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Aircraft Serial RAF Serial Aircraft History

A4-1

C521

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS Aircraft Repair Section (ARS) 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt Home Training (HT) Sqn, to ARS 22/09/19,
To ‘C’ Flt 23/09/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 to at least 11/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-1,
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 01/07/22.
Withdrawn from service 1925.

A4-2

C522

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn 22/09/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 to at least 10/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-2,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 01/07/22.
Withdrawn from service 1925.

A4-3

C523

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn 08/07/19,
To 6 Military District (Tasmania) for First Peace Loan 20/08/19 (crew Capt E C Cummings) until 11/11/19, to AAC;
Exhibited by AWM in Exhibition Building, Nicholson St, Melbourne over 19/06/20 to 03/07/20,
In use CFS until 12/20,
ARS to ‘A’ Flt CFS 14/12/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-3,
Crashed 05/02/25 at Port Melbourne Vic,
Withdrawn from service 1925.

Sopwith Pup C523 (Later A4-3) on the first Peace Loan tour, Hobart, 1919.  Sopwith Pup C523 (Later A4-3) on the first Peace Loan tour, Hobart, 1919.  Sopwith Pup C523 (Later A4-3) on the first Peace Loan tour, Hobart, 1919.

A4-4

C524

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn,
To ARS then to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 to at least 05/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-4 and in use by 13/09/21,
Crashed 04/12/24 on take off into hangar at Point Cook (crew Flg Off C C Matheson).
1 AD Board of Survey 27/01/25, approved for conversion to components 12/03/25.

We believe this is Sopwith Pup A4-4
Crashed 04/12/24 on take off into hangar at Point Cook
Photo Eric Douglas

A4-5

C525

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To 2 Military District (NSW) for First Peace Loan 06/09/19 until; 13/10/19,
To ARS,
To AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 until storage 30/11/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-5,
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21.
Approved for conversion to components 29/03/22.

Sopwith Pup C525
Central Flying School, c.1919
via Mike Mirkovic.

A4-6

C526

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19,
To AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20,
Stored 30/11/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-6.
Withdrawn from service 1925.

A4-7

C527

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn,
To ARS 22/09/19,
To ‘C’ Flt 23/09/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 to at least 11/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-7,
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 17/10/21.
Approved for conversion to components 29/03/22.

A4-8

C528

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn,
To ARS 28/07/19,
To ‘C’ Flt 07/08/19,
To ARS 01/08/19;
To ‘C’ Flt 02/09/19 for 2 Military District (NSW) First Peace Loan (crew Capt G C Wilson) until 22/09/19,
To ARS and back to ‘C’ Flt 15/10/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 until storage 30/11/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-8,
To 1 FTS ‘A’ Flt 17/10/21 until crashed 04/08/22 at Point Cook (crew Flt Lt De La Rue) when stalled and spun into Bessoneau hangar,
To storage 1 AD.
Court of Inquiry 07/08/22, approved to be written off 25/08/22, engine converted to spares 15/11/22.
Not Allocated C529 Sopwith Pup C529 served with the AAC but was struck off charge before the formation of the RAAF.
Shipped on SS Barambah 24/12/18 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
Unpacked 29/04/19 at CFS ARS and damage found, repaired by ARS,
To  ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn 09/19 for First Peace Loan,
crashed and struck off AAC charge 08/04/20.

A4-9

C530

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
to CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn, to ARS 21/08/19,
To ‘C’ Flt 05/09/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-9,
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 17/10/21 and in use until 1922.
Believed stored, flight tested 06/03/24 (Flg Off J H Summers),
In use 1 FTS 1924.
Withdrawn from service 1925.

A4-10

C531

Shipped late 1918 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19,
To CFS ARS 25/04/19.
To ‘C’ Flt HT Sqn, to ARS 28/07/19,
To ‘B’ Flt HT Sqn 15/10/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 08/01/20 to at least 02/21.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-10,
To 1 FTS ‘C’ Flt 17/10/21 until crashed 13/02/23 (crew Flg Off C C Matheson),
To storage 1 AD.
Court of Inquiry 02/23, withdrawn from service 1925.

A4-11

C532

Shipped on SS Barambah 24/12/18 from UK, arrived Melbourne 02/19 and ready for inspection at CFS ARS 29/04/19.
To ‘B’ Flt HT Sqn 21/10/19.
ARS to AAC ‘A’ Flt CFS 20/04/20 to at least 10/20.
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A4-11.
Approved for conversion to components 29/03/22.
 
     
 

Manufacturers of RAAF Sopwith Pups

 
     
 
Serial Range Manufacturer Contract Number
C201 to C550 Standard Motor Co, Coventry A.S.11541 of 20 Aug 1917
 
     
 

Other Pups with Australian Connections

 
     
 

Sopwith Pup C476

 
     
 
Registration RAF Serial Aircraft History
G-AUCK

VH-UCK

C476 This Pup was originally RAF serial C476 and was flown in combat over Egypt.
C D Pratt of Geelong Air Service went to Egypt and bought the Pup in 1919.
Subsequently it was registered in Australia on 28-06-21 as G-AUCK
The photo Gala day 1922 shows the pup is almost original shape.
The Pup was then laid up on Coode Island airstrip.
The next shot shows Harry ( Herbert Joseph Larkin ww1 Ace) standing next to the now modified Pup (back of photo say he was part owner) records show J L Roche of Murrumbeena an owner & later W Stillard of Deniliquin.
Harry Larkin and his brother ran LASCO (aircraft etc) on Coode Island airstrip.
The Pup had now taken registration VH-UCK and modified for twin seats and the cowl around the engine had changed.
The third photo shows Harry (herbert) & a young Aviatrix called Gert standing next to the pup on Coode Island...back of photo notes straight through axle, doughnut tyres, exhaust collection ring.

(from Andy Murray)

Highlight for Album: Sopwith Pup C476  Registered here on 28-06-21 as G-AUCK This photo shows the pup is almost original shape...  The Pup had now taken registration VH-UCK and modified for twin seats and the cowl around the engine had changed.  Harry (Herbert) Larkin & a young Aviatrix called Gert (haven't been able to shed light on her) standing next to the pup on Coode Island...back of photo notes straight through axle,doughnut tyres,exhaust collection ring.

VH-PSP

Marked as "D4170"

RAAF Museum Sopwith Pup Replica

RAAF Museum Sopwith Pup Replica VH-PSP Schofields 10Nov1985 - Photographer Wal Nelowkin - NAS Nirimba Airshow - Caribou A4-208 at rear (low res photo)  The RAAF Museum replica Pup 17.03.99  Sopwith Pup Replica VH-PSP/D4170 
 RAAF Museum Air Pageant 
 9 April 2006 
 (Brendan Cowan)

 
     

The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan & Batman.

Source: National Archives, 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, letter to author from Neville Parnell, dated 29 Jul 1996

Emails: Daniel Leahy.

Updated 26 August 2014

     

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