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Aircraft Serial RAF Serial Aircraft History

A6-1

D1115

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925, reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 11/25 for WA army cooperation exercise.
To 1 FTS by 07/26,
WA survey 10/03/27 to 08/04/27,
Forced landing 10/03/27 at Culburra SA (crew Flg Off T W Shortridge).
Crashed 20/10/27 at Point Cook with 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt, when engine failed on take off and aircraft fell from 60’ (crew Cdt C C Seach), completely destroyed by fire and struck off charge 20/12/27.

A6-2

D1119

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926,
Reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell.
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt by 12/26,
Damaged 12/28 and returned to use with 1 FTS by 01/29.
Withdrawn from service 05/29, and authorised for destruction 21/05/29.

A6-3

D1127

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926,
Reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell.
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt by 04/27,
Crashed 27/10/27 at Walry, near Healesville Vic, attempting forced landing (crew Cdt C C Seach killed), aircraft completely destroyed by fire and struck off charge 20/12/27.

De Havilland D.H.9
A6-3
Point Cook
1927 
Photo via Batman

A6-4

D1129

RAF Flying Instructors School Redcar by 10/18.
Allocated to Imperial Gift for Australia 11/19.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
Loaned to Australian Aerial Services as G-AUEH 02/09/24, returned to A6-4 18/12/24.
Believed reconditioned by Pratt Bros Geelong 1925,
To 1 FTS by 07/25 until at least 09/26.
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 1927,
Damaged 14/04/28 in collision on ground at Mascot with D.H.60 Moth G-AUPP (crew Plt Off F C Elsworth);
Damaged 11/06/28 taxying at Mascot.
To 1 FTS by 11/28,
Damaged 04/12/28 repair not needed immediately, withdrawn from service 05/29, and authorised for destruction 21/05/29.

A6-5

D1187

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
Loaned to Australian Aerial Services as G-AUEG 08/08/24,
Returned to A6-5 18/12/24.
In use with 1 FTS by 04/25;
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 23/07/25;
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 11/25 until 03/27.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt, crashed 21/04/27 after collision with A6-26 in flyover of Melbourne (crew Flt Lt R I Dines and Cpl J Ramsden killed).
Struck off charge 15/06/27.]

De Havilland D.H.9
 A6-5
Point Cook 
1925 
Photo via Kevin OReilly  Airco D.H.9 A6-5  
G-AUEG
1924
Photo Eric Douglas

A6-6

F1238

Shipped on SS Australmad,
To CFS AAC 24/09/20 as F1238;
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21.
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A6-6.
To 1 FTS by 04/22, 1 FTS ‘D’ Flt 01/07/22,
Crashed 21/05/23 at Yass NSW (crew Flg Off A W Vigers).
To storage at 1 AD,
Boards of Survey 30/07/23 and 20/05/24,
Approved for conversion to components 10/07/24, action completed 18/09/24.

A6-7

D1257

Originally marked in RAF as presentation aircraft “Malaya No 27 Bejina, The Women of Malaya” 28/12/18.
To 15 Aircraft Acceptance Park Disbury 01/19 for Imperial Gift to Australia.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926,
Reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 03/27,
Crashed 21/11/27 on formation take off at Point Cook (crew Plt Off L J Robertson and AC1 E Stewart) when lost control in leader’s slipstream.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28.

A6-8

F1295

Shipped on SS Australmad, to CFS AAC 24/09/20 as F1295;
To 1AD until 21/02/21,
To ‘A’ Flt CFS 22/02/21,
Test flown 23/02/21 (Capt A T Cole);
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21, became A6-8.
To 1 FTS ‘D’ Flt 01/07/22, in use until 1924,
Crashed 12/06/24 at Broadford Vic.
Board of Survey 17/06/24,
Approved for conversion to components 08/08/24.

A6-9

C1296

RAF on strength 18/06/18,
To 254 Sqn, Prawle Point, by 18/08/18 until 27/10/18 allocated to Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Pratt Bros Geelong 1925.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 11/25,
Damaged 28/11/25 landing at Essendon, Melbourne, when collided with another aircraft (crew Flg Off V H Thornton);
In used with 1 Sqn again by 12/25;
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 28/04/27, withdrawn 05/29.
Sold 07/10/29 to Aero Club of NSW as VH-UMT,
Withdrawn from civil use in 1930 and struck off civil register 05/31.

