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  By 1943 the designers were looking at ways of improving the already highly successful Lancaster bomber. Plans called for the use of the new Merlin power plants with their two stage two speed superchargers and more streamlined annular radiators. To compensate for the extra forward weight the aft fuselage was extended by almost nine feet. The wing span increased to 120 feet with subsequent extra fuel capacity and the defensive armament was upgraded.

So radical were the overall changes that it was decided to give the aircraft a new designation, The Avro Type 694 Lincoln.

Although the prototype Lincoln made it's first flight on 9th June 1944 reluctance to disrupt the Lancaster production lines at that critical stage of the war meant that Lincoln production did not get under way till 1945 and, they did not enter Squadron service till after the war.

Post WWII the RAAF underwent a considerable reorganization, men were de/mobbed, squadrons disbanded and aircraft scrapped on a wholesale level. In 1948 No.82 Bomber Wing was reformed at Amberley, comprising Nos.1,2 and 6 Squadrons, they were to be equipped with the Mk.30, an Australian version of the Lincoln built by GAF in Victoria. The first aircraft, A73-1, made from imported components, as were the next 4 aircraft had its test flight in March 1946, a total of 73 Lincolns were completed by 1953

Number 2 and 6 Squadrons were the first to be equipped, 6 becoming the OCU and 2 the operational unit, 1 Squadron received it's aircraft shortly thereafter. By 1953 2 Sqn. had converted to Canberras followed in 1955 by 6 Sqn.

No.1 Sqn on the other hand retained it's Lincolns a little longer, in July 1950 it transferred to the RAF base at Tengah, Singapore to carry out strikes against the Communist Guerrillas on the Malay Peninsular, it remained there until returning to Australia in July 1958.

During the production run a number of changes were made to the specifications resulting in different marks of aircraft.A73-11to 25 were strengthened to allow a max. takeoff weight of 75,000Lb, A73/26 to 73 were further strengthened to allow MTOW of 82,000Lb, these would be Mk30As, the last 12 aircraft being converted to "Long Nose" Mk31s before production ceased.

Early use in England uncovered a problem with the three bladed propeller causing structural vibrations, this was overcome by fitting a four bladed unit. The Merlin 85B also proved to be unreliable, to such an extent that insufficient remained serviceable to allow normal operational flying, a short term fix was the use of Merlin 66 Spitfire engines at the out board stations ( they had no auxiliary engine gearbox drives). This situation persisted until the arrival of the more robust Australian built Merlin 102.

In 1949 fourteen aircraft were modified to a "Long Range Navigation" standard, this added improved navigation and autopilot equipment plus a recorder to plot and record the aircraft's exact position every minute. Crews were then sent on long/range missions of up to 13 hours, simulating a deep penetration bombing raid into Europe, very precise navigation was required and results assessed by data in the recorder post flight.

1949 also saw the RAAF realise the need for a dedicated Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, various proposals were put forward but all seemed unworkable, it was not until 1951 that the lengthening of the nose by almost two meters resolved most of the obstacles. The extra space provided room for the three sonobouy operators and their equipment without compromising the aircraft's capabilities. There were also a number of modifications made to the bomb bay to allow torpedo and life boat carriage and in the rear fuselage for the stowage and launching of various pyrotechnics. The Long Nose Lincoln would become the GR Mk.31. The first of these entered service with 10 Sqn at Townsville in March 1953.

Government Aircraft Factory (GAF) monthly Lincoln production reports (from August 1951 to September 1953)

Changes were afoot again and in March 1955 A73-60 the first of ten MR versions was delivered to 10 Sqn. These aircraft had changes to their internal equipment more in keeping with their maritime role, including a low/level bomb sight and updated radar capable of detecting a snorkeling submarine.
By 1957 the mid upper turret was gone and two years later the .5 Brownings were removed from the nose turret.

The only other unit to operate Lincolns at the squadron level was 11 Sqn. Based at Pearce in WA they flew Mk30s in the GR role, 1950/51 before re/equipping with Neptunes. Several other units operated aircraft at various time for special purposes, more detail of this will be given in the individual aircraft histories.

By the early 1960s they were all gone, either burnt on fire dumps or melted down in the scrappers furnaces, a sad end for such a versatile aircraft.

(Written by Rod Farquhar)

 

 
 

 

 
 
Aircraft Serial Type Delivered Aircraft History
A73-1 Mk.30 05/46 First Australian assembled Lincoln from parts made in England. 
24/5/46 Received 1APU ex 1AD for acceptance trials.
18/7/46 Issued DAP Beaufort Division for fitment of camera installation.
15/8/46 Returned 1APU ex DAP.
7/12/46 Received Air Armament School ex 1APU.
24/1/47 Received DAP ex AAS.
1/10/47 Received 1AD ex DAP for acceptance test.
13/10/47 Allocated School of Air Navigation ex 1AD until Nav course completed then to 82 Wing.
10/12/47 Amberley, engine failed, 3 engine landing carried out.
5/3/48 Received SAN ex 82 Wing to replace A73-2.
19/4/48 Two Plexiglas panels in nose damaged during taxiing accident.
22/7/48 Returned 82 Wing.
23/9/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for incorporation of mods.
31/3/50 Received SAN ex GAF.
25/8/50 Transferred SAN to RAAF East Sale.
4/10/50 Received 3AD ex RAAF East Sale for major servicing.
15/12/50 Received RAAF East Sale ex 3AD.
13/4/41 Minor repair East Sale.
18/5/51 Engine change East Sale.
6/9/51 Attached Richmond for Air Pageant.
6/11/51 Engine change East Sale.
26/11/52 Port outer runaway airscrew on takeoff.
5/2/53 Dutson Range, glycol leak, port outer feathered.
31/3/53 14 miles east of Sale, port outer feathered due to flames and loss of power.
23/4/53 Transferred East Sale to 3AD for major servicing.
18/6/54 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
9/9/54 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for modifications and servicing.
6/4/55 Received Base Sqn East Sale ex GAF.
6/7/55 Received ARDU ex B/S East Sale for tests.
13/7/55 Received B/S East Sale ex ARDU.
20/6/56 East Sale, No.s 3 & 4 engines feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
1/2/57 No 4 engine failed, asymmetric landing carried out.
21/10/57 RAAF Pearce, asymmetric landing carried out after engine failure.
15/2/58 Received 3AD ex East Sale for E servicing.
23/10/58 Approved for disposal.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln Mk 30 A73-1 at GAF shortly before it's first test flight, Feb 1946. GAF via Rod Farquhar.

A73-2 Mk.30 08/46 Assembled from parts made in England.
13/8/46 Received 1APU ex DAP.
2/10/46 Received DAP ex 1APU for removal of gun turrets and fitment of fairings and navigation equipment.
13/2/47 Received 1APU ex DAP for duties.
8/5/47 Received SAN ex 1APU.
26/2/48 Received ARDU Pt Cook ex SAN for tuning radio altimeter.
22/3/48 Returned SAN.
8/7/48 Received 1AD ex San for fitment of seats and bunks.
11/8/48 Returned SAN.
31/8/48 Received DAP ex SAN for mods and minor repairs.
6/7/49 Received 1AD ex DAP for fitment of radar equipment.
24/10/49 Returned SAN.
8/12/49 Received 3AD ex SAN for major servicing.
15/9/50 Received East Sale ex 3AD for unit establishment.
9/3/51 Unserviceable awaiting spares East Sale.
6/9/51 Attached Richmond for air pageant.
19/9/52 Unserviceable awaiting spares East Sale.
31/3/53 Stbd inner feathered due to rough running.
24/6/53 Excessive leaking of oil and glycol pt inner engine, scavenge pump failure.
15/10/53 White smoke followed by flames from exhaust No 1 engine.
22/10/53 Whilst taxiing the pt wingtip of A73-3 struck the nose of A73-2 causing considerable damage.
5/11/53 Held unserviceable East Sale.
2/12/53 Approval granted for conversion to components.

Named "Nyhuan" (Scout) was used by the School of Air Navigation as an Advanced Navigation Trainer, the turrets were removed/faired over and the exterior skin was highly polished to improve the aerodynamics, the latest available navigation equipment was fitted, a battery of panoramic cameras was installed in the nose and long range fuel tanks were carried in the bomb bay.
In December 1946 a series of parallel flights were made during which the whole of what was to become the Woomera Rocket Range was photographed.
In March 1947 a fourteen and a half hour return flight from East Sale to Macquarie Island in the Antarctic demonstrated the standard of navigation capable.
This aircraft made many more notable flights before being converted to components 12/53.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-2

A73-3 Mk.30 09/46 Assembled in Australia from parts made in England.
5/9/46 Received 1APU ex DAP.
24/9/46 Re-allotted 1AD ex 1APU.
18/11/46 Re-allotted Central Flying School.
18/3/47 Received DAP ex CFS for fitment of mods.
10/4/47 Received CFS ex DAP.
26/6/47 Received 82 Wing ex CFS.
11/12/47 Allotted  DAP ex 82 Wing for incorporating outstanding mods.
14/4/48 Issued  DAP ex 3AD.
13/1/49 Received ARDU ex DAP.
25/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex ARDU.
15/4/50 Received Air Armament School ex 82 Wing to replace A73-8.
18/5/50 Received GAF ex AAS for mods.
10/11/50 Received East Sale ex GAF via 1AD for cable check.
23/2/51 Unserviceable East Sale.
13/4/51 Serviceable East Sale.
8/6/51 Unserviceable minor repairs East Sale.
6/9/51 Attached  Richmond for air pageant.
26/10/51 Unserviceable minor repairs East Sale.
7/12/51 Engine change East Sale.
22/2/52 Received 3AD ex East Sale.
2/6/52 Received GAF for survey only, then to incorporate mods, major servicing and electrical re-wiring.
8/12/52 Allotted 1AD ex GAF for installation of radar equipment, on completion re-allocated  East Sale.
14/1/53 Received East Sale ex 1AD.
17/3/53  East Sale, damage to tail strut and housing during taxiing accident.
28/5/53 Stbd outer fluctuating revs and boost plus white smoke from exhaust.
17/6/53 At Mt Gambier, forced landing due to W/T failure.
20/7/53 Serviceable  East Sale.
8/9/53 Dutson Range, loss of power stbd inner plus flames from exhaust and low oil pressure, suspected broken connecting rod.
15/10/53 Held serviceable East Sale.
22/10/53 whilst taxiing out port wingtip struck nose of parked A73-2.
6/11/53 held unserviceable, repairable but beyond unit capacity.
19/11/53 Serviceable East Sale.
1/6/54 Dutson Range, No 2 engine loss of revs, feathered.
2/7/55 Loud explosion No 4 engine followed by complete loss of power, engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
19/4/55 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
28/9/55 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD (cat B) to replace A73-56.
6/11/55 In flight to Evans Head , loss of power No 1 engine.
8/3/56 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for class 3 reserve. 
6/4/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD class 3 reserve.
25/1/57 To 3AD ex 10 Sqn for repairs, class 2.
28/5/57 Held 3AD Archerfield.
23/12/58 To be re-classified as redundant.
15/1/59 Held 3AD for special reserve (class 6).
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.
A73-4 Mk.30 09/46 Assembled in Australia from parts made in England.
24/9/46 Received 1AD Rep ex DAP.
14/10/46 Received CFS ex 1AD Rep in lieu of A73-3.
X/X/46 To be stored cat B.
18/3/47 Allotted Beaufort Division ex CFS for mod L357,engine cut outs and scheduled inspection.
22/7/48 Received 1AD ex Beaufort Division.
12/8/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
17/8/48 Required for post war use to be stored cat B.
6/10/49 Received No 10 GR Sqn.
22/2/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
24/5/51 Unserviceable 10 Sqn, awaiting spares.
7/6/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
18/6/51 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for fitment of mods and servicing.
24/7/51 Required for post war used to be stored cat B.
3/11/51 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check, col 9 and other outstanding  mods.
21/12/51 Issued to 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
25/1/52 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn Townsville.
21/2/52 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin to 10 Sqn Townsville.
10/4/52 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for single engine change.
18/4/52 Issued 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
24/4/52 Transferred 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
1/5/52 Awaiting engine.
11/12/52 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
29/10/53 Held unserviceable  3AD.
5/11/53 Held serviceable 3AD.
21/1/54 Received GAF ex 3AD for fitment of retrospective mods.
23/4/54 Received East Sale ex GAF.
27/5/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
21/10/54 Held serviceable East sale.
16/12/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
18/7/55 Near East Sale fuel poured out of port side No2 filler cap, fuel jettisoned.
1/9/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
29/6/56 Canopy bubble damaged, repaired but will need replacement.
30/8/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale.
22/2/57 Held unserviceable 3AD.
12/12/57Hheld at 3AD awaiting allotment.
17/7/58 Held 3AD pending disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
30/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-4

A73-5 Mk.30 09/46 Assembled in Australia from parts made in England.
24/10/46 Received 1AD ex CAC.
18/10/46 Received CCU(HB) East Sale.
18/3/47 Allotted Beaufort division ex CCU(HB) for mod L357.
27/5/48 Received 82 Wing ex Beaufort Division.
4/11/48 Received ARDU Det A Mallala for use in LRWP.
10/2/50 Received GAF ex ARDU Det A Mallala for survey and outstanding mods.
15/6/50 Received ARDU ex GAF.
6/7/50 Received ARDU Det A Mallala ex ARDU.
18/10/50 Received ARDU Trials Flight ex ARDU.
22/2/51 Major inspection ARDU T/F.
12/4/51 Engine change ARDU T/F.
10/7/51 Unserviceable minor repair ARDU T/F.
20/9/51 Engine change ARDU T/F.
4/9/52 Received 10 Sqn ex ARDU T/F.
6/2/53 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for on-forwarding to East Sale.
18/2/53 Received East Sale ex 1AD.
23/8/53 Received GAF ex East Sale.
11/12/53 Held serviceable GAF.
17/12/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
23/5/54 Received East Sale ex 1AD.
25/10/54 Engine failure No4.
15/12/54 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
2/2/55 Received GAF ex 3AD.
3/7/56 Received 3AD ex GAF for armament fitment.
31/8/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
10/9/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale for engine change.
24/9/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
9/12/57 East Sale asymmetric landing No4 engine feathered.
23/12/58 To be reclassified as redundant.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln Mk.30 A73-5.
 1 A.P.U., Laverton, c.1946, 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A73-6 Mk.30 11/46 First Australian Manufactured Lincoln.
25/11/46 Received 1AD ex DAP.
3/12/46 Issued 1APU ex 1AD.
3/2/47 Issued Beaufort Division ex 1APU for further work.
19/5/47 Received 1APU ex Beaufort Division.
27/7/49 Received DAP ex ARDU (1APU).
15/1/50 Received No 10 GR Sqn ex DAP to replace A73-17.
30/11/50 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
31/1/51 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn  for fitment of radar.
22/3/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
14/5/51 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for 600 hours inspection.
16/9/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
21/2/52 Transferred 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
27/2/52 Transferred 10Sqn Det Darwin to 10 Sqn.
5/3/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
20/5/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
22/7/53 Amberley, glycol streaming form No3 engine.
7/9/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
2/3/54 Received GAF ex 3AD.
12/12/54 Received East Sale ex GAF/1AD.
21/1/55 No 4 engine temperature rose, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
28/1/55 No 4 engine vibrating, flames coming from exhaust.
18/8/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
23/8/55 Near Pearce, suspected carburetor icing.
24/11/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
5/7/56 Held U/E East Sale.
25/9/57 Engine problem? glycol?
24/3/58 Received 3AD ex East Sale E servicing.
23/10/58 Authorized for disposal complete with fitted engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln A73-6

