VH-AGA


Type: Avro 652A Anson Mk 1
MSN: Nil
Previous Identities: R9883
VH-AVT

History:

  Built by A.V. Roe & Co Ltd at Manchester for the RAF as R9883. Delivered to Australia for the Empire Air Training Scheme.
28OCT40 Taken on charge by the RAAF as R9883. Received at No 2 Aircraft Park at Bankstown ex the U.K.
28NOV40 Issued to No 1 Air Navigation School, Parkes, NSW ex 2AP.
12SEP43 Received at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School, Ballarat, Vic ex 1ANS.
20DEC43 Received at No 2 Air Observers School, Mount Gambier, SA ex 1WAGS.
30NOV44 Issued to Ansett Airways, Essendon for overhaul ex 2AOS.
30APR45 Received at No 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton, Vic ex Ansett.
01MAY45 Under offer to RNZAF.
27JUL45 Not required by RNZAF.
22AUG45 Received at No 11 Elementary Flying Training School, Benalla, Vic ex 1AD.
14AUG46 Sold by Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, Mascot, NSW.
15AUG46 Ferried from Benalla to Mascot (as R9883) by Joe Linfoot and Jack Howard. Flying time 2:50. (Source: 3)
16AUG46 Issued to purchaser ex Benalla. (See above. Adastra clearly had possession of the aircraft the previous day!)
29NOV46 Application for CofR and CofA from Adastra Airways Pty Ltd, 41-43 Lords Road, Mascot.
Total Time 1917 hours since last overhaul by Ansett Airways at Essendon on 30MAY45.
07JAN47 Test flown at Mascot.
09JAN47 Added to the Register as VH-AVT. (CofR No 1159, CofA No 1117). Seating for 1 pilot plus 3 crew.
23FEB47
Attempted photo Deniliquin-Local. (Source: 2)
24FEB47
Photographing Deniliquin-Tuppal. (Source: 2)
25FEB47
Photographing Deniliquin-Koondrook. (Source: 2)
27FEB47
Photographing Deniliquin-Koondrook. (Source: 2)
09JUN47 Camera test (15,000 feet) at Mascot by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 10 mins). (Source: 1)
12JUN47 Survey of Newcastle area by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs 45 mins). (Source: 1)
17JUN47 Camera test (15,000 feet) at Mascot by Gordon Bigg and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 15 mins). (Source: 1)
18JUN47 Survey of Sydney and Newcastle areas by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs 20mins). (Source: 1)
09SEP47 Test flight by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (30 mins). (Source: 1)
10SEP47 Photography of Mascot Aerodrome by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter thence to Bega (2 hrs 20 mins). (Source: 1)
11SEP47 Photography of Yourie area by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (3 hrs 55mins). (Source: 1)
18SEP47 Photography of Yourie area by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs 30mins). (Source: 1)
20SEP47 Positioned Bega to Mascot by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 35mins). (Source: 1)
23SEP47 Camera test with 20 inch lens by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (25mins). (Source: 1)
26SEP47 Gyro test by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 10mins). (Source: 1)
29SEP47 Camera test with 20 inch lens by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (35mins). (Source: 1)
30SEP47 Camera test with 20 inch lens by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (30mins). (Source: 1)
30SEP47 Camera test with 8.25 inch lens by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (20mins). (Source: 1)
02OCT47 Ferried Mascot to Benalla by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs 55mins). (Source: 1)
18OCT47 Photography of Drouin area by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (4 hrs 40 mins). Diverted to Fishermens Bend. (Source: 1)

Tom Carpenter's memoirs describe the event thus:

"Perhaps my next near miss was on the 18th October 1947 while based at Essendon. Joe Linfoot, John Howard and myself were flying an Anson which had not yet been fitted with long-range fuel tanks in the starboard bomb bay. Our survey location was Drouin, east of Melbourne, but at 13,000 feet Melbourne seemed just beneath us. Decision time - could we make another photographic run thirty miles to the east, then back 30 miles towards Melbourne? The answer was "yes" but soon after turning off the camera and heading downhill, we ran into a strong westerly head wind. Melbourne seemed to stay in the same place but our fuel supply drained away quickly. To minimize the story, we were given permission to land at Fishermen's Bend and despite my manipulation of fuel available, I firmly believed we would ditch in the Bay. However, we landed with power available on both engines but lost one of them on the taxiway. A fuel tanker was sent to us from Essendon and supplied 1 gallon less than our total tankage.
13NOV47 Ferried Essendon to Laverton by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (15 mins) (Source: 1)
16DEC47 Attempted photography by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (25 mins). (Source: 1)
19DEC47 Withdrawn from service.
30DEC47 Returned to service.
08JAN48 Photography of Hamilton and Coleraine by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (4 hrs 10 mins). (Source: 1)
24FEB48 Test flight by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter after engine change (30 mins). (Source: 1)
20MAR48 Aircraft made a forced landing at Mangalore, Vic after the failure of the starboard engine.

