12.52 Change of ownership: Hants and Sussex Aviation Ltd, Portsmouth Airport
22.12.52 Change of ownership: Thomas H. Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset. Based Christchurch
14.3.53 noted at Christrchurch, parked near aero club clubhouse
c8.53 Purchased in England by Arthur Lowe, Julia Creek Qld.  He and Jim Montgomery of Mt Isa purchased a Proctor each. They would crew one back and were looking for pilots to fly the other to Australia. At the end of that summer the two Australians met John Simler (aged 25), an instructor with Wiltshire School of Flying, Thruxton and he agreed to fly to Australia, accompanied by Brian Wales, an Australian working as an instructor with Southend Flying School.
20.10.53 Change of ownership: Alfred G. Adnams, RAF Club, Picadilly, London
Admans took over ownership of G-AHTV & G-AKZS acting as agent for Lowe and Montgomery
10.53 Proctors G-AHTV & G-AKZS noted at Southend, under overhauls by BKS Air Transport. Both have been purchased by Australians
26.10.53 G-AHTV departed Southend at 10.40am on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Brian Wales & John Simler. Accompanied by G-AKZS crewed by Lowe & Montgomery.
Both Proctors had long-range tanks and plumbing installed on rear seats but no radio. Both all silver.
26.10.53 Reached Paris, flying time 2 hrs 10 min. Then Nice, Rome, Bari, Corfu, Athens (30.10), Nicosia, Beirut, Basra, Sharjah, Karachi, Ahmedabad, Calcutta (11.11), Akyab, Rangoon, Mergui, Penang. Singapore, Batavia, Denpasar, Koepang, Wyndham, Darwin
15.11.53 Both Proctors arrived at Wyndham WA. Then to Darwin to clear Cusoms.
15.11.53 Both arrived Darwin at 4.30pm after 20 days. 90 hours flying time.
16.11.53 Both flew Darwin-Daly Waters and on to Mount Isa, to a welcome from a large crowd
22.12.53 G-AHTV delivered to Julia Creek Qld by John Simler.
Simler flew for Connellan Airways, Alice Springs for 2 years then joined Qantas (Cats in PNG etc)
31.12.53 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
31.12.53 Registered VH-BCX  Arthur M. Lowe, Julia Creek Qld
Used for charter
5.8.54 BCX flown by Arthur Lowe and BEG flown by Jim Montgomery & John Simler departed Sydney in 1954 Redex Reliability & Navigation Trial. Arthur Lowe's navigator was Dorothy Herbert, previously an instructor with Royal Queensland Aero Club
8.8.54 Refuelled at Rockhampton en route Sydney to Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Wagga Sydney in the Redex Trial
55 Address changed to: Arthur M. Lowe, Glenelg Avenue, Mermaid Beach Qld
59 Address changed to: Arthur M. Lowe, Cloncurry Qld
27.5.61 Change of ownership: Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Shersby, Brisbane Qld. Based at Archerfield
17.8.62 noted at Archerfield in hangar
13.8.66 noted at Archerfield in hangar
6.10.68 visited airshow Lismore NSW
23.9.70 noted at Archerfield
23.7.74 Struck-off Register, owner's request
.74 Sold to Norm Thurecht/ Redcliffe Flying Services, Redcliffe Qld.
Thurecht's partner in BCX was his chief pilot John Pike, who recalls in a letter 25 January 2010:
"When the aircraft had been taken off the Register in 1974 it had just been flown to Redcliffe by Ted Shersby. This followed the purchase of the aircraft by myself and Norm Thurecht (with Norm putting up the money!). At the time I was Chief Pilot with his company Redcliffe Flying Services, and we decided that our engineers could do a spot of restoration when they weren't working on the rest of the fleet.
I recall taking the aircraft out for some "taxi trials" before it was due to be dismantled. After running up and down the strip a few times I decided to use a bit more power and get the tail off the ground, with the thought that I might just go for a circuit if everything felt right. Possibly fortunately, almost as soon as I got the throttle open the engine coughed and spluttered, so with discretion being the better part of valour and so on, I quietly put the old girl back in the hangar.
Very little work was done on the aircraft due to a combination of events, and we sold the machine in early 1975. About that time I left Redcliffe to establish Butler Airlines, based at Brisbane, and don't recall seeing BCX again."
6.8.74 noted at Redcliffe airfield, Brisbane, in hangar, complete: silver with red trim, appears operational
11.6.75 noted at Redcliffe airfield, in hangar. Wings removed and being worked on
76 Owned by John Harrison, Lawnton, Qld.  Harrison has restored several vintage aircraft
28.8.79 gone from Redcliffe. Owner is moving from Brisbane to Townsville, intends moving BCX to Townsville to continue rebuild to flying condition
82 Sold to Ralph Cusack, Brisbane.  
Moved to Cusack's home. Cusack operated a brake and clutch workshop in Brisbane and was a private aircraft collector with several aircraft. Restoration of an Avro Anson and BCX to static display standard commenced at Archerfield by expert restorer Ken Baird from Victoria.
86 Purchased from Cusack by John Millson, Gold Coast Qld who planned to restore to airworthy
27.8.89 noted at Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra NAS NSW: stored dismantled, reportedly owned by John Milson.
14.4.92 Restored to Register VH-BCX: Richard A. Anderson, Gunnedah NSW
92-97 Stored dismantled in hangar Gunnedah Airport, with Bestmann G-AHNH and Proctor NP184.
18.10.96 noted at Gunnedah Airport, stored  with camouflaged NP184
9.97 Purchased by Ross Shepherd, Kenmore, Brisbane
6.1.98 Register change of ownership: Ross O. S. Shepherd, Kenmore, Brisbane
98 Shepherd is working on rebuild in Brisbane
12.10.99 Change of ownership: Airtrek Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne
12.10.99 Struck-off Australian Register as sold to NZ
.02 Sold to Guy Clapshaw, New Zealand
Retired Air New Zealand pilot
6.03 Under restoration at Mandeville NZ by Croydon Aircraft Company LAME Colin Smith. Vega Gull design cockpit windows being incorporated. By now wings and fuselage shell completed
21.3.05 noted at Mandeville, airframe under restoration, standing on gear, no engine
21.11.06 Registered ZK-DPP Edgar W. ("Guy") Clapshaw, Auckland
07 flying in all silver scheme, Gull style cockpit, in commemoration of Jean Batten's Percival Gull
20.2.10 ZK-DPP noted at Mandeville, airworthy

Current

  

           G-AHTV and G-AKZS en route England to Australia together in 1953.


  

          VH-BCX at Archerfield in 1967, white with dayglo and black trim.                                                                                             Photo by Neville Parnell




Proctor 3                    c/n H.257                                                                                                                                                          VH-BEG


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 162 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch HM337-HM373

Taken on RAF charge as HM347
20.5.48 Registered G-AKZS Air Surveys Ltd, Doncaster
27.7.48 Change of ownership: Hyland Ltd, Wakefield, Yorkshire
18.8.48 British CofA issued
c8.53 Purchased in England Jim Montgomery of Mt Isa. He and Arthur Lowe, Julia Creek purchased a Proctor each. They would crew one back and were looking for pilots to fly the other to Australia.
7.5.53 Change of ownership: Alfred Guy Adnams, RAF Club, Picadilly, London
Admans took over ownership of G-AHTV & G-AKZS acting as agent for Lowe & Montgomery
10.53 Proctors G-AHTV & G-AKZS noted at Southend, having overhauls by BKS Air Transport. Both have been purchased by Australians
26.10.53 G-AKZS departed Southend on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Lowe & Montgomery, Accompanied by G-AHTV (to VH-BCX) crewed by Brian Wales & John Simler.  
Both Proctors had long-range tanks and plumbing installed on rear seats but no radio. Both all silver.
26.10.53 Reached Paris, flying time 2 hrs 10 min. Then Nice, Rome, Bari, Corfu, Athens (30.10), Nicosia, Beirut, Basra, Sharjah, Karachi, Ahmedabad, Calcutta (11.11), Akyab, Rangoon, Mergui, Penang. Singapore, Batavia, Denpasar, Koepang, Wyndham, Darwin
15.11.53 Both Proctors arrived at Wyndham WA. Then to Darwin to clear Customs.
15.11.53 Both arrived Darwin after 20 days. 90 hours flying time.
16.11.53 Both flew Darwin-Daly Waters and to Mount Isa, to a welcome from a large crowd
12.53 G-AKZS flown by John Simler
4.1.54 Registered VH-BEG James A. Montgomery, Mount Isa Hotel, Mount Isa Qld
5.8.54 BCX & BEG departed Sydney in 1954 Redex Reliability & Navigation Trial.  VH-BEG was flown by Jim Montgomery and John Semler
8.8.54 Refuelled at Rockhampton en route Sydney to Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Wagga Sydney in the Redex Trial
13.12.54 Change of ownership:  Ian Leslie Dunn, Grassdale Vic
29.3.55 Change of ownership:  Roderick Long, Mount Gambier SA
7.60 Change of ownership:  Ian Leslie Dunn, Grassdale Vic, later Merino Vic
28.8.60 visited Wentworth NSW airshow
29.1.61 noted at Moorabbin outside
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
.62 Change of ownership: D. P. O'Connor, Melbourne
30.9.62 visited airshow Mildura Vic
10.8.63 Change of ownership: Neil B. Carrington, Quirindi NSW
17.1.64 noted at Tamworth NSW
64 CofA renewal inspection begun at Tamworth. Airframe found to be in poor condition with significant woodwork repair needed and entire tailplane required replacement. Overhaul discontinued as uneconomic, left in hangar at Tamworth

Carrington took legal action against O'Connor on misrepresentation charges
9.10.64 noted at Tamworth in hangar
65 towed on its wheels by road from Tamworth to Quirindi, stored in shed on a farm near town. Later rolled out of shed and left outside in the weather
10.1.66 Struck-off Register as WFS
4.7.67 Fuselage noted at on farm in open, fair condition. Wings in a shed on a nearby property still in good condition
11.05 Leigh Giles, Lara Vic advertises his Percival collection for sale: Vega Gull ACA, Proctor 2 SCC,
Proctor 3s AHR. BEG, BXU, KZG
07 VH-BEG is with Croydon Aircraft Co, Mandeville NZ for restoration

  

        Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport with REDeX Trial 1954 titles.                                                                               Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Crowds with VH-BEG during the 1954 REDeX Trial around Australia.                                                                    Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Moorabbin January 1961, in a new paint scheme.                                                                                                           Photo by Neil Follett


  

  Mildura Vic airshow in September 1962, with extra paintwork.                                                                                        Photo by Richard Hourigan




Proctor 3                  c/n H.548                                                                                                                                  VH-AYQ, VH-ADU, VH-ADV


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ784-LZ804

Taken on RAF charge as LZ790
11.9.46 British CofA application: Olley Air Service Ltd, Croydon aerodrome, Surrey
17.9.46 Registered G-AIIL Olley Air Service Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
Company fonded in 1934 by Captain Gordon Olley, resumed postwar charter flying in 1946 with a large fleet of Rapides and Consuls, introducing Doves in 1948.
26.10.46 British CofA issued
1.12.46 noted at flying near Hanworth (by JMS)
5.47 noted at Croydon, silver with blue trim. Owned Olley Air Service
11.51 Croydon report: Olley's Proctor 1 G-AIIL has been sold to Australia and is being ferried there
1.11.51 Change of ownership: Martin Laurence Cherry, Crowthorne, England
9.11.51 Departed Croydon at 10am on delivery flight to Australia, pilot Martin Cherry.  Accompanied by two friends, Graham Brooke and Bill Pentacost. The latter lived in Rotorua NZ and had been a wartime RAF Halifax pilot who had flown Tiger Moth cropdusting with James Aviation in NZ for 4 years.
11.51 Delayed at Palembang, Indonesia when tailwheel valve failed and a smaller tailwheel from a Piper Cub was fitted. This lasted until Djakarta-Kemajoran Airport where the original tyre was refitted but stuffed with grass
11.51 Passing through Waingapoe, Indonesia, they saw Proctor 5 G-AIEV (later to VH-ALR) on blocks on the aerodrome waiting for repair. Continued to Koepang then Kalumburu (Drysdale) WA and Wyndham WA.
11.51 On arrival Wyndham, Cherry requested permission from Australian Customs to fly direct to Sydney, bypassing the official Customs entry port of Darwin. Permission was refused by Cherry ignored the ruling and proceeded Wyndham-Victoria River Downs Station- Daly Waters-Brunette Downs Station-Cloncurry-Longreach-Charleville-Coonamble-Sydney.
His progress was reported in the press and connected with suggestions of illegal aircraft smuggling activities in the NT
3.12.51 G-AIIL arrived Mascot Airport, Sydney