A73-7 Mk.30 01/47 8/1/47 Received 1AD ex GAF.
23/4/47 Received ANS (SAN) ex 1AD.
14/5/47 Received GAF ex ANS for eng notes B2, B3 and mod L357.
11/7/47 Received ANS ex GAF.
18/5/50 Received GAF ex AAS (SAN?) for retrospective mods and servicing.
15/12/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
19/1/51 Received East Sale ex 1AD.
16/3/51 Unserviceable minor repairs East Sale.
10/8/51 Received 3AD ex RAAF East Sale for major servicing.
26/11/51 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
14/4/52 Awaiting spares East Sale.
19/9/52 Awaiting spares East Sale.
13/3/53 Serviceable East Sale.
21/4/53 Dutson range, rough running and smoke No 2 engine.
24/9/53 Serviceable East Sale.
26/11/53 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
10/6/54 Attached 82 Wing ex 3AD.
15/6/54 Somerset Dam, No 4 engine loss of oil pressure, rpm increased to 3,500, unable to feather.
23/7/54 Amberley stbd brake failed whilst taxiing.
12/8/54 300 miles s/e of Townsville, broken connecting rod.
1/10/54 Serviceable 82 Wing.
11/10/54 Received East Sale ex 82 Wing.
11/3/55 Serviceable East Sale.
30/6/55 Serviceable East Sale.
23/8/55 In vicinity of Pearce, suspected carburetor icing.
15/9/55 Serviceable East Sale.
13/1/56 Held U/E East Sale.
2/7/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale for E servicing.
13/8/56 E servicing cancelled, to be held in storage.
18/10/56 Downgraded to war reserve class 5.
28/5/57 Held 3AD.
15/1/58 Held 3AD.
17/7/58 Held 3AD Archerfield pending disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-7

A73-8 Mk.30 11/46 19/12/46 Received 1AD ex DAP.
25/12/46 Received AAS ex 1AD.
18/3/47 Received GAF ex AAS for eng notes B2, B3 and mod L357.
x/x/x Received AAS ex GAF.
19/4/48 Damaged stbd wing tip in taxiing accident.
3/6/48 Aircraft ran off end of strip at Point Cook, major damage to rear fuselage, fins, tail-wheel and supports.
31/8/48 Received GAF ex AAS for major repairs.
20/9/48 Received AAS ex GAF.
25/11/48 Forced landing East Sale, pt engine failure.
25/11/49 Received GAF ex AAS for type B17 turret change.
16/12/49 Received AAS ex GAF.
13/4/50 Received GAF ex AAS for survey minor servicing and retrospective fitment of outstanding mods.
10/8/50 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column nine fitment.
25/8/50 Received East Sale ex 1AD.
22/3/51 Unserviceable East Sale, minor repairs and engine change.
6/4/51 Unserviceable engine change East Sale.
18/5/51 Unserviceable engine change East Sale.
28/8/51 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
13/12/51 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
19/9/52 Held serviceable East Sale.
14/11/52 Serviceable East Sale.
13/5/53 Received GAF ex East Sale for turret change.
20/8/53 Received East Sale ex GAF.
31/8/53 No airspeed indication on pilots ASI, engines throttled back and returned to tarmac, whilst standing with engines running stbd brake bag burst.
3/9/53 Serviceable East Sale.
10/9/53 East Sale loss of power and drop of rpm pt inner engine.
23/9/53 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
13/4/54 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
19/9/54 Near East Sale smoke and flame coming from W/T high tension wiring.
6/10/54  East Sale loss of power and smoke No 2 engine, suspect broken connecting rod.
20/1/55 Serviceable East Sale.
30/3/55 East Sale, whilst climbing for practice bombing both stbd engines failed, power resumed after three minutes.
9/6/55 Serviceable East Sale.
20/6/55 East Sale  rough running, smoke and flames emitting from exhaust stacks.
10/11/55 Serviceable East Sale.
9/5/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale for E servicing.
13/8/56 E servicing not to be carried out, A/C downgraded to general reserve class 4.
4/10/56 E servicing now to be carried out, A/C upgraded to class 2.
22/2/57 Held unserviceable 3AD.
22/11/57 held W/R 3AD (Archerfield).
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of A/C complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.
  
N
amed "Gundawarra".
Operated mainly by the Air Armament School at East Sale, it was used for air to air/air to ground gunnery, bombing and, fighter evasion training.
Listed for disposal 06/59.

A73-8 "Gundawara" of the RAAF School of Air Armament, RAAF East sale Circa 1947

A73-9 Mk.30 06/47 9/6/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
30/6/47 Received Crew Conversion Unit (HB) East Sale ex 1AD.
31/7/47 Received 82 Wing ex CCU (HB).
16/3/48 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for incorporation of outstanding mods and 50 hour servicing.
27/8/48 Received SAN ex GAF.
16/12/49 Received 3AD ex SAN for major servicing.
22/9/50 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
31/1/51 Received GAF ex East Sale for major servicing and incorporation of mods.
18/5/51 Received East Sale ex GAF.
20/7/51 Serviceable East Sale.
19/9/52 Undergoing minor repairs East Sale.
28/11/52 Serviceable East sale.
6/8/53 Serviceable East Sale.
11/8/53 Glycol and smoke issuing from exhaust stack, engine immediately feathered.
26/8/53 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
29/1/54 Received GAF ex 3AD for modifications and repairs.
13/8/54 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
11/9/54 Failure of all electrical services in flight.
30/8/54 Transferred 82 Wing to 82 Wing Det Darwin.
17/9/54 Transferred 82 Wing Det Darwin to 82 Wing.
28/10/54 Transferred 82 Wing to 82 Wing Det Darwin.
16/6/55 Serviceable 82 Wing.
11/8/55 Amberley tarmac damage to fuselage center and pt bomb bay door.
18/8/55 Unserviceable 82 Wing.
13/9/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for repairs.
27/1/56 Transferred 3AD to cat B reserve 3AD det Archerfield.
21/2/56 Transferred from cat reserve to 3AD for modifications.
24/5/56 Held serviceable 3AD ARS.
17/7/56 Transferred 3AD ARS to 3AD as immediate reserve (class3).
12/12/56 3AD for E servicing.
17/7/58 Transferred 3AD to 3AD Archerfield awaiting disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-9

A73-10 Mk.30 03/47 20/3/47 Received 1AD ex GAF.
3/7/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD via CCU (HB).
2/2/49 Aircraft landed at Amberley with No 3 engine feathered due to glycol leak.
24/6/49 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for 400 hour servicing.
3/5/50 Allotted 10 GR Sqn ex 3AD.
3/6/50 Pt engine feathered due to rough running.
2/11/50 Allotted 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
30/11/50 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
12/12/50 Issued GAF ex 10 Sqn for retrospective fitment of mods and servicing.
27/5/51 Received 1AD ex GAF for H2S fitment.
9/8/51 Issued 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
6/9/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
14/10/51 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
1/11/51 Unserviceable Townsville awaiting engines and minor servicing.
21/11/51 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
25/1/52 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
20/5/52 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
19/6/52 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
11/7/52 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
8/9/52 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
16/10/52 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
6/11/52 Transferred 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
20/11/52 Held serviceable Darwin.
25/3/53 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
25/4/53 On Townsville aerodrome with most--------? landing carried out.
5/5/53 Undercarriage pt M?
19/5/53 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major service.
16/7/53 Held unserviceable 3AD.
13/10/53 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
4/3/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
2/12/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
28.3.55 East Sale, during night circuits and landings No2 engine surging and running rough, engine feathered.
21/7/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
24/11/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
25/11/55 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
27/6/56 Transferred ex 3AD ARS to 3AD immediate reserve class 3.
31/8/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD immediate reserve to replace A73-4.
12/12/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
7/3/57 Held serviceable East Sale.
7/11/57 Recommended downgrade to class 5 war reserve, storage at Archerfield.
24/2/58 Received 3AD ex East Sale.
17/7/58 Allotted 3AD Archerfield ex 3AD.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
30/10/58 Transferred Base Squadron Point Cook ex 3AD Archerfield for fire fighting training prior to disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-10

A73-11 Mk.30 04/47 23/4/47 Received 1AD ex DAP,
28/3/47 Received CCU(HB) for crew conversion.
2/6/47 Received 82 Wing ex CCU (HB).
19/2/48 Aircraft stalled at approximately 300 feet over north east corner of Amberley on 17/02/48 1745K hrs. A/C crashed and burst into flames, all passengers and crew were killed. C/I being held.
4/3/48 Allotted 3AD ex 82 Wing pending approval for disposal.
15/4/48 Approval granted for conversion to scrap.
5/5/51 Converted to scrap.
Loss of Lincoln A73.11, 17th February 1948.
A73-12 Mk.30 05/47 2/5/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
29/4/47 Received APU ex 1AD for armament trials.
11/3/48 Damage to main-plane and airscrew after firing mid-ships cannon, repair beyond unit capacity.
7/6/48 Received GAF ex ARDU for repairs and mods.
11/11/48 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
13/9/49 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
25/5/50 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for survey only.
11/1/51 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF.
29/3/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn Townsville.
10/5/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
28/6/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
16/8/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
18/7/52 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
12/12/52 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF.
5/3/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
14/5/53 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
18/6/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
30/7/53 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
20/8/53 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
3/9/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
9/9/53 Received 82 wing ex 10 Sqn.
21/11/53 82 Wing, stbd outer airscrew feathered due to oil leak.
10/12/53 Canberra Aerodrome, undercarriage warning light on, lowered using emergency air, touch and go landing successful.
25/3/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
1/6/54 At Canberra Aerodrome, loss of oil pressure and coolant.
3/6/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
5/8/54 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
25/2/55 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
3/6/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
20/11/55 1 Sqn ( Tengah) aircraft struck crane whilst being towed, section of aileron and servo to be replaced.
6/11/56 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
2/5/57 Transferred 3AD maint pool to 3AD war reserve Archerfield.
21/1/58 Held Archerfield.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal action with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal. 

Lincoln A73-12

A73-13 Mk.30 06/47 9/6/47 Received 1AD ex GAF.
9/6/47 Received CCU HB ex 1AD for crew conversion.
28/8/47 Received 82 Wing ex CCU HB.
5/3/48 Received SAN ex 82 wing to replace A73-2.
12/7/48 Received GAF ex SAN for mods.
24/1/49 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
13/1/50 Received 3AD ex 82 wing for major servicing.
27/10/50 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
6/3/51 Received GAF ex East Sale for survey, modifications and servicing.
28/1/51 Transferred GAF to 1AD for cable check and col 9 fitment.
8/10/51 Received ARDU ex 1AD.
6/12/51 Unserviceable ARDU, camera installation.
20/3/52 Fitment of camera completed aircraft returned to standard.
18/9/52 Held serviceable ARDU.
21/3/53 At Cape Everard Vic. loss of coolant No 4 engine, oil in radiator, asymmetric landing carried out, suspect cracked cylinder head.
8/5/53 Held serviceable ARDU.
4/12/53 Held serviceable ARDU.
4/6/54 Held Serviceable ARDU.
22/6/54 At Laverton , No 4 engine failed at 200ft on take off, engine feathered, asymmetric landing successfully carried out.
22/6/54 Crank case std outer damaged in flight (see above) engine change being carried out.
2/12/54 Held serviceable ARDU.
25/2/55 Received 3AD ex ARDU for major servicing.
27/4/55 Transferred to ARDU for trials in connection with warm cloud rainmaking.
26/8/55 Held serviceable ARDU.
19/1/56 Held serviceable ARDU Det Darwin.
29/7/56 No 2 engine over-speeding.
29/1/57 Recommended for downgrading to war reserve class 5, storage at Archerfield.
21/7/56 ARDU Det C Edinburgh, loss of power No 4 engine complete failure No 3 engine.
17/10/56 Received 3AD ex ARDU for repairs. 
1/11/57 Laverton, aircraft struck by bird part of pilot's canopy ruptured.
26/3/58 Aircraft scheduled to become redundant following return of 1 Sqn to Australia in July 59.
3/7/58 During cruise at 20,000 ft oil pressure and temperature fluctuated on No 4 engine, white smoke from exhaust, engine feathered.
 17/7/58 North of Laverton No1 engine failed, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out Laverton.
26/8/58 No 4 engine failed on take off, engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
30/10/58 Issued Point Cook ex 3AD fro fire training aid.
Listed for disposal 10/58.
Fire Dump Point Cook VIC.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-13

A73-14 Mk.30 07/47 2/7/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
11/9/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
12/7/48 Issued DAP ex 82 wing for mods.
16/2/49 Issued 1AD ex DAP.
4/5/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
11/5/49 Landed at Amberley with No4 engine feathered. broken camshaft A bank stbd outer engine, stud broken stud threads in cyl head stripped.
1/6/50 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for fitment of radar W/T modifications and servicing.
 27/7/50 Issued 1AD ex GAF.
10/8/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
22/6/51 Received 3AD ex 82 wing for major servicing.
16/9/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
8/10/52 Received GAF ex 82 wing for survey and mods.
30/1/53 Allotted 82 Wing ex GAF for rectification of defects. 
8/2/53 Received East Sale ex 82 Wing.
2/4/53 Held serviceable East Sale.
1/7/53 SAN pt inner engine feathered.
11/8/53 Fluctuating boost indication, engine feathered.
10/11/53 Held serviceable East Sale.
21/1/54 Glycol cap left off of No 1 engine.
27/5/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
2/9/54 Unable to issue A73-14 to 3AD, a/c AOG for spares.
11/10/54 Received 3AD ex East Sale.
5/3/55 Received Air Trials Unit ex 3AD to replace A73-20.
4/8/55 Held serviceable ATU.
8/11/55 Woomera, rear tyre burst, damage to strut and undercarriage door.
11/4/56 Received M/S Edinburgh ex ATU for D servicing. (returned?)
19/5/56 Over Lake Bumbunga stbd outer engine reached upper temperature.
6/7/56 Received M/S Edinburgh ex ATU for D servicing.
X/X/X Received ATU ex M/S Edinburgh.
21/4/57 5 miles south of Woomera smoke appeared from No 4 engine, asymmetric landing carried out.
3/4/57 ATU, during level flight smoke and flames appeared from exhaust stacks of No ? engine.
14/11/57 Received 3AD ex ATU for war reserve class 5.
15/7/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Converted to Long Range Communication configuration.
All turrets and much of their internal equipment removed and faired over, the mid/upper fairing containing an escape hatch, a small galley was also installed at this position. Eight pax seats were fitted in the rear fuselage and 6 extra windows provided.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-14
A73-15 Mk.30 07/47 17/7/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
25/7/47 Received CFS ex 1AD.
10/2/48 Received GAF ex CFS for 100 hour servicing plus removal of all turrets, incorporation of outstanding mods and rectification of all defects. Turrets to be dispatched to GTS Wagga no later than 29/2/48.
14/7/48 Issued to CFS via 1AD ex GAF.
29/9/48 Aircraft hit by Cletrac tractor at 0650 hrs causing damage to airscrew and bomb bay.
28/8/50 Transferred to RAAF East Sale ex CFS.
12/12/50 Received GAF ex East Sale for survey and retrospective fitment of mods.
25/6/51 Received East Sale ex GAF.
6/7/51 Held serviceable East Sale.
19/10/51 Unserviceable engine change East Sale.
6/11/52 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
21/5/53 Held serviceable 3AD after re-fitment of turrets prior to issuing to 82 wing.
28/5/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
17/7/53 Amberley RPM up to 3,500 on No 4 engine, tachometer suspect but possible over speed of airscrew, engine feathered.
19/11/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
20/1/54 Amberley, No 2 oil pressure dropped and rise in oil and radiator temperature.
28/4/54 Darwin, stripped thread on throttle control, nut fell off and jammed throttle.
4/5/54 Darwin, loss of power No 4 engine.
1/7/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
8/10/54 Darwin, complete power failure stbd outer engine, suspect complete electrical failure.
24/10/54 300 miles N/W of Amberley No 4 engine losing oil causing smoke, suspect broken oil line.
1/2/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
16/5/55 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
1/9/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
5/10/56 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
7/2/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
11/3/57 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for war reserve class 5.
28/5/57 Held 3AD Archerfield.
20/2/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
28/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Brenool (Pathfinder) Used by the School of Air Navigation at East Sale.
All turrets were removed and faired over, the panel over the mid/upper having an extra astrodome.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-15

