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AVRO 643 Cadet A6-17
Melton Airshow 
By James Sheppard

     
 

Avro Cadet Image Gallery

 
     
 

A logical development of the Avro 626 Prefect aircraft that served with the RAF and an improvement on the Avro 631 Cadet used by several other airforces, the Avro 643 Cadet II was powered by a more powerful 150 hp (110 kW) Genet Major 1A engine; had a structurally stronger fuselage; a raised rear seat; improved parachute egress; and, tail wheel steering.  All of which increased the overall performance and made it roughly comparable with the de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft, arguably one of the best ab initio training aircraft available at that time.

The Cadet Mk II entered production in 1935 and was therefore available at the right time to fit the RAAF requirement.  Moreover, Avro unlike its main rival De Havilland, did not demure at the Australian Government’s demand that the aircraft be produced in Australia following an initial small purchase. The Australian Government therefore ordered 12 Cadet Mk II aircraft in May 1935, followed by another 10 ordered in August 1937 and a further 12 in August 1938, all 34 were delivered between December 1935 and April 1939.  As it turned out further orders from Avro and/or local production did not eventuate owing to the advent of WWII.

Fully aerobatic and fitted with a fuel system that permitted prolonged inverted flight, the Cadet [or Avro Trainer as it was officially known in RAAF Service] was well liked by Instructors and Trainees alike.  The Cadet was a particular favourite performer at airshows of the era because of the spectacular displays when the aircraft were tied together with cable whilst performing formation aerobatic manoeuvres. The Cadets did not have a prolonged service tenure; the first aircraft entering service in early 1936 and the last leaving service life in August 1944.  The longest serving aircraft was 103 months, the shortest was four months with an average aircraft life span of 64 months. 

The RAAF's Cadets were used primarily as instructor trainers by Central Flying School at Camden, NSW. To ensure adequate engineering support for the aircraft, spare engines were obtained from Canada and reverse engineering techniques were used to assist local manufactures in the production of essential spares such as pistons, rings, valves, valve guides and seats. All surviving Cadets were withdrawn from service by late-1944 and flown initially to RAAF Station Narromine, NSW and finally to the Care & Maintenance Unit at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW. Of the 32 aircraft in service at the outbreak of WW II, four were lost in accidents; 11 aircraft were reduced to components for various reasons; and, the remaining 17 aircraft and 25 spare Genet Mk.1A engines listed for disposal on the first Commonwealth Disposals Commission’s tender which closed on 20 February 1945.

Following ‘civilianization’ of the aircraft, DCA approval was given for Cadets to be sold to civilian operators and bought onto the Australian Civil Register where most of them performed steadfastly for their owners for many years.  The Cadet survives to this day in the Australian sky and of the 17 aircraft that survived WWII, an amazing 10 complete airframes or partial airframes are still extant despite the years of use and abuse inflicted by crop spraying operations, novice pilots, obsolescence, neglect and lack of attention over the last seven decades.  At the time of writing, three are airworthy in Australia and one in the USA; one is on static display; and, five are in pieces that may or may not become complete aircraft in the future.  Surely a fitting tribute to a largely unheralded aircraft that played such a niche role in the early years of Australian Aviation for both military and civilian operators. 

 
     
 

Serial.

c/n

Date

Aircraft History

A6-1 850

21Oct35

23Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

24Jan36

31Jan36

22May36

02Jun36

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.
.

16May40

08Jul40

.

08Nov41

30Mar42

01Jun42

10Jan44

29Feb44

13Mar44

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath.

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

30 min test flight by A.W. Murphy & WGCDR Marsden

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Struck a hedge during Instructor landing practice, minor damage. Pilot SGT A Byrnes, 2nd pilot FLGOFF McLachlan

In company with three other aircraft student pilot Cadet C.R Kelaher (20) of Hobart, Tasmania was conducting a routine low level coastal flight between Altona and Point Cook when he experienced engine failure. Observers saw the aircraft strike the water about 800 yards from the beach and a mile from RAAF Base Point Cook.  The RAAF rescue launch arrived quickly on the scene and crewmen rescued the uninjured pilot from the sinking aircraft and also secured the aircraft with buoys.  Another tender was sent from the base to attach ropes to the aircraft and tow it to the shore, where it was recovered and later repaired.

Received at Central Flying School (CFS) RAAF Station Camden, NSW

During aerobatic training near Campbelltown, NSW the student (PLTOFF R.L. Gordon) failed to secure his harness.  When the aircraft inverted the student fell out of the cockpit.  The student used his parachute to land safely, while the Instructor (FLGOFF F.C. Tampion) recovered to Base.

Allocated to and received by Newcastle Aero Club at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW

Received at CFS

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion

Received at 2CRD and approved for conversion to components

 

A6-2 851

25Oct35

26Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

24Jan36

31Jan36

11Nov36

25Feb37

14Dec38

03Mar39

16May40

01Apr42

07Apr43

14Apr40

03Sep43

06Sep43

10Jun44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

31Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

07Apr45

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.
.

14Ap45

01Mar46

01Apr46

"

"

07Nov46

12Aug50

24Feb52

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath.

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

25 min test flight by A.W. Murphy

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Tipped onto nose while taxying in strong wind. Pilot cadet E.H. Ross uninjured.

Aircraft struck boundary fence during landing practice causing damage to lower port mainplane and aileron. Pilot FLGOFF Moran and Trainee cadet J.A. Townsend.

Received by 21 Sqn (City of Melbourne) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Received by 1SFTS

Received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for complete overhaul.

Received at Clyde Engineering.

Allocated to CFS

Received by CFS

Moved with CFS to RAAF station Parkes, NSW

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received at 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold to J.H. Alessio 408 Punt Rd South Yarra, Melbourne VIC

Mr Alessio wrote to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) requesting petrol ration books to ferry three Avro Trainers from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne on 14 Apr45: A6-2 piloted by J. Hodder; A6-10 by F.H. Edwards; and, A6-28 by J. Roche.  Ration books were issued.

RAAF status card collected by owner and aircraft from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne.

Sold to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

DCA Memo.  NAC have been advised that approval given to A6-2 & A6-28 to be ferried Essendon-Newcastle for civil overhaul by club.  Provisional registrations VH-APV and -APW have been allotted. Both were purchased from J.H. Alessio and stored dismantled.  Both aircraft shall be assembled and certified for the ferry by Inspector Mr F.H. Edwards at Essendon Airport.

Registered VH-APV to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

Light damaged incurred after forced landing in the main street of Walgett, NSW

Crashed at Moscheto Island, Hunter River near Newcastle, NSW.  Struck off register.

Believed to be the damaged fuselage frame included in Newcastle Aero Club’s Cadet Spares collection acquired by Proctors Rural Services. It was donated to a Victorian fire brigade for fire practice, and the burnt frame was acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell Vic from the back yard of a house near Warburton Vic.

Avro Cadet IIs 
A6-2, 
A6-10 
A6-8
1 F.T.S.
c.1936
via Mike Mirkovic.

 

A6-3 852

26Oct35

27Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

24Jan36

31Jan36

24Apr36

02May38
.
.
.

.
.

23May38

24May38

25Aug39

16May40

21May40

23May40

12Jul40

18Oct40

12Dec40

26Mar42

08Apr42

13Apr42

14Nov42

16Nov42

18Nov42

21Aug43

.

11Oct43

12Nov43

13Dec43

02Mar44

09Mar44

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

25 min test flight by A.W. Murphy

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Forced landing following engine failure, minor damage.  Pilot Cadet C. Wright uninjured.

Approaching the runway the pilot (AC1 Curtis) applied slide-slip trying to recover stable flight, the aircraft stalled and the wheels struck a boundary fence, bounced then struck a post before landing.  Moderate damage to fuselage cross-member, undercarriage and cockpit floor.  Repaired at unit.  Pilot suffered bruising and shock.

On the post landing run the pilot (AC1 Sage) saw A6-10 (Cadet B. Weston) taxiing across his bow.  Despite both pilots taking evasive action a collision occurred.  A6-3 incurred extensive damage to fuselage, port lower mainplane, both upper & lower stbd mainplanes, airscrew, and engine, centre fuselage section.  Both pilots uninjured.

Placed in storage awaiting repair.

Repaired and returned to service.

