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Aircraft Serial

RAF Serial

Type

Aircraft History

A3-1

H2171

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18, delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS Aeroplane Repair Section (ARS) 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia, approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2171,
To storage 1 AD from mid 1921;
To 1 FTS as A3-1 by 01/23 and in use to 1928 when crashed 24/01/28 landing at Point Cook (crew Flg Off J G Cardell),
Repaired, forced landing 08/08/28 at Laverton (crew Cdt H O Woodhouse),
Crashed 06/09/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt R C Jordan).
Approved for conversion to components 18/10/28.

A3-2

H2172

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia,
Approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2172,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921.
Reconditioned as A3-2 by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne 1927,
To 1 FTS and crashed 06/07/27 at Point Cook.
Approved for conversion to components 15/07/27.

A3-3

H2173

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
AAC 08/01/20, CFS ‘A’ Flt, possibly on AAC Second Peace Loan 08/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2173,
To storage 1 AD from mid 1921;
To 1 FTS by 09/24 as A3-3 and flown through 1925.
To 1 Sqn by 11/25, to 1 FTS 12/25 and in use 01/26.
To 1 AD pending disposal over 1926/1927,
Unfit for further flying and approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A3-4

H2174

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia,
Approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
To AAC 08/01/20 CFS ‘A’ Flt, possibly on AAC Second Peace Loan 08/20,
To ARS for storage 21/01/21.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2174,
To storage 1 AD from mid 1921,
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21 (still noted as H2174 by 17/01/22) and in use as A3-4 until 1924.
To 1 AD, and returned to 1 FTS by 09/25,
Loan to 1 Sqn 12/25,
Used by 1 FTS until withdrawn from service 1929.
Allotted to Australian War Memorial 31/07/29,
Displayed Exhibition Buildings Melbourne, to 1 AD 06/36 for recondition,
To AWM Canberra for display.
Loaned to QANTAS 07/65 and modified with Dyak engine 12/65,
Returned to AWM Canberra 1987 for display as A3-4,
On static display AWM Mitchell Annex Canberra.
Was on display Richmond Airshow 1988.
In Storage Australian War Memorial ACT at Treloar Centre.
Extant.

Highlight for Album: Avro 504K A3-4

A3-5

H2175

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia,
Approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
To AAC 08/01/20,
In use by CFS ‘A’ Flt AAC 1920/1921.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2175,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921.
As A3-5, reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne 1926,
To 1 FTS by 12/26.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A3-6

H2176

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19. ARS
To 1 HT Sqn ‘A’ Flt 18/08/19,
First Peace Loan 2 Military District (NSW) 10/09/19,
To ARS CFS 03/10/19.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2176,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921.
As A3-6, in 1925 reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne,
To 1 FTS in use to 1926/1927 when forced landed 20/05/27 (crew Flg Off F R W Scherger);
In use until late 1927,
To 1 AD pending disposal.
Unfit for further flying, approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A3-7

H2177

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
ARS to 1 HT Sqn ‘B’ Flt 05/09/19.
To AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt 08/01/20 until damaged 05/07/20 (crew Capt A T Cole and Capt F H McNamara),
To repair. To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2177,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921.
As A3-7 to 1 FTS by 06/25 until crashed 28/01/26 at Point Cook (crew Cdt L G McColl), total flying time 309 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

Avro 504Ks - E3741, H2177 and E3759
C.F.S., Point Cook, 
c.1919/20
via Mike Mirkovic.

A3-8

H2178

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt and 05/08/20
To Second Peace Loan (crew WOff A W Murphy) in 1 Military District (Qld).
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H3178,
1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21 as A3-8,
In use 1 FTS until 06/25.
Reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne,
To 1 FTS by 05/27 until 02/28.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A3-9

H2179

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19. CFS
First Peace Loan 23/08/19 in 2 Military District (NSW),
Crashed 23/08/19 at Benalla Vic (crew Capt G F Malley),
To ARS for repairs 29/08/19.
To AAC 08/01/20, possibly used for Second Peace Loan 08/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H2179,
To storage 1 AD from mid 1921;
As A3-9 to 1 FTS from 1923 and in use to 1928 when crashed 24/01/28 landing at Point Cook (crew Flg Off J G Cardell), repaired,
Forced landing 08/08/28 at Laverton (crew Cdt H O Woodhouse),
Crashed 06/09/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt R C Jordan).
Approved for conversion to components 18/10/28.