A73-16 Mk.30 07/47 31/1/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
18/8/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
14/11/47 Received ARDU ex 82 Wing for fitment of Loran ? and W/T.
15/1/48 Received 82 Wing ex ARDU.
21/10/48 Issued ARDU Det Mallala ex 82 wing.
4/11/48 Received 82 Wing ex ARDU Det Mallala.
28/1/49 During takeoff at Amberley batteries exploded, aircraft to be checked for acid corrosion.
15/3/49 Received GAF for repairs and mods.
21/10/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column nine fitment.
15/12/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
11/4/50 Forced landed 15 miles east of Rathmines, oil leak and fire stbd outer engine. Engine change at Williamtown.
18/1/51 Aircraft still unserviceable.
29/3/51 Minor repairs 82 Wing.
17/8/51 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey and retrospective fitment of mods.
25/1/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing to replace A73-60.
21/3/52 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
24/4/52 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
19/6/52 Transferred 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
11/7/52 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
29/5/52 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
25/3/53 received 382 Sqn ex 3AD.
9/4/53 During night landing at Cloncurry one wheel of A73-51 hit pt outer engine of A73-16, A73-51 then crash landed apparently damaged beyond repair.
13/4/53 A73-16 extensively damaged, replacement aircraft required.
1/5/53 Approval granted to convert airframe only to components at Cloncurry by 3AD, engines to be sent for repair.
6/5/53 Allocated to 3AD for conversion.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-16

A73-17 Mk.30 08/47 5/8/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
25/8/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
29/9/49 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
16/1/50 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for survey, servicing and retro-fitment of outstanding mods.
16/6/50 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF.
28/2/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
1/3/51 Issued 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
29/3/51 Returned 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
19/4/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
18/5/51 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for fitment of H2S.
3/8/51 Issued to 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
17/8/51 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for engine change.
30/8/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
20/9/51 Unserviceable engine change.
7/3/52 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn, major servicing.
11/7/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
8/8/52 Transferred ex 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
11/9/52 Return 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
9/11/52 Minor gravel damage to underside of fin on landing.
23/4/53 Temporary duty at remote. ???
4/6/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
7/7-30/7/53 Serviceable at 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
6/8/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
11/8/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
26/8/53 Pt inner engine feathered due to rough running.
10/10/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
10/11/53 Stbd outer failed on take off.
13/4/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
16/6/54 Received 3AD for minor servicing.
16/12/54 Received East Sale.
24/3/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
13/1/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
29/6/56 Loss of power No3 engine.
23/7/56 No4 engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
2/10/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
10/12/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale for E servicing.
28/2/57 Unserviceable at 3AD.
2/10/57 From 3AD class 2 to 3AD class 3, immediate reserve.
23/12/58 To be reclassified redundant.
15/1/59 For special reserve class 6.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-17

A73-18 Mk.30 09/47 29/3/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
16/10/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
5/8/48 Issued GAF ex 82 wing for mods.
4/3.49 Received 1AD ex GAF for necessary work.
26/7/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
13/9/49 Received GAF ex 82 wing for further modifications.
2/12/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and col 9 fitment.
12/1/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
7/6/51 Unserviceable awaiting spares 82 Wing.
2/2/52 Aircraft hit by hail causing extensive denting and broken Perspex panels.
12/2/52 Allocated 1AD ex GAF for engine change.
22/5/52 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
7/7/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
13/11/52 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
21/11/52 East Sale, pt inner engine feathered. 
2/3/53 East Sale, pt inner engine feathered due to low oil pressure.
30/3/53 SAN, stbd inner engine feathered due to fluctuating RPM and boost plus loss of power.
6/11/53 Held serviceable East Sale.
4/2/54 Held unserviceable East Sale.
22/2/54 Whilst climbing a severe vibration developed and No2 boost gauge fluctuated shortly followed by a series of blowbacks, serv engine available for fitment.
11/3/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
16/9/54 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
17/3/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
25/3/55 In circuit at Amberley oil pressure dropped, engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
7/4/55 Serviceable 3AD.
2/5/55 Received East Sale ex 3AD, to replace A73-26.
14/7/55 East Sale, hydraulic failure flap jack.
24/11/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
5/7/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
29/11/56 Received 3AD ex East Sale, war reserve class 6.
28/5/57 Held 3AD Archerfield.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
2/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Converted to Long Range Communication configuration.
All turrets and much of their internal equipment removed and faired over, the mid/upper fairing containing an escape hatch, a small galley was also installed at this position.
Eight pax seats were fitted in the rear fuselage and extra windows provided.

Lincoln A73-14 or 18
A73-19 Mk.30 11/47 6/11/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
20/11/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
30/7/48 Received 1AD ex 82 Wing for repairs.
5/8/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
15/12/48 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for mods and minor repairs.
17/6/49 Received SAN ex GAF.
9/12/49 Received AAS ex SAN.
3/3/50 East Sale, mid upper turret?? pt fin tip, repairable at unit.
25/8/50 Transferred from AAS to RAAF East Sale.
22/3/51 Held serviceable East Sale.
8/6/51 Received 3AD for major servicing.
27/7/51 Awaiting spares 3AD.
31/8/51 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
19/9/52 Undergoing minor repairs East Sale.
22/1/53 Received 3AD ex East Sale for turret change.
12/2/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
2/7/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
9/12/53 Received 3AD ex 82 wing for A hours inspection.
19/10/54 Received GAF ex 3AD for mods and servicing.
12/8/55 Still unserviceable GAF.
31/8/55 Received 1AD ex GAF.
23/9/55 Held unserviceable 1AD.
7/1/56 Received 3AD ex 1AD for storage class 3 as immediate reserve.
12/4/56 Aircraft is held incomplete, less pt and stbd No1 fuel tanks.
18/4/56 Taken from A73-20.
19/6/56 Aircraft is to be held maintenance pool pending fitment of fuel tanks.
31/10/56 Held 3AD storage cat B.
1/3/57 Received 1Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-15.
15/8/57 Held serviceable 1Sqn.
?/12/57 Tengah, No 1 engine lost power, engine feathered.
16/7/58 Received East Sale ex 1Sqn replacing A73-24.
13/10/58 East Sale No 4 engine failed,  airscrew feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
6/2/59 East Sale, aircraft swung to stbd after landing causing a ground loop, pt undercarriage and main plane damaged.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines after recovery of certain ? items.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.
A73-20 Mk.30 10/47 27/10/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
6/11/47 Received ARDU ex 1AD via GAF for removal of m/u turret. Aircraft to be used for parachute trials.
11/11/47 Issued RAAF Station Mallala for ARDU test schedule.
1/4/48 Received ARDU ex ARDU Det A Mallala.
23/12/48 Allotment to ARDU ex ARDU Det A cancelled, this aircraft to be held at Mallala.
17/10/49 Received 3AD ex ARDU Det A Mallala for major servicing.
16/2/50 Received ARDU Det A Mallala ex 3AD.
30/6/50 Received GAF ex ARDU Det A for survey and retrospective mods.
27/11/50 Received ARDU Trials Flight ex GAF.
2/2/51 Serviceable ARDU TF.
19/7/51 Minor inspection ARDU TF.
7/3/52 Engine change ARDU TF.
6/11/52 Serviceable ARDU TF.
28/4/53 At Woomera, fluctuating boost gauge No 3 engine accompanied by black smoke from stbd stack on downwind leg.
4/6/53 Serviceable ARDU TF.
25/6/53At Woomera, fluctuating boost No 3 engine accompanied by black smoke, engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
2/7/53 Serviceable ARDU TF.
8/9/53 At Woomera, special fitting on rear turret stuck during towing.
10/9/53 Issued to ARDU Laverton.
16/11/53 Received ARDU TF ex ARDU Laverton.
14/12/53 Cruising at 1,500 ft,6 inches boost and 2,400 rpm, complete loss of power No 4 engine, temp and pressure normal, airscrew feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
14/1/54 Serviceable ARDU TF.
12/7/54 At Woomera, oil leaking No 4 engine, airscrew feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
11/11/54 Serviceable ARDU TF.
8/12/54 Low coolant No 1 engine asymmetric landing carried out.
4/3/55 Received 3AD ex ARDU TF for major servicing.
25/7/55 Aircraft to be re-configured as a standard Mk 30 during servicing.
13/10/55 Allotted 3AD cat R storage ex 3AD ARS as immediate reserve.
18/4/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD immediate reserve.
5/7/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
22/5/57 East Sale oil pressure and cylinder temp dropped to zero, asymmetric landing carried out.
18/3/58 Received 3AD ex East Sale, awaiting disposal confirmation.
10/7/58 From 3AD class 2 to 3AD class 4.
17/10/58 To 3AD Archerfield from 3AD class 4.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-20

A73-21 Mk.30 11/47 6/11/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
24/11/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1 AD.
21/12/48 Received DAP ex 82 Wing for incorporation of outstanding mods.
2/8/49 Received AAS ex DAP.
25/8/50 Transferred to RAAF East Sale.
20/7/51 Unserviceable awaiting spares.
6/9/51 Attached to Richmond for Air Pageant.
22/2/52 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
26/6/52 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
11/10/52 Unserviceable East Sale.
18/2/53 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major repairs.
31/3/53 Held unserviceable 3AD.
16/4/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
17/8/53 At Amberley, power failure stbd inner.
29/10/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
18/1/54 At Amberley, No 4 emitted white smoke, engine suffered blowback.
13/4/54 At Amberley, No 3 engine emitted a continuous stream of white smoke.
15/4/54 Serviceable at 82 Wing.
2/5/54 At Darwin, fuel streaming from leading edge in vicinity of No 2 engine.
29/6/54 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
3/1/55 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
6/5/55 Held Serviceable 1 Sqn.
18/8/55 Held Serviceable 1 Sqn.
3/4/56 White smoke from engine followed by rise in coolant and cylinder head temperature.
5/9/56 1 Sqn Tengah, vibration engine No 158081.
25/9/56 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for war reserve storage class 5. 
25/1/57 Held unserviceable at 3AD.
15/1/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
231058 approved for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Served with 2 Sqn.

Lincoln A73-21

A73-22 Mk.30 11/47 10/11/47 Received 1 AD ex DAP.
27/11/47 Received 82 wing ex DAP, via 1AD.
24/8/48 Aircraft balked on takeoff at Amberley, power failure Nos 1&2 engine. Fuel system cleaned, no obstruction filters or flow meters,
13/9/49 Received 10 Sqn.
6/4/50 Garbutt (Townsville) forced landing, extensive damage.
17/10/50 Received RAAF Technical College Wagga ex 10 Sqn, to be used for instructional purposes.
1/11/51 Held C RTC.
19/11/52 Approval has been given to convert to Instructional No 3.
13/7/53 Held at RAAF School of Technical Training.
22/4/54 Held RSTT.
9/7/57 Held RSTT.
1/8/58 Held RSTT.
1/8/59 Held RSTT.
?/10/60 Held RSTT.
16/7/62 This aircraft is no longer required for instructional purposes at Wagga, request conversion for fire fighting purposes.
4/9/62 This airframe to be used for fire fighting training at Wagga.
2/10/63 Remains of airframe to be placed on Board of Survey. 

Lincoln A73-22

A73-23 Mk.30 12/47 8/12/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
18/12/47 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
7/7/49 Received DAP ex 82 Wing for modifications.
10/11/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
5/1/50 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
1/2/50 Received 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
1/3/51 Received 10 Sqn Ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
20/3/51 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for fitment of H2S equipment.
24/5/51 received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
4/10/51 Received 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
11/10/51 Engine change Darwin.
24/10/51 Damage to stbd flap, tail plane and aileron.
29/11/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn.
4/4/52 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for single engine change.
13/6/52 Received 10 Sqn Ex 1AD.
1/8/52 received 3AD for major servicing.
16/1/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
30/1/53 Undercarriage warning light and horn sounded, u/c not locking down, all emergency measures failed to give positive locking indication.
12/2/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
1/3/53 Stbd wingtip of A73-23 struck nose of A73-36 while taxiing.
28/5/53 No 2 engine boost pressure lost after take off plus white smoke from exhaust.
21/8/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
15/2/54 At Tengah stbd outer blowing oil, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
26/8/54 Received 3AD for major servicing.
27/1/55 Held serviceable 3AD.
10/2/55 After service test flight, engine feathered, fluctuating revs.
18/2/55 Received ARDU ex 3AD. 
There appears to be some details missing here, 55/58. RF
12/3/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

LIncoln A73-23

A73-24 Mk.30 02/48 23/2/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
23/2/48 Re-issued to DAP for investigation of defects.
28/1/49 Received 1AD ex GAF.
25/3/49 Received SAN ex 1AD.
25/8/50 Transferred to RAAF East Sale.
20/7/51 Serviceable East Sale.
6/9/51 Attached to Richmond for Air Pageant.
4/10/51 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
18/2/52 Received East Sale ex 3AD to replace A73-25.
19/9/52 Awaiting spares East Sale.
21/11/52 Serviceable East Sale.
7/5/53 Serviceable East Sale.
14/7/53 Stbd outer lost power and feathered, suspect timing gear failure.
31/8/53 Received GAF ex East Sale for turret change.
3/9/53 Received East Sale ex GAF.
18/9/53 At Sale, pt inner engine running roughly and glycol seen running through lower cowlings, engine feathered. Suspect big end bearing failure.
14/1/54 Issued 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
16/8/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-23
7/10/54 Serviceable 1 Sqn.
3/3/55 Serviceable 1 Sqn.
7/3/55 At Tengah, no 2 engine feathered.
31/5/55 No 3 engine failure, glycol leak.
4/8/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
21/12/55 Issued 3AD ex 1 Sqn for E servicing.
15/10/56 Held serviceable 3AD.
5/11/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD to replace A73-17.
10/10/57 No 3 engine feathered due to power surge.
26/3/58 Aircraft selected to become redundant following the return of 1 Sqn in July 58.
16/7/58 Received 3AD ex East Sale pending disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln A73-24

A73-25 Mk.30 02/48 16/2/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
19/2/48 Received CFS ex 1AD.
5/7/48 Re-issued to AAS to replace the damaged A73-8.
31/8/48 Received GAF ex AAS for incorporation of mods.
9/12/48 Received 1AD ex GAF.
18/2/49 Received AAS ex 1AD.
25/8/50 Received GAF ex AAS.
9/3/51 Received RAAF East Sale ex GAF.
6/4/51 Unserviceable awaiting spares East Sale.
22/2/52 Received 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
16/5/52 Issued 82 Wing ex 3AD.
20/2/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
30/4/53 Engine failure on takeoff.
11/6/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
24/7/53 At Amberley, pt outer engine overheated on takeoff.
27/7/52 At Amberley, total brake failure, faulty compressor, leak in system.
19/11/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
22/5/54 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
24/2/55 3AD work suspended.
15/9/57 Held U/R 3AD.
26/3/58 Aircraft selected to become redundant following the return of 1 Sqn to Amberley in July 58.
17/7/58 Allotted 3AD ex 3AD class 2 pending disposal notification. 
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Permission granted for disposal of airframe only.
24/6/59 Selected for fire crew training Amberley.
24/6/59 Issued to B/S Amberley ex 3AD.

