RAAF A76 Boeing B-29A Washington B.1
|The serial prefix A76 was
originally allocated to the Avro Tudor. The Tudor was planned to be
built in Australia alongside the the Avro Lincoln production,
however the cancellation of the Tudor contract when the aircraft
failed to live up to expectations lead to the A76 allocation became
In 1952, three Boeing B-29 Superfortress from the 88 of which were on loan to the RAF as Washington B Is were planned for transfer to the RAAF for various manufacturers trials on behalf of the UK Ministry of Supply.
The three Washingtons (WW349, WW353, & WW354) were allocated for transfer from RAF stocks to the RAAF.
Before these aircraft could
be dispatched to Australia, WW349 (which had been provisionally
allocated the serial A76-3) was damaged beyond repair on the 29th of
July 1952 while it was parked at Wisley in Surry (UK) awaiting its
test equipment fit out. It was struck in a taxiing accident
by Vickers Valiant I WB215 (also reported as WJ954 the
sole Valiant II). While the Valiant was repaired, WW349 was struck
off charge same day and no replacement aircraft was allocated for the RAAF as a
The remaining two Washingtons, WW 353 and WW 354, were flown to Australia by RAAF aircrews and arrived at ARDU Trials Flight (later Air trial Unit) on 26 September 1952 and 12 December 1952 respectively where they were allocated the serials A76-1 & A76-2 which it appears was never applied to them.
By the end of the trial period in 1956 had flown a total of 174 hours in RAAF service with WW353 (A76-1) completing the majority of the flight time with WW354 (A76-2) primarily being held as a spare aircraft.
During 1956 the two aircraft were placed in storage pending disposal decisions from the UK Ministry of Supply and the USAF.
The engines were later removed and the Washington airframes were sold for scrap in 1957.
The Authors of this page are Brendan Cowan and Darren Crick.
Source: National Archives, RAAF Status Card, RAAF Museum Website, www.joebaugher.com , http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=155196 ,
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Updated 28 June 2015
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