Tom Carpenter's memoirs describe the event thus:

"We were based in Benalla and surveying in the High Country around Mount Hotham. At an altitude of 13,000 feet while lining up for another photographic run, the starboard engine blew itself to pieces internally, leaving the propeller with no pistons or anything to slow it down and the balance weights still on the crank shaft. I hope never again to experience such vibration or hear the noise that aircraft was making - the landing gear warning horn did not help either, until I tore the leads from the Claxon. As the aircraft slowed down, the unexpected happened - due to the severe twisting of the starboard wing, it stalled 10-15 knots before its normal stall speed. One wing flying and one wing stalled threw us into an inverted position and we began to spin. Joe Linfoot, John Howard and I have talked about that day many times, but we are unable to remember anything between going inverted and the normal spin - if there is anything normal about a spin in a twin-engine aircraft.

At 10,000 feet Joe was in control again and for the next 27 minutes I waited to die. It was a strange cold feeling with flashes of past memories. The instrument panel was a complete blur due to the vibration of the aircraft, and all I could do was look out along the starboard wing and watch the skin and tank covers buckle as the front spar went up and the rear spar went down and look back towards the rudder and elevators and see the severe twisting of the tubular members that made up the fuselage frame. If I prayed it probably would have been that the gyrating engine would fall off before the whole starboard wing left us.

At last we were over Mangalore, but what could we do next? We had some idea of the probable stalling speed with gear up, but what would be the result with wheels down? Are we game to lower either wheels or flaps? Wheels went down O.K. but we gave the flaps a miss - I walked slowly backward ending in the dark room, to trim the aircraft onto the ground. The noise was so horrendous that we could not communicate with each other and used hand signals.

Joe pulled the aircraft to a stop on the grass clear of the runway and because I had been nearly over the tail wheel, I was first to get out - a funny thing happened. As my feet hit the ground my legs turned to jelly and I fell over - both Joe and John did exactly the same thing. When the groundsman drove out to the aircraft he found three grown men laying on the ground laughing hysterically. The nearest pub was Avernell and did we drink a skinful that afternoon (even John who was a non drinker), while waiting for the R.A.A.F. to bring our car down from Benalla.

