Last updated 26.2.14


COMMONWEALTH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION

CA-6 WACKETT TRAINER

PART 1
A3-1 to A3-100


Compiled by Geoff Goodall


 




Heading pictures:

Top: RAAF Commonwealth CA-6 Wackett Trainers in service with No.1 Wireless Air Gunners School at Ballarat, Victoria     during 1942. All are painted in trainer yellow, although the 1WAGS Douglas DC-2 wireless trainer in the background retains its metallic finish.  Photo: Australian War Memorial    


- One of the last civil Wackett Trainers to remain flying, VH-DGR (ex RAAF A3-129) is seen at Mudgee NSW September 1968, pale blue and white scheme. It had been retired following its last flight four months earlier and was parked outside in the weather, where it quickly deteriorated. Photo by Geoff Goodall  



  The CAC Wackett Trainer was designed to meet a RAAF specification No.3/38 issued in June 1938 for a basic trainer to comply with the Australian Government's decision that a new RAAF trainer must be of Australian design and manufacture.  The RAAF specification was to the following description:  "single engined low wing two seater with the general characteristics of the modern monoplane.... retracting undercarriage not considered necessary...flaps and brakes are however required. The cockpits are to be arranged in tandem and covered with a translucent canopy capable of being opened or closed freely on ground or in flight and arranged so that either occupant can leave the aircraft by parachute without interfering with the other."  The engine was specified as the DH Gipsy Major.


  The newly formed Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation submitted its design in October 1938 with a proposal to built two prototypes. The proposal was accepted that same month and work commenced on the prototypes. Construction was at CAC's works at Fishermans Bend, established on undeveloped land near the city of Melbourne, Victoria. An airfield on the site allowed test flying of aircraft as they were completed.  A wooden mock-up of the CA-2 fuselage had been built by April 1939.


  The two prototypes were designated CA-2 and given the name Wackett Trainer, in recognition of Sir Lawrence Wackett who was the first General Manager and Chief Designer of CAC. He was later knighted for his services to Australian civil and military aviation over a long career.  There were frustrating delays with the two prototypes when the specified DH Gipsy Major engine provided inadequate performance, and they were re-engined with the DH Gipsy Six. However the parent De Havilland company advised that it could not deliver the required numbers of Gipsy Six engines due to wartime demands. The Warner Scarab radial was available from USA, and after these radials were installed in the two prototypes, flight trials confirmed an adequate performance.


  Meanwhile, because of these delays, the RAAF had ordered DH.82 Tiger Moths in large numbers as the standard basic trainer at most Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS).  Early production Wacketts were assigned to No.1 EFTS at Essendon, Melbourne but from then on they were mostly delivered to Wireless Air Gunner Schools in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.


  Total Wackett trainer production was 202 including the two CA-2 prototypes. The 200 production aircraft were all designated model CA-6, powered by 175hp seven cylinder Warner Scarab 165D radial driving a constant-speed propeller, and assigned RAAF serials A3-1 to A3-200.   They were of mixed construction, having a fabric covered steel tube fuselage mated to plywood covered wooden wings and tailplane.


  During RAAF service, most maintenance, minor repairs and overhauls was carried out by the maintenance sections of the training units to which the Wackett Trainers were attached.  The individual aircraft histories below show that numerous Wacketts were allotted to No.7 Aircraft Depot at Tocumwal NSW for overhauls, and approved civil contractors were also used for major overhauls and accident damage repair:

Ansett Airways, Essendon Vic and Mascot NSW

Victorian and Interstate Airways, Essendon Vic

Butler Air Transport, Mascot NSW

Clyde Engineering, Mascot NSW later Bankstown NSW

Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow Aerodrome, Newcastle NSW

Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield Qld


RAAF disposals


By early 1944 as the war situation improved and training requirements were reduced, major overhauls of Wackett Trainers were largely discontinued, pending decisions on their retirement and disposal.

Wackett Trainers were effectively retired by August 1944.

Narromine RAAF Station in central NSW was chosen as the location for Wackett storage pending disposal and large numbers were delivered to No.8 Operational Training Unit at Narromine during August 1944. With the closing of Narromine, all the stored Wacketts were transferred to 8EFTS at Narrandera NSW to the south. The Status Cards record that a mass delivery from Narromine to Narrandera took place on 8 January 1945.  Whether in fact that was the case is doubtful, the lack of the numbers of available pilots alone make it unlikely, and more likely a single date chosen for the "Received" date at Narrandera for Wacketts delivered over previous months.  


The 134 surviving Wackett Trainers were among the first aircraft types released for post-war civil sale through the Commonwealth Disposals Commission in 1945.  A total of 117 RAAF Wacketts plus 97 spare Warner Super Scarab engines were listed in the second CDC aircraft disposals document dated 1 October 1945. They were stated to be in various stages of serviceability and will be sold "as and where they lie".  DCA approved their civil use as private aircraft or for training.  


A newspaper advertisement placed by Commonwealth Disposals Commission appeared on Saturday 29 September 1945 in city newspapers:

"Sale of aircraft: as from Monday 1st October 1945 comprising:

  • 117 Wackett Trainers
  • 97 spare Warner Super Scarab engines
  • 36 DH84A Dragons
  • Prices for Wackett Trainers including a spare engine range from £300 downwards according to condition of each aircraft and for engine.
  • DH.84A Dragons are offered from £7/10/-50 downwards according to condition.

Survey sheets may be inspected and price lists obtained at every State office of the CDC."


The listings below show that some disposals Wackett Trainers were purchased by individuals and become successful civil aircraft, privately owned or with aero clubs, some surviving into the 1960s.   However there was a single purchaser who acquired the bulk of Wacketts offered in the CDC disposals lists – 91 aircraft sold to John T. Brown of the Melbourne suburb of Kew in late 1945, plus all the RAAF spares holdings.  Brown at that time was setting up a new operation, Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. He saw potential in post-war sales of the type and “cornered the market” on CA-6s, later claiming to have owned a total of 122 Wackett Trainers!


Kingsford Smith Aviation Service


John T. Brown (later awarded an OBE for services to aviation) was an experienced aviation engineer who was a supervisor with Department of Aircraft Production, building and maintaining RAAF aircraft at Mascot throughout the war.  Planning for a peacetime career, during 1945 Brown negotiated to acquire the assets of the defunct Kingsford Smith Air Service, founded by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in 1933. The company had been active in charter and pilot training at Mascot until training was taken over the RAAF EFTS units in 1940.

Brown reformed the new operation as Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, with Directors himself, his son Peter Brown DFC and daughter Jacqueline. John T. Brown was Manager, usually referred to as “J.T.”.  The business started with sales and civil conversion of the Wacketts and other RAAF disposals types, Tiger Moths, Norsemans and Austers.


On 19 November 1945, Brown wrote to DCA requesting civil registrations for 83 Wacketts, listing their ex-RAAF serials, and advising that another eight as-yet-unidentified examples had been purchased. DCA allotted all of the registrations from VH-AIM to VH-ALZ to these machines, formally advising Brown on 30 November 1945 (less VH-AJM allocated out-of-sequence in 1936 to James Melrose for his Heston Phoenix).  Brown advised DCA of the identities of the last eight aircraft on 17 December 1945, and also advised that “Civil registration numbers are requested for 6 aircraft originally for despatch to India and now remaining here,  . .“. The next day Brown was advised by DCA that VH-AMC to VH-AMH had been allotted for these six Wackett Trainers.


Other Wacketts were subsequently acquired by KSAS and in a magazine interview in 1950 he stated he had purchased a total of 122 Wackett Trainers. Having gone to the considerable expense and effort of purchasing so many Wackett Trainers and moving them from RAAF airfields to Sydney, it is obvious that Brown had firm plans for the type.  As mentioned in the previous paragraph, we know that during 1945 he negotiated an order for at least six Wacketts to India, presumably for the many civil flying clubs in that country starting up again after the war. That order fell though but over the following few years KSAS were to export numerous Australian civil Tiger Moths to India though British agents R. K. Dundas (Eastern) Ltd in Bombay. KSAS quickly became active in aircraft exports, mostly freshly civilianised RAAF disposals Tiger Moths, to Malaya, Singapore, Ceylon and New Zealand.


In August 1958, with sales of new Austers coming to an end, Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd was re-structured into Kingsford Smith Flying Service Pty Ltd for sales and training, and Austerserve Pty Ltd for Auster spares and maintenance, both based at Bankstown. A new associated company Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd was formed by KSAS to develop a modern agricultural design based on the CA-6 airframe, which became the Yeoman YA-1 Cropmaster 250.  J.T.Brown was Manager of Austerserve and he was still dealing with civil Wacketts as late as 1963.


      The Netherlands East Indies Air Force Wacketts

The reason for J. T. Brown buying up so many Wacketts became clear when he finalised a contract on 11 January 1946 to supply 50 Wackett Trainers to the Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL. Dutch records show that in April the previous year ML-KNIL sought to obtain 20 Wacketts from the Australian Government for pilot training purposes. The procurement was initially approved but then cancelled on 1 October 1945 because the Australian Government refused to supply equipment that could be used by the Dutch in the civil war in the NEI against the Indonesian independence movement.  

Brown privately negotiated a deal with NEI air force officials who were based in Australia at the end of the war. Although the contract specified 50 aircraft, only 44 have been identified. Perhaps the additional airframes were sent as part of the spares inventory included in the contract.

              Netherlands military records reveal that the delivery by KSAS was delayed because of disputes caused by poor contractual documentation. On 1 November 1946 J.T.Brown wrote to DCA, listing the former RAAF serials of 44 Wacketts chosen for the NEI contract, and advising that their allocated Australian registration were no longer needed and could be re-issued to other aircraft.  It was not until early 1947 that the aircraft arrived in Batavia (now Jakarta), shipped from Sydney packed in wooden crates.

Between January 1947 and March 1949 only 30 Wacketts had been assembled at Tjililitan air base for use as elementary trainers at the ML-KNIL Central Flying School at Andir and after January 1948 Kalidjati. They were painted in ML-KNIL markings and received serials in the range B-301 to B-330. Records show the Wacketts were beset with technical difficulties, not helped by the extreme tropical climate and limited resources because the Netherlands Government was about to recognise Indonesian independence and withdraw from the country. It was a daily challenge to keep 10 to 15 aircraft operational at the training school. There were some Wackett accidents, including one on 23 February 1949 in which the instructor was killed and the trainee injured.

Netherlands air force records state that an additional five Wacketts were placed in long-term storage at the Vliegtuigen depot after being assembled and test flown in January 1950.  A letter written by the commander of Dutch forces in Batavia on 13 May 1950 stated that 21 Wacketts were still with ML-KNIL and none had been handed over the new Republic of Indonesia Air Force (AURI). However that was prior to the hand-over of the Kalidjati base here the Wacketts were stationed.

What use the newly-formed AURI made of the Wacketts is unclear. The type is not mentioned in various histories of the Indonesian Air Force. However one interesting report is that Wackett airframe sections were used circa 1952/53 to construct the Indonesian designed Nurtanio NU-200 Sikumbang.


  

Some of the KSAS CA-6 collection are behind this DC-3 at Mascot 1947. Barrie Colledge collection



The remaining unsold KSAS Wackett Trainers remained in storage for many years. KSAS became Wackett specialists, their RAAF spare parts inventory allowed the company to offer sales and service for the next 15 years.  In 1949 DCA required the general aviation companies to move from Mascot due increasing airliner movements, and made hangars available at the former military airfield Bankstown.  KSAS made the move in stages over many months, finding Bankstown a bleak location with poor facilities. The Wackett collection was finally moved to Bankstown and stored in two hangars. During the cold winter months, KSAS staff would break up damaged Wackett wings and burn them in heaters to warm the main maintenance hangar. While Austers had become its main business, KSAS was always looking to use their stocks of Wacketts. An KSAS advertisement in February 1951 offered:

Wackett Trainers

Choice of 30. All completely overhauled

Price £700-800


An occasional Wackett was brought out of storage for civil conversion at Bankstown for a sale. The company’s associate Kingsford Smith Flying Services Pty Ltd operated a thriving flying school at Bankstown using mostly Austers and not surprisingly, several Wacketts with dual controls.


A total of 43 RAAF disposals Wackett Trainers came on to the Australian civil Register, as detailed below. Interestingly, the engine problems that plagued the type in military service did not follow through in civil use.  After years of civil use, their wooden construction was to become a problem. A report in Aircraft magazine April 1958 covering the light aircraft market in Australia states:

"The Wackett Trainer is one of the types affected by the new restrictions recently introduced by DCA and, although operations will not be restricted in any way, no further examples will be registered in the commercial category.  Many of these aircraft spent long periods during their service life standing in the open and cases have been reported in recent years of serious deterioration of the plywood box spar structure."


Agricultural Wacketts


  Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd had experience in numerous aircraft modifications and re-engining. The company had also been involved in agricultural modifications to Austers and built the prototype Pellarini PL-7 Tanker, forerunner to the succcessful Transavia PL-12 Airtruk.  Developing a Wackett agricultural conversion was seen as an effective way to utilise their spare airframes, and work commenced on this project, resulting in the KS.1, KS.2 and KS.3 Cropmaster. After the KS.3, KSAS formed an associated company Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd in August 1958 to develop the all-metal Yeoman YA-1 Cropmaster 250 design.  


  

Airwork Pty Ltd KS.3 Wackett-Cropmaster in WA 1959, with Chief pilot Bill Boulden.  Ben Dannecker collection


  The story of the agricultural Wacketts is one of conflicting aims of creating an ambitious low priced agricultural machine giving better performance and payload than the DH.82 Tiger Moths then in widespread use versus DCA's concern with the strength of the wooden wing and tailplane structure. The KS.3 Cropmasters retained the original wooden CA-6 wing and tailplane and DCA warned as early as 1957 that they planned to restrict agricultural aircraft with glued plywood construction. The Wackett had a glued plywood and spruce boxspar, with glued plywood covering on its wings and tailplane.

Five KS.3 Cropmasters were built by KSAS at Bankstown 1957-58. Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd was then formed to develop the type with a metal wing and tailplane, powered by a modern engine. This became the Yeoman YA-1 Cropmaster 250.

In the listing below, the following Wackett Trainers were either converted to KS.3 Cropmasters or used in the development program: VH-AIV, AJB, AJH, AKF, AMA, FBD (1, FBD (2, FBE, FBF.


Agricultural Wackett development is covered in the FROM WACKETT TO CROPMASTER and YEOMAN YA-1 CROPMASTAR 250 topics in this series



This listing of all Wackett Trainers covers the full production and is presented in order of RAAF serial:



1)  CA-2 WACKETT TRAINER PROTOTYPES


  By August 1939 the two wooden construction CA-2 prototypes were approaching completion at Fishermans Bend, alongside the CAC Wirraway production line. RAAF serials A3-1 and A3-2 were allotted. A3-1 made its first test flight 19 September 1939 with the specified 130hp Gipsy Major engine. Performance was disappointing and Lawrence Wackett had two more powerful 200hp Gipsy Six engine installed, using one of two Gipsy Six engines removed from a Tugan Gannet aircraft held in storage by CAC at Fishermans Bend.  A3-2 had the second Gipsy Six installed prior to its first flight in early November 1939 and differed by having leading edge slots in the wing. These slots were included in all production Wacketts.


  Lawrence Wackett reported on 17 November 1939 that the heavier but more powerful Gipsy Six had improved most areas of flight performance, except a long takeoff run. However the extra weight had increased the stalling speed which needed to be reduced, and he stated that a lighter weight powerplant was needed. His report concluded that the Warner Scarab seemed the best choice and that RAAF had requested CAC proceed with this line of development.


  Both prototypes were fitted with a Warner Super Scarab engines in May and July 1940 respectively and flight trials carried out.  A3-2 CAC pushed hard for a RAAF order so that it could set up a Wackett Trainer production line, but the delays had resulted in RAAF ordering Australian built Tiger Moths and Moth Minors.  However RAAF was delaying a decision while evaluating its training needs for the new Empire Air Training Scheme. CAC were anxious to order Warner Scarab engines then available in USA at reasonable prices.