Served with 2 Sqn.
Believed to have initially been burnt on the fire dump at Amberley before being buried there.
A73-26 Mk.30A 12/47 15/12/47 Received 1AD ex DAP.
15/1/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
19/8/49 Received GAF for incorporation of mods ex 3AD ? surely 82 Wing! RF.
28/12/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
17/3/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
16/11/50 Received No 11 (GR) Sqn ex 82 Wing.
6/4/51 Held serviceable 11 Sqn.
31/5/51 Engine change 11 Sqn.
10/8/51 Received 3AD ex 11 Sqn for 600 hours inspection.
17/8/51 Awaiting personnel 3AD?
31/10/51 Received 11 Sqn ex 3AD.
13/12/51 Engine block change.
20/3/52 Aircraft undergoing major repairs.
13/8/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 11 Sqn.
6/11/52 Transferred ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin to 10 Sqn.
18/6/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
5/11/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
1/4/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
10/5/54 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
22/7/54 Unserviceable 3AD.
14/9/54 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
25/11/57 No 3 engine failure.
4/2/55 at ? landed very short of fuel.
5/5/55 Received 82 Wing ex East Sale.
18/8/55 Held Serviceable 82 Wing.
29/11/55 Allotted 3AD ex 82 Wing for tail turret change.
29/11/55 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD on completion of change.
17/12/55 Laverton, blowback No 2 engine , engine change required, beyond unit capacity.
20/1/56 Received 1AD ex 82 Wing for engine change.
24/2/56 Held Unserviceable 1AD.
22/3/56 Allotted 3AD ex 1AD.
6/4/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
31/7/56 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing, class 2.
7/5/57 Transferred from 3AD class 2 to 3AD class 3.
28/5/57 Held Archerfield.
17/12/57 Transferred to 1 Sqn ex 3AD immediate reserve.
16/7/58 Transferred to 3AD General Reserve class 4 ex 1 Sqn.
23/12/58 To be classified as redundant.
15/1/59 from 3AD G/R to 3AD.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Beaufighter Mk.21 TT
 30 Squadron
Lincoln Mk.30 A73-26 
10 Squadron  
Richmond, c.1953. 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A73-27 Mk.30A 02/48 19/2/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
8/3/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/11/48 Taxiing accident caused by A73-26 hitting stbd wing tip of A73-27, repairable at unit.
9/12/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey and incorporation of outstanding mods.
15/3/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
12/5/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
16/11/50 Received No11 (GR) Sqn ex 82 Wing.
13/6/52 Received 3AD ex 11 Sqn for major servicing.
14/8/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
26/3/53 Transferred 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
16/3/53 Approx 1 hour after take off at 1,000 ft wisps of smoke issued from B bank No 2 engine, short time later glycol seen pulsing out of blow off. Radiator temp continued to rise rapidly, airscrew feathered and asymmetric landing carried out at Darwin.
2/4/53 Received from 10Sqn Det Darwin.
6/8/53 Issued to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
18/8/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
24/9/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
17/10/53 Townsville, asymmetric landing carried out at Amberley due to engine failure at above position, oil pressure.
13/11/53 At Amberley wing tip of taxiing A73-54 struck nose of stationary unmanned A73-27, repairable but beyond unit capacity, replacement aircraft required.
9/12/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for repairs.
15/1/54 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
11/6/54 Held unserviceable East Sale.
6/8/54 Issued 3AD ex East Sale for major servicing.
25/11/54 Held unserviceable 3AD.
11/2/55 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
18/8/55 Held serviceable East Sale.
13/1/56 Held U/E East Sale.
13/12/56 CFS No 1 engine failed in flight.
7/3/57 Held unserviceable East Sale.
4/9/57 Dutson Range failure of the No 4 engine.
28/10/57 Electrical failure No 4 engine.
28/3/58 To 3AD ex East Sale, immediate reserve pool class 2 pending further advice regarding disposal.
10/7/58 From 3AD class 2 to 3AD class 4.
19/7/58 To 3AD Archerfield from 3AD class 4 awaiting disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
16/1/59 Listed for disposal in favor of DCA, to be ferried to Mascot by RAAF.

Burnt on the fire dump Mascot airport Sydney.
Forward fuselage section and cockpit
currently located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-27

A73-28 Mk.30A
Mk.31GR
Mk.31MR
07/47
01/53
07/57
17/3/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
15/4/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
13/2/50 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for retrospective mods and servicing.
3/5/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
1/6/50 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
30/11/50 Damage to electrical wiring, fuel and oil lines.
22/2/51 Awaiting spares 10 Sqn.
17/5/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
1/8/51 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for fitment of H2S radar.
7/11/51 Allotted GAF ex 1AD for survey and retrospective fitment of mods.
12/1/53 This aircraft has been modified to Mk 31 (G/R).
5/3/53 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF via 1AD.
17/4/53 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for radar fitment.
7/5/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
16/7/53 20 miles NE of Jericho (Qld) No 2 pressure warning light indicated low fuel pressure with boost pumps on. Engine performed normally for about 2 minutes then a loud explosion occurred and engine burst into flames. Repairable but beyond unit capacity.
27/3/53 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
20/8/53 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
25/10/53 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for repairs.
5/11/53 Held serviceable 3AD.
30/11/53 Received East sale ex 3AD.
3/2/54 East Sale, pt inner engine failed.
24/3/54 Bairnsdale, over speeding engine.
22/6/54 Issued to 11 Sqn ex East Sale.
8/7/54 Issued to 3AD ex 11 Sqn.
1/11/54 held cat C 3AD.
8/5/56 issued 3AD to 3AD Maint Pool (class 2).
7/11/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD ARS replacing A73-42.
22/5/57 Darwin, No1 engine lost power, asymmetric landing carried out.
23/7/57 Transferred Townsville to 3AD for M/R modification.
15/1/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
6/5/58 Transferred 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
3/12/58 West of Longreach, exhaust flames plus violent boosts, No 4 engine feathered.
19/2/59 No 3 engine surged, efforts to control unsuccessful, asymmetric landing carried out.
2/3/59 No 2 engine began blowing off, engine feathered.
18/5/59 Transferred to 3AD ex 10 Sqn for engine repairs.
29/5/59 Transferred 3AD (class 2) to 3AD.
13/7/60 Transferred 3AD to 3AD general reserve.
19/9/60 Approval granted for disposal after the removal of certain components.
A73-29 Mk.30A 04/48 27/4/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
17/5/48 Received AAS ex 1AD.
6/12/49 received GAF ex AAS for servicing and retrospective modification
22/3/50 received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column nine fitment.
5/5/50 Received SAN ex 1AD to replace A73-7.
25/8/50 Transferred to RAAF East Sale.
21/9/50 Received 82 Wing ex East Sale.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
14/6/51 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
5/7/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
9/1/51 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
16/11/51 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing and single engine change.
27/3/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
24/4/52 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
6/3/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
2/9/53 Kuala Lumpur, No 4 engine failed in flight, white smoke from stacks, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
16/8/53 No 1 engine boost and revs fluctuated, black smoke from stacks after approx 5 hours flight, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
25/8/53 Received 82 Wing ex 90 Wing.
1/10/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
19/2/54 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
24/2/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing to replace A73-42.
11/11/54 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
12/12/54 1Sqn Tengah, No 3 rough running and oil issued from engine, engine stopped and airscrew feathered .
25/3/55 1Sqn No 2 engine, loud banging, boost and rpm gauges fluctuating wildly,
14/4/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
16/6/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
9/8/55 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
10/2/56 Held serviceable 3AD.
1/5/56 Received 1AD on behalf of ARDU, aircraft to have warm cloud rainmaking equipment fitted.
4/10/56 Received 3AD ex ARDU for turret removal.
11/10/56 Received ARDU ex 3AD for completion of tests.
23/7/57 ARDU, No2 engine cut in flight, engine feathered.
12/3/58 West Maitland, No 1 engine white smoke from stacks, total loss of power, engine feathered.
27/8/58 Received 1AD ex 2AD (ARDU Det B ) for use by ARDU.
25/10/58 ARDU No1 engine commenced to feather whilst un-feathering No 2 engine, asymmetric landing carried out.
14/11/58 ARDU, bad fuel leak noticed No 2 engine, landing made, loose fuel line.
23/12/58 To be reclassified redundant on completion of test schedule.
18/2/59 3AD ex 1AD (ARDU) for special reserve class 6 pending disposal authority.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-29

A73-30 Mk.30A 04/48 7/5/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
27/5/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
7/11/49 At Laverton, pt inner and stbd outer failed, repairable in unit.
14/11/49 Received 1AD ex 82 Wing for engine change and work necessary.
8/12/49 issued GAF ex 1AD for survey, retrospective mods and servicing.
6/1/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
27/1/50 Received AAS ex 1AD to replace A73-25.
25/8/50 Transferred to RAAF East Sale ex AAS.
23/2/51 Unserviceable East Sale, awaiting spares.
20/7/51 Awaiting spares East Sale.
6/8/51 Issued 82 Wing ex East Sale.
23/8/51 Received 11 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
28/11/51 Undergoing inspection prior to anticipated engine change.
27/2/52 Received 3AD ex 11 Sqn for major servicing.
8/8/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
11/9/52 Transferred from 10 Sqn to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
2/10/52 Transferred to 10 Sqn from 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
27/2/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
16/6/53 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
3/9/53 Tengah, No 2 engine running rough and overheating, engine feathered and landed at base.
24/11/53 1 Sqn, No 2 engine rough running and fluctuating rpm, engine feathered and landed at base.
4/3/54 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
1/6/54 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
10/11/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
25/1/55 No 4 engine failure.
3/6/55 No 2 engine partial failure.
16/9/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
21/1/56 Tengah, No 1 engine failure.
22/5/56 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for E servicing.
12/11/56 Transferred from 3AD to 3AD immediate reserve class 6.
11/1/57 To 1 Sqn ex 3AD I/R to replace A73-40.
11/12/57 Darwin, ?? low fuel No 3 engine, aircraft landed safely.
16/7/58 To 3AD ex 1 Sqn for G/R class 4.
23/12/58 to be reclassified redundant.
15/1/59 3AD to 3AD for special reserve class 6.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
25/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-30

A73-31 Mk.30A 07/48 2/7/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
22/7/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
5/9/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for fitment of long rang navigation equipment.
2/11/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for column 9 fitment.
3/10/49 Laverton, stbd inner engine cut out, repairable in unit.
17/11/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
20/7/52 Received 1 Sqn (90 (comp) Wing) ex 82 Wing.
15/12/50 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
8/2/51 Received 90 Wing ex 3AD to replace A73-33.
29/3/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
12/7/51 Serviceable 90 Wing.
23/11/51 Unserviceable minor repairs 90 Wing.
14/7/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
20/2/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
9/4/53 Amberley, aircraft crashed on landing.
24/4/53 Approval given to convert airframe to components.
?/5/53 Issued to 3AD for conversion.

On the 04/04/52, this aircraft departed with a load of bombs for a mission and not long after takeoff had a motor cut and returned to base.
The crew used another aircraft A73-46 to complete their missi

Lincoln A73-31

A73-32 Mk.30A 07/48 14/7/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
29/7/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
23/8/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for installation of long range navigation equipment.
17/10/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
31/10/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
7/11/50 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
1/2/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
10/5/51 Unserviceable 82 Wing, engine change.
5/6/51 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey, servicing and retrospective fitment of mods.
19/10/51 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
6/12/51 Awaiting engines 82 Wing.
19/9/52 Undergoing minor inspection 82 Wing.
30/10/52 Fire warning light No 2 engine accompanied by smoke and vapor, engine feathered.
6/2/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for 600 hour servicing.
25/6/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
10/7/53 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
10/8/53 No 3 engine, suspected blowback, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
19/11/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
23/9/54 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
10/11/54 Tengah, complete loss of power No 4 engine on climb.
10/1/55 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
15/4/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
17/5/55 Received GAF ex 3AD for ?
25/7/56 Received 3AD ex GAF for immediate reserve class 3.
21/9/56 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-21.
15/2/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
6/6/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
26/3/58 Aircraft selected to become redundant following the return of 1 Sqn to Amberley in July 58.
10/4/58 1 Sqn (Malaya) increased oil temp, decreased pressure, engine feathered, suspect oil leak.
31/5/58 En-route Clark Field to Hong Kong No 4 engine overheated and siphoning, engine feathered and Aircraft returned to Clark Field.
16/7/58 Received 3AD Archerfield ex 1 Sqn for storage class 6 pending disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln A73-32

A73-33 Mk.30A 08/48 4/8/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
20/8/48 Received AAS ex 1AD.
?/10/48 Received 82 Wing ex AAS.
18/3/49 At 3,000 feet over Wagga No 4 engine ran rough and lost all power, engine feathered and returned to base. Camshaft broken inside pedestal bearing B bank.
19/8/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for installation of long range navigation equipment.
5/10/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
17/10/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
21/7/50 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
17/8/50 Tengah, supercharger nacelle pt outer engine bulged, repairable in unit.
12/1/51 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
22/3/51 received 90 Wing ex 3AD.
24/4/51 Aircraft ran off apron, safe landing carried out.
3/5/51 Engine change and awaiting spares 1 Sqn. 
4/6/51 Fluctuation of rpm and severe vibration No 4 engine, de-synchronization and sticking of throttle, engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out at base.
5/7/51 Minor inspection 90 Wing.
6/9/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
30/11/51 Block change 90 Wing.
14/2/52 Block change No 4 position.
5/6/52 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
11/9/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
2/10/52 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing to replace A73-37.
19/10/52 Held serviceable 90 Wing.
25/2/53 1 Sqn, night cross country, No 3 engine rpm dropped engine feathered.
21/3/53 Whilst being towed wingtip of A73-33 struck nose of A73-50 taxiing to parking stand.
1/10/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
23/10/53 No 1 engine blowback on takeoff, engine feathered asymmetric landing made at Tengah.
28/1/54 Held unserviceable 1 Sqn.
17/5/54 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn.
16/9/64 Held unserviceable 3AD.
16/10/54 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
22/10/54 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for service?
28/6/55 Held unserviceable GAF.
7/7/55 Received 1AD ex GAF.
6/2/56 Received 3AD ex 1AD for storage cat B.
29/6/56 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
12/12/56 Held serviceable East Sale.
22/9/57 Adelaide, on final approach to West Beach aircraft was struck by a bird.
6/11/57 East Sale, main-plane dinghy hatch missing. 
8/4/58 East Sale, Nos 1 & 4 engines surging, No 4 feathered.
12/9/58 Held U/E East Sale.
20/9/58 East Sale , fluctuating boost during flight and complete loss of power No 1 engine, induction blowback occurred, engine feathered. 
23/12/58 Aircraft to be classified as redundant.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln A73-33
A73-34 Mk.30A 10/48 1/10/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
11/11/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
21/1/49 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing.
28/1/49 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
18/2/49 Received GAF for incorporation of outstanding mods including long range navigation equipment.
12/8/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
31/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Minor repairs 82 Wing.
4/5/51 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for 600 hours inspection.
15/6/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
8/11/51 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 wing to replace A73-29.
13/12/51 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
23/7/52 Damage to outboard stbd flap by motor vehicle.
27/10/52 Tengah, heavy white smoke from No3 engine at 400 ft on take off, asymmetric landing carried out.
22/11/52 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing.
8/5/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
12/6/53 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
7/6/53 50 miles N/W of Darwin, constant speed unit failed.
7/9/53 Returning from strike in formation Nos 1 & 2 suddenly cut, full trim applied, asymmetric landing carried out.
28/1/54 Unserviceable 1 Sqn.
4/5/54 Hydraulic line fractured in fuselage, two inboard motors feathered, asymmetric landing carried out.
28/9/54 Asymmetric landing due to No 3 engine fluctuating boost and rpm plus black smoke from left hand stack.
15/11/54 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
3/2/55 Received GAF ex 3AD for retrospective fitment of mods.
20/9/55 Received 1AD ex GAF.
23/2/56 Received ARDU Det C Edinburgh ex1AD for trials.
5/6/56 Received ARDU ex ARDU Det C for further trials.
29/1/57 Held serviceable ARDU.
1/9/58 Transferred from ARDU Det C to 3AD for general reserve.
28/12/58 To be reclassified redundant.
15/1/59 Transferred 3AD to 3AD special reserve class 6.
11/6/59 approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
28/9/59 listed for disposal.

