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Auster A11-201 
RAAF Alfresco Flight 
Point Cook 1959 
Photo Geoff Banfield 
via Dave Bishop

     
 

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(See also RAN Auster J5/G Autocar and  454 Sqn, RAAF Taylorcraft Auster)

 
 
RAAF.Serial RAF.Serial Type c/n Aircraft History
A11-1 MZ105 Mk.III 238 Originally built as a Model E, Auster II.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44,
Arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (status card says 09/10/44).
Changed from MZ105 to A11-1 on 02/10/44.
To 2 AD 09/10/44.
To SAC 20/10/44.
Landing Accident 20/07/45.
To 2 AD 30/07/45.
To 2 Communications Sqn 15/08/47.
To 1 AD 20/08/50.
To 2 AD 10/09/52 for Major Service.
To ARDU 05/03/53.
To 2 AD 06/53.
To ARDU Detachment 'B' 23/10/53.
To 2 AD 22/02/55.
To ARDU 09/08/55.
To 1 AD 28/08/59. S
Sold to North Qld Flying Club 10/03/60.
Registered VH-SNI 23/09/60 to 20/09/67.
Re-registered VH-SNI on 17 July 2001,
Noted at Avalon 2003.
Currently airworthy and owned by George Law of Emerald, Victoria.

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A11-2 MZ122 Mk.III 257 Delivered as Auster Mk.III. Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (status card says delivered 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ122 to A11-2 on 02/10/44.
To 16 AOP 05/11/44.
To 10 RSU for repairs 20/02/45.
To 16 AOP 28/02/45.
To 14 RSU for repairs 17/05/45.
Crashed En route from Balikpapan force-landed due to engine failure south of Sanga Sanga 19/09/45.
To 18 RSU 25/10/45.
Approval given for conversion to components at 18 RSU 20/11/45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-3 NK123 Mk.III 409 Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Arrived in Sydney 17/09/44.
MZ123 was to be delivered but replaced by NK123.
Changed from NK123 to A11-3 on 05/10/44.
Received 2 AD 09/10/44.
To 17 AOP 09/11/44.
Smashed u/c and propeller on landing at Vernon Strip Bougainville 03/04/45.
Converted to components 07/02/46.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-4 MZ134 Mk.III 270 Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44.
To 2 AD 27/09/44.
Changed from MZ134 to A11-4 02/10/44.
To SAC 20/10/44.
Force Landed 06/04/45.
To 2 AD 18/04/44.
To CRD 19/04/45.
Stored 22/03/46for post war use.
To 1 APU 18/06/44. To 16 AOP 09/09/46.
To another unit 07/07/47.
Force Landed 11/05/48 in a field near Bungendore after a fuel pump failure.
To 3 Sqn 06/07/49.
To 2 AD 08/08/49.
Approved for conversion to components 08/03/50.
To TIRS 16/03/50.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-5 MZ137 Mk.III 273 Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44.
Changed from MZ137 to A11-5 02/10/44.
To 2 AD 05/10/44.
To 17 AOP 09/11/44.
Crashed during cross-wind landing at Balifi Strip Tadji NG 6.04.45
Converted to components 07/02/46 as the aircraft condition was un-economical for repair.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-6 MZ144 Mk.III 280 Fuselage ID: TAY4664.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44.
Changed from MZ144 to A11-6 02/10/44.
To 2 AD 05/10/44.
To 16 AOP 05/12/44.
To 10 RSU for repair of fabric surfaces 30/01/45.
To 16 AOP 02/03/45 Tarakan Island, Borneo.
Crashed after engine failure at Tarakan Nth Borneo 13/05/45.
Converted to components.

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A11-7 MZ162 Mk.III 287 Fuselage ID: TAY4885.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (Status Card says 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ162 to A11-7 02/10/44.
To 17 AOP 24/10/44.
Used as an Air Ambulance Aircraft in PNG 05/45 (not noted on status card).
Crashed on landing at Piva Bougainville 02/08/45.
To 15 ARD 22/10/45 for repair.
To 17 AOP 18/11/45.
Converted to components 07/02/46.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-8 MZ174 Mk.III 299 Fuselage ID: TAY5007.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (Status Card says 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ174 to A11-8 02/10/44.
To 17 AOP 25/10/44.
Damaged on landing at Vernon Strip Bougainville 19.02.45 fuselage and undercarriage beyond repair.
Approved for conversion to components 25/05/45.
To 15 ARD 11/06/45.

