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Anson Mk.Is 
A4-7 & A4-1 
21 Squadron, 
c.1937,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

 
     
 

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RAAFSerial RAF Serial Aircraft History
A4-1 K6212 Ex K6212 (DC). 1AD 20.11.36. 21 Sqdn 9.12.36. Landed undercarriage up Laverton Vic 20.4.38. Collided A4-7 on TO, Currie, King I 23.8.38. 1AD 28.9.38. 21 Sqdn 2.12.38 ('R' in 1940) Sank into boggy ground taxiing Benalla Vic 16.8.39. ATS 1SFTS 2.5.40. Dam in heavy landing Pt Cook, Vic 3.12.40. 1AD 31.3.41. 4SFTS 1.4.41. FL Geraldton 4.4.41. McRobertson Miller for overhaul 4.6.41. ANA Maylands WA 13.9.41. 4SFTS 3.8.42. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 8.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48.

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A4-2 K6213 Ex K6213. 1AD 16.12.36. P&C Flt 19.3.37. Renamed C&S Flt 8.6.37. Eng trble & through fence Box Hill NSW 23.4.38. 2AD 12.5.38. 2SFTS 5.8.40. 3SFTS 4.4.41. 1SFTS 12.4.42. 1AOS 28.7.42. 2AP 2.10.44. 3AD 11.12.44. APL Archerfield SA 14.3.45. 3CRD 5.7.45. Approved to scr 21.11.45.
A4-3 K6214 Ex K6214. 1AD 16.12.36. 22 Sqdn 23.2.37. FL Richmond NSW 1.4.38. 1AD 22.11.38. RAAF Pearce WA for 25 Sqdn 4.4.39. ATS 1SFTS 2.5.40. FL fuel shortage Pt Cook Vic 13.6.40. 1AD 31.3.41. 4SFTS 1.4.41. Glue failure identified 25.9.44. Approved to scr 20.10.44.

Anson A4-3 
22 Sqn,  over Sydney 
approx 1938
Photo Joe Barr

A4-4 K6215 (DC) 1AD(ARS) 5.1.37. 23 Sqdn 30.6.37. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 23.12.38. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. Missing on a flight from Pearce to CFS Camden NSW 14.5.40. Found Mt Torbreck near Wangaratta Vic 24.1.41. The aircraft struck near the summit of Mt Torbreck, VIC in foggy weather. The aircraft failed to clear the top of the mountain by only 200ft. Crew; F/O Anthony Ashby Daniel 243 CPL Ivan Lapen Stowdor 2472 CPL Francis Ettiene Hyland 3515 CPL Herman Fred Sass 2560.WOC approved 5.12.40.  A memorial to those killed exists at the site.  There is a 2.4 km track to the memorial which was cleared in 8.2014 after many years of neglect.

Loss of Avro Anson A4-4 Mount Torbreck (David Hibberts/Artworkz via Anthony Dykes)

A4-5 K6216 Ex K6216 (DC). 1AD(ARS) 5.1.37. 4 Sqdn 8.7.37. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. Struck post taxiing 31.8.39. 1FTS for GRS 30.4.40. 1AOS 23.6.40. Undercarriage collapse taxiing Cootamundra NSW 27.6.40. 1ANS 15.11.40. (5 K). Crashed at Glenbrook, NSW on a medical flight from Parkes to Mascot 28.1.41. The plaque placed near the accident site reads "On 28 Jan 41 an Avro Anson aircraft, No A4-5 of No1 Air Navigation School, RAAF Parkes, crashed in this area whilst en route from Parkes to Mascot on a Medical Evacuation flight. All five airmen were killed." Crew; P/O J.I. Newman (Pilot), F/O Henry Theodore Skillman 625 (Nav), AC C.R. Tysoc (Wireless Op), S/L James Manning Rainbow (Medical Officer), P/O Bailey Middlebrook Sawyer 1704 (patient). Approved scr 26.2.41.