Received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.  Damaged by a windstorm same day while parked on flight line.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for repairs.

Received by 2AD

Allocated to and received by Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Repairs completed and issued to CFS for acceptance tests.

Received by CFS

Port & stbd top mainplanes, fin and rudder heavily damaged in accident.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Allocated to CFS

Received by 2AD for post repair acceptance tests.

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW

Heavy landing resulting in airframe damage beyond unit repair capability.  Aircraft available for restricted flights only until repaired.  Pilot FLTLT B.S. Brown and passenger 33880 CPL P. Freemantle suffered minor bruising and shock. Aircraft hours 2549.05 and 228.45 hrs since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Further damage following another heavy landing accident.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Issued to NAC

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot (2CRD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion

Received at 2CRD and converted to components.

 

Avro Cadet.   
A6-4
A6-3
A6-8
A6-?
A6-11
 Point Cook. 
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

 

A6-4 853

21Oct35

26Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

24Jan36

31Jan36

12Oct36

11Nov36

08Mar37
.
."

31Aug37

"

10Sep37

02Jun38

07Aug40

23Aug40

26Aug40

12Apr42

01Oct42

05Nov42

24Apr43

27Apr43

03May43

14Nov43

"

"

"

15Nov43

16Nov43

09Dec43

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

30 min test flight by A.W. Murphy & AC1 Vaughan

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Minor damage caused by inexperienced pilot operation. LAC Whetters.

Minor damage caused by inexperienced pilot operation, LAC Whetters [again].

Soon after landing on the designated forced landing practice paddock the pilot (Cadet Savage) caused the aircraft to collide with A6-12.  Both machines overturned causing moderate damage to airframe, engine and propeller.  Repairable at Unit level. Pilot suffered bruising, abrasions and shock.

On landing and making a side-slip approach the engine failed to throttle up and the mainplane hit a boundary post causing severe damage to the lower port mainplane tip and undercarriage.  Pilot (FLGOFF Ford) and Trainee (Cadet Symonds) were uninjured.

Aircraft placed in Technical Squadron Store awaiting repairs.

Aircraft repaired and returned to service at 1SFTS.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for Reserve Storage.

Received at 2AD

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Received at NAC

Received at 2AD for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS

Received by CFS

Crashed from unknown causes five miles W of Tamworth aerodrome at 1130 hrs.  Engineers estimated the aircraft struck the ground at approximately 150 mph at a 45 degree angle, and came to rest 50 yards from the impact point. Both the pilot (411509 FLGOFF H. Mutton) and 2nd pilot (405868 FLGOFF M.S.G. Middleton) were killed. Both deceased pilots were buried in the Tamworth War Cemetery on 16Nov43; FLGOFF Mutton in Grave No CA15; FLGOFF Middleton in Grave No CA14.

The aircraft had 3022.20 total hours and 79.45 hours since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Wreckage recovered to CFS.

Wreckage allocated to 2AD for conversion.

Received at 2AD and converted to components.

Avro Cadet.   
A6-4
A6-3
A6-8
A6-?
A6-11
 Point Cook. 
Photo via Mike Mirkovic

 

A6-5 854

21Oct35

24Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

20Jan36

31Jan36

30Apr36

28May37

21Jan38

06Apr38
."

23Aug38
.
.
16May40

09Dec41

12Apr42

12Nov43

22Nov43

03Jun44

03Jun44

08Jun44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

01Jan45

02Feb45

09Mar45

16Mar45

19Mar45

26Mar45

"

12Apr45

09Aug45

23May48

22Jul51

11Nov51

"

"

11Jan52

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

30 min test flight by A.W. Murphy

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Stalled landing from 50ft, minor damage, Poor judgment by student pilot Cadet Kaufmann.

Misuse of the brakes on landing caused the tail to rise which resulted in the propeller hitting the runway, breaking the airscrew.  Pilot Cadet Taylor, bruising and shock.

Wapiti A5-34 taxied into A6-5 which was parked on the flight line.  Minor damage to stdb upper aileron.

When flying in Vee line-abreast formation with A6-13 the aircraft collided.  Damage to stbd slot hinge group, stbd upper mainplane and the leading edge of the lower stbd mainplane was badly crushed.  Repaired at Unit. Pilot FLGOFF Sharpe uninjured.

When brakes applied after landing, the stbd brake appeared to bind causing the aircraft to swing violently first to stbd then to port.  Damage to port wingtip, stbd undercarriage strut and aircraft fabric covering.  Pilot (FLGOFF Jeffrey) and Trainee (Cadet Perrin) were uninjured.

Issued to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Port undercarriage collapsed on landing causing moderate damage to lower port wing, fuselage and undercarriage.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Received by NAC

Received by No 2 Air Park at Bankstown Airport for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Parkes, NSW

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft and RAAF History Card issued to NAC and ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Broadmeadows Airfield.

DCA Memo: 'Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, - 25 and -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J.  Two Avros have been ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle and two remain to be ferried.'

Registered as VH-AEG

Damaged by heavy landing at Broadmeadows, repaired by NAC.

Collided with Auster VH-KSI on landing roll at Broadmeadows, repaired by NAC.

Damaged by heavy landing at Kempsey, NSW repaired by NAC.

Aircraft spun into the ground 12 miles NE of Kempsey while practicing aerobatics, both aircrew killed and the aircraft destroyed.  Witnesses stated the aircraft had performed two low level loops before spinning into the ground at Clubucca, 10 miles from Kempsey.  The pilot 22yr old Nerio Parisotto and the passenger 22yr old Lucaano Favotto were both killed in the crash.

Aircraft struck off the register.

 

A6-6 855

23Oct35

27Oct35

Nov35

29Dec35

31Dec35

21Jan36

31Jan36

19Mar36

30Aug37

"

10Dec37

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment Australia aboard the Blue Funnel Line Steamer SS Nestor

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

30 min test flight by A.W. Murphy & LAC Hamilton

Received at No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

On finals landing approach the pilot (Cadet S. Sladen) allowed the aircraft to stall and impact the runway.  Minor damage, no injuries.

During routine training the pilot (Cadet C.J. Sharpe) overstressed the aircraft during spin recovery and then allowed the aircraft to become to low and too slow resulting in a crash landing.  The airframe, engine and airscrew were extensively damaged.   Recommended for conversion

Converted to components at 1SFTS Workshops.

 

A6-7 856

02Nov35

04Nov35

Dec35

31Jan36

07Feb36

10Feb36

12Feb36

13Feb36

20Feb36

24Jul36

23Oct37

"
.

16May40

20May40

09Jul40

22Jan42

08Apr42

13Apr42

29Mar43

10Jan44

25May44

"

05Jun44

26Jun44

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

20 min test flight by A.W. Murphy & AC1 Vaughan

15 min test flight by A.W. Murphy & AC1 Connelly

Received at 1SFTS

Struck a wire on landing, minor damage.  Pilot (FLTLT Wright) and Crew (FLTLT Kyle) uninjured. Error of judgment by pilot.

While demonstrating cross-wind landing and take-off procedures in a confined space, the pilot (Cadet Dickson) misjudged his landing and clipped a boundary marker.  Stbd lower mainplane damaged near the tip and lower aileron broken on leading edge.  Repaired at unit. Pilot uninjured.

Issued to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received at CFS

Minor damage to rudder and fin following mid-air collision with A6-11.

Heavy landing resulting in damage to both lower mainplanes and undercarriage. Pilot 406928 SGT J.Dummond and passenger PLTOFF D.W.H. Jones uninjured.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Entered spin during solo aerobatics near Parkes, NSW failed to recover and crashed one mile N of the field. Pilot 420474 FSGT M.G Maxwell suffered serious injuries, aircraft extensively damaged.  Aircraft hours 3194.55, and 18.15 since the last 240 hourly inspection.

CFS recommended conversion by No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW.

Received by 2CRD and converted to components

RAAF-2A6-10 

 

A6-8

857

14Nov35

15Nov35

Dec35

31Jan36

07Feb36

10Feb36

12Feb36

21Apr36

23Sep36

24Sep40

29Sep40

10Apr42

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

31Dec44

20Feb45

12Mar45

16Mar45

26Mar45

"

14Apr45

16Jan46

1956

12Jul61

1966

1974

10Oct92

01Dec93

05Jun03

2003-06

08Feb07

2008-14

01Oct14

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

20min test flight by A.W. Murphy

Tipped onto nose during landing causing minor damage to airscrew, pilot (Cadet Johnston) uninjured. Repaired at unit.