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A11-9 MZ183 Mk.III 308 Fuselage ID: TAY5169.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (Status Card says 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ183 to A11-9 02/10/44.
To 17 AOP 29/11/44.
Damaged on landing at Vernon Strip Bougainville 21.04.45
Approved for conversion to components 23/05/45.
Airframe to 5 Sqn for conversion 30/05/45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-10 MZ188 Mk.III 313 Fuselage ID: TAY5259.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (Status Card says 27/09/44).
To 2 AD 27/09/44.
Changed from MZ188 to A11-10 02/10/44.
To 17 AOP 11/10/44.
Damaged on landing at Vernon Strip, Bougainville 24/02/45.
To 5 Sqn for repairs.
Difficulty with repairing rear fuselage could repair with part from A11-9
Converted to components 07/02/46.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-11 MZ197 Mk.III 322 Fuselage ID: TAY5596.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44 (Status Card says 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ197 to A11-11 02/10/44.
To 16 AOP 07/10/44.
To 10 RSU 05/02/45 for repair of fabric surfaces.
To 16 AOP 26/02/45.
To 11 RSU 29/05/45.
To 16 AOP 15/06/45.
To be stored at 2 AD 29/07/46.
Approved for conversion to components 01/10/46.
To 3 ARD 29/10/46.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-12 MZ213 Mk.III 325 Fuselage ID: TAY5691.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Reported as Delivered to RAAF 07/09/44(Status Card says 28/09/44).
To 2 AD 28/09/44.
Changed from MZ213 to A11-12 02/10/44.
To 16 AOP 14/10/44.
To 10 RSU 05/01/45 for repair of fabric surfaces.
To 16 AOP 05/02/45.
Aircraft failed to rise after takeoff on 10/05/45 at Tarakan, North Bornea and struck a three foot high obstacle, crashed into an embankment and burst into flames and destroyed. (Fatal)

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-13 MZ251 Mk.III 365 Fuselage ID: TAY6395.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Changed from MZ251 to A11-13 on 02/10/44.
To 2 AD 09/10/44.
Aircraft crashed 11/11/44.
To 10 RSU 05/01/45.
To 16 AOP 27/01/45.
To 15 RSU 17/05/45.
To 16 AOP 23/08/45 - sent by airfreight.
Crashed Labuan Airstrip 09/10/45.
Sold for 450 pounds 02/06/47.
Issued 13/06/47.
Registered VH-BGI 05/01/49 to 20/07/61.
Withdrawn from use and restored.
Registered VH-DQN 21/09/65 to 13/10/68.
Crashed 13/01/68 at Kooweerup VIC. Engine failed and during attempted forced landing, hit power lines and flipped onto back
Struck Off Register 31.10.68

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-14 MZ252 Mk.III 366 Fuselage ID: TAY6439.
Departed Liverpool on SS Samanco 30/07/44, arrived Melbourne 04/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered 28/09/44 to 2 AD.
Changed from MZ252 to A11-14 on 02/10/44.
To 16 AOP 31/10/44.
To 10 RSU 05/01/45.
To 16 AOP 03/02/45.
To 11 RSU 26/06/45 for 240 hour inspection and fabric repairs.
Crashed Borneo 02/10/45, Engine failed on return from a courier flight to Sanga Sanga and force landed in scrub near Tiram Dutch Borneo.
Converted to components. 12.02.46

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-15 NJ832 Mk.III 653 Fuselage ID: TAY12086.
Arrived Sydney 17/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered 28/09/44 to 2 AD.
Changed from NJ832 to A11-15 on 02/10/44.
To 16 AOP 16/10/44.
Crashed 26/12/44 during an operational training flight after and engine failure into the sea 200 yards from shore South East of Lae. The aircraft sank and was not recovered.
Administratively Written Off 29.12.44

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-16 NX535 Mk.III 459 Fuselage ID: TAY8228.
Arrived Sydney 17/09/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Changed from NX535 to A11-16 on 02/10/44.
Delivered to 2 AD 05/10/44.
To 17 AOP 25/10/44.
Crashed on takeoff from Pusupa Bougainville during medivac on 27.12.44 strip in enemy territory transportable components removed remainder burnt
Converted to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-17 MZ249 Mk.III 363 Fuselage ID: TAY6383.
Departed Newport on SS Port Fairey 15/10/44, arrived Sydney 24/11/44.
Delivered as Auster Mk.III.
Delivered to 2 AD 29/11/44.
Changed from MZ249 to A11-17 on 01/12/44.
To 16 AOP 14/03/45.
To 14 RSU for repairs 09/05/45.
Crashed Morotai 03/04/45 - airframe undamaged.
To 16 AOP 26/05/45.
Crashed on takeoff 11/06/45 Borneo.
To 11 RSU 13/06/45.
To 16 AOP 18/10/45.
To 2AD for storage 07/03/46.
Offered for disposal 13/01/47.
Sold 02/04/47 for 250 pounds.
Issued 16/04/47.
Registered VH-BGU 07/04/49to 23/07/52.
Registered VH-FAE 23/07/52 to 19/06/70.
Withdrawn from register 19/06/1970.
1982 Stored Toolangi, Victoria,
2015 to RAAF Museum.