Not Allocated

H2180

504K

Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
CFS 1 HT Sqn ‘B’ Flt,
Crashed 12/06/19 at Melton Vic.
Struck off AAC CFS strength 08/04/20.
Never allocated an A3 number.

Not Allocated

H3021

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC CFS 08/01/20 and believed used on Second Peace Loan 08/20.
ARS to CFS ‘A’ Flt 13/12/20 rigging test flight (crew Capt A T Cole),
In use to 03/21. To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
Crashed 06/04/21 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off J K Fryer-Smith injured and LAC B W Whicker killed) when stalled and spun into ground.

The first fatal accident the AAF suffered occurred in the first week of it coming into being. The Avro stalled on a training flight and spun into the ground, nose first, from 500ft hear the hangers at Point Cook. While Fryer- Smith suffered a fractured skull and cuts LAC Whicker died of his injuries, later that night at Caufield Military Hospital. He is also the very first airman to die after the Australian Air Force was officially formed on 31 March 1921.

Approved for conversion to components 29/04/21.
Never allocated an A3 number.

A3-10

H3022

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS as A3-10, crashed 02/02/26 at Point Cook (crew Cdt F F Munro), total flight time of 90 hours.
To 1 AD and reduced to components and fuselage stored 20/02/26.
Fuselage reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne in 1926,
To 1 FTS by 06/27 until 11/28,
Casualty report 26/11/28.
Approved for conversion to components 12/12/28.

A3-11

H3023

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926.
To 1 FTS as A3-11,
Crashed 25/05/26 near Laverton during forced landing (crew Cdt K M Frewen),
To 1 FTS workshops for repair 05/06/26, total flying time 3 hours.
To 1 FTS 1927, to 1 Sqn ‘B’ Flt 09/03/28,
crashed 14/03/28 taking off at Laverton (crew Plt Off J M C Philpott and AC1 L N Rowe). 
Approved for conversion to components 17/04/28.

A3-12

H3024

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS as A3-12 by 1926 until 03/28, total flying time 311 hours.
Examined 15/05/28 and assessed as uneconomic for overhaul.
Struck off charge 13/07/28.

Not Allocated

H3025

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt 1920,
Second Peace Loan 08/20, crashed.
To storage ARS 04/10/20.
Struck off AAC strength 20/12/20.
Never allocated an A3 number.

A3-13

H3030

504K

Imperial Gift. Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926.
To 1 FTS as A3-13 by 09/27 until 11/28, forced landed 03/09/28 (crew Flg Off AN Evans),
Forced landing 27/09/28 at Point Cook (crew LAC T L J Jackson),
Damaged 30/10/28 practising forced landing at Point Cook (crew Cdt R C Jordan) and ran through fence.
Being damaged and requiring overhaul, approved for conversion to components 10/01/29,
Withdrawn from service 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 09/04/29.

A3-14

H3031

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 01/26 as A3-14,
Crashed 02/03/26 (crew Leut D Ross),
Total flight time 65 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 10/08/26.

A3-15

H3032

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until approx 1926.
To 1 FTS by 06/26 as A3-15,
Force landed at Point Cook (crew Cpl S Austin) due blocked petrol filter,
Damaged 11/12/28 forced landing,
In use 1 FTS until at least 02/29.
Believed withdrawn from service 05/29.

A3-16

H3033

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC CFS 1920,
Second Peace Loan 05/08/20 in 3 Military District (Vic) and 4 Military District (SA) (crew Capt F H McNamara,
In use AAC CFS until 03/21.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H3033,
1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21 (still H3033 by 19/01/22),
In use as A3-16 by 1 FTS until 1923 when damaged 21/02/23 (crew Flg Off C C Matheson); repaired,
To 1 FTS by 05/25 until damaged 22/06/ 27 when collided with A3-31 at Point Cook (crew Leut P Bailhache RAN).
Approved for conversion to components 15/07/27.