The date was 20th March 1948 a day to remember, but despite my feeling that VH-AVT would never fly again, neither my Chief Engineer Eric Haynes nor myself could find any structural fault, or any reason not to fit a new engine and cowling. The result being that nineteen days later, I flew the Tiger Moth VH-AVV with Joe as passenger from Benalla to Mangalore - Joe flew the Anson back to Benalla and I wandered home in the Tiger Moth." See here for photos of the destroyed engine.
29APR48 Ferried Benalla to Mascot by Joe Linfoot and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs 50 mins). (Source: 1)
21JUN48 Total Time 2162.10 hours.
08JUL48 CofA lapsed.
SEP48 Adastra advise DCA that Anson VH-AGO will be returning to Mascot and will be replaced by VH-AVT.
20OCT48 Test flown after CofA by Gordon Bigg and Tom Carpenter (25 mins). (Source: 1)
21OCT48 Photography of Wollongong by Gordon Bigg and Tom Carpenter (2 hrs). (Source: 1)
23OCT48 CofA renewed.
11NOV48
Attempted Mascot-Wollongong. (Source: 2)
23NOV48 Ferried Mascot to Mallacoota for local photography by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (2 hrs 10 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
24NOV48
Photographing Mallacoota-Kameruka. (Source: 2)
27NOV48
Photographing Mallacoota-Aukland. (Source: 2)
02DEC48
Attempted Mallacoota-Aukland. (Source: 2)
07DEC48
Attempted Mallacoota-Aukland. (Source: 2)
09DEC48
Photographing Mallacoota-Aukland. (Source: 2)
10DEC48 Ferried Mallacoota to Mascot by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrel. (2 hrs). (Source: 1 & 2)
13DEC48
Photographing Mascot-Penrith. (Source: 2)
17DEC48
Attempted Mascot-Wollongong. (Source: 2)
18DEC48
Photographing Mascot-Wollongong. (Source: 2)
19DEC48
Photographing Mascot-Wollongong. (Source: 2)
21DEC48
Attempted Mascot-Wollongong. (Source: 2)
22DEC48 Ferried Mascot to Nhill by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrel. (4 hrs 40 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
23DEC48
Transport Nhill-Parafield. (Source: 2)
23DEC48 Ferried Nhill to Parafield by Gordon Bigg and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 35 mins). (Source: 1)
01JAN49
Attempted Parafield-I.C.I. area. (Source: 2)
06JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Battams Road. (Source: 2)
08JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Centre & West Ties. (Source: 2)
09JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Runs 35 to 23, (South West). (Source: 2)
10JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Runs 24 to 14 (West). (Source: 2)
11JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Runs 13 to 6 (West). (Source: 2)
17JAN49
Photographing Parafield-I.C.I. area. (Source: 2)
18JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Runs 5 to 1 (West) & Runs 1 to 4 (East). (Source: 2)
19JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Runs 4 to 12 East Side. (Source: 2)
20JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Gap Runs. (Source: 2)
23JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Tie Strips. (Source: 2)
24JAN49
Photographing Parafield-East Side Runs 13 to 215. (Source: 2)
25JAN49
Photographing Parafield-East Side Runs 26 to 35. (Source: 2)
26JAN49
Photographing Parafield-Kingston-Meningie Road. (Source: 2)
09FEB49
Photographing Parafield-Gap Runs East Side. (Source: 2)
10FEB49
Photographing Parafield-Gap Runs East Side. (Source: 2)
17FEB49
Photographing Parafield-Gap Runs West Side. (Source: 2)
25FEB49
Photographing Parafield-Port Lincoln (Wanilla Area). (Source: 2)
25FEB49
Photographing Port Lincoln-Parafield. (Source: 2)
02MAR49
Photographing Parafield-Bordertown Kingston. (Source: 2)
03MAR49
Photographing Parafield-Cape Jaffa-Padthaway. (Source: 2)
11MAR49
Attempted photo Parafield-Local. (Source: 2)
12MAR49
Photographing Parafield-Lake Bonney-Mt Gambier. (Source: 2)
12MAR49
Photographing Mt Gambier-Parafield. (Source: 2)
14MAR49
Photographing Parafield-East Gaps & Obliques. (Source: 2)
23MAR49
Photographing Parafield-1100 sq. mls. Job Runs 21 to 9 East. (Source: 2)
24MAR49
Photographing Parafield-1100 sq. mls. Job Runs 8 to 1 East. (Source: 2)
25MAR49
Attempted Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
27MAR49
Photographing Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
03APR49
Photographing Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
05APR49
Photographing Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
06APR49
Attempted Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
14APR49
Attempted Parafield-Extension Job. (Source: 2)
16APR49
Photographing Parafield-Bordertown etc-Gambier. (Source: 2)
16APR49
Photographing Gambier-Jaffa-Parafield. (Source: 2)
27APR49
Photographing Parafield-Extension Gaps. (Source: 2)
29APR49 Ferried Parafield to Narrandera by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrel. (3 hrs 35 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
29APR49 Ferried Narrandera to Mascot by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (2 hrs 20 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
11MAY49
Test 6" Lens Mascot-Local. (Source: 2)
16MAY49 Ferried Mascot to Bourke (for photography of the Darling River) by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (3 hrs 25 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