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A4-6 K6217 Ex K6217. 1AD 5.1.37. 22 Sqdn 14.4.37. Touched wingtips in formation 6.4.38. Landed undercarriage up Richmond NSW 27.12.38. 1 Sqdn 29.8.39. ATS 1 SFTS 29.3.40. GRS. ITS 1SFTS 27.6.40. Undercarriage collapse on landing Cressy Vic 22.1.41. 1AD 27.5.41. 6SFTS 19.9.41. Collided in flight with A4-31 Mallala SA 13.2.42. LAC Stanley Livingstone McFarlane (student pilot) and LAC Charles Tilley Collett Shopee (student pilot) killed in this aircraft. Approved to scr 12.3.42.

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A4-7 K6218 Ex K6218. 1AD 5.1.37. 21 Sqdn 24.4.37. Collided with A4-1 Currie, King I. 23.8.38. 1AD 28.9.38. 1 Sqdn 24.10.39. CFS 29.5.40. 1 AOS 19.7.40. Butler Air Transport o'haul 6.12.41. 2AD 27.4.42. 1 CF 18.5.42. Ansett Workshops 14.6.43. 1AD 27.1.44. 6SFTS 28.1.44. Storage 29.1.45. Strength 9.2.45. Storage 4.6.45. SHQ Mallala SA for disposal 3.7.47. DAP 30.7.47. Action complete 18.12.47.

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A4-8 K6219 Ex K6219. 1AD 5.1.37. 22 Sqdn 24.3.37. FL Richmond NSW (Engine failure) 17.8.37. Landed undercarriage up Richmond 28.7.38. Cr on the banks of South Creek, McGrath's Hill near Windsor NSW 16.10.38 after the pilot executed a series of planned power dives, which saw one of the aircraft's wings break off. The pilot, AirCDT John Fletcher, 19 years old, was the sole occupant. SOC 31.1.39.
A4-9 K6220 Ex K6220. 1AD 5.1.37. 21 Sqdn 21.4.37. Damaged in strong wind at Laverton Vic 21.9.37. Exch with 2 Sqdn for N4946 18.4.40. ITS 1SFTS 8.7.40. 1AD 20.5.41. 1SFTS 26.8.41. 2AOS 28.12.41. 1WAGS 25.11.43. 2AOS 20.12.43. Cat F at 2AOS awaiting o'haul 15.2.45. Approved for conv to Inst AF No 15 6.2.45. Approved to scr 21.3.46.

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A4-10 K6221 Ex K6221. 1AD 5.1.37. 22 Sqdn 30.4.37. Landed undercarriage up Inverell NSW 20.11.37. 2AD 13.12.37. 22 Sqdn 5.12.38. 1 Sqdn 29.8.39. 1SFTS 30.4.40. Damaged in attempted t/o with controls locked 1.9.40. 3SFTS 10.11.40. Struck by Port wheel of W1599 9.5.41. 1SFTS 6.4.42. 1AOS 17.8.42. Turret broke off in flight 9.8.42. Marshall Airways for o'haul 19.10.42. Butler Air Transport ??. 2AP 10.4.43. GRS 14.6.43. Storage 26.2.45. DAP 16.10.47. Action complete 12.12.47.
A4-11 K6222 Ex K6222. 1AD 5.1.37. 21 Sqdn 29.4.37. Dam by wind Whitemark Flinders Island 14.3.38. Cr into Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip Bay near Point Ormond, Elwood, Vic, in bad visibility during a training flight 2.5.39. P/O Ronald Davies, Cpl Gordon Peake and AC1 John Quinn. killed. Approved to scr 26.7.39. Engines became Instr CH4.