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-17   RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-18 NJ810 Mk.III 644 Fuselage ID: TAY1179?
Departed Newport on SS Port Fairey 15/10/44, arrived Sydney 24/11/44.
Delivered to 2AD 29/11/44.
Changed from NJ810 to A11-18 01/12/44.
To 10 RSU for refabrication. 11/01/45.
To 16 AOP 06/02/45.
To 14 RSU 31/05/45.
To 16 AOP 18/10/45.
To 2 AD 05/03/46.
Offered for disposal 13/01/47.
Sold for 250 pounds.
Issued 07/05/47.
Registered VH-GAE 25/11/47 to 23/12/49.
Registered VH-DAE 23/12/49 to 01/51.
Lost without a trace on a flight from Coff’s Harbour to Newcastle NSW 04/10/50

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-19 NK113 Mk.III 395 Fuselage ID: TAY6588.
Departed Liverpool 24/08/44, arrived Melbourne 12/11/44.
Delivered to 2 AD 07/12/44.
Changed from NK113 to A11-19 on 07/12/44.
It was decided that this was to remain at 1 AD to be fitted out as the prototype Auster air ambulance 01/45.
To 16 AOP 12/03/45.
Crashed at South end of Labuan Airstrip 02/09/45. Nearing completion of landing run at southern end of Labuan North Borneo ran off strip and hit tractor parked 10ft from runway edge,
To 1 RSU for conversion to components 05/09/45.
Converted to components 18.10.45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-20 MZ158 Mk.III 283 Fuselage ID: TAY4731.
Departed Newcastle on SS Sarpedon 13/10/44 arrived Sydney 01/01/45.
Delivered 01/01/45 (Status card says 04/01/45).
To 2 AD 04/01/45.
Changed from MZ158 to A11-20 on 04/01/45.
To SAC 23/05/45.
Heavy landing at Duntroon 06/08/45 and starboard undercarriage collapsed.
To CMU Narrandera 23/01/46.
To 16 AOP 04/11/46.
To 4 Sqn at Canberra 13/08/47.
Forced landed 3 miles south of Goulbourn 08/09/48 at 11:35hrs.
To 2 AD 18/08/49.
To RAAF Station Canberra 01/12/49 (for storage?).
To 3 Sqn 17/01/52.
Held by AOP flight Canberra 08/10/53.
Grounded 14/07/55.
Was to go to Bristol for reconditioning 12/09/55, but deferred and later cancelled.
To 2 AD 03/11/55.
To Canberra 23/06/56.
Brake pedal collapsed at Canberra on 16/08/56 and aircraft damaged.
Crashed fatally 15 miles north west of Canberra 05/12/56 after hitting high tension wires and was completely burnt out. Pilot 2nd Lieutenant B N Tricky.
Struck off 29/05/57.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-21 NX498 Mk.III 435 Fuselage ID: TAY7795.
Departed Newcastle on SS Sarpedon 13/10/44 arrived Sydney 01/01/45.
Delivered to 2 AD 03/01/45.
Changed from NX498 to A11-21 on 04/01/45.
To 16 AOP 16/03/45.
Engine failure and force landed in sea off west coast of Labuan Island North Borneo 13.06.45.
22 RSU Engineer inspected the aircraft and recommended salvage on 13/06/45.
To 22 RSU 30/07/45.
Converted to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-22 NJ749 Mk.III 592 Departed Newcastle on SS 'LS1966' arrived Sydney 01/01/45.
Delivered to 2 AD 03/01/45.
Changed from NJ749 to A11-22 on 04/01/45.
To 16 AOP 27/03/45.
After touch-down on Seppinggang Airstrip North Borneo executed a partial ground loop and swung into a bomb crater 8.07.45
To 18 RSU 25/10/45.
Converted to components 18.12.45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-23 MZ181 Mk.III 306 Fuselage ID: TAY5124.
Departed Liverpool on SS Clan Urquhart 23/11/44 arrived Sydney 02/01/45.
Delivered 02/01/45 (Status card says 06/01/45).
To 2 AD 14/01/45.
Changed from MZ181 to A11-23 on 10/01/45.
To 16 AOP 27/03/45.
Damaged in landing at Morotai. Caught in downdraft on precautionary approach over sea end of Morotai DNG (Dutch New Guinea) crashed on strip 19/05/45.
To 14 RSU 19/05/45.
Converted to components 24.07.45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-24 MZ182 Mk.III 307 Fuselage ID: TAY5146.
Departed Liverpool on SS Clan Urquhart 23/11/44 arrived Sydney 02/01/45.
Delivered 02/04/45 (Status card says 06/01/45).
Changed from MZ182 to A11-24 on 06/01/45.
To 2 AD 09/01/45.
To 16 AOP 25/03/45.
Crashed at Brooketon Strip Nth Borneo 18/06/45.
To 22 RSU 30/07/45.
Converted to components 24/09/45,
Completed 31.10.45

