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Paul McGuiness RAAF Archive
Paul McGuiness is an Australian aviation researcher and historian. Using primary sources he has assembled detailed information on the history of each plane
used by Australians and Australian forces in WWl and WW2, and on personnel involved.

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History of Australian Military Aviation

First World War

Armstrong Whitworth FK3

Avro 504

Bristol F2b Fighter

Fairey Aviation Model lllD Seaplane

Martinsyde G.100 G 102 Elephant

Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2

Royal Aircraft Factory BE12

Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8

Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A Experimental Scout

Sopwith Camel B Series

Sopwith Camel C D E F Series

Sopwith Snipe

Sopwith Scout (Pup)

Sopwith 1½ Strutter

Supermarine Seagull lll

Supermarine Southampton Mk 1

Westland Wapiti


Post First World War

Bristol Bulldog

De Havilland DH.9A

Hawker Demon

Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A

Avro 504K


Second World War

458 Sqd Wellingtons

460 Sqd Wellingtons

466 Sqd Wellingtons


Further Information:

Aces and Aviators WWl Database

Material Relating to Australia

Plane Types Used By Australian Forces 1918 - Onwards

Avro 504K

Used by: 1 Home Training Squadron AFC AAC: 1 Flying Training School AAF RAAF

From mid-1915 onward, the Avro 504 was withdrawn from operations in France and became the standard training aircraft for the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). The most significant versions of the Avro 504 were the 504J used the 100hp Gnome Monosoupape or the 80hp Le Rhone rotary engine, whereas the 504K could accommodate these and a wide range of other engine types.The Avro 504J (of which 2,070 were built) was in essence, an Avro 504A fitted with a 100 hp Gnome Monosoupape engine. Many aircraft initially ordered as Avro 504A were eventually completed as the Avro 504J. Valuable work was performed by the Smith-Barry School of Special Flying at Gosport using the Avro 504J and 504K, formalising the instructional syllabus and teaching operational flying techniques to prepare pilots for combat flying at the Front. Towards the end of 1917, the shortage of rotary engines for Avro 504s became acute and so a modified engine mount arrangement was designed whereby different interface plates would allow many types of rotary engines to be fitted within a smooth circular cowling. This model received the designation Avro 504K.

The following four aircraft were purchased from the UK and delivered to AUS in March 1919. However, they were all written-off before the formation of the RAAF and thus were not given A3 Serials. E3741, E3747, E3748 & H2180.

E3741

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Sep18 Built as Serial E3741, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured in the Serial range E3404 to E3852 by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00May19 Received for use by B Flight, No 1 Home Training Squadron at Point Cook.

00Aug19 Selected to take part in the 1st Peace Loan Tour of No 3 Military District, VIC.

10Sep19 Crewed by CPT F.H McNamara VC and CPL C.E Smith, departed Point Cook at 0930hrs on the Peace Loan Tour of Bendigo, Elmore, Rochester, Moama, Echuca, Kerang, Swan Hill, Sea Lake, Ouyen, Mildura, Wycheproof, Charlton, Wedderburn and Marong. At each of the fly past locations hundreds of leaflets were dropped outlining the Peace Loan aims. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans. Returned to Point Cook 20Sep.

03Oct19 Flew from Point Cook to Melbourne Showgrounds crewed by CPT F.H McNamara VC and Lt H. Edwards MC DCM MM. Because of very strong winds the trip took 50 minutes! Part of the 1st Peace Loan Tour.

08Oct19 Received for repair by ARS at CFS.

00Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

E3747

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Sep18 Built as Serial E3747, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Aircraft received for use by B Flight No 1 Home Training Squadron at Point Cook.

22Aug19 Captain Francis R Smith departed Brisbane by rail to go to Point Cook and select an aircraft to be used for the 1st Peace Loan Tour of No 1 Military District, Queensland.

26Aug19 E3747 was the aircraft selected for the Tour and was disassembled and prepared for rail shipment.

29Aug19 Departed by rail from Melbourne for Brisbane

02Sep19 Arrived Roma St Station Brisbane and transported to Kedron Park Racecourse which was used as the Brisbane base for the aircraft. Assembled by Air Mechanics CPL Smith, CPL E.C Campbell and team of local volunteers.

05Sep19 Test flown after assembly and testing.

06Sep19 Displays over Brisbane and an open day inspection at Kedron Park racecourse.

09Sep19 Departed for Peace Loan Tour of SE QLD stopping or performing flyovers at Toowoomba-Warwick-Boonah-Stanthorpe-Beaudesert-Wallangara-Coolangatta-Nerang-Southport-Beenleigh and Springwood. At each of the fly past locations hundreds of leaflets were dropped outlining the Peace Loan Aims. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans. At every location visited the majority of locals had never before seen an aeroplane.

10Sep19 When landing at Boonah, port tyre burst. Minor damage repaired and departed following day.

11Sep19 When landing in a paddock near Beaudesert, stalled from 10ft and severely damaged the undercarriage. The aircraft was railed back to Brisbane and waited for spares to come up from Melbourne.

14Sep19 Spares arrived from Melbourne and the aircraft was despatched to complete the SE Tour. Arrived back at Kedron Park late on 16Sep and immediately underwent servicing and checks.

17Sep19 Two test flights flown after engine problems on the first test flight.

18Sep19 Departed for Peace Loan Tour of Central QLD stopping or performing flyovers at Caloundra, Nambour, Gympie, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gladstone. When taking-off from Gympie the aircraft crashed into trees and came to rest about 25ft up in a large gum. Prop and port wing severely damaged, Smith/Campbell OK. Local timber men were quickly on the scene and using an ingenious set-up of ropes and pulleys had the aircraft back on the ground very quickly. Under the direction of Smith & Campbell the aircraft was then dismantled and loaded onto a railway logging truck and despatched to Brisbane the following day. This crash ended the QLD Peace Loan Tour.

00Oct19 Aircraft railed back to Melbourne and transported by road to Point Cook.

14Oct19 Received for repair by Aeroplane Repair Section of Central Flying School at Point Cook. Aircraft was deemed uneconomical to repair and recommended for conversion.

13Apr20 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components via AS208 dated 08Apr20.

E3748

1918 Built as Serial E3748, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by No 1 Home Training Squadron, AFC at Point Cook wearing Serial E3748.

01Jan20 Became part of A Flight, Central Flying School of the Australian Air Corps (AAC) as of this date.

01Aug20 Selected as one of five CFS Avro 504Ks for the 2nd Peace Loan Tour of No 2 Military District. NSW.

04Aug20 Departed Point Cook in company with four other Avro 504 aircraft for a flight to Sydney via Benalla, Wagga and Goulburn. Crewed by Lt A.W. Rees and fitter SGT J.A. Cathcart. Encountered thick clouds and storm / high winds which prevented the aircraft from crossing the Great Dividing Range. The flight circled around for 90min before one machine made it thru a break in the clouds and flew to Benalla. Of the other four, two landed at Wallan, one (E3748) at Upper Plenty and one at Kilmore. After refuelling and waiting for the clouds and storm to dissipate the four aircraft took-off and proceeded to Benalla.

05Aug20 Departed Benalla and flew the planned route without incident arriving at Richmond 1645hrs.

10Aug20 Aircraft prepared for Tour of south coast regions of NSW. Planned itinerary was a fly past of stop-over at the following towns: Bulli, Wollongong, Kiama, Berry, Nowra, Berrima, Moss Vale and Mittagong.

12Aug20 Departed Richmond for south coast tour and visited Bulli, Wollongong and Kiama. At each of the fly past locations hundreds of leaflets were dropped outlining the Peace Loan Aims. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans. At every location visited the majority of locals had never before seen an aeroplane.

16Aug20 At 100ft after take-off from Kiama a very strong wind gust almost overturned the aircraft and blew it into the tops of tall pine trees causing the aircraft to crash to the ground. The aircraft was extensively damaged including a badly twisted fuselage. Lt Rees and SGT Cathcart escaped without serious injury.

00Sep20 A crew from Richmond disassembled the aircraft and prepared it for transportation by rail to Melbourne.

04Oct20 Wreckage arrived at No 1 Aircraft Depot Point Cook and placed into storage, with Le Rhône WD18234.

20Dec20 Air Board approval to strike off charge and convert to components via AS1578 dated 14Dec20.

H2180

1918 Built as Serial H2180, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by B Flight, No 1 Home Training Squadron, AFC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2180.

12Jun29 While on a local familiarization flight the engine cut out causing a forced landing in a paddock near Melton, 40km NNW of Point Cook. The aircraft came to rest on its nose and suffered severe damage to the airscrew and fwd fuselage.

13Jun29 Aircraft transported back to Point Cook and issued to ARS for survey and possible repair.

13Apr20 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components via AS208 dated 08Apr20.

The following four aircraft were Imperial Gift machines from the UK and delivered to AUS in 1920. However, they were all written-off before the formation of the RAAF and thus were not given A3 Serials; H3021, H3025, H3035 & H3044.

H3021

1919 Built as Serial H3021, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Arrived at Victoria Docks, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of the Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at No 1 Station Point Cook VIC for assembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight at CFS.

00Aug20 Selected for use in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour

00Sep20 Received for servicing and overhaul by ARS after completion of the Peace Loan Tour.

13Dec20 Test flown by CPT A.T Cole after rigging completed.

13Dec20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS with Clergêt engine No.14028

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H3021.