Overturned during landing in strong crosswind, pilot (Cadet Leighton) uninjured. Repaired at unit.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received at CFS

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

Dept of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

DCA Memo: 'Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, - 25 and -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J.  Two Avros have been ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle and two remain to be ferried.'

Aircraft and RAAF History Card issued to NAC and ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Broadmeadows Airfield.

Reregistered VH-AEJ to NAC

Sold to Hardy Bros Aerial Spraying Co at Pittsworth QLD. Modified for agricultural spraying.

Deregistered and written-off for spares.

Remains sold to Cliff Parsons of St George QLD.

Acquired by Howard Jones, Morwell VIC for restoration

Sold to Darryl Hill of Adelaide SA (based in Hong Kong)

Transported to Mothcair Aviation Services at Murwillumbah Airfield, NSW for restoration.  Engine restored by Aircraft Engine Works, Hallam VIC.

Reregistered VH-AEJ to Darryl Hill.

Restoration completed and aircraft painted in all silver pre-war RAAF colour scheme.

First post restoration test flight following 14 years of restoration.

Performed at many venues around Australia

Airworthy as VH-AEJ.

 

 

Avro Cadet.   
A6-4
A6-3
A6-8
A6-?
A6-11
 Point Cook. 
Photo via Mike Mirkovic  RAAF-2A6-10 Avro Cadet IIs 
A6-2, 
A6-10 
A6-8
1 F.T.S.
c.1936
via Mike Mirkovic. 

 

A6-9 858

11Dec35

15Dec35

Jan36

16Feb36

20Feb36

21Feb36

23Feb36

09Dec36

'

'

15Dec36

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

20min test flight by A.W. Murphy & LAC Dean

On landing approach the aircraft (piloted by FLTLT C.D. Candy) collided with Tiger Moth A7-31 (pilot SGT R.F. Somerville).  Following the collision A7-31 crashed onto A7-36 causing significant damage to both aircraft.  SGT Robert Frederick Somerville (34) died from his injuries at 2100hrs in the Caulfield Military Hospital, Melbourne; FLTLT Charles Douglas Candy (28) suffered minor facial injuries

Aircraft struck off charge and the wreckage converted to spares where possible.

 

A6-10 859

13Dec35

15Dec35

Jan36

16Feb36

20Feb36

21Feb36

24Feb36

25Feb36

15Dec36

12Mar37

24Aug37

23May38

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09Apr40

"
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07Aug40

20Aug40

02Sep40

10Apr42

12May42

13May42

19May42

03Jan43

03Jan44

"

"

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

31Dec44

20Feb45

22Mar45

24Mar45

07Apr45

"

14Apr45

10Jun45

28May46

June48

05Jul48

02Dec49

 

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

20min test flight by A.W. Murphy

On loan to Station HQ RAAF Laverton.

Flew to Adelaide with SQNLDR C. Eaton & WGCDR S.E. Toomer for SA Centenary Celebrations, returned on 20Dec36.

Received at 1SFTS

Carburetor float jammed during slow roll causing engine failure, necessitating a dead-stick landing.  Pilot (FLTLT Kyle) and Trainee (PLTOFF Wood) uninjured.

When nearing the end of the landing roll-out the pilot (AC1 Sage) saw A6-10 (Cadet Weston) taxiing across his bow.  Despite both pilots taking avoiding action a collision occurred.  Aircraft incurred damage to lower side fuselage, both upper & lower stbd mainplanes, airscrew, undercarriage, rocker gear and exhaust manifold.

Engine failure at 1150 hrs resulted in a forced landing into a small paddock two miles W of Point Cook. Aircraft struck a fence causing damage to stbd upper & lower mainplanes and tail unit.  Pilot (SGT N. Watson) uninjured & 2nd Pilot (PLTOFF LR Trewren) suffered bruising and abrasions.  Repairable at unit.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for Reserve Storage.

Received by 2AD

Allocated to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Moved with CFS Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul

Ran thru fence after landing, damage to stbd upper & lower mainplanes, both lower wing tips and port lower mainplane, repaired at unit.

Allocation to NAC cancelled.

Aircraft tipped onto nose after striking fence, minor damage repaired at unit.

Aircraft crashed on landing.  20% damage to stbd upper mainplane; 80% to stbd lower mainplane; 20% to port upper & lower mainplanes; 20% to fuselage and tail unit; airscrew written-off; and, 20% to undercarriage.  Repairable at Unit level.  Pilot FLTLT E.A. Harding and passenger 423968 SGT H. Watts uninjured, but shaken. Aircraft had 3074.25 total hours & 172.55 hours since last 240 hourly inspection.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold to J.H. Alessio of 408 Punt Rd South Yarra, Melbourne.

Dept of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Mr Alessio wrote to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) requesting petrol ration books to ferry three Avro Trainers from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne on 14 Apr45: A6-2 piloted by J. Hodder; A6-10 by F.H. Edwards; and, A6-28 by J. Roche.  Ration books were issued.

RAAF status card collected by owner and aircraft from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne.

Sold to Mr CH McBean of 27 Chestnut St Richmond, Melbourne

Registered as VH-AHM

Damaged during landing ad Lucindale, SA

Repaired at Essendon, lower stbd mainplane replaced.

Soon after take-off from a country strip at Melton, VIC witnesses saw the aircraft strike HT Power Lines, plunge to the ground and burst into flames. 

The pilot, Mr Clarence McBean (40) and his passenger Mr. Edward Sweeney (43) were both killed in the conflagration.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-10,

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by 1SFTS

Misuse of brakes by pilot (FLGOFF Chapman) caused the aircraft to tip onto its nose.  Minor airscrew damage, no injuries to crew, trainee Cadet Walsh.

Forced landing, engine failure. No damage.  Pilot SQNLDR R. Bladin

Struck boundary post on landing approach, minor damage.  No injuries to pilot FLGOFF Tindal or trainee Cadet Taylor.

Following engine failure the pilot (AC1 Curtis) attempted a dead-stick, crosswind landing.  After touchdown the aircraft bounced and overturned causing extensive damage to port upper mainplane; both stbd mainplanes; fin; rudder; engine mounts; engine; undercarriage and tyres.  Repairable at unit. Pilot suffered bruising, cuts and shock.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Minor airframe damage following ground collision with A6-7

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Engine failure at 1015hrs resulted in a forced landing two miles S of Gidley Satellite airfield. Pilot FLTLT W.S. Forster and Passenger 10495 SGT G.J Pope uninjured.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major servicing.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Allocated to No 2 Air Park at Bankstown Airport for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Received at CFS

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

One of five Avro cadets sold by CDC for $500 to Mr Clifford Wynne of Yarram VIC.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

DCA file for VH-AFW contains the following:

 

Five Cadets were purchased from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission by individuals in the Yarram, Vic. area.  In a letter to DCA on 19 March 1945 Messrs. C.J. & G.Wynne, J.Bindt, J.Lennon and A.Cumming advised of their purchase of A6-27, A6-11, A6-12, A6-31 and A6-21 respectively. The letter went on to indicate they required a ferry permit and fuel rationing allocation for the aircraft to be flown from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon, and later on to Yarram;  Pilots for the ferry flight would be: Des Cook (A6-27) Clifford J.Wynne (A6-11) L.G.Taylor (A6-12) Mrs. Gertrude McKenzie (A6-31) Laurie Bickerton (A6-21) D.C.A. responded on 23 March 1945 advising C.J.Wynne that qualified approval had been given for the aircraft to be flown solo from Narrandera to Essendon.  Two sets of conditions were imposed:

 

(1) “Each pilot must complete six landings and six take-offs in an Avro Trainer before leaving RAAF Narrandera.  A Certification by a qualified R.A.A.F. Flying Instructor that each pilot has completed this requirement must be obtained and forwarded to this office on completion of the ferry flight.  The time taken for the ferry flight, together with production of the Certification from the R.A.A.F. Instructor, will qualify each pilot to have this type of aircraft endorsed on his/her license.”  

 

(2) “A Certification in respect of each machine must be obtained from a R.A.A.F. Technical Officer that the aircraft is airworthy for the ferry flight.