Anson A4-11

A4-12 K6223 Ex K6223. 1AD 5.1.37. 2 Sqdn 14.11.38. RAAF Pearce for 25 Sqdn 5.4.39. 1AD 1.6.40. 1SFTS 27.8.40. Eng Failure on t/o and ran into deep drain Pt Cook 14.1.41. 1AD 28.10.41. 6SFTS 1.11.41. Cr Mallala SA and dam tail unit 3.7.43. Ansett Essendon 8.5.44. Approved to scr 22.11.44.
A4-13 K8792 Ex K8792. 1AD 11.8.37. Storage 5.9.37. FTS 22.9.37. 23 Sqdn 26.11.37. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 23.12.38. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. 1SFTS via 1AD 9.5.40. 4SFTS 25.4.41. FL Pearce WA 12.2.42. Undercarriage collapse on t/o Geraldton 1.3.42. ANA Maylands 5.7.43. 4SFTS 13.3.44. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.8.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 28.2.47.
A4-14 K8793 Ex K8793. 1AD 11.8.37. Storage 5.9.37. 23 Sqdn 13.9.37. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 23.12.38. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. 1SFTS 9.4.40. Dam in windstorm Pt Cook 7.6.40. 1AD 21.7.40. 1SFTS 9.4.41. Ansett Airways (o'haul) 21.8.41. 1SFTS 30.10.41. 6SFTS 1.11.41. 3CU 22.3.44. 2AP 24.4.44. 6SFTS reserve 4.1.45. 67 Sqdn 8.1.45. 6SFTS storage 24.1.45. Strength 9.2.45. Storage 21.5.45. SHQ Mallala 3.7.46. Auth WO 16.5.47. DAP 30.5.47. Action complete 18.12.47.
A4-15 K8794 Ex K8794. 1AD 11.8.37. 1AD storage 5.9.37. 21 Sqdn 21.10.37. Dropped into a ditch during forced landing on King I and destroyed by ensuing fire 11.9.38. WO approved 20.9.38. Engines became Inst CH3.
A4-16 K8795 Ex K8795. 1AD 11.8.37. Storage 5.9.37. 21 Sqdn 27.10.37. Collision with A4-1 no damage 31.7.38. FL King I. 11.9.38. GRS 15.5.40. 1SFTS 27.6.40. FL near Werribee, Vic 6.3.41. 4SFTS 30.3.41. Dam in strong wind 4.4.41. FL Caron WA 20.4.41. ANA Maylands 7.11.42. 4SFTS 17.5.43. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU storage 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48.
A4-17 K8796 Ex K8796. 1AD 11.8.37. Storage 5.9.37. 21 Sqdn 22.9.37. Dam by wind Whitemark, Flinders I. 22.2.38. Eng Fail. on t/o/ Laverton Vic 14.8.38. 1AD 15.8.38. 21 Sqdn 5.9.38. Hit hangar landing Laverton 22.5.39. 1AD 22.5.39. 1 Sqdn 23.9.39. Cr on landing Pats (or Pate) River, Tas. 20.12.39. Conv to Instr Airframe No1 19.6.40. App to scr 11.7.40.