06Apr21 At 1500hrs the aircraft departed for a local training flight with a crew of CPT J.K Fryer-Smith and CPL A.W Whicker. After reaching 500ft the aircraft faltered and crashed to earth approximately 400m from the main hangar at Point Cook. The aircraft was totally destroyed and both crewmen were enmeshed in the wreckage which fortunately did not catch fire. Both crewmen were pulled from the wreckage with horrific injuries and were rushed to Caulfield Military Hospital. Unfortunately, CPL Albert Walker Whicker (23) single of Glen Huntley Melbourne died of his injuries at 2230hrs that night. CPT Fryer-Smith eventually recovered from his injuries but was deemed unfit for active duty and was invalided out of the RAAF.

08Apr21 CPL Whicker was buried with full military honours when a gun carriage, firing party and six airmen escorts left Caulfield Military Hospital and proceeded to Brighton Cemetery where the deceased was laid to rest. A formation of Avro and Sopwith Pup aircraft provided an aerial salute.

29Apr21 Air Board Agenda No.85/21 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

25May21 1FTS advised conversion of the airframe and Clergêt engine No.14028 was completed.

Note: The crash of H3021 was the first aircraft accident in the newly formed AAF, just six days after formation.

H3025

1919 Built as Serial H3025, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Apr19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Arrived at Victoria Docks, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of the Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at No 1 Station Point Cook VIC for assembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight at CFS.

01Aug20 Selected for use in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour

00Dec20 At some stage between Aug and Dec 1920 the aircraft crashed but apart from references stating the aircraft crashed no detailed information has been found.

04Oct20 Received by ARS deemed uneconomical to repair, placed in unserviceable storage, fitted with Le Rhône engine No.WD43256.

20Dec20 Air Board approval to strike off charge and convert to components via AS1578 dated 14Dec20.

H3035

1919 Built as Serial H3035, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Apr19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

22Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Arrived at Victoria Docks, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of the Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at No 1 Station Point Cook VIC for assembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight at CFS.

02Aug20 Selected for use in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour

00Dec20 At some stage between Aug and Dec 1920 the aircraft crashed but apart from references stating the aircraft crashed no detailed information has been found.

20Dec20 Air Board approval to strike off charge and convert to components via AS1578 dated 14Dec20.



H3044

1919 Built as Serial H3044, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Apr19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

22Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Arrived at Victoria Docks, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of the Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at No 1 Station Point Cook VIC for assembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight at CFS.

00Aug20 Selected for use in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour

20Dec20 At some stage between Aug and Dec 1920 the aircraft crashed but apart from references stating the aircraft crashed no detailed information has been found.

0Dec20 Air Board approval to strike off charge and convert to components via AS1578 dated 14Dec20.

A3-1

1918 Built as Serial H2171, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2171.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the Royal prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2171 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-1 applied on both sides of the rear fuselage.

00Jan23 Received for use by 1FTS now wearing the Serial A3-1.

23Jan23 Forced landing at Point Cook following an engine failure. FLTLT A.H. Cobby was uninjured.

18May23 Crash landed at point Cook following engine failure. Pilot PLTOFF T.A Swinbourne was uninjured.

01Jun26 Crash landed at Point Cook, minor damage. Pilot Cadet N.E. Watchorn was uninjured.

24Jan28 Crash landed at Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF J. G Cardale was uninjured.

00Jul28 Repaired at 1FTS ARS.

08Aug28 Forced landing at Laverton after engine failure. Pilot Cadet H. O Woodhouse and Instructor FLTLT C Eaton were not injured.

06Sep28 Crashed at Point Cook, major damage to fuselage, wings and engine. Cadet R C Jordan was uninjured.

11Sep28 Aircraft Casualty report (E/E24) sent to RAAF HQ declaring the aircraft was uneconomical to repair.

18Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1151/28 stated the aircraft had completed its allotted flying time and the airframe was approved for conversion to components.

A3-2

1918 Built as Serial H2172, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by CFS ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2172.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2172 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-2 applied on the fuselage sides.

1927 Received for use by 1FTS.

1927 Received by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne for reconditioning.

1927 Returned for use to 1FTS.

06Jul27 During a major overhaul all of the wing anchor fittings were found to be cracked and/or broken. A technical survey determined the aircraft was uneconomical to repair.

07Jul27 Aircraft Casualty report (E/E24) sent to RAAF HQ declaring the aircraft was uneconomical to repair.

15Jul27 Air Board Agenda No.935/27 approved conversion of the airframe to components.

A3-3

1918 Built as Serial H2173, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing. Aircraft had received some damage during transit from the UK.

00Jun19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2173.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

1920 Probably used for the 2nd Peace Loan Tour Aug-Sep 1920.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2173.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2173 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-3 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Sep24 Received for use 1FTS.

16May25 Accident (unspecified) at Point Cook (unknown damage). Pilot FLGOFF P. McK Pitt was uninjured.

24Sep25 Received for pilot training by No 1 (Composite) Sqn at RAAF Point Cook.

00Dec25 Received for use 1FTS.

1926-27 Received by 1AD for major servicing. Aircraft in very poor condition, classified as unfit for further flight. Held in storage awaiting direction from higher authority. Possibly used as a spares source.

20Mar28 Air Board approval for conversion to components.

A3-4

1918 Built as Serial H2174, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing. Aircraft had received some damage during transit from the UK.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by CFS ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2174.

1920 Probably used for the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

00Jan21 Received for servicing by ARS at CFS.

21Jan21 Transferred from ARS to Store.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2174.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

17Oct21 Received for use by B Flight, 1FTS with Le Rhône engine WD18265.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2174 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-4 applied on the fuselage sides.

26Jul23 Received for complete overhaul by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF No 1 Station Point Cook.

02May24 Returned for use to 1FTS.

1925 Received for major servicing by 1AD.

00Sep25 Returned for use to 1FTS.

00Dec25 Loaned to No 1 (Composite) Sqn at RAAF Point Cook for pilot training.

1926 Returned for use to 1FTS.

1929 Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at 1AD.

31Jul29 Allocated to the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra ACT.

02Aug29 Placed on display in the Melbourne Exhibition Building as part of the AWM display.

07Jun36 Received for major servicing by 1AD. Aircraft was repaired and reconditioned then transported by tender to the AWM in Canberra and erected by 1AD staff.

1941 Placed on display in the Aircraft Hall of the AWM.

1955 Aircraft withdrawn from display because AWM staff ruled the aircraft was not eligible to be displayed in the Aircraft Hall as it “was not associated with Australian operations in war”, disassembled and moved to the storehouse at Duntroon.

03Jul65 Approved for long term loan to Qantas.

29Jul65 Loaded onto Qantas DC-3 VH-EDD at Canberra and flown to Mascot Airport Sydney.

Jul-Dec65 Underwent complete disassembly, servicing and rebuild. The 80hp Le Rhône engine was replaced with a 100hp Sunbeam Dyak engine. Aircraft was certified as taxiable – not for flight. Placed on display in the Qantas museum at Mascot Airport.

18Jul81 Loaded onto a chartered Qantas 747 and flown to Oshkosh, Wisconsin USA. Placed at the entrance of The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In at Oshkosh Airport.

28Jul81 Returned to Australia and placed on display at the Qantas Mascot Museum.

1988 Complete overhaul by Qantas apprentices at Mascot.

12Oct88 Transported to RAAF Richmond and placed on static display as part of the 1988 Bicentenary Air Show.

00Nov88 Dismantled and returned to AWM, reassembled and placed on display in the Mitchell Centre, Canberra.

2020 With the AWM in storage at the Treloar Centre, Mitchell ACT and rarely displayed since 1988.

A3-5

1918 Built as Serial H2175, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by CFS ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2175.

1920 Probably used for the 2nd Peace Loan Tour Aug-Sep 1920.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2175.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2175 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-5 applied on the fuselage sides.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1926 Received for complete reconditioning by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

00Feb27 Received for use 1FTS.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft had flown its allocated hours and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.


A3-6

1918 Built as Serial H2176, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

18Aug19 Received for use by A Flight, No 1 Home Training Squadron at Point Cook.

26Aug19 Aircraft disassembled and packed for train shipment to Sydney as a replacement aircraft for H2179.

27Aug19 Arrived Sydney and transported to No 2 Station Richmond for assembly and test flight.

05Sep19 Test flown by Captain Gordon C Wilson and CPL R.A McNamara. Aircraft prepared for long term detachment on the 1st Peace Loan Tour in the Western Area of No 2 Military District NSW.

18Sep19 Departed Richmond at 0930hrs for a flight to Bathurst with fly pasts at Katoomba, Oberon and Brewongle. At each of the fly past locations hundreds of leaflets were dropped outlining the Peace Loan Aims. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

19-25Sep During this period the aircraft visited the following locations: Orange, Cumnock, Wellington, Mudgee, Gulgong, Dubbo, Peak Hill, Parkes Forbes, Grenfell and Young. In every one of the locations most of the local population had never seen an aircraft.

26Sep19 On take-off from Young the magneto failed catastrophically causing severe damage to the engine and fwd fuselage. Aircraft was disassembled and railed back to PCK for survey.

03Oct19 Received for overhaul by ARS Point Cook. Placed in storage following servicing.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2176.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2176 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-6 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for complete reconditioning by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

1926 Received for use 1FTS.

20May27 Forced landing at Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF F.R.W Scherger was uninjured.

1927 Received by 1AD for major servicing. Aircraft in very poor condition, classified as unfit for further flight.

20Mar28 Air Board approval for conversion to components.

A3-7

1918 Built as Serial H2177, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

18Aug19 Received for use by A Flight, No 1 Home Training Squadron 1HTS) at Point Cook.

00Sep19 Received for servicing by ARS.

05Sep19 Received for use by B Flight 1HTS.

05Nov19 Received for servicing by ARS.

10Nov19 Received for use by B Flight, 1HTS.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

08Jan20 Received by A Flight CFS, AAC.