Not Allocated

H3035

504K

Imperial Gift.
Packed in UK 22/12/19.
To AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt 1920,
Second Peace Loan 08/20, crashed.
Struck off AAC strength 20/12/20.
Never allocated an A3 number.

A3-17

H3036

504K

Imperial Gift.
Packed in UK 02/01/20,
To AAC CFS for Second Peace Loan 02/08/20 in 6 Military District (Tas),
Damaged at Elwick Tas (crew Capt F W F Lukis).
From ARS AAC to storage 17/12/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H3036,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 17/10/21 (still serialled H3036 02/02/22),
In use 1 FTS as A3-17 through 1922 and over 1924/1925,
Crash landed 05/03/25 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off E W Leggatt).
Reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne 1926,
To 1 FTS by 08/27.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A3-18

H3037

504K

Imperial Gift.
Stored until early 1921,
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21 as H3037,
To 1 AD 01/08/21 for long term storage until 1925.
To 1 FTS as A3-18 by 12/25,
Crashed 09/01/26, total flight time 33 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

A3-19

H3038

504K

Imperial Gift.
Packed in UK 02/01/20.
To AAC CFS 1920,
Second Peace Loan 08/20 in 4 Military District (SA) (crew Lt H C Miller),
From AAC ARS to storage 17/09/20.
To AAF 31/03/21 as H3038,
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 17/10/21 (still serialled H3038 by 02/22),
In use as A3-19 1 FTS until at least 07/23,
Apparently stored 1924.
To 1 FTS by 02/25,
Damaged night flying 25/02/25 (crew Flt Lt J H Summers),
Repaired by 05/03/25 and with 1 FTS until crashed 12/01/26 (crew Cdt W S Armstrong), total flight time 288 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/01/26.

A3-20

H3039

504K

Imperial Gift.
Stored and AAF 31/03/21 as H3039,
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
To 1 FTS as A3-20 and believed damaged 12/06/24 at Point Cook;
Repaired by 1 FTS by 01/26, to 1 AD 30/11/26.
To 1 FTS for use over 1927/1928,
Damaged 06/09/28 landing at Point Cook (crew Cdt C A Shaw).
Approved for conversion to components 10/10/28.

A3-21

H3040

504K

Imperial Gift.
Stored and AAF 31/03/21 as H3040,
Serialled A3-21 by 07/10/21 and to 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21,
1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 01/07/22,
In use 1 FTS until 1924.
To 1 FTS again by 10/24,
Crashed 12/08/27 (crew Cdt D T Saville), total flight time 409 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 24/09/27.

A3-22

H3041

504K

Imperial Gift.
Believed AAC CFS 1920 for Second Peace Loan 08/20,
To ARS AAC 16/09/20 for storage.
To AAF 31/03/21 as H3041,
1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 17/10/21 (still serialled H3041 by 25/01/22 ),
1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 01/07/22 as A3-22, in use until 1923.
To 1 AD and believed storage until 1924.
To 1 FTS by 08/24, crashed 07/10/25 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off V W Burgess), total flight time 273 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 05/02/26, but fuselage evidently reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne over 1926/1927.
To 1 FTS by 1928,
Damaged 22/09/28 at Point Cook when blown over by gusty wind. E/E24
Aircraft Casualty Report raised 26/09/28, written-off.

A3-23

H3043

504K

Imperial Gift.
Believed AAC CFS 1920 for Second Peace Loan 08/20,
To AAC ARS 19/08/20,
To storage 16/09/20.
To AAF 31/03/21 as H3043,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 17/10/21 as A3-23,
1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 01/07/22 and in use 1 FTS until 1925.
To 1 Sqn 24/09/25,
Crashed 11/02/26 (crew Flg Off L F Armstrong).
Repaired and to 1 FTS by 01/27,
Crashed 06/01/27 near Werribee Vic (crew Cdt A Dix) when practising forced landing.
To 1 AD 06/01/27 for write-off , total flight time 351 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 30/04/27.