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A4-18 K8797 2AD 17.8.37. 4 Sqdn 30.9.37. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. Taxied into Seagull A2-1 Richmond NSW 3.2.39. CFS 29.5.40. 1AOS 12.7.40. 1ANS 6.11.40. 2AD 23.8.41. Airflite P/L ?? 1.5.42. Ansett ?? 31.7.42. 2AP 1.7.43. 6SFTS 19.7.43. Storage 29.1.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 30.5.47. SHQ Mallala SA 3.7.47. Action complete 18.12.47. Fuselage moved from Mr Agnew’s farm at Curramulka, South Australia in late 1950s to Mt L Hutton’s farm at Mt Compass,.  By 1967 all that remained at Curramulka was two engine nacelles standing on undercarriage legs with one Cheetah engine fitted and connected by a wooden wing spar and.  By 1980s only a small section of frame and nose remained at Mount Compass.
A4-19 K8798 Ex K8798. 2AD 13.9.37. 4 Sqdn 8.10.37. Landed undercarriage up Richmond NSW 19.1.38. Ditto 5.12.38. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. FL Mascot AD NSW with oil system failure 17.7.39. Struck A4-31 in formation Richmond NSW 28.11.39. 1SFTS 29.3.40. 4SFTS 30.3.41. HQ RAAF Pearce for o'haul 31.5.41. 4SFTS 9.2.42. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU storage 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48.
A4-20 K8799 Ex K8799. 2AD 13.9.37 4 Sqdn 8.10.37. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. CFS 29.3.40. 1AD 30.3.41. 2AOS 5.4.41. 1AD 29.4.41. 2AOS 17.5.41. 1AD 29.7.41. 2AOS 12.10.41. Taxied into mobile refuelling unit Mt Gambier SA 6.3.42. 1AOS 13.12.43. Cr at Newrybar,10m N of Ballina NSW 22.5.44. Lt Allan Shackell (pilot) F/O Trevor Woodgate (navigator), W/O Edmund Ahern, and SGT Gordon Hill (trainee navigator) killed. 3CRD 15.6.44. Approved to scr 26.5.44.
A4-21 K8800 Ex K8800. 2AD 13.9.37. 22 Sqdn 13.10.37. 1SFTS 30.5.40. FL Ramsey RLG due weather 22.12.40. 1AD o'haul 8.3.41. 1SFTS 30.8.41. 2AOS 17.10.41. FL Murtoa Vic fractured oil line 2.1.42. FL Hamilton Vic port eng failure 27.4.42. FL due weather 12.6.43. 3AOS 10.12.43. 1CU 13.3.44. GRS 13.7.44. 1SFTS 29.7.44. Badly deteriorated 3.9.44. 1CRD 11.9.44. SHQ Pt Cook storage 18.9.44. Conv to Inst AF No 13 and to AGS for dinghy drill 26.9.44. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 16.10.47. Action complete 25.3.48.
A4-22 K8801 Ex K8801. 2AD 13.9.37. 22 Sqdn 22.10.37. Landed undercarriage up Canberra 26.6.38. 1 Sqdn 29.8.39. 1SFTS 29.3.40. 2AP 23.9.40. 1SFTS 6.10.40. 1AD 19.2.41. 1SFTS 27.5.41. 2AOS 28.12.41. Ansett Essendon Vic o'haul 25.10.43. 1AD 8.8.44. 6SFTS 9.8.44. 1APU for drop testing 5.7.45. 11EFTS storage 6.9.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 12.5.48. Action complete 25.5.49.

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A4-23 K8802 1AD 8.9.37. 21 Sqdn 27.10.37. FL King I 11.9.39. 1SFTS 2.5.40. Mid air coll with N4916 landed Werribee Sat. Field Vic 20.9.40. 3SFTS 13.11.40. Qantas o'haul 9.4.41. 3SFTS 9.12.41. 1SFTS 6.4.42. AAS 26.10.42. Ansett o'haul 29.3.43. 1AD 7.9.43. 6SFTS ‘17’ 11.9.43. Reserve 4.6.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 30.7.47. Action complete 18.12.47. Later located at Mr Davey’s farm less than a. mile from Mallala.  By May 1966 stripped fuselage frame still standing on undercarriage, cockpit windscreen and nose still in good condition. By 1980 nose and windscreen removed by unknown restorer.  Later these were acquired by Ron Lee of Melbourne to assist with restoration of N1334.  By 1987 A4-23 frame had been acquired by Foss aviation museum project and was stored in a building at West Croydon, Adelaide.  The project was disbanded in 1987.

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A4-24 K8803 Ex K8803 1AD 8.9.37. 23 Sqdn 10.11.37. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 1.1.39. FL Laverton Vic - engine trouble 18.1.38. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. 1SFTS 9.4.40. GRS 15.5.40. 1AD o'haul 1.8.41. 6SFTS 29.10.41. Guinea Airways o'haul 15.9.43. 8SFTS 22.2.44. 2CU 13.3.44. 5AD storage 26.7.44. 1WAGS 12.10.44. Storage 19.3.45. AGRS storage 27.11.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 21.2.47. Sold 2.5.47. Issued to buyer 29.5.47.