15Jul20 Damaged on training flight at Point Cook. Crew of CPT A.T Cole & CPT F.H McNamara were uninjured.

00Aug20 Repaired at Point Cook and returned to use with CFS.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2177.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2177 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-7 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Jun25 Received for use by 1FTS.

28Jan26 Pupil stalled in from 20ft causing extreme damage to the wings, fuselage and undercarriage. Pilot Cadet L.G McNicoll received cuts, abrasions and shock.

29Jan26 Board of Survey Technical Inspection recommend conversion.

30Jan26 Air Board Agenda No.716 gave approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

23Jul26 1AD notify conversion completed and residue burnt as per Air Board Standing Orders.

Total airframe time: 309 hrs 10min.

A3-8

1918 Built as Serial H2178, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

10Jan20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2178.

05Aug20 Departed point Cook at 1130hrs with three other Avro aircraft on a ferry flight to Brisbane with a crew of Lt A.W Murphy and mechanic A50 CPL G.R. Simpson. Purpose of the trip was to participate in the 2nd Peace Loan tour in the Far Northern Areas of No 1 Military District Queensland. Planned route was Point Cook, Wangaratta, Wagga, Goulburn, Richmond, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Glen Innes, Warwick and Brisbane. Estimated ferry time was six days.

05Aug20 Flight encountered severe weather front that forced the four aircraft to land at Benalla and wait out the storm.

06Aug20 Flight departed Benalla 0900hrs for flight to Richmond via Wagga and Goulburn. Arrived Richmond 1630hrs.

09Aug20 Strong westerly gale force winds forced the aircraft to remain at Richmond for three days.

10Aug20 Flight departed for Glen Innes via Singleton, Muswellbrook and Tamworth. Arrived Glen Innes at 1710hrs.

12Aug20 Departed Glen Innes for Brisbane via Warwick. Strong head winds meant the aircraft only reached Warwick late afternoon.

14Aug20 Departed Warwick and arrived Lytton airfield, Brisbane 1130hrs. The aircraft was disassembled and prepared for rail transportation to Townsville. The plan was for the aircraft to be flown from Townsville to Longreach for the first leg of the North QLD Section of the Loan Tour.

17Aug20 Aircraft reached Townsville, reassembled and test flown by Murphy/Simpson.

18Aug20 Departed Townsville for the first leg of the Loan Tour and over the ensuing nine days visited Longreach, Winton, Tangorin, Hughenden, Charters Towers and back to Townsville. At each of the locations hundreds of leaflets outlining the Peace Loan Aims were dropped on arrival then the aircraft landed and the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans. Between Hughenden and Charters Towers head winds caused the aircraft to run out of fuel resulting in a forced landing amid tall gum trees near Pentland, fortunately without damage. Could not get off with both crew aboard so CPL Simpson and anything removable were removed and trucked to Charters Towers.

27Aug20 Arrived back in Townsville where an offshore cyclonic depression grounded the aircraft for the next three days.

31Aug20 Departed for the 2nd leg of the Tour to Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Mackinlay, Kynuna then back to Winton, Hughenden and Charters Towers.

08Sep20 Arrived Townsville where aircraft was given a thorough servicing before flying the 3rd leg of the Tour.

13Sep20 Departed Townsville for Ayr, Bowen, Proserpine, Mackay, St Lawrence, Rockhampton.

17Sep20 When landing at Proserpine the propeller received moderate damage when it struck a fence post. The airscrew was repaired overnight by staff at the Proserpine Sugar Mill.

24Sep20 Returned to Lynton airfield Brisbane at the conclusion on the Far North QLD 1MD 2nd Peace Loan Tour. Aircraft was again serviced before the return trip to Point Cook.

29Sep30 Departed Brisbane for Point Cook via Warwick, Glen Innes, Tamworth, Richmond, Goulburn, Wagga, Wangaratta.

04Oct20 Arrived Point Cook and returned for use to A Flight CFS. The aircraft had flown over 9,000km in 61 days without a major mishap, not a common feat for an aircraft of that era.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2177.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

17Oct21 Received for use by B Flight 1FTS. At some time in the next few months the RAF Serial H2178 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-8 applied on the fuselage sides.

24Apr25 Crash landed at Point Cook, minor damage. Pilot FLTLT G. Jones shaken but uninjured.

05Jun25 Accident at Point Cook (no details). Pilot was FLGOFF C.C Matheson.

00Jun25 Received for major overhaul by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

00Apr26 Received for use by 1FTS.

00Feb28 Board of Survey Technical Inspection recommend conversion.

25Feb28 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-9

1918 Built as Serial H2179, one of 480 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/2052/C.2330 dated 10 August 1918 in the Serial range H2146 to H2625. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial H2179.

00Aug20 Selected to participate in the 1st Peace Loan Tour in No 2 Military District, NSW.

23Aug19 Departed Point Cook 1115hrs for a flight to Sydney via Benalla, Wagga and Goulburn, crewed by CPT G.F. Malley and fitter SGT J.H Cobbam. After refuelling at the Benalla Showground the engine would not start which forced the aircraft to remain overnight while the engine was repaired.

24Aug19 After one aborted take-off attempt the pilot realised the Benalla Showground was too short an area for take-off with a full load. Therefore, the aircraft was partially de-fueled, SGT Cobbam and all movable equipment removed. The plan was for Malley to take-off and land at a much larger area three kilometres away. However, when the aircraft took-off it struck a large pepper tree which caused the aircraft to crash into the backyard of a nearby house. Malley stepped out of the aircraft without any injuries but the aircraft was severely damaged.

26Aug19 A ground crew from CFS drove to Benalla, stripped the aircraft for transportation by train back to Base.

00Sep19 Aircraft repaired at ARS and returned to use with A Flight CFS.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

00Aug20 Used in the 2nd Peace Tour Loan.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial H2177.

00Jun21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time after October 1921 the RAF Serial H2179 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-9 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Jan23 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

08Jun23 Involved in a minor mid-air collision with A3-1. Pilot FLTT J.E Hewitt was uninjured.

11Jan24 Received for servicing by 1AD.

18Sep24 Crashed near Point Cook causing considerable damage. Pilot Cadet B.B Daish received minor injuries.

00Oct24 Repaired at Point Cook and returned to use.

20May27 Test flown by WNGCDR A.T Cole probably after refurbishment.

00Feb28 Board of Survey Technical Inspection recommend conversion.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

A3-10

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3022, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3022 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-10 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1925 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

02Feb26 Severely damaged in a crash landing at Point Cook. Pilot Cadet F.F Munro received minor injuries and shock.

20Feb26 Received by 1AD for survey. Report recommended a complete rebuild. Aircraft reduced to components and the fuselage placed in storage. Total airframe time: 90hrs.

1926 Received by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne for complete rebuild.

00Jun27 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS.

00Nov28 Received by 1AD for overhaul, but held pending technical review.

26Nov28 Aircraft Casualty Report received by RAAF HQ stating the aircraft was no longer fit for service.

12Dec28 Air Board Agenda No.1184/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

Total airframe time: 172hrs 15min.

A3-11

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3023, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3023 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-11 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1926 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

25May26 Severely damaged in a forced landing near Laverton airfield. Pilot Cadet K.M Frewen received minor injuries and shock. Total airframe time: 3hrs.

05Jun26 Aircraft recovered by 1FTS staff and issued for repair to 1FTS Workshop.

00Jan27 Returned for use after repair to A Flight, 1FTS.

09Mar28 Received for use by B Flight, No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton.

14Mar28 Engine failure soon after take-off from Laverton caused a crash landing that inflicted extensive damage. The pilot PLTOFF J.M.C Philpott escaped with minor injuries however the trainee AC1 L.N Rowe suffered several injuries that required hospitalization for a period of several weeks.

15Mar28 1Sqn reported the aircraft was no longer fit for service. Recommended the airframe be converted to components and the engine reduced to spares.

30Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1036/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the airframe to components, and reduce Clergêt engine No.11624 to spares.

A3-12

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3024, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3024 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-12 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1926 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

21Mar28 Withdrawn from use and held unserviceable in 1FTS Store.

15May28 1FTS Board of Survey Report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

13Jul28 Air Board Agenda No.1087/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the airframe to components.

Total flight time: 311hrs.

A3-13

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3030, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3030 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-13 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1926 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

03Sep28 Forced landing after engine failure at Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF A.N Evans uninjured.

27Sep28 Forced landing after engine failure at Point Cook. Pilot LAC T.L.J Jackson uninjured.

30Oct28 Forced landing after engine failure at Point Cook. Pilot Cadet R.C Jordan uninjured.

19Nov28 While practicing forced landings the pilot lost control after touchdown in a paddock next to Point Cook airfield and ran through a stone boundary fence. Extensive damage was inflicted on the undercarriage, lower wings and fuselage. Three fuselage main frames were badly distorted. Pilot Cadet R.C Jordan was uninjured but shaken.

00Nov28 Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

28Dec28 Air Board Agenda No.1196/28 stated the aircraft had flown its allocated 300 hours and gave approval to strike off charge and convert the airframe and Clergêt engine No.21055 to components.

09Apr29 Conversion completed by C Flight, 1FTS. Total flight time was: 306hrs. Total engine time: 212hrs.

A3-14

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3031, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3031 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-14 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Jan26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

02Mar26 Crash landing near Werribee caused major structural damage to the fuselage and wings. Pilot Lt D. Ross (RAN) received minor injuries and shock.

00Apr26 Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

22Jul26 Air Board Agenda No.784/26 approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

Total airframe time: 65hrs 10min.