Avro 504K A3-23
Photo Eric Douglas

Not Allocated

H3044

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC 1920, CFS ‘A’ Flt for Second Peace Loan 08/20, crashed.
Struck of AAC strength 20/12/20.
Never allocated an A3 number.

A3-24

H3045

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC 1920.
To AAF 31/03/21 in long term storage at 1 AD until 1925 as H3045.
To 1 FTS ‘E’ Flt as A3-24,
Crashed 27/01/26 into water off Point Cook (crew Cdt W S Hamilton) when controls jammed and aircraft spun into the sea, total flight time 54 hours.
Approved for write-off 23/02/26,
Struck off charge 11/03/26.

A3-25

H3046

504K

Imperial Gift. To AAC 1920.
To AAF 31/03/21 in long term storage at 1 AD until about 1926 as H3046.
To 1 FTS by 08/27 as A3-25,
Believed crashed 08/08/28, total flight time 200 hours.
Considered uneconomic for overhaul, approved for conversion to components 09/10/28.

A3-26

H3047

504K

Imperial Gift. To AAC 1920.
To AAF 31/03/21 in long term storage at 1 AD until 1925 as H3047.
To 1 FTS by 01/26 as A3-26,
Damaged 23/08/28 at Point Cook when taxyed into by D.H.60 Moth A7-6.
Repaired, 1 FTS forced landed 03/09/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt R V Griffin).
In use 1 FTS 10/28 and damaged 24/10/28 taxiing at Point Cook (crew FSgt O D Denny and Cdt R C Jordan).
Force landed 21/01/29 at Laverton (crew Plt Off A N Evans).
Still in use at 1 FTS until 02/29.
Struck off charge 27/05/29.

Not Allocated

E3741

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To CFS 1 HT Sqn ‘B’ Flt,
To CFS ARS 08/10/19.
Struck off AAC CFS strength 08/04/20.
Never allocated an A3 number.

 

Avro 504Ks - E3741, H2177 and E3759
C.F.S., Point Cook, 
c.1919/20
via Mike Mirkovic.  Avro 504K E3741
Central Flying School, 
Landing accident Point Cook, c.1919
via Mike Mirkovic.

A3-27

E3742

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima,
Arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia,
Approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921;
As A3-27 to 1 FTS,
Crashed 03/06/26 at Altona North, Vic (crew Cdt A Percival killed) when stalled during aerobatic training.
Struck off charge 23/06/26.

A3-28

E3743

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Barambah,
Arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19,
To CFS ‘A’ Flt, to ARS 11/11/19;
Possibly used by AAC for Second Peace Loan 08/20,
To storage 10/02/21.
To AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 17/10/21 as A3-28.
Reconditioned 19/06/23, in use 1 FTS over 1923/1925,
Damaged landing 02/25 (crew Leut V E Kennedy),
Crashed 25/03/25 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off S E Mailer killed, Flg Off A M Charlesworth) when stalled and spun on approach.
Approved for conversion to components 18/05/25.

A3-29

E3744

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Barambah,
Arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
First Peace Loan with CFS 2 Military District (NSW) 23/08/19 (crew Capt L H Holden and Sgt A W Murphy),
To ARS 09/10/19. To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To long term storage 1 AD from mid 1921 to 1926,
To 1 FTS as A3-29 by 09/26 until at least 09/27.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A3-30

E3745

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Possibly used on AAC Second Peace Loan 08/20,
To ARS AAC 08/02/21 storage.
To AAF 31/03/21, 1 FTS ‘A’ Flight 17/10/21 as A3-30, 1 FTS until 1924.
To 3 Sqn Richmond 29/06/25 until at least 04/26.
Evidently fuselage reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne 1926. To 1 FTS,
Crashed 21/09/28 forced landing at Point Cook (crew Cdt R V Griffin),
Approved for conversion to components 16/10/28.