In July 1957 as part of the International Geophysical year, departed Laverton for Tokyo via Townsville, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea and Guam. The aircraft carried equipment fitted and operated by the University of Tasmania to measure the intensity of cosmic radiation.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-34

A73-35 Mk.30A 09/48 24/9/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
21/10/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
14/1/49 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing.
21/1/49 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
11/3/49 Crashed Amberley, write off.
16/5/49 Approval granted for fuselage to be issued 82 Wing as instructional No 1.
11/8/52 Approval granted to convert to components.
14/11/52 Issued to 3AD ex 82 Wing.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-35

A73-36 Mk.30A 11/48 11/11/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
16/12/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
28/7/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for fitment of long range navigation equipment.
8/9/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
22/9/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
14/10/49 At Amberley, damage to stbd main-plane wing tip.
28/10/49 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for repairs.
29/10/49 Issued 82 Wing ex 3AD.
21/7/50 Received 1 Sqn (90 Wing) ex 82 Wing.
12/11/50 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
18/1/51 Received 90 Wing ex 3AD to replace A73-37.
28/3/51 Selangor, No 2 engine fault being investigated.
5/4/51 Serviceable 90 Wing.
4/5/51 Fluctuating oil pressure No 2 engine, engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out.
26/7/51 Engine change and minor inspection, 90 Wing. 
23/11/51 Major repairs 90 Wing.
19/3/52 At 1 Sqn Tengah, aircraft swung on landing, damage to airscrew, bomb bay doors, undercarriage doors, radar cupola and radar antenna.
16/5/52 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
28/8/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
4/11/52 During run up prior to takeoff, loud explosive noise and stopped No 1 engine.
14/11/52 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
1/4/53 Stbd wing tip of A73-23 struck nose of A73-36 whilst taxiing.
25/6/53 Received 82 Wing ex 1 Sqn.
2/7/53 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for inspection, repairs and retrospective modifications.
13/11/53 Received 3AD ex GAF for engine block changes.
9/12/53 Issued 82 Wing ex 3AD.
13/12/53 Darwin, rpm and boost No 4 engine emitting white smoke , engine feathered asymmetric landing carried out at Darwin. Glycol cap unsecured by fitter at Amberley causing Glycol loss on ferry Amberley to Tengah.
14/12/53 No 4 engine repairable on unit, spare engine and service gantry required.
17/12/53 Received 482 Sqn for repairs.
13/1/54 Received 1 Sqn Ex 482 Sqn.
7/6/54 Fluctuating boost and rpm with complete loss of power No 1 engine.
10/9/54 received 3AD ex 1Sqn for major servicing.
25/3/55 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
8/9/55 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
24/3/56 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing.
28/3/57 Held serviceable 3AD.
28/5/58 Held 3AD Archerfield I/R.
23/12/58 To be reclassified as redundant.
15/1/59 From 3AD to 3AD special reserve class 6.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines, after recovery of certain items.
21/7/59 To B/S Richmond ex 3AD for firefighting training. 

During a night strike a parachute flare became hung up in the bomb bay.
The flare ignited and set fire to the aircraft.
The tail Gunner Flt lt K.I.Foster put out the fire and was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The first RAAF member since WW2.
The Badly damaged aircraft returned to base, it was cannibalized for spares for a short time before being rebuilt and flown back to Australia.
Later it was used for trials on new 50 Ton aircraft lifting cranes.
On the last lift of A73-36, the operator jerked the boom on lowering, and it broke the Lincoln's back.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-36

A73-37 Mk.30A 12/48 16/12/48 Received 1AD ex DAP.
17/12/48 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
1/7/49 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for incorporation of mods including long range navigation equipment.
15/8/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for cable check and column 9 fitment.
8/9/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
14/10/49 Amberley, damage to pt & Stbd wing tips, repairable at unit.
28/9/50 Received 90 Wing ex 82 wing.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 90 Wing.
13/4/51 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
24/5/51 Received 90 Wing ex 3AD.
12/7/51 Minor repairs and engine change 90 Wing.
9/10/52 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
25/3/53 Received 382 Sqn ex 3AD for on forwarding to 1 Sqn.
31/3/53 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
9/7/53 On ferry flight to Australia, engine failure No 2 followed by smoke in aircraft, asymmetric landing carried out.
6/8/53 Amberley, pt inner engine, runaway propeller.
21/8/53 Received 1AD ex 1Sqn via 82 Wing for front spar repairs.
10/9/53 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
12/2/54 Williamtown, rear aux drive failed, requires engine change.
28/5/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
9/10/54 1 Sqn, No 1 engine vibrated, oil pressure fell, engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
16/12/54 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
14/3/55 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
4/7/55 Received GAF ex 3AD for incorporation of mods.
4/7/55 Essendon, loss of power No 1&2 engines.
5/6/56 Received 1AD ex GAF for armament fitment.
31/10/56 Received 1 Sqn ex 1AD to replace A73-12.
8/12/56 1 Sqn engine failure pt outer. 
6/6/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
2/8/57 1 Sqn, undercarriage emergency system did not operate correctly, aircraft landed safely.
21/5/58 Tengah, emergency cutout valve did not operate, nil damage.
16/7/58 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for general reserve class 4.
23/12/58 To be classified redundant.
15/1/59 3AD to 3AD for special reserve class 6.
11/6/59 Approved for disposal complete with installed engines, after recovery of certain equipment.
18/9/59 Listed for disposal.

Served with 2 Sqn.

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A73-38 Mk.30A 02/49 2/2/49 Received 1AD ex DAP.
16/3/49 Received GAF ex 1AD for incorporation of outstanding mods including long range navigation equipment (prototype).
8/7/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for CTO's inspection.
4/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
14/10/49 Amberley, damage to nose, remainder a/c serv, repairable at unit.
22/2/51 Minor inspection 82 Wing.
17/5/51 Engine change 82 Wing.
3/8/51 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
27/9/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
6/12/51 Awaiting engines, 82 Wing.
9/5/52 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey and retrospective modifications.
22/10/52 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
2/7/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
15/9/53 Amberley, failure of stbd outer during formation.
11/11/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
21/4/54 Amberley, brakes ineffective due to loss of air pressure in pneumatic system.
2/5/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
10/12/54 1 Sqn, engine failure No 3.
3/3/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
11/6/55 1 Sqn, loss of power and drop of 200 rpm No 1 engine, followed by complete loss of power and glycol and smoke issuing from engine, engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out at Tengah.
18/8/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
14/11/55 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
11/5/56 Held serviceable 3AD.
5/7/56 Received ATU ex 3AD.
27/8/56 Evetts Field, cracked exhaust, engine No 197513.
2/10/56 Received 3AD ex ATU.
31/10/56 Held 3AD storage cat B.
29/1/57 Recommended for downgrading to class 3 war reserve.
15/9/57 Held U/R at Archerfield. 
15/1/58 Held at Archerfield.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.
 
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A73-39 Mk.30A 02/49 14/2/49 Received 1AD ex DAP.
18/3/49 Received GAF ex 1AD for incorporation of outstanding mods including long range navigation equipment.
19/7/49 Received 1AD ex GAF for 70 hr inspection.
12/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
3/2/50 Kalgoorlie, damage to rear of aircraft fins and turret. To be repaired in situ by GAF crew.
A73-39 took part in Operation CUMULATIVE, which was a long range radar navigation/bombing exercise being held in conjunction with RAF Bomber Command crews. Between 12/01/50 and 3/02/50 the Lincolns were operating out of Kalgoorlie, WA
21/7/50 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
23/2/51 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
26/4/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/5/51 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
10/5/51 Cracked cylinder block and leaking petrol through wheel nacelle.
21/6/51 Minor repairs and engine change 90 Wing.
28/7/51 Engine failure 90 Wing.
9/8/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
15/11/51 Major repairs 90 Wing.
23/11/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
30/11/51  Post 100 hr test flight, speed insufficiently reduced after touch down, overshot runway airframe broken, assessed as write off. Pilot WOFF Peel
26/2/52 Approval given to convert to components.

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A73-40 Mk.30A 08/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
29/7/49 Received 1AD ex DAP.
18/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Received 3AD for major servicing.
19/4/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/5/51 82 Wing, engine change.
11/10/51 82 Wing, engine change.
10/1/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for D turret change.
4/11/52 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
29/5/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
10/9/53 Amberley, severe oil leak stbd inner engine, fire risk, engine feathered.
11/9/53 received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
29/10/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
27/1/54 Burst high pressure oil line from oil pump to filter.
4/4/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
20/6/54 Williamtown, complete loss of power and seized No 1 engine, possibly broken connecting rod. 
5/8/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
13/9/54 Amberley, No 3 engine stopped suddenly, internal engine failure.
16/12/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
25/1/55 6 Sqn, No 4 engine running rough, oil escaping. 
9/3/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
2/8/55 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-29.
11/10/55 Complete loss of power No 1 engine.
28/5/56 Tengah, tail wheel broke off on landing, extensive damage to rear fuselage, repair on unit on receipt of spares.
30/11/56 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
9/1/57 1 Sqn Tengah, struck trees on take off ditched in sea off west coast of Johore, crew survived, fuselage broken and partly submerged.
28/1/57 Wreckage not accessible for salvage, recommend destruction by blast.
1/2/57 Approval granted for write off and destruction.

Lincoln Mk 30 A73-40. Photo via Kev's Aviation Pics.

A73-41 Mk.30A 07/49 15/7/49 Received 1AD ex DAP
10/8/49 Received ARDU ex 1AD for schedule tests.
22/2/51 Unserviceable, lock change?
12/4/51 Engine overhaul.
24/5/51 Received GAF ex ARDU for survey and modifications.
19/2/52 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the  British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
21/11/52 Unserviceable 82 Wing.
6/2/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
6/8/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
15/10/53 Participated in "Operation Totem 1" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia.
25/3/54 Serviceable 82 Wing.
17/6/54 Serviceable 82 Wing.
7/7/54 Archerfield, smoke issuing from stacks No 2 engine, oil pressure and temp normal, more smoke accompanied by rise in temp.
29/7/54 Serviceable 82 Wing.
16/9/54 Low oil pressure No 1 engine.
18/11/54 Low oil pressure No 4 engine.
27/1/55 Detached to Det A Darwin replacing A73-62.
17/2/55 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
25/5/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing, temporary storage at Archerfield.
10/1/56 Received 1 Sqn Tengah, ex 3AD.
17/3/56 Smoke form No 2Engine, possible block break.
22/6/56 Glycol leak No 4 engine.
7/2/57 Unserviceable 1 Sqn.
14/3/57 Stbd engines failed due to fuel starvation. 
12/1/58 Held repairable 1 Sqn.
15/3/58 1 Sqn, 50 miles from Hong Kong internal glycol leak, engine became faulty.
12/6/58 Held U/E at 1 Sqn.
17/7/58 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn pending disposal action.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.
Served with 6 Sqn.

Used by ARDU as test bed for Merlin 102 engines.

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A73-42 Mk.30A 08/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
3/8/49 Received 1AD ex DAP.
25/8/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
7/6/51 Awaiting engines.
15/6/51 Minor inspection.
11/1/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
16/5/52 Issued 82 Wing ex 3AD.
21/7/52 Received 90 Wing for 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
31/10/52 Tengah, rough running and boost surge No 2, engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
19/12/52 Tengah, stbd undercarriage warning light and horn indicated u/c not locked down, emergency air operated and normal landing carried out.
1/2/53 Boost and rpm fluctuated after 1 hours flight, power lost, engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
15/3/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
17/3/53 After 1 hr 10 mins flight at 15,000 feet white smoke issued from pt stack No 1 engine and puffs of black smoke from generator. Engine feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
3/7/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
20/9/53 Returning from strike when Nos 3 and 4 motors cut. A check revealed No 2 tank stbd contents feeding. Then attempted to operate cross feed. Due to loss of height and two motors wind milling emergency action requested at Kuala Lumpur, after aprox one minute cross feed yielded. 
26/10/53 No 4 engine loss of boost and rpm fluctuating, feathered asymmetric landing carried out. Suspect engine blow back.
5/11/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
13/11/53 No 1 engine blow back on takeoff, feathered and asymmetric landing at Tengah.
19/2/54 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
4/9/54 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
14/3/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
29/9/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
15/3.56 Received 3 AD ex 1 Sqn for E servicing.
20/9/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
22/11/56 Townsville, No 2 fire warning light came on at 300 ft on take off. Lock wire on flame switch broken allowing flame switch to vibrate off on take off.
29/11/56 To East Sale ex 10 Sqn, replacing A73-18.
16/7/57 ? Fire warning light ?
14/1/59 Received 3AD for special reserve class 6 pending disposal action, ex East Sale.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines after recovery of certain items.
28/9/59 Listed for disposal
A73-43 Mk.30A 08/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
29/7/49 Received 1AD ex DAP.
28/2/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
30/11/50 Received 90 Wing to replace A73-36.
15/3/51 Awaiting spares, 90 Wing.
19/4/51 Serviceable 90 Wing.
27/4/51 Oil pressure dropped one engine causing propeller to feather, successful landing carried out.
18/5/51 Received 1AD ex 90 wing for 60 hour servicing.
2/8/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
17/8/51 Engine change.
1/11/51 Minor inspection.
10/1/52 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
23/10/52 Held serviceable 90 Wing.
24/12/52 Tengah, No 2 engine commenced running roughly and vibrated violently, engine feathered and successful landing carried out at base.
16/2/53 Received 82 Wing ex 1 Sqn.
20/2/53 Held unserviceable 82 Wing.
11/3/53 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn via 82 Wing.
6/8/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
21/8/53 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing to replace A73-29.
25/2/53 Tengah, No 3 engine fluctuating rpm and boost plus black smoke on takeoff, takeoff aborted and returned to lines.
1/7/54 Held serviceable 1 Sqn. 
14/9/54 Tengah, engine failure.
11/10/54 Tengah, engine showed abnormally high coolant and oil temperature on takeoff, airscrew feathered.
16/1/55 Tengah, tyre punctured on landing.
24/3/55 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
23/6/55 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
14/9/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
8/12/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
6/3/56 Townsville, severely damaged by cyclone, possibly repairable, recommend conversion. 
7/6/56 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
4/7/56 Approval granted for conversion to components.
16/7/56 Engines being held as spares at 10 Sqn.
8/3/57 Conversion completed.

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A73-44 Mk.30A 08/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
26/8/49 Received 1 AD ex GAF.
9/9/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
7/3/50 Aircraft crashed 8 miles south of Rosewood, all killed, second pilot familiarization.
13/7/50 Approval granted for conversion to components including engines.
26/5/51 Converted to scrap.

Lincoln A73-44

A73-45 Mk.30A 09/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
2/9/49 Received 1 AD ex GAF.
15/9/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
22/2/51 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
15/3/51 Engine change 82 Wing.
26/4/51 Engine change 82 Wing.
3/5/51 Minor inspection and engine change.
8/6/51 Received 1 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
20/9/51 Awaiting engine.
19/10/51 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
6/12/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
6/12/51 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
13/3/52 Engine block change.
18/9/52 Undergoing engine change and minor inspection.
?/?/? Engine continually blowing off glycol and temp rose to 100 deg after three hours flying, asymmetric landing carried out at base.
31/12/52 Tengah, No 3 engine lost boost and oil pressure, feathered and landed safely. Suspect supercharger bearing failure.
6/3/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
5/4/53 After takeoff from Darwin on ferry flight, engine vibrated, successful landing at Cloncurry.
21/4/53 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn.
13/8/53 Held unserviceable 3AD.
11/9/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
19/1/54 Amberley, suspect engine blow back.
25/3/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
25/3/54 Amberley, complete loss of power No 4 engine.
27/5/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
16/7/54 Failure No 4 engine.
17/9/54 Transferred ex 82 Wing to Det Darwin.
24/9/54 Transferred ex Det Darwin to 82 Wing.
24/9/54 Amberley, No 3 engine inboard stacks.
27/9/54 Amberley, suspected engine blowback.
25/11/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
5/4/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
7/4/55 Aircraft stored temporarily at Archerfield.
10/10/55 Allotted 3AD cat B storage ex 3AD ARS.
11/11/55 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-38.
20/9/56 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
7/2/57 Held U/E 1 Sqn.
6/6/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
26/10/57 Tengah, No 4 engine pitch control not operating correctly.
23/11/57 Kuala Selangor Malaya, electrical fire broke out in DB1.
17/12/57 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
29/1/58 Tengah, fuel leak stbd No 2 tank whilst in flight.
?/?/58 received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for war reserve class 5.
17/7/58 Received 3AD Archerfield ex 3AD class 5.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
16/1/59 Listed for disposal in favor of DCA, to be ferried to Mascot by RAAF. 
Then fire dump Sydney Airport.