  Finally in June 1940, RAAF ordered 200 Wackett Trainers, the production model being designated CA-6. However the order changed the role of these aircraft from ab-initio trainers to intermediate trainers. This delayed RAAF order resulted in significant delays in the delivery of Warner Scarab engines from the manufacturer in USA, and this caused frustrating delays in CAC's ability to deliver early production to RAAF.


  Because RAAF serials A3-1 to A3-200 were allocated to the production CA-6s, the serials of the two prototype were changed from A3-1 to A3-1001 and A3-2 to A3-1002.



A3-1, to A3-1001     CA-2 c/n 101              VH-AHV


Manufactured at Fishermans Bend Vic as prototype CA-2. Fitted with Gipsy Major No.9047
19.9.39 First flight Fishermans Bend. Several flights in its first week.
Quoted incorrectly in most reference sources as 6.10.39 or 19.10.39
7.10.39 Taken on RAAF charge as A3-1.
Allotted Point Cook for service testing after completing CAC test flight trials

Engine Log for Gipsy Major Series II No.9047:  British built by De Havilland at Stag Lane, completed acceptance tests 14.6.39. Purchased by CAC for £689. After use in the CA-2, it was stored by CAC in cases with loose covers until 12.41 when inspected by DCA for probable impressment by RAAF
1.40 Fitted with Gipsy Six engine by CAC at Fishermans Bend.
Had previously flown 19 hrs 55 mins with Gipsy Major II engine.
Some CAC records indicate that with Gipsy Six installed, this model was sometimes called CA-2A
2.40 Performance trials in first week of February
6.3.40 Allotted Instructors School Point Cook
19.3.40 Returned to SFTS after modifications at CAC and fitted with GIV (Gipsy Six engine)
2.6.40 Allotted CAC ex 1SFTS with engine No.6308 to have Scarab installed
6.40 Warner 165 Super Scarab engine installed
12.7.40 Flying trials being carried out
24.7.40 Allotted CFS ex 1AD with Scarab No.2306
2.8.40 At 1SFTS for despatch to CFS
10.8.40 Only operating in coarse pitch due metal filings in oil
12.8.40 Allotted 1AD for issue to CAC
14.10.40 With 2SFTS
.40 Serial changed to A3-1001 to avoid duplication with production order A3-1 to -200
25.11.40 Received CFS ex 2SFTS
16.12.40 Forced landing, no damage
20.9.41 Issued De Havillands ex CFS
21.1.43 Allotted 1AOS Storage
15.7.43 Transferred from DH to Ansetts Mascot for minor repairs
15.8.43 Received 2AP Bankstown ex DH
16.8.43 Issued 1AOS ex 2AP
6.9.43 Received 2WAGS ex 1AOS
10.1.44 Received 1WAGS ex 2WAGS
24.1.44 U/s at 1WAGS awaiting engine. Same status until disposal
31.8.45 Offered for disposal without engine, not to be moved
16.10.45 Sold through CDC to Mr. D. Stewart c/- DCA, 522 Little Collins St, Melbourne Vic, also A3-142.
£50 each, total £100.
7.1.46 Issued to purchaser


28.3.46 Registration application: J. L.W. Bonniface, M. J. O'Brien & Donald S. Stewart, Melbourne Vic
Type quoted as CA-2, id. CA2-101
9.4.46 Added to Register as VH-AHV
28.6.46 CofA issued
1.1.47 Crashed Berwick Vic.  Struck power lines during landing approach.
19.2.47 Struck-off Register


A3-2, to A3-1002     CA-2 c/n 102              


Manufactured at Fishermans Bend Vic as second prototype CA-2, originally to be powered by Gipsy Major No.9018.
Prior to its first flight, the more powerful Gipsy Six engine was installed
8.11.39 First flight Fishermans Bend
Date not officially recorded: Wackett's diary indicates that first flight was 8th or 9th November

Engine Log for Gipsy Major Series II No.9018:  British built by De Havilland at Stag Lane, completed acceptance tests 27.7.38. Purchased by CAC for £689. Last log entry 25.10.39, when engine had total time of 11hrs 10 mins.

After use in the CA-2 no longer required, it was stored by CAC in cases with loose covers until 12.41 when inspected by DCA for probable impressment by RAAF.
8.3.40 Taken on RAAF charge. Issued to Comm Flight with Gipsy Six No.6259
29.4.40 U/s awaiting tailwheel component
1.5.40 Comm Flight
12.7.40 Engine being fitted (Warner 165 Super Scarab)
4.8.40 Oil tank being modified
4.10.40 Stored in Beaufort hangar (at Fishermans Bend)
.40 Serial changed to A3-1002 to avoid duplication with production order A3-1 to -200
24.6.41 Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
10.10.41 Issued No.1 Engineering School, Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington
20.9.43 Converted to Instructional Airframe No.2
1.8.45 Converted to components




2)  CA-6 WACKETT TRAINER PRODUCTION (200 aircraft A3-1 to A3-200)


The CAC factory at Fishermans Bend, Melbourne built the metal CA-6 fuselage frames and fittings, while the wooden mainplanes were sub-contracted to General Motors-Holden (GMH), in a nearby factory at Fishermans Bend. The Warner Scarab radial engines were shipped from the Warner factory in USA, and propellers manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd.  Early production deliveries to RAAF were seriously affected by delays with the engines and propellers, but then monthly deliveries grew from 3 aircraft in May 1941 to 23 aircraft in September 1941, to a maximum of 35 aircraft delivered during February 1942.


         

  A3-1 at the CAC Fishermans Bend factory in February 1941. Photo CAC



A3-1       c/n 235

1.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic. Fitted with Warner Super Scarabs removed from one of the prototype CA-2s
6.2.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
21.3.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
21.3.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
23.5.41 Issued CAC for engine mods. Fitted with Warner Super Scarab from order imported from USA
6.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
8.6.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
27.6.41 Issued to 1EFTS ex 1AD
22.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
16.9.41 Issued CAC for mods
14.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
24.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
29.11.41 Grounded
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co ex CFS
18.4.42 Transferred to A/Flite (Airflite, Mascot)
1.5.42 Work not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansetts (Ansett Airways, Mascot)
3.7.42 Mainplane, empennage and undercarriage ready for assembly. No work on fuselage, tailwheel fork assembly in production
9.9.42 Received 2AD ex Ansetts
21.9.42 Received 1AOS ex 2AD
4.4.43 Received 8EFTS ex 1AOS
19.4.43 Received 1WAGS ex 8EFTS
10.5.43 U/s at 1WAGS awaiting engine. Same status until disposal
31.8.45 Offered for disposal without engine, not to be moved
16.10.45 Sold through CDC to Mr. A. Alessio, 408 Punt Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne for £45.
29.6.46 Issued to purchaser


A3-2     c/n 236     "06-J10"              VH-AIM

30.5.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
30.5.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
30.5.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC
10.6.41 Issued to 3EFTS ex 1AD
15.9.41 At CAC for mods
24.9.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
3.5.43 Issued 3WAGS ex CFS
1.10.44 Received 8OTU Narromine for storage ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex CMU Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted CMU Narrandera ex 8EFTS Narrandera
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2400: price £150
26.11.45 Sold through CDC to J.T. Brown, Kew Vic for £150 (Total price £3840 for 57 aircraft)
30.11.45 DCA issue registration VH-AIM for A3-2 to J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers
1.8.46 RAAF Status Card: Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


31.9.46 Registration application: John Thomas Brown/ Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot.
Identity quoted as "A3-2" with serial numbers "06-J10" and "364" and first flight date 30.5.42.
c/n 364 was A3-130 which VH-AIK. The first flight date fits neither aircraft.
25.10.36 Weighed at Mascot after civil conversion overhaul by KSAS
30.10.46 Added Register as VH-AIM
30.10.46 CofA issued at Mascot
11.11.46 Change of ownership: A. J. Bush & Sons, Sydney
29.10.47 CofA expired
7.11.47 Change of ownership: Norman L. Wickens, Sydney
17.3.48 CofA renewed at Bankstown
3.4.49 Change of ownership: Truscott Club for Aeronauts, Bankstown NSW signed by Manager B. Cowan.
6.5.49 CofA renewed at Bankstown
13.8.49 Forced landing with no damage in a small field near Bankstown when the engine failed.  Pilot was Truscott Club for Aeronauts instructor Frank Spooner.
5.5.50 CofA expired
3.10.50 CofA renewed at Bankstown
3.10.50 Change of ownership: Francis E. Lawler, Sydney
.51 Flown to New Guinea to allow owner to inspect military disposals equipment
28.3.51 DCA approve the export of Wackett VH-AIM & Curtiss Robin VH-UJE to New Guinea for sale to Crowley & Stockden Airways at Lae.
5.51 Sale of VH-AIM not completed, were preliminary negotiations only.
28.5.51 Crashed during forced landing on beach 30 miles South of Cooktown Qld.  Destroyed by impact and the subsequent tidal damage.
Was returning to Sydney from New Guinea visit.

Canberra Times newspaper 29.5.51: Brisbane Monday (28.5.51) A Wackett Trainer plane, flying from New Guinea, made a forced landing on a beach this afternoon at Rattlesnake Point, some 30 miles south of Cooktown.
A launch carrying police and a hospital matron left Cooktown, North Queensland, this afternoon on a rescue mission. Two planes, engaged in the search this afternoon, reported seeing one man walking along the beach, and it has since been learned that the pilot, Mr. F. Lawler, also escaped uninjured
30.7.51 Struck-off Register
8.51 DCA memo: Lawler also owns Wackett VH-ALV. Refund of unused Air Nav Charges for VH-AIM transferred to his hangarage debt owed to DCA.


A3-3     c/n 237                (VH-AIN), B-301

5.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
30.5.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
30.5.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC
10.6.41 Issued 3EFTS ex 1AD
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
15.2.45 Received 8EFTS Store for storage
1.6.45 Allotted CMU Narrandera ex 8EFTS Store
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2323: price £210
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic  (£3840 for 57 aircraft)
30.11.45 DCA allocated VH-AIN to A3-3 to J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.  VH-AIN Not Taken Up.
5.4.46 Issued to purchaser


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-3 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AIN not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Serial B-301

Operated as dual control aircraft


A3-4     c/n 238              

5.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
31.5.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
1.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC
10.6.41 Issued to 3EFTS ex 1AD
1.42 Issued to Ansett
18.1.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
27.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
22.3.45 Received 7CRD for storage u/s ex 7AD
6.6.45 Approval given: Converted to components


A3-5       c/n 239            (VH-AIO(1)), ML-KNIL

5.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
4.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
4.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
27.6.41 Issued to 1EFTS ex 1AD
22.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
15.9.41 At CAC for mods
20.9.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
11.4.42 Clyde Engineering Co
15.4.42 Transferred to Airflite
1.5.42 Not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansetts
22.5.42 Progressing satisfactorily
5.8.42 Received 2AD ex Ansetts
24.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex 2AD
20.10.42 11EFTS accident report: forced landing due engine failure after takeoff Essendon Airport. Extensive damage.
22.10.42 Issued VIA ex 11EFTS (Victorian & Interstate Airways, Essendon)
6.11.42 Fuselage repaired
15.11.42 Received 11EFTS ex VIA
8.12.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts (stet)
12.42 Received 1AOS Storage ex 1AD
4.4.43 Received 8EFTS ex1AOS Store
19.4.43 Received 1WAGS ex 8EFTS
15.11.44 Issued 8OTU for storage ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Narrandera
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2189: price £200
13.11.45 Sold to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £200
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIO to A3-5 to J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIO not taken up.
14.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as single control Wireless Trainer/Reserve aircraft for KNIL  

No serial number known



A3-6      c/n 240              (VH-AFE)

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
6.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
7.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
4.10.41 Issued to CAC for mods ex 1AD
22.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
24.10.41 Allotted Performance Testing Section
15.2.42 damaged when struck by tractor at 1AD
6.6.42 Taxying accident, starboard wheel damaged
6.7.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
27.1.43 Fire in hangar, aircraft moderately damaged
1.3.43 Issued to 7AD ex 11EFTS
19.4.44 Issued 3WAGS ex 7AD
1.10.44 Received 8OTU for storage ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
31.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2382. Not to be moved.
20.9.45 Sold by CDC for £450 with engine 2382 installed to Royal Victorian Aero Club, Essendon Vic Sale also included A3-128 & A3-145 and 3 spare engines
23.9.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera
23.9.45 4 Wackett Trainers ferried from Narrandera to Essendon.
Melbourne Argus newspaper 24.9.45: Four Wackett trainer planes were flown from Narrandera to Essendon yesterday afternoon. Three of them have been acquired for the Royal Victorian Aero Club and the other by three club members. The planes were surplus RAAF aircraft.


30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AFE

No civil conversion, parked in weather Essendon
8.49 A3-6 parked near aero club hangar next to reservoir at Essendon, faded RAAF scheme, stripped.

A3-6 derelict outside the Aero Club hangar at Essendon in August 1949.  Photo: The Collection



A3-7      c/n 241              (VH-AIP), B-302

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
18.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
4.8.41 Received 3SFTS ex 1AD
25.9.41 Issued to CAC for mods
10.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
11.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co
20.4.42 Issued to Airflite, Mascot
1.5.42 Not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansett Airways, Mascot
27.5.42 Progressing satisfactorily
31.8.42 Received 2AD ex Ansetts
7.7.42 Received 1AOS ex 2AD
2.3.43 Received 8EFTS Store ex 1AOS
9.3.43 Issued Station HQ Nowra ex 8EFTS Store
4.7.43 Transferred to 6OTU
28.1.44 Received 3WAGS ex 6OTU
1.10.44 Received 8OTU for storage ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2202: price £200
13.11.45 Sold to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £200
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIP to A3-7 to J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIP not taken up.
1.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-7 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AIP not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-302


A3-8      c/n 242              (VH-AIQ), ML-KNIL

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
10.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD

Issued to CAC for mods
19.9.41 3EFTS ex CAC
10.10.41 Issued to CAC for mods
29.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
31.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
28.3.43 Received 8EFTS ex CFS for storage
16.4.43 Received 2WAGS ex 8EFTS Store
24.1.44 Received 1WAGS ex 2WAGS
5.2.44 Damaged in forced landing 5 miles east of aerodrome 1WAGS due engine failure, struck drain.
18.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Naromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
31.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2280. Not to be moved
20.11.45 Sold to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £180 (£3840 for 57 aircraft)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIQ to A3-8 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIQ not taken up.
16.5.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-8 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AIQ not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as single Wireless Trainer/Reserve aircraft at KNIL Central Flying School

Serial not known


A3-9      c/n 243                VH-AFG

14.6.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend (logbook entry)
14.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
16.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
10.5.42 Damaged in heavy landing: aircraft held off too high, stalled: mainplane and undercarriage damaged
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
6.8.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2359: price £250
18.10.45 Sold to W. P. Morgan, 123 Market St, Mudgee NSW with engine 2359 installed for £250, plus spare engine No.2185, £50: total £300
1.11.45 Issued to purchaser


30.10.45 Registration application: William P. Morgan, Mudgee NSW
30.12.45 Added to Register as VH-AFG
30.12.45 CofA issued at Mascot
12.45 CofA photo: all silver
28.1.47 CofA renewed at Mascot
25.3.48 CofA renewed - no location quoted
8.4.48 DCA memo refers to "Mr. W. P. Morgan of Curtis Madsen Aircrafts"
12.4.49 CofA renewed at Mudgee
9.6.50 CofA renewed at Bankstown
16.7.51 CofA renewed - no location quoted
18.8.52 CofA renewed at Bankstown
26.7.53 Change of ownership: G. Greig, Sydney
30.1.54 Crashed at Taree NSW.  Flown from Newcastle for a carnival at Taree. On arrival over the town, the pilot saw a friend's speed boat on the Manning River and made low pass over the speed boat before crashing into riverbank of Dumeresq Island in the river and destroyed by fire. Pilot James V. Morgan (aged 35) and passenger Miss Monica Nolen killed.
3.3.54 Struck-off Register

      

       Mascot Airport, Sydney during civil conversion in December 1945.  Photo: CofA form.