A few weeks later Cherry returned to England by sea, and announced his engagement to an English girl. He had purchased another Proctor which he intended to fly to Australia as a honeymoon trip
(G-ALSM: lost en route Koepang-Darwin 11 May 1952 with Mr & Mrs Cherry)
24.3.52 Australian Registration application: Perficut Pty Ltd, Sydney. Signed by R. Vitnell. To be based Sydney-Bankstown
2.5.52 Struck-off British Register
1.53 Log: CofA overhaul at Newcastle-Broadmeadow aerodrome by Newcastle Aero Club
10.1.53 Log: Ferried Broadmeadow-Tamworth for certification of electrics by East West Airlines
16.2.53 Log: Ferried Tamworth-Broadmeadow
12.3.53 Log: Testflown for Australian CofA
53 Log:  regular flights 1953/54 as VH-AYQ
7.4.54 Added Register VH-AYQ Perficut Pty Ltd, c/- Official Liquidator, 107 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
8.4.54 Change of ownership: Leslie Hunter Ford, 192 MacQuarie Street, Dubbo NSW
9.9.54 Reregistered VH-ADU
(Les Ford had used this same registration on previous aircraft, signifying DU for Dubbo because he was Mayor of the town for a lengthy period)
12.4.55 Log: last flight prior to CofA expiry
7.1.56 Log: testflown after CofA renewal
13.7.57 Log: last flight prior to CofA expiry
6.58 noted at Bankstown, parked outside W.E. James hangar
9.60 Reregistered VH-ADV to allow Mr.Ford to use his preferred registration on his new Piper Apache VH-ADU registered that same month
27.10.60 Log: testflown Bankstown after CofA renewal
30.3.61 Change of ownership: J. H. McGrath, Middle Street, Walcha NSW
5.61 VH-ADV noted at Moorabbin, gloss white fuselage with green stripe, silver wings, empennage and spats, black registration
27.6.61 Change of ownership: Timber Importers Pty Ltd, 310 George Street, Sydney
61 Operated by R. A. Callendar, Sydney
1.9.61 Tipped on nose landing at Yamba NSW near Grafton, pilot Callendar.
61 Repairs carried out at Yamba
61 After this accident, due to Callendar's financial situation, his guarantor David H. Cosh, "Mandalay", Croppa Creek NSW was forced to take over ownership of the Proctor
29.11.61 Change of ownership: Lorna Elena Cosh, "Mandalay", Croppa Creek NSW
11.61 Ferried Yamba-Bankstown by David Cosh after local repairs. Stored in Ray & Larkin hangar at Bankstown, pending overhaul
10.1.63 noted at Bankstown
11.1.64 noted at Bankstown in hangar, unserviceable
26.2.64 Testflown Bankstown after CofA renewal. David Cosh planned to enter the Proctor in the Ansett Air Race Brisbane-Adelaide
13/14.3.64 noted at Moorabbin, visiting in preparation for Ansett air race. Allover cream colour scheme.
29/31.3.64 Flew Archerfield to Parafield as entrant number #73 in the Ansett Air Race. Entered and flown by D.H.Cosh.  At commencement of race, David Cosh had only 12 hours experience on type, and the handicapping formula put them out of the running for a prize, but they continued in a good-natured rivalry with Len Day in his Proctor VH-BPR
14.12.64 noted at Bankstown, in Ray & Larkin hangar
21.9.65 noted at Camden
27.9.65 noted at Bankstown, reported as visiting
66 Logs: flying regularly in Sydney area, appears based at Camden. Also based at "Mandalay" for periods, parked in a shed beside David Cosh's Chipmunk VH-MCC
2.2.67 Struck-off Register at owner's request
5.67 Ferried Croppa Creek to Cessnock for CofA renewal by engineer George W. Campbell

Overhaul not commenced, Proctor parked in open weather at Cessnock
5.7.67 noted at Cessnock, parked outside in good condition
11.67 Badly damaged by vandalism at Cessnock. Reportedly done by students from NASA Academy overnight while living in the Academy's residential accommodation at the airfield.

David Cosh unsuccessfully attempted to gain compensation for the damage from NASA Academy. He eventually donated the Gipsy Queen engine to the Academy for instructional purposes.
14.9.68 noted at Cessnock, same position outside, completely derelict
30.10.68 noted at Cessnock, same position outside, further deterioration
69 Trucked away as rubbish

  

  VH-ADU at Bankstown 1955.                                                                                                                                         Photo by Eddie Coates


  

  Re-registered VH-ADV, in the same paint scheme.                                                                                                                           The Collection


  

  Parafield at end of the three day Ansett Air Race from Brisbane, March 1964.                                                                                  Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  Cessnock NSW September 1968, vandalised and derelict out in the weather.                                                                                Photo by Geoff Goodall




Proctor 1                c/n K.279                                                                                                                                        VH-BLC, VH-FEP


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6226/P6275 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.
.40 Taken on RAF charge as P6245
29.5.46 Registered G-AHTN George Lewis, Aerial Medical Service, Goldfields Airways, Kalgoorlie WA
12.6.46 Ferried to Hanworth for CofA overhaul by Field Consolidated Aircraft Services Ltd
9.7.46 Testflown after civil inspection. Total airframe time: 1364 hrs
12.7.46 CofA issued
20.7.46 Departed Hanworth on delivery flight to Australia, flown by ex RAF W/Officer J. Dyer, The Strand, London. He was an Australian ferrying it to George Lewis.
29.7.46 Inspected at Cairo by Misr Airways, Cairo
23.9.46 Crashed on landing Rangoon, Burma
George Lewis recalls the location as Bangkok

Repaired by RAF at Rangoon. A new engine shipped from W.S.Shackleton Ltd, London during the repairs
16.12.46 Testflown Rangoon after repairs
21.1.47 Arrived Truscott WA from Timor, pilot Dyer
4.2.47 G-AHTN arrived Kalgoorlie WA. Logbook states "delivered to Kalgoorlie"

Lewis recalls: "It was a heck of a mess when it arrived in Kalgoorlie"
22.6.48 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia

After inspection, Lewis decided that the entire airframe required rebuilding. Commenced in his Goldfields Airways hangar at Kalgoorlie Airport. It wore its British registration during the extended rebuild. The centre-section was completely rebuilt, salvaging the original rear spar,
11.52 Aircraft rebuilt, awaiting new wings and engine to be installed
52 Late 52: A brand new set of mainplanes reached Kalgoorlie after being shipped from England
21.5.53 Australian Registration application: George Wyndham Lewis, Kalgoorlie WA
15.8.53 First testflight Kalgoorlie, pilot George Lewis. All over silver finish
27.8.53 Next testflight
21.9.53 Next testflight
22.9.53 Last testflight, then stored Kalgoorlie. Probably pending sale
19.5.54 testflight Kalgoorlie
20.5.54 several short flights Kalgoorlie
20.5.54 Australian CofA issued
20.5.54 Registered VH-BLC George W. Lewis, Kalgoorlie WA
28.5.54 Bill Dermody converted on to the type at Kalgoorlie by Lewis
29.5.54 Delivered Kalgoorlie to Dermody's farm at Shackleton WA, where now based
22.6.54 Official change of ownership: William Edward Dermody, Perth
8.55 Overhaul at Maylands Aerodrome, Perth by Stan Doggett. Repainted into ivory paint scheme. After overhaul Dermody sold the aircraft to Midland Brick Co.
12.1.56 Change of ownership: Midland Brick Company Pty Ltd, Perth
9.7.56 Last flight prior to CofA renewal Maylands
25.5.57 Testflown Maylands after CofA renewal
10.57 Report: now fitted with glider towing gear. LAME Keith Chappel now does maintenance

Based Maylands, flown regularly until Maylands Aerodrome closed by DCA in June 1963.
23.2.63 noted at Maylands. red green and white scheme
4.3.63 noted at Maylands
30.6.63 Final day Maylands open to operations. Flown Maylands-Kalgoorlie, based Kalgoorlie for next year
9.8.64 noted at Perth Airport
22.8.64 Entered by Rick New, director of Midland Brick Co, in inaugural Weekend News Air Trial from Perth to Geraldton. Scratched prior to start when New disagreed with handicapping requirements that it takeoff at full weight.

Based Perth Airport, parked in open. Logs show only flown occasionally
7.12.65 Struck-off Register as WFS
.66 Ferried Perth-Carnamah WA for CofA renewal overhaul for Rick New by Keith Chappel (WA Aircraft Service Co) who had just established a new workshop on John Forest's airfield at Carnamah.
Logs: Total hours 1,881 hours
66 Estimated cost of overhaul much higher than expected. Proctor stored in hangar Carnamah.
66 Dennis Yewers of Morawa has an option with Rick New to acquire the Proctor when the overhaul is completed.
.66 Ownership transferred to WA Aircraft Service Co Pty Ltd, Carnamah WA
66 Wings taken to Perth by road by Geoff Yewers (Dennis' brother) for rebuilding. Stored at home of Mrs. George Holding, wife of the previous partner in WAASC
28.12.67 Keith Chappel died of heart attack at Carnamah.
68 Ownership transferred to Mrs. George Holding, Perth
4.6.68 noted at Carnamah, parked outside in weather without wings, paint peeling
68 Sold "as is" by Mrs Holding to Dennis Yewers, "Yongarloo", Morawa WA
.69 Dennis Yewers towed the fuselage on its wheels behind his Landrover from Carnamah to "Yongarloo", then moved the wings from Perth to his property.  Stored in a shed on his farm, engine run up occasionally and taxied around the property using a 1 gallon drum of fuel attached to the wing stubs
6.70 noted at "Yongarloo", Morawa, engine still occasionally run
9.72 Robin Beard, a 25-year old private pilot from Perth was driving her car past “Yangarloo” and saw the Proctor being taxied around a paddock. Bales of hay stacked on the wing stubs were being thrown off to feed sheep. Dennis Yewers showed her the Proctor, and the wings stored in a farm machinery shed. He offered to sell the aircraft and Robin returned with a retired aircraft ground engineer Don Cope, who had woodwork and fabric experience. On his assurance the aircraft could fly again, Robin purchased VH-BLC.
10.72 Sold to Robin Beard, Perth.
10.72 Fuselage moved from "Yongarloo" to Northam WA, where it was parked in Bob Hickson’s Clearview Aviation maintenance hangar. VH-BLC noted at Northam 29.10.72.
  Don Cope and Robin Beard commenced work on restoring the airframe at Northam. Engineer Ron Harbord, formerly chief engineer of Doggett Aviation, Perth, was to restore the Gipsy Queen engine.
22.4.73 Wings were moved from "Yongarloo" to Clearview Aviation's property at Swanview, Perth
23.5.76 Fuselage towed from Northam to Perth suburb of Myaree by Don Cope where rebuild commenced in workshop, work carried out by Don Cope and Ron Harbord.
6.78 Letter from Don Cope: he is working on his Proctor and Auster VH-UEA, also Doug Muir's Comper Swift VH-ACG. Currently his main priority is restoring Hornet Moth VH-UXO for owners Hockin Trust and Bernie Baldwin.
2.79 Partially restored Proctor sold to Fred Edmunds c/- East Side Building Co, Perth Don Cope was recovering from a heart attack and was no longer able to rebuild the Proctor. He was to leave Perth to retire in NZ in January 1980-
15.2.79 DoT reserve registration VH-FEP for Proctor ex VH-BLC at the request of Mr. F. Edmunds.
22.3.79 Fuselage noted at Jandakot in Civil Flying Services hangar, all silver
31.12.80 VH-FEP noted at Jandakot in Bernies Aviation hangar, yellow and white paint scheme. It has been completed for some time, will shortly be test flown by Doug Muir. Fred Edmunds and his partner, aircraft engineer Bernie Baldwin, manager of Bernies Aviation at Jandakot, had taken 30 months to finish the rebuild.
  Robin Beard later wrote to the compiler: “I saw the restored aircraft at Jandakot in 1980, and was disappointed that it had not been restored to its original condition as Don and I had planned. When I took over VH-BLC, it still had its original instruments and interior fittings. I remember that the interior was sound-proofed with deeply buttoned red silk upholstery. The restored aircraft had rather “tacky” vinyl with no deep padding - and was generally a very poor shadow of the original.”
15.4.81 Registered ownership changed to Bernie Baldwin t/a Bernies Aviation, Jandakot Airport WA
2.82 Advertised for sale for $35,500 by Fred Edmunds, Perth: engine has been modified to use 100 Octane Avgas
3.82 The Proctor has flown 3 hours on test flights by Doug Muir, who was experienced on Proctors (see VH-BQP). No further flying was planned, and it was reported that Doug Muir was not happy with the aircraft. VH-FEP is parked at Jandakot in various hangars. Also reported that a sale to Joe Drage’s Historical Aircraft Museum at Wodonga Victoria had fallen through.
15.4.84 Restored to Register VH-FEP Bernard Baldwin, Jandakot WA
14.4.84 Change of ownership: Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT
  Reportedly acquired by the museum as a “Percival Gull look-alike” for exhibits to honour 1930s Australian long-distance record breakers using Gulls (Charles Kingsford-Smith, James Melrose, Jimmy Broadbent – see Percival Gull file). However the following year the museum purchased an airworthy Percival Gull G-AERD in England at commercial sale price, which was shipped to Australia. The Proctor has been in continuous storage in Canberra
  Renamed National Museum of Australia, Canberra
24.9.98 Struck-off Register
  Held in storage in Canberra
  The National Museum of Australia website includes Proctor VH-FEP in its artefacts listing, quoting it as part of the Frederick Edmunds collection, including Log Books. The Statement of Significance is erroneous in almost every stated fact, including the claim that this Proctor flew for the Royal Flying Doctor Service “carrying out numerous mercy flights for injured miners, station workers, pastoralists and their families.”. A creative attempt to add to aircraft’s history, but simply untrue.