Markings have not been allotted to A6-27, as it is understood that it is not intended to have this machine maintained airworthy but reduced to spares for use on the other machines.”

 

The necessary Petrol Authority and Record books were issued, and the owners were advised that tentative Registration markings had been allotted to the aircraft as follows: A6-11-VH-AFW, A6-12 -VH-AFX, A6-31-VH-AFY and, A6-21-VH-AFZ  

 

RAAF Narrandera Operations Log states:  '10 civilians arrived today by road to ferry five Avro Trainers purchased from CDC.  Departed by air the following day'

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne.

Registered VH-AFW to Clifford J. Wynne, Yarram VIC

Change of ownership to Yarram Aero Club, Yarram VIC

Change of ownership to Mrs Dorothy Leckie of Bingiwarri via Yarram, VIC

Change of ownership to Kingsfrod Smith Aviation Services, Bankstown Airport, NSW

Force landed near Prospect Reservoir, Sydney

Change of ownership to Mr. Cryil Radford of Burren Junction, NSW

Aircraft destroyed by windstorm on a property near Narrabri, NSW.  Insurance write-off.

Struck off register.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-11

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 468 dated May 1935

First flight at Newtown Heath

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by 1SFTS

When landing on the designated forced landing field aircraft collided with A6-4.  Both machines overturned causing moderate damage to airframes and engines. Repairable at unit. Pilot PLTOFF Edwards suffered bruising, lacerations and shock.

Issued to and received by 1AD for repairs

Issued to and received by 1SFTS.

Aircraft landed in shallow beach water after engine failure soon after take-off.  The pilot (PLTOFF Plumridge) forgot to turn on the petrol cock.

Engine failure resulted in forced landing two miles E of Werribee airfield. Pilot FSGT R.J. Lavers and passenger SGT G.N. Whitworth were uninjured.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Both lower mainplanes damaged when aircraft struck boundary fence on landing approach.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major servicing.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Allocated to CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $500 to Mr. M. Bindt of Ring St, Yarram VIC

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne.  (For ferry flight details see A6-11)

Registered VH-AFX to James M. Bindt, Yarram VIC.  Identity quoted as "4362" i.e. Avro Number R3/LT/4362"

Change of ownership to Hoad Bros Spraying Co Yarram VIC.

Change of ownership to Hardy Bros Spraying Co Pittsworth, QLD. 

Change of ownership to Grasslands Aviation, Albury, NSW.

Re-engined with a 220 hp Jacobs R-755 radial.

Change of ownership to Brown Williams Aviation, Parkes NSW

Change of ownership to Williams Flying Service, Pittsworth QLD

Change of ownership to C.H. Parsons St George QLD

Change of ownership to G.P. Morris St George QLD and struck off register.

Change of ownership to Cliff Douglas Coolangatta, QLD and restored to register.

Change of ownership to Chewing Gum Field Air Museum, Tallebudgera QLD

Change of ownership to David L. Morris at River Station, Rylestone, NSW

Change of ownership to Charles Camelleri, Bathurst NSW

Change of ownership to David L. Morris at River Station, Rylestone, NSW.  Operated by Charles Camelleri, Bathurst NSW

Change of ownership to Howard Jones, Hazlewood North VIC

Overhauled at Latrobe Valley Airport and repainted in Hardy Bros agricultural paint scheme and numbered "2"

Airworthy as VH-AFX.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-12 

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by 1SFTS

Aircraft collided with A6-5 when flying in Vee line-abreast formation.  Pilots FLTLT Chapman and FLGOFF Sharpe (A6-5) successfully recovered the aircraft back to base, neither pilot injured.  Damage to port aileron & mainplane, repaired at unit.

Aircraft made a forced landing in a paddock following an engine failure.  The pilot  (AC1 Sage)  dismounted and restarted the engine, but with nobody in the aircraft to control the machine, the tail rose sharply forcing the airscrew into contact with the ground and destroying the airscrew.

Issued to and received by 21 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Forced landed following an engine failure.  Minor damage repaired at the unit.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

While conducting an engine ground run on Wapiti A5-33 an airman accidently knocked the throttle wide open causing the aircraft to jump the chocks and careen across the tarmac area.  The aircraft impacted a Bellman hangar causing various degrees of damage to four Avro Cadets housed within.  A6-13 received extensive damage.

Received at Technical Support squadron Pt Cook for repairs.

Returned to service with 1SFTS.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for Reserve Storage.

Received by 2AD

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Aircraft stalled from 10ft shortly before touch-down resulting in a heavy landing that fractured both top mainplane longerons.  Repair beyond Unit capability. 

Pilot 20558 SGT F.J. Butcher and 2nd Pilot 20554 SGT R.M. Irving were uninjured. Cause was determined as pilot error.

Issued to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for repair.

Received at CFS

During night time landing approach the aircraft struck a tree and crash landed on the runway at 0030 hrs.  Pilot 407572 SGT H.B Delands was uninjured.  Aircraft severely damaged. The cause was determined to be poor judgment and too low an approach.

Converted to components at CFS.

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Issued to and received by Training Depot Laverton.

Loaned to Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Port Melbourne to assist in the development of the new basic trainer specifications.

Returned to Training Depot Laverton.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

At 1500hrs the aircraft crashed at Loomberah, 13 miles SE of Tamworth airfield.  Witnesses stated the aircraft impacted the ground nose down at high speed.  The aircraft came to rest 80 yards from the initial impact site with the engine a further 20 yards away.  Cause of the accident is unknown, both the pilot 419000 SGT D.T. Green and his Passenger 418784 SGT W.G. Anderson were killed on impact. Both airmen were buried in the Tamworth War Cemetery on 5th August 1943: SGT Anderson in Grave No HA 13 and SGT Green in Grave No HA 14.  Aircraft had a total of 2089.20 hours and 218.30 since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Issued to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion to components.

 

A6-15 988

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.   Damaged by wind storm same day.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for repairs.

Received by 2AD

Issued to and received by Clyde Engineering Co .Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for further repairs.

Allocated to CFS.

Received by CFS

While making a night landing at 1920 hrs the pilot, FLGOFF F.M. Biddulph (RAF), allowed the aircraft to get too low and impacted a barn near the airport boundary causing the aircraft to crash.  The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair.  The pilot and his passenger PLTOFF R.H. Clay suffered bruising, lacerations and shock. Cause was determined as pilot error.

Aircraft converted to components at CFS.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-15

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Issued to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Engine failure in a low level turn resulted in a forced landing two miles NW of Werribee, VIC at 1140hrs.  Undercarriage struck a large boulder concealed in long grass resulting in extensive undercarriage damage.  Pilot FLGOFF A. N. Hick and passenger Mr. H. Milward-Bason received minor bruises and abrasions.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing in a paddock.  No damage to aircraft or crew (PLTOFF C.N. Sladen & PLTOFF R.M. Muirhead), but extensive damage to engine.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Forced landing at aerodrome, no damage.

Engine failure resulted in forced landing in rough paddock.  Aircraft run into a concealed rut and swung into a fence damaging the undercarriage and both lower mainplanes.  Both pilot (263243 FLGOFF T.W. Rushton) and Passenger (19085 PLTOFF E.V. Smith) received minor bruising. Aircraft had 2204.25hrs & 20.35 since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Received at NAC

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot (2CRD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW.

Received at 2CRD and converted to components

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Issued to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

During engine start-up, a combination of faulty switch manipulation and incorrect airscrew swinging technique resulted in a broken airscrew.  Pilot CPL Watson uninjured.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Oil pump failure caused an engine seizure that resulted in a forced landing into a paddock three miles NW of Camden airfield at 1200 hrs.  No damage to aircraft or crew (PLTOFF S.F Spooner & 30350 SGT C.F. Gladwingrove), but extensive damage to engine.

Issued to and received by Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major servicing.

Received at CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Issued to NAC

Received at No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing 10 miles SW of the base. No damage to aircraft or crew (429283 SGT A.R Horne & 425059 FSGT J.G Saunders)

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing. 

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $50 to Dr T.F. French, 1 Warrington St Edgecliffe NSW

Dept of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera.