A3-31

E3746

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Damaged in transit to Australia,
Approved for reconditioning 05/06/19.
Possibly used for AAC Second Peace Loan 08/20, CFS ‘A’ Flt until stored 04/10/20.
To AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 17/10/21 (still marked as E3746 23/01/22),
In use as A3-31 with 1 FTS until 1925,
Forced landed 30/03/25,
Loan to 1 Sqn 12/11/26.
To 1 FTS by 12/26,
Damaged 22/06/27 when collided with A3-16 (crew Flg Off C H Simpson),
Damaged 15/07/27. 
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

Not Allocated

E3747

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Used on CFS First Peace Loan 26/08/19 to 1 Military District (QLD),
Crashed 17/09/19 at Gympie Qld (crew Capt F R Smith and AM F C Campbell).
To CFS ARS 14/10/19.
To AAC 08/01/20,
Struck off AAC charge 08/04/20.

A replica of E3747 is on static display at the RAAF Museum Point Cook.

Not Allocated

E3748

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
In service AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt 07/20,
Second Peace Loan 08/20 when crashed 14/08/20 at Kiama NSW (crew Lt A W Rees and Sgt J A Cathcart),
To storage 04/10/20.
Struck off AAC charge 20/12/20.

A3-32

E3749

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
Delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
Examined at ARS 27/08/19 and test flown (crew Mr W J Stutt),
Allotted to CFS First Peace Loan 04/09/19 (crew Capt A H Cobby) and crashed 12/09/19 near Melbourne,
To ARS as severely damaged and to storage.
To AAF 31/03/21, for long term storage 1 AD until 1923.
To 1 FTS workshop 05/07/23 for overhaul and repair, total flight time 5 hours.
As A3-32, to 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 10/10/23 and test flown 23/10/23,
1 FTS until crashed 28/11/24.
Returned to 1 AD storage,
Approved for conversion to components 13/03/25,
Conversion completed 20/04/25.

Avro 504K
E3749 
Peace Loan Tour, Point Cook
Photo via Brendan Cowan

A3-33

E3750

504K

Allotted by RAF to Australia 15/10/18,
delivered from Manchester to No 6 Stores Depot at Ascot by 11/18 for packing and dispatch.
Departed England 24/12/18 on SS Berrima, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Received CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To CFS 1 HT Sqn ‘A’ Flt,
To ARS 09/07/19,
To ‘A’ Flt 05/08/19 for First Peace Loan in 3 Military District (Vic) over 03/09/19 to 10/09/19 (crew Capt A T Cole).
To AAC CFS ‘A’ Flt 02/03/20 until 08/20,
Second Peace Loan in 1 Military District (Qld) over 05/08/20 to 28/9/20 (crew Capt A T Cole),
To ARS 12/10/20 and to storage 07/02/21.
To AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 17/10/21 as A3-33, possibly stored and reconditioned.
In use 1 FTS 1924/1925 until at least 02/26,
Reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co, Melbourne 1926.
To 1 FTS by 09/28 until at least 11/28.
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

A3-34

H9828

504K

Imperial Gift.
Received by AAC 1920,
Stored as H9828.
To AAF 31/03/21,
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS as A3-34,
Crashed 22/01/26 (crew Cdr C A Smythe) during aerial gunnery practice, total flight time 37 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

A3-35

H9834

504K

Imperial Gift.
Received by AAC 1920,
Stored as H9834.
To AAF 31/03/21,
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
To 1 FTS as A3-35, forced landed 16/09/24 (crew Flg Off A W Murphy and Richards, no details).
To 1 Sqn by 11/25 until at least 12/25.
To 1 FTS by 02/26, crashed 28/10/27 at Craigieburn Vic (crew Flg Off T W Shortridge).
Repaired, to 1 FTS crashed 17/10/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt H O Woodhouse),
E/E24 Aircraft Casualty Report raised 18/10/28.
Approved for conversion to components 07/11/28.

A3-36

H9835

504K

Imperial Gift.
Received by AAC 1920,
Stored until early 1921 as H9835.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21 for long term storage until 1925.
To 1 FTS as A3-36 by 01/26.
To 1 Sqn by 03/26, to storage 1 AD.
E/E24 Aircraft Casualty Report raised 23/01/29,
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

A3-37

H9836

504K

Imperial Gift.
Received by AAC 1920, stored as H9836.
To AAF 31/03/21, long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 Sqn by 12/25 as A3-37 until 04/26.
To 1 FTS 04/26, forced landed 13/07/27,
Damaged 11/08/27 (crew Cdt C C Seach),
Force landed 31/01/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt T L Jackson) when Clerget engine blew up.
1 FTS crashed 22/06/28 near Laverton (crew Flg Off G S Brown and Leut P Bailhache RAN) when hit telegraph wires along Geelong Road.
Fuselage burnt at Point Cook 25/06/28,
Formal approval for conversion to components 08/08/28.