  

    G-AHTN at Maylands aerodrome, Perth on arrival from England, February 1947.                                                                                Geoff Goodall collection


  

     VH-BLC returns to Maylands 1955, after a long rebuild at Kalgoorlie.                                                                                                Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Maylands WA February 1963, in a more colourful paint scheme.                                                                                                         Photo by Alistair Coutts


  

    Parked out in the weather at Carnamah WA, June 1968 while wings were in Perth for rebuilding.                                                                    Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  By June 1970 the Proctor had been moved to "Yongarloo", Morawa WA. The fuel can taped to the stub wing allowed  the engine to be started and run.     Photo by Geoff Goodall

 

    VH-BLC was saved by new owner Miss Robin Beard, whose hopes to fly the Proctor following an extensive rebuild were unfortunately not to be realised.

    Robin is seen with the Proctor at Northam WA in 1972.


  

           Jandakot 1980, after restoration as VH-FEP.                                                                                                                             Photo by Wally Civitico




Proctor 1               c/n K.321                            Jedda                                                                                                          VH-BQH


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6301/P6322 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.
.40 Taken on RAF charge as P6312

RAF disposal with total time 1560 hours
24.8.46 Registered G-AIIW Reid & Sigrist Ltd, Braunstone Works, Braunstone, Leicester
Identity quoted as PAC/V/160 and K321
15.11.46 First flight after CofA conversion overhaul by Reid & Sigrist Ltd, Desford
15.11.46 CofA issued

Operated by Midland Air Services, an associate company of Reid & Sigrist Ltd
8.4.49 Logbook: last flight prior to going into storage at Desford Aerodrome
7.50 G-AIIW reported at Desford in a hangar with others of the Reid & Sigrist fleet: Proctor G-AIKK,
3 Tiger Moths, 4 Rapides
27.7.53 Logbook: Taken out of storage and inspection by Reid & Sigrist Ltd for permit-to-fly from Desford to Fairoaks airfield.
21.8.53 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, Picadilly, London
6.54 CofA renewal at Fairoaks by Universal Flying Services Ltd
4.6.54 Testflight after CofA renewal
16.6.54 Testflight
17.6.54 Testflight
19.6.54 Logbook: last flight in England
27.6.54 noted at Fairoaks in static display for airshow
7.54 Logbook: dismantled for shipping to Australia. Packed by Simpson Aeroservices Ltd, Elstree Aerodrome
54 Shipped to Adelaide
54 Uncrated and assembled at Parafield by Aviation Services (SA) Ltd. British registration markings painted over and replaced by VH-BQH
22.11.54 Compass swung after assembly Parafield. Airframe time: 1615 hours
22.11.54 Registered VH-BQH Kenneth Hulbert, Victor Colin Cover, and John Morean Jenkins, Broken Hill NSW
22.11.54 Australian CofA issued
27.11.54 Delivered Parafield-Broken Hill
5.12.54 Damaged in ground-loop on landing at Broken Hill NSW
10.5.56 Change of ownership: Victor C. Cover & John M. Jenkins, Broken Hill NSW

Operated by Barrier Air Taxis, Broken Hill
24.4.57 Logbook: flown regularly until this date, then stored until sold
12.7.57 Change of ownership: Alex K. Wylie, Melbourne
12.7.57 Logbooks: commenced regular flying again
13.7.57 noted at Moorabbin, "Barrier Air Taxi Service" titles
30.11.57 Testflown Moorabbin by K.Wylie after CofA renewal by Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd
57 Based Moorabbin, name Jedda on nose
23.8.59 Port undercarriage collapsed during landing Moorabbin at 1.15pm. Port wing dug into ground. Pilot A. K. Wylie. No injuries. Cause determined to be brake cable failure
2.4.60 Testflown Moorabbin after lengthy rebuild by Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd.
Logbooks: commenced regular flying again
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
9.62 noted at Moorabbin
24.2.63 noted at Moorabbin Jedda
25.2.63 Logbook: last flight prior to CofA renewal at Moorabbin
25.4.63 Change of ownership: Karl F. Jaeger, Smithton Tas
26.4.63 Testflight Moorabbin after CofA renewal by Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd. Jedda on cowls

Based Smithton, flown regularly by pilot Jaeger, several trips to Trefoil Island
27.3.64 Crashed on landing Trefoil Island Tas.  DCA accident report:
"Pilot continued approach over rising terrain after losing sight of the strip and landed into long grass where the aircraft collided with a hidden scraper, and stood on its nose."
Pilot was PPL age 39, total time 298 hrs, on type 63 hrs.

Damage was considered by the owner to be minor, but DCA would not grant a ferry permit to be flown out for repair, and the Proctor was too bulky to be moved off the island by boat.  Jaeger forced to declare the aircraft a write-off.

Stripped of engine and useful parts, remainder burnt in situ.
4.64 Struck-off Register due crash Trefoil Island

  

  VH-BQH at Moorabbin 1957 after delivery to a Melbourne owner from Broken Hill NSW, still wearing Barrier Air Taxi Service';s name.            Photo by Neil Follett

  

         Moorabbin on New Years Day 1959 in new paint scheme with name Jedda.                                                                                          Photo by Neil Follett




Proctor 4               c/n H.633                                                                                                                                                                 VH-GBW


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor IV.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.31 Proctor IVs, from serial batch NP210-NP254

Taken on RAF charge as NP237
47 During 1947 a small batch of RAF Proctor IVs were declared surplus and 16 were civilianised at Tollerton and Croydon by Field Aircraft Services Ltd and registered G-AJMH to G-AJMX
31.3.47 Registered G-AJMH Field Aircraft Services Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
28.7.48 CofA issued as a Proctor 4
27.10.48 Change of ownership: Edwin Williams, Nutfield, Surrey
50 G-AJMH was a resident of Redhill Aerodrome, with private owner Mr. E. Williams.
Photo at Redhill shows dark colour scheme with white trim.
8.52 G-AJMH among visiting aircraft for Shoreham Air races
23.5.53 Change of ownership: Anthony V. Deane, London
1.2.54 G-AJMH noted at Southend, now based here
11.4.54 Change of ownership: Aero Contracts Ltd, Gatwick Airport
.54 Delivered from Gatwick to Australia solo by British racing car driver and pilot Mr. Beverley Snook, who worked for Aero Contracts Ltd.
5.54 Flew through monsoon storms over Thailand. Snook recalled that "the plane was tossed about like a cork" and the torrential rain stripped some paint
5.54 Beverly Snook had reached Rangoon. From Rangoon to Moorabbin he accompanied Arthur Schutt and Anthony Vigano who were ferrying Miles Aries VH-FAV from England to Melbourne.
1.9.54 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
28.9.54 Registration application: G.B. Woodward, Melbourne Vic
11.54 Overhaul for Australian CofA at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service
22.11.54 Registered VH-GBW Geoffrey Bruce Woodward, 93 Alma Road, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic
22.11.54 CofA issued at Moorabbin
4.1.55 Crashed into Mount Slide near Kinglake Vic.  On flight from Melbourne to Canberra flown by Woodward, while flying under low cloud struck terrain. Aircraft destroyed. Woodward and both passengers from Canberra were killed. Woodward had only 12 hours on type.
4.1.55 Struck-off Register

  

              G-AJMH at Redhill aerodrome, London 1950.                                                                                                                   Photo by Dave Freeman


  

G-AJMH on arrival Moorabbin in 1954, delivered from Britain by Beverley Snook (R), who was escorted from Rangoon by Arthur Schutt (Centre). 

Owner Geoff Woodward is on the left.                                                                                Photo: Arthur Schutt via Ben Dannecker collection




Proctor 2 to 3             c/n H.44                                                                                                                                                              VH-SCC


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor II.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 100 P.30 Proctor IIs, from serial batch BV535/BV573, main deliveries to Fleet Air Arm

Taken on Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm charge as BV544

Transferred to RAF as BV544

Converted to Mk.III in RAF service
31.3.48 Registered G-AKWO as a Proctor 3 Aikman Airways Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
Company registered 13.11.47 by Wing Commander Barry T. Aikman, formerly General Manager of Lancashire Aircraft Corporation, and during the war Chief Navigation Officer with RAF Transport Command. Aikman Airways owned 7 Proctors and a Rapide during 1948, but Barry Aikman left in May 1948 to form Aquila Airways with Sunderlands and Solents.
13.4.49 British CofA issued as Proctor 3
28.9.49 Change of ownership: Lord Malcolm Avendale Douglas-Hamilton, Cullerne House, Findhorn
29.7.50 G-AKWO among visiting aircraft at Woolsington for 1950 Grovesnor Trophy Air Race
27.5.53 Change of ownership: Expedition Epics Ltd, London
6.1.54 DCA issued Import Permit for a Proctor Mk.1 to C.E.Payne on behalf of J. Clark
4.54 Arthur Schutt in England with friend Anthony Vigano to fly Vigano's Miles Aries VH-FAV to Australia, in which they departed Croydon Airport 7.5.54.
(The biography of Arthur Schutt This Flying Business states that he used the trip to purchase two Proctors, which he had shipped to Melbourne and to further his plan to acquire a Cessna agency. The identity of a second Proctor has not been found)
4.10.54 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia

Shipped to Australia
12.4.55 Australian Registration application: Arthur H. Schutt & John Clark c/- Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne
5.55 Australian CofA overhaul completed at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service.
9.5.55 Registered as a Proctor Mk.3 VH-SCC
9.5.55 CofA issued Moorabbin
8.8.55 Change of ownership: Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd & John Clark, Moorabbin Airport
17.10.55 Change of ownership: Schutt Aircraft Pty Ltd, Moorabbin Airport
.56 Badly damaged during landing on agricultural strip on "Penshurst" near Hamilton Vic. The Proctor ran off the strip and pilot Arthur Schutt jumped out before the aircraft rolled into a gully pilotless. He was delivering a Tiger Moth undercarriage assembly to repair a damaged Schutt Airfarmers Tiger Moth.

Basic repairs were done on site, then ferried to Moorabbin.
11.2.57 Change of ownership: John H. Treloar, "Mooleulooloo" Station, Mingary SA
10.59 at RAAF Mallala SA airshow, cream with red trim
28.8.60 visited Wentworth NSW airshow
3.62 visited airshow Cootamundra NSW
23.6.62 visited Parafield for CofA renewal by United Aviation
29.6.62 noted at Parafield
4.8.62 noted at Parafield
2.12.62 noted at Parafield, woodwork repairs in Edmund Schneider glider hangar
24.1.63 noted at Parafield, back in United Aviation hangar
5.10.63 visited airshow Blythe SA
10.8.64 noted at Parafield, in Aero Kair hangar (renamed ex United Aviation), first visit for some time. Reported up for sale.
10.9.64 noted at Parafield, in Aero Kair hangar
12.9.64 noted at Parafield, in Aero Kair hangar
13.9.64 noted at Parafield, parked outside Aero Kair hangar. Pale yellow all over with red/black trim
2.11.64 Change of ownership: D. J. Harmer, PO Box 491, Naracoorte SA
12.5.65 Change of ownership: E. H. & B. M. Davis, Bordertown SA
19.6.65 noted at Parafield, being repainted allover white with red/black trim
26.6.65 noted at Parafield
10.10.65 noted at Parafield
24.11.65 Change of ownership: Roblee Co, 177B Payneham Road, St. Peters, Adelaide SA

Roblee & Co was a finance company. Main shareholders were Adelaide pilots Des Leonard, Bob King and Bob Burnett-Read, who was then President of the Vintage Aircraft Club of Australia. Also owned Proctor VH-GGB
27.11.65 noted at Parafield, flying
66 extensive rebuild at Parafield by Jim Jenkins, senior engineer for Royal Aero Club of SA. Used parts of Roblee's grounded Proctor VH-GGB. Wings of SCC moved to Edmund Schneider's glider workshop for woodwork repairs
5.11.66 noted at Parafield, completed and being repainted
11.66 commenced flying again, based Parafield. New scheme of silver with blue trim.
11.12.65 Overflew Nildottie fly-in SA, pilot Bob Burnett-Read
11.6.67 Ran off a rough strip on landing at Christeys Beach SA. Rolled on to a ploughed field, tipped on nose. Pilot Bob Burnett-Read was visiting for a fly-in. Minor damage to prop and cowling.
18.6.67 Towed on its wheels behind Burnett-Read's Bentleigh car back to Parafield
7.67 noted at Parafield flying
30.9.67 Change of ownership: Peter A. Bainbridge & R. M. Milner, 21 Trinity Ave, Salisbury SA
Based Parafield, name The Beast
9.68 Flew Parafield to Brisbane to enter the first Warrana Air Race, race No.40. Withdrew on the first day en route Archerfield-Emerald due engine trouble.
11.68 visited airshow Mount Gambier SA
9.4.69 Forced landing near Ceduna SA due low oil pressure. Several aircraft in search. Ferried to Parafield
6.69 noted at Parafield, flying
8.10.69 Departed Parafield to Brisbane to enter the second Warrana Air Race, pilots Peter Bainbridge and Chris Battye. Went u/s on final section of the race due brake failure while reportedly in lead position
15.10.69 Damaged starboard undercarriage and wing when ground-looped during landing at Streaky Bay SA
25.10.69 noted at Parafield in Royal Aero Club of SA hangar, with damaged starboard wing and undercarriage
11.69 under repair in Edmund Schneider glider hangar at Parafield
5.70 Parafield report: SCC based here and flies regularly. Its owners also have DH.94 Moth Minor VH-ACS which has not flown for many months
8.71 Sold to Dayle Bland, Bathurst NSW
31.8.71 Delivered Gawler SA to Bathurst via refuelling stop at Hay NSW, ferry time 4 hrs 45 min. On arrival Bathurst overflew Bland's farm 15 miles from town to show his family, then landed Bathurst airport where will be based. Owners are D. Bland & F. Cooney.
4.11.71 Change of ownership: F. Cooney, Yetholme NSW
19.5.73 noted at Bathurst
4.8.73 noted at Bathurst
.73 CofA expired. Stored Bathurst pending decision on renewal due high cost
.73 Ferried Bathurst-Bankstown. Parked in open at Bankstown pending overhaul
4.1.74 noted at Bankstown, parked between hangars, good external condition
.74 Ferried Bankstown-Stawell Vic
27.5.74 Change of ownership: Eric R. Maxwell, Box 228, Stawell Vic.
Maxwell is a LAME with workshop at Stawell Aerodrome. Proctor stored in hangar waiting for rebuild to airworthy condition
5.9.74 Struck-off Register as WFS
76 Stored in hangar at Stawell Vic
77 Now owned by Maurice Rolfe c/- Executive Air Maintenance, Essendon Airport, Melbourne
6.78 Rolfe advertises for Proctor maintenance manuals for his recently purchased VH-SCC & DUL.
.82 Sold by Rolfe to Leigh Giles & Ken Baird, Lara Vic
Under rebuild at Lara near Geelong, they also have Proctor VH-AHR and Wackett VH-AGP
85 Report: Leigh Giles has constructed a complete wing and centre-section jigs for SCC rebuild
11.05 Giles advertises for sale: Proctors SCC & AHR, Vega Gull VH-ACA
09 VH-SCC & AHR reported in Brisbane area

