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3 OS2U-3 Kingfishers over Sydney
107 Squadron,  , 
c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

     
 

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Aircraft Serial USN Bu. NEI-MLD c/n Aircraft History
A48-1 Bu.5984 V-19 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 22/04/42. Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-A.
Capsized while mooring, believed due to leaking float at St George Basin 01/05/45 and was converted to spares 22/05/45.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-1 
3 O.T.U., c.1942. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-1/JE-A , 
107 Squadron, c.1944/5. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-2 Bu.5985 V-20 2475 Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 22/06/42. Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-B.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 22/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Sold 04/47 to Mr Norman Padgett but not delivered.
Sold 25/03/48. located the fuselage, tailplane and main float of A48-2 on a farm at Merbein VIC.
Taken to the Mildura Museum VIC and restored using other Kingfisher parts.
Was on display, partially restored, at the Malcolm Green Aircraft Museum, Whaleworld, Albany, WA in 2004.
In 2006 located at Precision Aerospace at the old Air World hangar in Wangaratta.

Kingfisher A48-2 at Whaleworld WA.  Kingfisher A48-2 at Precision Aerospace
17th October 2004  Kingfisher A48-2 at Precision Aerospace
17th October 2004

A48-3 Bu.5986 V-21 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 02/07/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-D.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 22/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Sold for scrap 25/03/48.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-3/JE-D 
107 Squadron, c.1944. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfishers 
A48-4/JE-E and A48-3/JE-D 
107 Squadron, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  Four OS2U-3 Kingfishers in flight, 
A48-4/JE-E, A48-6/JE-G, A48-14/JE-P and A48-3/JE-D, 
107 Squadron, c.1944/5. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-4 Bu.5987 or Bu.5989 V-22 or
V-24
? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 11/05/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and had a large 4 marked on it and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-E.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 29/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.

OS2U-3 Kingfishers 
A48-4/JE-E and A48-3/JE-D 
107 Squadron, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  Four OS2U-3 Kingfishers in flight, 
A48-4/JE-E, A48-6/JE-G, A48-14/JE-P and A48-3/JE-D, 
107 Squadron, c.1944/5. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-4
1 F.B.R.B.
Lake Boga, 
c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-5 Bu.5987 or Bu.5988 V-22 or
V-23
? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 26/10/42. Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-F.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC in 19/0845, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
This aircraft was purchased by a Mr A Paget for 275 pounds on 02/06/47,
Soon afterwards he died while felling a tree and the aircrafts fate is unknown.

OS2U-3 Kingfishers 
A48-5/JE-F and A48-17/JE-S 
over Jervis Bay, 
107 Squadron, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-6 Bu.5988 or Bu.5989 V-23 or
V-24
? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 27/04/42.
Ground Looped after landing 17/07/42, damaging port float.
Back in Service 09/10/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-G.
This aircraft had is paint on the pontoons removed and metal polished for testing late in 1943.
On 13/05/44 the aircraft hit telephone wires and damaged port mainplane and pontoon, it was operational within three months.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 21/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored. S
old 02/04/51 to Kellion Bros of Marrickville NSW.

Four OS2U-3 Kingfishers in flight, 
A48-4/JE-E, A48-6/JE-G, A48-14/JE-P and A48-3/JE-D, 
107 Squadron, c.1944/5. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-7 Bu.5982 V-17 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42 and Received at Rathmines 22/04/42.
Put into Service 07/09/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-H.
On 07/12/43 the controls became jammed and the aircraft flipped on takeoff near Wangi Point, Lake Macquarie.
Crew; FO K Drury and FltSgt A Larsen both unharmed.
The aircraft was towed to shore and righted, as the aircraft was submerged it was not flown again and reduced to spares 21/12/43.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-7/7, 
3 O.T.U., Rathmines, 
c.1942. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-8 Bu.5972 V-7 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 29/07/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43.
Coded JE-?.
Crashed at Sea 14/01/43, 40 miles from Sydney whilst on an anti-sub patrol for USS Henry Dearborn.

Seaplane Training Flight, Rathmines, July, 1942, OS2U-3 Kingfisher A48-8 with another flying over head. via Mike Mirkovic.  Kingfisher A48-8

A48-9 Bu.5973 V-8 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 04/08/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-K.
During 10/43 to lessen the spray caused by the pontoon this aircraft was modified by adding an external strake below the waterline on the pontoon, which was successful and all other aircraft were later modified.
This aircraft had the paint removed and metal polished on its pontoons and floats for testing purposes late 1943, it was found that a slight increase in airspeed was the result.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC in 1945, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
It was returned to Rathmines on 26/06/47 and prepared for polar flying as a spare for the ANARE Antarctic Flight.
It was found to be unsuitable and A48-15 took its place.
Flown back to Lake Boga VIC 21/01/53 and later Sold.