A3-10     c/n 244    "06-B5-244"          VH-AKC, ZK-AUC

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
14.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
16.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
27.6.41 Issued 1EFTS ex 1AD
14.7.41 Issued 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
24.8.41 Ran through fence on landing. undercarriage and mainplane damaged
10.10.41 Issued to CAC for mods
23.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
31.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
23.1.42 Received 1AD ex 1AP
22.6.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
24.7.44 Received 5AD Store ex 7AD
12.6.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 5AD Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2394: price £250
.45 Sold to J.T.Brown, Kingsford Smith Aviation Service for £68
20.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


23.1.47 Registration application: J. T. Brown/ Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot NSW
4.2.47 Added Register as VH-AKC
4.2.47 CofA issued
23.10.48 CofR expired. Stored
17.5.50 CofA renewed at Bankstown for export to NZ
23.6.50 Change of ownership: Rural Aviation Ltd, New Plymouth NZ
28.6.50 Wackett and DH.82 VH-BBU shipped ex Sydney to NZ on SS Gravelpark
28.6.50 Added NZ Register as ZK-AUC New Plymouth Aero Club, New Plymouth
4.9.50 Struck-off Australian Register
7.5.53 Change of ownership: Ronald I. Graham, Tauranga
Graham was Managing Director of Airspread Ltd. Based at Mangere, Auckland.
Photo (undated) at Mangere, Ron Graham in cockpit, aircraft all silver, registration on tail fin
7.4.55 Change of ownership: D. V. Freeth & J.R.McDonald, Auckland
27.6.56 Change of ownership: J. F. Hart, Whakatane
24.4.58 Change of ownership: Desmond G. Neill, Taupo      Named Spirit of Taupo

Undated photo: dark colour scheme "Spirit of Taupo" in script on fuselage, "Warner Scarab" on cowlings
8.6.58 Crashed at Taupo NZ.  Desmond Neill killed
12.12.58 Struck-off Register

  

ZK-AUC at Queenstown NZ circa 1955.  Geoff Goodall collection



A3-11      c/n 245              (VH-ALS), B-303

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
25.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
25.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
15.9.41 At CAC for mods
10.10.41 Received 1AD ex 3EFTS
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
11.4.42 Allotted Clyde Engineering Co ex CFS
20.4.42 Issued to Airflite, Mascot ex Clyde Engineering
1.5.42 not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansett Airways, Mascot
29.5.42 Progressing satisfactorily
3.7.42 Mainplane, undercarriage and empennage ready for assembly: fuselage delayed due tailwheel fork assembly in production
24.7.42 Priority given to Ansons
30.10.42 Received 2AD ex Ansetts
23.11.42 Received 1AOS ex 2AD
11.1.43 Received 1WAGS ex 1AOS Storage
22.10.44 Received CFS
6.9.45 Transferred to Point Cook Reserve ex CFS
23.11.45 Offered for disposal
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALS to A3-11 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALS not taken up.
14.12.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £68 (4 aircraft for £272)
8.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex RAAF Point Cook


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-11 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-ALS not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-303


A3-12      c/n 246              (VH-AIR)


Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
23.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
24.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
15.9.41 At CAC for mods
8.10.41 Received 1AD ex 3EFTS
29.10.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
3.8.42 Issued to CAC for W/T mods
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 3EFTS via CAC
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2366: price £160
20.11.45 Sold to J. T.Brown, Kew Vic for £160 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIR to A3-12 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIR not taken up.
1.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera



A3-13         c/n 247   "06/C3/237" & "2242"        VH-AIS

24.6.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
24.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
24.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
17.9.41 Received CAC for mods
17.11.41 By now back in service with 3EFTS
15.5.42 11EFTS: Stationary aircraft struck by A3-24 which was taking off. A3-13 extensively damaged
21.5.42 Issued Ansett Airways ex 11EFTS
19.8.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
14.9.42 Received 1AOS ex 1AD
30.11.42 Received 3WAGS ex 1AOS
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2242: price £190
13.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £190
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIS to A3-13 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
14.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


13.3.46 Registration application: J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
3.4.46 Added Register as VH-AIS Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
14.3.46 CofA issued Mascot
23.8.46 Change of ownership: Northern Territory Aero Club, Darwin NT
13.3.47 CofA expired
19.12.47 Struck-off Register


A3-14         c/n 248    "06-311"          (VH-AIT), VH-EAY, VH-AIO

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
25.6.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
25.6.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.6.41 Issued to 1AD Test Section for performance trials
7.10.41 Issued CAC ex 1AD for mods
22.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
24.10.41 Engine failure after takeoff, aircraft tipped on nose, Nil airframe damage
28.10.41 Allotted Performance Testing Section
10.1.44 Allotted 1APU ex 1AD for general use
13.5.44 noted at CAC factory, Fishermans Bend, Melbourne
8.9.44 noted at Point Cook
20.10.44 Issued to Storage Narromine ex 1APU
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maitenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2171: price £215
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £215 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIT to A3-14 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIT not taken up.
7.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narranderea


26.11.47 Registration application: Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney
26.11.47 Added to Register as VH-EAY
QEA advise DCA that EAY & EAZ will be used to allow 2nd and 3rd pilots to practice landings and takeoffs
18.7.48 CofA issued at Mascot

Qantas Captain R.A.Gray recalled in AHSA Aviation Heritage, March 2002:
"In 1948 Qantas established a Flight Training Section under Captain Eric Sims as Chief Flying Instructor. The Training Section had two DC-3s, two Liberators and two Wackett Trainers.  The idea of the Wacketts was to give First Officers who didn't do much handling on the aircraft on the line, some flying so they could keep their hand in. But really it was just a waste of time and eventually Qantas got rid of the Wacketts."  
3.12.49 Change of ownership: ANA Flying Club, Essendon Vic c/- Donald S. Stewart
12.49 Reregistered VH-AIO
15.1.50 Damaged on takeoff Mount William Vic, pilot H. Killingsworth
31.3.50 CofA renewed after repairs
3.6.50 Crashed into a dam at Euroa Vic. Extensive damage, will not be rebuilt
8.6.50 Struck-off Register


A3-15         c/n 249            

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
10.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
3.9.41 Despatched to CAC for mods
12.9.41 Received 3EFTS ex CAC
24.10.41 3EFTS Essendon: forced landing due engine failure near Broadmeadows, Melbourne. Minor damage.
26.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
27.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
5.4.42 3EFTS Essendon: forced landing 1 mile west of Essendon Aerodrome due throttle control jammed. No damage
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS Benalla ex 3EFTS
15.7.42 Crashed in forced landing Benalla Aerodrome due engine failure, extensive damage. Two crew seriously injured.
20.7.42 Converted to components


A3-16         c/n 250            

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
4.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
5.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
4.9.41 Received at CAC for mods
22.9.41 Issued 3EFTS ex CAC
22.4.42 issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
10.8.42 Issued to CAC for W/T mods
17.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
13.1.44 Crashed Maryborough Qld. 3WAGS accident report: engine failure on takeoff, stalled and dived into sugar cane field. Pilot killed. Extensively damaged

Letter from Leading Aircraftsman Les Sullivan based at 3WAGS Maryborough to his parents dated 17.1.44:  "Last Thursday, just after takeoff, a Wackett crashed killing the pilot Flying Officer Cornall and critically injuring the WAG trainee LAC Wood.
The pilot had only recently been posted here after returning from the Middle East, where he flew Kittyhawks before he was shot down and taken POW by the Italians. When they surrendered he was released and eventually was repatriated to Australia to fly again. It was only his second flight here and I was on his wingtip and had strapped him in.
I watched him taxy out and take off and 5 minutes later saw the plane crash about a mile away. We gave the alarm and jumped on the crash tender, arriving at the scene in a cane field just as the ambulance did.”
His diary confirms the Wackett as A3-16. It did not catch fire.
Ref: Not to be shot at or exported - RAAF Heritage Series 1995
18.2.44 Received 3CRD ex 3WAGS
2.44 Convered to components


A3-17         c/n 251            

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
3.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
5.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
15.9.41 Received at CAC for mods
23.9.41 Issued 1AD ex 3EFTS
8.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
1.4.42 Crashed near Point Cook Vic.  CFS accident report: Forced landing 1 mile from aerodrome due throttle linkage failure. Extensive damage.
6.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering ex CFS
6.5.42 Received 2AD ex Clyde Engineering for conversion
13.7.42 Awaiting conversion
19.8.42 Approved for conversion to components


A3-18      c/n 252              (VH-AIU), B-304

24.6.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
4.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
7.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
18.9.41 Issued CAC for mods
8.10.41 Received 1AD ex 3EFTS
24.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
28.3.43 Received 8EFTS Storage ex CFS
17.5.43 Received 3WAGS ex 8EFTS Storage
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex C&M Narromine
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2278: price £200
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £200 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIU to A3-18 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIU not taken up
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-18 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AIU not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-304


A3-19      c/n 253              (VH-ALT), B-305

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
4.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
5.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
4.9.41 Issued to CAC for mods
9.41 Returned 3EFTS ex CAC
22.10.41 aircraft blown up on to nose. No damage to airframe
12.2.42 Collision in air with A3-43, damaged to wing leading edge and cowling
28.4.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
8.6.42 forced landing Benalla Aerodrome due engine failure, extensive damage
2.11.42 collided with A3-123, wings damaged
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS for repairs
26.4.43 Reassembled at 7AD, awaiting engine
4.6.45 Received 8EFTS Storage ex 7AD
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
23.11.45 Offered for disposal
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALT to A3-19 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALT not taken up.
14.12.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £68 (4 aircraft for £272)
25.1.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-19 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-ALT not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-305


A3-20     c/n 254                (VH-ALU), VH-AQB    

6.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
4.7.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
7.7.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.7.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
22.8.41 Minor damage to port wingtip during landing
15.9.41 At CAC for mods
22.9.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
28.3.43 Received 8EFTS ex CFS for storage
12.4.43 Received 1WAGS ex 8EFTS Store
22.10.44 Received CFS ex 1WAGS
21.3.45 A3-20 noted at Point Cook (Keith Meggs' notebook)
6.9.45 Transferred to Point Cook Reserve ex CFS
23.11.45 Offered for disposal
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALU to A3-20 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALU not taken up.
14.12.45 Sold through CDC to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £68 (4 aircraft for £272)
8.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex Point Cook Reserve


3.4.46 Added to Register as VH-AQB:  P. A. Searle, Sale Vic
15.10.46 Owned by Keith L. Martin/ Martin Plastics, Melbourne
29.4.47 Crashed landing at Belmont Common aerodrome, Geelong Vic. Struck an earth bank on approach, undercarriage torn off. On a flight Essendon-Geelong, pilot Keith L. Martin.
Martin complains to DCA about cattle grazing on the aerodrome. Geelong Airways Manager Mr. Meehan told DCA he had a boy on a bicycle to move cattle when aircraft approaching but on this occasion he denied there were any cattle on the aerodrome.
19.12.47 Struck-off Register


A3-21        c/n 255            

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
7.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
8.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
13.9.41 Prop struck ground when tail lifted due running through soft ground on landing. No airframe damage
6.10.41 Allotted CAC for mods
2.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex CAC
10.8.42 Issued CAC ex 3EFTS for W/T modifications
17.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
26.11.43 Crashed Mary River, near Maryborough Qld. 3WAGS accident report: engine failure after takeoff. crashed in cane field at Mary River near Maryborough Aerodrome. Extensive damage
27.11.43 Allotted 3AD ex 3WAGS for conversion to components

Allotted 3CRD for conversion to components
7.12.43 Converted to components


A3-22         c/n 256      "2240"              VH-ALV

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
7.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
8.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
19.9.41 Issued to CAC
10.10.41 Received 1AD ex 3EFTS
24.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
4.3.42 Struck by taxying Wackett A3-58, damage to wing beyond repair by unit
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering
24.4.42 not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansett Airways
24.7.42 priority given to Ansons
22.1.43 parts arriving in small quantities to complete mainplane repair
18.3.43 Received 2AP ex Ansett Airways
21.3.43 Received 8EFTS ex 2AP for storage
12.4.43 Received 1WAGS  ex 8EFTS Store
22.10.44 Received CFS  ex 1WAGS
6.9.45 Transferred to Point Cook Reserve ex CFS
23.11.45 Offered for disposal
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALV to A3-22 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
14.12.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £68 (4 aircraft for £272)
8.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex Point Cook Reserve


21.2.46 DCA re-allocate registration VH-ALV
24.5.46 Registration application: J. T. Brown/Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
24.5.46 Added Register as VH-ALV
24.5.46 CofA issued at Mascot
19.8.46 Change of ownership: Mrs. Annie Ellis, Newcastle NSW
31.3.47 Avro Anson VH-ARK and DH.82 Tiger Moth VH-AYY both owned by Mr. Harry Ellis c/- Mr.Walker, Dubbo NSW are being auctioned by Airflite Pty Ltd, Mascot to recover monies owed to the company by Mr.Ellis.  His location is unknown and is believed to be flying Wackett VH-ALV.
23.5.47 CofA expired. All DCA letters to owner returned
16.5.47 DCA memo: Anson VH-ARK registered to Mr. H. Ellis has been seized by the Sheriff and sold under Supreme Court Writ of Fieri Facias to W. Haines for £800. Ellis also owned DH.82 VH-AYY, which has been seized by Sheriff for sale by public auction.
Reports to DCA state that Mr. H. Ellis is operating Wackett Trainer VH-ALV from Nowra.  DCA believe the Wackett is flying with an expired CofA and request Nowra police to make enquiries. Police find VH-ALV parked at Nowra.
22.10.47 Struck-off Register
.47 Ellis sold VH-ALV to G. A. Pedman, Sydney. He then sold it to James Dixon.
12.11.47 Registration application: James Dixon, Wollongong NSW
23.11.48 Registration application: Vernard James Madsen, Sydney
21.3.49 Testflown after inspection. Owner requests DCA approval to fly the Wackett the following day. Approved.
21.3.49 Restored to Register
12.7.49 Change of ownership:  Francis E. Lawler, Sydney
20.12.49 CofA renewed at Bankstown
19.12.50 CofA expired. Not renewed
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 Census
26.2.54 Restored to Register Airmech, Bankstown (associate company of Fawcett Aviation/Illawarra Flying School
23.9.55 Change of ownership: R. LeGallien, Shepparton Vic
8.3.58 Change of ownership: William F. Suhr, Melbourne Vic
17.7.58 Change of ownership: D. T. O'Loughlin, Melbourne Vic
16.3.59 Change of ownership: B. J. & J. W. McGrath, Melbourne
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in hangar
61 Change of ownership: B. J. McGrath, Melbourne
1.1.62 Struck off Register as WFS
5.62 noted Moorabbin, in hangar
4.63 Restored to Register B. J. McGrath, Melbourne
8.63 noted Moorabbin, in hangar
6.6.64 noted Moorabbin outside for the first time in some time, owned by J. McGrath
27.6.64 noted Bankstown, parked outside Yeoman Aviation hangar.  Departed that day for Moorabbin
27.7.64 departed Bankstown for Moorabbin
12.9.64 visitor at airshow Albury NSW, red fuselage and silver wings & tail
26.8.68 Damaged on takeoff after forced landing at sewage farm at Braeside near Moorabbin Airport. The pilot attempted takeoff from an unsuitable area because of surface water and nosed down.
26.8.68 Struck-off Register

Acquired by Moorabbin Air Museum, Moorabbin Airport
9.68 moved to Moorabbin, complete aircraft loaded on trailer towed behind a truck
20.6.71 noted Berwick Vic in hangar with other Moorabbin Air Museum stored aircraft
21.5.73 noted Berwick Vic in hangar dismantled
76 Loan to RAAF Museum, Point Cook in RAAF camouflage & yellow scheme as "A3-22"
19.11.77 noted at RAAF Point Cook, loaned for display as RAAF "A3-22"
92 displayed at Moorabbin Air Museum in RAAF camouflage & yellow scheme as "A3-22"
00 Moorabbin Air Museum renamed Australian National Aviation Museum
04/07 Static resoration at Wangaratta by Precision Aerospace Products for Moorabbin Air Museum

Current

       

     VH-ALV at Moorabbin in the mid 1950s in an attractive paint scheme. Ed Coates Collection


     

      Moorabbin January 1965. Photo by Lindsay Nothrop.


