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A2-13 
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Aircraft Serial RAF Serial  Aircraft History

A2-1

D369

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
Served with 1 FTS by 02/25; to 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 01/07/25,
Crashed 06/11/25 (crew Flg Off E J Stephens),
Incident 17/12/26 (crew Plt Off H M Thomas),
To Mort’s Dock & Engineering Co Sydney. To 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 28/01/27,
Damaged 07/08/27 (crew Plt Off C A Smythe),
Crashed 18/11/27 at Armidale NSW (crew Plt Off H M Thomas).  
Approved for conversion to components at 3 Sqn 25/02/28.

A2-2

D370

Storage at 1 AD, and received at 1 FTS from Spotswood in damaged condition 13/02/22.
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 01/07/22,
Crashed 10/22,
In use 1 FTS until 06/25.
To 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 01/07/25,
Crashed 20/08/27 (crew Flt Lt G F Malley).
Uneconomic to make airworthy, approved for conversion to components at 3 Sqn 20/03/28.

A2-3

D371

Long term storage at 1 AD and never erected. A
approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-4

C1916

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926.
To 1 FTS by 07/26,
Forced landing 20/10/27 near Ankie Vic (crew Cpl G E Douglas),
Forced landing 16/11/28 at Laverton (crew Cdt G W Boucher);
Forced landing12/12/28 west of Werribee Vic (crew Plt Off F N Wright) due to broken oil pipe;
Forced landing 20/02/29 at Point Cook (crew Cdt C McK Henry); still in 1 FTS use 03/29.
Approved for issue to Australian War Memorial (AWM) 31/07/29, and displayed in Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne.
To 1 AD 06/36 for recondition;
To AWM Canberra for static display as A2-4.
Repainted to represent ‘C9539’ of 2 Sqn AFC, extant.

A2-5

C1917

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1923.
To 1 FTS by 05/23,
Crashed 08/23 (crew Sqn Ldr G Jones), Court of Inquiry 1 AD 23/08/23
Board of Survey 08/04/24, approved for conversion to components 22/04/24.

A2-6

E3169

Packed in UK 29/12/19, first flown CFS AAC 14/06/20 (Capt A L T Cole), in use 1920/1921 as E3169; to 1FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A2-6. 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 01/07/22, crashed 03/12/25 (crew Flg Off A S Cross). Board of Survey at 1 AD 18/12/25, approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

A2-7

E3170

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927, test flown 28/10/27.
To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 11/27,
To Adelaide for opening of new aerodrome at Parafield 26/11/27,
Damaged landing at Ararat Vic 28/11/27 on return from Adelaide (crew Sqn Ldr J H Summers).
At 1 Sqn uneconomic to make airworthy, approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-8

E3171

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927.
Possibly 1 Sqn, accident 03/27 (crew Plt Off D U Mackintosh),
To 1 FTS again by 04/27. To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 11/27,
To Adelaide for opening of new aerodrome at Parafield 26/11/27;
At 1 Sqn uneconomic to make airworthy.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-9

D8471

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927 and never erected.
Specimens to Munitions Supply Board (MSB) Laboratories at Maribyrnong Vic 20/12/27 for testing.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-10

D8473

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925, and recorded as never being erected, but to 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt by 12/25 until crashed 18/09/26 (crew Plt Off D G Mack), Court of Inquiry 10/26.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

S.E.5a A2-10
1 F.T.S.
Point Cook, c.1925
via Mike Mirkovic.  S.E.5a A2-10
1 F.T.S.
Point Cook, c.1925
via Mike Mirkovic.

A2-11

D8474

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 01/26,
Crashed 10/05/27 in tree tops near Mansfield Vic (crew Sgt O D Denny) on return from Parliament House opening ceremony in Canberra, total flight time 154 hours.
Approved for part salvage, remainder written-off 10/10/27. 
Wreckage rediscovered on Mt Buffalo 04/63.

S.E.5a A2-11 
Crashed Tolmie, Vic. 
11th May 1927

A2-12

D8475

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926. To 1 FTS by 07/26,
Believed damaged 09/27 and logbooks endorsed 13/10/27 for total overhaul at 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 26/10/27.
To 1 FTS by 11/28,
Damaged 28/11/28 when engine cut out after take off (crew Cdt G W Boucher) as petrol filter choked with sand.
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt by 02/29 to 04/29.
Approved for destruction 27/05/29, destroyed by burning 13/06/29.