Anson Mk.Is A4-24 and others from 23 Squadron on their way to meet up with 204 Squadron, RAF's Saro London Mk.IIs,
 March, 1938. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A4-25 K8804 Ex K8804 1AD 8.9.37. 23 Sqdn 16.11.37. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 1.1.39. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. CFS 14.5.40. 1AOS 19.7.40. 2AD 31.5.41. 1AOS 4.10.41. Tail dam in prec ldg Mangus NSW 23.5.42. Ansett Mascot NSW 2.10.42. 2AP 17.3.43. GRS 23.3.43. Storage 26.2.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 16.10.47. Action complete 12.12.47.
A4-26 K8805 1AD 8.9.37. 2 Sqdn 12.5.38. Undershot on night landing and hit boundary fence Laverton Vic 29.11.38. Landed undercarriage up Pt Cook 8.2.39. 1SFTS 16.6.40. 1AD o'haul 18.6.41. GRS 2.10.41. 6SFTS 1.11.41. Reserve 9.1.45. 5CRD storage 13.9.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 20.8.47 Action complete 12.2.47. Sold in auction at Port Pirie to Mr J. Hawker “Anama”, Clare, SA.  Towed from Port Pirie backwards on its main wheels with tail wheel attached to a truck tray.  By 1966 fuselage was standing on its main wheels with wooden wings on the ground nearbyMay 1966 Mr Hawker allowed removal of nose with windscreen by West Beach Aviation Group and this was stored in Adelaide.  Nose and windscreen to Warbirds Aviation Museum, Mildura, Vic, 1968.  Later sections of fuselage were salvaged by John Boden of Salisbury, Adelaide.  Used to build up a complete fuselage by his son and in 2014 was undergoing static restoration as A4-37 at Lewiston, SA.
A4-27 K8806 Ex K8806 2AD 13.10.47. 22 Sqdn 10.11.37. Cr Green Hills Bombing Range (now part of Holsworthy Army Base), Liverpool NSW 29.5.38 after completing bombing practice. Crew; F/L M.P. Alsopp (Pilot), CPL W.A. Lockwood, AC R. Lawson, LAC J Gordon, AC J. Mackey. Approved to scr 24.8.38.
A4-28 K8807 Ex K8807 2AD 13.10.37. 22 Sqdn 18.11.37. Taxied into sandbag dump Richmond NSW 14.9.39. 1SFTS 30.5.40. FL Cressy Vic 30.3.41. Ansett 17.7.41. 1SFTS 4.9.41. 2AOS 28.12.41. 1AOS 7.12.43. 2AP 2.8.44. Ansett Mascot NSW o'haul 29.1.45. 3CU storage 27.3.45. Ansett Mascot 21.5.45. 3CRD 13.11.45. Approved to scr 17.4.46.

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A4-29 K8808 Ex K8808 2AD 13.10.37. Storage 22.2.38. 2 Sqdn via 2AD store 22.2.38. Cr while on a five aircraft navigational exercise that had been recalled due to worsening weather A4-29 while flying in low cloud slammed into a hill called Arthurs Seat, near Dromana VIC 10.8.38. AC1 James Glover in the rear turret survived with minor injuries. Killed were SGT John Gillespie, P/O Robert Symmonds, AC1 Kenneth McKerrow and AC1 Robert Mawson. A/f WO 2.12.38. Engines to instructional CH1 & CH2.
A4-30 K8809 2AD 13.10.37. 22 Sqdn 27.7.38. Hit Tilley lamp ldg Richmond NSW 15.11.39. 1SFTS via 1FTS 30.5.40. 3SFTS 10.11.40. Qantas o'haul 14.8.41. 8SFTS 6.4.42. Collided with AX505 on ground Bundaberg Qld 25.5.43. 2CU 13.3.44. 2AP 1.5.44. Ansett 4.12.44. 2AD 30.7.45. CMU Evans Head NSW 31.7.45. CMU Narranderra NSW storage 15.3.46. Sold by CDC to E.H. Loneragan, Mudgee NSW 17.7.46. Issued 16.10.46. Registered VH-BFJ to U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney 28.10.47. Departed overseas on ferry flight 12.11.47 for resale. Sold to M. LeGrand, Saigon, Vietnam 12.47 and canc from Australian Register 4.3.48. Subsequent history unknown but has been suggested as going to Hong Kong as VR-HDR. Another less likely suggestion is that it was given French overseas registration as F-O???.

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A4-31 K8810 2AD 13.10.37. 4 Sqdn 30.8.38. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. FL with engine trouble Richmond NSW 14.2.39. Struck by A4-19 in formation Richmond 28.11.39. GRS 29.3.40. FL Nhill Vic engine failure 7.5.40. 1AD 2.8.41. 6SFTS 19.9.41. Collided with A4-6 after t/o Mallala SA 13.2.42. LAC Keith Allan Mustow (student pilot) and LAC Keith Grant Hayter (student pilot) killed in this aircraft. Approved to scr 12.3.42.

