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Mariner A70-8 
41 Squadron, 
Townsville, 
c.1944,  
via Mike Mirkovic.

 
     
 

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RAAF Mariner Acquisition

 
     

 

 
RAAF.Serial USN Bu Number C/N Aircraft History
A70-1 Bu.6512 2965 Departed Norfolk 06/11/43.
At San Diego 08/11/43.
Departed Alameda 09/11/43.
Arrived 20/11/43, callsign VHCPA.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 20/11/43.
To 1 FBRD 23/11/43.
To 41 Sqn 21/12/44.
To 1 FBRD 06/05/45.
Withdrawn from use 6/05/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal 19/11/46.
To DAP 18/12/47.
Disposal completed by DAP 25/03/48.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-1  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-2 Bu.6528 2981 Departed Norfolk 06/11/43.
At San Diego 08/11/43.
Departed Alameda 18/11/43.
Arrived 26/11/43, callsign VHCPB.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 1 FBRD 26/11/43.
To 41 Sqn 25/02/44.
Attached to 3OTU 27/02/44.
To 1 FBMU 09/04/44.
To 41 Sqn 15/05/44. Damaged 05/07/45.
To 1 FBRD 18/07/45.
Withdrawn from use 18/07/45 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Passed to DAP 19/11/46.
Authorised for write off 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-3 Bu.6546 2999 Departed Norfolk 09/11/43.
Departed Alameda 20/11/43.
Arrived 09/12/43, callsign VHCPC.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 1 FBRD 09/12/43.
To 41 Sqn 27/03/44.
Aircraft involved in taxying accident in 1944.
To 40 Sqn 05/08/45.
To 1 FBRD 25/02/46.
Withdrawn from use 12/03/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-3  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-4 Bu.6549 3004 Departed Norfolk 08/11/43.
At San Diego 10/11/43.
Departed Alameda 18/11/43.
Arrived 26/11/43, callsign VHCPD.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 26/11/43.
To 1 FBRD 29/11/43.
To 41 Sqn 02/03/44.
Hull damaged 11/04/44.
To 1 FBRD 19/04/44.
To 41 Sqn 26/07/44.
To 40 Sqn 22/07/45.
To 1 FBRD 18/08/45.
Withdrawn from use 18/03/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-5 Bu.6566 3019 Departed Norfolk 10/11/43.
At San Diego 12/11/43.
Departed Alameda 20/11/43.
Arrived 26/11/43, callsign VHCPE.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 26/11/43.
To 1 FBRD 28/11/43.
To 41 Sqn 11/02/44.
Attached to 3OTU 12/02/44.
Aircraft in Cairns 02/07/44.
To 1FBRMU 18/07/44.
To 41 Sqn 19/07/44.
To 1FBMU 28/08/44.
To 41 Sqn 09/09/44.
To 1 FBRD 19/02/45.
To 40 Sqn 24/09/45.
To 1 FBRD Store 27/02/46.
Withdrawn from use 22/03/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-5  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-6 Bu.6526 2979 Departed Norfolk 10/11/43.
At San Diego 12/11/43.
Departed Alameda 20/11/43.
Arrived 26/11/43, callsign VHCPF.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 26/11/43.
Attached to 3OTU 16/12/43.
To 41 Sqn 23/05/44.
Port engine caught fire 16/08/44.
To 1 FBRD 13/04/45.
To 114 ASRF 24/08/45.
To 40 Sqn 13/12/45.
To 1 FBRD 07/01/46.
Withdrawn from use 22/03/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47. Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.
We believe Tim Barlow's father purchased it as war surplus from Lake Boga, had the wings and engines removed, engines placed inside the fuselage, wings tied to the sides of the fuselage and towed backwards from Boga to Gunbower, Vic.
Apparently it was that tall a man had to walk along the top of the fuselage and use a special pole to lift the power lines over the aircraft!
It was then used to store bagged grain feed in, being mouse proof and the wings split along the leading and trailing edges and used for roof's on the pigstyes.
It was later cut up for scrap.
We have an image provided by Tim and are attempting to positively identify the aircraft as A70-6.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-6  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-7 Bu.6506 2959 Departed Norfolk 10/11/43.
At San Diego 17/11/43.
Departed Alameda 21/11/43.
Arrived 26/11/43, callsign VHCPG.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 1 FBRD 26/11/43.
To 41 Sqn 06/04/44.
Port engine failed and caused a forced landing.
To 111 ASRF 05/08/45.
To 1 FBMU for complete overhaul 01/10/45.
To 114ASRF 05/11/45.
Withdrawn from use 01/04/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-7  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-8 Bu.6565 3108 Departed Norfolk 16/12/43.
Departed Alameda 23/12/43.
Arrived 28/12/43, callsign VHCPH.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 28/12/43.
To 1 FBRD 31/12/43.
To 41 Sqn 21/06/44.
Aircraft arrived in Cairns 02/07/44.
To 1FBMU 19/07/44.
To 41 Sqn 23/07/44.
To 1 FBMU 24/10/44.
To 41 Sqn 27/10/44.
To 114ASRF 03/08/45. Withdrawn from use 16/04/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP and sold to John Leed 25/03/48,
After
removing the tail, engines and outer wings it was towed to Leed's Property and was named Pyramid Hill and painted in a different colour scheme.
In this form it traveled as a caravan through Western Australia.
Later it was donated to the Aviation Museum of Western Australia, who restored the cockpit and put it on display as the only remains of this aircraft.
Currently located between hangers at the RAAF Association Museum at Bull Creek. it has 'Ancient Mariner' painted on the left side.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-8  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-9 Bu.6575 3028 Departed Norfolk 16/12/43.
Departed Alameda 23/12/43.
Arrived 06/01/44, callsign VHCPI.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 06/01/44.
To 1 FBRD 07/01/44.
To 41 Sqn 13/10/44.
Hull holed on 10/03/45 while taxying after landing.
To 40 Sqn 26/07/45.
To 1 FBRD 20/09/45.
Withdrawn from use 12/06/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-9  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