  

         Moorabbin 1955.                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Eddie Coates


  

  Visiting an airshow at Blyth SA in October 1963, cream with red trim.                                                                                                   Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  Parafield March 1967, after restoration and repaint in silver and blue.                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  Embarrassing moment: Christeys Beach SA 11 June 1967. SCC was quickly repaired.                                                                               Photo by Trevor Webb




Proctor 1   c/n K.244            VH-BGY


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6168/P6200 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.
13.7.40 Taken on RAF charge as P6185
14.6.46 Registered G-AHUX Percival Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport
7.8.46 Change of ownership: Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co Ltd, Wolverhampton, Staffs
21.8.46 British CofA issued
17.8.47 noted at Croydon. cream with blue trim
5.10.48 Change of ownership: John Oliver, Wolverhampton, Staffs
12.2.49 Change of ownership: Derek J. Jammett, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
26.8.50 competitor in Thruxton Air Races
9.50 competitor in Daily Express Air Race at Littleston, race #53
25.4.54 Change of ownership: Wolverhampton Aviation Ltd, Wolverhampton Airport, Staffs
29.9.54 Change of ownership: Thomas Edward Alexander Nicholson, Kingaroy Qld
.54 Flown to Australia on delivery

Purchased by Air Activities, Perth from Mr. Nicholson, Sydney
12.5.55 Registered VH-BGY Air Activities, 189 Railway Parade, Maylands WA
13.5.55 Struck-off British Register
55 Leased for periods to Doggett Aviation & Engineering Co Pty Ltd, Perth who based it at Meekatharra for the RFDS contract to operate the Meektharra RFDS base. Doggett used Austers for this contract.
17.5.60 Struck-off Register as WFS. Stored in hangar Maylands with expired CofA
10.62 Advertised for sale by Air Activities for £300 (very low price)
23.2.63 noted at Maylands stored in hangar, silver with blue trim
4.3.63 noted at Maylands stored in hangar
4.7.63 Restored to Register VH-BGY: Air Activities, Perth
18.9.63 Change of ownership: A. L. & B. J. Paynter, Coolah NSW
63 Flown on delivery from Maylands to Coolah by the Paynter brothers
21.12.64 Struck-off Register as "destroyed"

Fate unknown, no reported Proctor accidents in that period: probably an airworthiness structural problem

  

        VH-BGY at Maylands, Perth in May 1963.                                                                                                                             Photo by Alistair Coutts




Proctor 2 to 3        c/n K.413                           Araluen                                                                                                            VH-BQP, VH-FRC


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch Z7237/Z7256 from an order for 50 Percival P.30 Proctor 1Is

Taken on RAF charge as Z7238

Modified to Proctor III in RAF service
8.4.49 Registered G-ALTG as Proctor 3: Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport
10.10.51 noted at Croydon, painted as VH-BQP, outside Vendair's hangar in last stages of preparation for flight. Reported as ex RAF.
13.10.51 VH-BQP noted at Croydon in Willis Hole Aviation hangar, ex G-ALTG
10.51 Ferried from Croydon to Hanworth, where crated for shipment to Australia with VH-BQO & BQQ
31.10.51 Struck-off British register as sold to Australia
2.11.51 British CofA issued Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport

Shipped to Australia

Vic Couch (later owner) wrote to compiler: BQP was purchased and shipped from England in crates by Doug Muir. It was a RAF machine up until the time Doug bought it and had it shipped to Sydney where it underwent Australia CofA.

Reason for the delay in registration of this aircraft is not known. Presumably an airworthiness issue had to be rectified after arrival in Australia,
8.6.55 Registered VH-BQP Frederick Harold Edwards, 52 Lyndhurst Street, Richmond, Melbourne
8.6.55 CofA issued
7.7.55 Change of ownership:  Douglas Charles Muir, Darwin NT t/a Muir Aviation, Darwin

This Proctor was the first aircraft of Muir Aviation at Darwin, flying charter work until 1960 when retired and parked in a hangar at Darwin awaiting sale. "Muir Aviation" painted on fuselage.
24.1.61 Change of ownership: Victor H. & Freda R. Couch, Darwin NT
24.1.61 Reregistered VH-FRC
26.3.61 visited Moorabbin, green and white with name Araluen on fuselage and Disney's Goofy cartoon on the nose
61 Vic & Freda Couch moved to Adelaide. He was a charter pilot with SA Air Taxis
24.9.61 Crashed on landing Parafield SA. Vic Couch and two occupants were unhurt.  The Proctor had just been sold and was being flown by the new owner, but Couch was in charge of the aircraft. The pilot lost control during landing in strong crosswind, aircraft was a total loss. It was not insured.
DCA accident report: "The pilot allowed the aircraft to stall after bouncing in an attempted landing. The wing dropped and the aircraft cart-wheeled."
6.62 Wreck of VH-FRC moved from Aero Kair hangar at Parafield and trucked away as rubbish.
24.1.63 Some parts of VH-FRC were still stored in Aero Kair hangar alcove

  

     Bankstown 1955, with port undercarriage fairings removed.                                                                                               Photo by Eddie Coates


  

Darwin March 1956. This evocative Peter Keating photograph shows Proctor VH-BQP with Muir Aviation titles behind the MMA Anson VH-MMB, with Muir’s
Dragon VH-CPP and a visiting Skyways Avro York G-AHEY.


  

         Re-registered VH-FRC, seen at Moorabbin in March 1961 in a green and white paint scheme with a cartoon of Disney's Goofy on the cowling and the name Araluen

                                                                                          Photo: The Collection



Proctor 3                 c/n H.325                                   Ward                                                                                                  VH-BPR


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 162 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch HM390-HM433

Taken on RAF charge as HM431
c1.54 HM431 was among 22 RAF disposals Proctors which arrived at Croydon Airport, London by road with wings removed. At the time no civil registrations had been allocated.
8.4.54 Registered G-ANPR R. A. Peacock (Aviation) Ltd, Croydon Airport
One of a large number (approx 50) RAF disposals Proctors and Tiger Moths purchased by the company at that time
13.8.54 British CofA issued  
54 Purchased in England by Barry Ker as the first aircraft of his planned new Queensland charter company
19.1.55 Change of ownership: Barry Innes Ker, 39 Ramsay Rd, Penant Hills Sydney
1.55 G-ANPR departed England on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Barry Ker.
2.55 Arrived Australia
7.2.55 G-ANPR departed Darwin en route to Sydney
18.3.55 Australian Registration application: Barry I. Kerr, Sydney NSW. Charter category
4.55 G-ANPR noted at Bankstown
5.55 Australian CofA overhaul at Bankstown by Ray & Larkin Pty Ltd
16.6.55 Testflown Bankstown after overhaul, pilot B.I.Kerr
16.6.55 Australian CofA issued
16.6.55 Added Register VH-BPR Barry Innes Ker, Sydney, changed same month to Charleville Qld
16.6.55 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
6.55 Western Air Navigation Pty Ltd formed at Charleville Qld, with main shareholders graziers in the district. Chief Pilot/Manager was Barry Ker and VH-BPR was their first aircraft.
8.7.55 Change of ownership: Western Air Navigation Pty Ltd, Charleville Qld
8.55 WAN commenced commercial operations with BPR. Painted with "WESTERN" on fuselage sides, and name Ward on nose
28.6.56 Annual CofA renewed at Archerfield Qld by Air Express Co
25.7.57 Annual CofA renewed at Archerfield Qld by Air Express Co. Test flown that day by Arthur M.Lowe
30.8.57 Change of ownership: John Chapman, TAA, Essendon Airport, Melbourne Vic
11.3.58 Change of ownership: Frank A. Schillabeer, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Based Moorabbin, had a cougar type animal painted on cowlings
1.6.58 Damaged. DCA required the engine to be inspected and propeller replaced
12.7.58 Annual CofA renewed at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales and Service
4.8.59 Three year CofA renewed at Moorabbin by Schutt Aircraft Sales & Service.  Total time 1555 hrs
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in Schutt hangar. Had dayglo orange paintwork on wingtips and rudder.
30.10.59 Participated in fly past over Melbourne for 25th Anniversary of Kingsford Smith's record flight Australia to USA
28.8.60 visited airshow Wentworth NSW
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
24.7.61 Change of ownership: J. O. Robinson & K. B. Ball, 16 Luxmoor Street, Cheltenham Vic
5.62 noted at Moorabbin, outside CFS hangar, some paintwork oversprayed
19.2.63 noted at Moorabbin, repainted in new scheme of cream with black and orange trim
21.2.63 CofA renewed at Moorabbin by Civil Flying Services.  Total time 1664 hrs
5.63 noted at Moorabbin
12.10.63 noted at Moorabbin
23.10.63 Change of ownership: Leonard A. Day, Geelong Vic
23.11.63 noted at Parafield, visitor  
14.1.64 noted at Belmont Common aerodrome, Geelong
23.2.64 noted at Parafield, visitor
29-31.3.64 Flew Archerfield to Parafield as entrant number #72 in the Ansett Air Race, pilot Len Day
Good-natured rivalry with David Cosh in his Proctor VH-ADV.
16.12.64 DCA approved Len Day to fit a long exhaust pipe to reduce engine noise in the cabin. Day intends  to fly the aircraft from Geelong to Alice Springs and central Australia during the coming Christmas holidays
3.6.65
arrived Moorabbin, parked at CFS hangar, cream with black and orange trim
5.8.65 Damaged in forced landing Banka Banka NT.  DCA accident report:
"Due to low oil quantity caused by high oil consumption the pilot made a precautionary landing in gusty crosswind conditions on a partly constructed strip. On touchdown the aircraft swung off the strip into unsuitable terrain."
Pilot Len Day and one passenger were on a holiday flight through central Australia.  Landing was made on a partially completed strip but swung off into scrub and the Proctor was damaged.

Because of the inaccessibility of the area, the Proctor was stripped for parts and abandoned.
5.8.65 Struck-off Register
12.8.65 DCA wrote to Len Day requesting his approval to “remove samples of the structure in order to carry out glue evaluation tests.”

  

  Brisbane-Eagle Farm 1955 named Ward with Western Air Navigation.                                                                     Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Moorabbin 1956.                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Eddie Coates


  

     Moorabbin 1960 in a striking paint scheme, with leopard motif.                                                                                                     Geoff Goodall collection


  

  VH-BPR at Moorabbin May 1962, after a silver spray touch-up of the rudder fabric.                                                                           Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  VH-BPR was among the last aircraft to fly from the old Belmont Common airfield at Geelong, Victoria where  it is seen in January 1964, shortly before the airfield was closed. 