A3-15

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3032, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3032 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-15 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Jun26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

13Nov28 Blocked fuel filter caused an engine failure resulting in a forced landing at Point Cook, no damage. Pilot CPL S Austin was uninjured.

11Dec28 Damaged in a forced landing at Laverton.

00Jan29 Repaired at 1Aircraft Depot at RAAF Base Laverton and returned for use to 1FTS at Point Cook.

05May29 Withdrawn from use.

1929 No further information. However, as only one other Avro504K survived past 1929 it is safe to assume this aircraft was converted to components some time in 1929.

A3-16

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3033, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

00Jan20 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour in No 4 Military District SA.

05Aug20 Departed Point Cook with a crew of CPT F.H McNamara VC and air mechanic A54 CPL G.L Gottschalk along with H3038 on a ferry flight to Adelaide, which was planned to take two days. Weather caused a precautionary landing at Burumbeet, 30km west of Ballarat, VIC.

07Aug20 After a two day delay caused by exceptionally strong winds the aircraft departed for Adelaide but only reached Wolseley (287km SE of Adelaide) before strong winds again forced a landing.

13Aug20 After a five day delay, departed for Adelaide via Murray Bridge.

14Aug20 Gave displays over Adelaide suburbs and surrounds on 14 & 15 Aug.

16Aug20 Departed Adelaide crewed by CPT F.H McNamara VC and air mechanic A54 CPL G.L Gottschalk. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following SA towns: Hamley Bridge, Burra, Peterborough, Laura, Crystal Brook, Gladstone, Port Pirie, Snowtown, Kadina, Balaklava, Gawler then Adelaide. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

22Aug20 Underwent servicing and engine change at Albert Park airfield in Adelaide.

26Aug20 Departed Adelaide crewed by CPT F.H McNamara VC and air mechanic A54 CPL G.L Gottschalk. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at Strathalbyrn and Victor Harbour.

27Aug20 Returned to Adelaide and departed for Point Cook the following day.

30Aug20 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

00Sep20 Received for use by CFS at Point Cook

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3033 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-16 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Issued for use to B Flight, 1FTS.

21Feb23 Damaged in a forced landing. Pilot FLTLT Brearley and passenger FLGOFF C.C Matheson was uninjured.

1923 Received for repair by 1FTS Workshop.

00May25 Returned for use by 1FTS.

22Jun27 Collided with A3-31 at Point Cook, extensive damage. Pilot Lt P. Bailhache (RAN) suffered minor injuries.

07Jul27 Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

15Jul27 Air Board Agenda No.935/27 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the airframe to components.

A3-17

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3036, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

00Jan20 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour in No 6 Military District TAS. Aircraft stripped and packed into a specially constructed 26ft long wooden crate then taken to Port Melbourne.

03Aug20 Loaded onto the 1,767 ton NZ Union Steamship Line vessel SS Rotomahana and shipped to Launceston.

04Aug20 Arrived Launceston then freighted to Elwick Racecourse, Hobart for assembly and testing.

07Aug20 Test flown after assembly by CPT F.W Lukis.

08Aug20 Departed Hobart at 1105hrs for Launceston crewed by CPT F.W. Lukis and fitter A13 SGT L.W Heathcote. Lost for three hours in thick clouds south of Launceston when fuel shortage forced a landing at Nile, 45km south of Launceston. After obtaining fuel and waiting for the cloud cover to clear the a/c flew on to Freeland Aerodrome, Launceston. However, the fuel obtained was contaminated and the engine began to run very rough when setting up for landing. Pilot could not ‘gun’ the engine on landing to gain height and the aircraft hit two boundary posts then crashed into the fence surrounding the trotting track. A/c ended up on its nose with badly damaged lower wings. Crew were OK. A new propeller and two mainplanes were required and Lukis ordered the mainplanes from PCK and the prop from the spares held in Hobart.

12Aug20 Mainplanes arrived on the SS Rotomahana, and the propeller arrived by rail from Hobart.

20Aug20 New spares failed to repair damage. Lukis drove to Hobart to try and get the necessary spares from the other crashed Avro in Hobart.

22Aug20 Test flown after repairs by CPT F.W Lukis.

23Aug20 Engine failure caused a further six days delay until further repairs completed.

31Aug20 Departed Launceston for the Northern Tasmania Peace Loan Tour crewed by CPT F.W Lukis and fitter A662 SGT L. Leeke. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following TAS towns: Ross, Campbell Town, Sheffield, Latrobe, Devonport, Ulverstone, Burnie, Wynyard, Deloraine and Westbury. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

13Sep20 Departed Launceston and flew to Elwick Racecourse, Hobart.

16Sep20 Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at Richmond, Cambridge, Kingston, Huonville, Margate and Kempton Show in Hobart.

23Sep20 Aircraft was stripped and crated for shipment.

25Sep20 Shipped from Hobart to Melbourne on the SS Rotomahana.

00Oct20 Received for overhaul by ARS at Point Cook.

17Dec20 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook.

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3036 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-17 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Issued for use to C Flight, 1FTS.

05Mar25 Crash landed at Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF E.W Leggatt was uninjured.

00Mar25 Received for repair by 1FTS Workshop.

1926 Received by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne for complete rebuild.

00Aug27 Returned for use by 1FTS.

00Jan28 Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft had flown its allocated hours and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

A3-18

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3037, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

00Feb21 Received by the ARS for assembly and testing

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

01Aug21 Received for long term storage by 1AD.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3037 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-18 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Dec25 Issued for use to C Flight, 1FTS.

06Jan26 Forced landing after engine failure, no damage. Pilot FLGOFF H.D.L McGilvery was uninjured.

09Jan26 Engine failure soon after take-off resulted in crash landing on the beach at Point Cook. The aircraft was extensively damaged. Pilot Cadet V.R Webb received minor injuries and shock.

11Jan26 Received for survey by 1FTS Workshop. Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

12Feb26 Air Board Agenda No.720/26 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

A3-19

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3038, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

00Jan20 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for unpacking, reassembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour in No 4 Military District SA.

05Aug20 Departed Point Cook with a crew of Lt H.C Miller and air mechanic LAC A.H Lane along with H3033 on a ferry flight to Adelaide, which was planned to take two days. Weather caused a precautionary landing at Burumbeet, 30km west of Ballarat, VIC.

07Aug20 After a two day delay caused by exceptionally strong winds the aircraft departed for Adelaide but only reached Wolseley (287km SE of Adelaide) before strong winds again forced a landing.

13Aug20 After a five day delay, departed for Adelaide via Murray Bridge.

14Aug20 Gave displays over Adelaide suburbs and surrounds on 14 & 15 Aug.

16Aug20 Departed Adelaide crewed by Lt H.C Miller and air mechanic LAC A.H Lane. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following SA towns: Mannum, Eudunda, Morgan, Waikere, Loxton, Renmark and Berri. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

22Aug20 Underwent servicing and engine change at Albert Park airfield in Adelaide.

26Aug20 Departed Adelaide crewed by Lt H.C Miller and air mechanic LAC A.H Lane. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following SA towns: Adrossan, Maitland, Yorketown, Minlaton, Edinburgh, Stansbury, Port Vincent and Port Julia.

29Aug20 Returned to Adelaide and departed for Point Cook the following day.

30Aug20 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

17Sep20 Placed into Serviceable Storage at Point Cook.

1921 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

17Oct21 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3038 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-19 applied on the fuselage sides.

09Jul23 Forced landing at No 1 Station Point Cook following engine failure. FLGOFF H. J Butler was uninjured.

01Aug23 Received for long term storage by 1AD.

00Feb25 Received for use by 1FTS.

25Feb25 Damaged during night flying. Pilot FLTLT J.H Summers was uninjured.

05Mar25 Repaired by 1FTS Workshop.

12Jan26 Crashed near Werribee Satellite airfield, extensive damage. Pilot Cadet W.S Armstrong received abrasions.

14Jan26 1FTS Workshop survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

18Jan26 Air Board Agenda No.712/26 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

Total airframe time: 288hrs 35min.

A3-20

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3039, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3039 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-20 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Feb24 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Apr24 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

12Jun24 Crash landed at Point Cook causing extensive damage. Pilot Cadet A.R Johnston suffered minor injuries.

00Jun24 Received for repair by 1FTS Workshop.

00Jan26 Returned for use by 1FTS.

30Nov26 Received for major servicing by 1AD.

00May27 Returned for use by 1FTS.

06Sep28 Damaged in a landing accident at Point Cook. Pilot Cadet C.A Shaw was uninjured.

00Sep28 1FTS survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

10Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1147/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components. Total airframe time: 386hrs

A3-21

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3040, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

30Aug20 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

01Sep20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

17Sep20 Placed into Serviceable Storage at Point Cook.

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

06Oct21 RAF Serial H3040 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-21 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by B Flight, 1FTS.

01Jul22 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS.

01Aug23 Received for long term storage by 1AD.

00Sep24 Received for use by 1FTS.

12Aug27 Crashed near Point Cook causing the following damage: undercarriage destroyed; four mainplanes extensively crumpled; airscrew shattered; tail plane destroyed; and, the fwd half of the fuselage almost completely destroyed. Pilot Cadet D.T Saville suffered minor injuries and shock.

00Aug27 1FTS Workshop survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomic to repair and recommended conversion.

09Sep27 Air Board Agenda No.956 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the airframe to components. Total airframe time: 409hrs. Clergêt engine No.11557 to be returned to 1FTS Workshops for repair. Total engine time: 300hrs.

A3-22

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3041, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

30Aug20 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

00Sep20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

17Sep20 Placed into Serviceable Storage at Point Cook.

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

06Oct21 RAF Serial H3041 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-22 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS.

01Jul22 Received for use by B Flight, 1FTS.