Registered VH-AGH Sidney David Marshall c/o Marshall Airways, Mascot Airport, Sydney  Identity quoted as 3135 i.e. Avro R3/LT/3135

Sid Marshall requested DCA approval for a welded framework canopy for passenger comfort.

Struck off register following DCA census.

Reregistered to Sid Marshall c/o Marshall Airways, Mascot Airport, Sydney

Written off for spares

Complete aircraft hung from the roof of Marshall Airways hangar at Bankstown Airport.

Change of ownership to Jack Davidson at Bankstown Airport.  Stored in Davidson's hangar.

Aircraft moved by road transport from Bankstown to The Oaks airfield, NSW

Restoration began at The Oaks airfield.

Offered for sale as a restoration project.

Sold to Clinton D. Ashton-Brown and moved to his home at Wedderburn, NSW

Reregistered VH-AGH to C.D. Ashton-Martin

First post restoration test flight.

Displayed regularly at air shows and events in RAAF WWII camouflage as A6-17

Airworthy.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-17

 

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Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 23 Sqn RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and stored.

Received by 25 Sqn at RAAF Station Pearce, WA

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received at 1SFTS

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing in a paddock.  Port lower mainplane damaged beyond repair.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Issued to NAC

Received at No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $500 to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera.

DCA Memo: 'Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, - 25 and -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J.  Two Avros have been ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle and two remain to be ferried.'

Aircraft and RAAF History Card issued to NAC and ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Broadmeadows Airfield.

Reregistered VH-AEH to NAC

Change of ownership to Maxwell Burgess at 'Venter Fair' via Walcha NSW

Change of ownership to Protectors Rural Services Pty Ltd Alexandra VIC

Modified for aerial spraying at Tamworth, NSW

Registered as VH-PRV

Struck trees while spraying crops near Homewood. Yea VIC

Leased to Aerial Missions, Melbourne VIC

Damaged while spraying crops near Molesworth VIC

On takeoff from an agricultural strip at Mansfield VIC the pilot elected to rotate too early.  The aircraft sank back onto the dirt where the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft overturned.

Change of ownership to Aerial Missions, Melbourne VIC.  Aircraft repaired and offered for sale.

Change of ownership to Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Melbourne VIC.

While spraying crops near Cobden VIC the aircraft crashed and was destroyed by fire.  Pilot J. Taylor escaped with minor injuries.

Cadet II A6-18
23 (City of Perth) Squadron, 
Maylands, c.1938
via Mike Mirkovic.

 

A6-19 992

09Jan38

11Jan38

13Jan38

Jan38

04Mar38

07Mar38

14Feb39

12Dec39

29Mar40

16May40

10Apr42

17Aug42

26Jul43

"

"

27Jul43

02Aug43

12Aug43

25Aug43

Dec43

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 23 Sqn RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and stored.

Received by 25 Sqn at RAAF Station Pearce, WA

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received at 1SFTS.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing in a paddock.  No damage to aircraft or crew.

Engine failure at 250ft after take-off resulted in a forced landing. Pilot undershot the selected landing area and clipped the wire atop a boundary fence.  Extensive damage to all lower surfaces and engine.  Pilot 429822 SGT W.W. Noble and 2nd pilot 401673 FSGT R. Scott-Murphy suffered shock, minor cuts and abrasions.  Aircraft had 2103.20 total hours and 174.35 hours since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by CFS

Issued to Clyde.

Issued to Marshall Airways at Bankstown Airport for repair

Aircraft converted to components.

Avro Cadet A6-19

 

A6-20 993

28Jan38

30Jan38

03Feb38

Feb38

18Mar38

20Mar38

14Feb39

12Dec39

29Mar40

16May40

10Apr42

08Jan44

10Jan44

28Jan44

02Mar44

09Mar44

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 23 Sqn RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and stored.

Received by 25 Sqn at RAAF Station Pearce, WA

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received at 1SFTS.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for overhaul.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Received at NAC.  Overhaul suspended Feb44.

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW.

Received at 2CRD and converted to components.

Cadet II A6-20
25 Squadron, c.1939,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

 

A6-21 994

29Jan38

30Jan38

03Feb38

Feb38

24Mar38

27Mar38

14Feb39

09Nov39

10Nov39

29Nov39

"

12Dec39

10Jan40

16May40

06Jan42

"

25Mar42

11Dec42

11Dec42

15Dec42

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

31Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

17Mar45

25Mar45

26Mar45

11Aug45

28Jan46

09Dec47

10Aug50

19Aug54

26Sep55

19Sep56

05Oct56

"

1993

10Oct14

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 23 Sqn RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and stored.

Received by 25 Sqn at RAAF Station Pearce, WA for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to 14 Sqn at RAAF Station Pearce, WA.

Received by 14 Sqn.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing eight miles SW of the airfield. Both lower mainplane holed in several places, repaired in-situ and flown back to base.  Pilot PLTOFF G.T. Newstead received minor bruising.  Cause determined as probable faulty switch(es).

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received at 1SFTS.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing two miles NW of the airfield. Both lower mainplanes holed in several places and undercarriage damaged, repaired in-situ and flown back to base.  Pilot SGT R.G Ivermey and passenger 405418 SGT G.B. McKenzie were uninjured.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for overhaul.

Received at No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC to Alex Cumming, Yarram VIC

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera.

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne. (For ferry flight details see A6-11)

Change of ownership to Henry R. Brosche of Port Albert VIC but to be based at Yarram.  Identity quoted as 'Avro R3/LT/3139'

Tipped onto nose after landing beside Powlett River near Wonthaggi, VIC

Written off for spares.

Change of ownership to Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd Parafield Airport, SA

Registered VH-RAC to Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd.

Change of ownership to H.G. Sheridan, Myponga SA

Change of ownership to R.N. Moffatt, Darwin NT

On Adelaide-Darwin ferry flight aircraft force landed on rough terrain near Mataranka 400km SE of Darwin.  Aircraft was extensively damaged and subsequently abandoned, pilot Charles Miller was uninjured.

Wreckage remains reportedly removed to Darwin with plans to use for a static museum restoration. 

No further information.

 

A6-22 995

29Jan38

30Jan38

03Feb38

Feb38

24Mar38

27Mar38

14Feb39

12Dec39

10Jan40

18Jan40

"
"

16May40

09Jul40

17Dec40

08Nov41

02Mar42

05Mar42

29May43

"

03Jan44

10Jan44

12Jan44

02Mar44

09Mar44

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 525 dated August 1937

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Arrived crated at No 23 Sqn RAAF Base Laverton, VIC and stored.

Received at Base Squadron Store at RAAF Station Pearce, WA

Allocated to No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received at 1SFTS

While conducting an engine ground run on Wapiti A5-33 an airman accidently knocked the throttle wide open causing the aircraft to jump the chocks and careen across the tarmac area.  The aircraft impacted a Bellman hangar causing various degrees of damage to four Avro Cadets housed within.  A6-22 received minor rudder damage.

Issued to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

LAC Rattray was struck by the airscrew on start-up receiving non-lethal injury.  Court of Inquiry convened.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing, no damage.

Allocated to and received by Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for overhaul.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS

Collided with HT Power lines during unauthorized low flying.  Pilot 426178 SGT G. Staal and passenger 427425 SGT N.W. Barrett were uninjured.

Aircraft had 1776.15 total hours and 219.45 hrs since the last 240 hourly inspection.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for overhaul.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Issued to NAC.

NAC allocation cancelled and re-allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot (2CRD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion.

Received at 2CRD and converted to components

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-22

 

A6-23 1058

10Nov38

12Nov38

03Dec38

Dec38

09Jan39

10Jan39

06Feb39

16May40

21May40

23May40

12Jul40

29Nov40

13Nov41

11Dec41

10Apr42

21Jul42

10Jun43

12Jun43

10Dec43

11Dec43

14Dec43

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

01Jan45

20Feb45

22Mar45

23Mar45

27Mar45

"

29Mar45

30Mar45

18Apr45

1945-47

June 1947

11Nov47

14Nov47

19Apr49

17Oct49

29Mar50

25Oct50

03Jul57
"

2014

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.  Severely damaged by a windstorm same day while parked on flight line.

Allocated to No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for repairs.

Received by 2AD, unable to effect repairs.

Allocated to and received by Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repair.

Test flown after repairs and returned to CFS.