                                                                                                        Photo by Geoff Goodall




Proctor 3                 c/n H.404                                                                                                                                                         VH-GGB


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ556-LZ603

Taken on RAF charge as LZ597
53 Stored at No.29 Maintenance Unit, High Ercall
20.11.53 Registered G-ANGB Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
.53 LZ597 and LZ804 ferried to Croydon Airport ex RAF High Ercall with hand-painted civil registrations G-ANZC & G-ANGB painted on the incorrect aircraft. Stored at Croydon.
3.56 LZ597 has now been painted with correct registration G-ANGB at Croydon. It has almost completed civil conversion at CAS hangar for export to Australia.
10.3.56 Change of ownership: David Barkley Maclure, St Clems Road, Doncaster East Vic
15.3.56 G-ANGB departed London on delivery flight to Melbourne, flown by David Maclure, Melbourne and Frank Murphy of Ballarat Vic. Press reports stated that Maclure was an engineer with the Royal Victorian Aero Club at Moorabbin, and that Murphy had his British pilot licence issued only the evening before their departure.
The Proctor was painted with Olympic rings insignia and "XVIst Olympiad Melbourne" on the cowling. At enroute stops the crew were distributing material at their own cost, promoting the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games held in November-December that year.
29.5.56 Registered VH-GGB David Barkley Maclure, St Clems Road, Doncaster East, Melbourne
Maclure operated as Australian Air Charterers, based Moorabbin Airport
.56 Ownership transferred: Australian Air Charterers Pty Ltd, Moorabbin
9.10.57 Minor damage when struck fence taxying at Moorabbin, pilot R. M. Crocket
12.57 noted at Moorabbin, in service
16.5.59 noted at Moorabbin "Australian Air Charterers" titles
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in hangar
30.10.59 Participated in flypast over Melbourne to commemorate 25th Anniversary of Charles Kingsford-Smith's record America flight.
60 noted at Moorabbin, different colour scheme, "Australian Air Charterers Pty Ltd" titles
11.60 visited airshow at Warracknabeal Vic
1.12.60 Change of ownership: Grimshaw Real Estate, 18-22 Collins Street, Melbourne
14.1.61 noted at Moorabbin, parked outside, still had "Australian Air Charterers Pty Ltd" titles
31.1.61 Change of ownership: David J. Harper, 44 Stawell Road, Horsham Vic

Based Horsham, flown regularly
5.3.61 noted at Moorabbin, still "Australian Air Charterers" titles
11.2.64 Delivered to Parafield to new owner
12.2.64 Change of ownership: D. R. Schwerdt, 20 Underdown Road, Elizabeth South, Adelaide SA
11.3.64 noted at Parafield
30.3.64 noted at Parafield
1.4.64 noted at Parafied, outside
22.4.64 Change of ownership: Blacker Motors Ltd, Port Lincoln SA
2.5.64 noted at Parafield, in hangar with wings folded
4.5.64 noted at Parafield, in hangar with wings folded
12.9.64 noted at Parafield, flying
3.4.65 noted at Parafield, flying
16.5.65 visited airshow Whyalla SA
13.6.65
arrived at Moorabbin Vic, departed next day.
19.6.65
noted at Parafield, blue & white
26.7.65 Change of ownership: Roblee & Co, 175B Payneham Road, St Peters, Adelaide SA

Roblee & Co was a finance company. Main shareholders were Adelaide pilots Des Leonard, Bob King and Bob Burnett-Read, then President of the Vintage Aircraft Club of Australia, who flew GGB regularly. Based Parafield. Also owned Proctor VH-SCC
8.8.65 visited fly-in at Waikerie SA
22.8.65 Nosed over during forced landing near Broken Hill NSW
26.8.65 Ferried to Parafield with prop from VH-SCC fitted
9.10.65 CofA renewal at Parafield, failed glue strength tests.
10.10.65 noted at Parafield, parked on grass with wings folded
25.11.65 Struck-off Register as WFS
1.66 Moved to a fenced truck compound behind the hangars at Parafield, became derelict in weather. During the next years, parts were removed for use in rebuild of VH-SCC also owned by Roblee & Co
17.6.68 noted at Parafield in compound, fuselage standing on nose to allow parts removal
8.9.70 stripped fuselage moved from the compound to the nearby fire practice area
12.9.70 noted at Parafield on fire drill ground, fuselage on ground, wings dumped alongside
2.10.70 burnt for fire practice by DCA Fire service at Parafield
17.10.70 noted at Parafield as burnt-out remains
4.11.70 remains dumped at St Kilda SA

  

           G-ANGB on arrival at Moorabbin, with Olympic markings.                                                                                  Photo: The Collection


  

            Now registered VH-GGB, at Moorabbin in 1957.                                                                                                     Photo by Barrie Colledge


  

  Essendon 1959 in new paint scheme.                                                                                                                                 Photo by Barrie Colledge


  

  Parafield August 1964, blue & white paint scheme.                                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  VH-GGB taking off from a dirt strip at Waikerie SA, August 1965.                                                                                              Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  The sad end of VH-GGB: on the Parafield fire service practice ground, September 1970.                                                                               Photo by Peter Kelly




Proctor 1                    c/n H.224  (built as RNFAA Mk.II)                                                                                                                  VH-AVG

9.42 Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor II.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 100 Proctor IIs, from serial batch BV625/BV658, main deliveries to Fleet Air Arm

Taken on Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm charge as Mk.IIA BV658
7.43 RNFAA 755 Sqn: Based Worthy Down by 7.43 through to at least 2.44.  Sqn code "W6"
13.12.43 Nosed in at end of landing run, pilot Sub Lt C.Lovell-Park unhurt
21.3.46 Transferred to RAF charge: 44 Maintenance Unit Edzell: placed in storage
7.6.46 Registered G-AHVG Percival Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport
10.7.46 Struck-off RAF charge: Sold to Percival Aircraft Ltd, Luton
3.10.46 British CofA issued as a Mk.II
23.10.46 Change of ownership: Flying Training Ltd, Hanworth Airport
6.11.46 Change of ownership: Blackburn & General Aircraft Ltd, Brough
10.1.51 Change of ownership: Harold Wood, Nottingham
16.6.51 noted at Denham, parked outside
14.7.51 flew in Bristol Air Race at Whitchurch
8.51 flew in Daily Express Air Race at Shoreham
26.5.52 Change of ownership: Peter G. Lawrence, Westella, East Yorkshire. Based Brough, named Nimoda
11.7.52 Participated in Kings Cup Air Race, held at Newcastle
20.6.53 Scratched from National Air Races, Southend, owner the late P.G.Lawrence
25.6.54 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
26.7.54 Change of ownership: John G. Beyfus, Haslemere, Surrey. Based Fairoaks

Reportedly owned at some time by English movie actor Tyrone Power
21.9.55 Change of ownership: Horace John Williams, Nhill Vic
9.55 DCA allocated registration VH-AJW, not taken up
4.10.55 G-AHVG departed Croydon Airport, London on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Jack Williams, in company with Proctor G-AIEN flown by Jim Bullen of Nhill Vic (became VH-BSH)
11.11.55 Both Proctors departed Timor for Darwin.
G-AHVG suffered fabric tearing while flying in thunderstorm weather, Williams made a forced landing on a beach on Sir Graham Moore Island off the WA coast. Proctor tipped on to its nose at end of landing run in sand, then fell back on to its tailwheel.

Williams later wrote:
"Through the heavy rain I saw fabric begin to tear away slowly from the top of the port wing. I glanced across to the starboard and to my horror the fabric was ripping away on top of the starboard wing. The tearing fabric began to drag on the Proctor and I was now 50 feet from the Timor Sea. I thought my time was up, so as a last resort, I fired the Very pistol at the wings 10 times, but couldn't shoot the torn fabric away. It was a gamble because I feared the flares may penetrate the wings and set fire to the aircraft, but they just bounced off.
At the time the engine was full throttle and I had the joystick hard over to the rightand half right rudder in order to keep the aeroplane level. After nearly 4 hours my arms and legs were aching from the strain so to give myself extra leverage I wedged a water bottle between my left elbow and knee. I expected the engine to seize at any moment because it had been at full throttle for some time achieving an airspeed of 96 mph instead of 140 mph. Draining fuel from the auxiliary tank on the back seat into the right wing tank also helped to achieve level flight. Suddenly the fabric peeled back a little allowing me to climb to 300 feet but no extra speed.
Soon after I spotted a long narrow island (Sir Graham Moore) and to my amazement the beach was semi circular which would suit my landing path. I hit the beach at 95 mph, far too fast, but the Proctor slowed rapidly as the spats dug into the sand. The tail came up and there was a crash as the aircraft upended itself with some of my luggage smashing into the instrument panel. It then fell back on to three points and I scrambled out of the cockpit expecting it to catch fire."
11.55 Williams was rescued by a barge sent from Drysdale Mission, Kalumburu
.55 Jack Williams and Jim Bullen arrived at Nhill in Bullen’s Proctor G-AIEN
c56 G-AHVG was soaked by a high tide before repairs could commence. Bent propeller blades were straightened and temporary fabric repairs carried out on the beach.
c56 Flown to Darwin with vibrating engine due bent propellers. DCA inspected the aircraft and grounded it due to propeller, corroded brakes and rotten tyres.
5.3.57 Added Register as Proctor I VH-AVG Jack Williams, West Stawell Vic
25.3.57 Struck-off British Register
28.6.57 Change of ownership: Graham Harvey Treloar & Keith Harvey Treloar, "Wiawera" Station, via Olary SA
22.8.58 Change of ownership: Keith Harvey Treloar, "Wiawera" Station, via Olary SA
5.62 noted at Parafield
6.62 noted at Parafield undergoing CofA renewal
23.6.62 noted at Parafield, parked with wings folded in United Aviation hangar (owned by Treloar family)
29.6.62 noted at Parafield
4.8.62 noted at Parafield
10.11.62 noted at Parafield, overhaul now completed
4.2.64 Arrived Parafield
5.2.64 noted at Parafield, parked outside
15.1.66 Arrived Parafield from "Wiawera" for CofA renewal by Ross Aviation (Graham Treloar, Keith's brother, was Manager of Ross Aviation: previously Aero Kair and United Aviation in same hangar)
9.2.66 noted at Parafield, parked outside Ross Aviation hangar
2.66 The mandatory glue strength tests required significant woodwork rebuilding which was considered uneconomical.  VH-AVG pushed to rear of hangar with wings folded
19.4.66 Struck-off Register
5.66 Taken by truck from Parafield to "Wiawera" Station, returned to its hangar on the owner's property for sentimental reasons. Airworthy Auster Autocar VH-KEV also kept in that hangar.
10.67 VH-AVG noted at "Wiawera" Station, stored in hangar in excellent external condition although covered in dust
11.67 Keith Treloar loaned the Proctor to Pearce Dunn, proprietor of Warbirds Aviation Museum, Mildura Vic.  The museum was in early development stage and no cover was available at Mildura, so Keith Treloar agreed to keep it in the hangar at "Wiawera" until museum ready to collect it.
71 Moved from "Wiawera" to Mildura, loaded on Warbirds museum truck, driven by Pearce Dunn
2.10.71 noted at Mildura in Warbirds Aviation Museum compound. Parked on its wheels in a small igloo shed, wings removed.  Paintwork had been carefully removed on rear fuselage, revealing previous registration "G-AHVG", RNFAA roundel and serial "BV658".  No further restoration was carried out at Mildura.
c80 Warbirds Aviation Museum winding down and disposing some of its aircraft fleet. VH-AVG taken back to "Wiawera" Station
c84 Donated to Central Australian Aviation Museum, Alice Springs NT
85 VH-AVG stored in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg pending move to Alice Springs
11.85 Moved by rail Adelaide-Alice Springs, complete fuselage lashed to trailer, which was mounted on a flat-top railway wagon.
97 Displayed during static restoration at the CAAM on the closed Townsite Aerodrome at Alice Springs
08
Displayed at CAAM, painted all white as VH-ACM to represent one of Connellan Airways' three Percival Gulls with which Eddie Connellan began his outback airline from this airfield in 1940

Current


  

        G-AHVG at an air race meeting in England, name on nose Nimoda.                                                                                             Photo via John Williams

 

      G-AHVG after the emergency landing on an island off the West Australian coastline on izt delivery flight, showing the torn fabric on the wing. 

       Photo by pilot Jack Williams, courtesy his son John Williams.


  

          VH-AVG at a Victorian country airshow in the late 1950s.                                                                                                                      The Collection


  

         At Parafield in January 1966 for the inspection which resulted in its grounding.                                                                                 Photo by Mike Vincent


  

        After failing the DCA glied joints tests, VH-AVG was stored in its shed on "Wiawera" Station, Olary SA .Despite a layer of dust, the Proctor still looked smart when rolled out

        for this photograph in October 1967.  Dismantled Moth Minor VH-AAM is in the shed, and the homestead in the background.                                  Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

Islington railway yards, Adelaide in November 1985, on a railway wagon bound for Alice Springs.  Note the fuselage paintwork has been stripped back to reveal its

   original registration G-AHVG.                                                                                                                                                Photo by Dave Foote


  

    Proctor VH-AVG at Central Australian Air Museum, Alice Springs in 2008, displayed to represent Connellan Airways Percival Gull VH-ACM.                  Photo by Ken Watson

 



Proctor 5                 c/n Ae.96                                                                                                                                                             VH-BSH

.46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
27.9.46 First flight Luton
22.2.47 Registered G-AIEN John W. Kearsley, Stanmore, Middlesex
27.2.47 CofA issued
20.3.47 Delivered ex Percivals to Elstree to Major J. W. Kearsley as the first aircraft of his newly formed Kearsley Airways. Later purchased DC-3s for charter work
12.4.47 Change of ownership: Kearsley Airways Ltd, London. Named Zephyr
3.50 Kearsley Airways ceased operations and wound up. G-AIEN still part of their fleet.
30.5.51 Struck-off Register as WFS. Parked in hangar at Stansted.
8.52 noted at Stansted, in hangar with wings removed
51/54 Retired at Stansted
6.6.51 G-AIEN noted at Stansted, stored in hangar with wings removed. Owned Kearsley Airways, named Zephyr
24.7.54 Restored to Register:  Francis C. Williams & G.R. Hamilton-Walker, Kensington, London
t/a Cartwright Hamilton Aviation Division, London
8.54 Air Britain BCAN report: Former Kearsley Airways Proctor 5 G-AIEN which has been parked disused, complete but dirty for several years at Stansted, named Zephyr, has now been acquired by F.C.Williams and G.R.Hamilton-Walker, trading as Cartwright Hamilton Aviation Division. It is currently having a much-needed CofA renewal inspection at Broxbourne.
9.55 G-AIEN purchased at Croydon Airport, London by Mr. J. W. Bullen of Australia
12.9.55 Change of ownership: James William Bullen, Nhill Vic
4.10.55 G-AIEN departed Croydon Airport, London for Australia, flown by Jim Bullen. In company with Proctor G-AHVG flown by Jack Williams also of Nhill.
11.11.55 Both Proctors departed Timor for Darwin. G-AHVG suffered fabric tearing off wing in flight and Jack Williams made a forced landing on a beach on landfall with the WA coast, on Sir Graham Moore Island and aircraft damaged when tipped on nose. Bullen continued to Wyndham.
.55 Jim Bullen and Jack Williams arrived at Nhill in G-AIEN
21.12.55 Registered VH-BSH James William Bullen, 69 Nelson Street, Nhill Vic
1.9.56 Change of ownership: S. S. Mylrea, Melbourne, later Cromie Street, Rupanyup Vic
1.9.59 Change of ownership: Leonard A. Day, Clyde Street, Port Lincoln SA,
later 2 Albert Street, Belmont, Geelong Vic

Fitted with a long exhaust pipe which was attached under the fuselage back as far as tailplane.
24.2.61 Flew in three day The Sun Air Trial: Moorabbin-Sale-Mildura-Warrnambool-Moorabbin. 5 other Proctors in the trial.
.61 WFS at Moorabbin
22.7.61 noted at Moorabbin. parked on grass by pine trees. Has been parked here for several months now without flying.
9.61 noted at Moorabbin, retired at same position near pine trees. Looks in good condition
3.62 noted at Moorabbin, retired at pine trees
4.62 Taken by road from Moorabbin to Geelong, parked in Bill Miller's car wreckers yard at 2 Charlotte Avenue, Newcombe, Geelong as an advertisement.
62 Quickly became derelict. Burnt behind a garage
12.11.62 Struck-off Register as WFS

  

           G-AIEN in England in the late 1940s with Kearsley Airways.                                                                                           Photo via John Williams

 

  G-AIEN on arrival Nhill, Jack Williams being greeted by his wife and son John (closest to fuselage). The wear on the wing leading edge from the flight from England is evident.