01Aug23 Received for long term storage by 1AD.

00Aug24 Received for use by 1FTS.

07Oct25 Crash at Point Cook caused considerable damage to the fuselage. Pilot FLGOFF V.W Burgess received abrasions and shock.

09Oct25 Air Board Agenda No.729/25 authorised removal of the engine and flight instruments to stock. Fuselage to be held and a review to be carried out in early 1926.

05Mar26 Fuselage issued for reconditioning to Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne. Total airframe time: 273hrs 15min.

1928 Received for use by 1FTS.

22Sep28 Violent wind squall overturned the aircraft while parked at Point Cook and caused extensive damage.

26Sep28 Aircraft Casualty Report raised recommending conversion to components.

07Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1146/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

Total airframe time: 312hrs 44min.

A3-23

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3043, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

1920 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

01Aug20 Allocated to the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

30Aug20 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

00Sep20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook.

17Sep20 Placed into Serviceable Storage at Point Cook.

31Mar21 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

17Oct21 Received for use by C Flight, 1FTS.

18Oct21 RAF Serial H3043 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-23 applied on the fuselage sides.

01Jul22 Received for use by B Flight, 1FTS.

28Jan25 Ferried from Mascot airport Sydney to 1FTS by FLGOFF Bladin.

24Sep25 Received for pilot training by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Point Cook.

11Feb26 Crash landed at Point Cook, medium damage. Pilot FLGOFF L.F Armstrong was uninjured.

1926 Repaired at 1FTS Workshop.

00Jan27 Returned for use by 1FTS.

08Jan27 While practicing forced landings at Werribee Satellite Field the pilot allowed the aircraft to get too low on finals and the undercarriage struck a stone boundary fence. On touchdown the damaged undercarriage was ripped off and the aircraft crash landed causing severe damage. Pilot Cadet A. Dix was uninjured.

09Jan27 Wreckage transported to No 1 Aircraft Depot at RAAF Base Laverton for survey.

00Feb27 Survey report recommended conversion to components.

11Apr27 Air Board Agenda No.894/27 gave approval to strike off charge and convert both airframe and Viper engine No.60237 to components. Total airframe time: 351hrs 50min. Engine time: 152hrs 25min.

A3-24

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3045, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3045 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-24 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Dec25 Received for use by E Flight, No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

27Jan26 While on a routine training flight the controls jammed and the aircraft spun into 40ft of water one mile off Point Cook. Pilot Cadet W.S Hamilton received minor injuries and was picked up by the RAAF rescue boat.

10Feb26 Aircraft was salvaged from the sea bed and taken to Point Cook.

12Feb26 Air Board Agenda No.719/26 approved conversion to components, but very little was salvageable following the two week immersion in salt water.

11Mar26 Conversion completed and aircraft struck off charge. Total airframe time: 54hrs 35min.

A3-25

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3046, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3046 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-25 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Dec26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

09Jan28 Forced landing near Wallan 55km north of Melbourne after engine failure, minor damage. Pilot PLTOFF J.A Campbell was uninjured.

08Aug28 Crashed at Point Cook. No other details.

17Sep28 Aircraft Casualty Report received by RAAF HQ stating the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and no longer fit for service. The Report noted that new mainplanes were recently fitted.

28Sep28 Air Board Agenda No 1127/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the fuselage to components. Mainplanes were to be recovered and returned to store. Total airframe time: 212hrs.

A3-26

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3047, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3047 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-26 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Jan26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Point Cook.

23Aug28 Whilst parked at Point Cook Moth A7-6 taxied into the aircraft, minor damage.

00Aug28 Issued for repair to 1FTS Workshop.

03Sep28 Engine failure caused a forced landing at Point Cook. No damage. Pilot Cadet R.V Griffin was uninjured.

24Oct28 Damaged while taxying at Point Cook. Crew of FSGT O.D Denny and Cadet R.C Jordan were unhurt.

21Jan29 Forced landing at RAAF Laverton, no damage. Pilot PLTOFF A.N Evans was uninjured.

27May29 Air Board approval to strike off charge and convert to components. Total airframe time: 400hrs.

A3-27

1918 Built as Serial E3742, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by CFS ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial E3742.

00Jun21 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial E3742 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-27 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by 1AD at RAAF Base Laverton.

1926 Received for use by 1FTS Point Cook.

03Jun26 Departed Point Cook at 1510hrs for an authorized aerobatics training flight. At 1535 a Malvern man was parked in Miller’s Rd Williamstown when he heard and saw an aircraft approximately 2000ft above him. At that time the engine cut-out and the plane began to spiral earthward. Soon the spiral became a dive and the speed increased until the aircraft smashed in to the ground near the Williamstown Racecourse about 150m in front of the eyewitness. The witness ran to the crash scene to find the lifeless body of the pilot about 30m away from the mangled wreckage. The subsequent Coronial Inquiry found that Cadet Aubrey Henry Percival (21), single, of Caulfield Melbourne died as a result of injuries received when the aeroplane he was piloting crashed from unknown causes.

17Jun26 Air Board Agenda No.773/26 gave approval to strike off charge.

A3-28

1918 Built as Serial E3743, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS at Point Cook wearing the Serial E3743.

00Aug19 Selected to participate in the 1st Peace Loan Tour in No 3 Military District, VIC.

05Sep19 Departed Point Cook crewed by Captain C.C Matheson & Air Mechanic CPL Parsons. Planned itinerary was Warragul, Moe, Traralgon, Sale, Maffra, and Bairnsdale. Then RTB via Sale, Woodside, Yarram, Leongatha, San Remo, Portsea and Queenscliff.

06Sep19 When departing Traralgon the aircraft engine failed whilst giving a farewell display causing the machine to strike a tree then crash onto a 6ft high fence. The airscrew was shattered, lower wing crumpled and undercarriage smashed; with locals assisting the aircraft was quickly dismantled and placed on the afternoon freight train to MLB.

10Oct19 Received for repair and/or servicing by ARS.

22Oct19 Returned for use by A Flight

11Nov19 Received for repair and/or servicing by ARS.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

00Jan20 Returned for use by A Flight

04Aug20 2nd PLT – any details?

10Feb21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at No 1 Station Point Cook, with Le Rhône WD18211.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial E3743.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial E3743 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-28 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by C Flight, 1FTS.

19Jun23 Refurbishment completed by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

00Jun23 Received for use by 1FTS.

12Feb25 Damaged in a landing accident at Point Cook. Pilot Lt V.E. Kennedy (RAN) was uninjured.

25Mar25 Departed Point Cook at 0915hrs on a routine local training flight. After performing a set series of tasks the aircraft was set up for landing and proceeded to Point Cook for landing. At 150ft on finals the aircraft inexplicably nosed over and crashed 200 yards away from the main hangar. Ground crew quickly ran to the crash site where they found an injured cadet some 30ft away from the wreckage; the pilot however was beneath the mangled fwd fuselage of the aircraft and by the time he was extracted he had died from his injuries. Instructor pilot FLGOFF Stewart Earl Mailer (34) married of Werribee, VIC was killed in the crash and Cadet Alan M. Charlesworth (19) single of Lottah, TAS was hospitalized for one week with non-life threatening injuries.

27Mar25 Board of Survey report by No 1 Aircraft Depot recommended conversion.

14May25 Air Board Agenda No.639/25 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

A3-29

1918 Built as Serial E3744, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial E3744

00Aug19 Selected to participate in the 1st Peace Loan Tour in No 2 Military District, NSW.

23Aug19 Departed Point Cook 1115hrs for a flight to Sydney via Benalla, Wagga and Goulburn, crewed by CPT L.H Holden and fitter SGT C.L Murphy. Approximately 90km NNE of Point Cook the engine began misfiring so a landing was made at Broadford, VIC and the engine repaired. The engine began misfiring again after 20min and another landing was made at Avenel, VIC (130km NNE of Point Cook). Arrived Benalla 1730hrs.

24Aug19 After one aborted take-off attempt the pilot realised the Benalla Showground was too short an area for take-off with a full load. Therefore, the aircraft was partially de-fueled, SGT Murphy and all movable equipment removed. Holden then took off and landed at a much larger area three kilometres away. Departed at1430hrs and flew to Albury.

25Aug19 Engine problems delayed departure from Albury, eventually took off and flew to Wagga Wagga, NSW.

26Aug19 Departed Wagga for Sydney at 0830hrs. Enroute the aircraft dropped Peace Loan leaflets and gave short aerial displays at Cootamundra, Yass, Goulburn and Moss Vale.

27Aug19 Arrived Sydney at the Aerial Company airfield Roseberry.

28Aug19 Gave a series of aerobatic displays over Sydney and surrounds on 28-31Aug.

01Sep19 Departed Richmond at 1445hrs to make the 1st ever aircraft flight from Sydney to Newcastle. After only six miles the aircraft was forced to land because of an oiled plug. Flight resumed after 30 minutes and when approaching Cowan on the Hawkesbury River the engine began running rough so Holden turned east and headed for the ocean, where a he made a landing on Newport Beach. A new spark plug fixed the problem and the journey resumed 40 minutes later. Thousands of people flocked to Broadmeadow and watched as Holden gave the 1st Aerobatic Display ever given at Newcastle after arriving there at 1640hrs.

02Sep19 During the next three weeks displays and leaflet drops were given at Newcastle-Maitland-Muswellbrook-Singleton-Scone-Armidale-Murrurundi-Willow Tree-Quirindi-Deepwater-Tenterfield then back to Glen Innes for an engine change. Then Warialda-Wallangarra-Bingara-Inverell-Moree-Guyra–Manilla-Urulla-Tamworth and back to Newcastle then Sydney.