Avro Anson A4-31, 
RAAF via Rod Farquhar.

A4-32 K8811 Ex K8811 2AD 23.10.37. 4 Sqdn 9.8.38. Prop dam in collision with A4-49 (?) 24.11.38. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. Spun into ground nr Riverston NSW while returning to Richmond 28.4.39. The four occupants, P/O L.J Harness, P/O M.L.Hickson, AC1 R.D Knight and AC H Clark, were killed instantly. Approved to scr 20.6.39.
A4-33 K8812 Ex K8812 2AD 23.10.37. 2 Sqdn 29.11.37. Skidded ldg Laverton Vic 14.7.38. Struck object ldg Laverton 22.7.38. Struck flares ldg Laverton at night 8.2.39. 1SFTS 1.7.40. 2AP 7.10.40. 3SFTS 31.10.40. 2AD o'haul 22.7.41. 1AOS 24.1.43. Ground looped and cr during FL Cootamundra NSW 13.10.43. 5AD 8.12.43. 2AP 15.8.44. 2CRD 29.12.44. Scr 9.1.45.
A4-34 K8840 Ex K8840(DC) 1AD 23.10.37. 2 Sqdn 30.11.37. Trg Depot Laverton Vic 9.5.38. 21 Sqdn 2.6.39. 1 Sqdn 30.8.39. 1SFTS 2.5.40. 1AD o'haul 19.5.41. Ansett Essendon Vic 4.7.41. 1SFTS 28.8.41. 2AOS 28.12.41. 3AOS 13.12.43. Twisted mainplane diagnosed 27.2.44. Ansett Essendon 20.3.44. 1 Eng Sch 14.7.44 Approved conv to Inst AF No 11 3.8.44. Auth WO 16.4.46. DAP 26.11.47. Action compl 8.2.49.

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A4-35 K8841 Ex K8841(DC) 1AD 23.10.37. FTS 30.11.37. Hit trees night ldg in rain Pt Cook Vic 5.9.38. 1AD 9.9.38. 12 Sqdn 10.2.39. FL near Exford Weir Vic 11.8.39. 1 Sqdn 24.8.39. Acft abandoned by crew out of fuel at night over rough country and landed near West Maitland NSW 10.1.40. Allotted 1 Eng Sch as Inst AF No 2 16.1.40. Approved scr 11.7.40.
A4-36 K8842 Ex K8842(DC) 1AD 5.11.37. 2 Sqdn 14.2.38. 2AD 21.2.38. 22 Sqdn 23.2.38. FL in icy conditions Whitfield Vic 15.8.38. 1AD 14.9.38. 2AD 16.11.38. 22 Sqdn 17.11.38. Dam when struck tail of towed vertical target Richmond NSW 26.12.38. Landed u/c up Richmond 26.1.39. 1SFTS 30.5.40. 1AD o'haul 19.2.41. 1SFTS 27.5.41. 2AOS 28.12.41. FL short of fuel Kingston SA 10.2.42. Dam in FL Egerton 19.5.43. 3AOS 8.12.43. GRS 6.3.44. Req o'haul 20.5.44. Grounded 10.7.44. 10EFTS as Inst AF No 10 22.8.44. CMU Narranderra 30.6.44. To be issued to Australian Docks Service Training Company RAF 1.8.45. 7CRD 10.10.45. Not req by ADSTC 16.10.45. No further record.
A4-37 K8843 (DC) 1AD 2.11.37. 23 Sqdn 7.12.37. 1AD 18.1.38. 2 Sqdn 25.2.38. Hit on ground by A4-42 Laverton Vic 13.9.38. Undershot and fence Laverton 27.9.38. Ditto and hit pile of timber 1.2.40. 1AD 1.2.40. 2 Sqdn 21.2.40. 1SFTS 1.7.40. Hit fence on approach 1SLG Pt Cook Vic 24.7.40. 1AD o'haul 3.6.41. 1SFTS 7.9.41. 6SFTS 3.1.42. Single engine landing Nhill Vic 16.1.42. Wire strike 5m SE of Swan Beach 4.12.42. Storage 4.6.45. 5CRD 13.9.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 20.8.47. Action complete 12.12.47.  Sold in auction at Port Pirie to Mr J. Hawker “Anama”, Clare, SA.  Towed from Port Pirie backwards on its main wheels with tail wheel attached to a truck tray.  By 1966, standing on undercarriage but fuselage frame was in poor condition.  Airframe collected by John Boden in Oct 1980 and restoration started in Salisbury North, Adelaide.  Restoration continues by his son in 2014 also using tubing and fin section from W1538 and rear fuselage tubing from A4-26.
A4-38 K8844 Ex K8844(DC) 1AD 5.11.37. 23 Sqdn 26.1.38. Renumbered 25 Sqdn 1.1.39. 14 Sqdn 14.2.39. CFS 14.5.40. 1AD 24.2.41. 4SFTS 28.2.41. Wind dam Geraldton WA 4.4.41. ANA Maylands WA 29.6.42. 4SFTS 18.1.43. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48.