                                                                                            Photo courtesy his son John Williams


  

  VH-BSH visiting Essendon circa 1960.                                                                                                                    Photo by Barry Maclean  


  

        Moorabbin July 1961, retired by the pine trees.  Note the long exhaust pipe.                                                                                           Photo by Bob Neate




Proctor 3                c/n H.115                                                                                                                                                               VH-BVW


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 50 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch DX181 to DX201

Taken on RAF charge as DX200
3.9.46 Registered G-AIFE Edgar G. Davis, Somerset
30.8.48 CofA issued
15.10.52 Change of ownership: Murray Chown Aviation Ltd, Staverton Airport
23.2.53 Change of ownership: Thomas E. Parkinson, Meratham, Surrey
15.5.54 Change of ownership: John Sauvage. Camberley, Surrey. Based Blackbushe
28.8.54 Competed in Goodyear Trophy Air Race at Shoreham, pilot D.W.Phillips
4.9.54 G-AIFE noted at Blackbushe
7.4.55 Change of ownership: Cyril Weiswall, London
17.7.55 noted at Luton, flying
18.8.55 Change of ownership: James M. McMahon c/- Herts & Essex Aero Club, Stapleford Airport
13.10.55 Change of ownership: William D. Moxham, Curtis C. Moxham, James H.R.Evans,
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand


56 Australian CofA inspection at Bankstown Airport, Sydney
1.6.56 Registered VH-BVW Robert Ernest Moore, 114 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT
6.56 Delivered Bankstown to Darwin, flown by Bob Moore
24.6.56 Crashed Delissaville Native Mission, near Darwin NT.  The Proctor had just taken off from the mission, 20 miles south west of Darwin, to return to Darwin. Made several low turns over the mission homestead and struck a tree then plunged to the ground. Pilot Bob Moore and two passengers killed, the third passenger received seriously injured. They were flown to Darwin that evening in a RFDS Drover.
11.7.57 Struck-off Register

Damaged engine from the wreck acquired by Doug Muir, Darwin as spare parts for his Proctor VH-BQP



Proctor 3   c/n H.530            VH-KZG


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ730-LZ771

Taken on RAF charge as LZ760
19.5.48 Registered G-AKZG Russell L. Whyham, Blackpool
10.11.48 Change of ownership: Maurice Dumont, Stockton on Tees, County Durham
29.12.48 CofA issued
1.3.49 Change of ownership: David E. Barton, Weckton, County Durham
9.50 Participated in Daily Express Air Races at Littleston as Race No.48
8.5.51 Change of ownership: Peter R. Jefferies, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.
10.6.51 G-AKZG noted at Barton, in a hangar
16.7.53 Change of ownership: Manchester Aircaft Services Ltd, Barton Aerodrome
11.8.53 Change of ownership: Tom Fletcher, Burnley. Based Ringway
7.54 visited Baginton for National Air Races
22.9.54 Change of ownership: Manchester Aircaft Services Ltd, Barton Aerodrome
14.10.54 Change of ownership: Burnley Aircraft Products Ltd, Burnley
4.56 G-AKZG noted at Barton
30.4.56 Change of ownership: Geoffrey Preston Layton, London
.56 Flown from Croydon Airport to Australia, flown by G. P. Layton
17.1.57 Struck-off British Register
17.1.57 Registered VH-KZG Geoffrey Preston Layton, 22 Homebush Road, Homebush, Sydney
17.1.57 Australian CofA issued at Bankstown
25.1.57 Change of ownership: Robinson Brothers, "Talyealye", Hungerford NSW
1.5.62 noted at Bankstown
6.5.62 noted at Bankstown
14.7.62 noted at Bankstown, parked outside
19.7.62 noted at Bankstown, parked outside
10.1.63 noted at Bankstown unmoved
5.63 noted at Bankstown, unmoved. Condition deteriorated due exposure to weather
.63 Trucked from Bankstown
12.8.63 Struck-off Register as WFS
11.05 Leigh Giles, Lara Vic advertises his Percival collection for sale: Vega Gull ACA, Proctor 2 SCC,
Proctor 3s AHR. BEG, BXU, KZG

  

  All green G-AKZG at Moorabbin 1956, Australian flag and “AUSTRALIA” on tail.                                                                      The Collection


  

  Bankstown May 1963, the same green paintwork now faded and peeling.                                                                       Photo by Geoff Goodall




Proctor 1                    c/n K.246                                                                                                                                                VH-DUL, VH-UXS


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6168/P6200 from an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers

Taken on RAF charge as P6187
29.3.46 Registered G-AHFU Brevet Flying Club Ltd, Mayfair, London
28.5.46 CofA issued
5.46 Delivered to Chartair Ltd, Croydon Airport (lease?)
G-AHFU reported as the first aircraft of Chartair Ltd, which was founded 8.8.46 and grew into a large charter operator with Halifax and Consul fleet. G-AHFU remained with Chartair until WFS 2.51
17.8.48 Change of ownership: Airtech Ltd, Aylesbury and Thame Airport, Buckinghamshire
6.9.49 Change of ownership: Chartair Ltd, Aylesbury and Thame Airport, Buckinghamshire
1.51 noted at Blackbushe, withdrawn from service in hangar
5.2.51 Struck-off Register as WFS
25.11.52 Restored to Register: Reginald J. Hawkins. Woodley, Berks
13.9.54 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, Picadilly, London
2.3.55 Change of ownership:  William A. Reeks & Gerard Hugh, London. Based White Waltham
11.55 Departed England for Bahrain flown by owners William Reeks and Gerard Hugh.
11.11.55 Force landed on a beach near Bahrain

Lloyd's Insurance casualty report:
Famagusta Nov 13 1955: 
Following received from Cyprus Radio: Bahrain Radio sending Urgency Signal on 500kcs, not all received due to jamming. Indicates single engined Proctor civil aircraft colour light grey and brown, 
registration letter G-AHFU, overdue at Bahrain since 09 07am GMT with 
fuel expiration at 10 22 GMT. Aircraft only fitted with VHF radio, two 
people on board. Ships to keep a lookout
Lloyd's agents
<unquote>



London Dec 2 1955:
The Commonwealth of Australia News and Information Bureau has received 
the following from Radio Australia dated Dec 1: Two young men have been flying a single engined plane from London to Sydney. They are
Gerald Hugh and William Reeks. They left England early last month and were given up for lost in the Persian Gulf when they had been missing for three days after leaving Bahrain on Nov 11. It was reported that 
wreckage of their machine had been sighted by a seaplane. However it turned out that the 'plane had overshot its objective, Bahrain, and landed on a beach with little petrol left. Reeks walked along the 
beach for 18 hours before he sighted a truck, which took him to an oil drilling camp. Hugh, meanwhile, had tried to paddle a rubber dinghy to an offshore island but the current has washed him on to the beach 
almost exhausted. He was found the next day by a searching seaplane. The airmen are now flying on to Sydney <unquote>
28.2.58 Registered VH-DUL Kingsford Smith Flying Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
28.2.58 Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
3.6.58 Change of ownership:  Dulmison (Australia) Pty Ltd, 40 Miller Street, North Sydney
31.10.59 Participated in BP Air Trophy Race at Albion Park aerodrome, Wollongong, race #7
27.8.60 noted at Cooma NSW
7.3.62 Change of ownership: Lombard Australia Ltd, 50 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
10.1.63 noted at Bankstown
14.2.63 Change of ownership: Kenneth Charles Cassell, 230 President Ave, Miranda, Sydney
17.11.63 noted at Bankstown. still has "Dulmison" titles
9.1.64 noted at Bankstown, blue & white, in hangar. "Dulmison" titles
11.4.64 visited Moorabbin, blue & white
9.11.64 Change of ownership: L. K. Kirk, 22 Aubrey Street, Granville, Sydney
8.65 Report: DUL now parked in the Victa assembly hangar, does not fly. Had previously been housed in the Ray & Larkin hangar at Bankstown
7.2.66
noted at Camden, now based here. Also 23.1.67, 23.3.68
5.68 noted at Camden, in hangar with wings folded
16.6.70 noted at Hoxton Park, flying
24.6.70 Ferried Camden-Wagga-Berwick by Keith Meggs. To be based at Berwick
70 Loan to Moorabbin Air Museum, who kept several aircraft at Berwick airfield at that time
17.9.70 noted at Berwick, parked outside
29.11.70 noted at Berwick, in fenced Moorabbin Air Museum compound with museum’s DH.60 VH-UKV
6.12.70 noted at Berwick
11-12.4.71 visited Morwell Vic fly-in, pilot Keith Meggs
27.2.72 noted at Berwick, outside, complete, blue and white
c72 Retired at Berwick Vic, pending restoration
74 Woodwork deteriorated due long exposure parked in the weather at Berwick. Moved into a hangar with wings removed, pending rebuild
15.4.74 noted at Berwick in hangar, complete fuselage on its wheels, wings stacked alongside
9.9.75 Struck-off Register at owner's request. Kirk still has Sydney address
21.3.76 noted at Berwick dismantled in hangar, also 3.12.76, 3.7.77, 3.10.77, 2.12.78
.77 Sold to Maurice Rolfe c/- Executive Air Maintenance, Essendon Airport, Melbourne
6.78 Rolfe advertises to purchase Proctor maintenance manuals for his recently purchased Proctors VH-SCC and VH-DUL.
9.3.79 noted at Berwick dismantled in hangar, also 1.12.79, 6.4.80
8.9.86 noted at Essendon, stored dismantled in Monty Armstrong's Airepair hangar
2.88 noted at Moorabbin in Schutt hangar, with Rolfe's DH.89 G-AJSL
20.2.95 Registered VH-UXS Maurice Rolfe, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne
12.05 Proctor and DH.89 under restoration in rear of old Flinders Island Airlines hangar, Moorabbin
5.08
Proctor advertised for sale. located at Melbourne suburb Carrum Downs. Photograph shows it dismntled in a  shed
.12
Purchased "as is" by Paul Gliddon and moved from Moorabbin to Traralgon Vic, as a rebuild project
15
Airworthy restoration under way at Traralgon Vic in the workshop of Latrobe Valley Airframes and Welding.