(A70-10) Bu.6505 2958

Nov 1943 BuNo 6505 was originally intended to become  A70-10, however, this airframe was found to have hull damage.
13/12/1943 Bu 6505 was returned to USN Atlantic Fleet stocks, while same date, Bu 6622 was allocated, and become A70-10.

A70-10 Bu.6522 2975 13/12/1943 Allotted for RAAF as A70-10 replacing BuNo 6505 which had ben rejected due to hull damage.
Departed Norfolk 24/12/43.
Departed Alameda 02/01/44.
Arrived 16/01/44, callsign VHCPJ.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 16/01/44.
To 1 FBRD 17/01/44.
To 41 Sqn 12/03/44.
To 1 FBMU 10/07/44.
To 41 Sqn 17/07/44.
Engine failed in flight on 17/01/45.
To 40 Sqn 29/07/45.
To 1 FBRD 07/01/46.
Withdrawn from use 07/05/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-11 Bu.6664 3117 Departed Norfolk 14/12/43.
Departed Alameda 22/12/43.
Arrived 28/12/44, callsign VHCPK.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 28/12/43.
To 1 FBRD 30/12/44.
To 41 Sqn 30/01/44.
Detached to 3OTU 30/01/44.
To 1 FBMU 13/02/44.
To 1 FBRD 10/05/44 for complete overhaul.
To 41 Sqn 25/09/44.
To 114ASRF 03/08/45.
To 1 FBRD 14/08/45.
To 40 Sqn 05/11/45.
Withdrawn from use 27/02/46 and stored at CMU Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-11  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

A70-12 Bu.6538 2991 Departed Norfolk 14/12/43.
Departed Alameda 22/12/43.
Arrived 28/12/44, callsign VHCPL.
Last letter of the construction number as an ID on the fuselage.
To 2 FBRD 28/12/43.
To 1 FBRD 30/12/44.
To 41 Sqn 13/02/44.
Detached to 3OTU 30/02/44.
To 1 FBMU 18/02/44.
To 41 Sqn 27/02/44.
Flown a total of 781 hours as of 21/03/44.
Aircraft in Cairns 02/07/44.
Aircraft holed below the water line on 25/11/44 at Port Moresby PNG.
To 114 ASRF 03/08/45.
To 1 FBMU 31/08/45.
To 114 ASRF 01/10/45.
To 40 Sqn 17/12/45.
To 1 FBRD 01/02/46.
Withdrawn from use 01/02/46 and stored at Lake Boga.
Offered for disposal.
Authorised for write off 19/11/46.
Passed to DAP 18/12/47.
Disposed of by DAP 25/03/48.
There is a flight deck of a Mariner at Ballarat, we believe it is of A70-12.
There is an aft fuselage section clearly marked as A70-12 at Goolwa airfield in South Australia.

Highlight for Album: Mariner A70-12  RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card

 
     
 

Martin Mariner at Lake Boga

 
     

The Authors of this page are Darren Crick and Brendan Cowan

Source: National Archives, RAAF Status Card, RAAF Museum Website,

Emails: Tjalling Boelman, Wynnum Graham, Capt. Richard A. Hoffman USN (Ret), Grahame Higgs, Col Tigwell, Gordon Birkett, Chris Finney, Geoff Chennells, Noel Sproles, Roger Lambert

Updated 29 June 2015

     

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