Sikorski Kingfisher 
A84-9 JE-K  OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-9/JE-K 
in flight over the Tasman Sea, 
107 Squadron, c.1944. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-10 Bu.5974 V-9 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 14/01/43.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-L.
Crashed 04/10/44 off Jervis Bay NSW and sank in 40 fathoms of water.
Part of Main Float and wing were found.
A48-11 Bu.5975 V-10 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 04/08/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-M.
As the two 100 pound depth charges carried by the Kingfisher were unacceptable, this aircraft had the armour plate and wing fuel tanks were removed during and on the 16/11/43 a pair of 250 pound depth charges were trialed.
Due to their larger size these swayed in the slipstream.
Some brace Struts were added and as the trials were successful all aircraft were modified by mid 1944.
By the 28/01/44 this aircraft had all of paint removed and bare metal polished, as no proof of corrosion was found on A48-6 and A48-9.
As a result it was the first bare metal Kingfisher.
With the paint removed and modifications as mentioned, the aircraft speed increased 6 knots.
By 12/01/44 approval was given to modify all the Kingfishers.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 06/09/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Sold 25/03/48.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher
A48-11/JE-M.
107 Squadron, Lake Boga, 
17 August 1945,   
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-12 Bu.5976 V-11 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 12/10/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-N.
On the 14/06/44 the Crew Flt Sgt Alan Larsen and Flt Lt Ken Drury were practicing some low flying in the Dora Creek area of Lake Macquarie when the aircraft flew through some high tension power lines.
The result blacked out the entire district for 3 days and as the low flying was not authorised Larsen was fined 5 pounds.
The aircraft was unserviceable for 10 days.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 21/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Sold 02/04/51 to the Kellion Bros of Kellyville NSW.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher A48-12/JE-N , 
107 Squadron, 
St George's Basin, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-13 Bu.5977 V-12 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 14/01/43.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-O.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC in 18/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Issued to RAAF Antarctic Flight, 21/10/47.
Fitted with an engine pre-heater and painted yellow before issue to Wyatt Earp on 13/12/47.
This aircraft was used on the Australian Antarctic Expedition in 1947/48 to King George V Land aboard HMAS Wyatt Earp, formally HMAS Wongala.
It flew a total of 13 hours prior to departure and the remainder of the total 55 hours used for ANARE scouting the pack ice for its mother ship HMAS Wyatt Earp and serving the ANARE Antarctic Flight.
Returned to Point Cook on 31/3/48 and later transferred to Rathmines for storage and possible future use.
Eventually sold at auction on 21/1/53.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-13 
About to be loaded on board HMAS Wyatt Earp, Antarctic Flight, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Feb., 1948. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-13 
On board HMAS Wyatt Earp, Antarctic Flight, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, 
Jan., 1948. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-14 Bu.5978 V-13 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 04/08/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-P.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC in 21/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored. Sold 25/03/48.

Four OS2U-3 Kingfishers in flight, 
A48-4/JE-E, A48-6/JE-G, A48-14/JE-P and A48-3/JE-D, 
107 Squadron, c.1944/5. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-15 Bu.5979 V-14 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 04/08/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-Q.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC in 18/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
It was flown to Rathmines on the 03/09/47 to replace A48-9 as the ANARE Antarctic Flight backup aircraft.
Sold Kellion Bros of Kellyville NSW 02/04/51.

OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-15/JE-Q 
107 Squadron, 
Sussex Inlet, c.1944. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-16 Bu.5980 V-15 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 13/11/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-R.
While carrying out gunnery practice off broken bay on 26/09/43 a round exploded in the breech, the aircraft caught fire and sank.
A48-17 Bu.5981 V-16 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 14/11/42.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43.
Coded JE-S.
Was no longer flyable 03/09/45 and withdrawn from use and was converted to spares 26/03/46.

OS2U-3 Kingfishers 
A48-5/JE-F and A48-17/JE-S 
over Jervis Bay, 
107 Squadron, c.1945. 
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfisher 
A48-17/JE-S, 
107 Squadron, 
St George's Basin, c.1944. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A48-18 Bu.5983 V-18 ? Originally intended for use by the Netherlands East Indies.
Arrived in Australia 04/42,
Erected at Point Cook and Received at Rathmines 06/05/42.
Put into Service 14/01/43.
Served with the Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Sqn on 10/05/43. Coded JE-T.
Flown to Lake Boga VIC 29/08/45, where the last 9 remaining Kingfishers were stored.
Sold 25/03/48.

 

     
 

3 OS2U-3 Kingfishers over Sydney
107 Squadron,  , 
c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.  OS2U-3 Kingfishers
1 F.B.R.B.
 Lake Boga, 
c.1945
via Mike Mirkovic.

 
     

The Author of this page is Ron Wynn updated by Brendan Cowan

Source:  Australian War Museum Web Site, http://www.awm.gov.au/database/collection.asp , Dunn Pierce, Australia at War Web site http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/ , Norman Dean, Unpublished work titled RAAF Aircrew Losses Part 8 1945 Generously made available to fellow adf-serials researchers, MacKenzie Steve provided information on aircraft codes in 2 Squadron service extracted from the book "Highest Traditions", Pentland, Geoffrey, RAAF Camouflage and Markings 1939-45 Vol 2, Kookaburra Technical Publications Pty Ltd, Melbourne 1989 , Squadron Signal No 34 B25 Mitchell in Action, E. McDowell, Michigan, 1978, Wilson, Stuart, Boston, Mitchell and Liberator in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications, Weston Creek ACT, Australia, 1992.

Emails: Joe Baugher, Coert Munk, Joop de Wit.

Updated 26 March 2015

 

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