       

       VH-ALV at Point Cook November 1977, after restoration in authentic RAAF markings. The Collection p1171-0717




A3-23        c/n 257    "06-D3"      Yeoman 175    VH-AIV, (VH-CYB)

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
19.9.41 Issued to CAC
8.10.41 Received 1AD ex 3EFTS
24.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
25.12.41 Forced landing, wing struck telephone post.
21.4.42 Issued Clyde Engineering for repairs
24.4.42 not started
8.5.42 transferred to Ansett Airways
3.7.42 not yet started, insufficient space
24.7.42 work commenced on mainplane, progressing satisfactorily
16.11.42 Received 1AOS Storage ex Ansetts
4.4.43 Received 8EFTS Store ex 1AOS Store
17.5.43 Allotted 3WAGS ex 8EFTS Store
22.6.44 3WAGS: forced landing due engine failure in scrub 10 miles East of Maryborough Qld . Struck trees.
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Store
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2227: price £245
13.11.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £240
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIV to A3-23 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
21.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 Purchased from KSAS prior to CofA by James H. Wright, Brisbane Qld
8.2.46 Added to Register as VH-AIV James H. Wright, Brisbane
8.2.46 CofA issued at Mascot
27.2.47 CofA renewed at Archerfield
14.7.48 CofA renewed at Archerfield
1.9.50 Change of ownership: Robert H. Healy, Pimpama Qld
1.9.50 CofA renewed at Archerfield
18.2.51 Struck while parked at Archerfield by taxying DH.82 VH-APA of Queensland Flying Services, pilot Bruce James. Minor damage to Wackett's starboard wing.
21.9.51 CofA renewed at Archerfield
13.2.53 CofA renewed at Archerfield
24.4.53 Change of ownership:  Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
5.8.54 Departed Bankstown in 1954 Redex Air Reliability Trial to Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Bankstown, entered by I. A. Chubb
61 Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd have designed a new all-metal tail unit to replace the wooden component inherited from the Wackett Trainer in the early production YA-1 Cropmasters. DCA had withheld full type approval for the YA-1 mainly because of concerns about the strength of the wooden tailplane structure. The configuration decided on incorporated an all-flying tailplane and a swept fin and rudder of modern appearance.
2.61 Yeoman Aviation requested DCA approval to test the new swept tail for the YA-1 on a wooden wing Wackett Trainer "as the flight test vehicle for the metal empennage. The aircraft has a Warner motor but YA-1 windscreen, decking and hopper fittings."
7.61 Rebuilt by Yeoman Aviation at Bankstown, fitted with the prototype new design swept YA-1 metal tailplane. It retained the Warner Scarab radial engine, fabric covered rear fuselage and wooden wing with clipped wingtips. YA-1 Cropmaster canopy and raised turtle deck were installed to test the aerodynamic effect on the new tailplane.
This hybrid Wackett Trainer was designated by Yeoman as type Yeoman 175.

Reported at the time that this aircraft will also be used to test a nosewheel design for the YA-1, but not in fact carried out.
61 Allocated registration VH-CYB: Used byYeoman Aviation at Bankstown for test flying to evaluate metal YA-1 tailplane.
19.12.61 First testflight Bankstown, with VH-CYB painted on both wings but not on sides. Pilot Peter Brown
1.62 Test flying program completed. VH-CYB was Not Taken Up.

Aircraft magazine report July 1962:
"Development flying to test and prove the new tail unit was carried out in a specially modified Wackett VH-CYB which flew approximately 30 hours in the hands of Peter Brown and Jim Hazelton. The new tailplane gave complete satisfaction and was eventually static tested to destruction to satisfy DCA requirements."
1.62 AHSA Journal January 1962:
Reported that the Wackett test aircraft for the metal tailplane now has its wooden wing removed at Bankstown and is due to be fitted with a YA-1 metal mainplane. The Scarab radial has been replaced by a Lycoming engine. This Wackett was then rebuilt as YA-1 Cropmaster 250 c/n 106 which became VH-CYW and first flew at Bankstown 4.62 as the first YA-1 fitted with new metal tailplane.
26.2.62 VH-AIV Struck-off Register
31.8.65 VH-CYB still held for Yeoman Aviation on DCA listing of Reserved Registrations

see YEOMAN YA-1 CROPMASTER listing for subsequent history of Cropmaster c/n 106 VH-CYW

      

        VH-AIV at Archerfield circa 1948. Gus Grulke collection


       

       Modified as Yeoman 175 VH-CYB at Bankstown in December 1961. Photo by Eric Allen


        

          VH-CYB registration was painted on the wings only. Photo by Greg Banfield



A3-24        c/n 258            

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
7.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
8.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
28.11.41 Issued to CAC for wing skin replacement
14.1.42 Received 3EFTS ex CAC
22.4.42 Issued to 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
15.5.42 11EFTS: Ground collision: Struck stationary Wackett A3-13, extensively damaged. Write-off.
5.6.42 Converted to components


A3-25        c/n 259            

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
25.9.41 Issued to CAC
12.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
24.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
28.3.43 Received 5EFTS ex CFS
20.4.43 Taken on 5EFTS strength ex storage
24.9.43 Received 7SFTS ex 5EFTS
31.7.44 Request submit survey report
4.10.44 Approval given to convert to components
19.10.44 Received 7CRD ex 7SFTS
10.44 Converted to components


A3-26       c/n 260            

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1EFTS
3.9.41 Bounced on landing, tipped on nose. No damage to airframe.
6.10.41 Issued to CAC for mods
2.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex CAC
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
24.8.42 Issued CAC ex 11EFTS for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
28.1.43 Crashed Maryborough Qld. 3WAGS accident report: Engine failure after takeoff due fuel mismanagement, pilot attempted forced landing on runway but unable to reach runway and crashed in stumpy field adjacent to aerodrome. Extensively damaged
1.2.43 Awaiting conversion
6.2.43 Received 3AD ex 3WAGS
15.2.43 Wireless gear fitted to unmodified trainer
4.3.43 Converted to components


A3-27     c/n 261                (VH-AIW), B-306

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
14.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
28.8.41 Starboard undercarriage leg collapsed while taxying
16.9.41 At CAC for mods
26.9.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde Engineering Co ex CFS
24.4.42 work not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansetts (Ansett Airways, Mascot)
29.5.42 work not started due insufficient space
3.7.42 Mainplane, empennage and undercarriage ready for assembly. No work on fuselage, tailwheel fork assembly in production
24.7.42 Priority to be given to Ansons
6.11.42 Being prepared for test flight
16.11.42 Received 2AOS Storage ex Ansetts
2.3.43 Received 8EFTS Storage ex 2AOS Storage
9.3.43 Issued SHQ Nowra ex 8EFTS Storage
4.7.43 Transfer to 6OTU
28.3.44 Issued 3WAGS ex 6OTU. 3WAGS to install W/T gear on arrival
10.10.44 Received 6OTU ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Storage ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2389: price £240
13.11.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £240
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIW to A3-27 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIW not taken up.
5.4.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-27 had been sold to NEI and allocated reg VH-AIW not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-306


A3-28        c/n 262            

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
3.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
6.9.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
8.42 Allotted CAC for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
28.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
31.10.42 While taking off at Maryborough, struck by landing Wackett Trainer A3-191. Damage to A3-28 was sliding perspex canopy and cowling behind rear cockpit. Quickly repaired
27.6.44 Issued to Newcastle Aero Club ex 3WAGS for complete overhaul
4.8.44 work not started at NAC
13.9.44 Received 2CRD ex NAC for survey report
6.10.44 To be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal

Converted to components


A3-29        c/n 263            

7.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
10.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.8.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
25.9.41 Issued CAC for mods
12.10.41 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.10.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
24.8.42 Issued CAC for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
24.2.43 3WAGS: forced landing due engine failure. Undamaged in landing but immersed in salt water. No location quoted. Quickly back in service.
17.3.44 Crashed near mouth of Burrum River Qld. 3WAGS accident report: structural failure of elevator control, passenger baled out, pilot made forced landing 3 miles SW of mouth of Burrum River, 1 mile from coast.
9.11.44 Allotted 3CRD Amberley ex 3WAGS. Issued to 3CRD 6.6.45
31.8.45 Offered for sale by CDC at 3CRD Amberley without engine
25.10.45 Sold by CDC to D. Wynark, Blight Street, Nundah Qld for £10
Together with A3-78 & -188, total £30
29.12.45 Issued to purchaser
  A3-29, -78 & -188 were moved to Mr. Wynark’s farm at Nundah, then on the outskirts of Brisbane. They were broken up for parts to be used on the property. The wooden wings rotted in the weather, and sections of steel tubing from the fuselage frames were used to construct items on the farm, as well as a homemade speedway racing cars. By 1990s the farm had been cleared and the Wackett remains sold for scrap. Mark Pilkington of Melbourne acquired a surviving tail wheel and pitot tube, as parts for his restoration projects of VH-AGP & -BLV.


A3-30      c/n 264              (VH-AIX), B-307

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
12.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
13.8.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
4.10.41 Issued CAC ex 1AD
17.10.41 Received 1AD ex CAC
31.10.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
6.11.41 Received CFS ex 1AP
7.2.44 Reeived 5EFTS ex CFS
10.7.44 Received 3WAGS ex 5EFTS
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
31.12.44 Recived 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine for storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2300: price £230
20.11.45 Sold to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £230 (57 aircraft for ¢3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIX to A3-30 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIX not taken up
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-30 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AIX not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-307


A3-31         c/n 265                    06-D11            VH-AIY

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
3.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
4.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS Benalla ex 3EFTS
3.8.42 Issued CAC ex 11EFTS for W/T mods
10.8.42 Received 11EFTS Benalla ex CAC
6.9.42 Received 1WAGS Ballarat ex 11EFTS
16.11.42 Accident
18.10.44 Received 8OTU Narromine ex 1WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted C&M Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2271: price £150
20.11.45 Sold by CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £150 (Total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIY to A3-31 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
29.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


14.6.46 Registration application: MacRobertson Miller Aviation Co, Perth WA
26.6.46 Added to Register as VH-AIY

Ferried Sydney-Perth
9.7.47 Ownership tranferred to: Horace Clive Miller, Perth.
50s Captain Horrie Miller, the founder of MMA retired to Broome, VH-AIY based at Broome for his private flying
9.7.64 Struck-off Register, Retired at Broome WA.
19.6.66 noted Broome in hangar, good condition
9.67 Rolled outside and engine started by Horrie Miller. All silver.
2.74 Moved from airport by mobile crane to vacant land alongside Council Chambers in town and a building erected to display the Wackett. Had been parked outside at the airport for over a year.
Named Horrie C. Miller Museum, Broome WA

Memorial building in town of Broome displaying the Wackett demolished for council extensions, Wackett in open storage at airport pending planned display in new terminal building. However terminal project cancelled.
00/02 The Wackett was stored dismantled in Paspaley Pearls hangar at Broome Airport, very deteriorated condition. Wing plywood layer over rotted wood was roughly held together with nails.
.02 Acquired complete by Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek, Perth
15.8.02 Arrived at museum after trucking from Broome
07 Static restoration by museum member Alan Buzza completed, displayed as all silver "VH-AIY"
10.5.08 Public unveiling of the restored Wackett at the museum
12 Current

  

Broome in September 1967, Horrie Miller starting up the Warner Scarab. Photo by Peter Limon

  

Displayed inside the Aviation Heritage Museum at Bateman, Perth



A3-32          c/n 266            

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
3.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
3.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS Benalla ex 3EFTS
3.8.42 Issued CAC for W/T mods
17.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
6.9.42 Received 1WAGS ex 11EFTS
21.3.43 Crashed Brewster near Ballarat Vic. Extensive damage, 2 killed.    
Date also quoted as 8.3.43.
However a letter from Aircraftsman Les based at 1WAGS Ballarat to his parents dated 22.3.43: You may have heard of the wireless today that two of our boys were killed in a crash today about 20 miles away. The Wackett burned and the RAAF ambulance brought back the charred bodies. Later a RAAF tender brought back what was left of the plane. Hell it was a mess with the metal just a solid molten lump and the aluminium just powder to the touch. The cause is unknown but one pilot told me today that when the fitters dismantled the engine they found a broken valve."
Ref: Not to be shot at or exported - RAAF Heritage Series 1995
22.3.43 Allotted Salvage Section 1AD for conversion. Issued 2.6.43
5.43 Converted to components


A3-33        c/n 267            

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
9.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
31.12.41 3EFTS Essendon: forced landing St Albans, Melbourne due low oil pressure, struck fence. Damage to mainplane.
2.1.42 Issued Ansett Airways ex 3EFTS for repair
20.4.42 Progress stopped waiting for parts
20.7.42 Received 1AD ex Ansett
3.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
24.8.42 Issued CAC for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
9.4.43 3WAGS: forced landing in cane field. Minor damage
3.5.43 Issued Aircrafts Pty Ltd, Archerfield ex 3WAGS for repair
8.10.43 not started
15.10.43 Overhaul started. Major parts required
8.6.44 Received 3CRD ex APL Archerfield, with view to conversion to components
20.7.44 Converted to components


A3-34      c/n 268              (VH-AIZ), B-308

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
2.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
4.10.41 Taken on RAAF charge: received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
5.4.42 Overturned during landing
11.4.42 Allotted Clyde Engineering Co ex CFS
20.4.42 Issued to Airflite ex Clyde
1.5.42 not started
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansett Airways
29.5.42 Work not started, insufficient space
27.11.42 Priority given to other work, awaiting spare parts
22.1.43 Awaiting parts
15.4.43 Received 2AP Bankstown ex Ansetts
17.5.43 Received 3WAGS ex 2AP
20.12.43 3WAGS: forced landing due elevators disconnected from control column, described as "successful forced landing"
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Narromine for storage
1.6.45 Allotted C&M Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2364: price £170
13.11.45 Sold through CDC to J.T.Brown, Kew Vic for £170
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AIZ to A3-34 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AIZ not taken up.
21.12.45 Issued to purchaser CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-34 had been sold to NEI and allocated reg VH-AIZ not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-308


A3-35        c/n 269     "06-D15"          VH-AFL

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
11.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
11.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
26.9.41 Tipped on nose, no airframe damage
22.4.42 Issued to 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
14.5.45 Received 8 EFTS Storage Reserve ex 7AD
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2238: price £250
1.11.45 Sold through CDC to T. W. Cox, Mudgee NSW for £250
14.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


6.3.46 Registration application: Thomas Wyatt Cox, Mudgee NSW
30.1.46 CofA issued
3.4.46 Added Register as VH-AFL
14.8.46 Change of ownership: Edward Wilkinson, Inverell NSW
25.10.46 Change of ownership: Albert E. Shipway, Lismore NSW
29.1.47 CofA expired
19.12.47 Struck-off Register
17.6.48 CofA renewed at Bankstown
19.7.48 New Registration application: Arthur G. Yates, Inverell NSW
19.7.48 Restored to Register
16.6.49 CofA expired
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft


A3-36        c/n 270            

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
17.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
17.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
19.1.42 Issued to Ansett Airways ex 3EFTS
12.2.42 Received 1AD ex Ansett Airways
24.3.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 1AD
27.6.42 11EFTS: forced landing adjacent to airfield after engine failure on takeoff. Struck fence and cow. Extensive damage to mainplanes and elevators
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD
6.6.45 Approval given: Converted to components