A6-10

D3000

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925.
To 1 FTS,
Crashed 24/02/26 when stalled and spun into sea off Point Cook (crew Cdt F R Stott), total flight time of 50 hours.
Salvaged, and approved for conversion to components 16/04/26.

De Havilland D.H.9
A6-10
Photo via Kevin OReilly

A6-11

D3017

Received 05/11/20.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Pratt Bros Geelong, fitted with dual controls.
To 1 FTS 'E' Flt 01/03/26, crashed 12/03/26 on take off at Point Cook (crew Cdt W S Hamilton) when crashed into Bessoneau hangar, destroying D.H.9A A1-19.
To 1 AD 22/03/26 for storage,
To Pratt Bros 08/11/26 for reconditioning over 1927,
Components tested by Munitions Supply Board (MSB) Maribyrnong 09/27.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt, acceptance tested 30/05/28,
Forced landing at Laverton 24/06/28,
Damaged 24/08/28 at Wangaratta North, Vic (crew Flg Off W J Duncan) “minor damage to machine through collision with sheep on landing”,
On 1 Sqn until at least 09/28.
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt,
Forced landing 02/01/29 at Point Cook (crew Plt Off A L Walters), total flight time 290 hours.
Repaired by 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt, in use 1 FTS by 02/29,
Withdrawn from service 05/29.
Sold 17/09/29 to Australian Aero Club Victoria as VH-UMB, withdrawn from civil use in 09/32.

A6-12

D3182

Received 05/11/20.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Pratt Bros Geelong until 23/11/25.
To 1 FTS, crashed  03/02/26 (crew Flg Off C Eaton).
Repaired by 15/03/26 and returned to 1 FTS,
Crashed 04/08/26 (crew Flg Of C W Lord),
To 1 AD 06/08/26 for repair but this was changed with 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt to undertake repairs.
Conducted night flight 02/27 Sydney to Melbourne.
Components tested by MSB while reconditioned by Pratt Bros.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 11/07/27, around Australia reconnaissance 21/07/27 to 10/09/27 (crew Sqn Ldr A Hepburn and LAC J A Collopy),
With 1 Sqn to Adelaide 26/11/27 for opening of new aerodrome at Parafield;
Crashed 12/01/28  at Point Cook (crew Plt Off L J Ryan) when hit telegraph post on approach.
Approved for conversion to components 25/02/28. 
To 1 AD and again approved conversion to components 20/03/28.

A6-13

D3186

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Pratt Bros Geelong.
To 1 FTS ‘E’ Flt 16/04/26,
Test flown 19/04/26 (Flg Off C C Matheson) and 26/04/26 (LAC L Trist);
Modified with dual controls 21/05/26 to 21/06/26.
Crashed 01/07/26 at Manor, near Werribee Vic (crew Flg Off W A Holtham and Cdt T S G Watson killed)  when stalled during practice forced landing, dived into ground and completely destroyed by fire, total flight time 34 hours.
Struck off charge 28/08/26.

A6-14

D3187

Shipped to Australia on SS Australmad,
To CFS AAC 24/09/20 as D3187;
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A6-14.
To 1 FTS by 06/22,
To Perth 06/22 for WA landing grounds inspection (crew Flt Lt A Hepburn),
Damaged 15/08/22 near Broome WA (Flt Lt A Hepburn).
Shipped back to Point Cook, stored 1 AD,
Board of Survey 1 AD 23/10/22 to be repaired,
Further Board of Survey 30/07/23 due to extent of damage to airframe, which required rebuild forward of the rear cockpit.
Approved for conversion to components 21/09/23.