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing 3 miles E of Camden, no damage.  Pilot WGCDR D.J. Eayrs and Crew 408097 SGT J.H. Rust were uninjured.

Struck boundary fence, undercarriage damaged and lower mainplanes damaged beyond repair.

Allocated to and received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Force landed after striking an obstacle, both lower mainplanes heavily damaged.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for overhaul.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Received at No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $300 to SQNLDR F.W. Robilliard at No 2 Air Observers School, Mt Gambier SA

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

SQNLDR F.W. Robilliard wrote to DCA requesting ferry flight clearance stating: ' I have recently purchased Avro Trainers A6-34 & -34.  'I am engaged as Chief Flying Instructor at No 2 AOS and will personally ferry one aircraft, the other will be flown by FLTLT Gibbons'

RAAF Narrandera Operations Log shows: 'SQNLDR Robilliard arrived by Oxford today to take delivery of Trainer A6-22, departed next day for Mildura'.

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera.

Registered to Francis H. Robilliard, Adelaide SA.  Identity quoted as 'Avro R3/LT/3454'.

Stored at Parafield Airport, SA

Change of ownership to F.J. Jarrett, Adelaide SA

Test flown after civil conversion.

Registered VH-AHH to F.J. Jarrett, Adelaide SA

Change of ownership to Maxwell Bond, c/o Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd Parafield Airport, SA

Agricultural spraying equipment fitted.

Change of ownership to Robby's Aircraft Repair Co Ltd Parafield Airport, SA

Crashed at Bungaree Station near Clare SA while crop spraying.

Damaged remains stored in Robby's hangar at Parafield Airport, SA

No further information.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-23

 

A6-24 1059

10Nov38

12Nov38

18Nov38

Dec38

09Jan39

10Jan39

06Feb39

16May40
"

10Apr42

12Nov43

22Nov43

28Apr44

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.  Severely damaged by a windstorm same day while parked on flight line.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for overhaul.

Issued to NAC.

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion to components.

 

A6-25 1060

07Nov38

21Nov38

29Nov38

Dec38

11Jan39

12Jan39

10Feb39

24Jul39

12Nov39

03Jan40

16May40

18Nov41

25Mar42

30Mar42

27Nov42

11Dec42

15Dec42

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

01Jan45

20Feb45

22Mar45

23Mar45

26Mar45

"

14Apr45

14Apr46

01Nov47

30May50

24Mar57

23Mar58

05May60

Dec61

1962-65

21Apr65

22Mar66

26Mar67

26Apr68

1968-73

1973

Apr74

1990

1990-94

22Jul94

02Aug94

1994-95

12Sep97

26Nov97

06Mar98

98-2014

 

 

 

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Received by No 2 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Received by No 1 Armament Training Station at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Broken airscrew during forced landing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Received by Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW. 

Engine failure resulted in a forced landing, no damage.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Issued to No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $300 to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

CA Memo: 'Newcastle Aero Club have purchased Avros A6-5, -18, - 25 and -8 which have been allocated registrations VH-AEG/H/I/J.  Two Avros have been ferried from Narrandera to Newcastle and two remain to be ferried.'

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera.

Registered VH-AEI to NAC

VH-AEI was one of four NAC aircraft that appeared at the Charleville QLD airshow, a round trip of 1,450 miles.

Struck off register after take-off accident at Deervale, NSW.  Stored damaged awaiting rebuild.

Reregistered as VH-AEI to Proctor's Rural Services, Alexandra, VIC.  Modified with aerial spraying equipment.

Registered as VH-PRU to Proctor's Rural Services, Alexandra, VIC

Change of ownership to Aerial Missions, Melbourne VIC.  Based at Moorabbin as a crop sprayer.

Retired to Ballarat VIC. Converted back to 2-seater and offered for sale.

Stored in Mafair Hangar at Ballarat Airport, VIC

Change of ownership to Barry F. Cosson, Stawell VIC

Change of ownership to Joseph G Drage, Wodonga VIC.

Engine failed on takeoff.  Port wing hit ground during subsequent forced landing.

Change of ownership: sold in damaged condition to Cliff Parsons, St George QLD

Stored in hangar at St George, QLD

Sold to Howard Jones of Hazelwood North, VIC.  Mr Jones purchased the entire Parsons Collection.

Aircraft transported to Warrigul, VIC

Change of ownership: sold to Steve Merritt, Milton NSW as a partially restored aircraft.

Aircraft restored to airworthiness at Mothcair Aviation Services, Murwillumbah Airport NSW.

Restored to register as VH-PRU to Steve Merritt, Milton NSW.

First post-restoration test flight with Nick Challinor at the controls.

On loan to FAA Museum at HMAS Albatross, Nowra NSW

Sold to Kermit Weekes, Florida USA

Packed into container at Nowra and shipped to USA.

Registered as N643AV to Kermit A Weekes, Polk City, Florida USA

Displayed and flown at Fantasy of Flight, Polk City Florida.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-25

 

A6-26 1061

08Nov38

21Nov38

29Nov38

Dec38

11Jan39

12Jan39

10Feb39

18Jul39

06Sep39

14Nov39

16May40

18May40

08Nov41

25May42

10Jan44

27Jun44

28Jul44

03Aug44

12Sep44

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Received by No 2 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Received by No 21 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Light damage inflicted while being taxied.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Allocated to and received by Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for complete overhaul.

Received by CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Moved with CFS at RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

CFS requested complete overhaul to be carried out

Overhaul request denied, allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion to components.

Issued to 2CRD.

Approval given to convert to components.

 

A6-27 1062

11Dec38

12Dec38

14Nov38

Dec38

24Jan39

26Jan39

23Feb39

21Mar39

14Nov39

12Mar40

"

16May40

18May40

25Mar42

31Mar42

13Mar43

18Mar43

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

30Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

23Mar45

27Mar45

24Feb47

14Apr50

28Oct54

12Jul61

1970

1973

Apr74

1994

"

"

2014

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Received by No 21 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC

Forced landing following engine failure.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Pilot FLGOFF B.F. Rose stalled the aircraft while landing and dropped heavily onto the stbd wheel.  Damage to top & bottom stbd longerons, stbd undercarriage and lower stbd mainplane.  Pilot suffered bruising, abrasions and shock.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Issued to No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to and received by CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $300 to Mr. Clifford. J. Wynne, Yarram, VIC

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne. (For ferry flight details see A6-11).

Change of ownership to Yarram Aero Club, Yarram VIC.  Registered as VH-AHW.  Identity quoted as "Avro R3/LT/3447".

Change of ownership to Mr. Clifford J. Wynne, Yarram, VIC.

Change of ownership to Hardy Bros Spraying Co Ltd Pittsworth, QLD.  Leased to Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Moorabbin, VIC.

Struck off register

Remains sold to Cliff Parsons of St George QLD.

Sold to Howard Jones of Hazelwood North, VIC.  Mr Jones purchased the entire Parsons Collection.

Aircraft transported to Warrigul, VIC

Mr Jones has three airframes under restoration VH-AEL, -AHM, & -APW.  He planned to complete one, leave one as a longer term project and perhaps offering the 3rd for sale as a restoration project.  Apart from the three airframes mentioned Mr Jones acquired a large amount of Cadet spares when he purchased the Cliff Parsons collection.

No further information

 

A6-28 1063

26Nov38

09Dec38

14Dec38

Dec38

24Jan39

26Jan39

04May39

02Sep39

14Nov39

08Dec39

18Jan40

"
"

30Jan40

21Apr40

16May40

18May40

19Dec40

10Apr42

26Sep42

18Jan43

20Jan43

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

30Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

18Mar45

07Apr45

"
"

14Apr45

12Mar46

01Apr46

"

"

13Aug46

31Oct48

03Dec48

03Aug51

06Aug51

20Aug68

1968-73

1973

Apr74

1994

.

.

2014

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Received by No 21 Sqn at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC.

Forced landing following engine failure.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Loaned to 21 Sqn for one month Training Instructors Course.

While conducting an engine ground run on Wapiti A5-33 an airman accidently knocked the throttle wide open causing the aircraft to jump the chocks and careen across the tarmac area.  The aircraft impacted a Bellman hangar causing various degrees of damage to four Avro Cadets housed within.  A6-28 received rudder & fin damage.