18MAY49
Photographing Bourke-Block F (Louth). (Source: 2)
24MAY49
Photographing Bourke-Block F Northern End Tie Run. (Source: 2)
26MAY49
Transport Bourke-Walgett. (Source: 2)
27MAY49
Photographing Walgett-Mungindi (Block A). (Source: 2)
28MAY49
Photographing Walgett-Mungindi (Block A). (Source: 2)
29MAY49
Photographing Walgett-Colarenebri (Block B). (Source: 2)
31MAY49
Transport Walgett-Bourke. (Source: 2)
02JUN49
Photographing Bourke-Block F. (Source: 2)
05JUN49
Photographing Bourke-Block E. (Source: 2)
06JUN49
Photographing Bourke-Block C (Walgett). (Source: 2)
07JUN49
Photographing Bourke-Block D. (Source: 2)
12JUN49
Attempted Bourke-Block D. (Source: 2)
13JUN49
Photographing Bourke-Block D. (Source: 2)
20JUN49 Ferried Bourke to Mascot by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (3 hrs 10mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
27JUN49 Ferried Mascot to Eagle Farm (Brisbane) by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (3 hrs 35mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
28JUN49 Ferried Eagle Farm (Brisbane) to Dalby by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (1 hr 10mins). Photography of Wandoan, Toowoomba, Texas, Goondiwindi and other areas. (Source: 1 & 2)
29JUN49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
30JUN49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
01JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
04JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
05JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Bonshaw (Leyburn) Emergency. (Source: 2)
08JUL49
Photographing Leyburn-Dalby. (Source: 2)
09JUL49
Air Test Dalby Local. (Source: 2)
11JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Wyemo. (Source: 2)
22JUL49
Attempted Dalby- South. (Source: 2)
27JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
28JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
30JUL49
Photographing Dalby-Toowoomba. (Source: 2)
03AUG49
Attempted Goondiwindi-Wyemo. (Source: 2)
04AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Wyemo-Bonshaw. (Source: 2)
05AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Texas. (Source: 2)
06AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Texas-Wyemo. (Source: 2)
07AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Goondiwindi. (Source: 2)
11AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Macintyre. (Source: 2)
16AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Goondiwindi. (Source: 2)
17AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Macintyre. (Source: 2)
18AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Toowoomba Gaps. (Source: 2)
19AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Macintyre Brook. (Source: 2)
21AUG49
Photographing Goondiwindi-Macintyre Brook . (Source: 2)
29AUG49
Photographing St George-Kajarabie. (Source: 2)
30AUG49
Photographing St George-Kajarabie. (Source: 2)
16SEP49
Attempted St George-Wandoan etc. (Source: 2)
17SEP49
Photographing St George-Texas-Wyemo-Macintyre Brook. (Source: 2)
18SEP49
Photographing St George-Macintyre. (Source: 2)
20SEP49
Attempted St George-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
21SEP49
Photographing St George-Darling River Block A & B. (Source: 2)
22SEP49
Photographing St George-Wandoan. (Source: 2)
27SEP49
Photographing St George-Kajarabie. (Source: 2)
10OCT49 Ferried St George to Mascot by Gordon Bigg, Tom Carpenter and Harry Morrell. (3 hrs 15 mins). (Source: 1 & 2)
17OCT49
Attempted Mascot-Kiama. (Source: 2)
17OCT49 Attempted photography at 17,000 feet (oxygen) by Gordon Bigg and Tom Carpenter (1 hr 20 mins). (Source: 1)
18OCT49
Attempted Mascot-Orange. (Source: 2)
27OCT49
Attempted Mascot-Ulladulla. (Source: 2)
28OCT49
Attempted Mascot-Ulladulla. (Source: 2)
31OCT49
Attempted Mascot-Orange. (Source: 2)
04JAN51
Viewer Test Mascot-Local. (Source: 2)
05JAN51
Attempted Mascot-Local. (Source: 2)
08JAN51
Photographing Mascot-Burraga. (Source: 2)
09JAN51
Attempted Mascot-Burraga. (Source: 2)
10JAN51
Photographing Mascot-Burraga. (Source: 2)
12JAN51
Viewer Test Mascot-Burraga. (Source: 2)
22JAN51
Viewer Test Mascot-Local. (Source: 2)
25JAN51
Transport Mascot-Moorabbin. (Source: 2)
27JAN51
Photographing Moorabbin-Melbourne-Essendon. (Source: 2)
28JAN51
Photographing Essendon-Melbourne. (Source: 2)
31JAN51
Transport Essendon-Moorabbin. (Source: 2)
31JAN51
Transport Moorabbin-Sydney. (Source: 2)
05FEB51
Transport Mascot-Nyngan. (Source: 2)
06FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block A (Macquarie). (Source: 2)
07FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block D (Macquarie). (Source: 2)
08FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block A&B (Macquarie). (Source: 2)
09FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block B. (Source: 2)
11FEB51
Transport Nyngan-Bathurst. (Source: 2)
11FEB51
Transport Bathurst-Mascot. (Source: 2)
14FEB51
Transport Mascot-Nyngan. (Source: 2)
15FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block A&C. (Source: 2)
16FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block C. (Source: 2)
17FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block C. (Source: 2)
19FEB51
Attempted Nyngan-Block D. (Source: 2)
24FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block D. (Source: 2)
26FEB51
Photographing Nyngan-Block D. (Source: 2)
27FEB51
Transport Nyngan-Wilcannia. (Source: 2)
28FEB51
Transport Wilcannia-Broken Hill. (Source: 2)
28FEB51
Photography Broken Hill-Menindee. (Source: 2)
01MAR51
Attempted Broken Hill-Menindee. (Source: 2)
05MAR51
Photographing Broken Hill-Menindie Lakes. (Source: 2)
06MAR51
Transport Broken Hill-Nyngan. (Source: 2)
09MAR51
Photo & Transport Nyngan-Block A-Bourke. (Source: 2)
10MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Beemery. (Source: 2)
12MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Beemery. (Source: 2)
14MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Block D (Darling River). (Source: 2)
16MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Block D (Darling River). (Source: 2)
17MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Block D (Darling River). (Source: 2)
18MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Brewarrina. (Source: 2)
21MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Brewarrina. (Source: 2)
22MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Milford. (Source: 2)
23MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Milford. (Source: 2)
24MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Warraweena. (Source: 2)
25MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Corella. (Source: 2)
26MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Corella. (Source: 2)
27MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Macquarie River. (Source: 2)
28MAR51
Photographing Bourke-Milroy etc. (Source: 2)
30MAR51
Transport Bourke-Mascot. (Source: 2)
09APR51
Transport Mascot-St George. (Source: 2)
10APR51
Photographing St George-Burrenbar. (Source: 2)
13APR51
Photographing St George-Burrenbar. (Source: 2)
14APR51
Photographing St George-Thomby. (Source: 2)
20APR51
Attempted St George-Local. (Source: 2)
21APR51
Photographing St George-Cubbie. (Source: 2)
22APR51
Photographing St George-Cubbie. (Source: 2)
23APR51
Photographing St George-Tala. (Source: 2)
24APR51
Photographing St George-Tala. (Source: 2)
26APR51
Photographing St George-Burrenbar. (Source: 2)
27APR51
Attempted St George-Nindigully. (Source: 2)
28APR51
Photographing St George-Gradule. (Source: 2)
29APR51
Photographing St George-Booligar. (Source: 2)
30APR51
Photographing St George-Booligar. (Source: 2)
01MAY51
Photographing St George-Booligar. (Source: 2)
02MAY51
Transport St George-Toowoomba. (Source: 2)
08MAY51
Attempted Toowoomba-Crows Nest. (Source: 2)
09MAY51
Transport Toowoomba-St George. (Source: 2)
11MAY51
Photographing St George-Gradule-Hebel-Cubbie. (Source: 2)
12MAY51
Photographing St George-Dirranbandi-Hebel-Tala. (Source: 2)
15MAY51
Attempted St George-Hebel. (Source: 2)
16MAY51
Photographing St George-Hebel. (Source: 2)
17MAY51
Transport St George-Charleville. (Source: 2)
17MAY51
Photographing Charleville-Wellclose. (Source: 2)
17MAY51
Transport Charleville-St George. (Source: 2)
22MAY51
Photographing St George-Thomby. (Source: 2)
29MAY51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
30MAY51
Photographing Toowoomba-Warwick. (Source: 2)
31MAY51
Photographing Toowoomba-Warwick. (Source: 2)
01JUN51
Photographing Toowoomba-Warwick-Liverpool Range. (Source: 2)
21JUN51
Attempted Photo Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
23JUN51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
28JUN51
Transport Toowoomba-Eagle Farm. (Source: 2)
28JUN51
Transport Eagle Farm-Toowoomba. (Source: 2)
29JUN51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
02JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
04JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon-Liverpool Range. (Source: 2)
05JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Crows Nest-Samford. (Source: 2)
06JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Crows Nest-Samford. (Source: 2)
09JUL51
Attempted Toowoomba-Crows Nest-Samford. (Source: 2)
10JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Crows Nest-Samford. (Source: 2)
18JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Liverpool Range. (Source: 2)
19JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Warwick. (Source: 2)
22JUL51
PhotographingToowoomba-Crows Nest-Blackbutt. (Source: 2)
25JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Helidon. (Source: 2)
26JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Liverpool Range. (Source: 2)
27JUL51
Photographing Toowoomba-Blackbutt-Kumbia. (Source: 2)
31JUL51
Transport Oakey-Coffs Harbour. (Source: 2)
05AUG51
Photographing Coffs Harbour-Dorrigo. (Source: 2)
06AUG51
Photographing Coffs Harbour-Dorrigo. (Source: 2)
07AUG51
Photographing Coffs Harbour-Dorrigo. (Source: 2)
08AUG51
Transport Coffs Harbour-Mascot. (Source: 2)
13AUG51
Attempted Mascot-Katoomba. (Source: 2)
17AUG51
Photography Mascot-Wollongong (Transmiss). (Source: 2)
29AUG51
Transport Mascot-Bourke. (Source: 2)
30AUG51
Photography Bourke-Corella. (Source: 2)
02SEP51
Attempted Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
03SEP51
Photography Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
04SEP51
Transport & Photo Bourke-Parkes. (Source: 2)
05SEP51
Transport & Photo Parkes-Nyngan. (Source: 2)
06SEP51
Transport & Photo Nyngan-Bourke. (Source: 2)
07SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
08SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
09SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
10SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Belalie. (Source: 2)
12SEP51
Transport Bourke-Parkes. (Source: 2)
15SEP51
Attempted Parkes-Jemalong. (Source: 2)
18SEP51
Photographing Parkes-Jemalong. (Source: 2)
19SEP51
Transport Parkes-Bourke. (Source: 2)
20SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Brindingabba. (Source: 2)
21SEP51
Photographing Bourke-Belalie. (Source: 2)
28SEP51
Attempted Bourke-Boorooma. (Source: 2)
29SEP51
Attempted Bourke-Local. (Source: 2)
30SEP51
Attempted Bourke-Talowla. (Source: 2)
11OCT51
Attempted Bourke-Talowla. (Source: 2)
13OCT51
Attempted Bourke-Talowla. (Source: 2)
14OCT51
Attempted Bourke-Talowla. (Source: 2)
18OCT51
Transport Bourke-Charlevilla. (Source: 2)
18OCT51
Transport Charleville-Townsville. (Source: 2)
19OCT51
Photography Townsville-Burdekin. (Source: 2)
20OCT51
Photography Townsville-Burdekin. (Source: 2)
24OCT51
Transport Townsville-Rockhampton. (Source: 2)
24OCT51
Transport Rockhampton-Kingaroy. (Source: 2)
25OCT51
Transport Kingaroy-Charleville. (Source: 2)
27OCT51
Attempted Charleville-Wellclose. (Source: 2)
05NOV51
Transport Charleville-Bourke. (Source: 2)
08NOV51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
09NOV51
Attempted Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
10NOV51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
13NOV51
Attempted Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
16NOV51
Photographing Bourke-Toorale. (Source: 2)
18NOV51
Photographing Bourke-Charlton. (Source: 2)
20NOV51 Ferried Bourke to Mascot by Lionel Van Praag and Tom Carpenter (3 hrs 35 mins). (Source: 1)
21NOV51
Photographing Bourke-Mullingawarrina. (Source: 2)
18DEC51 CofR expired.
23APR52 CofR and CofA renewed.
19MAY53 Nosed over at Mascot due to a puncture of the port tyre. The aircraft was only slightly damaged.
21MAY54 Port engine failed on take-off at St George, Qld. Take-off abandoned and aircraft brought to standstill.
14AUG56 Adastra advise aircraft is in the middle of a CofA renewal and request a change of registration to VH-AGA.
20AUG56 DCA approve change of registration to take effect from date of renewal of CofA.
22MAR57 CofA renewed and registration changed to VH-AGA.
21MAR58 CofA expired.
04JUN58 Adastra advise DCA that they do not intend to renew the CofA but wish the aircraft to remain on the register as it will be made airworthy when convenient.
07NOV58 CofA renewed. Total Time 4468.55 hours.
05JAN59 Change of ownership to Sepal Pty Ltd, 41-43 Vickers Ave, Mascot.
30OCT59 Aircraft stationed in Victoria on Government survey work. Total Time: 4694 hours.
08MAR60 Total Time 4869.30 hours.
27MAR61 Adastra advise that they are purchasing an Anson wing from Mr H. Wallace of Moorabbin. The wing is stored in a hangar at West Sale, Vic. (The existing starboard wing has a damaged spar).
21JUL61 Total Time 4869.30 hours.
26NOV61 Noted at Essendon.
MAY62 Based at Essendon on survey work.
29JUN62 DCA advise Adastra "...Director-General agrees to an extension of the date for retirement of Avro Anson aircraft VH-AGA & VH-BLF for 14 days. The CofA is deemed to be suspended as from 15.07.62."
30JUN62 All Australian Ansons with wooden wings were grounded by DCA policy. The CofA of VH-AGA was extended into July to allow the completion of a survey contract.
18JUL62 Struck off Register as withdrawn from service and parked with VH-BLF outside the Adastra hangar at Mascot.
SEP63 Donated by Adastra to the Camden Museum of Aviation, Camden, NSW.
08JAN64 Still parked at Mascot with VH-BLF.
64 Trucked from Mascot to Camden along with some parts from VH-BLF.
A letter from Alan Thomas of the Camden Museum of Aviation dated 10 April 2005 states:
"Originally Moorabbin Air Museum were going to acquire an Anson from Adastra but when they acquired VH-FIA down in Melbourne they had no further interest in an Adastra Anson. This left the way open for Father (Harold Thomas - founder of the museum .. Ed) and I to acquire VH-AGA. At the same time VH-BLF was at Mascot with no future owner so we were allowed to remove any parts we thought useful. We removed one Cheetah, the main instrument panel, throttle box, undercarriage fairings and many small items. Before we took control of AGA a strong wind went through Mascot and AGA and BLF actually hit each other on the aileron and trailing edge of opposite wings. So we removed the undamaged trailing edge and aileron from BLF and fitted it to AGA. So some pieces of BLF still exist today with the engine, panel and throttle box on display in the Museum. We gave the other airframe pieces to Colin Wear, now deceased, who was going to build a flying Anson, but the project literally never got off the ground and he eventually sold the BLF parts to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook."
24JAN65 Noted re-assembled in the Camden Museum of Aviation hangar. Subsequently painted in camouflage with the incorrect serial N5151.
JAN67 Noted suspended from the roof of the Camden Museum of Aviation.
78 Noted back on the floor of the Camden hangar and displaying its correct identity R9883.