27Sep19 Underwent servicing and engine change and prepared for further Peace Loan Tour activities. CPT G.F Malley replaced CPT Holden for the remainder of the tour.

02Oct19 Departed Sydney at 1400hrs for Southern NSW tour, arrived Goulburn 1630hrs.

03Oct19 Displays and leaflet drops were given at Yass-Cootamundra-June-Coolamon-Narrandera-Jerilderie-Berrigan-Tocumwal-Corowa and Albury.

09Oct19 Arrived back at Point Cook and underwent major servicing.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

00Jun21 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial E3744 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-29 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received by No 1 AD at RAAF Laverton for assembly and testing.

00Sep26 Received for use by C Flight, 1FTS at Point Cook.

00Jan28 Survey report recommended conversion to components.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft had flown its allocated hours and gave approval to convert the airframe to components. Total airframe time: 351hrs.

A3-30

1918 Built as Serial E3745, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00Jun19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS, AAC at Point Cook wearing Serial E3745

00Aug20 Selected to participate in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

00Oct19 Arrived back at Point Cook and underwent major servicing.

00Dec19 Received for use by A Flight, CFS.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

08Feb21 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook, with Le Rhône WD80695.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial E3745. Remained in storage.

00Oct21 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial E3745 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-30 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS.

15Dec23 Crash landed at Point Cook. Minor damage. Pilot Cadet D.C Obrien-Mortimer received minor injuries.

11Jan24 Received for repairs by 1AD.

29Jun25 Received for use by No 3 (Composite) Sqn at RAAF No2 Station Richmond NSW.

00Apr26 Allocated for complete fuselage reconditioning by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

10Apr26 On ferry flight to Point Cook for reconditioning the aircraft crash landed at Benalla causing moderate damage. Pilot FLGOFF W.J Duncan received bruising and shock.

12Apr26 Arrived at Point Cook and issued to Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

1926 Received for use by 1FTS at Point Cook.

21Sep28 Forced landing at Point Cook caused severe damage to the fuselage, lower wings and undercarriage. Pilot Cadet R.V Griffin suffered severe but non-life threatening injuries and was hospitalised. Survey report stated the airframe was uneconomical to repair and recommended conversion. The engine should be returned to stock when repaired.

26Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1149/28 approved write-off and conversion of the airframe to components and, repair of the engine.

A3-31

1918 Built as Serial E3746, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

12May19 A Board of Inquiry was set up at Point Cook to investigate the state of the newly imported aircraft that had suffered various degrees of damage while in transit. Mildew covered, rotting fabrics; heavily corroded metal parts; and handling damage was evident on all aircraft. In particular six aircraft showed severe signs of damage and, ominously, moisture ingress had caused deterioration of the structural integrity of the wings on those aircraft. The aircraft with the most serious damage were H2171, H2172, H2174 H2175, E3742 and E3746.

05Jun19 The Director of Military Training authorised the six aircraft to be stripped completely and the serviceable parts used to get other machines into a flying condition. The six aircraft were then authorised for complete overhaul.

00Jun19 Held unserviceable by CFS ARS pending the arrival of sufficient spares from the UK.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

00Aug20 Selected to participate in the 2nd Peace Loan Tour.

00Oct20 Arrived back at Point Cook and underwent servicing.

04Oct20 Received for storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at Point Cook, with Le Rhône WD18081.

00Dec20 Received for use by A Flight, CFS.

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial E3746.

00Oct21 RAF Serial E3746 was removed at some time between October 1921 and March 1922 and the new RAAF Serial A3-31 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by A Flight, 1FTS wearing the Serial E3746.

08Jun23 Forced landing near Point Cook caused damage to the undercarriage and lower wings. . Pilot Lt C.H. Simpson was uninjured.

30Mar25 Forced landing at Point Cook.

12Nov26 Loaned to No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Laverton.

00Jan27 Returned for use to 1FTS.

22Jun27 Collided with A3-16 at Point Cook, medium damage to upper wings. Pilot FLGOFF C.H. Simpson suffered minor injuries and shock.

15Jul27 Damaged in landing accident at Point Cook.

00Aug27 Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and recommended conversion.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

A3-32

1918 Built as Serial E3749, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

27Aug19 Test flown at ARS by Mr W.J. Stutt.

04Sep19 Allocated to the 1st Peace Loan Tour in No 3 Military District VIC. Departed Point Cook with a crew of CPT A.H Cobby and air mechanic A541 D.G Graves. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following towns: Kyneton, Maryborough, Beaufort, Creswick and returned to Point Cook on 06Sep. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

08Sep19 Same crew departed for leaflet drops and loan speeches at Kyabram, Dandenong, Frankston, and Mornington.

09Sep19 When departing Mornington the tail unit smashed into fence rails which caused the aircraft to crash land. Aircraft was severely damaged but the crew were uninjured. Total accumulated flight time was 5 hrs.

10Sep19 A salvage team from Point Cook recovered the aircraft and returned to ARS for repair.

01Jan20 Became part of the newly formed Australian Air Corps (AAC).

1920 Aircraft under repair at ARS.

27Jul20 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 RAF Serial E3749 was removed at some time between October 1921 and March 1922 and the new RAAF Serial A3-32 applied on the fuselage sides.

05Jul23 Received for overhaul by No 1 Flying Training School Workshops at Point Cook.

10Oct23 Allocated to A Flight, 1FTS after repair and overhaul.

23Oct23 Test flown successfully after overhaul.

00Oct23 Received by A Flight, 1FTS.

28Nov24 Crash landed at Point Cook following engine failure. Pilot FLGOFF G. Packer received several injuries and suffered from shock, the aircraft was extensively damaged.

00Nov24 Returned to storage at 1AD.

17Feb25 1AD Board of Survey report recommended conversion.

13Mar25 Air Board Agenda No.603/25 approved write-off and conversion to components.

20Apr25 Conversion completed at 1AD.

A3-33

1918 Built as Serial E3750, one of 449 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by A.V Roe & Co Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester UK under Contract 35a/226/C.140 dated 14 March 1918 in the Serial range E3404 to E3852. Powered by the 80hp (60kw) Le Rhône rotary engine.

28Aug18 The Australian Government placed an order for 20 Avro 504K aircraft with the British War Department.

00Oct18 Received by RAF and issued to No 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Manchester UK.

15Oct18 Aircraft allotted to Australian Commonwealth from RAF Stocks.

00Nov18 Received by No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot, Berkshire for packing and dispatch.

24Dec18 Loaded aboard the 11,137 ton P & O vessel SS Berrima at London Docks.

03Jan19 Departed London for Melbourne.

25Mar19 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

25Apr19 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Flying Corps (AFC) at Point Cook, VIC for unpacking, reassembly and testing.

00May19 Received for use by A Flight No 1 Home Training Squadron (1HTS) at Point Cook.

09Jul19 Received for servicing and repair by ARS at Point Cook.

14Jul19 Received for use by A Flight, 1HTS.

01Aug19 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

05Aug19 Received for use by A Flight, 1HTS.

03Sep19 Allocated to the 1st Peace Loan Tour in No 3 Military District VIC. Departed Point Cook with a crew of CPT A.T.L Cole and Lt Tunbridge. Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following towns: Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Buninyong, Ballarat, Beaufort, Ararat, Rupanyup, Murtoa, Horsham, Dimboola, Nhill, Warracknabeal, Minyip, Donald, St Arnaud and Avoca. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans. Aircraft returned to Point Cook 0n 10Sep19.

16Sep19 Received for servicing and repair by ARS at Point Cook.

26Sep19 Received for use by A Flight, 1HTS.

21Oct19 Received for servicing by ARS at Point Cook.

01Jan20 Became part of the AAC (AAC) on this day.

05Mar20 Received for use by A Flight, Central Flying School, AAC at Point Cook.

05Aug20 Allocated as the No 3 Tour Aircraft for the 2nd Peace Loan Tour in No 1 Military District, QLD. Departed Point Cook with a crew of CPT A.T.L Cole and air mechanic LAC D. Whicker along with three other aircraft on a ferry flight to Brisbane which was planned to take five or six days. After two hours flight severe thunderstorms forced the flight to land at Benalla and wait until the weather cleared.

06Aug20 Aircraft departed Benalla but ten minutes later was forced to return with a misfiring engine.

07Aug20 Departed again and flew to Sydney via Wagga Wagga and Goulburn. Engine failed completely after landing at No 2 Station Richmond and a new engine was shipped from Point Cook by rail, arrived Richmond on 12Aug.

13Aug20 Departed Richmond for first leg of a Brisbane flight via Newcastle, Tamworth, Armidale and Tenterfield.

14Aug20 Departed Tenterfield for 2nd leg of Brisbane flight via Warwick. Arrived Lytton Racecourse airfield Brisbane.

15Aug20 Aircraft was partially disassembled and prepared for rail transportation to Rockhampton, QLD.

17Aug20 Dispatched to Rockhampton.

19Aug20 Aircraft reassembled, test flown and prepared for the Peace Loan Tour.

21Aug20 Departed Rockhampton crewed by CPT A.T.L Cole and air mechanic LAC D. Whicker Leaflet drops and Peace Loan talks were given at the following Queensland towns: Morgan, Banana, Duaringa, Comet, Emerald, Capella, Clermont, Blair Athol, Copperfield, Alpha, Jericho, Barcaldine, Aramac, Muttaburra, Longreach, Isisford, Blackall, Tambo, Springsure, Emerald and Emu Park. At locations where the aircraft landed the pilot was called upon to exhort the locals to buy Peace Loans.

14Sep20 Arrived back at Lytton field where the aircraft underwent servicing and engine change.