A3-37      c/n 271              (VH-AJA), B-309

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
13.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
13.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
15.10.41 Struck fence, damaged
28.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
7.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
14.6.45 Received Care & Maintenance ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2223: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T.Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJA to A-37 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJA not taken up.
1.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-37 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJA not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-309


A3-38        c/n 272            

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
17.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
17.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
4.11.41 Aircraft stalled and dropped heavily. Minor damage to airframe
20.1.42 Heavy landing, port wing and undercarriage extensive damage
28.1.42 Under repair at Ansetts
23.2.42 Received 3EFTS ex Ansetts
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.12.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion or repair
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD
6.6.45 Approval given: Converted to components


A3-39        c/n 273            

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
11.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
11.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
26.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
27.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
14.9.42 Issued CAC ex 11EFTS for W/T mods
21.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
9.11.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
6.6.45 Issued 3CRD ex 3WAGS
31.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at 3 CRD Amberley without engine. Not to be moved.
13.10.45 Sold by CDC to K. Handford, Ellison Road, Geebung Qld for £10 (together with A3-58 for £15: total £25
12.11.45 Issued to purchaser


A3-40             c/n 274     "06-P20"          VH-AJB

8.9.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
9.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
30.1.42 Issued to Ansett Airways ex 3EFTS
3.3.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
15.3.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
30.7.42 Allotted CAC for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
19.8.44 Allotted 2AP ex 3WAGS for storage pending complete overhaul - allotment cancelled
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2221: price £150
13.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £150
28.11.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJB to A3-40 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
17.1.46 Registration application: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot.  
Signed by J.T. Brown. Application states "ex RAAF 43"
3.4.46 Added to Register as VH-AJB
22.1.46 CofA issued at Mascot
21.1.47 CofA expired
2.47 KSAS advise DCA that it as not intended to renew CofA of VH-AJB at this time
19.12.47 Struck-off Register


26.7.54 Restored to Register Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney
8.54 Support aircraft for 1954 Redex Air Trial Bankstown-Darwin-Adelaide-Bankstown. Painted with "Kingsford Smith Aviation Service" titles and "Wackett" on tail with CAC logo.
Air Trial departed Bankstown 5.8.54 route Brisbane, Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Wagga back to Bankstown.
54 KSAS carried out a series of modifications to VH-AJB to explore performance improvements. The wing incidence was reduced to 3.25 degrees by inverting the front wing attachment brackets, setting the tailplane incidence at 3 degrees, covering the wing slots and removing the rounded wingtips. A spinner was fitted to the propeller and exhausts relocated to the underside of the engine. It retained the standard Wackett wheel fairings.
KSAS reported that these modifications improved the climb and cruise performance. Roll response and spin recovery were good.
2.57 VH-AJB was used for a series of tests by KSAS in preparation for the proposed KSAS agricultural modification of Wacketts. They were usually flown from the front seat with only basic controls in the rear. VH-AJB was evaluated for continuous flying from the rear seat, an oil cooler was fitted to the Warner Scarab engine to improve its durability for extended operations. A wooden propeller and alternative pitot locations were also evaluated in a series of test flights by Peter Brown.  
4.8.58 noted Bankstown, outside KSAS igloo hangar, appears in service
12.58 VH-AJB was included in a DCA approval for a KSAS submission for a 2.5 inch extension to the aft Centre of Gravity limit for Wacketts modified with reduced wing and tailplane incidence, covered wing slots and single pilot controls.
4.5.62 Struck-off Register as Withdrawn from Service

   

   Bankstown, ready for the 1954 REDeX Trial. “Wackett CA6” on the rudder. Photo by Jim Dyson

  

    VH-AJB at Wagga NSW in August 1954 as a REDeX Trial official support aircraft. Bob Neate collection  


    Bankstown August 1958, parked outside the KSAS hangar.  Photo by Dave Eyre.  



A3-41      c/n 275              (VH-AJC), B-310

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
22.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
22.8.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
30.3.42 Overturned on landing. Reported as minor damage
22.4.42 Issued to 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
1.3.43 Issued 7AD ex 11EFTS
14.5.45 Received 8EFTS Storage ex 7AD
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2361: price £245
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £245 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJC for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJC not taken up.
8.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-41 had been sold to NEI and allocated reg VH-AJC not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-310


A3-42         c/n 276                VH-AIG    

12.8.41 Built by CAC at Fishermans Bend
25.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
22.8.41 First flight Fishermans Bend
28.8.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
10.3.42 Port undercarriage leg collaased on landing roll
22.4.42 Issued 11 EFTS Benalla ex 3 EFTS
23.2.43 Issued 7AD ex 11 EFTS
14.6.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2372: price £250
26.10.45 Sold by CDC to P. J. Norris, 37 Squadron, RAAF Essendon. Purchase price £250
20.11.45 Issued to P. J. Norris ex CMU Narrandera


23.11.45 Registration application: Patrick J. Norris, c/- No.37 Squadron, Essendon
11.45 Aircraft is parked at Essendon awaiting CofA inspection, after which the owner will fly it to Perth
3.5.46 DCA memo: CofA has been delayed while Norris was transferred to Perth, but he has now returned and work on the Wackett is going ahead
23.5.46 CofA issued
23.5.46 Added Register VH-AIG: Patrick J. Norris, Perth WA
8.8.46 Change of ownership: John G. Willis, Thorpdale Vic
Willis planned to establish a Gippsland airline air Second City Air Services with Ansons, but DCA did not grant an airline licence
22.5.47 CofA expired
9.4.48 CofA renewed Essendon
18.5.48 Pilot log: local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies of Air Operations Pty Ltd, Essendon
1.4.49 Letter to DCA from J.G.Willis: he does not intend to renew the CofA at present
8.4.49 CofA expired
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 Census
12.11.51 Letter to DCA from J.G.Willis: has sold his Wackett VH-AIG to Mr. W. McMullen, Melbourne
5.6.52 Change of ownership: Margaret J. Davis, Albury NSW
5.6.52 Restored to Register as VH-AIG
5.6.52 CofA renewed
11.9.52 Change of ownership: J. M. McInnerney, Tooma NSW. Based at Albury.
29.7.55 Struck-off Register as WFS
55 Wings removed, fuselage on belly on tarmac, all silver at Bankstown. Almost certainly acquired for spare parts by Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown

      

        At owner Jack Willis' dairy farm at Thorpedale Vic, shortly after its purchase in August 1946.   CofA form.


        

         Essendon 1949.  Neil Follett collection



A3-43      c/n 277              (VH-AJD), KNIL

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
1.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
1.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
12.2.42 3EFTS: Collision during landing approach with A3-19. Port wing damaged
16.2.42 Issued to Ansett Airways for repair
19.3.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
13.4.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
30.7.42 Allotted to CAC for W/T mods
14.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
18.9.42 Received 1WAGS ex 11EFTS
12.10.44 Issued 8OTU ex 1WAGS
14.11.44 Delayed at Tocumwal while enroute to 8OTU Narromine for storage
17.11.44 Stored at Tocumwal - request allotment
22.11.44 Allotted 7AD for storage
31.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at 7AD Tocumwal, with engine No.2370. Not to be moved
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic together with A3-51, -154, -162, -165 (total £230)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJD to A3-43 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJD not taken up.
7.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Tocumwal


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as single controls Wireless Trainer/Reserve aircraft at KNIL Central Flying School

Serial not known

Reduced to spares


A3-44      c/n 278              (VH-AJE), ML-KNIL

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
27.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
28.8.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
10.8.42 Issued CAC for W/T mods
17.8.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
21.9.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFS
26.8.44 Request allotment for complete overhaul. Held 3WAGS pending further advice
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex C&M Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted C&M Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2318: price £150
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £150 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJE to A3-44 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJE not taken up.
29.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-44 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJE not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL


A3-45      c/n 279              (VH-AJF), B-311

8.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
28.8.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
27.8.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
30.1.42 Pilot log: training flight at 3EFTS
10.3.42 Forced landing Essendon, front spar and skin damaged
16.3.42 Issued to Ansetts
4.5.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
18.6.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
25.8.44 Received 5AD Store ex 7AD
22.6.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 5AD Store
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2277: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJF to A3-45 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJF not taken up.
5.4.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-45 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJF not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-311


A3-46        c/n 280            

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.10.41 Tipped on nose while taxying, townsend ring damaged
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
21.9.42 Issued to CAC for W/T mods
28.9.42 Received 11EFTS ex CAC
31.10.42 Received 1WAGS ex 11EFTS
25.11.43 1WAGS: forced landing due engine failure, minor damage. Repairable at unit
4.9.44 Request allotment of airframe. Held 1WAGS without engine
3.10.44 Considered serviceable for ferry flight to 8OTU
19.7.45 Survey report at 1WAGS: airframe 75%, tail unit 80%, mainplane 40%, undercarriage u/s, no engine fitted
6.8.45 Approval for conversion held up pending advice and disposition
14.8.45 Issued to 7CRD ex 1WAGS
19.10.45 Converted to components


A3-47      c/n 281              (VH-AJG), B-312

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Ran through fence, undercarriage and mainplane damaged
9.10.41 Issued to Ansetts for repair
1.2.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
6.2.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
15.2.45 Received 8EFTS Storage ex 7AD
1.6.45 Allotted C&M Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2180: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJG to A3-47 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJG not taken up.
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-47 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJG not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-312


A3-48        c/n 282          

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
13.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
13.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
23.9.41 Tipped on nose, no airframe damage
2.11.41 Tipped on nose during landing, undercarriage damaged
5.12.41 Issued to Ansetts ex 3EFTS
12.2.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
23.2.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending further advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD in u/s condition
6.6.45 Approval given: Converted to components


A3-49         c/n 283   to KS.1, KS.2, KS.3 Cropmaster      VH-AJH    

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
18.6.43 CFS Tamworth: forced landing in clearing in scrub 8 miles South of Mendooran NSW, due engine failure on travel flight Tamworth-Narromine. Major damage to fuselage, wings and propeller.
11.9.43 Received 5EFTS ex CFS
25.10.43 Issued to Ansett Airways, Mascot for complete overhaul
3.8.44 Received 2AP Bankstown ex Ansetts
9.8.44 Received 3WAGS ex 2AP
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage

Photo in storage Narrandera: painted foilage green and earth brown upper surfaces, sky blue lower surfaces, yellow trainer bands on upper wing and fuselage, "49" in yellow on forward fuselage sides, serial in black on rear fuselage and under wings.
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved. Total airframe time 632 hours 20 mins.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2207: price £205
13.11.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £205
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJH to A3-49 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
14.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera.
12.45 Ferried from Narrandera to Mascot
17.1.46 Testflown Mascot after civil conversion at Mascot by Marshall Airways. Allover silver.
21.1.46 CofA issued at Mascot as VH-AJH, owner Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
1.46 Log: regular daily flying
11.2.46 Log: Flew Mascot-Archerfield
22.2.46 Log: Flew Archerfield-Mascot
3.4.46 Added Register as VH-AJH: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
46 Log: flown almost daily, probably training flights for Kingsford Smith Flying School, Mascot
15.1.47 Log: last flight, retired
20.1.47 CofA expired, not renewed
19.12.47 Struck-off Register. Stored


17.7.53 Repainted by KSAS at Bankstown
22.7.53 Testflown after CofA renewal at Bankstown
22.7.53 Registration application: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney
24.7.53 Restored to Register VH-AJH
24.7.53 CofA renewed
7.53/54 Log: flown almost daily, training flights for Kingsford Smith Flying School, Bankstown
13.6.54 Log: last flight, retired
23.7.54 CofA expired, not renewed


2.57 Conversion to agricultural configuration completed by KSAS at Bankstown.  An agricultural hopper was installed in the front cockpit. Pilot sat in the rear cockpit with the orioginal windscreen and overturn pylon moved rearward.  Aircraft was painted yellow, black and white.
Designated Kingsford Smith KS.1 Cropmaster. This was the prototype Wackett-Cropmaster.
1.3.57 Log: Engine replaced by Scarab No.2381
3.57 Log: airframe repainted
26.3.57 Log: first test flight Bankstown as KS.1, pilot Peter Brown.
(Peter Brown’s pilot log book quotes 26.3.57. VH-AJH airframe log book quotes 28.3.57)
4.4.57 Log: next trial flight
4.57 A series of flight tests conducted until 7.57, aircraft modified into various configurations
DCA required test pilot to wear a parachute during developmental flying.
12.4.57 Log: test flight Bankstown
18.4.57 Log: next test flight Bankstown
21.6.57 Log: next test flight Bankstown
28.6.57 Log: next test flight Bankstown
4.7.57 Log: next test flight Bankstown
26.7.57 Log: last flight of test series
8.57 Pilot seat and rudder controls were modified, and a new hopper installed with louvre-box. Flap motor removed. Forward fuselage extended by approx 8 inches to maintain the centre of gravity. Redesignated Kingsford Smith KS.2.
8.8.57 Log: inspected at Bankstown in connection with issue of CofA as agricultural aircraft
9.57 Photo of VH-AJH at Bankstown in British magazine Air Pictorial: KS.2 standard with cockpit at rear and long nose, yellow and black paint scheme
10.1.58 Log: next test flight
10.1.58 CofA renewed as KS.3 Wackett-Cropmaster    
17.1.58 Commenced a demonstration tour to Armidale, Tamworth and Walcha, Returned to Bankstown a week later
24.1.58 Returned to Bankstown from Tamworth
3.3.58 Log: Warner Scarab No.2381 removed
21.11.58 Log:  Warner Scarab No.2167 reinstalled
11.12.58 Log: test flight
13.12.58 Log: next test flight
16.12.58 Log: next test flight
9.1.59 CofA expired
1.3.59 Change of ownership: Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd, Bankstown
Yeoman Aviation was an associate company of KSAS formed to develop agricultural aircraft. Major shareholder in 1959 became the newly formed WA company Air Culture Pty Ltd, whose Managing Director William G. Boulden was WA agent for Yeoman.
5.59 Further modifications, now designated Kingsford Smith KS.3 Cropmaster
19.3.59 Registration application: Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd, Bankstown
15.5.59 Log: airframe repainted, fitted spraybars
15.5.59 Log: testflown Bankstown
20.5.59 Log: next test flight
22.5.59 CofA renewed at Bankstown. Spray equipment installed for Air Culture
5.59 Leased to Air Culture Pty Ltd, Maylands WA
24.5.59 Log: Departed Bankstown on delivery flight to Air Culture, Perth
29.5.59 Log: Arrived at Maylands aerodrome, Perth
23.6.59 Log: commenced regular agricultural flights
6.8.59 Forced landing Mingenew WA, due poor weather, no damage. Was flying Maylands to Yandanooka, pilot W. G. Boulden.
1.9.59 Log: last flight at end of 1959 agricultural season
9.5.60 Testflown Maylands after overhaul by Yeoman Aviation's Chief Inspector, Jack McConnell who had come from Sydney to do the work in Air Culture's hangar
9.5.60 CofA renewed at Maylands
22.6.60 Log: recommenced regular flying
24.8.60 Log: last flight at end of 1960 agricultural season
23.6.61 Log: testflown Maylands after CofA overhaul by Air Culture Pty Ltd. During the inspection, the wooden tailplane was replaced by that of KS.3 VH-FBE
23.6.61 CofA renewed at Maylands
6.61 Log: commenced regular agricultural flights
16.7.61 Log: Total airframe hours 1477 hrs 45 mins
11.8.61 Log: last flight at end of 1961 agricultural season
8.11.61 noted Maylands "Air Culture" on sides
29.12.61 W. G. Boulden of Air Culture requested DCA extend the CofA for VH-AJH beyond the type grounding order effective 31.12.61 due delays in the metalisation programme for AJH & FBD. They have purchased a second-hand Cessna 180 to replace one wooden CA-6 but need another after 31.12.61. Requested VH-AJH be allowed to fly agricultural operations for the first 3 months of 1962 for urgent work in the Jerramungup district.  DCA approved the extension.
5.2.62 log: testflight Maylands
6.3.62 Flew Geraldton-Maylands (DCA incident report)
21.3.62 W. G. Boulden of Air Culture requested DCA extend the CofA for VH-AJH, which is presently spraying in the Borden area. Due to the late delivery of Air Culture's second YA-1 Cropmaster VH-CYW and the crash of their Cessna 180 VH-KIH. DCA agreed to extend VH-AJH's CofA until the delivery of VH-CYW to Perth.
22.5.62 Log: last flight, retired from service pending installation of metal tailplane
22.6.62 DCA changed the registration category for VH-AJH from Airwork to Private Category.
9.62 AJH is being converted to two seater configuration at Maylands for use as two-seat pilot ferry aircraft for Air Culture
23.2.63 noted Maylands in hangar under overhaul, silver with blue trim
4.3.63 noted Maylands
14.5.63 Log: agricultural hopper removed, rear seat installed, floor replaced in area of rear seat, sliding canopy fitted, engine given top overhaul
15.5.63 testflown Maylands by Bill Boulden after lengthy overhaul
16.5.63 CofA renewed Maylands in Private Category
5.63 Log: flown regularly until 11.63, probably in support of Air Culture operations in the field
30.6.63 Maylands Aerodrome closed by DCA. Pending completion of Air Culture's hangar facility at the new Jandakot Airport, VH-AJH was based at Perth Airport. Flew several flights from Perth Airport.
6.7.63 noted Perth Airport
8.63 noted Perth Airport, parked with Air Culture YA-1 VH-CYW
20.11.63 Log: last flight of year, returning to Perth Airport
1.64 DCA memo: AJH has been parked in the open at Perth Airport since 6.63 and is now showing signs of deterioration
8.4.64 Log: flown Perth Airport to Jandakot Airport
15.4.64 Log: local flight at Jandakot
16.4.64 Log: last flight at Jandakot. Airframe Total time: 1668 hours 30 mins
14.5.64 CofA expired at Jandakot Airport. Parked inside Air Culture's newly built hangar.
8.64 Air Culture commenced an inspection to renew the CofA but job had low priority
17.12.64 Overhaul completed but not testflown and renewal of CofA not proceeded with
6.66 Air Culture advised DCA that AJH was again under inspection to renew CofA as a low priority
11.66 Air Cuture advised DCA that overhaul completed but test flying was delayed due radio problems, adding that there was no urgency in the matter.
6.67 W.G.Boulden advised DCA that VH-AJH's ownership was now The Liquidator of Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd, Bankstown. Yeoman had ceased operations early that year with the cessation of the YA-1 Cropmaster 250 production line at Bankstown due refusal of Government to introduce tarrifs for imported agricultural aircraft
5.9.67 Official Change of Ownership: The Liquidator of Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
12.10.67 Registration application: Air Culture Pty Ltd, Jandakot Airport, Perth WA
3.68 Ready for CofA renewal but waiting for a suitable buyer
19.11.68 Struck-off Register.
Air Culture are in liquidation, AJH still owned by Yeoman Aviation, Sydney
7.4.69 noted Jandakot in Air Culture hangar
12.69 Sold at auction at Jandakot of Air Culture assets
12.69 Purchased at auction by Carol "Boodge" Guthrie, Cowaramup WA
Guthrie also purchased some Wackett spares, which he moved to his farm at Cowaramup. Spare Wackett canopy frames purchased by John Bell, Albany WA for planned use on his Tiger Moth rebuild project.