De Havilland D.H.9
 A6-14
Nhill, Vic. 
June 1922
Photo Nhill Historical Society via Kevin OReilly

A6-15

D3189

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1923.
To 1 FTS by 05/23 until 1925.
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt by 06/26,
Conducted air route and landing ground surveys of northern NSW over 08/26 (crew Flg Off L W Sutherland and Flg Off V H Augenson);
Overhauled engine installed 24/04/27.
3 Sqn forced landing at Penrith NSW (crew Sgt R F Somerfield),
Forced landing at Bathurst NSW 22/03/28,
Crashed 30/04/28 at Goulburn NSW when stalled after take off (crew Flg Off C W Lord) as the aircraft had been rigged tail heavy.
Approved for conversion to components 02/06/28.

A6-16

D3191

Shipped to Australia on SS Australmad,
To CFS AAC 24/09/20 as D3191;
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A6-16.
To 1 FTS 6/23, modified to dual controls,
Crashed on landing 07/10/25 at Nhill SA (crew Flg Off F R W Scherger and Leut D Ross RAN), total flight time 489 hours.
To 1 AD for storage 21/10/25 pending overhaul,
To 1 FTS by 07/26,
Damaged 08/09/26 at Geelong Vic (crew Cdt E G Knox-Knight) when it hit a cow while landing.
To 1 AD 21/10/26,
To 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt 28/03/27 for repairs, flying at 1 FTS by 11/27.
Damaged 29/11/28 at Point Cook when taxyed into by S.E.5a A2-31, minor damage and Puma engine was recorded as over 200 hours and performing well.
Damaged 03/29, withdrawn from service 05/29,
Authorised for destruction 21/05/29.

De Havilland D.H.9 
A6-16
Photo Eric Douglas

A6-17

D3195

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924,
To 1 FTS by 7/24 and flown until 1926,
Crashed 05/09/26 near Geelong Vic (crew Sgt E B Ebell killed) attempting forced landing to avoid adverse weather, total flight time 567 hours.
Completely wrecked and struck off charge.

A6-18

D3196

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924,
Reconditioned in Melbourne with acceptance test 11/05/25 at Essendon (crew Flt Lt A W Murphy).
To 1 FTS 12/05/25, in use until 06/25.
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 07/25,
Flown to Brisbane 11/08/25 to 16/08/25 (crew Flt Lt A W Murphy);
Crashed 07/01/26 at Richmond with total flight time 84 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 31/03/26.

A6-19

D3202

Received 06/10/20,
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Melbourne until 26/07/25.
To 1 Sqn by 11/25,
Crashed 16/02/26 when hit tree on take off at Flinders naval Depot Vic (crew Flg Off V W Burgess, passenger Governor-General Lord Stonehaven).
To 1 AD 18/02/26 for storage,
To Pratt Bros 08/11/26 for reconditioning over 1927, with components to MSB for testing 09/27.
1 FTS acceptance testing 28/03/28,
To 1 Sqn by 04/28 until at least 09/28,
To 1 FTS by 12/28.
Withdrawn from service 05/29,
Sold 15/01/30 to Aero Club of SA as VH-UMM,
Withdrawn from civil use 09/33.
This aircraft was temporarily converted, probably in 1928, at Point Cook with a 300-hp Nimbus engine in a streamlined cowling, and reached a top speed of 150mph.

A6-20

D3207

Shipped to Australia on SS Australmad,
To CFS AAC 24/09/20 as D3207;
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A6-20.
To 1 FTS by 04/24,
Damaged in flying accident 12/06/24,
Board of Survey 26/06/24, approved for conversion to components 08/08/24.

A6-21

D3220

Shipped to Australia on SS Australmad,
To CFS AAC 24/09/20 as D3220;
To 1 FTS AAF 31/03/21,
To 1 AD 01/08/21, became A6-21.
To 1 FTS by 04/22,
NSW Aerial Derby 24/04/22 to 12/05/22 (crew Flg Off S G Brearley);
To Adelaide 15/06/22. 1 FTS ‘D’ Flt 01/07/22,
In use until at least 05/24.
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 07/25 until 1926,
Repaired by Larkins and engine replace 06/27,
Returned to 3 Sqn and withdrawn from service 05/29.
Sold 08/10/29 to Australian Aero Club Queensland as VH-UML,
Crashed 24/07/32 at Archerfield Qld, and withdrawn from use.