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A73-46 Mk.30A 10/49 Converted to Long Range Navigation Aircraft during manufacture.
25/10/49 Received 1AD ex GAF.
10/11/49 Received 82 Wing ex 1 AD.
28/12/50 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
22/2/51 Serviceable 90 Wing.
10/5/51 Serviceable 90 Wing.
3/8/51 Received 3AD ex 90 Wing for major servicing.
17/8/51 Awaiting personnel 3AD.
27/9/51 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
18/10/51 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
8/11/51 Engine change 90 Wing.
19/1/52 High oil temp, blowing black smoke, 90 Wing.
19/10/52 Held serviceable 90 Wing.
16/12/52 1 Sqn, stbd tyre burst on landing.
15/3/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
19/6/53 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
2/11/53 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
4/4/54 Held unserviceable 82 Wing.
7/7/54 Evans Head, complete loss of power No 4 engine.
26/8/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
7/9/54 Amberley, mid upper turret exploded, hot oil ? navigators observation panel burnt.
30/9/54 Amberley, No 2 engine emitting puffs of black and white smoke.
21/10/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
3/3/55 Held unserviceable 82 Wing.
31/3/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
7/4/55 Aircraft stored temporarily at Archerfield.
27/1/56 Transferred from 3AD ARS to class B storage Archerfield.
10/5/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
4/10/56 Aircraft to be retained by 10 Sqn as replacement for A73-61.
5/2/57 Transferred from 10 Sqn U/E to 10 Sqn I/R.
11/4/57 Transferred from 10 Sqn I/R to 10 Sqn.
 /4/57 Overshot the runway at Townsville and burned.
12/8/57 Held 10 Sqn awaiting disposal action.
1/10/57 Approval granted for disposal as scrap complete with installed engines.
18/10/57 Conversion completed.

Served with 6 Sqn.

In April 1950 became the first Australian built aircraft to fly to England when it deployed to Farnborough for "Operation Showboat, in July of that year it participated in the Farnborough Air Display.
The aircraft returned to 82 Wing in Sep/Oct 1950, during it's time overseas it required an engine change in the UK, at Habbinaya Iraq and Negombo Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

On the 04/04/52 after the crew had a problem with A73-31, the same crew used this aircraft to complete its mission.
On their return they found that the aircraft had a fault in its compressed air system, they rigged up a parachute that was deployed once the aircraft landed.
The aircraft stopped in half the Tengah airstrip, usually the aircraft used 3 quarters.

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A73-47 Mk.30A 01/50 Served with 6 Sqn.
15-27/10/53 Participated in '"Operation Totem 1&2" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia. The aircraft contacted the cloud on both occasions and was highly contaminated.
This contamination was so bad the aircraft was subsequently grounded.
Badly damaged by a storm in 1957 the aircraft was converted to components and believed buried in the Amberley tip.
History cards are currently unavailable for this aircraft. RF
A73-48 Mk.30A
MK.31GR
03/50
10/52
13/3/50 Received 1AD ex GAF for CTOs inspection.
23/3/50 Received GAF ex 1AD for General Reconnaissance fitment.
3/10/52 Held 1 AD en route 10 Sqn ex GAF.
12/12/52 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF.
19/2/53 On duty at Nowra.
8/7/53 Townsville, pt outer airscrew feathered.
22/9/53 Aircraft downgraded from U/E to cat B storage 10 Sqn.
16/10/53 Received 1AD en route to East Sale for removal of ASV equipment.
19/10/53 Received East Sale ex 10 Sqn.
24/3/54 Dutson Range, complete failure No 2 engine, broken con rod.
7/5/54 Received 3AD ex East Sale for cat C storage.
18/5/55 Held 3AD cat C.
2/11/56 Held 3AD cat C.
18/5/57 Held 3AD Archerfield.
15/1/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
17/7/58 Transferred from 3AD class 5 to 3AD ARS.
23/8/58 Approval granted for disposal complete with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.   

Prototype Mk 31

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A73-49 Mk.30A 05/50 28/4/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
16/6/50 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
19/1/51 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for H2S fitment.
8/2/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
26/4/51 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
10/5/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
28/6/51 Returned to 10 Sqn.
14/7/51 Awaiting spares 10 Sqn.
26/7/51 Engine change.
16/8/51 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
6/9/51 Returned to 10 Sqn.
23/10/51 Garbutt Aerodrome, severe structural damage.
16/11/51 Deemed repairable but beyond unit capacity.
9/5/52 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major repairs and minor servicing.
3/8/52 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
2/10/52 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
15/10/52 Unserviceable 10 Sqn.
11/11/52 Lost boost and rpm No 1 engine feathered.
2/3/53 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
10/3/53 82 Wing, pt outer engine emitted large amounts of white smoke.
3/7/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
9/11/53 Received East Sale ex 3AD.
14/3/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
24/3/54 East Sale, gray blue smoke was seen to emit from pt stack of No 1 engine, asymmetric landing carried out.
15/4/54 East Sale, partial loss of power No 1 engine on take off.
22/7/54 Held serviceable East Sale.
3/9/54 East Sale, Aircraft taxied into unmarked hole causing extensive damage, repairable but beyond unit capacity, replacement aircraft required.
15/10/54 Allotted GAF ex East Sale for major repairs.
16/12/54 Held unserviceable East Sale.
30/4/55 Held Cat B storage East Sale.
12/7/55 Upgraded to U/E East Sale.
13/1/56 Held U/E East Sale.
10/7/56 Sea Spray range, No 4 airscrew spinner damaged.
29/8/56 East Sale, blowback No 3 engine.
5/10/56 Held unserviceable 3AD.
12/3/57 Held unserviceable 3AD.
11/3/58 Transferred from 3AD ARS to 3AD U/E.
18/3/58 Transferred 3AD to East Sale to replace A73-27.
18/9/58 East Sale, No 2 engine feathered, faulty servo.
14/1/59 Transferred ex East Sale to 3AD for special reserve class 6, pending disposal authority.
11/6/59 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines after certain items removed.
29/9/59 Listed for disposal.

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A73-50 Mk.30A 11/48 17/5/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
2/8/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
28/9/50 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
1/3/51 Minor inspection and awaiting spares.
4/5/51 Received 3AD ex 90 wing for full engine change.
26/7/51 Received 90 Wing ex 3AD via 82 Wing.
23/8/51 Block change.
17/12/51 Received 3AD for complete engine change and major servicing.
10/4/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
21/5/52 Received 90 Wing ex 82 Wing.
11/7/52 Damage to inner wing, repairable at unit.
19/10/52 Unserviceable 90 Wing.
6/3/53 Held unserviceable 1 Sqn.
21/3/53 1 Sqn, whilst being towed wing tip of A73-33 struck nose of A73-50 being towed to parking stand.
2/4/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
6/5/53 1 Sqn, boost fluctuation and loud banging, airscrew feathered, suspect engine blowback.
19/7/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
19/9/53 Tengah, No 2 stbd fuel tank collapsed during 6 hr flight, no engine failure. Defect discovered after flight, suggest association with fuel starvation A73-42.
1/10/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
23/10/53 1 Sqn, fluctuating rpm and excessive oil leaks No 3 engine, airscrew feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
16/11/53 1 Sqn, No 3 engine glycol leak and increasing temp, airscrew feathered.
20/11/53 1 Sqn, No 2 engine excessive vibration and increasing oil leaks five min after takeoff, airscrew feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
3/12/53 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
15/12/53 Issued to 3AD ex 1 Sqn for major servicing.
14/7/54 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
24/9/54 Transferred 82 Wing Det Darwin ex 82 Wing.
7/4/55 Held unserviceable 82 Wing.
15/4/55 No 6 Sqn Amberley, complete loss of power No 2 engine, suspect engine blowback.
9/6/55 Held serviceable 82 Wing (except for bombing).
17/6/55 No 6 Sqn Amberley, suspected blowback No 3 engine.
4/8/55 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
1/9/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
7/10/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
13/1/56 Held unserviceable 3AD.
3/3/56 Allotted 3AD immediate reserve class 3 ex 3AD ARS.
6/4/56 Held serviceable 3AD.
22/5/56 transferred from 3AD to 1 Sqn to replace A73-30.
16/7/58 Transferred from 1 Sqn to 3AD Archerfield.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft complete with installed engines.
16/1/59 Listed for disposal in favor of DCA, RAAF to ferry to Eagle Farm.
Then Fire Dump Eagle Farm QLD.

Lincoln A73-50

A73-51 Mk.30A 06/50 30/6/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
1/8/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
1/3/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
17/5/51 Engine change.
15/6/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
25/10/51 Engine change.
13/2/52 received GAF ex 82 Wing for servicing and retrospective fitment of mods.
5/6/52 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
7/8/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
19/9/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
2/2/53 Amberley, stbd fin struck by tractor.
19/3/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
9/4/53 During night landing at Cloncurry wheel of A73-51 hit pt outer engine of parked A73-16, A73-51 then crash landed, damaged beyond repair.
24/4/53 Approval granted for conversion to components.
14/6/53 Issued to 3AD for conversion.

Lincoln Mk 30 A73-51 after it landed on top of A73-16 at Cloncurry 9Apr1953. RAAF via Rod Farquhar.

A73-52 Mk.30A 08/50 1/8/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
24/8/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
10/3/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
4/4/51 Engine change.
12/7/51 Minor repairs, engine change and awaiting spares.
16/5/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for 600 hr inspection.
14/8/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA.
20/2/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
5/3/53 Amberley, pt inner airscrew overspeed,3150 rpm, CSU failure.
15-27/10/53 Participated in "Operation Totem 1&2" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia. The aircraft contacted the cloud on both occasions and was highly contaminated resulting in it's eventual grounding.
19/11/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
29/1/54 Amberley, blowback No 2 engine.
22/3/54 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
2/9/54 Unserviceable 3AD.
13/1/55 Held unserviceable Archerfield.
7/10/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
5/10/56 Held unserviceable 3AD.
15/9/57 Held U/R 3AD.
25/5/58 Held repairable 3AD.
12/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of airframe only.
18/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Listed as "stored" 04/55 and "listed for disposal" 06/59, there is considerable speculation as to the eventual fate of this aircraft.
A73-53 Mk.30A 09/50 13/9/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
16/11/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
1/3/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
24/5/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
8/6/51 Attached East Sale to complete flying training program.
20/7/51 Serviceable East Sale.
3/8/51 Attachment ceased, returned to 82 Wing.
7/7/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
11/9/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
19/3/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
27/3/53 Evans Head Range, bomb bay doors failed to open, emergency air system operated, undercarriage locked, hydraulic failure.
21/8/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
15/10/53 Participated in "Operation Totem 1" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
9/12/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major inspection.
21/7/54 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
1/10/54 Amberley, No 4 engine?
3/2/55 Serviceable 82 Wing.
11/8/55 Serviceable 82 Wing.
23/9/55 Towed to 3AD for major servicing.
13/1/56 Unserviceable 3AD.
2/3/56 Received 1 Sqn ex 3AD.
13/6/56 Tengah, No 1 engine loss of rpm.
9/9/57 Held serviceable 1 Sqn.
12/5/58 Held U/E at 1 Sqn.
5/6/58 Singapore, radar box began to give off smoke.
17/7/58 Received 3AD ex 1 Sqn.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal of aircraft with installed engines.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

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A73-54 Mk.30A 11/48 29/9/50 Received 1Ad ex GAF.
16/11/50 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
8/3/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
7/6/51 Serviceable 82 Wing.
23/8/51 Engine change.
18/7/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
11/9/52 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA. 
6/11/52 Stbd outer engine lost power 30 min after takeoff, asymmetric landing carried out.
20/2/53 Serviceable 82 Wing.
13/9/53 Unserviceable 82 Wing.
15/10/53 Participated in "Operation Totem 1" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
13/11/53 At Amberley, wing tip of A73-54 taxied into nose of A73-27, the latter stationary and unmanned.
11/12/53 Amberley, airscrew feathered, fluctuating boost and rpm.
11/1/54 Received 3AD for inspection.
2/9/54 - 25/1/57 Held unserviceable 3AD.
3/2/57 Severe storm with winds in excess of 84 mph, extensive damage, recommend write off.
22/2/57 Unserviceable 3AD.
8/4/57 Approval granted for conversion to components.
10/1/58 Conversion completed.

Served with 6 Sqn.
Severely damaged in the same storm as A73-47 it was also converted to components and believed buried on the Amberley tip.
A73-55 Mk.30
Mk.30A
Mk.31 GR
?
?
No history card available this aircraft.
Converted to General Recon Aircraft (Mk.31).
Upgraded to Maritime Recon Mk31 Served with 10 Sqn.

Noted derelict at Amberley 1967

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A73-56 Mk.30A
Mk.31 GR
12/50
9/53
8/12/50 Received 1AD ex GAF.
4/1/51 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
26/4/ - 19/7/51 Awaiting spares 82 Wing.
17/8/57 Serviceable 82 Wing.
21/1/52 Rise in temperature and smoke No 4 engine, airscrew feathered and asymmetric landing carried out.
14/2/52 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey.
13/6/52 Received 82 Wing ex GAF.
19/9/52 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
17/3/53 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
7/5.53 Held unserviceable 3AD.
22/5/53 Received GAF ex 3AD for upgrade to Mk 31.
24/9/53 Received 82 Wing ex GAF via 1AD.
15/10/53 Participated in "Operation Totem 1" the British atomic tests at Emu in South Australia. The aircraft contacted the cloud and was probably contaminated.
26/11/53 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
4/3/54 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
15/3/54 Amberley, No 4 engine fluctuating rpm.
6/4/54 East Sale ,Engine failure in flight, glycol leaking causing overheating.
16/9/54 Serviceable 82 Wing.
1/2/55 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
13/7/55 Received 82 Wing ex 3AD.
25/10/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 82 Wing.
7/6/56 Held U/E 10 Sqn.
19/7/56 10 Sqn, complete loss of power two engines. 
11/10/56 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
4/2/57 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
28/5/57 Held 3AD Archerfield.
17/7/58 Transferred 3AD class 5 to 3AD Archerfield pending disposal authority.
23/10/58 Approval granted for disposal.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Served with 6 Sqn.

Lincoln A73-56

A73-57 Mk.30A ? No history card available for this aircraft.
Converted to General Recon Aircraft (Mk.31).
Upgraded to Maritime Recon Mk31.
Information supplied by Kev Wilkinson has this aircraft serving with 10 Sqn at Darwin between April 55 and July 56 when the accident occurred.