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A4-39 L7913 Ex L7913 1AD 23.8.38. 2 Sqdn 30.8.38. FL in fog on road near Toolern Vale Vic 21.5.40. 1SFTS 16.6.40. ANA Essendon Vic o'haul 10.7.41. 1SFTS 11.9.41. 6SFTS 3.1.42. DAP Finsbury 3.7.45. 5CRD 6.9.45. Scr 29.11.45.
A4-40 L7914 Ex L7914 1AD 23.8.38. 2AD 5.9.38. 4 Sqdn 5.9.38. Renumbered 6 Sqdn 1.1.39. Struck trailing aerial of A4-18 18.7.39. CFS 29.5.40. 1AD 24.2.41. 4SFTS 28.2.41. ANA Maylands WA 14.9.41. 4SFTS 7.6.42. FL Cockleshell Gully WA 29.1.44. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.47. DAP 28.2.47. Action compl 22.6.48.
A4-41 L7915 1AD 17.8.38. 2AD 29.8.38. 4 Sqn 29.8.38. Renumbered 6 Sqn 1.1.39. 1FTS for Round Australia Flight 11.11.38. 6 Sqn 11.1.39. 1SFTS 30.4.40. O'shot in night landing and hit R3541 Pt Cook Vic 3.9.41. Overran and hit fence after night landing Werribee RLG, Vic 1.12.40. 4SFTS 6.4.41. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU storage 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48. (Note: This aircraft was ‘gifted’ by Sir Thomas Strickland who gave £10,500 in 1938 to the Commonwealth Government for an “Anson bomber”. He requested, and is recorded as having been given, a flight in the aircraft.)
A4-42 L7916 Ex L7916 1AD 17.8.38 2 Sqdn 28.8.38. Struck wing of A4-37 Laverton Vic 13.9.38. 1SFTS 16.6.40. 1AD o'haul 20.5.41. 1SFTS 8.8.41. 2AOS 3.10.41. 1AOS 7.12.43. 2AP o'haul 25.5.44. Ansett Mascot 30.1.45. 3CU storage 27.3.45. Ansett 21.5.45. 2RSU 18.7.45. 2CRD 31.8.45. Scr 26.2.46.
A4-43 L7917 Ex L7917 1AD 25.8.38. 1FTS 8.9.38. GRS 10.6.40. 1SFTS 27.7.40. 4SFTS 25.5.41. Fl port eng failed, 4 m NW of Yuma WA 18.5.41. ANA Maylands o'haul 22.6.41. 4SFTS 18.5.42. Mid air coll with AW903 Oakabella WA 19.11.42. Fl Beargooda (?). ?24.7.44. Conv to Inst AF No 12 and to 4SFTS 26.9.44. Scr 9.10.44.
A4-44 L7918 1AD 19.8.38. 2 Sqdn 12.9.38. 1SFTS 8.7.40. Ansett AW 20.6.41. 1AD 8.8.41. 1SFTS 13.8.41. 6SFTS 3.1.42. 1WAGS 29.5.44. Ansett Essendon o'haul 8.1.45. 1AD 28.5.45. 94 Sqdn 19.7.45. CMU Evans Head 15.10.45. Sold by CDC to E McIlree, Sydney 15.11.46. Issued to buyer 30.1.47. Registered to U-Drive Pty Ltd, Sydney as VH-BFK 30.10.47. Departed overseas on ferry flight 12.11.47 for resale. Sold to Hong Kong 1.48 and registration cancelled 4.3.48. Registered as VR-HDX to Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong 1.48. Based in Burma. Cr Sandoway, Burma 9.2.48.
A4-45 L7919 Ex L7919 1AD 19.8.38. 21 Sqdn 20.9.38. Trg Depot 19.6.39. Survey Flt 4.10.39. 2SFTS 3.7.40. 3SFTS 4.4.41. Dam u/c in swing on ldg Amberley Qld 4.8.41. 1SFTS 8.4.42. 6SFTS 13.7.42. Ansett 11.9.42. Survey Flt 25.11.42. 1AD for oxygen fit 30.11.42. Survey Flt 14.12.42. Port eng failed and acft cr on t/o Cape Palaranda, Qld 31.5.44 (3 slight inj). 13ARD 5.6.44. Appr to scr 30.6.44. 6CRD for conv 17.7.44.