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-25 MZ212 Mk.III 324 Fuselage ID: TAY5597.
Departed Glasgow on 27/12/44 arrived Sydney 17/02/45.
Delivered to RAAF 17/02/45
To 2 AD 20/02/45.
Changed from MZ212 to A11-25 on 21/02/45.
To 17 AOP 21/04/45 to replace A11-8.
Crashed 18/08/45 into a river due to structural failure. Also reported as crashed in jungle in vicinity of Torokina River Bougainville would not respond to controls after hitting severe downdraft and permanently inaccessible.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-26 NX528 Mk.III 452 Departed Glasgow on 27/12/44 arrived Sydney 17/02/45.
Delivered to 2 AD 20/02/45.
Changed from NZ528 to A11-26 on 21/02/45.
To 17 AOP 19/04/45.
Crashed after stalled landing at Oxley Strip, Bougainville 22/05/45.
To 5 Sqn 23/05/45.
Converted to components 15.06.45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-27 MZ220 Mk.III 333 Departed Liverpool on SS Port Chalmers 28/01/45 arrived Sydney 29/03/45.
Delivered 29/03/45 (Status card says 14/03/45).
To 2 AD 14/03/45.
Changed from MZ220 to A11-27 15/03/45.
To 16 AOP 09/05/45.
To 1 RSU for repairs 01/11/45.
To 2 AD 15/01/46 and stored.
Approved for conversion to components 13/01/48.
Issued to DAP 02/11/48.
Registration VH-BCK (NTU).
Registered VH-BYJ 21/05/54 to 16/08/79.
Blew over in 1978.
Withdrawn from register at owners request 16.08.79
Had been collecting dust until purchased in 1998 by John Carr.
Was expected to be complete 2002.
(No further information available at this time)

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-27  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-28 MZ228 Mk.III 341 Fuselage ID: TAY5964.
Departed Liverpool on SS Port Chalmers 28/01/45 arrived Sydney 29/03/45.
Delivered to RAAF 29/03/45 (status card says 14/03/45).
To 2 AD 14/03/45.
Changed from MZ228 to A11-28 on 15/03/45.
To 16 AOP 09/05/45.
Struck tree while dropping dispatches and crashed at Papar North Borneo 15.08.45.
To 22 RSU 23/08/45.
Approved for conversion to components on 10/10/45,
Approved for conversion to components, again on 12.10.45.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-29 MT407 Mk.III 491 Fuselage ID: TAY9512.
Departed Liverpool on SS Clan Chattam 25/02/45 arrived Sydney 03/04/45.
10/04/45 Rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
11/04/45 Aircraft renumbered to A11-29,
02/05/45 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
06/05/45 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
09/05/45 Rec'd 16 AOP ex 2 AD
Engine failure on take-off from Papar Airstrip (North Borneo ?) 26.10.45 (Status Card says 27/10/45),
05/11/45 Request for conversion to components ,
05/12/45 Approved for conversion to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-30 MT408 Mk.III 492 Fuselage ID: TAY8848.
Departed Liverpool on SS Clan Chattam 25/02/1945 arrived Sydney 03/04/1945.
10/04/1945 Rec'd 1AD ex UK,
11/04/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-30,
28/06/1945 Aircraft ready for delivery,
27/07/1945 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
23/07/1945 Rec'd 16 AOP ex 2 AD
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war use. Is to be stored under Cat C,
11/06/1946 2 Rec'd AD store ex 16 AOP,
19/08/1946 2 Issued to AD store ex 16 AOP,
23/09/1946 To be stored Cat D,
01/10/1946 To be stored Cat C,
13/01/1947 Offered for disposal,
08/04/1947 Sold by the CDC to J.A.Caswell, Maryborough, Qld for 135 pounds,
17/04/1947 Issued to J.A.Caswell,
Registered VH-BBS 15/11/1948 to 01/03/1959.
Crashed 03/11/1958 at Wacol QLD.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-31 MT432 Mk.III 515 Fuselage ID: TAY9565.
Departed Liverpool on SS Gloucester 09/04/1945 arrived Sydney 05/06/1945.
16/06/1945 Rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
09/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-31,
05/07/1945 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
15/07/1945 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
08/08/1945 Rec'd 16 AOP ex 2 AD
29/09/1945 Crashed at Beaufort Strip, North Borneo due engine failure (Status cards dates this as 30/09/45).
01/Aircraft crashed on take off - engine failure cause unknown. Returning from Beaufort with passengers after taking Fitter II.a and spare parts to A11-27.
16/10/45 Airframe recommended for conversion in situ. RAAF HQ approval anticipated. Engine to be inhibited and stored 16 AOPF pending further advice re disposal,
22/10/1945 Allotted 1 RSU ex 16 AOPF for conversion of airframe,
26/10/1945 Rec'd 1 RSU,
16/11/1945 Approved for conversion to components,
20/11/1945 Approved for conversion to components again at 1 RSU.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-32 NX494 Mk.III 430 Fuselage ID: TAY7754.
Departed Liverpool on SS Gloucester 09/04/1945 arrived Sydney 05/06/1945,
16/06/1945 rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
09/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-32,
05/07/1945 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
18/07/1945 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
27/09/1945 Rec'd 14 RSU ex 16 AOP,
08/03/1946 Rec'd 2 AD Storage ex 16 AOP,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war use. Is to be stored under Cat C,
29/07/1946 To be stored Cat D,
01/10/1946 To be stored Cat C,
13/01/1947 Offered for disposal,
02/04/1947 Sold through CDC to L.E.Penn Lane Cove, Sydney for 505 Pounds,
16/04/1947 Issued to L.E.Penn,
Registered VH-BDL 19/03/1948 to 18/03/1949 and 07/07/1950 to 12/03/1952.
Registered VH-MAD 12/03/1952 to 05/08/1954.
Registered VH-FED 05/08/1954 to 15/01/1967.
15/01/67 Crashed into hanger at Wodonga, Vic.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-33 NJ820 Mk.III 639 Fuselage ID: TAY11784.
Departed Liverpool on SS Gloucester 09/04/1945 arrived Sydney 5/06/1945.
16/06/1945 Rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
09/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-33,
05/07/1945 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
25/07/1945 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
27/09/1945 Rec'd 14 RSU ex 2 AD for 16 AOP,
29/07/1946 To be stored Cat D,
01/10/1946 To be stored Cat C,
13/01/1947 Offered for disposal,
02/04/1947 Sold through CDC to L.E.Penn Lane Cove, Sydney for 505 Pounds,
16/04/1947 Issued to L.E.Penn,
Registered VH-BDM 05/08/1949 to 26/03/1976 and from 21/07/1986.
Currently airworthy and registered to Allan Harding, Scullin, ACT since 24/12/2004.
She is currently flies in her RAAF markings as VH-BDM/A11-33.