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A73-58 Mk.30A 03/51 16/3/51 Received 1AD ex GAF.
19/4/51 Received 11 Sqn.
8/6/51 Attached East Sale to complete flying training program.
27/7/51 Unserviceable minor repairs, East Sale.
10/8/51 Serviceable East Sale.
11/8/51 Ceased attachment to East Sale.
17/8/51 Received 82 Wing ex 11 Sqn.
23/8/51 Aircraft severely damaged.
20/9/51 Received 3AD for damage survey.
3/12/51 Approval granted for conversion to components, conversion to be carried out by 3AD.
31/3/52 Nose section which should include bomb aimers seat and bomb sight computer and sighting head supports, bomb selector switch panel and distributor complete, is to be issued to RAAF East Sale for use by Air Armament School for instructional purposes.
Fire Dump East Sale.
A73-59 Mk.30A
Mk.31GR
05/51
11/53
11/5/51 Received 3AD ex GAF.
7/6/51 Received 82 Wing ex 1AD.
26/7/51 Awaiting spares, 82 Wing.
22/11/51 Awaiting engines and minor servicing, 82 Wing.
25/3/52 Awaiting engines, 82 Wing.
19/9/52 Awaiting spares, 82 Wing.
6/11/52 Received 3AD ex 82 Wing for major servicing.
24/2/53 Received GAF ex 3AD for modification to Mk31 GR.
6/3/53 Held unserviceable GAF.
26/11/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for on forwarding to 10 Sqn for cat B storage.
11/12/53 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF via 1AD.
16/1/54 Upgraded from cat B to U/E to replace A73-60.
24/6/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
16/7/54 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
22/7/54 Darwin, aircraft damaged (crash landed?), recommend conversion.
26/11/54 Approval granted for conversion to components. Airframe allotted to 3AD ex 10 Sqn for conversion in situ at Darwin.
1/4/55 Approval granted to convert airframe to crew trainer for use by 10 Sqn.
9/7/55 Shipped to Townsville on SS Tyalla.

Lincoln A73-59
A73-60 Mk.30A
Mk.31GR
Mk.31MR
06/51
06/53
02/55
20/6/51 Received 1AD ex GAF.
3/8/51 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
19/10/51 Unserviceable 10 Sqn, major repairs.
23/1/52 Received 82 Wing ex 10 Sqn.
19/9/52 Awaiting spares 82 Wing.
1/12/52 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
13/1/53 East of Amberley, complete failure of pt outer instruments.
6/2/53 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for modification to Mk31 GR.
12/6/53 Held serviceable GAF.
15/6/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for fitment of ASV Mk7 equipment.
17/9/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
30/10/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
2/4/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
9/4/54 Townsville, fractured forging caused by previous internal cracks.
17/5/54 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
21/6/54 Received GAF ex 3AD for upgrade to Mk31 MR.
17/12/54 Held Unserviceable GAF.
9/3/55 Received 1AD ex GAF.
28/3/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
6/4/55 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
3/6/55 Townsville, asymmetric landing, mechanical failure No 1 engine.
17/6/55 Serviceable at 10 Sqn.
24/6/55 Serviceable, located at remote?
18/7/55 Townsville asymmetric landing, engine mechanical failure.
11/8/55 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
14/3/56 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for fitment of rocket rails.
?/?/56 Detached to ARDU for approximately six weeks for armament acceptance trials.
31/7/56 Trials completed, will return to 10 Sqn on Aug 6, ARDU will ferry using trials crew who will give instruction on rocket trials and Glow Worm.
23/9/56 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
5/2/57 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD replacing A73-46.
22/12/58 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
13/7/59 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
12/3/61 Held U/E 10 Sqn.
5/5/61 Reclassified as redundant.
25/8/61 Air Board has approved the disposal of all Lincoln aircraft and Merlin engines.
26/9/62 This aircraft to be used for fire fighting training and identified as instructional airframe No 5.
25/4/64 Unit instructed to place aircraft remains on Board of Survey.

Lincoln A73-60
A73-61 Mk.31
Mk.31MR
07/51
05/56
30/7/51 Received 1AD ex GAF.
29/9/51 Issued 82 Wing ex 1AD.
1/11/51 Engine change, 82 Wing.
19/9/52 Held serviceable 82 Wing.
3/10/52 Participated in "Operation Hurricane" the British atomic tests at Monte Bello Island WA. 
27/10/52 Received GAF ex 82 Wing for survey and retro fitment of mods.
6/3/53 Held unserviceable GAF.
16/4/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for fitment of ASV Mk7 equipment.
26/6/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
6/8/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
3/9/53 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
7/9/53 Returned from Darwin to 10 Sqn.
7/10/53 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
13/1/54 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
28/5/54 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for upgrade to MR.
7/9/54 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF via 1AD storage cat B.
25/11/54 A73-61 was cat B but upgraded to U/E for use during Operation Latex but has since been returned to Cat B storage.
16/12/54 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin to change with A73-69.
11/1/55 Returned to 10 Sqn.
10/2/55 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
24/2/55 Returned to 10 Sqn.
10/3/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
6/5/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
7/7/55 Unserviceable 10 Sqn.
29/8/55 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for servicing and finalization of MR upgrade.
23/6/56 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF.
13/12/56 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
15/8/57 Received B/S Townsville for U/E 10 Sqn.
13/4/59 Transferred from 10 Sqn to 3AD for E servicing.
11/11/59 Transferred from 3AD to 10 Sqn U/E class 1 replacing A73-15.
12/3/61 Held U/E 10 Sqn.
5/5/61 Aircraft classified as redundant.
25/8/61 Approval granted for disposal after recovery of certain items.
22/6/62 B/S Townsville advise that aircraft purchased by Mr. Peter Hookway.

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A73-62 Mk.31
Mk.31GR
Mk.31MR
01/53
03/53
10/56
13/1/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for CTO's inspection and installation of GR equipment.
2/4/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
23/4/53 Undergoing radar installation at 1AD.
8/5/53 Held unserviceable 1AD.
22/5/53 Returned to 10 Sqn.
11/12/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
7/1/54 Transferred to Det Darwin.
21/1/54 Darwin, blow back No 4 engine on takeoff.
30/7/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
13/8/54 Returned 10 Sqn ex Det Darwin.
10/9/54 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
18/11/54 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD for cat B immediate reserve.
17/12/54 Upgraded to U/E to replace A73-57.
13/1/55 Transferred to Det Darwin.
27/1/55 Returned to 10 Sqn.
24/2/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
31/3/55 Held unserviceable at 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
19/5/55 Serviceable at Darwin.
18/8/55 Held serviceable Darwin.
27/10/55 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for servicing and upgrade to MR configuration.
14/9/56 Unserviceable GAF.
8/10/56 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF for U/E class 1.
22/5/57 Feathered No 3 engine, oil leak.
30/10/57 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
18/3/58 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-57.
11/4/58 10 Sqn, engine blowback causing fluctuating  rpm and boost, suspect broken camshaft. (Engine failure due to loss of glycol).
11/4/58 Repairable but beyond unit capacity, replacement not required.
16/5/55 Radar scanner housing Perspex broken.
22/10/58 Townsville, fuel leak, fuel jettisoned.
15/9/59 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
22/1/60 Transferred 3AD class 3 from 3AD class 2 for immediate reserve.
3/6/60 Transferred 3AD  class 3 to 10 Sqn for U/E replacing A73-57.
25/8/61 Approved for disposal after recovery of certain items.
22/6/62 B/S Townsville advised that aircraft purchased by Mr. Peter Hookway

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A73-63 Mk.31 12/52 3/12/52 Received 1AD ex GAF for radar fitment.
5/1/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
19/2/53 On duty at Richmond .
12/3/53 Townsville, whilst performing an asymmetric landing with No 1 engine feathered aircraft lost directional control during the flare out and drifted off the runway, although the pilot attempted to maintain height they hit a pole on the airfield, crashed and burst into flames. Instructor Flt Lt Gooding, student Flt Lt Williams and radio operator all escaped. 
16/4/53 Approval given for conversion to components.
30/4/53 Aircraft is being converted to components. 

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A73-64 Mk.31 02/53 4/2/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
26/2/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
5/5/53 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn.
12/6/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
24/7/53 Townsville, fire in rear turret during run up due to electrical short in turret power supply. Repairable but beyond unit capacity.
17/9/53 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
1/10/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
9/10/53 Townsville, excessive vibration and black smoke form exhaust stacks stbd inner.
12/11/53 Transferred to 10 Sqn Det Darwin. 
3/12/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
3/6/54 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
17/6/54 Received 10 Sqn Det Darwin ex 10 Sqn.
16/7/54 Returned to 10 Sqn.
31/8/54 Windscreen  shattered by a bird at 300 ft.
14/9/54 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for turret change.
29/10/54 Held unserviceable GAF.
5/11/54 Received 3AD ex GAF for major servicing.
6/4/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
9/4/55 Crashed Mt Superbus, total destruction, recommend write off.
27/7/55 Approval granted for write off complete with installed engines.

Crashed Mt Superbus QLD, 04/55 while on Mercy Flight.
Crew and Pax; WG CDR J.P. Costello, SQN LDR J.W. Finlay, SQN LDR C.S. Mason, FLT LT W.G.S. Cater, M. Grey (Nurse), Baby Huxley (Patient).
A prop blade and a rudder from A73-64 are currently located at the Caboolture Warplane Museum.
A rock from the crash site of this aircraft on Mt. Superbus has also been relocated to outside RAAF Amberley (under Canberra A84-201).
Starboard tail plane is on display at RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

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A73-65 Mk.31MR 05/55 12/5/55 Received 1AD ex GAF as Mk31 MR.
17/6/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD to replace A73-70.
1/9/55 Serviceable 10 Sqn.
18/2/56 Amberley-Townsville engine failure stbd outer, repairs beyond unit capacity.
7/6/56 Held U/E 10 Sqn.
19/10/56 11 Sqn, Townsville-Richmond, fuel seen leaking from pt No 2 tank cap, bent holding down screw vibrated off.
19/3/57 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
30/10/57 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD to replace A73-62.
10/9/58 11 Sqn, damaged radiator may need replacing.
12/11/59 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
13/7/60 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD for U/E.
5/5/61 Aircraft to be declared redundant when A/F hours reach 2,000.
14/6/61 Received B/S Darwin for fire fighting training pending write off authority.
25/8/61 Approval granted for conversion to a fire fighting aid.
28/12/61 Engines and airscrews to be removed and listed for disposal before conversion.
7/9/62 Airframe to be numbered Instructional Airframe No.4

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A73-66 Mk.31
Mk.31MR
07/53
05/54
14/7/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
30/10/53 Held unserviceable 1AD.
12/11/53 Held serviceable 1AD.
8/1/54 Held serviceable 1AD.
8/2/54 Issued ex 1AD to GAF for finalization of MR modification.
14/6/54 Held unserviceable GAF.
16/7/54 Held serviceable GAF.
13/8/54 Held unserviceable 1AD.
25/8/54 Issued ARDU ex GAF.
27/8/54 Received 10 Sqn ex ARDU/GAF.
12/11/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
10/2/55 Aircraft at Canberra.
11/2/55 60 miles SE of Townsville complete loss of power No 2 engine, airscrew feathered.
6/5/55 Serviceable at 10 Sqn.
26/5/55 Serviceable at Darwin.
17/6/55 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn.
19/12/55 Received 3AD ex GAF for E servicing.
6/4/56 Held Unserviceable 3AD.
24/4/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
7/6/56 Held U/E at 10 Sqn, located at Noumea.
29/10/56 Townsville, emergency landing.
5/2/57 Airscrew feathered carried out asymmetric landing.
15/12/57 No 4 engine feathered, undercarriage extended and green red light intermittent on stbd side.
?/12/57 Townsville pt outer failed, aircraft landed safely.
6/5/58 Issued to 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
28/11/58 From 3AD to 3AD immediate reserve class 3.
22/12/58 From 3AD to 10 Sqn for U/E.
25/6/59 From 10 Sqn to 3AD for incorporation of Lincoln mod No 241.
13/7/59 From 3AD to 10 Sqn for U/E.
5/10/60 From 10 Sqn to 3AD for e servicing.
13/2/61 From 3AD to 10 Sqn for U/E.
5/5/61 Aircraft classified as redundant.
5/10/61 Declared for disposal after the removal of certain items.
22/6/62 B/S Townsville advise that aircraft purchased by Mr. Peter Hookway. 
A73-67 Mk.31
Mk.31MR
03/53
10/58
31/3/53 Received 1Ad ex GAF.
14/5/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
6/8/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
22/10/53 Received 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
12/11/53 Received 10 Sqn ex Det Darwin.
28/1/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
24/2/54 Momote, low oil pressure and high oil temperature caused eventual overspeeding of airscrew. Suspect bearing failure.
4/3/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
9/4/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn Darwin.
6/12/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn. 
9/12/54 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
20/4/55 Held unserviceable 3AD.
5/5/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
26/5/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn Darwin.
4/8/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
18/8/55 Aircraft located at Darwin.
5/12/55 Darwin, hit a bird, No 2 engine lost power, damaged radiator.
7/6/56 Held U/E 10 Sqn, located at Manus.
11/10/56 Held serviceable Darwin.
24/10/56 Issued ex 10 Sqn to 3AD for E servicing and incorporation of MR mods.
30/10/58 Issued ex 3AD to 10 Sqn for IR class 3.
19/11/58 Issued ex 10 Sqn IR to 10 Sqn for U/E.
26/1/59 Drop off radiator temperature No 3 then engine feathered. 
13/7/60 Issued ex 10 Sqn to 3AD for E servicing.
20/10/60 Issued ex 3AD to 10 Sqn for U/E.
5/5/61 Aircraft classified as redundant.
5/10/61 This aircraft to be declared for disposal after the removal of certain items.
22/6/62 B/S Townsville advise that this aircraft has been purchased by Mr. Peter Hookway.

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A73-68 Mk.31
Mk.31MR
05/53
11/55
12/5/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for installation of ASV Mk 7 equipment.
26/5/53 Received ARDU for special fitment.
26/8/53 Attached to RAAF element AJASS ex 10 Sqn.
1/10/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
5/10/53 Received 1AD ex 10 Sqn for block change.
22/10/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
30/10/53 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for cat B storage.
17/11/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
29/1/54 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for upgrade to MR standard.
28/5/54 Held unserviceable GAF.
27/8/54 Received 10 Sqn ex GAF via 1AD.
6/12/54 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
14/12/54 Milne Bay, No 3 surged to 2650 rpm, airscrew feathered , broken linkage to CSU.
10/2/55 Aircraft held at Canberra.
12/5/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
16/5/55 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for finalization of MR mod and servicing.
9/8/55 Unserviceable at GAF.
24/11/55 Received 1AD ex GAF for radio and armament fitment.
27/1/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
22/3/56 Richmond, damage by hurricane debris, repair on site by 2AD .
27/4/56 Received 10 Sqn ex 2AD.
28/5/56 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
22/10/56 Issued 10 Sqn ex 3AD for U/E class 1.
1/2/57 Townsville, No 2 engine feathered, asymmetric landing.
14/6/57 10 Sqn, damage to aircraft during low level practice bombing over the sea.
26/3/58 Rattlesnake Island, pt elevator holed and stbd main plane damaged by bomb.
16/5/58 Townsville, engine low oil pressure, possible engine change.
1/7/55 Townsville, engine failure on takeoff, asymmetric landing at base. 
19/11/58 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for E servicing.
20/5/59 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD for U/E class 1.
1/3/61 Received 3AD general reserve class 4 from 10 Sqn U/E class 1.
5/5/61 Classified as redundant.
5/10/61 This aircraft to be declared for disposal after removal of certain items.
22/6/62 B/S Townsville advised that this aircraft purchased by Mr. Peter Hookway.