VH-AJH left in the empty Air Culture hangar at Jandakot
4.70 Perth aircraft engineer Peter Hutch submitted drawings to DCA for proposed modifications to VH-AJH's wooden wings, on behalf of owner Guthrie. Work not commenced.
9.70 Guthrie used VH-AJH and his Auster J4 VH-PJN as trade-in on his purchase of Auster J5G VH-KCG from Civil Flying Services (WA) Pty Ltd, Jandakot  

VH-AJH left in the cleared Air Culture hangar at Jandakot
6.3.71 noted in Air Culture hangar, flat tyres
16.3.71 Purchased from CFS by Airforce Association Museum, Bullcreek, Perth
71-73 VH-AJH left in the cleared Air Culture hangar at Jandakot by courtesy of the new hangar owner, Sir Thomas Wardle, Perth who housed his Beech Baron VH-WBR there.
2.1.72 Remaining Wackett spares held by Guthrie at his farm were donated to AFA Museum group when members were at his farm to collect his derelict DH.94 VH-THT
15.12.73 Rolled out of hangar when storage inside no longer possible. Parked on grass nearby.
1.74 Wing upper surface fabric which had been stripped for inspection some time earlier was covered with doped fabric by AFA museum group members working in the open on the grass at Jandakot
7.74 Stored inside Hawker De Havilland Australia hangar at Jandakot
1.75 Rolled from hangar and parked on grass nearby
4.8.75 Rolled from active parking area at Jandakot to remote parking area
9.75 Rudder was torn off by wind gusts during a storm
29.1.76 Dismantled and moved by road from Jandakot Airport to the Airforce Association Estate at Bateman, Perth. Initially stored in open covered by tarpaulins, then moved inside museum shed on the estate.
78 Restoration of fuselage commenced. Comple, displayed as KS.3 "Air Culture" titles
.79 Completed in blue scheme with "Air Culture" titles in red and displayed in AFA Aviation museum built on the AFA Estate at Bateman. Named The Aviation Heritage Museum
1.90 noted at The Aviation Heritage Museum, displayed inside main hall, blue and red "Air Culture"
08 Aviation Heritage Museum wished to dispose of Wackett-Cropmaster VH-AJH, which was considered to be a duplication of WA aviation pioneer Horrie Miller's Wackett Trainer VH-AIY which they now had on display.
20.5.08 AHM agreed to sell VH-AJH to Greg Akman, Sydney who had negotiated to donate the aircraft to Queensland Air Museum.
9.7.08 VH-AJH loaded into a container at AHM, Bull Creek, Perth
17.7.08 Arrived by road at Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra Qld

Assembled and displayed at QAM in same blue scheme with "Air Culture" titles

Current

     

      VH-AJH soon after it was civil registered. Ben Dannecker collection


     

      Bankstown 1954 in service with Kingsford Smith Flying School. Photo by Eddie Coates


      

      VH-AJH at Bankstown in KS.2 Cropmaster configuration in 1957. Ben Dannecker collection


      

      Maylands WA as a KS.3 in service with Air Culture Pty Ltd.  Photo by Ern Flanders


        

        Jandakot in December 1973, waiting for collection by the AFA museum. Photo by Roger McDonald


     

      VH-AJH at Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra in December 2009. Photo by Ron Cuskelly



A3-50        c/n 284          

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received at 3EFTS Essendon ex CAC Fishermans Bend
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending further advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD
6.6.45 Approval given: Converted to components


A3-51      c/n 285              (VH-AJI), ML-KNIL

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
1.5.43 Issued 2WAGS ex CFS
9.1.44 Received 1WAGS ex 2WAGS
20.11.44 Issued to Narromine Storage ex 1WAGS
27.12.44 Allotted 8EFTS Reserve Narromine ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
15.6.45 Received 7AD Storage
31.8.45 Offered for sale by CDC at 7AD Tocumwal, with engine No.2339. Not to be moved.
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £340
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJI to A3-51 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJI not taken up.
7.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Tocumwal
3.46 RAAF Status Card: "Acceptance and delivery of A3-51 Court of Enquiry"


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
3.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as single controls Wireless Trainer/Reserve aircraft at KNIL Central Flying School

Serial not known

Reduced to spares


A3-52        c/n 286          

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
15.11.41 While taxying struck portable refuelling unit
28.3.43 Received 5EFTS ex CFS
24.9.43 Received 7SFTS ex 5EFTS
18.5.44 Stored 7SFTS pending engine overhaul, allotment 3WAGS cancelled
31.7.44 Survey report requested
4.10.44 Approved for conversion to components
19.10.44 Received 7CRD ex 7SFTS for conversion

Converted to components



A3-53      c/n 287              (VH-AJJ), ML-KNIL

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
25.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.9.41 Propeller tips damaged when struck ground while engine being ground run
30.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
1.5.43 Issued 2WAGS ex CFS
20.1.44 2WAGS: forced landing Baorami due low oil pressure
14.2.44 Received 3WAGS ex 2WAGS
1.10.44 Received 8OTU Narromine ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2401: price £210
19.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £210
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJJ to A3-53 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.. VH-AJJ not taken up.
22.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-53 had been sold to NEI and allocated regostration VH-AJJ not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as single controls Wireless Trainer/Reserve aircraft at KNIL Central Flying School

Serial not known



A3-54      c/n 288              (VH-AJK), B-313

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
25.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
25.6.43 Accident on training flight
10.2.44 Received 8EFTS ex CFS
27.11.44 Received Care & Maintenance Narromine ex 8EFTS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Store Narrandera ex Narromine
1.6.45 Issued Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2201: price £240
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £240 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJK to A3-54 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJK not taken up.
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-54 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJK not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-313



A3-55      c/n 289              (VH-AJL), B-314

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
25.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.9.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
29.3.43 Issued 1AOS Storage ex CFS
1.5.43 Issued 2WAGS ex CFS
10.1.44 Received 1WAGS ex 2WAGS
18.10.44 Received 8OTU Storage ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Storage Narrandera ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2326: price £240
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £210 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJL to A3-55 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJL not taken up.
21.5.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-55 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJL not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-314


A3-56      c/n 290              (VH-AJN)

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
30.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
1.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
23.11.41 CFS Camden: forced landing near St.Marys due low oil pressure. Nil damage.
1.5.43 Issued 2WAGS ex CFS
10.1.44 Received 1WAGS ex 2WAGS
18.10.44 Received 8OTU Storage ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Storage Narrandera ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2177: price £155
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £155 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJN to A3-56 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJN not taken up.
1.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera
80s Bare cockpit area fuselage frame identified as A3-56 acquired by Leigh Giles and Mark Pilkington, Lara Vic for parts for their Wackett Trainer restoration projects of VH-AGP & BLV. The frame was being used as a source of 4130 steel tubing by an aircraft maintenance business at Tocumwal NSW, the frame’s origin being unknown.


A3-57      c/n 291              (VH-AJO)

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
30.9.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
1.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
7.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
19.1.42 CFS Camden: forced landing 3 miles northwest of aerodrome due engine failure. Nil damage.
13.4.42 Issued to Clyde for overhaul
8.5.42 Transferred to Ansetts Mascot.
29.5.42 Not started, insufficient space. By 3.7.42 major repairs to mainplane under way
18.11.42 Received 2AD ex Ansetts
23.11.42 Received 1AOS ex 2AD
4.4.43 Received 8EFTS Storage ex 1AOS Storage
10.6.43 Received Station HQ Nowra ex 8EFTS Store
2.7.43 Swung on landing at Nowra aerodrome and tipped on nose
4.7.43 Transfer to 6OTU
22.2.44 Unable to allot to contractor at present. Aircraft to be held pending further advice
3.8.44 Received 2AP ex 6OTU for strage pending allotment to contractor
8.1.45 Received 2RSU ex 2AP
19.2.45 Received 2CRD ex 2RSU
31.8.45 Offered for sale by CDC at 2CRD Richmond, without engine
13.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £7/10/-
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJO to A3-57 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJO not taken up.
10.4.47 Issued to purchaser


A3-58      c/n 292              

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
1.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
2.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
23.11.41 CFS Camden: forced landing at Menangle Park Racecourse due low oil pressure. Nil damage.
4.3.42 While A3-58 was taxying past A3-22, developed a swing and struck A3-22. Major damage to A3-58, beyond capacity of unit to repair
21.4.42 Issued to Clyde for repairs
24.4.42 Not started
8.5.42 Issued to Ansetts Mascot
29.5.42 Not started, lack of space
3.7.42 Major repairs to mainplane under way. Delays due tailwheel fork assembly in production
13.11.42 Being prepared for test flight. Awaiting parts.
11.12.42 Received 2AP ex Ansetts
21.12.42 Received 1AOS ex 2AP
2.3.42 Received 8EFTS Store ex 1AOS Store
9.3.43 Issued Station HQ Nowra ex 8EFTS Store
17.3.43 Major damage when undershot during forced landing Nowra aerodrome due fuel expiry.
Operating unit: Headquarters Nowra
19.3.43 Received Marshall Airways, Mascot ex SHQ Nowra for repair
30.4.43 Engine dispatched to Qantas, no further progress
13.8.43 Assembly and repairs proceeding
21.1.44 Received 2AP ex Marshall Airways
22.1.44 Issued 6OTU ex 2AP
3.4.44 Received 3WAGS ex 6OTU
13.5.44 3WAGS: forced landing on Pialba Beach at Scarness Qld due engine failure. Damaged when pilot groundlooped the aircraft to avoid a civilian on the beach. Major damage.
18.5.44 Mainplane to be dispatched to appropriate DAP contractor
6.6.45 Issued 3CRD ex 3WAGS
31.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at 3CRD. Not to be moved
13.10.45 Sold by CDC to Mr. K. Handford, Ellison Road, Geebung Qld for £15 (together with A3-39 for £10: total £25)
12.11.45 Issued to purchaser


A3-59        c/n 293          

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
2.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
3.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
3.11.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
31.12.42 Crashed near Beaufort Vic. 1WAGS accident report: during a test flight, crashed to ground after struck trees during unauthorised low flying. 2 killed.
25.1.43 Converted to components


A3-60      c/n 294              (VH-AJP), B-315

9.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
3.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
4.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.10.41 Received CFS ex 1AD
28.3.43 Received 5EFTS ex CFS
26.1.43 Transferred to 5EFTS Storage
10.1.44 Received 5EFTS ex 5EFTS Storage
11.8.44 Received 8OTU ex 5EFTS
20.9.44 Received 8EFTS ex 8OTU
21.11.44 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narromine ex 8EFTS. 2AP Ferry Flight to arrange ferry
27.11.44 Received Narromine ex 8EFTS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2255: price £245
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £245 (57 aircraft for total £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJP to A3-60 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJP not taken up
22.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-60 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJP not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-315


A3-61      c/n 295              (VH-AJQ)

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
16.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
17.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
28.10.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
18.10.44 Issued 8OTU Naromine ex 1WAGS
20.10.44 Receivd Narromine Store ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2226: price £210
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £210 (57 aircraft for total £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJQ to A3-61 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJQ not taken up
10.4.47 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


A3-62        c/n 296          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
16.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
17.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
27.10.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
26.8.42 While taxying, ran into rear of A3-65. No damage to A3-62 airframe.
19.12.43 Crashed on takeoff Ballarat. 1WAGS accident report: engine failed on takeoff, port wingtip struck the ground and aircraft crashed. Major damage, repair beyond capacity of unit.
19.4.44 Request allotment to Butler Air Transport for repair
13.11.44 Held at 1WAGS awaiting allotment
31.1.45 Issued 1CRD ex 1WAGS
1.45 Converted to components


A3-63        c/n 297          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
21.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
22.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
27.10.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
23.5.44 Request allotment for complete overhaul
25.6.45 Held u/s at 1WAGS Reserve
31.8.45 Offered for sale through CDC at 1WAGS Ballarat without engine. Not to be moved.
25.10.45 Sold to Royal Victorian Aero Club, Essendon Airport Vic for £20. Purchase included A3-72 for £20 and 3 spare engines for £15 each: total £80
8.1.46 Issued to purchaser ex AGRS Ballarat


A3-64        c/n 298          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
22.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
23.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
3.11.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
30.12.41 Aircraft ran into ditch while being taxied, minor damage
22.9.42 Forced landing with no airframe damage after engine failed at 5000 feet
28.5.44 1WAGS: struck fire tender on runway during landing in low visibility in fog.