A2-13

D8476

In use CFS AAC 1920/1921 as D8476;
To 1FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A2-13.
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 01/07/22,
Crashed 02/10/22 (Flt Lt F H McNamara),
Crashed 22/07/24,
Crashed 04/25 (Flg Off F M Bladin),
Crashed 01/03/26 at Point Cook (crew Cdt H T Johnston), total flight time 217 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 10/08/26.

A2-14

D8477

Stored at 1 AD Spotswood 1920/1922,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt by 10/22.
Crashed 01/10/26 at Point Cook, total flight time 260 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 04/12/26.
Conversion completed 04/02/27.

A2-15

D8480

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924,
Recorded as never erected, but believed to 1 FTS by 05/24.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-16

D8482

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926.
To 1 FTS by 06/26 when undercarriage ripped off on fence at Point Cook 14/06/26 (crew Flg Off H W Ross); repaired,
Crashed 08/03/27 (crew Flg Off C Eaton), to ‘B’ Flt for repair 28/03/27.
Repaired to 1 FTS, damaged landing 10/27 at Point Cook,
In use 1 FTS 12/27 until damaged landing at Point Cook 10/11/28 (crew Cdt C A Shaw).
1 FTS until 01/29,
Approved for destruction 27/05/29, destroyed by burning 13/06/29.

A2-17

D8486

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1928 and never erected.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-18

D8488

To Australia 16/12/20. Long term storage at 1 AD until 1928 and never erected.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-19

D8490

In use CFS AAC 1920/1921 as D8490;
To 1FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A2-19.
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 01/07/22,
Crashed 09/22 into hangar at Point Cook.
Repaired, in use 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt by 08/24,
Damaged 18/09/24 (crew Flg Off J H Summers);
Crashed 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 14/02/27 when stalled and spun overshooting approach at Point Cook (crew Cdt A Dix killed), total flight time 363 hours.
Approved for write-off 31/03/27.

A2-20

D8491

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1928 and never erected.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-21

D8495

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927 and never erected.
To Experimental Section Randwick NSW for structural testing.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-22

B8567

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925, recorded as never erected, but to 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt by 07/26.
Forced landed 04/09/27 at Windsor NSW (crew Plt Off C R Gurney),
Crashed 17/11/27 at Brisbane (crew Flg Off C W Lord). 
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-23

C8994

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926. To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt by 05/26, damaged 18/08/26 taxying at Point Cook (crew Flg Off F R W Scherger), total flight time 9 hours. Repaired by 1 Sqn, forced landed 06/11/26 at Little River Vic, back in 1 Sqn use 12/26, damaged 09/02/27 at Point Cook. Repaired, damaged 05/27 near Canberra when overturned on landing (probably for the Parliament House opening ceremony). Approved for conversion to components 12/07/27.

A2-24

C8995

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926, acceptance test flight 30/11/26.
To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt, damaged 02/05/27 when overturned landing at Cootamundra NSW (crew Sgt D McE Carroll).
Attached to 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt Canberra 07/05/27,
Crashed 09/05/27 at Canberra (crew Flg Off F C Ewen killed) when dived into ground during the Parliament House opening ceremony.
Approved for write-off 28/06/27.

 

A2-25

C8996

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927.
To 1 FTS, crashed 15/07/27 at Point Cook,
Sent to MSB Laboratories Maribyrnong 05/08/27 and tested to destruction.
Struck off RAAF charge 16/02/29, with components retained by MSB. 
Rebuilt by Hawker Restorations in Suffolk over 2009/2011 as G-ECAE claiming to be based on the MSB components of A2-25.

A2-26

F9106

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt, crashed 30/09/25, repaired and 3 sqn again by 07/26,
Crashed 24/10/26 at RMC Duntroon Canberra (crew Flg Off L W Sutherland) when hit fence taking off.
Approved to convert to components 21/01/27, conversion completed 24/10/27.
The pilot, Les Sutherland, was invalided from the RAAF in 1927 as a result of this accident, and wrote the history of  1 Sqn AFC, “Aces and Kings”.

A2-27

F9107

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18,
To store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 3 Sqn ‘B’ Flt by 12/25,
Damaged c 23/11/26 (crew Flg Off H D L McGilvery);
Heavy landing 11/27, uneconomic to make airworthy at 3 Sqn.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-28

F9110

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 02/26, crashed 19/02/26 at Point Cook (crew Cdt A J F Greenwood killed) when stalled and spun overshooting approach, completely wrecked, total flight time 17 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 31/03/26.