Restoration to airworthy condition continues at Traralgon

  

        Bankstown January 1964, white & blue, still with "Dulmison" titles.                                                                                               Photo by Geoff Goodall

   

  

       At Berwick Vic April 1974, during many years of storage around Melbourne.                                                                                  Photo by Mike Vincent



          VH-UXS's centre-section woodwork during its rebuild at Traralgon Vic in January 2015.                              Photo courtesy Paul Gliddon


           This view in early 2016 shows the progress made with the Proctor rebuild at Traralgon.                         Photo courtesy Paul Gliddon



Proctor 2 to 3            c/n K.401                                                                                                                                                        VH-BXU


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch Z7193/Z7222 from an order for 50 Percival P.30 Proctor IIs

Taken on RAF charge as Z7212

Modified in RAF service to Mk.III
54 Z7212 noted at in service with Station Flight, RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland alongside 2 Oxfords, 2 Anson 12s and an Auster.  Z7212 departed that year for civil disposal
30.11.54 Registered G-ANWY Ernest Crabtree, Bradford, Leeds
25.5.55 CofA issued as a Proctor 3
11.6.55 participated in National Air Races at Whitchurch, pilot "Sailor" Parker. Aircraft has "WESCOL" painted on nose
7.55 flew in air race at airshow at Coventry, pilot A. Barker
21.7.56 Proctors G-ANWY and G-AMBS crossed finish line in a dead-heat of Osram Cup race at Baginton, G-ANWY pilot A. Barker
23.3.57 G-ANWY noted at Manchester-Yeadon
6.57 G-ANWY visited airshow Blackpool-Squires Gate
30.7.57 Change of ownership: Roy H. S. Williams, 20 Wilberforce Avenue, Rose Bay, Sydney
.57 Flown to Australia by Roy Edwards
11.4.58 Registered VH-BXU Roy Henry Spencer Williams, 6 Denham Street, Bondi, Sydney
11.4.58 Struck-off British Register
11.3.59 Change of ownership: R.A.Callander, 1 Cooraban Road, Milperra, Sydney
31.10.59 Participated in BP Air Trophy Race at Albion Park aerodrome, Wollongong NSW, race #8
12.5.61 Change of ownership: Custom Credit Corp Ltd, 134 Broadway, Sydney
22.3.62 Struck-off Register as WFS
10.1.63 noted at Bankstown
5.63 noted at Bankstown, in back of hangar in poor condition
.63 Repurchased in u/s condition by Roy Williams, Sydney. He acquired the aircraft for sentimental reasons, to place it on his farming property
11.1.64 noted at Bankstown, in back of hangar in poor condition
.64 moved by road from Bankstown to Williams' property 10 miles from Camden NSW
5.70 noted on Williams' property near Camden, fuselage standing on undercarriage, wings removed. Fuselage showing woodwork deterioration due exposure to weather.  Wings stored under cover and seem to be in good condition.
3.72 Donated to Harold Thomas/Camden Museum of Aviation, Camden Airport NSW
.72 During attempt to move from farm to Camden Airport, the fuselage broke up due wood deterioration, some sections crumbled to dust.  Only parts were salvaged by Camden Museum.
Harold Thomas retained the engine, prop and wings, other parts traded to Moorabbin Air Museum

A report says the centre-section of VH-BXU was used to rebuild VH-SCC: doubtful
11.05 Leigh Giles, Lara Vic advertises his Percival collection for sale: Vega Gull ACA, Proctor 2 SCC,
Proctor 3s AHR. BEG, BXU, KZG

  

    VH-BXU in weathered condition on a farm near Camden NSW, May 1970.                                                                                    Photo by Neville Parnell




Proctor 3                  c/n H.562                                                                                                                                                                  VH-BXQ


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ784-LZ804

This was the last Proctor III built to RAF order
2.12.43 First flight

Taken on RAF charge as LZ804
20.11.53 Registered G-ANGC Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport

British Register quotes ids "H.565" and "LZ804".  Percival number reported to be actually H.562
H.562 quoted by Air Britain, H.565 quoted by AHSA Register.
c11.53 G-ANGC was one of two recently sold RAF Proctors flown into Croydon on delivery to Willis Hole Aviation. Both allover silver RAF scheme with hand painted civil registrations.
10.56 G-ANGC noted at Croydon, recently completed in attractive blue and white paint scheme
2.12.56 G-ANGC noted at Croydon in a storage hangar, with 7 other Proctors and other types.
22.8.57 CofA issued
22.9.57 Change of ownership: Maurice Lindley Thompson, 194 Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield, Sydney NSW
12.57 G-ANGC departed Croydon Airport, London on delivery to Australia. Flown by Maurie Thompson, with passenger Colin Kennedy (later of Moora WA)

Photo G-ANGC at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane

Photo G-ANGC flying over Sydney Harbour Bridge
11.4.58 Struck-off British Register (same date as G-ANWY/VH-BXU)
6.58 G-ANGC noted at Bankstown outside W. E. James hangar
15.7.58 Registered VH-BXQ  K. D. Whiteman, Narrabri NSW
5.4.61 Change of ownership: S. H. Jones, 165 Carthage Street, Tamworth NSW
1.12.61 Change of ownership: W. E. Golsby & Neville R.Dawes, 83 Wilbur Street, Greenacre NSW
16.3.62 visited airshow Cootamundra NSW
6.5.62 noted at Camden NSW, outside
13.9.62 Change of ownership: Neville J. Crisp, "Yelta" Station, Ivanhoe NSW
Crisp recalls he purchased BXQ from Neville Dawes at Bankstown
63 Major overhaul of mainplanes and centre-section at Tamworth NSW
9.1.64 visited Wagga, silver with red trim
14.3.64 visited Wagga. gone by 2.5.64
24.8.64 arrived Wagga for three day visit
20.12.64 noted at Bankstown, parked outside James Air Charter hangar
24.12.64 noted at Bankstown
16.1.65 noted at Bankstown, parked outside
23.5.65 noted at Bankstown, parked outside, good condition
65 Neville Crisp placed BXQ up for sale through Ross Mackay at Bankstown due to the high cost of next CofA renewal
19.7.65 Change of ownership: Colin James Hunt, 67 Sandringham Parade, Newtown, Geelong Vic
Purchased by Hunt for $760 with expired CofA
65 Ferried Bankstown to Belmont Common airfield, Geelong.
13.9.65 Struck-off Register as WFS
2.1.66 noted at Belmont Common, parked in open. Weathered, some fabric damage
2.3.66 Ferried Belmont Common-Moorabbin for CofA renewal overhaul by Civil Flying Services.
26.3.66 Noted at Moorabbin, outside CFS hangar, with red repair patches on the silver fabric
1.4.66 Parked outside CFS hangar, maintenance has stopped. Hunt will not accept the price of the overhaul
5.66 Ferried Moorabbin-Belmont Common. Departed just after dawn before Tower opened. Hunt was in dispute with CFS who had ordered the aircraft moved from their parking area.
.66 Taken by road with wings removed from Belmont Common to Albury for CofA renewal by Colin Tobin. Parked in Tobin's hangar with wings removed.
4.67 Hunt fined $200 in a Melbourne Court for breach of ANRs for his unauthorised flight from Moorabbin to Belmont Common. Charged by DCA for flying an unregistered aircraft, without CofA, without ATC clearance, while holding only a PPL (Restricted) Licence. It was Hunt's first flight in the aircraft.
Hunt told the court that he purchased the Proctor at Bankstown for $160 after its CofA had expired. He was given a quote of $300 by a Moorabbin firm to renew its CofA. Three weeks later the price changed to $800 and when he refused to pay they ordered the aircraft be moved from their parking area at Moorabbin. He said he was so angry he flew the aircraft to Geelong early one morning.
4.67 noted at Albury NSW
13.5.67 noted at Albury in hangar with wings removed.  Work on CofA not yet started
29.8.67 noted at Albury
12.67 CofA renewal completed at Albury
4.1.68 Restored to Register VH-BXQ.
27.1.68 noted at new Geelong airfield at Grovedale. Based here. All silver, no wheel spats
6.69 noted at Moorabbin, maroon & silver
15.11.70 visited fly-in at Beaufort Vic, maroon and silver with additional trim lines. Pilot Colin Hunt
6.2.72 visited airshow Berwick Vic
5.72 By now based at Polley's Farm Airstrip, 10 miles from Geelong. Engine has only 20 hours to run before overhaul.
28.10.72 Tipped on nose landing at Portarlington Vic. Overshot the landing area and rolled on to rough ground after a flight from Lovely Banks near Geelong by pilot Donald McPherson, of Geelong. Propeller bent and tyre deflated.
30.10.72 Crashed into Lake Connewarre Vic.  Crashed at 6.55pm into shallow waters of the lake, 7 miles south east of Geelong while on a flight from Portarlington to home strip at Polley's Farm, Geelong, pilot Colin Hunt badly injured, no passengers. Hunt, aged 42, was taken by ambulance to Geelong District Hospital where he died 3 hours after the accident.
Newspaper report: A friend who was nearby and pulled him from the wreckage said "I had known Colin for more than 25 years. What a terrible tragedy. He loved that old plane"

DCA accident report: "At a height of about 250 feet, and at a position approximately one mile from the landing field, the aircraft suddenly rolled to the left and dived into the lake, virtually disintegrating on impact. No parts of the port outer flap plywood skin panel could be identified among the severely damaged wreckage. This panel was located, virtually intact, some four weeks after the accident on the shore of the lake two miles north east of the accident site. Detailed examination of the total flap structure revealed evidence consistent with the panel having separated from the structure as a result of air loads in flight"
Investigation found that when pilot selected flap on final approach to Pollys Farm, the left flap broke away and the aircraft did an asymmetric roll and struck the water. The flap had failed due to deterioration of an old unapproved repair by persons unknown.
Hunt had ferried the aircraft after it was damaged at Portarlington 2 days earlier without DCA inspection or approval, but the investigation believed the damage sustained did not contribute to the crash.

  

  G-ANGC over Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1958, prior to the Opera House.                                                                                              Geoff Goodall collection


  

  Camden NSW in May 1962, silver with red trim.                                                                                                                                    Photo by Dick Hourigan


  

  Visiting a fly-in at Beaufort Vic, November 1970 in new maroon and silver scheme.                                                                                      Photo by Geoff Goodall


  

  VH-BXQ visiting Berwick Vic for an airshow in February 1972.                                                                                                             Photo by Peter Kelly


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The following Proctors were not VH- registered, but were either sold to Australia or transited on delivery to New Zealand. Several were lost en route from England.


Proctor 3                 c/n H.513                                                                                                                                                    G-ALJK


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ730-LZ771

Taken on RAF charge as LZ743
4.3.49 Registered G-ALJK Michael Joseph Conry & John Anton Longmore t/a Central Aeronautical Bureau, London
24.8.49 Change of ownership: Lewis Keith Jackson, c/- Union Bank of Australia Ltd, London also
"Ahioma" Pymble NSW
25.8.49 CofA issued
26.8.49 G-ALJK departed London for Australia flown solo by Keith Jackson. He was previously a RAAF Squadron Leader who had flown for an Indian airline for 3 years. After touring Europe by car, he purchased the Proctor to fly home to Australia. He plans a leisurely trip stopping at places enroute

Flown to Australia by Keith Jackson, an ex RAAF Squadron Leader who had flown for an Indian airline for the last 3 years
12.9.49 G-ALJK reached Karachi, flown by Jackson.
9.49 Proctor had maintenance inspection at Calcutta. While waiting Jackson met Mr. R. Davidson of Winton Qld who had also been flying for an Indian airline and had flown RAAF Spitfires in Australia during WWII. Davidson joined him to share the flying for the rest of the trip to Australia.
12.10.49 Reached Darwin from Timor via Wyndham, crew Jackson and Davidson.
21.10.49 Reached Sydney, flown by Keith Jackson. He followed the Empire airmail route after touring in Europe.
27.12.49 Crashed on takeoff Blackheath NSW. Flown by the aircraft's owner Lewis Keith Jackson from Mascot to Katoomba that morning and was taking passengers for joyrides. On takeoff for his first joyride, a wind gust caused the aircraft to run off the strip striking scrub and completely wrecked. Pilot and one passenger injured, two other passengers unhurt.



Proctor 3                    c/n H.425                                                                                                                                                  G-ALJG


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ621-LZ663

Taken on RAF charge as LZ635
12.3.49 Registered G-ALJG Charles W. J. Allen, Croydon Airport, London
26.8.49 Change of Ownership: Leslie Gordon Taylor, "Beaconsfield', Ilfracombe Qld
1.9.49 CofA issued
10.49 G-ALJG departed England on delivery flight to Australia, flown by Gordon Taylor with navigator Howard Griffin
5.10.49 Badly damaged at Nova Ligure Airport, Genoa, Italy.



Proctor 3                  c/n H.465                                                                                                                                                     G-ALSM


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ672-LZ717

Taken on RAF charge as LZ683
31.5.49 Registered G-ALSM Leslie W. Watkins & partners, Bristol
8.49 LZ683 being civilianised at Whitchurch, when completed painted incorrectly briefly as "G-ALMS"
1.6.50 CofA issued at Whitchurch
.52 Purchased by Martin Laurence Cherry, Sydney. He planned to fly it to Sydney with his new bride as a honeymoon flight
3.4.52 Change of ownership: Myrtle L. J. Cherry, Crowthorne. Berks
11.5.52 Ditched in Timor Sea on delivery to Australia. Went missing en route Koepang to Darwin.
Large scale air search called off after 8 days. RAAF Lincoln & Dakota, a Qantas DC-4. Indonesian Air Force AURI provided a B-25 Mitchell and Catalina from Timor.
J. L. D. Whiteman departed Koepang for Darwin several days later on ferry flight of Fairchild 24 VH-AIO, sighted a blue cushion floating on sea 250 miles out from Timor. DCA enquiries found that the interior of G-ALSM was red, however Cherry had borrowed a blue cushion for his wife to sit on prior to departing England.
30.10.52 Struck-off Register



Proctor 1                  c/n H.11                                                                                                                                                G-AIHF


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor I.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 50 Proctor Is & IIIs, completed as Mk.I from serial batch R7485/R7499

Taken on RAF charge as Mk.1 P7495
6.9.46 Registered as Proctor 1 G-AIHF Lancashire Aircraft Corp Ltd, Blackpool, later Samlesbury
30.4.53 Change of ownership: Airwork Ltd, London
2.3.56 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
22.3.56 Change of ownership: Peter N. H. Rush, Eastleigh
12.5.56 G-AIHF visited air rally at Jersey
7.10.56 Change of ownership: Frank V. G. Royce, Leicester
.56 Departed on delivery flight to Australia, owner quoted as M. J. Royce

Delayed en route due Syria refusing over-flight clearance.  Indonesia had also refused clearance.
11.56 Crashed Chemchemal, 30 miles north of Kirkuk, Iraq.  Both occupants killed.  Official report quotes fuel failure, but it is reported to have been hit by ground fire.  
21.1.57 Struck off Register as destroyed



Proctor 5                   c/n Ae.127                                                                                                                                                G-AKEA

.47 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
23.9.47 Registered G-AKEA Norman W. Charlton, Bishop Auckland, County Durham,  Northern Ireland
2.10.47 CofA issued
3.48 Seized by H.M. Customs at Lympne Aerodrome
2.2.49 Change of ownership: Nathan King, London, later Durban, South Africa
15.10.51 Change of ownership: Wing Commander Hugh C. Kennard, Linton, Kent
22.11.51 Change of ownership: W. S. Shackleton Ltd, London
11.4.52 Change of ownership: Peter W. Bayliss, Wolverhampton
17.12.54 Change of ownership: Anton van Beugen Bik, Esher, Surrey
12.1.56 Change of ownership: Douglas E. Bianchi, White Waltham
5.8.56 Change of ownership: Brian D. Butler, London
.56 Planned delivery flight to Australia by owner Butler.