A3-38

H9837

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925, and recorded as not flown, however, fuselage reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne 1925.
To 1 FTS by 01/26, in use 02/26, storage 1 AD.
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

 

Avro 504K
A3-38
 Crashed
Photo via Brendan Cowan

A3-39

H9838

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925. To 1 FTS by 02/26,
Damaged 19/05/26 at Point Cook (crew Flt Lt I E McIntyre) when collided on ground with D.H.9A A1-9. Storage 1 AD.
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

A3-40

H9839

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until approx 1926.
To 1 FTS by 04/26, forced landed 27/08/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt G W Boucher),
E/E24 raised 30/08/28, total flight time 200 hours.
Considered uneconomic for overhaul approved for conversion to components 09/10/28.

A3-41

H9840

504K

Imperial Gift.
To AAC as H9840,
Stored until early 1921.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21 for long term storage until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 01/26 as A3-41, forced landed 09/10/28 at Point Cook (crew Flg Off D H Brown),
E/E24 raised 31/10/28.
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

A3-42

H9841

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1927.
To 1 Sqn by 07/27. To 1 FTS 08/27,
Damaged 10/08/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt G S Coleman) when collided with A3-43.
In use 1 FTS 10/28, forced landed 01/11/28 at Laverton (crew Cpl S Watson),
E/E24 raised 08/11/28.
Struck off charge 27/09/29.

A3-43

H9842

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 12/25,
Force landed 10/02/26 (crew Cdt L J Robertson),
In use 1 FTS over 1926/1928,
Damaged 10/08/28 at Point Cook in collision with A3-42,
Crashed 17/08/28 at Point Cook (crew Cdt G S Coleman) when stalled and spun into ground.
Approved for conversion to components 09/10/28.

A3-44

H9843

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS by 01/26,
Crashed 13/01/26 at Point Cook (crew Cdt F F Munro), total flight time 37 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

A3-45

H9844

504K

Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926.
To 1 FTS by 07/26, forced landed 08/03/27,
Force landed 13/07/27 (crew Cdt C C Seach),
Force landed 25/02/28 at Laverton  (crew Sgt O D Denny),
Damaged in forced landing 08/03/28 (crew Plt Off J B Wright),
Still on 1 FTS strength 04/28,
Total flight time 200 hours. Inspected 31/05/28,
Considered uneconomic for repair, 06/06/28 fuselage allotted to storage 1 AD.
Approved for conversion to components 09/10/28

A3-46

H3034

504L

Imperial Gift, 504L seaplane.
Packed in UK 02/01/20.
Assembled as seaplane H3034 at AAC CFS by 06/20.
To RAN 08/07/20 for seaplane trials aboard battle cruiser HMAS Australia (crew Capt H F De La Rue).
Embarked 09/20 aboard light cruiser HMAS Melbourne (crew Capt J K Fryer-Smith and Lt W S J Walne),
Sailed for New Guinea cruise29/09/20,
Aircraft unserviceable 11/20.
To CFS from HMAS Melbourne 28/01/21.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 FTS ‘F’ Flt 01/07/22 as A3-46.
Reconditioned by 1 FTS early 1924, and in use at 1 FTS until 04/25.
Converted to landplane by 07/25,
1 FTS crashed 10/02/26 (crew Cdt L G McColl), total flight time 171 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 23/02/26.

A3-47

H3042

504L

Imperial Gift 504L seaplane.
Packed in UK 02/01/20.
Assembled as seaplane H3042 at AAC CFS 05/20.
First aircraft to land on Yarra River Melbourne 26/06/20.
Displayed at Exhibition Building Melbourne 07/20.
In use at CFS as seaplane 10/20 to 03/21.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, in use as seaplane as A3-47 until 05/22,
Crashed in sea 05/22 0ff Altona Vic (crew Flt Lt H F De La Rue).
Approved for write-off 08/05/22.