Summary of accident report by Bert Cookson:
On 28.5.44 Sgt E. B. Horan took off at Ballarat at 7.40am with LAC M.R.B. Gibbs as trainee W/T operator. During the exercise, fog formed at the aerodrome and when Horan noticed it he returned to base immediately. On arrival in the circuit area he found the aerodrome covered in fog apart from patches where the ground was visible. He made a low run over the North-South runway to check it was clear of obstructions and then made landing approach. Meanwhile, crew on ground heard the aircraft and sent out a fire tender to check the runway was clear. During the landing roll in low visibility, the Wackett struck the fire tender
30.6.44 Request approval to convert.
Fuselage assessed as 80% damaged, mainplane and undercarriage 100% damage.
5.8.44 Allotted 1CRD ex 1WAGS for conversion
25.8.44 Converted to components


A3-65      c/n 299      to KS.3 Cropmaster  (VH-AJR), VH-FBD (1)

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
22.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
23.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
3.11.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
26.8.42 Taxying A3-62 ran into rear of A3-65. Fin and rudder of A3-65 writeoff.
27.12.42 While taxying port mainplane of A3-65 struck wing of A3-131
15.11.44 Issued 8OTU Narromine ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Narrandera ex Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2179: price £190
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £190 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJR to A3-65 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJR not taken up.
7.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW,
moved to Bankstown Airport, Sydney

Stored at Bankstown with other Wackett Trainers not given civil conversions by KSAS
57 Rebuilt at Bankstown by KSAS as an agricultural Wackett to a new design different from the KS.1 and KS.2 models already trialled. A new design 80 gallon aluminium hopper was installed in the rear seat position, with pilot flying from the front seat. A modified canopy similar to the design trialled on VH-AMA was installed. A rear fairing with hinged access and windows for the rearward facing passengers seat, provided for the loader-driver. The control systems were modified to accommodate the hopper.
Completed as the first KS.3 Cropmaster
27.11.57 Registration application as CA-6 K.S.3: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown NSW
Identity quoted as 299 built 10.41 Application signed by J.W.McConnell for KSAS
27.11.57 Weighed at Bankstown "for initial test flight trials only", type quoted as KS.3. Super Scarab 165D.
29.11.57 First flight Bankstown
12.57 Further test flights at Bankstown
14.12.57 Log: test flight, pilot P.G. Brown
24.12.57 Added Register VH-FBD (1)
24.12.57 CofA issued at Bankstown
17.1.58 Destroyed in fire in KSAS hangar at Bankstown.  The fire was found to have been deliberately lit, and J.T. Brown said the cost was over £20,000.  
KS.3 VH-FBD and the prototype Kingsford Smith PL-7 Tanker were both destroyed.  KS.3 VH-FBE, the test Wackett VH-AMA received slight fire damage.
11.2.58 Letter to DCA from KSAS signed by J.T.Brown: "VH-FBD has been written off by us, however we would like to retain the registration for future use. VH-FBE is being reconditioned and returned to service."
25.2.58 Struck-off Register

Registration VH-FBD re-allocated to the next K.S.3 completed, c/n 410



A3-66      c/n 300              (VH-AJS)

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
22.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
23.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
3.11.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
30.12.41 Taxied into hole and tipped on nose. Nil damage to airframe.
21.9.42 1WAGS: struck fence on takeoff from a small field at Talbot Vic. Pilot had landed due to oil leak from filler cap. Major damage. Repaired at 1WAGS
13.9.44 Allotted 8OTU Store Narromine ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Store Narromine ex 1WAGS
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2257: price £155
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £155 (total 57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJS to A3-66 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJS not taken up.


A3-67        c/n 301          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
27.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
10.11.41 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
8.6.42 1WAGS: forced landing at Talbot Vic, due low cloud. No damage
30.12.43 Request allotment to contractor
3.1.44 Contractors unable to accommodate at present
31.7.44 U/S at 1WAGS awaiting allotment
31.8.45 Offered for sale through CDC at 1WAGS Ballarat without engine. Not to be moved
26.10.45 Sold to Mr. W. J. McKeown for £20 (also A3-71)
18.4.46 Issued to purchaser ex AGRS Ballarat


6.47 J. W. McKeon, Melbourne purchased wreckage of A3-75/VH-AOO plus spare engine and propeller


A3-68      c/n 302              (VH-AJT), NEI

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
11.1.42 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
20.5.43 Heavy landing, damaged beyond capacity of unit
28.5.43 Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex 1WAGS for repair
15.6.43 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
26.7.43 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
13.9.44 Allotted 8OTU Store Narromine ex 1WAGS
24.11.44 Received Store Narromine ex 1WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2354: price £185
13.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £185
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJT to A3-68 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJT not taken up
5.1.46 Issued to purchaser ex Narrandera CMU


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-68 had been sold to NEI and allocated reg VH-AJT not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL



A3-69        c/n 303          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
27.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
9.11.41 Issued 1WAGS ex 1AD
12.4.43 1WAGS: forced landing on sloping ground at Bradford neare Maldon Vic due fuel line fracturing and flooding cockpit with fuel while on a W/T training exercise. Starboard undercarriage collapsed.
13.4.43 Letter from Aircraftsman Les Sullivan based at 1WAGS Ballarat to his parents dated 13.4.43:  "At about 10.30am a chap came out to me on the tarmac and said "You're on a crash party,"69" is down, up near Bendigo". You should have seen the equipment we had to load on the tender and the trailer: hundreds of yards of rope, block and tackle, 44 gallon drums, picks, shovels, spades, crowbars, axes, wire-cutters, wire-strainers, trestles to put the plane on, every kind of tool we could possibly need, and a dozen engine covers for shelter in case we had to stay the night. Then it was up to the Mess for food. There were about a dozen riggers and mechanics, with a Warrant Officer and a Flight Sergeant to supervise us, while the OC Maintenance went on ahead in a staff car."
He described the truck trip to Malden where they picked up a civilian who guided them along a bush track to the crash site where the uninjured pilot and trainee were waiting. The tail section and engine were removed, then wings removed from fuselage. A watching farmer took the whole team to his house for dinner and they set off for the drive back after dark, arriving at Ballarat at 11pm, where the YWCA Officer had supper waiting for them.
Ref: Not to be shot at or exported - RAAF Heritage Series 1995
21.4.43 Issued to VIA ex 1WAGS for repair (Victorian & Interstate Airways, Essendon Airport)
26.9.43 Received 7AD ex VIA for completion of repairs
7.8.44 Airframe held at 7AD pending advice re conversion or repair
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice on disposal
22.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD. Airframe to be stored u/s pending advice
6.45 Converted to components


A3-70         c/n 304                VH-APD    

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
29.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
27.10.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
31.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
10.11.41 Issued 1WAGS ex 1AD
14.12.43 Received 7AD ex 1WAGS for complete overhaul
9.5.44 Issued 3WAGS ex 7AD
6.6.44 3WAGS: forced landing on beach Scarness Qld due loss of engine power. Nosed over, prop damaged.
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS
31.12.44 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage Narrandera
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2346: price £170
5.10.45 Sold to Mr. J. H. Alessio, South Yarra, Melbourne for £170
23.12.45 Log book: Narrandera-Essendon ferry, 4hr 15 min
5.1.46 Status Card: issed to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


29.1.46 Registration application: John G. Willis, Thorpdale Vic
29.1.46 Added Register as VH-APD
14.3.46 Letter to DCA from J.G.Willis: "As I am not continuing with the purchase of A3-70 from Mr. J. H. Alessio, request registration in my name be cancelled.”
22.3.46 New Registration application: Jack H. Alessio, South Yarra, Melbourne
29.3.46 CofA issued
3.6.46 Local flight Essendon, pilot Jack Gillies
1.8.46 Change of ownership: Leslie S. Nicholls, Melbourne.
To be based at Tullamarine airstrip near Essendon.
18.12.46 Change of ownership: Walter D. Barrett, Cool Stores, Orange NSW
16.5.47 CofA renewed at Mascot.
15.5.48 CofA expired, stored
27.4.49 CofA renewed at Parkes
12.8.50 CofA renewed at Parkes
2.10.50 Destroyed by fire at Oodnadatta SA. Fire broke out during engine start, pilot W.D. Barrett.
9.10.50 Struck-off Register


A3-71        c/n 305          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
30.10.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
31.10.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
10.11.41 Issued 1WAGS ex 1AD
23.12.43 Request allotment for complete overhaul
15.5.44 Held u/s at 1WAGS pending allotment
31.8.45 Offered for sale by CDC at 1WAGS Ballarat without engine. Not to be moved.
26.10.45 Sold to Mr. W. J. McKeon for £20
18.4.46 Issued to purchaser ex AGRS Ballarat


6.47 J. W. McKeon, Melbourne purchased wreckage of A3-75/VH-AOO plus spare engine and propeller


A3-72        c/n 306          

10.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
16.11.41 Issued 1WAGS ex 1AD
10.9.43 Propeller tip struck ground when pilot applied braking to avoid ground-loop due slipstream of an Avro Anson
4.9.44 Request allotment of airframe for overhaul
25.6.45 Held u/s at 1WAGS Reserve
31.8.45 Offered for sale through CDC at 1WAGS Ballarat without engine. Not to be moved.
25.10.45 Sold to Royal Victorian Aero Club, Essendon Airport Vic for £20. Purchase included A3-63 for £20 and 3 spare engines for £15 each: total £80.
8.1.46 Issued to purchaser ex AGRS Ballarat


A3-73      c/n 307              (VH-ALW), B-316

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
14.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
15.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
4.2.42 Issued Ansett Airways Essendon ex 3EFTS
19.3.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
24.3.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
24.5.42 Heavy landing, extensive damage to undercarriage and mainplane
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
14.5.45 Received 8EFTS Storage Reserve ex 7AD
1.6.45 Alloted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Narrandera
23.11.45 Offered for disposal
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALW to A3-73 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALW not taken up.
24.12.45 Sold through CDC to Mr. J. T. Brown, Kingasford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot, Sydney for £68 (4 aircraft for total £272)
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-73 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-ALW not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-316


A3-74       c/n 308          

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
7.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
19.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
16.12.41 Heavy landing, port undercarriage and port wing damaged
19.1.42 Issued to Ansetts ex 3EFTS
12.2.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
23.2.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
23.4.42 Ground collision with A3-130, damage to engine cowling, prop and engine mounts. Repaired
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Airframe held u/s at 7AD pending advice on conversion
4.10.44 Airframe obsolete not considered economical to repair, convert or expend manpower on maintenance. To be stored without maintenance pending further advice re disposal.
7.3.45 Received to 7CRD ex 7AD
3.45 Converted to components



A3-75        c/n 309    "06-F15"          VH-AOO

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
11.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
13.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
18.6.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2388: price £250
26.10.45 Sold though CDC to Mr. P. J .T. Pile, 37 Squadron, Essendon for £250
21.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera
12.3.46 Registration application: J. J. Pile, Gosford NSW.  To be based Mascot.
Application signed by S. D. Marshall, so assumed that the civil conversion was done by Marshall Airways at Mascot
13.3.46 Testflown Mascot
14.3.46 CofA issued
3.4.46 Added Register VH-AOO
23.4.46 Change of ownership: Edward T. Smith, Sydney
11.2.47 Crashed at Ayr Qld. Attempting to land on town racecourse because of flooding elsewhere, made missed approach and struck a tree. Crashed on vacant land near houses. Pilot E. T. Smith was the only occupant and was killed. Aircraft wrecked.
2.47 DCA investigation stated that the flight was made from Townsville to Ayr during heavy rain and low cloud to collect a customer of International Harvester Co at Townsville who was stranded at Ayr due flooding of roads and railway. Smith had arrived in Townsville 4 months earlier with his aircraft and assumed the name Charles Robert Jenkins as well as at least 3 other alias. Age 49, occupation given as Fitter. His defacto wife in Townsville knew him only as Jenkins. He was known to police and had a long criminal record. Described in press as a widower with 3 children.
2.47 Wreck moved to Ayre Police Station
16.5.47 Memo from DCA Townsville Office: wreck of AOO still at Ayr held by police. The wreck has been advertised for sale "as is" by the Public Curator, Townsville
25.6.47 Struck-off Register
27.6.47 Memo from DCA Townsville Office: wreck of AOO has been sold to Wallace J. McKeown, Melbourne.
McKeown responded to DCA enquiries regarding his intentions with the aircraft that he had to purchase the wreck in order to obtain a spare new engine and spare propeller from the previous owner.  He has no intention of rebuilding VH-AOO.

(Wallace McKeown owned airworthy Wackett Trainer VH-ARH and had previously purchased two incomplete Wackett wrecks A3-67 & A3-75 for £20 each from Commonwealth Disposals Commission at Ballarat in October 1945.)

  

  Crash at Ayr Qld in February 1947. Photo: State Library of Queensland



A3-76         c/n 310      "06-G7"          VH-AJU

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend
11.41 First flight
13.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
14.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
30.11.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
12.1.44 3WAGS: minor damage when port wing struck a tree on aproach to land Maryborough Qld. Pilot ordered to pay for repair to woodwork on leading edge of wing.
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2296: price £170
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £170 (57 aircraft for total £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJU to A3-76 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
1.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Marradera


9.9.46 Registration application: M. Shipway c/- Mr. Wilkinson, Inverell NSW
Signed by R. Pugh/Kingsford Smith Aviation Service
23.9.46 Airframe log book: first test flight Mascot.
Log quotes "ex RAAF No.76".  Hours carried over from RAAF: 1035 hrs 55 mins.
24.9.46 Airframe log book: inspoection for issue of CofA completed. Warner Scarab engine changed.
25.9.46 Added to Register as VH-AJU
25.9.46 CofA issued at Mascot
16.12.46 Airframe log book: next entry: test flight Mascot
16.1.47 Airframe log book: next entry: flight Bankstown to Mascot
12.3.47 Change of ownership: J. T. Brown/Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
J.T. Brown is Managing Director
15.9.47 Airframe log book: last recorded flight before retired: total airframe time 1161 hrs
24.9.47 CofA expired
19.12.47 Struck-off Register


11.3.55 Airframe log book: next entry: overhaul for CofA renewal completed by Kingsford Smith Aviation Service at Bankstown
11.3.55 Airframe log book: test flight Bankstown
13.5.55 Restored to Register: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
20.9.55 Change of ownership: F.L. Kelly, Penong SA

Following entries extracted from Airframe Log Book:
11.10.55 Bankstown-Ararat Vic (commencement of delivery flight to SA)
22.10.55 Ararat-Nhill Vic
21.12.55 inspection by KSAS aircraft engineer: then flew Nhill-Penong  (6 hrs 40 mins)
15.5.57 test flown Parafield after CofA renewal inspection by Aviation Services (SA) Ltd
27.6.57 Parafield-Minnipa SA, Minnipa-Penong next day (return to Penong after CofA renewal Parafield)
.58 Damaged in a garage fire at Penong SA
13.4.58 Temporary repairs completed by engineer Harry W. Price of Aviation Services (SA) Ltd: new tailplane, elevators, rudder, fin, port aileron
13.4.58 Test flown Penong. Then ferried Penong-Ceduna-Kimba-Parafield, to complete repairs
3.6.61 Log book: last flight recorded.  Airframe total time: 1296 hrs 10 mins
6.8.62 Struck-off Register
8.62 Dismantled fuselage and engine stored in Aviation Services (SA) Ltd's hangar at Parafield. Removed after a few months.

Reported that the fuselage and parts were sold to Yeoman Aviation Pty Ltd, Bankstown who were buying up Wackett fuselages used in the YA-1 Cropmaster 250 production.

Warner Scarab engine No.2183 from VH-AJU acquired by John Boden, Salisbury SA for his collection of aircraft parts.  Scarab later sold to Peter R. Garrett, Bentleigh, Melbourne.