A6-22

H4291

206 Sqn RAF by 12/18,
30/01/19 allocated to Australian Imperial Gift.
Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926,
Reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell.
To 1 FTS by 04/27,
Test flown 30/05/27,
Technical inspection 22/09/27.
Believed reconditioned by Experimental Section 1927/28.
Recommended 16/03/28 as having been twice reconditioned and not worth further repair.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A6-23

H5592

Long term storage until 1925,
Reconditioned by Larkins.
To 1 FTS, flight tested 25/05/25,
Forced landing 13/09/27 (crew Flg Off F R W Scherger).
New engine installed 31/01/28, but not flown by 1 FTS ‘B’ Flt until forced landing on 23/04/28 at Point Cook.
Engine failure again 30/05/28.
1 FTS by 10/28 until withdrawn from service 05/29.
Authorised for destruction 21/05/29.

A6-24

H5679

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1925,
Reconditioned by Larkins.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 16/07/25.
To 1 FTS 1927,
Crashed, recommended 16/03/28 as being in bad condition and not worth repairing.
Approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A6-25

H5697

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1926,
Reconditioned by Matthews & Hassell,
Acceptance test flight 11/07/27 (crew Flt Lt A W Murphy).  
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 07/27,
Around Australia reconnaissance 21/07/27 to 10/09/27 (crew Flt Lt A W Murphy and Sgt D M Carroll);
To Adelaide for opening of new aerodrome at Parafield  26/11/27.
Technical inspection 16/07/28, total flight time 301 hours.
Approved for conversion to components 08/08/28.

A6-26

C6241

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
To 1 FTS by 04/24.
To 1 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 23/07/25,
11/25 WA army cooperation exercise;
Crashed 21/04/27 after collision with A6-5 in flyover of Melbourne (crew Flg Off V H Thornton and Sgt H G Hay killed).
Struck off charge 15/06/27.

A6-27

C6246

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1924.
To 1 FTS by 07/24,
WA flight 10/03/27 to 08/04/27 (crew Flg Off F R W Scherger).
Crashed and to 1 AD for storage,
Recommended 16/03/28 as being in bad condition and not worth further repair, so approved for conversion to components 20/03/28.

A6-28

C6323

Long term storage at 1 AD until 1923.
To 1 FTS by 07/23,
Reconditioned by MSB 01/06/25, fitted with dual controls.
To 3 Sqn ‘A’ Flt 07/25, crashed 11/02/26 at Canberra (crew Flg Off P McK Pitt and AC1 W E Callander killed), totally destroyed by fire, total flight time 254 hours.
Struck off charge 25/06/26.
 
     
 

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Manufacturers of RAAF D.H.9s

 
     
 

Serial Range

Manufacturer

Contract Number

C1151 to C1450

G & J Weir, Glasgow A.S.17570 of 20 Aug 1917

C6051 to C6350

Aircraft Manufacturing Co (Airco), Hendon, London A.S.17569 of 6 Dec 1917

D1001 to D1500

National Aircraft Factory No 2, Stockport, Lancs A.S.32754 of 10 Nov 1917

D2876 to D3275

Airco, Hendon A.S.17569 of 6 Dec 1917

F1101 to F1300

Waring & Gillow, Hammersmith, London 35a/416/C.295 of 13 Apr 1918

H4216 to H4315

Airco, Hendon 35a/1546/C.1648 of 14 Aug 1918

H5541 to H5890

Alliance Aeroplane Co, Hammersmith, London 35a/2830/C.3177 of 6 Sep 1918
 
     
De Havilland D.H.9
Point Cook 1922 
Photo via Ken Rowland  De Havilland D.H.9 
with RAAF Air Mechanics
Early 1920s
Photo Eric Douglas  De Havilland D.H.9
Photo Eric Douglas
     

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

Sources: CASA Aircraft Register, “The Imperial Gift”, John Bennett, 1996, “The D.H.4 / D.H.9 File”, Ray Sturtivant and Gordon Page, 1999.

Emails: Dean Norman, William Van Hattam, Paul McMillan, Alan Eyre, Mark Clayton, Brendan Cowan.

Updated 09 October 2013

 

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