A3-48

n/a

504K

Built by Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AA&ECo) Mascot, Sydney.
First Flight 15/06/22 at Mascot (crew Sqn Ldr Barnwell),
Acceptance test flight Mascot 19/07/22.
To 1 AD 22/07/22.
Tested 1 FTS 25/07/22 (crew Flt Lt S G Brearley),
In use 1 FTS until at least 1924.
To 1 Sqn by 07/26 until at least 04/27.
To 1 FTS by 06/27,
Crashed 29/09/27 (crew Cdt A G Gerrand).
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A3-49

n/a

504K

Built by AA&ECo Mascot.
Acceptance test flight Mascot 19/07/22.
To 1 AD 22/07/22.
At 1 FTS 03/08/22,
To Air Force HQ use at Port Melbourne 01/02/23,
In use at Port Melbourne over 1923/1924, also for use by Civil Aviation Branch.
To 3 Sqn from 07/25 through 1927.
To Point Cook from Richmond 20/06/28
To 1 FTS workshops.
1 FTS crashed 06/09/28 landing at Point Cook (crew Cdt R R Frith).
Struck off charge 08/10/28.

A3-50

n/a

504K

Built by AA&ECo Mascot.
Acceptance test flight Mascot 25/09/22.
To 1 AD 28/09/22. To 1 FTS by 02/24,
Crashed 19/09/24 during night flying, presumably at 1 FTS Point Cook.
Approved for conversion to components 27/11/24.

A3-51

n/a

504K

Built by AA&ECo Mascot.
Acceptance test flight Mascot 22/11/22 and crashed (crew Flg Off L J Balderston and AC1 E Douglas).
To Point Cook by rail 15/01/23,
Received 1 AD 23/01/23 for reconditioning,
Board of Survey 24/01/23.
To 1 Sqn by 07/26 until at least 07/27.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28,
Again approved for conversion to components 10/10/28.
Directive to Workshops to prepare as a serviceable fuselage, but written-off 15/01/29.

Highlight for Album: Avro 504K A3-51

A3-52

n/a

504K

Built by AA&ECo Mascot.
Acceptance test flight Mascot 02/01/23,
Flown to Richmond.
To 1 AD Point Cook 20/01/23.
To 1 FTS, in use 1924 until 07/25.
To 3 Sqn by 18/07/25. To 1 FTS by 12/26,
Crashed 17/10/27 (crew Plt Off E G Knox-Knight).
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28,
Again approved for conversion to components 10/10/28.
Pending possible repair and sale,
Decision given 21/05/29 for destruction.

A3-53

n/a

504K

Built by AA&ECo Mascot. Acceptance test flight Mascot 03/23.
To 1 AD 12/03/23.
1 FTS 1924 until 6/25. To 3 Sqn 07/25,
Damaged 01/03/27.
Approved for conversion to components 24/09/27.

 
     
 

Manufacturers of AAC/AAF/RAAF Avro 504Ks

 
     
 

Serial Range

Manufacturer

Contract Number

E3404 to E3903

 A V Roe, Park Works, Manchester

35a/226/C.140 of 14 Mar 1918

H2146 to H2645

 A V Roe, Park Works, Manchester

35a/2052/C.2330 of 10 Aug 1918

H2946 to H3195

Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd, Loughborough, Leics

35a/2049/C.2327 of 9 Aug 1918

H9813 to H9912

Frederick Sage & Co Ltd, Peterborough, Lincs

35a/2962/C.3390 of 27 Sep 1918

A3-48 to A3-53

Australian Aircraft & Engineering Co Ltd (AA&ECo), Mascot, Sydney

Air Board Agenda No 69 of 3 May 1921, order approved 19 Jul 1921

 
     
Avro 504 Formation
Photo Eric Douglas  RAAF Avro 504s at opening of Parliament House Canberra 
May 1927 
Australian Archives via Brendan Cowan
     

The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan & Batman

Sources: 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.

Updated 26 August 2014

     

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