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-33  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-34 NJ970 Mk.III 373 Fuselage ID: TAY6382.
Departed Liverpool on SS Gloucester 09/04/1945 arrived Sydney 05/06/1945.
16/06/1945 Rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
09/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-34,
31/07/1945 Allotted SAC ex 2 AD, 2 AD Ferry flt to arrange ferrying,
05/08/1945 Allotted SAC ex 2 AD,
03/01/1946 Allotted CMU Narrandera ex SAC for storage,
21/01/1946 Issued CMU Narrandera ex SAC,
23/01/1946 Rec'd CMU Narrandera ex SAC, to be stored under Cat C,
29/07/1946 To be stored under Cat D,
08/10/1946 Allotted 16 AOP ex CMU Narrandera, for storage Cat C,
31/10/1946 Issued 16 AOP ex CMU Narrandera,
04/11/1946 Rec'd 16 AOP ex CMU Narrandera,
04/07/1947 Allotted SHQ Canberra ex 16 AOP,
14/07/1947 Rec'd SHQ Canberra ex 16 AOP,
21/10/1947 Approval given for issue of aircraft for an indefinite period on load to the Department of Civil Aviation,
12/12/1947 Issued to Department of Civil Aviation,
Registered VH-BKK 18/12/1947 to 1949.
22/02/1952 Downgraded to Cat D on RAAF records,
13/10/1952 Offered for disposal free to Department of Civil Aviation,
Registered VH-CAJ 1949 to 24/04/1961.
Registered VH-DAJ 24/04/1961 to 13/10/1969.
13/10/1969 Withdrawn from use and restored.
Registered VH-DSJ from 25/05/1993.
Currently registered to David Fletcher, Lambs Valley, NSW (from 05/06/2006), and still flying.

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-34  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-35 NX501 Mk.III 437 Fuselage ID: TAY7801.
Departed Glasgow on SS Fordsdale 18/04/1945 arrived Sydney 14/06/1945.
16/06/1945 Rec'd 2 AD ex UK,
19/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-35,
03/07/1945 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
08/07/1945 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
25/07/1945 Rec'd 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
20/09/1945 (Status card says 21/09/1945) Crashed Ranau Strip, North Borneo extent of damage unknown. Recommend allotment of airframe and engine to RSU for salvage and repair. Engine failure during take off. Evacuation of fromer POWs,
25/09/1945 Futrther survey reveals following damage: fuselage 10%, U/C 90%, engine 10%, Remainder of aircraft US. Only method of salvage is repair on site. Length of airstrip insufficient for a/c other than Auster. Position inaccessible to motor transport. Transport difficulties prevent transport of facilities necessary for repair on site. Recommended conversion of airframe and engine by this unit.
28/09/1945 to be converted to components by 16 AOP Flight in situ. RAAF HQ approval anticipated.,
15/01/1946 Approved for conversion to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-36 NJ783 Mk.III 613 Fuselage ID: TAY11311.
Departed Glasgow on SS Fordsdale 18/04/45 arrived Sydney 14/06/45.
16/06/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
19/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-36,
07/08/1945 Allotted 17 AOP ex 2 AD,
17/08/1945 Allotment cancelled,
15/11/1945 Stared under category C,
19/11/1945 Issued and received 2 AD storage ex 2 AD,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category E.
29/07/1946 To be stored Category D,
08/01/1947 Sold through CDC to P.Parker for 1005,
13/01/1947 Issued to purchaser,
28/05/1947 to 18/08/1949 Registered VH-BCQ .
18/08/1949 to 20/11/1964, 30/12/1964 to 04/02/1972 Registered VH-BOQ .
04/02/1972 Crashed at Casterton VIC.
07/03/1978 Registered VH-BOQ.
27/09/2005 Registered to John Stacy of Linden Park, South Australia
Currently Flying as VH-BOQ.