A2-29

F9113

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1928 and never erected.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-30

F9119

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927 and never erected.
Specimens to MSB Laboratories Maribyrnong 20/12/27 for testing.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-31

F9122

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Stored at 1 AD 1920/1922.
To 1 FTS, test flown 13/10/22 (crew Flt Lt A T Cole), in use 1 FTS 1922/1927,
Crashed 26/10/27 (crew Flt Lt D E L Wilson);
Damaged 29/11/28 at Point Cook when taxyed into D.H.9 A6-16 (crew Cpl S Austin);
Damaged forced landing 11/12/28 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off D A Connelly);
Forced landed 08/01/29 at Laverton (crew Cdt C A  Shaw);
Crashed 05/03/29 at Deniliquin NSW (crew Cdt A G Grant).
Approved for destruction 27/05/29, destroyed by burning 13/06/29.
Replica of A2-31 on static display at RAAF Museum Point Cook.

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a 
A2-31 with Eric Douglas
Photo Eric Douglas Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a A2-31
Photo Eric Douglas  Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5A
Replica
"A2-31"

A2-32

F9131

To No 10 RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park, Brooklands 18/12/18, to store 16/01/19 for Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS, crashed 08/10/25 near Rockbank Vic (crew Flg Off T A Swinbourne) and Board of Survey at 1 AD 19/10/25.
Approved for conversion to components 13/01/26.

A2-33

F9143

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926, and recorded as never being erected, but to 1 FTS over 1926 and 1927.
Believed damaged landing at Canberra 05/27 (probably with the Parliament House opening ceremony deployment), and specimens to MSB Maribyrnong 12/27 for testing.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A2-34

F9144

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt, test flown 16/12/25,
In use over 1926/1927 when crashed 08/06/27 (crew Plt Off W R Garrett), 1 FTS to 10/27.
To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 11/27, to Adelaide for opening of new aerodrome at Parafield 26/11/27.
At 1 Sqn uneconomic to make airworthy, approved for conversion to components 20/03/28, conversion completed 04/05/28.

A2-35

F9145

To Australia 08/03/19.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt, test flown 18/02/26, believed crashed 17/08/26 (crew Flg Off D E L Wilson).
To 1 AD Board of Survey 28/09/26 due to “wear and tear”,
Approved for conversion to components 08/10/26.

A2-36

n.k.

Purchase approved 30/05/25 for a further S.E.5a from Aircraft Disposal Co of Croydon UK, at a cost of 600 pounds.
Believed converted in a two-seater by Experimental Section Randwick over 1925.
To 1 FTS by 02/26, became known as ‘the flying pig’, wings modified 14/10/26;
Crashed in heavy landing at Point Cook 14/10/26 (crew Flg Off G A Wells and Cdt A Dix);
Crashed in heavy landing at Point Cook 10/02/27, repaired and test flown 29/08/27.
To 1 FTS 30/08/27, rebuilt by 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 27/06/28,
Damaged 24/10/28 at Point Cook in collision on ground (crew FSgt O D Denny and Cdt A G Grant) when taxied into D.H.9A A1-16, test flown 29/10/28 and in use 1 FTS until 02/29. Approved for destruction 27/05/29, destroyed by burning 13/06/29.
 
     
 

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
Photo via Ken Rowland Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
Photo via Brendan Cowan Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a 
with Eric Douglas
 Photo Eric Douglas Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a 
with Eric Douglas
 Photo Eric Douglas Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a
-Hispano-Suiza V8 engine
Photo via John A Parker

 
     
 

Manufacturers of RAAF S.E.5as

 
     
 

Serial Range

Manufacturer

Contract Number

C1751 to C1950

Air Navigation Co Ltd, Addlestone, Surrey A.S.20367 of 20 Aug 1917

C8661 to C9310

Austin Motor Co Ltd, Longbridge, Birmingham A.S.22251 of 2 Nov 1917

D301 to D450

Vickers Ltd, Crayford, Kent A.S.31574 of 8 Nov 1917

D8431 to D8580

Vickers Ltd, Crayford, Kent A.S.37767 of 17 Jan 1918

E3154 to E3253

Martinsyde Ltd, Brooklands, Surrey 35a/222/C.137 of 14 Mar 1918

F8946 to F9145

Vickers Ltd, Weybridge, Surrey 35a/1758/C.1882 of 19 Jul 1918
 
     
     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Daniel Leahy, Brendan Cowan & "Batman".

Sources: The SE5 File by Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page, Published by Air Britain 1996, Australian Military Aircraft 1909-1918, Keith Isaacs, AWM, Men & Machines of the Australian Flying Corps 1914-1919, Charles Schaedel, High Adventure, A.H.Cobby, British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1979, Bruce Robertson, “The Imperial Gift”, John Bennett, 1996.

Emails: Daniel Leahy, Dean Norman, Paul McMillan.

Updated 26 August 2014

     

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