      

        Bankstown 1955 at the KSAS hangar. Photo by Eddie Coates


     

      VH-AJU’s fuselage stored at Parafield in August 1962. Photo by Geoff Goodall




A3-77      c/n 311              (VH-AJV)

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
13.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
14.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
10.3.42 3EFTS Essendon: forced landing 1 mile from Essendon Aerodrome due engine failure on takeoff. No damage. Pilot Flt. Lt Goon.
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
9.11.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
15.8.44 Issued Butler Air Transport, Mascot
8.9.44 Received 2AP ex Butlers, pending further advice re disposal
8.1.45 Received 2RSU ex 2AP for storage
21.2.45 Received 2CRD ex 2RSU
31.8.45 Offered for sale through CDC at 2CRD Richmond without engine. Not to be moved.
13.11.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £7/10/-
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJV to A3-77 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJV not taken up.
10.4.47 Issued to purchaser ex 2CRD



A3-78         c/n 312            

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
14.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
15.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
20.11.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
18.12.41 3EFTS Essendon: forced landing due trainee closing fuel mixture control in error. Extensively damaged.
22.4.42 Issued 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
30.11.42 Received 3WAGS ex 11EFTS
9.11.44 Allotted 3CRD ex 3WAGS
31.8.45 Offered for sale by CDC at 3CRD Amberley without engine. Not to be moved.
25.10.45 Sold by CDC to D. Wynark, Blight Street, Nundah Qld for £10.
Together with A3-29 & -188, total £30
29.12.45 Issued to purchaser
  A3-29, -78 & -188 were moved to Mr. Wynark’s farm at Nundah, then on the outskirts of Brisbane. They were broken up for parts to be used on the property. The wooden wings rotted in the weather, and sections of steel tubing from the fuselage frames were used to construct items on the farm, as well as a homemade speedway racing cars. By 1990s the farm had been cleared and the Wackett remains sold for scrap. Mark Pilkington of Melbourne acquired a surviving tail wheel and pitot tube, as parts for his restoration projects of VH-AGP & -BLV.


A3-79         c/n 313          

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
18.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.12.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
23.2.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AP
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
1.8.44 Airframe held u/s at 7AD pending further advice re disposal in u/s condition
22.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-80         c/n 314          

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.12.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
23.1.42 Received 1AD ex 1AP
22.6.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
23.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-81         c/n 315          

11.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.11.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.11.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.12.41 Received 1AP ex 1AD
3.1.42 Received 1AD ex 1AP
2.3.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-82         c/n 316          

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
17.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
17.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
19.12.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
14.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
15.11.42 11EFTS: during forced landing practice exercise, overturned in high crop 8 miles SE Benalla. Extensive damage.
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-83         c/n 317            (VH-AJW), VH-EAZ, VH-AIQ (2)

10.12.41 Construction completed at Fishermans Bend
17.12.41 First flight at Fishermans Bend
18.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
18.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
19.12.41 Received 3EFTS ex 1AD
14.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
19.4.44 Issued 3WAGS ex 7AD
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2251: price £215
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £215 (57 aircraft for total £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJW to A3-83 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJW not taken up
1.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


14.4.47 Registration application: Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney.
To be based Mascot, used for "training and practice flying", a later letter from QEA states "to be used for 2nd and 3rd pilots of the company to obtain landing and takeoff practice."
9.7.47 Added Register VH-EAZ
9.7.47 CofA issued Mascot

Qantas Captain R.A.Gray recalled in AHSA Aviation Heritage, March 2002:
"In 1948 Qantas established a Flight Training Section under Captain Eric Sims as Chief Flying Instructor. The Training Section had two DC-3s, two Liberators and two Wackett Trainers.  The idea of the Wacketts was to give First Officers who didn't do much handling on the aircraft on the line, some flying so they could keep their hand in. But really it was just a waste of time and eventually Qantas got rid of the Wacketts."
8.7.48 CofA expired
25.3.49 CofA renewed Mascot
3.3.50 Qantas advise DCA that VH-EAZ is now in the hands of Brown & Dureau Ltd who will sell it for Qantas.
8.3.50 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
24.3.50 CofA expired
22.5.51 Reregistered VH-AIQ Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
4.1.52 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Flying School Pty Ltd, Bankstown
2.5.52 Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Flying Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
3.2.56
Crashed in heavy timbered terrain, Sandy Hills near Tenterfield NSW.
Missing after departing Casino NSW on flight to Coolangatta Qld, large scale search by RAAF. Wreck found after 13 days. Pilot Phillip A. Gibson of Mullumbimbi NSW and two passengers, his father Allan L. Gibson (aged 56) and Kenneth W. Slogrove (aged 24) all killed. Coroner's inquest at Tenterfield found the accident was caused due poor weather with low cloud on mountains and heavy rain. Overloading was not a contributing factor.
DCA Accident report: The pilot, who was not instrument rated, lost control when flying in mountainous terrain under prohibitive weather conditions for visual flight.
8.3.56 Struck off Register

  

Bankstown circa 1951. Geoff Goodall collection


  

Bankstown 1955 at KSAS hangar, with RAAF disposals Oxfords. Photo by Eddie Coates                        


A3-84         c/n 318          

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
18.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
19.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 3EFTS ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
25.8.42 Destroyed by fire in forced landing near Conargo Vic.  11EFTS accident report: aircraft fire in flight, forced landing 10 miles N of Conargo. Hit emu and aircraft turned over on to its back. Destroyed by fire.
9.42 Converted to components



A3-85         c/n 319                  VH-BLV

19.11.41 Built by CAC at Fishermans Bend (logbook)
19.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD Laverton ex CAC Fishermans Bend
6.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS for complete overhaul
24.8.44 Received 5AD Store ex 7AD
21.6.45 Issued 8EFTS Reserve ex 5AD Store
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2350: price £250
11.10.45 Sold by CDC to Mr. S. Ash, Munitions Supply Lab, Physics Section, Maribynong, Melbourne for £250
28.11.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


3.48 Aircraft magazine had a For Sale advert: Wackett Trainer, 12 months CofA: S. Ash, Essendon
16.7.48 Registration application: Stanley Ash, Melbourne
4.9.48 Letter from Ash to DCA advising that he has sold the aircraft to the Tasmanian Aero Club
27.9.48 New Registration application: Tasmanian Aero Club, Western Junction Aerodrome, Launceston, Tas. Signed by R. W. Munro.
4.10.48 CofA issued (no location quoted)
4.10.48 Added Register as VH-BLV
3.11.48 Delivered from Essendon to Launceston without refuelling in 3hrs 15 mins, flown by Tasmanian Aero Club instructor R. Munro and member L. Mahon
9.10.49 CofA renewed Western Junction (now Launceston Airport)
8.10.50 CofA expired. Extended for a month to allow BLV and Monospar VH-UTH to visit an air pageant at Devonport on 4.11.50.
6.8.51 Stuck-off Register in 1951 Census
20.8.53 Restored to Register Tasmanian Aero Club, Launceston
25.11.56 Change of ownership: A. C. Stackhouse, "Yirriluka", Emita, Flinders Island
3.2.58 noted at Moorabbin
8.9.59 noted at Moorabbin, in Schutt hangar
7.62 noted at Hobart-Cambridge, in service
23.8.63 noted at Hobart-Cambridge, looks in service
9.9.63 Struck off Register. WFS at Flinders Island
.67 Acquired complete except propeller by Brain Hay & Kaye Morgan, Hobart Tas
7.67 Wings cut off outboard of undercarriage by Kaye Morgan
7.67 Moved by boat from Flinders Island to South Esk wharf, Launceston
7.67 Towed on its wheels to Hobart by VW Combi with wings and tailplane lashed to roof rack. Ailerons and small parts loaded in an accompanying car.
67 Planned to be restored in RAAF scheme as A3-85

Later stripped for parts for a planned rebuild as a Fokker Triplane replica. Project abandoned.
11.83 Sold to Leigh Giles, Lara Vic to provide parts for his restoration of Wackett VH-AGP for Moorabbin Air Museum
07 Mark Pilkington purchased Leigh Giles' share.
14 Long-term plan to restore VH-BLV to airworthy, using metal wings from Yeoman YA-1 VH-CYW

      

      Launceston in November 1953, Tasmanian Aero Club. Photo by Eddie Coates


      

       Tasmanian Aero Club fleet August 1953, with VH-BLV & VH-APC. Photo: via Martin Eadie


      

     Visiting Moorabbin Airport from Flinders Island in February 1958. Photo by Neil Follett




A3-86      c/n 320              (VH-AJX), B-317

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 3EFTS ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
1.9.42 Landing accident, extensive damage to mainplane, minor damage to fuselage
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS for complete overhaul
6.8.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2268: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJX to A3-86 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJX not taken up
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-86 had been sold to NEI and allocated reg VH-AJX not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-317


A3-87         c/n 321                VH-AJY    

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
19.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
20.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 3EFTS ex CAC Fishermans Bend
9.2.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
20.9.43 Received CFS ex 11EFTS
8.2.44 Received 10EFTS ex CFS
11.6.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 10EFTS
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2162: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJY to A3-87 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers.
8.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


9.8.46 Added to Register as VH-AJY J. T. Brown/Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot
9.8.46 CofA issued at Mascot
29.10.47 CofA renewed at Mascot
27.5.48 Wing damaged by wind gust at Ilfracombe
11.6.48 Repairs completed
28.10.48 CofA expired
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 Census
31.5.54 Restored to Register Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown
1.6.54 Change of ownership:  C. McD. Chisholm, Sydney
later Wollogorong Station, via Bourketown Qld
later Wave Hill Station c/- MMA, Darwin NT
58 WFS derelict at Cloncurry aerodrome Qld

Taken to school playground in Cloncurry

Wreck taken to Cloncurry aerodome, where burnt
27.4.59 Struck-off Register as WFS
c75 Fuselage frame and parts collected at Cloncurry Aerodrome by Sid Beck, Townsville Qld.
Moved by road to his property at Condon near Townsville Qld

Joined Sid Beck's collection of WWII aircraft wrecks at his property near Townsville Qld. Later moved with the rest of his collection to Mareeba Qld and displayed in main hangar at Beck's Military Collection, Mareeba Qld
08 Amost complete fuselage frame with a Warner Scarab engine displayed in hangar on his farm near Mareeba Qld


A3-88         c/n 322          

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
23.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
24.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 3EFTS ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 3EFTS
11.2.42 Aircraft touched down after high hold off, nosed over on to back.
2.3.42 Issued to Ansett Airways for repair
16.4.42 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
4.5.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
19.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-89      c/n 323              (VH-AJZ), B-318

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
20.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
21.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
24.8.44 Received 5AD Store ex 7AD
22.6.45 Received 8EFTS Storage Reserve ex 5AD Store
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2211: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AJZ to A3-89 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AJZ not taken up.
8.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-89 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AJZ not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-318


A3-90         c/n 324        

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
2.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
7.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-91         c/n 325      

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
25.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
6.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
7.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components



A3-92         c/n 326        

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
24.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
26.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
2.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
5.9.42 Crashed on takeoff Warbreccan Relief Ground, NSW.
11EFTS accident report: stalled and crashed after takeoff with trainee under blind flying hood, at Warbreccan Satellite Landing Ground near Deniliquin. Extensively damaged.  Instructor F/Sgt S.J.Landy was injured, trainee pilot LAC J.P.Learmont killed.
25.9.42 Converted to components


A3-93      c/n 327              (VH-ALX), B-319

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
31.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
2.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
5.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
19.3.42 Forced landing, mil damage
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS for overhaul
26.4.43 Almost complete, waiting for engine
6.7.45 Received CMU Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2181: price £250
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALX to A3-93 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALX not taken up.
24.12.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (4 aircraft for £272)
15.2.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-93 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-ALX not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-319


A3-94         c/n 328        

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
6.1.42 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
7.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
9.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
20.3.42 11EFTS Benalla: Crashed on takeoff Benalla due loss of engine power, wing struck ground. Extensive damage.
23.3.42 Issued to Ansett Airways ex 11EFTS for repair
2.4.42 Considered not repairable, awaiting decision
11.4.42 Converted to components



A3-95      c/n 329              (VH-AKA)

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
29.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
30.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
6.1.42 Received 2WAGS ex 1AD
22.12.43 2WAGS: forced landing 4 miles NE Eugowra due loss of engine power. Extensive damage.
17.1.44 Received 3WAGS ex 2WAGS
1.10.44 Received 8OTU ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS Storage (Care & Maintenance Narrandera) ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2353: price £155
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £155 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AKA to A3-95 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AKA not taken up.
7.8.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narranderea
56 A3-95 still in RAAF scheme stored engineless standing on its wheels in KSAS hangar Bankstown.
29.5.60 A3-95 noted parked at Bankstown, still RAAF olive drab paint, engine removed


     

      KSAS hangar at Bankstown in 1956, showing A3-95 & -134 in storage. Geoff Goodall collection



A3-96         c/n 330        

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
30.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
31.12.41 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
6.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.3.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
6.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
22.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
6.45 Converted to components


A3-97      c/n 331              (VH-ALY), B-320

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
31.12.41 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
1.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
27.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
12.10.42 Taxying collision with Tiger Moth A17-124, Wackett starboard mainplane extensively damaged
19.10.42 Issued to Ansett Airways Essendon for repair
28.10.42 Allotted 11EFTS ex Ansetts
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS for overhaul
5.7.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2186: price £250
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-ALY to A3-97 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-ALY not taken up.
24.12.45 Sold through CDC to J. T. Brown, Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot NSW for £68
(4 aircraft for £272)
15.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-97 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-ALY not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-320


A3-98         c/n 332        

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.1.42 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
6.8.44 Held 7AD pending advice re conversion
4.10.44 Airframe to be stored u/s without maintenance pending advice re disposal
22.3.45 Received 7CRD ex 7AD to be stored in u/s condition pending advice re disposal
3.45 Converted to components



A3-99      c/n 333              (VH-AKB), B-321

12.41 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
8.1.42 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
9.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
14.1.42 Received 11EFTS ex 1AD
14.1.42 Forced landing due engine failure while landing, struck stump and turn up on nose, Minor damage.
23.2.43 Received 7AD ex 11EFTS
14.6.45 Received Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 7AD
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2308: price £250
20.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £250 (57 aircraft for £3840)
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AKB to A3-99 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AKB not taken up.
8.3.46 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-99 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AKB not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-321


A3-100      c/n 334              (VH-AKC), B-322

1.42 Manufactured by CAC at Fishermans Bend Vic
21.1.42 CAC Delivery Note for hand-over to RAAF
22.1.42 Brought on RAAF charge. Received 1AD ex CAC Fishermans Bend
25.1.42 Received 1WAGS ex 1AD
15.5.42 1WAGS: struck ground 6 miles N of Creswick Vic. Wings destroyed, fuselage damaged.
20.7.42 Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon ex 1WAGS for repair
8.2.43 Received 1AD ex Ansetts
27.2.43 Issued 1AOS Store ex 1AD
10.5.43 Received 3WAGS ex 1AOS Store
1.10.44 Received 8OTU Narromine ex 3WAGS for storage
8.1.45 Received 8EFTS ex Care & Maintenance Narromine
1.6.45 Allotted Care & Maintenance Narrandera ex 8EFTS Storage
21.8.45 Offered for disposal through CDC at CMU Narrandera. Not to be moved.
1.10.45 CDC Disposals document No.2 offered 117 Wackett Trainers for public sale: included this aircraft located at CMU Narrandera, with engine No.2172: price £240
13.11.45 Sold to J. T. Brown, Kew Vic for £240
30.11.45 DCA allocated registration VH-AKC to A3-100 for J.T.Brown, included in a block registration allocation to Brown for a total of 91 Wackett Trainers. VH-AKC not taken up.
14.12.45 Issued to purchaser ex CMU Narrandera


46 J. T. Brown t/a Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Mascot Airport, Sydney NSW
1.11.46 KSAS advised DCA that A3-100 had been sold to NEI and allocated registration VH-AKC not required
.46 Sold to Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force ML-KNIL

Operated as dual control aircraft

Serial B-322


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