Forced landing following engine failure. Petrol blockage.  Pilot FLGOFF S.H. Ramsden & 2nd Pilot PLTOFF N. Hemsworth were uninjured.

Forced landing following engine failure. Petrol Blockage.  Pilot PLTOFF J.L. Scott & 2nd Pilot PLTOFF E.A. McRae were uninjured.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Struck boundary marker on landing approach, damage to port lower rear spar and mainplane.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Allocated to ANA Transport at Bankstown Airport, Sydney for complete overhaul.

Issued to No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Received at CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $300 to Mr. J.H. Alessio 408 Punt Rd, South Yarra Melbourne, VIC

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Mr Alessio wrote to Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) requesting petrol ration books to ferry three Avro Trainers from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne on 14 Apr45: A6-2 piloted by J. Hodder; A6-10 by F.H. Edwards; and, A6-28 by J. Roche.  Ration books were issued.

RAAF status card collected by owner and aircraft from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne.

Sold to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW.

DCA Memo.  NAC have been advised that approval given to A6-2 & A6-28 to be ferried Essendon-Newcastle for civil overhaul by club.  Provisional registrations VH-APV and -APW have been allotted. Both were purchased from J.H. Alessio and stored dismantled.  Both aircraft shall be assembled and certified for the ferry by Inspector Mr F.H. Edwards at Essendon Airport.

Registered to NAC.

Struck fence during forced landing at Mugu near Mudgee NSW. Pilot Mr Kevin Eades escaped unhurt.

Test and acceptance flight following repairs.

Heavily damaged on landing - no other details.

Struck-off register.

Sold in damaged condition to Cliff Parsons St George, QLD.

Stored in a hangar at St George, QLD

Sold to Howard Jones of Hazelwood North, VIC.  Mr Jones purchased the entire Parsons Collection.

Aircraft transported to Warrigul, VIC

Mr Jones has three airframes under restoration VH-AEL, -AHM, & -APW.  He planned to complete one, leave one as a longer term project and perhaps offering the 3rd for sale as a restoration project.  Apart from the three airframes mentioned Mr Jones acquired a large amount of Cadet spares when he purchased the Cliff Parsons collection.

No further information

 

A6-29 1064

29Nov38

06Dec38

13Dec38

Dec38

24Jan39

26Jan39

03Jan40

15Apr40

15Jul40

25Oct40

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Heavy landing caused by pilot inexperience resulted in severe damage to both lower mainplanes and undercarriage.

Held at Technical Support Squadron Pt Cook awaiting engineering decision.

Converted to components.

 

A6-30 1065

28Nov38

09Dec38

13Jan39

Jan39

20Feb39

22Feb39

03Jan40

16May40

18May40

30Jun40
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10Apr42

10Feb43

14Feb43
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10Jan44

18Feb44

21Feb44

29Feb44

13Mar44

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Forced landing three miles N of the airfield.  Repaired in-situ and flown back to base. Pilot PLTOFF W.W. Willard and 2nd Pilot PLTOFF W.J. Carter uninjured.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Forced landing four miles SE of the airfield.  Repaired in-situ and flown back to base.

Engine failed at 200ft after take-off, force landing on main aerodrome. Pilot PLTOFF C.E. Ashdown and 2nd Pilot PLTOFF W.E. Dalitz were uninjured.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW for overhaul.

Allocation to NAC cancelled.

Allocated to No 2 Central Recovery Depot at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for conversion to components.

Received at 2CRD and approval given to convert to components.

 

A6-31 1066

18Jan39

20Jan39

25Jan39

Feb39

10Apr39

13Apr39

03Jan40

18Jan40

"
"

16May40

18May40

10Apr42

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

30Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

18Mar45

25Mar45

21Jan46

08Dec47

05Jul48

01Apr55

1960

11Jan61

20Sep63

18Sep64

13Aug66

04Jun67

01Aug70

13Feb71

"

1980's

1993

2013

2014

 

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

While conducting an engine ground run on Wapiti A5-33 an airman accidently knocked the throttle wide open causing the aircraft to jump the chocks and careen across the tarmac area.  The aircraft impacted a Bellman hangar causing various degrees of damage to four Avro Cadets housed within.  A6-28 received rudder & fin damage.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC to Mr. Jack Lennon, Yarram VIC

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne. (For ferry flight details see A6-11).

Registered as VH-AFY to Alfred J. Lennon c/o C.J. Wynne, Yarram VIC

Struck off register and placed in storage.

Lower stbd mainplane used to repair VH-AMM

Change of ownership to Hardy Bros Spraying Co Ltd Pittsworth, QLD

Re-engined with 220hp Jacobs R-755 radial and modified for aerial spraying.

Change of ownership to Brown Williams Aviation, Pittsworth QLD

Damaged during crop spraying near Nangwee, QLD

Struck and fatally injured a person acting as the ground marker during crop spraying operations near Mount Tyson, QLD.

Change of ownership to C.H. Parsons Pty Ltd St George QLD

Struck off register.

Change of ownership to Mr. Victor Mason of Brisbane QLD

Struck power lines while spraying near Murwillumbah, NSW.  Aircraft came to rest partially submerged in the Dunbible River.  Aircraft suffered moderate damage, was recovered from the river and placed into storage at the Tygalgah agricultural airstrip.

Moved to storage on the Gold Coast, QLD

Moved to storage in the Mothcair Aviation hangar at Murwillumbah Airport, NSW

Change of ownership to Greg Challinor c/o Mothcair Aviation. 

Planned for restoration to airworthiness at some future date.

 

A6-32 1067

21Jan39

23Jan39

25Jan39

Feb39

10Apr39

13Apr39

03Jan40

29Apr40

16May40

18May40

04Mar41

08Apr42

13Apr42

25Jan43

25Jan43

29Jan43

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

30Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

18Mar45

26Mar45

03Feb46

20Apr46

27Nov46

31Oct47
"

20Oct49

24Jun51

10Jan52

05Apr56

05Jun56

01Jul58

05May60

22Mar61

22Aug61

30Nov63

Mar64

Sep64

17Dec66

29Oct67

10Jul68

20Jan72

19Mar74

21Jan77

27Jan85

1985-01
"

2001

30Jan02

Aug03

Sep03

2003-14

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938

First flight at Newtown Heath

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC

Forced landing after engine failure, no damage. Pilot FLGOFF S.S. Ramsden and 2nd Pilot PLTOFF J.W. Kingsford-Smith were uninjured.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Forced landing after engine failure, no damage. Pilot FLTLT J. Dowling and 2nd Pilot 404002 SGT R.A. Bellert were uninjured.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for major repairs.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Received by No 2 Air Park (2AP) Bankstown Airport, Sydney for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received at CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC to Mr. John R, Cleary c/o Goodyear Tyre Co Melbourne, VIC.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

Aircraft ferried from RAAF Narrandera to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, piloted by Fred Edwards with Mr Cleary as a passenger.

Registered as VH-AGC to J.M. & J.R. Cleary St Kilda Melbourne.  Identity quoted as 'Avro number R/LT/1712'.

Change of ownership to John A Gillies Melbourne, VIC

Change of ownership to Air Operations Pty Ltd Essendon VIC

Change of ownership to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW.  Ferried from Essendon to Broadmeadows and placed in storage.

Restored to register by NAC

Struck fence during a forced landing at Copmanhurst, NSW

Stored unrepaired and struck off register.

Restored to register by Proctors Rural Services, Alexandra VIC

Registered as VH-BPS

Registered as VH-PRT

Change of ownership to Aerial Missions, Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne VIC

Aircraft damaged in a wind storm when parked in rural Victoria.  Transported to Moorabbin for rebuild.

Test flown by Jock Garden after repairs by Brookes Aviation at Moorabbin Airport.

Change of ownership to L.G Gangell c/o Gangell Aviation, Campania TAS

Aircraft overturned during wind storm at Cambridge Airfield TAS

Test flown after rebuild at Cambridge airfield.

Change of ownership to Barry R. Wilson & Joseph G. Drage Albury NSW.  Ferried Hobart-Albury by Joe Drage in a 8.5 hour flight.

Change of ownership to William L. Larsen of Eskdale, via Tallangatta VIC

Change of ownership to Joseph G. Drage of Albury NSW

Change of ownership to Drages Historic Aircraft Museum, Wodonga VIC

Struck off register.