19Sep20 Departed Brisbane for Point Cook following the same outward route in reverse order.

29Sep20 Arrived Point Cook.

12Oct20 Received by ARS for complete overhaul, with Le Rhône WD18173

07Feb21 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at Point Cook, with Le Rhône WD80724

31Mar21 Received for use by the Australian Air Force (AAF) No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook wearing the Serial E3750.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

00Oct21 RAF Serial E3750 was removed at some time between October 1921 and March 1922 and the new RAAF Serial A3-33 applied on the fuselage sides.

17Oct21 Received for use by C Flight, 1FTS.

03Feb26 Crash landed at Point Cook, damage to lower wings and fuselage. Pilot Cadet H.J Johnston was uninjured.

00Feb26 Received for fuselage reconditioning by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

1926 Returned for use by 1FTS.

1929 Board of Survey recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board Agenda 1342/1929 approved strike-off charge and conversion to components.

A3-34

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9828, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9828 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-34 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1925 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Point Cook.

22Jan26 During aerial gunnery practice the pilot lost control at low altitude and crashed near Point Cook. Pilot cadet C. Smythe suffered abrasions, broken bones and shock. The aircraft was severely damaged.

23Jan26 Aircraft wreckage recovered to Point Cook. Board of Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and recommended conversion.

27Jan26 Air Board Agenda No.717/26 gave approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

Total airframe time: 37hrs 05min.

A3-35

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9834, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9834 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-35 applied on the fuselage sides.

1924 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

1924 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Point Cook.

16Sep24 Forced landing at Point Cook, no damage. Crew of FLGOFF A.W Murphy & Cadet T. Richards were uninjured.

00Nov25 Received for pilot training duty by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton.

14Dec25 Minor mid-air collision. No further details. Pilot FLGOFF C.H. Simpson was uninjured.

00Feb26 Returned for use by 1FTS.

28Apr26 Landing accident at Point Cook. Pilot FLTLT E.A. Mustard was uninjured.

28Oct27 Forced landed after engine failure in a field near Craigieburn (53km NE of Point Cook). Damage to undercarriage and fwd fuselage. Pilot FLGOFF T.W Shortridge was uninjured.

00Nov27 Repaired at 1FTS Workshop.

17Oct28 Solo trainee pilot was practicing forced landings in a paddock two miles NNW of Point Cook. On one such landing the aircraft struck a concealed tree stump that tore-off the undercarriage and flipped the aircraft, resulting in extreme damage. Pilot Cadet H.O Woodhouse only suffered shock and some minor abrasions.

18Oct28 E/E 24 Casualty Report stated the aircraft and engine were unrepairable and recommended conversion.

07Nov28 Air Board Agenda No.1157/28 approved conversion to components of the airframe and Clergêt engine No 38541.

06Dec28 Conversion of airframe and engine completed at 1AD. 

A3-36

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9835, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

00Jan20 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

00Jul20 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

00Aug20 Received for use by CFS.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day. CFS became No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS).

01Aug21 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9835 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-36 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1925 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

28Jan26 Forced landing after engine failure near Point Cook. Pilot Cadet H. Nicholls was uninjured.

00Mar26 Received for pilot training by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1926 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Point Cook.

23Jan29 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-37

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9836, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9836 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-37 applied on the fuselage sides.

00Nov25 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook VIC.

00Dec25 Received for pilot training by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Apr26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

13Jul27 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure.

11Aug27 Damage to undercarriage when pilot stalled from 10ft when landing at Werribee. Cadet C.C Search was uninjured but shaken.

31Jan28 While conducting routine circuits and bumps at Point Cook the engine exploded at 200ft causing a crash landing. The pilot LAC T.L Jackson suffered minor injuries and shock. The aircraft sustained damage to the undercarriage and fwd fuselage.

22Jun28 FLGOFF G.S Brown (RAF) pilot and Lt P. Baillache (RAN) were flying alongside Geelong Rd near Werribee when the aircraft struck a telegraph pole and wires concealed in the ground fog. Aircraft crashed causing severe damage; both crewman escaped with minor injuries.

25Jun28 Aircraft wreckage was recovered back to Point Cook.

26Jul28 Air Board Agenda No.1097/28 approved write-off and conversion of the airframe and Clergêt engine No 51502 to components.

26Sep28 Conversion completed at 1FTS. SAV 1FTS/B.87/Sep28 refers.

A3-38

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9837, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9837 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-38 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for reconditioning by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co at Coode Island, Melbourne.

00Jan26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1927 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at RAAF Base Laverton.

23Jan29 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-39

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9838, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9838 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-39 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assemble and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Feb26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1927 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot at RAAF Base Laverton.

23Jan29 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

19May26 Damaged when the aircraft struck A1-9 while taxying at Point Cook.

00May26 Received for long term storage by 1AD.

20Jun29 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-40

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9839, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9839 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-40 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assemble and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Apr26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1926 Converted for use a floatplane and issued for use to B Flight 1FTS.

1927 Reconverted to land plane.

20Oct27 Forced landing at Point Cook. Pilot Cadet R.C Chadwick was uninjured.

27Aug28 Trainee pilot stalled-in from 20ft causing major damage to the fuselage structure, wings and undercarriage. Pilot Cadet G.W Boucher suffered minor injuries and shock.

30Aug28 E/E 24 Casualty Report stated the aircraft was unrepairable and recommended conversion. The Report noted that new mainplanes were recently fitted.

28Sep28 Air Board Agenda No 1127/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the fuselage to components. Mainplanes were to be recovered and returned to store.

03Dec28 Conversion of airframe and Clergêt engine No 38523 completed at 1AD. Total flight time was 201hrs.

A3-41

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9840, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

00Jan20 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

00Jul20 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC.

00Aug20 Received for use by CFS.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day. CFS became No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS).

01Aug21 Received for long term storage by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9840 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-41 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1925 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

12Jan26 Landing accident at Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF H.D.L McGilvery was uninjured.

09Oct28 Forced landed after engine failure in a paddock near Point Cook. Pilot FLGOFF D.H Brown suffered contusions, lacerations and shock. The aircraft had extensive damage to undercarriage, fuselage and wings.

31Oct28 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-42

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9841, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day. CFS became No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS).

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9841 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-42 applied on the fuselage sides.

1927 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton.

00Jul27 Received for use by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Point Cook.

16Jul27 Forced landing at Point Cook following engine failure. PLTOFF D.G Mack was uninjured.

04Aug27 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

10Aug28 Collided with A3-43 while taxying at Point Cook. Minor damage, Pilot Cadet G.S Coleman uninjured.

13Aug28 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure. Cadet G. Thomson was uninjured.

01Nov28 Forced landed at Laverton after engine failure. Pilot landed short resulting in significant damage to the undercarriage and lower fuselage. Pilot A472 CPL S Austin was shaken but uninjured.

08Nov28 E/E 24 Casualty Report recommended conversion.

27Sep29 Air Board approval to strike-off charge and convert to components.

A3-43

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9842, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9842 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-43 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Dec25 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Point Cook.

11Jan26 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure. Cadet R.V Griffin was uninjured.

10Feb26 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure. Cadet L.J Robertson was uninjured.

30May28 Crash landed after misjudged landing approach. Cadet G.S Coleman was uninjured.

17Aug28 On landing approach the pilot allowed the aircraft to stall and spin-in. Pilot Cadet G.S. Coleman suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The aircraft was almost totally destroyed.

08Sep28 E/E 24 Casualty Report stated the aircraft was unrepairable and recommended conversion.

09Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1129/28 gave approval to strike-off charge the airframe and Clergêt Engine No.57910 and convert both to components.

A3-44

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9843, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9843 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-44 applied on the fuselage sides.

1925 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Dec25 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Point Cook.

07Jan26 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure. Cadet J.S.N Harris was uninjured.

13Jan26 Pilot became disorientated when performing solo spin recovery practice. Aircraft crash landed in a field near Point Cook causing extensive damage. Pilot Cadet F.F Munro suffered minor injuries and shock.

15Jan26 E/E 24 Casualty Report stated the aircraft was unrepairable and recommended conversion.

18Jan26 Air Board Agenda No 711/26 approved strike-off and conversion to components. Total airframe time: 37hrs.

A3-45

00Feb19 Built as Serial H9844, one of 60 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Frederick Sage & Co Ltd Peterborough, Lincolnshire UK under Contract 35a/2962/C.3390 dated 27 September 1918 in the Serial range H9813 to H9872. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00Mar19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Placed in long term storage at the Spotswood Storage Area 7km SW of the Melbourne CBD.

31Mar21 Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted on this day.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H9844 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-45 applied on the fuselage sides.

1926 Received for assembly and testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Point Cook.

00Jul26 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Point Cook.

08Mar27 Forced landed at Point Cook after engine failure.

13Jul27 Crash landed at Point Cook. Cadet C.C Search was uninjured.

1927 Repaired by 1FTS Workshop and returned to use by 1FTS.

25Feb28 Forced landing at St Kilda following engine failure. Pilot SGT O.D Denny was uninjured.

08Mar28 Extensively damaged during a forced landing at Laverton. Pilot PLTOFF J.B Wright suffered minor injuries. Aircraft recovered to 1AD for assessment.

31May28 Board of Survey report stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and recommended conversion. The Report noted that new mainplanes were recently fitted.

06Jun28 Fuselage (less Engine) was placed into storage.

28Sep28 Air Board Agenda No 1127/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert the fuselage to components. Mainplanes were to be recovered and returned to store.

03Dec28 Conversion of airframe completed at 1AD. Total flight time was 211hrs.

A3-46

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3034, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Note: This aircraft was configured as an Avro 504L Seaplane.