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-36  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-37 NJ834 Mk.III 654 23/06/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
26/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-37,
19/11/1945 Issued and received 2 AD storage ex 2 AD,
25/07/1945 Rec'd 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category E.
29/07/1946 To be stored Category C,
01/10/1946 To be stored Category C,
08/01/1947 Sold through CDC to Zinc Corporation 368 Collins Street, Melbourne for for 1000,
21/01/1947 Issued to purchaser,
Registered VH-BHA 28/03/1947 to 04/09/1951.
Registered VH-PCR 04/09/1951 to 08/05/1966.
Crashed 08/05/1966 near Harden, NSW.
Whilst on a trial flight for the purchaser, stalled on final approach to the airstrip at Harden, NSW and crashed (Fatal).

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-37  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-38 MZ195

(Also noted as MJ894 & MZ195 on E/E.88)
Mk.III 320 Delivered to RAAF 10/06/1945.
Registered VH-RCT 18/10/1960 to 06/08/1961.
Registered VH-BED to L.A.Hayward 06/08/1961 to 29/09/1963 , 20/03/1972 to 20/05/1975, 27/02/1976 to 10/07/1979 and from 10/06/1980.
1980 to Drage's Airworld Wangaratta
Was at Air World, Wangaratta on June 23, 2001.
Under restoration to fly by Mathew Carlyon
02/08/2005 Registered VH-BED to Mathew Carlyon.
Currently Flying as VH-BED.

  Highlight for Album: Auster A11-38  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-39 NJ771 Mk.III 601 27/06/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
30/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-39,
15/11/1945 Stored under category C,
19/11/1945 Issued and received 2 AD storage ex 2 AD,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category E.
29/07/1946 To be stored Category D,
01/10/1947 To be stored Category C,
08/01/1947 Sold through CDC to A.W.Spooner? for 1200,
21/01/1947 Issued to purchaser,
Registered VH-BCF 16/04/1947 to 21/01/1969.
Returned to register from 07/04/1972.
07/02/2006 Registered to Albert Butterworth of Wangaratta
Currently owned Albert Butterworth of Wangaratta and is still flying.

 Highlight for Album: Auster A11-39  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-40 NJ785 Mk.III 615 27/06/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
30/06/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-39,
19/11/1945 Issued and received 2 AD storage ex 2 AD,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category E.
29/07/1946 To be stored Category D,
01/10/1947 To be stored Category C,
08/01/1947 Sold through CDC to Kingsford Smith Aviation Services, Mascot, NSW for 1000,
22/01/1947 Issued to purchaser,
Registered VH-BCG to Bluebird Air Taxi Service, Bankstown, NSW 16/05/1947 to 19/12/1947, 19/03/1948 to 16/07/1985 and from 04/04/1986.
17/08/2006 registered as VH-BCG to James Stevenson, Hoppers Crossing, VIC,
Currently airworthy and registered as VH-BCG to James Stevenson.

  Highlight for Album: Auster A11-40  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-41 NK126 Mk.III 413 Crashed near Canberra on 13/07/1951 with J.Hubble and Phillip Zupp on board.
Accident, Canberra on 23/02/1954. Pilot WW Silverstone.
The photo was taken to mark the last flight of the Austers in service with 16 AOP Flight. They were being flown from Canberra to Tocumwal 24/07/1959 for storage and subsequent disposal/sale.
Registered VH-CYH 15/06/1961 to 04/06/1975.
Returned to Register from 09/08/1982.
Located at Museum of Army Flying at Oakey QLD.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

   Highlight for Album: Auster A11-41 RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-42 MZ218 Mk.III 330 Delivered to RAAF 09/09/1945.
Accident, Canberra at Currandoly Airfield on 2/11/1955 - Pilot - 1/7007 Captain R S Deacon.
Registered VH-WAJ 14/09/1960 to 19/02/1974.
Withdrawn from use and restored.
Registered VH-DCU from 06/03/1997.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