 

SOURCES
1
Log Book of Adastra engineer Tom Carpenter.
2
Log Book of Adastra camera operator Harry Morrell. The pilot on all of these flights was G.A. Bigg. The complete log book entries, including flight times, can be viewed HERE
3
Log Book of Adastra pilot Jack Howard.



Issue Date Remarks
9 05JAN18
Added flights from the log book of Adastra camera operator Harry Morrel (Source:2) Pilot on all of these flights was Gordon Bigg. Also added an image of VH-AVT. Thanks to Harry's daughter Deb Duckmanton and Nigel Daw of the South Australian Aviation Museum.
8 27DEC06
Added two images of the aircraft at Essendon in June 1960 when it suffered a flat tyre on the taxiway. This aircraft was originally thought to have been VH-BLF but Kevin Pavlich's log book confirms that it is VH-AGA. Consequently these two images have been moved from the page for VH-BLF to the page for VH-AGA.
7 18SEP05
Added more detail drawn from the log book of Tom Carpenter. Note that not all flights recorded in the log book have been added to this chronology. Thanks to Cay Carpenter.
6 14APR05
Added information from a letter from the Camden Museum of Aviation (see 64).
5 04AUG03
Added the date of the ferry flight from Benalla to Mascot (see 15AUG46).
4 26FEB03
Several additions to the history, sourced from N.A.A. files C3905/9 VH/AVT [8]; C3905/9 VH/AGA [2] & C3905/2 VH/AGA [1] thanks to Chris O'Neill.
3 23FEB03
History greatly expanded and several photos added thanks to Geoff Goodall.
2 25JAN03
Added an image of VH-AVT. Thanks to Ed Coates.