Highlight for Album: Anson A4-45

A4-46 L7920 Ex L7920 19.8.38. 2 Sqdn 21.9.38. FTS 10.11.38. 2 Sqdn 17.1.39. Trg Depot for Survey Flt 19.4.39. 1SFTS 2.8.40. 1AD 29.9.40. 1SFTS 6.10.40. 1AD 2.2.41. 1SFTS 30.3.41. 2AOS 11.1.42. Fl Hamilton Vic in bad wthr 9.3.42. Dam when struck by N4936 on approach Mt Gambier SA 10.5.42. Appr to scr 1.8.42.
A4-47 L7921 Ex L7921 1AD 6.9.38. 21 Sqdn 26.9.38. 1 Sqdn 30.8.39. CFS 29.5.40. 1AOS 5.8.40. Dam taxying Mildura Vic 13.8.40. 1AD 29.8.40. 1ANS 14.11.40. Butler Air Transport 1.6.42. 2AD 3.12.42. 1 AOS 21.12.42. Cr on low level cross country Skinbingal (Stockinbingal?) NSW 15.11.43. (4 Inj). 4SFTS 1.3.44. Storage 22.1.45. 87OBU storage 2.8.45. Auth WO 16.5.46. DAP 28.2.47. Action complete 22.6.48.
A4-48 L7922 Ex L7922(DC) 1AD 6.9.38. 22 Sqdn via 2AD 4.11.38. 1 Sqdn 28.8.39. O'shot and hit boundary fence Laverton Vic 28.10.39. 1AD 30.10.39. 1 Sqdn 29.12.39. 1SFTS 29.3.40. Hit by N4996 on ground Pt Cook Vic 19.9.40. 1AD 14.6.41. 2AOS 3.10.41. Fl in bad whr Dartmoor, 9.3.42. Fl due whr & partial eng failure Hamilton Vic 21.1.43. 3AOS 8.12.43. Grounded 3AOS awaiting o'haul 16.10.44. Approved conv to Inst AF No 16 6.2.45. Approved to scr 18.9.45.
 
     

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Source: National Archives, Accident Cards supplied by Darryl Gibbs, CASA Aircraft Register, The Book 'The Searchers' by Jim Eames, RAAF Aircraft Status Cards, Logbook of R.W.Hill, RAAF Historical Section, “The Anson File” by Ray Sturtivant, “The Submarine Hunters: Nos, 66, 67, 71, 73 and 107 Squadrons” by John Lever, “Warpaint Series No.53: The Avro Anson” by Alan W. Hall, “RAAF Camouflage and Markings” (2 vols) by Geoffrey Pentland, Mike Mercovic, RAAFA Museum, Bull Creek, Will Clough and the South Australia RSL website ‘South Australian War Memorials” www.tributesofhonour.info/ , John Hillier South Australia Aviation Museum, Alan Penhall, Ballarat, Geoff Goodall's Australian Aviation Website

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