Auster A11-42 RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-43 MZ230 Mk.III 343 04/10/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
08/10/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-43,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category C.
07/05/1946 Received 2 AD Storage ex 2 AD,
06/08/1946 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
29/07/1946 To be stored Category B,
16/09/1946 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
23/09/1946 Received 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
01/10/1946 To be stored Category B,
04/07/1947 Allotted 4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
07/07/1947 Received4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
17/08/1948 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category B.
06/07/1949 Allotted ex 3 Sqn to 2 AD for fabric recovering,
26/07/1949 Allotment cancelled,
20/11/1949 Reported serviceable at Canberra,
22/02/1951 Held serviceable 3 Sqn,
08/03/1951 U/S 3 Sqn minor repair,
15/03/1951 Recovering fabric 3 Sqn,
29/03/1951 Recovering fabric 3 Sqn,
05/04/1951 U/S minor repairs,
12/04/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
10/05/1951 U/S minor repairs,
17/05/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
14/06/1951 U/S minor repairs,
21/06/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
19/07/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
20/07/1951 U/S awaiting spares at 3 Sqn,
24/07/1951 Aircraft required for post war use Category B,
18/09/1952 Held serviceable 3 Sqn,
26/02/1953 Held serviceable 3 Sqn,
17/03/1953 At Puckapunyal for annual Army Camp on 16/03/1953. A/C made bad cross wind landing, excessive drift,
19/03/1953 Held serviceable 3 Sqn,
03/05/1953 Force landed at Upper Burragong Valley, 20 Miles North of Bowral, NSW after engine failure in flight,
03/05/1953 Recommend conversion of airframe,
12/06/1953 Allotted ex 3 Sqn to Base Sqn for Category B Storage,
19/06/1953 Allotted ex Base Sqn for major repairs at 2 AD,
17/07/1953 Held unserviceable at 2 AD ex Base Sqn Canberra (15/07/1953 by road),
13/10/1953 Held unserviceable at 2 AD,
04/12/1953 Airframe approved for conversion to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-44 MZ247 Mk.III 361 04/10/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
08/10/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-44,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category C.
07/05/1946 Received 2 AD Storage ex 2 AD,
06/08/1946 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
29/07/1946 To be stored Category B,
01/10/1946 To be stored Category B,
30/10/1946 Issued & received 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
07/04/1949 Allotted 2 AD ex 3 Sqn,
24/03/1949 Received 2 AD ex 3 Sqn,
05/05/1949 Airframe approved for conversion to components,
22/06/1949 Conversion to components completed.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-45 MT393 Mk.III 483 Served with No. 16 Air Observation Post at Tarakan Island, Borneo.
Registered VH-WAI 01/03/1962 to 10/02/1965.
Withdrawn from use and restored.
Registered VH-FBA 07/03/1966 to 07/08/1974.
Damaged 09/02/1974 near South Marulan NSW.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-46 MT445 Mk.III 526 04/10/1945 Received 2 AD ex UK,
08/10/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-46,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category C.
07/05/1946 Received 2 AD Storage ex 2 AD,
06/08/1946 Allotted 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
29/07/1946 To be stored Category B,
01/10/1946 To be stored Category B,
23/10/1946 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
31/10/1946 Received 16 AOP ex 2 AD,
04/07/1947 Allotted 4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
07/07/1947 Received 4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
04/08/1947 Aircraft destroyed by fire in hangar. Cause unknown. Engine repairable,
04/08/1947 Recommend airframe be written off, engine repairable on unit,
05/08/1947 Recommend airframe for write off, engine recommended for repair at 4 Sqn,
04/09/1947 Approval granted to convert to components (Airframe only).

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-47 MT450 Mk.III 531 Allocated VH-WAK but not taken up. Registered VH-RKA 07/03/1962 to 27/09/1978.
Withdrawn from use. Registered VH-RKA from 11/02/1999.
Still flying at VH-RKA.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-47   RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-48 NX533 Mk.III 455 Incident, Pilot DC White. Details unknown.
Registered VH-BVX 14/04/1960 to 03/01/1962.
Registered VH-MBB 03/01/1962 to 05/02/1977.
Withdrawn from use.
Under restoration by Ron Lee was located at Precision Aerospace, Wangaratta.
Noted at Caboolture Qld, 2012

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-48  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-49 NJ797 Mk.III 635 10/10/1945 Aircraft received 2 AD ex UK,
20/10/1945 Aircraft renumbered to A11-46,
22/03/1946 Aircraft selected for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category C.
07/05/1946 Received 2 AD Storage ex 2 AD,
29/07/1946 To be stored Category B,
29/08/1946 Allotted 16 AOP in lieu of A11-47 ex 2 AD,
29/08/1946 Issued 16 AOP ex 2 AD Storage,
09/09/1946 Received 16 AOP ex 2 AD Storage,
01/10/1946 Store Category B,
04/04/1947 Allotted 4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
07/07/1947 Received 4 Sqn ex 16 AOP,
02/07/1948 3 Sqn Aircraft engine failed in flight. Force landed Penrith Racecourse. No damage. Water in fuel discovered by summary investigation. Aircraft repaired and flown back to base.
19/08/1948 Required for post war Air Force. To be stored under Category B.
30/02/1949 Reported serviceable,
22/02/1951 Held serviceable 3 Sqn,
19/04/1951 U/S Minor inspection 3 Sqn,
26/04/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
10/04/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
12/07/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
19/07/1951 Serviceable 3 Sqn,
24/07/1951 Required for post-war
18/09/1952 Held serviceable at 3 Sqn
26/02/1953 Held serviceable 3 Sqn
19/03/1953 Held unserviceable 3 Sqn
21/05/1953 Held serviceable 3 Sqn
12/06/1953 Allotted ex 3 Sqn to Base Sqn Canberra,
08/10/1953 Held serviceable AOP Flight,
26/03/1954 Held serviceable AOP Flight,
29/07/1954 Held unserviceable Canberra,
14/10/1954 Held unserviceable Canberra,
09/12/1954 Held unserviceable Canberra,
05/03/1955 Held unserviceable Canberra,
01/04/1955 Held unserviceable Canberra,

<<MORE TO COME>>

27/6/1955 Accident approximately 20 miles North-East of Canberra - Pilot - 2nd Lieutenant H A Benson and Alf Argent was flying with Harry Benson on the day.
Sold and registered VH-MHT from 04/03/1960.
02/12/2011 Registered to Cameron Ross of Camberwell, Victoria.
The aircraft is currently airworthy and registered to Cameron Ross and hangared at Kyneton, VIC.