Decided against the flight due Middle East military crisis
2.57 G-AKEA at Croydon and is now up for sale. Butler is in Sydney.
12.6.57 Change of ownership: Peter Nock, Virginia Waters, Surrey
20.6.57 Change of ownership: R. K. Dundas Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
25.6.57 Crashed Cherbourg, France
1.1.58 Struck-off Register as "reduced to produce"





Proctor 4                  c/n H.665                                                                                                                                                                 G-AJTP


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor IV.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.31 Proctor IVs, from serial batch NP267-NP309

Taken on RAF charge as NP281
21.5.47 Registered G-AJTP Newman Airlines Co Ltd, Hatfield
Company founded in late 1945 at Panshanger aerodrome purchasing 4 Proctors from RAF disposals for civil conversion. Operated from an office at Croydon Airport for charter work. Scheduled routes were planned with a Rapide but the company ceased operations in 1951 before they started
30.7.47 CofA issued
1.7.50 Change of ownership: Willis Hole Aviation Ltd, Croydon Airport, London
30.8.50 Struck-off Register as sold abroad to Italy
29.8.51 Restored to Register: Group Captain Alfred Guy Adnams, RAF Club, Picadilly, London.
Based Croydon
10.51 G-AJTP noted at Croydon in the Morton Air Services hangar
3.55 noted at Dusseldorf, Germany
12.6.57 noted at Croydon
15.7.57 noted at London-Heathrow
18.7.58 Change of ownership: Beverly John Snook, London
.58 Beverley Snook was was registered owner, but in fact G-AJTP had been purchased by American citizen Robert Baudin, Sydney NSW.  He had lived in Sydney since 1948 but because of his citizenship, under air navigation regulations he was unable to own a British or Australian registered aircraft.
2.9.58 Refuelled at Bahrain, reported as delivery flight to Australia. Departed next day.
17.9.58 Ditched in sea Singapore harbour.  Crashed in sea just off Royal Navy dockyards at Singapore. Pilot Baudin and 2 passengers were rescued and the aircraft beached.
Date also quoted as 19.9.58
11.58 Wreck of G-AJTP now in the Royal Singapore Flying Club hangar at Paya Lebar Airport. Local reports say the Proctor's pilot intends to purchase Auster 5 G-APIC named Spirit of Singapore which was flown out from Southend, England in 2.58. G-APIC is in the same hangar with long range fuel tank in cabin and engine removed for overhaul. Also here is Auster 4 VR-SDQ (ex G-AJYP) still carrying neon advertising rig for Pepsi Cola.
(Baudin did in fact purchase G-APIC which had been registered VR-SED, and flew it to Sydney. He also purchased VR-SDQ which was stored at Sydney-Bankstown still painted as "Miss Pepsi Cola" for many years. Both Austers were not seen in an inspection of the RSFC and light aircraft at Paya Lebar in 8.59)
22.1.59 Struck-off British Register as destroyed

Baudin was a career criminal who had perfected counterfeiting US and Australian currency notes. His biography "Fake" he states that he purchased a Proctor in England in 1958 to fly back to Australia, and that he jettisoned $500,000 in forged US notes from his Proctor, minutes before he crash landed in the sea off Singapore.



Proctor 2                 c/n H.32                                                                                                                                                             G-AJTS, ZK-ATW

.41 Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor II
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 100 P.30 Proctor IIs, from serial batch BV535/BV573, main deliveries to Fleet Air Arm

Taken on RAF charge as BV538
21.5.47 Registered G-AJTS Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd, Gatwick Airport
5.10.48 CofA issued Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd. Gatwick Airport
14.2.49 Change of ownership: Charlton Higgs, Caversham, Reading, Berks
20.12.49 Struck-off Register as exported to NZ

Purchased by Philip Lightband, NZ
12.49 G-AJTS departed England on delivery flight to NZ. Pilots Philip Lightband (aged 24) and Peter Hobart (22) accompanied by Donald McBean (21) of South Africa.
12.49 Forced landing in bog near Paris. Wings removed and aircraft towed to Le Bourget Airport

6 weeks to Darwin with many delays, Slept two nights on beaches in Siam

Tailwheel damaged at Penang
10.2.50 Arrived Darwin on delivery flight to NZ. Due to depart for Sydney next day.

Registered ZK-ATW
15.1.52 Destroyed in hangar fire, Bell Block NZ



Proctor 1               c/n H.15                                                                                                                                                                   ZK-AOA


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor I.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 50 Proctor Is & IIIs, completed as Mk.I from serial batch R7485/R7499

Taken on RAF charge as Mk.1 R7499
3.12.46 Registered G-AIXP Field Aircraft Services Ltd, Croydon Airport, London

No British CofA issued
22.2.47 Struck off British Register as exported to NZ
5.47 Arrived NZ on board ship Australia Star

Registered ZK-AOA  L. Ernest Clark.  Clark was Percival agent for NZ
- Change of ownership: Hawkes Bay & East Coast Aero Club, Hastings
4.1.50 Damaged in accident at Hastings NZ
58 Shipped ex NZ to Australia
5.3.58 Struck-off NZ Register as Sold to Australia
58 Arrived crated at Moorabbin. Reported that aircraft had been damaged while being unloaded when the crate was dropped from slings.

Crate trucked from Moorabbin to Bankstown
7.60 at Bankstown still crated
11.61 ZK-AOA noted at Bankstown, had been assembled but now parked with wings folded in weather. Silver with blue trim. It was reported to be in poor condition,
Late 62 noted at Bankstown, derelict with woodwork damage, beside buildings behind the shop. Had been damaged by vandals
63 Burnt at Bankstown

                          ZK-AOA when first registered in NZ.                                                                                                                            Geoff Goodall collection




Proctor 4                  c/n H.591                                                                                                                                                                G-ANYP


Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor IV.
Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were testflown at nearby Barton Aerodrome.

From RAF order for 200 P.31 Proctor IVs, from serial batch NP156-NP198

Taken on RAF charge as NP184
28.1.55 Registered as a Proctor 4 G-ANYP Wiltshire School of Flying Ltd, Thruxton Aerodrome
17.7.56 CofA issued
61 Used for spray painting instruction at Thruxton with G-ANYU, their registrations sprayed over
7.4.62 G-ANYP noted at Thruxton, with G-ANYU both had registrations sprayed over.
18.4.64 CofA expired at Thruxton, retired
10.65 report: Proctors G-ANYP, NYU & NZC are disused at Thruxton
5.66 G-ANYP acquired from Thruxton by Brooklands Technical College, Engineering Department, Weybridge. For use as a ground instructional airframe
15.2.67 Struck-off Register as Permanently Withdrawn from Use
7.69 G-ANYP noted at Brooklands Technical College, parked outside complete, shabby appearance
72 Purchased by Torbay Aircraft Museum, Barton Pines, Paignton.
Founded and operated by Keith Fordyce
16.2.89 Restored to Register: Richard A. Anderson, Chatteris
90 Under rebuild at Wisbech, Cambs
22.12.95 Struck-off Register, last owner R.A.Anderson
18.10.96 noted at Gunnedah Airport NSW, stored in hangar: camouflaged “NP184”, also Proctor VH-BCX
97 Stored dismantled in hangar at Gunnedah Airport, with Proctor VH-BCX and Bestman G-AHNH.  
G-ANYP was painted in RAF camouflage as "NP184". All three owned by Richard A. Anderson, Gunnedah NSW who had owned G-ANYP and Bestman in Britain.
.11
G-ANYP was moved early 2011 to an airfield near Oakey Qld where a team led by Michael Biddulph is restoring 3 other Proctors. G-ANYP's woodwork is reportedly in good condition.




Proctor 1                 c/n K.302                              Nicodemus                                                                                                        G-AHUZ


Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd. From batch P6226/P6275 of an order for 222 Percival P.28 Proctor 1s for RAF as radio trainers.  

Taken on RAF charge as P6268
14.6.46 Registered G-AHUZ Percival Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport
15.8.46 Change of ownership: Airway Individual Reservations Ltd, London
19.8.46 CofA issued
7.11.47 Change of ownership: John L. Belcher t/a Ambassador Air Charter, London
22.2.49 Change of ownership: Ernest H. Prior t/a Ambassador Air Charter, London
15.5.49 noted at Elstree, civil scheme
9.10.49 Change of ownership: Norman W. Charlton, Sunderland
16.9.50 G-AHUZ Nicodemus won the Daily Express South Coast Air Race, pilot N.W. Charlton.
14.7.51 Change of ownership: W.S. Shackleton Ltd, Picadilly, London
31.10.51 Struck-off Register as sold to Australia
c51 Proctor with name Nicodemus painted on nose cowling arrived crated at Bankstown Airport, Sydney for Morris Air Service.

No further info

          

            Nicodemus in its shipping crate at Bankstown c1951.                                                                                                  Photo by Howard Morris



Proctor 5                  c/n Ae.78                                      Kiwi Wanderer                                                                                 G-AHWW, ZK-AVW

.46 Built at Luton by Percival Aircraft Ltd.  Production civil Proctor Mk.5
15.7.46 Registered G-AHWW Skytravel Ltd, Liverpool-Speke
13.8.46 First flight at Luton
15.8.46 Delivered Luton to Liverpool by Skytravel pilot
8.1.48 Change of ownership: Bowmaker Ltd, Bournemouth
21.2.48 Change of ownership: Arthur J. Bradshaw, c/o New Zealand House, London. Based Dunsfold
British nationality, previously a senior pilot with British airline Skyways
28.5.50 G-AHWW departed England on delivery flight to NZ, pilot A. J. Bradshaw accompanied by his wife and son aged 6. Named Kiwi Wanderer
17.6.50 Arrived Darwin.
18.6.50 Departed Darwin for Sydney via Tennant Creek and Longreach
20.6.50 Arrived Sydney. Aircraft given a maintenance inspection although it has not had any problems on the flight so far

Bradshaw originally intended to fly Hobart-Invercargill, but changed route.
27.6.50 Bradshaw departed Coffs Harbour NSW for Norfolk Island and continued to Auckland next day. His wife and son flew from Sydney to Auckland by airliner.
20.9.50 Struck-off British Register
.50 Registered ZK-AVW Arthur J. Bradshaw, Invercargill NZ.
15.10.50 ZK-AVW Kiwi Wanderer noted at Takaka on occasion of Northwest Airlines first service
50/51 Arthur Bradshaw made his Proctor ZK-AVW available to Northwest Airlines when their own aircraft Gemini ZK-AUA was not available due maintenance
28.6.64 Veteran pilot Arthur Bradshaw flew ZK-AVW Nelson-Queenstown to commence flying Rapides for Southern Scenic Air Services based Queenstown
10.72 Last flight, retired, reported in storage Auckland in 1990s

Sold to J. Geary, Auckland.  Stored.
96 Reported still in storage at Hunua NZ

  

     ZK-AVW Kiwi Wanderer in NZ during the 1950s.                                                                                   Photo by James Dyson via Dave Molesworth collection




References:

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

- DCA Aircraft files, National Archives of Australia, Melbourne

- DCA Annual Survey of Aircraft Accidents 1956-1968

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

- British Civil Register: CAA, g-info website

- 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 3, Putnam 1974

- British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979, Bruce Robertson, Patrick Stephens, Cambridge 1979

- RAAF News, periodical, Aircraft of the RAAF series, Keith Isaacs: A75- Percival Proctor

- British Civil Aviation News, Air Britain, fortnightly 1948 to 1962: references to Proctor exports to Australia

- Air Britain Archive: quarterly journal,  British CofA issues

- This Flying Business - A Life of Arthur Schutt, Wal Davies, Thomas Nelson, Melbourne 1976

- Score of Years, Simon Warrender, Wren Publishing, Melbourne 1973

- Clear the Runway, Edward Wybergh Docker, George Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1984

- Percival Proctor Story, Martin Cherry, Aircraft magazine, May 1952

- British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979, Bruce Robertson, Patrick Stephens, Cambridge 1979

- British Independent Airlines since 1946, A.C.Merton Jones, LAAS International, Liverpool 1976

- Taking Off, Pioneering Small Airlines of New Zealand 1945-1970, Richard Waugh 2003

- Aircraft magazine, monthly, Melbourne, various references 1946-1970

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

- Classic Wings Downunder magazine, renamed Classic Wings, NZ, various references to restoration projects

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

 

 

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