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A73-69 Mk.31 06/53 10/6/53 received 1AD ex GAF for fitment of ASV Mk 7 radar equipment..
19/9/53 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD for U/E.
1/10/53 Received 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
22/10/53 Returned to 10 Sqn.
3/12/53 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
5/12/53 Issued 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
7/1/54 Received ex 10 Sqn Det Darwin.
27/5/54 Townsville, internal damage, suspect lower inclined bevel gear damaged.
30/9/54 Held unserviceable 10 Sqn.
4/11/54 Transferred to Det Darwin.
16/12/54 Returned from Darwin.
4/4/55 Received 3AD ex 10 Sqn for major servicing.
7/4/55 Aircraft stored temporarily at 3AD Archerfield.
25/10/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 3AD.
18/1/56 Garbutt,
fwd bomb bay tank fell out on landing jacking the fuselage up and breaking its back. Repair beyond unit capacity.
15/8/56 Approval granted for conversion to components.
30/11/56 Airframe only transferred to 3AD for conversion.
8/3/59 Conversion completed. 

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A73-70 Mk.31
Mk31MR
07/53
07/55
17/7/53 Received 1AD ex GAF for completion of radar fitment.
30/10/53 Held unserviceable 1AD.
11/12/53 Received GAF ex 1AD for upgrade to MR standard.
28/5/54 Held unserviceable GAF.
25/8/54 Received ARDU ex GAF for test schedule 1163/73/49.
28/8/54 Received 10 Sqn ex ARDU for cat B storage I/R.
9/9/54 Allocated U/E 10 Sqn.
14/1/55 Held serviceable 10 Sqn.
1/3/55 Received GAF ex 10 Sqn for finalization of MR fitment and servicing.
23/6/55 Held unserviceable GAF.
20/7/55 Received 1AD ex GAF fro CTOs inspection.
1/9/55 Received 10 Sqn ex 1AD.
29/9/55 Located at Richmond.
2/12/55 Cleveland Bay, rough running pt outer.
6/3/56 Townsville, aircraft back broken during cyclone.
4/7/56 Approval granted to convert airframe to components, engines and power plant to go to 3AD for serviceability checks.
30/11/56 Allotted to 3AD ex 10 Sqn for conversion.
8/3/59 Conversion completed.

Highlight for Album: Lincoln A73-70

A73-71 Mk.31 08/53 6/8/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
7/8/53 Received 3AD and proceeded to 3AD Det A at Archerfield for cat C storage.
1/11/54 Held cat C 3AD.
1/5/56 Held cat C 3AD.
15/1/58 Held 3AD Archerfield.
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Approved for disposal.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

Lincoln Mk.31 A73-71. 
GAF, Fishermans Bend, c.1953, 
via Mike Mirkovic.

A73-72 Mk.31 08/53 24/8/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
2/9/53 Received 3AD ex 1AD.
6/10/53 Received 3AD Archerfield for cat C storage.
1/11/54 Held cat C Archerfield.
28/2/55 Held Cat C Archerfield.
22/10/56 Held cat C Archerfield.
14/3/57 Held U/S R 3AD.
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Approved for disposal.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.
A73-73 Mk.31 10/53 1/10/53 Received 1AD ex GAF.
2/10/53 Received 3AD ex 1AD for cat C storage.
1/11/54 Held cat C 3AD.
28/2/55 Held cat C 3AD.
1/6/56 Held cat C 3AD.
28/5/57 Held cat C Archerfield.
15/1/58 Held cat C Archerfield.
14/8/58 Aircraft downgraded.
23/10/58 Approved for disposal.
3/6/59 Listed for disposal.

 Lincoln A73-73

 
     

   

           Highlight for Album: Unidentified Lincoln photos

     
 

                                   

 The RAF Lincolns

On 16/4/46 RA648 came to Australia to participate in tropical trials, it was attached to the Aircraft Performance Unit at Laverton but most of the trials seem to have been carried out at Darwin: it returned to the UK on 5/6/47.

Additionally during the late 1940s and early 1950s a number of RAF B2 Lincolns came to Australia, although technically attached to the ARDU at Laverton they were in fact mostly operated by ARDU Trials Flight (Trials Flight) later to become No1 Air Trials Unit at Woomera, No 2 Air trials unit at Edinburgh and ARDU Det A at Mallala; the air and ground crews were mixed RAF and RAAF.
They were used for a number of trials including engine trials and weapons release trials, Woomera being the predominant location for the bombing trials.
The weapons trials involved dropping conventional bombs, including the WWII 12,000 pound Tallboy from very high altitudes.
 The RAF B2s were used because their Merlin 86 engines allowed them to achieve a much higher altitude than the RAAF Mk 30s.

RE339, RF403 and RE418 were fitted with Armstrong Siddeley Python turboprops with eight bladed counter rotating propellers on the outboard stations; during trials at Bitteswell in the UK RE418 had attained a height of 38,000 ft with an all up weight of 58,300 lbs; in Australia it is reported that a height of 43,000 ft was reached, no doubt with a minimum AUW. These aircraft were used for the ballistic casing drop tests of the Blue Danube  atomic weapon. Technology at that time meant that the actual thermonuclear device was a sphere 5 ft in diameter and was enclosed in a streamlined bomb twenty four feet long and weighing 10,000 lb. Normal drops were carried out at 275 mph from a height of 34,783 ft.

RE339 and RE418 had been fitted with a pair of Bristol Theseus turboprops for flight tests but must have then been converted to Pythons before coming to Australia.

All of these aircraft were scrapped in Australia during or at the conclusion of the trials.

                                                       Pythons, Theseus and Proteus

Rapid development of jet engines post war saw many Lincolns used as flying test beds, in 1947 RE339 was fitted with a pair of Theseus turboprops and after ground and flight tests was put onto the Egypt run 1948/49, the engine was then superseded by the Proteus, it can safely be assumed that RE418 followed a similar life. RF403, RE339 and SX972 are all mentioned as having been fitted with Pythons, the Python was to be used for the Westland Wyvern fighter, I think that RF403 and SX972 were the first two to be used. We know RF403 is correct via Stewart Wilson, SX972 had it's Pythons replaced by the Proteus, so now there is just one Python Lincoln. At about that time the Blue Danube atomic bomb became a hot potato, the Lincoln was the only aircraft capable of handling the bomb and the Python engined version the only one able to get anywhere near the desired 50,000ft drop height. Some drop tests were carried out in the UK before moving to Woomera. Obviously more aircraft were needed, RE339 and RE418 both had all the plumbing and engine controls required to operate with a kerosene powered jet engine so logically they were both converted to Pythons.

There is considerable confusion as to what engines were actually fitted to RE339 and RE418 during the Woomera trials, both of these aircraft had serial numbers of Python engines listed on their history cards, in view of that and lacking any proof to the contrary I must conclude that they were in fact Python Lincolns. If you have any information or pictures to confirm or deny this please feel free to contact us.(question@adf-serials.com.au)

Rod Farquhar.

 
 
 

 

RAF serial Aircraft History
RA638 13/1/49 Taken on charge ARDU ex ARDU Det A
21/1/49 Serious corrosion main planes  and fuselage A/C grounded pending direction A/F HQ
2/2/49 Issued 1 AD ex ARDU for correction
28/2/49 Re/issued ARDU ex 1 AD on completion
21/4/49 Issued ARDU TF Det A ex ARDU
22/2/51 Unserviceable Trials Flight / Board of Survey
19/3/51 Allotted ARDU TF to ARDU Laverton for Board of Survey
24/3/51 Awaiting survey report
3/5/51 Awaiting survey report
1/11/51 Awaiting survey report
19/3/52 To be allotted ex ARDU to 1AD for corrosion of airframe under terms ofAFO 19/13/18 Air Board minute A5151324 dated 7May 1946 after engines and all spares taken out
6/5/52 Allotted 1AD ex ARDU for correction
28/1/52 1 AD now to issue off fuselage complete as per schedule, less tail plane, fins, rudder and main planes to East Sale for training purposes and to be numbered Lincoln Instructional No 2
25/11/52 Fuselage has been issued as per QC1972
19/10/53 Airframe approved for disposal

Lincoln RA638

RA640 14/8/52 Brought on charge ARDU Trials Flight
19/9/52 Minor inspection Trials Flight
20/1/53 At Woomera, SO engine failure at 35,000 ft due to fuel starvation
1/10/53 Held Serviceable Trials Flight
19/10/53 At Woomera, damaged fuselage front, stbd main plane, unrepairable at unit, replacement A/C not required
5/11/53 Held Unserviceable at Trials Flight
15/12/53 At Woomera, loss of oil No1 engine, asymmetric landing carried out
15/2/54 Trials Flight engine failure, loss of oil pressure, engine feathered
11/11/54 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
25/11/54 Serviceable Trials Flight
11/2/55 Heavy landing at Woomera
18/5/55 ATU S/O engine feathered, asymmetric landing carried out
28/11/55 A/C allotted to MaintenanceSqn Edinburgh for minor serv
23/1/56 Allotted ATU ex Edinburgh after service
14/9/56 Held Serv at ATU
17/10/56  Allotted B/Sqn Edinburgh ex ATU for disposal action
12/12/56 Approval granted to convert A/C for instructional purposes for fire fighting training
10/6/57 Written off
RA644 19/1/50 Brought on charge ARDU Det A Mallala
18/8/50 Allotted Trials Flight ex ARDU
22/2/51 Held Serv Trials Flight
1/3/51 Skin repairs Trials Flight
31/5/51 Unserviceable minor repairs
5/6/51 Unserviceable engine change Trials Flight
11/6/51 Serv Trials Flight
18/6/51 Unserviceable engine change Trials Flight
19/7/51 Unserviceable engine change Trials Flight
2/8/51 Serv Trials Flight
15/11/51 Unserviceable engine change Trials Flight
19/9/52 Unserviceable awaiting spares Trials Flight
3/9/53 Held Unserviceable at Trials Flight
2/10/53 At Woomera, tail of RA644 struck Stbd wheel of RA640, damage to rear fuselage and empennage, repairable but beyond unit capacity
31/3/55 Held Unserviceable at Trials Flight
19/5/55 Held Serviceable Trials Flight
28/11/55 Allotted to Maintenance Sqn Edinburgh
31/1/56 Held Unserviceable at Edinburgh
14/9/56 Held Serv at ATU
13/10/56 To B/Sqn Edinburgh for disposal action
12/9/57 Disposal in progress

RA648

16/4/46 A/C brought on charge at 1APU on loan from RAF indent 6006
17/4/46 Allotted DAP maint for 75 hr inspection
17/4/46 Re/allotted 1APU ex DAP on completion
15/10/46 Engine failure on ground Darwin 2/10/46 engine 197237 replaced with 193261
1/11/46 To be stored cat B
18/3/47 Allotted Beaufort Division ex 1APU for mods
???/47 Re/allotted 1APU ex Beaufort Division
5/6/47 Issued Air Ministry UK 1APU Q1152/6/47

Highlight for Album: Lincoln RA648

RE258 30/3/51 To ARDU Trials Flight ex RAF Boscombe
A/C was ferried to Woomera 30 March and now undergoing inspection and preparation for trials with large stores, at moment being brought on charge
2/4/51 Engine change and flight test completed.
5/4/51 Minor inspection Trials Flight
26/4/51 Minor repair Trials Flight
10/5/51 Serviceable Trials Flight
19/7/51 Serviceable Trials Flight
9/9/52 Awaiting spares Trials Flight
19/2/53 Held unserviceable Trials Flight
19/3/53 Aircraft to be converted to components
27/7/53 Conversion completed
RE259 22/6/48 Received ARDU ex UK
6/12/48 Transferred to ARDU Det A Mallala
21/1/49 Serious corrosion discovered main planes and fuselage  A/C grounded
2/2/49 Allotted 1 AD for repairs
3/3/49 Received ARDU ex 1AD
10/3/49 Received Det A Mallala ex ARDU
14/10/50 To ARDU ex TF for complete engine change
22/2/51
Unserviceable awaiting spares Trials Flight
12/4/51
Unserviceable awaiting decision survey report
19/4/51
Unserviceable undergoing engine change
19/7/51
Unserviceable major inspection and engine change
19/9/52 Minor inspection Trials Flight
19/2/53
Unserviceable Trials Flight
19/3/53 Approval to convert A/C to components
22/7/53 Conversion completed

Lincoln RE259

RE 339
Python
18/9/52 Held Serviceable at ARDU Trials Flight
20/11/52 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
28/1/53 Stbd inner Merlin failed followed by failure of Stbd outer Python due to fuel starvation. Python could not be re/lit after descending to low altitude, two engine landing carried out
5/3/53 Held Serviceable at Trials Flight
30/6/53 At Woomera Range, rough running and backfiring No 2 Merlin, asymmetric landing carried out
20/7/53 Serviceable at Trials Flight
5/11/53 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
26/2/54 At Woomera, damage to rear fuselage, Stbd rudder and Stbd fin. A/C jumped Stbd chock on ground run
9/4/54 Serviceable at Trials Flight
8/6/54 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
24/2/55 Serviceable at Trials Flight
7/7/55 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
20/1/56 UK request return of aircraft as no longer required
5/10/56 Request to cease maintenance pending disposal action
17/10/56 Allotted B/Sqn Edinburgh ex ATU Woomera for disposal action
28/5/57 Held Edinburgh for disposal as scrap metal with Python Mk1 Nos 128 and 145 and Merlin Mk86 Nos 196455 and 197943
Highlight for Album: Lincoln RE339
RE418
Python
29/10/52 Held at ARDU Trials Flight
13/11/52 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
28/11/52 A/C climbed to 3,500 ft when engine failed, asymmetric landing carried out
5/12/52 After discovering that his two fellow crew members had been rendered unconscious due to lack of oxygen whilst on a high level flight of 32,000 ft, the pilot Frank Wilson DFC RAAF commenced an emergency descent to 10,000ft where he was able to assist in their recovery. his action undoubtedly saved their lives but the aircraft was so overstressed that it was recommended for scrapping.
19/2/53 Held Unserviceable at Trials Flight. Approval has been given to convert to components, airframe only. The front and center fuselage and DRC compass inst to be transferred to WRE Salisbury for test installation purposes
13/6/53 Approval given for conversion to components
22/7/53 Conversion completed

Highlight for Album: Lincoln RE418

RF403 Python 24/2/54 Allotted ARDU  Trials Flight ex UK for bomb release trials
25/3/54 Held serviceable at Trials Flight
5/8/54  Serviceable at Trials Flight
24/2/55 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
22/9/55 Unserviceable at Trials Flight
20/1/56 UK MOSS (A) request approval to return A/C to UK as no longer required
16/5/56 Edinburgh likely to request allotment to 1 AD Det B Toc for No 6 class special reserve storage pending decision re disposal
1/6/56 Allotted 1 AD Det B Toc ex ATU
20/11/56 Held cat C storage Toc
14/2/57 Declared for disposal as scrap metal
8/11/57 Collected by purchaser complete with installed engines

Highlight for Album: Lincoln RF403

RF423
 

4/4/52 Received at ARDU Trials Flight, to be brought on charge
19/9/52 Undergoing minor inspection Trials Flight
15/3/53 Rear bomb bay bulkhead damaged by impact with store released from station 12. Store fitted with lanyard to operate smoke generator apparently deflected sufficiently to cause impact. Repairable but beyond unit capacity
3/4/53 Held Serviceable at Trials Flight
4/6/53 Held serviceable at Trials Flight
15/4/54 Held serviceable at Trials Flight
8/7/54 Held unserviceable at Trials Flight
23/7/54 Allotted ARDU ex Trials Flight, to be held pending further advice
10/11/54 Allotted 3 AD ex ARDU to be held pending authority for conversion
11/8/55 Dept of Supply has approved that residue after conversion be issued to DCA
21/11/55 Conversion of airframe now complete, to be transferred to DCA on a free issue basis.
To be used for fire fighting trials with the Monegeeta Monster.

 
Highlight for Album: Lincoln RF423

The Airways Museum & Civil Aviation Historical Society's article on the Monegeeta Monster

 
     
     
     

This page is managed by Rod Farquhar.

Sources: RAAF Aircraft Status Cards, Lincoln, Canberra & F/111 In Australian Service by Stewart Wilson, Odd Jobs by Steve Eather, Mark Pilkington.

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