    Highlight for Album: Auster A11-49  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-50 NJ861 Mk.III 674 Accident at Canberra on 25/2/1954 - Pilot - 5/619 2/Lt H J Baker (Army Component).
(NEEDS UPDATE)

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-51 NJ838 Mk.III 660 A Presentation Auster. "Dickson Pioneer" had served with 653 Sqn RAF and later HQ 147 Wing before being boxed and shipped out to Oz.
Registered VH-PRW 30/07/1959 to 01/07/1969.
Damaged by windstorm 10/01/1966 at Alice Springs NT.
Registered VH-MRR from 25/01/2001.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-52 NJ859 Mk.III 689 Became VH-MBA. Court of Inquiry into accident - Unit - AOP Flt Canberra at Moss Vale area on 17/11/1957 - Pilot - Second Lieutenant Cooper 1/3067.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-53 NX500 Mk.III 436 The photo of the two pilots standing in front of A11-53 was taken at Canberra on 24/07/1959.
Laurie Doyle is on the left and George Constable is on the right. The photo was taken to mark the last flight of the Austers in service with 16 AOP Flight. They were being flown from Canberra to Tocumwal for storage and subsequent disposal/sale.
Registered VH-MBA 18/11/1960 to 26/11/1975, 20/02/1976 to 06/09/1976 and 08/07/1977 to 01/10/1997.
Crashed and burned 31/08/1997 at Kalimna Park, Galore NSW.
Rebuilt and appeared at 1997 Avalon Airshow

 Highlight for Album: Auster A11-53   RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-54 MZ135 Mk.III 271 Delivered to RAAF 03/01/1946.
Accident - Unit - AOP Flight at Tin Can Bay, Queensland on 28/08/1958.
Registered VH-SNS 22/09/1960 to 01/01/1971.
Withdrawn from use for rebuild.
Registered VH-SNS from 12/11/1975.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-54  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-55 MZ168 Mk.III 293 Delivered to RAAF 03/01/1946.
Registered VH-ALS 16/08/1959 to 15/09/1971.
Withdrawn from use.
Registered VH-ALS from 25/01/1983.
Still airworthy at Kempsy.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

 Highlight for Album: Auster A11-55  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-56 MZ123 Mk.III 258 Delivered to RAAF 03/11/1945.
Accident Lincoln Gap. Pilot DN McPherson.
Registered VH-GCV 28/06/1960 to 14/01/1974.
Crashed 14/01/1974 at Latrobe Valley.

Auster A11-56  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-57 n/a Mk.III n/a Not Delivered to RAAF.
A11-58 n/a Mk.III n/a Not Delivered to RAAF.
A11-59 n/a Mk.III n/a Not Delivered to RAAF.
A11-60 TJ249 Mk.V 1330 Delivered to RAAF 23/12/1948.
28/01/1949 Received 77 Sqn ex RAF,
03/11/1950 Allotted 91 Wing ex 77 Sqn, Japan
23/02/1951 In Service 91 Wing,
22/04/1951 Signal pistol discharged in stowage position burning ?? section ?? and fabric 2 miles South East of ??? Airfield,
03/05/1957 U/S undergoing inspection,
10/05/1951 Serviceable with 91 Wing,
24/07/1951 Required for post-war use, to be Category B,
24/08/1951 U/S Engine repairs 91 Wing,
31/08/1951 Serviceable with 91 Wing,
26/04/1952 Crashed at Matsuyama Shikoku, Recommend conversion to components,
07/05/1952 Approval given to convert to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-61 TW372 Mk.V 1737 Delivered to RAAF 23/12/1948.
28/01/1949 Received 77 Sqn ex RAF,
03/11/1950 Allotted 91 Wing ex 77 Sqn, Japan
23/02/1951 In Service 91 Wing,
05/04/1951 U/S major inspection,
12/04/1951 Serviceable with 91 Wing,
26/04/1951 Crashed at Yamaguchi Airstrip, Shikoku, Japan. Aircraft burnt after crash. Recommend write off,
04/06/1951 Approval given to convert to components.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-200 VX125 AOP.6 n/a Used in Antarctica and was wrecked by a hurricane in 01/04/1954 (another report says crashed on this date) onboard vessel Kista Dan.
Used as a spares source for A11-201.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-200  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-201 VX127 AOP.6 n/a Used in Antarctica.
Crashed 13/04/1955.
Sold as VH-RCT and finally written off 05/02/1964 at Cape Barren Island, Tasmania.
(NEEDS UPDATE)

Highlight for Album: Auster A11-201   RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A11-300 n/a J/5G Cirrus Autocar 3059 See details on our RAN Auster page
A11-301 n/a J/5G Cirrus Autocar 3064 See details on our RAN Auster page
 
     
 

Auster AOP
BALIKPAPAN, BORNEO.
7th July 1945
AWM photo

 
     

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