Restored to register to Drages Historic Aircraft Museum, Wodonga VIC

Following the closure of Drages Historic Aircraft Museum the aircraft was flown to the Drages Airworld Collection hangar at Wangaratta Airport.

Displayed at Drages Airworld at Wangaratta Airport.

Change of ownership to City of Wangaratta, VIC at Airworld Wangaratta Airport.

Airworld closed

Advertised for sale

Sold to Darrly Hill of Adelaide SA

Stored pending airworthiness restoration.  Wings removed, fuselage standing on undercarriage.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-32

 

A6-33 1068

28Jan39

30Jan39

14Feb39

Feb39

10Apr39

13Apr39

03Jan40

16May40

18May40

26Sep40

 "
"

17Feb42

23Feb42

20Oct42

21Oct42

28Oct42

23Oct43
.

.

10Jan44

11Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

30Dec44

20Feb45

16Mar45

18Mar45

26Mar45

.

14Apr45

24Aug45

19Apr51

06Aug51

1970

1973

Apr74

1994
.

.

.

2014

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938.

First flight at Newtown Heath.

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia.

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia.

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia.

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Pilot PLTOFF G.W. Keig fell out of the cockpit when the aircraft inverted seven miles N of Camden.  Cause was the structural failure of the Sutton Harness locking pin.  The Trainee pilot PLTOFF J.E.S. Dennett made an uneventful recovery to base.  Pilot received minor bruises but otherwise uninjured.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for overhaul.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Received by No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Crash landed onto runway from 50ft following engine failure.  Damage to undercarriage, both lower mainplanes, airscrew and engine.  Repaired at unit.  Pilot 408062 FLGOFF G. Castles and passenger 92615 SGT Sorensen D.M were uninjured. Aircraft had 1873.30 total hours & 172.25 since last 240 hourly inspection.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW.

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

NCA wrote to DCA requesting the reallocation of registration VH-ARR for the aircraft.  The registration was previously a club allocation for their DH.82 that was impressed by the RAAF for the war effort.  The initials were a dedication to the club president and patron Mr A. A. Rankin.  DCA refused the request.

Aircraft & Status card collected by NAC.

Registered as VH-AEL to NAC.

Struck a truck on landing at Inverell Airport, NSW.  The aircraft and truck were extensively damaged but no injuries were recorded.

Struck off register.

Sold to Cliff Parsons of St George, QLD and stored dismantled in a hangar together with several other airframes and spares.

Sold to Howard Jones of Hazelwood North, VIC.  Mr Jones purchased the entire Parsons Collection.

Aircraft transported to Warrigul, VIC

Mr Jones has three airframes under restoration VH-AEL, -AHM, & -APW.  He planned to complete one, leave one as a longer term project and perhaps offering the 3rd for sale as a restoration project.  Apart from the three airframes mentioned Mr Jones acquired a large collection of Cadet spares when he purchased the Cliff Parsons collection.

No further information

 

A6-34 1069

28Jan39

04Feb39

28Feb39

Mar39

10Apr39

13Apr39

03Jan40

16May40

18May40

17Feb42

23Feb42

20Oct42

21Oct42

28Oct42

10Jan44

1Sep44

13Sep44

27Dec44

01Jan45

20Feb45

16Mar45

18Mar45

27Mar45

.
.

29Mar45
.

30Mar45

31Mar45

18Apr45

1945-47

1947

1947

1947

31Oct47

10Dec49

1951
.

26Mar52

24Oct55

02Aug58

01Jan60

20Jun60

23Jul60

12Dec60

04Feb61

14Nov61

28Nov61

1963-74

Jul74

1974-93

1993

27Jul00

10Oct01

01Jun03

19Jun03

2003-14

Built by A.V. Roe & Co at Newton Heath, Manchester, UK to RAAF Order I.O. 589 dated August 1938.

First flight at Newtown Heath.

British Certificate of Airworthiness issued to:  Air Board, Commonwealth of Australia.

Departed Liverpool docks for shipment to Australia.

Arrived at Port Melbourne docks Victoria, Australia.

Received crated by No 1 Aircraft Depot (1AD) at RAAF Base Laverton, VIC for reassembly and testing.

Allocated to and received by No 1 Service Flying Training School (1SFTS) at RAAF Base Point Cook, VIC.

Allocated to Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Station Camden, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Allocated to Clyde Engineering Co. Ltd. Lidcombe, Sydney for overhaul.

Received by Clyde Engineering.

Received by No 2 Aircraft Depot (2AD) at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW for post overhaul acceptance checks.

Allocated to CFS at RAAF Station Tamworth, NSW.

Received by CFS.

Moved with CFS to RAAF Station Parkes, NSW.

Allocated to No 8 Operational Training Unit (8OTU) at RAAF Station Narromine, NSW

Received by 8OTU

Allocated to Care & Maintenance Unit (CMU) at RAAF Station Narrandera, NSW

Received by CMU Narrandera.

Placed on Commonwealth Disposal Commission (CDC) list.

Sold by CDC for $300 to SQNLDR F.W. Robilliard at No 2 Air Observers School, Mt Gambier SA

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) advised of the sale by CDC.

SQNLDR F.W. Robilliard wrote to DCA requesting ferry flight clearance to Parafield Airport stating: ' I have recently purchased Avro Trainers A6-34 & -34.  'I am engaged as Chief Flying Instructor at No 2 AOS and will personally ferry one aircraft, the other will be flown by FLTLT Gibbons'

RAAF Narrandera Operations Log shows: 'SQNLDR Robilliard arrived by Oxford today to take delivery of Trainer A6-22, departed next day for Mildura'.

Aircraft & Status Card collected by new owner from RAAF Narrandera to Mildura VIC 

Ferried from Mildura to Parafield via Kerang and Nhill.

Registered VH-AHI to Francis H. Robilliard, Adelaide SA.  DAC file quotes identity as 'Avro R3/LT/3454'.

Stored at Parafield Airport, SA

Sold to Mr. F.J. Jarrett of Adelaide SA

Sold to Air Operations Pty Ltd Essendon Airport, Melbourne VIC

Sold to Newcastle Aero Club (NAC) at Broadmeadows Airfield, NSW.

Cadet A6-34 and -32 ferried from Essendon to Broadmeadows.

Registered as VH-BJB to NAC

Seen at Broadmeadows airfield in all silver NAC livery fitted with twin-cockpit enclosed canopy.  The only known Avro Cadet to have a canopy of any description.

Change of ownership to Frederick D. Hoinville of Melbourne VIC

Change of ownership to R.S & S.R. MacDonald of Highland Plains via Clermont QLD.

Change of ownership to MacNeil Air Fertilising & Crop Dusting, Muswellbrook NSW

Change of ownership to Neil Simpson of Muswellbrook NSW

Change of ownership to Aerial Missions Ltd Moorabbin Airport, VIC

Overhauled and fitted with aerial spraying equipment by Brookes Aviation at Moorabbin airport.

Change of ownership to Victorian Aerial Farming Aids, Moorabbin airport.

Collided with a tree and nose-dived into the ground during a forced landing due to engine failure.  Heavily damaged.

Test flown following rebuild by Airspread Australia at Moorabbin Airport.

Wheels contacted crop during spraying operation causing the aircraft to flip and crash.  Heavily damaged.

Stored in the Aerial Missions hangar at Ballarat Airport

Change of ownership to Ken Orrman of Shepparton VIC, aircraft moved to Shepparton airfield.

Under restoration at Shepparton then Moorabbin Airport.

Restoration to airworthy completed but not registered.

Registered as VH-RUO to Ken E. Orrman of Shepparton VIC

Change of ownership to Graham P Hosking of Tyabb VIC

Change of ownership to RAAF Museum Point Cook, RAAF Base Williams, VIC

Last flight - delivered to RAAF Museum.

On static display at the RAAF Museum painted in prewar silver colour scheme as A6-34.

Highlight for Album: Avro Cadet A6-34

 

 
     
 

Avro Cadet Avro Cadet

 
     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick, Brendan Cowan and Paul McGuiness

Source: Australian Aviation Magazine, National Archives, CASA Aircraft Register, Australian War Memorial Website, Geoff Goodall's Website.

Ver 1.2 - Updated 18 December 2014

     

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