1936/37 Built at Mascot
Aerodrome, Sydney NSW started by Tugan Aircraft Ltd. On 1st November 1936
Tugan was merged into the structure of the Commonwealth Aircraft
Corporation (CAC). Therefore, A14-3 became one of the first batch of CAC
30Mar37 Certificate of
Manufacture No CM6 issued by CAC Pty Ltd, Cook St, Mascot, Sydney.
02Apr37 First flight by Mr O.B
Hall at Mascot.
application lodged with Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB),
23Apr37 Test flown by CAB
Superintendent of Operations FLTLT David Ross. Registered as VH-UYE.
30May37 CAB approval for an
urgent charter to New Guinea prior to issue of CofA and CofR.
01Jun37 Departed Mascot for
Rabual. Chartered by Daily Telegraph to cover the volcanic eruption
at Rabaul. Pilot Charles Gatenby, Flight engineer Sid Marshall and four
passengers. Route was: Sydney-Brisbane-Rockhampton-Townsville-Port Douglas
[beach landing]-Port Moresby [beach landing]-Lae-Rabaul.
05Jun30 Returned to Mascot,
flight covered 5,500 miles in 48 hrs 20 min flying time. The flight was
widely reported at the time and should be remembered because it was the
first time an Australian designed and built aircraft had made an overseas
07Oct37 Registered as VH-UYE
to CAC Pty Ltd Mascot, Sydney.
Dec37 RAAF Order No
A30974/37 issued for purchase of Gannet Mk.II A14-3.
Jan38 Modified by CAC to
RAAF Requirements: control wheel replaced stick type; new wheel assemblies
with balloon tyres; larger cabin door with stretcher access; vertical
camera mounts; new flight instruments; and sundry other minor fittings
03Feb38 Received by No 1
Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and taken on charge as
A14-3 Gannet Mk.II fitted with Gipsy VI Series engines.
04Feb38 Issued to 1AD
Communications & Survey Flight (1ADCSF) at RAAF Laverton.
06Feb38 Departed for Singapore
(pilot SQNLDR Allen Walters), carrying AVM Richard Williams to the 1938
Imperial Defence Conference and the opening of the Singapore Naval
23Feb38 Returned from above
mission - 91 flying hours.
Mar38 Departed Laverton
for duty with the North Australian Survey Flight (NASF) in the 1938
program - Mar to Oct 38.
Oct38 Carried leader of
the NASF, Sir Herbert Gepp, to central Australia to inspect the survey
25Oct38 Underwent engine
change at Alice Springs, new engine flown from Laverton by Anson.
28Oct38 Returned to 1ADCSF.
04Oct39 Allocated to the 1939
NASF program from Sep to Dec 39. Then returned to 1ADCSF.
07Feb40 Port undercarriage leg
collapsed on landing at Laverton. Minor damage to port wing.
01Jul40 Moved with CSF to
RAAF Station Canberra.
Jul40 Allocated to
Southern Queensland Survey Detachment surveying potential airfield sites
in the Wide Bay, Bundaberg and Maryborough areas.
Mar41 Used for aerial
survey work in Eastern Victoria.
20May41 Hit a fence after
landing at Benalla airfield. Undercarriage torn off, damaged port wing and
21Jun41 Issued to Butler Air
Transport at Mascot airport for repair and overhaul.
Mar42 Modified to air
ambulance standard. Fitment of two moveable stretchers, medicine lockers
and a collapsible seat. The modified aircraft could carry five people:
pilot, W/T operator, two stretcher patients and either a sitting patient
or medical orderly/nurse.
01Apr42 Received by No 2 Air
Ambulance Unit (2AAU) at RAAF Station Canberra.
21Apr42 Departed for 2AAU
Detachment at Daly Waters, WA. Ferried from Canberra: SGT F.E. Smallhorn;
LACs Brill, Smith and Curphey. Route was Mildura-Port
Pirie-Oodnadatta-Alice Springs-Tennants Creek- Daly Waters.
15May42 Port engine blew
cylinder head on flight from Batchelor to Katherine. Repaired at
16May42 Flew three Leper cases
to Mt Isa.
Batchelor-Groote Eylandt-Batchelor, picked up patients.
06Aug42 Port undercarriage
collapsed on landing at Millingimbi NT. Minor damage to wing and fabric.
Pilot PLTOFF John Ingham and crew uninjured.
16Oct42 Received by No 1
Repair & Salvage Unit (1RSU) at Manbullo NT for repair.
19Nov42 Awaiting collection
22Dec42 Received by 2AAU at
RAAF Canberra. Ferried along same route as stated in 21Apr42 entry.
Feb43 Detached for duty
with 2AAU Kingaroy, QLD, pilot FLTLT C.C Loxton
Mar43 Conveyed Col B.J
Ward 3rd DIV to locations in Queensland to arrange evacuation route &
procedures for allied wounded.
22Mar43 Returned to Canberra
from Kingaroy detachment, pilot FLTLT C.S Hill.
15Apr43 Detached for duty
with 2AAU Kingaroy, QLD, pilot SGT 40882 F. E. Smallhorn
15May43 Departed for No 3
Aircraft Depot (3AD) at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD for overhaul, pilot SGT
40882 F. E. Smallhorn
17Jul43 Received by 2AAU at
Canberra-Archerfield-Maryborough-Archerfield-Mascot with three patients.
01Oct43 Port engine failed at
Mascot. Request allocation for repair and overhaul with contractor.
07Oct43 Allocated to &
received by Marshall Airways for complete overhaul.
07Apr44 Received by No 2
Aircraft Park at Bankstown.
13Apr44 Received by 2AAU.
20Apr44 Departed for duty with
2AAU Detachment Kingaroy, QLD.
14Sep44 Allocated to No 4
Communications Unit (4CU) at Archerfield, Brisbane.
19Oct44 Received by 4CU,
ferried by FLGOFF Kennedy.
23Oct44 Archerfield - Kingaroy
round trip, FLGOFF Kennedy.
31Oct44 Departed for duty
with 2AAU Detachment at Corunna Downs, WA, pilot FLGOFF Kennedy. Owing to
various accidents and misadventures the ferry trip took more than a month
to complete, finally arriving in Carnarvon WA on 12Dec44. Unfortunately,
the 2AAU Detachment was shut down on 31Nov44!
16Dec44 Issued to No 17
Repair & Salvage Unit at RAAF Station Pearce, WA.
02Jan45 Allocated to 2AAU at
05Jan45 Allocation cancelled,
reallocated to 2AD Care & Maintenance Unit (2ADCMU), RAAF Evans Head, NSW.
18Jan45 Received by 2ADCMU
and placed in storage.
07Sep45 2ADCMU survey report
recommended the aircraft for conversion.
24Jul46 2ADCMU directed to
destroy the aircraft by burning. Directive carried out.