00May20 Received for use by CFS.

08Jul20 Embarked on the battle cruiser HMAS Australia for a two month seaplane trial, pilot was CPT H.F De La Rue.

17Aug20 Embarked on HMAS Australia for the 1920 Papua New Guinea Cruise. Pilot was Capt H.F De La Rue DFC with ground crew of fitter A29 CPL R. Grange and rigger A47 CPL C.C Collins.

28Jan21 Returned to CFS with Clergêt engines WD64135 & WD64172.

31Mar21 Received for use by F Flight, No 1 Flying Training School when CFS was disbanded. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force on this day when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3034 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-46 applied on the fuselage sides.

1924 Reconditioned by 1 FTS Workshop.

1925 Converted to landplane configuration by July 1925.

10Feb26 Crashed at Point Cook – no details. Pilot was Cadet L.G McColl.

12Feb26 Technical survey stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and recommended conversion.

23Feb26 Air Board Agenda No.722/26 gave approval to convert to components.

Total flight time: 171hrs 32min.

A3-47

00Apr19 Built as Serial H3042, one of 160 Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd Loughborough, Leicestershire UK under Contract 35a/2049/C.2327 dated 09 August 1918 in the Serial range H2946 to H3105. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine.

00May19 Received by RAF and placed into storage.

29May19 Allocated to the Australian Commonwealth by The British War Cabinet as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Dec19 Allocated to No 5 Aircraft Repair Depot at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire UK for shipment preparation by the Australian Packing Section of 5AD led by Australian AIF Officer Lt George Mackinolty.

1920 Departed London for Melbourne.

1920 Arrived No 7 Victoria Dock, Port Melbourne VIC.

1920 Received for assembly and testing by the Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) of Central Flying School (CFS), Australian Air Corps (AAC) at Point Cook, VIC. Note: This aircraft was configured as an Avro 504L Seaplane.

00May20 Received for use by CFS.

15Jun20 Flown by Captain H.F De La Rue from Point Cook to make the first ever seaplane landing on the Yarra River. A crowd of several thousand was on hand to witness the landing after it had been publicly announced the day before where and when the event would occur. The aircraft was later dismantled and moved to the Melbourne Exhibition Building where it was reassembled and placed on display with the Australian War Museum.

00Oct20 Returned for repair and servicing with ARS, then placed in storage.

25Jan21 Received for use with B Flight, CFS with Clergêt engine WD45575.

31Mar21 Received for use by F Flight, No 1 Flying Training School when CFS was disbanded. Became part of the newly created Australian Air Force on this day.

13Aug21 Became part of the Royal Australian Air Force on this day when the ‘Royal’ prefix was Gazetted.

1921-22 At some time between October 1921 and March 1922 the RAF Serial H3042 was removed and the new RAAF Serial A3-47 applied on the fuselage sides.

00May22 Crashed in Port Phillip Bay off Altona, VIC – no details. Pilot was FLTLT F.H De La Rue.

08May22 Air Board Agenda No.227/22 approved write-off. 

A3-48

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Jun22 A3-48 was the first of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

15Jun22 First flight flown by Major F.S. Barnwell RFC (Technical Adviser to the Federal Air Board). A series of technical tests and flights were carried out over the next month.

20Jul22 Flown by Major F.S. Barnwell and an Air Force mechanic, departed Mascot on a delivery flight to Point Cook. Route taken was Goulburn, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga (overnight stop), Benalla and Point Cook. A3-48 was accompanied on the ferry flight by A3-49 flown by Mr Nigel Love (Managing Director of AAECO).

22Jul22 Received by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook presumably for RAAF Acceptance Testing.

25Jul22 Test flown by FLTLT S.G Brearley.

00Jul22 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

1924 Received for servicing by 1AD.

18Aug24 Received for use by 1FTS.

00Jul26 Received for use by No 1 (F) Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC.

06Dec26 Forced landing at Laverton, no details other than pilot was PLTOFF H.E Nicholls.

00Jun27 Received for use by 1FTS.

29Sep27 Crashed at Point Cook – severe damage. Pilot was Cadet A.G Gerrand.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

A3-48 on delivery at Mascot 15 June 1922. Mr Nigel Love and fiancée Photographs by E.W. Searle 

A3-49

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Jun22 A3-49 was the second of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Jun22 Following the successful first flight a series of technical tests and flights were carried out over the next month.

20Jul22 Flown by Mr Nigel Love (Managing Director of AAECO) departed Mascot on a delivery flight to Point Cook. Route taken was Goulburn, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga (overnight stop), Benalla and Point Cook. A3-49 was accompanied on the ferry flight by A3-48 flown by Major F.S. Barnwell RFC (Technical Adviser to the Federal Air Board).

22Jul22 Received [presumably] by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook for RAAF Acceptance Testing.

03Aug22 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at No 1 Station Point Cook .

01Mar23 Received for use by RAAF HQ at Port Melbourne, VIC. During its time at RAAF HQ the aircraft was made available for use to the Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of Defence.

08Feb24 Received for overhaul by 1AD.

01Jul25 Received for use by C Flight, No 3 (Composite) Sqn at RAAF Base Richmond NSW.

25Aug26 Forced landing, no details other than pilot was PLTOFF H.B Gibson.

20Jun28 Received by 1FTS Workshop for overhaul.

1928 Received for use by 1FTS.

06Sep28 Crashed at Point Cook, severe damage. Pilot Cadet R.R Frith.

28Sep28 Air Board Agenda No 1127/28 gave approval to strike off charge and convert to components.

03Dec28 Conversion of airframe and Clergêt engine completed at 1AD. Total flight time was 221hrs.

At Port Melbourne c.1924 Unknown photographer 

A3-50

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Sep22 A3-50 was the third of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

25Sep22 Acceptance flight at Mascot.

28Sep22 Received for RAAF acceptance testing at No 1 Aircraft Depot at Point Cook. Probably placed into storage.

00Feb24 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School at No 1 Station Point Cook.

14Feb24 Accident at Point Cook, no details other than the Pilot was SQNLDR G. Jones

19Sep24 Crashed during night flying operations at Point Cook. No details.

03Oct24 Board of Survey report 1FTS 4/1924 recommended conversion.

06Nov24 Air Board Agenda No 570 of 1924 approved conversion to components.

06Mar25 Conversion completed and Aircraft Log Book forwarded to AME.

A3-51

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Nov22 A3-51 was the fourth of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

22Nov22 Acceptance flight flown by FLGOFF L.J Balderson & AC1 fitter E.C Douglas at Mascot. Aircraft crashed on landing, no further details.

15Jan23 Following the above crash the aircraft was disassembled and packed for train transportation to No 1 Station Piont Cook, VIC.

23Jan23 Received for repair by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at Point Cook. Board of survey inspection was carried out on 24th January and recommended repair. Probably placed into storage after repair.

00Jul26 Received for use by No 1 (Composite) Squadron at RAAF Base Point Cook.

1927 Received for overhaul by 1AD at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC.

15Jul27 During the complete overhaul all the wing anchor fittings were found to be cracked and/or broken. Repair would be a major undertaking.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

00Jun28 1AD requested reconsideration for repair.

10Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1147/28 directed write-off and conversion of the airframe.

21May29 Aircraft was destroyed at 1AD.

A3-52

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Jan23 A3-52 was the fifth of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

02Jan23 Acceptance flight at Mascot.

20Jan23 Received for RAAF acceptance testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

1923 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

01Jul25 Allocated to No 3 (Composite) Squadron on its formation at Point Cook.

18Jul25 Received for use by No 3 Sqn and relocated with 3Sqn from Point Cook to No 2 Station Richmond, NSW.

00Dec26 Received for use by 1FTS.

17Oct27 Crashed at Point Cook, no details other than the pilot was PLTOFF E.G Knox-Knight.

25Feb28 Air Board gave permission to overhaul with a view to a possible future sale. The permission was later revoked.

20Mar28 Air Board Agenda No.1013/28 stated the aircraft was uneconomical to repair and gave approval to convert the airframe to components.

00Jun28 1AD requested reconsideration for repair.

10Oct28 Air Board Agenda No.1147/28 directed write-off and conversion and/or destruction of the airframe.

21May29 Aircraft was destroyed at 1AD.

A3-53

14Jun21 The Assistant Minister for Defence, Major-General Granville de Laune Ryrie, announced on this day that the Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AAECO) of Mascot, Sydney would construct an initial order of six Avro 504K aeroplanes for the RAAF.

19Jul21 A £6,900 contract with AAECO was approved by the Australian Government.

00Mar23 A3-53 was the last of six Avro 504K aircraft manufactured by AAECO. Powered by the 130hp (97kw) Clergêt 9B rotary engine supplied as part of the Imperial Gift.

00Mar23 Acceptance flight at Mascot.

11Mar23 Departed Mascot at 1215hrs for the first leg of the delivery flight to Point Cook, crewed by Captain A.W. Vigers and Mr F. Holbrook from AAECO acting as the flight mechanic. Arrived Goulburn at 1405hrs and remained overnight.

12Mar23 Departed Goulburn and arrived at Point Cook 1655hrs after refuelling stops at Cootamundra and Violet Town.

12Mar23 Received for RAAF acceptance testing by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at No 1 Station Point Cook.

1923 Received for use by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at Point Cook.

01Jul25 Allocated to No 3 (Composite) Squadron on its formation at Point Cook.

18Jul25 Received for use by No 3 Sqn and relocated with 3Sqn from Point Cook to No 2 Station Richmond, NSW.

01Mar27 Crashed at Richmond, no other details.

29Jul27 Air Board Agenda No 949 of 1927 approved conversion to components.

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