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ADF.Serial Aircraft.Type Const No. Aircraft History
A1-394 B47G-3B-1 3394 Delivered 05/07/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 02 Aug 65.
The first of two Bell 47’s to be deployed to Vietnam with 161 Recce Flt in Sep 65 aboard HMAS Sydney.
Arrived Vietnam 28 Sep 65. First tour in Vietnam from Sep 65 until Apr 67.
On 04 May 66 aircraft hit by ground fire - no significant damage sustained.
26 May 66 aircraft hit by ground fire whilst aircraft was running down at an LZ on 5 RAR’s AO.
Aircraft flown to Vung Tau for repair.
06 Oct 66 pilot (2Lt Bob Askew) made a forced landing after experiencing rough running and severe engine vibrations.
Aircraft was landed on a narrow road without sustaining any further damage.
Aircraft was recovered to Vung Tau for repairs.
Second tour of Vietnam from Aug 67 until Oct 68.
Written off after colliding with A1-399 at Tocumwal in NSW on 14 Nov 69.
A1-395 B47G-3B-1 3395 Delivered 02/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 27 Aug 65.
The second of two Bell 47’s to be deployed to Vietnam with 161 Recce Flt in Sep 65 aboard HMAS Sydney.
Arrived Vietnam 28 Sep 65.
On 02 Apr 66 aircraft was hit by ground fire whilst on recce mission.
Pilot (Capt Bevan Smith) was wounded in left hand and made a forced landing at nearby ARVN outpost.
No significant damaged cause to the aircraft and no injuries sustained by passenger.
On 10 Oct 66, whilst in support of 5 RAR on Operation CANBERRA this aircraft was shot down and destroyed.
The pilot (2Lt Bill Davies) was seriously injured when hit by enemy fire and his passenger was injured in the subsequent crash landing.
The wreckage was recovered back to Vung Tau.
A1-396 B47G-3B-1 3396 Delivered 27/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 27 Aug 65.
On 16 Apr 66 this aircraft along with A1-399 were sent to Terendak in Malaysia for operations with 182 Recce Flt.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Jun 67 until Dec 67 and again from Oct 68 until Jun 69.
Prior to returning to Vietnam in Oct 68 this aircraft was at 16 Avn Sqn (Recce) at RAAF Base Amberley.
Storage Sep 75.
Given to Indonesian Air Force in 1978 as H4712.

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A1-397 B47G-3B-1 3397 Delivered 13/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 13 Aug 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Jan 67 until Oct 67 and again from Jan 68 until Sep 68.
Long Term Storage Dec 73.
Sent to RSTT Wagga as a Training Aid in Feb 75.
Post 1991, this aircraft was given to the Naval Aviation Museum at Nowra for static display.
In the late 90's this aircraft was ‘acquired’ and moved to a hangar at Bankstown where it is currently being restored to flying status.
Completion date unknown.

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A1-398 B47G-3B-1 3398 Delivered 27/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 27 Aug 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Dec 67 until Feb 68.
Long Term Storage Dec 73.
Sent to RSTT Wagga as a Training Aid in Feb 75.

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A1-399 B47G-3B-1 3399 Delivered 23/09/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 23 Sep 65.
On 16 Apr 66 this aircraft along with A1-396 were sent to Terendak in Malaysia for operations with 182 Recce Flt.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Feb 68 until Nov 68.
Incident - Collided with A1-394 on 14 Nov 69 at Tocumwal.
Long Term Storage Dec 73.
Sold 14/06/84 registered as VH-HMX.
Crashed 10/06/86 4km SW of Killarney Station, NT during cattle muster with two other helicopters.
Pilot killed.

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A1-400 B47G-3B-1 3400 Delivered 27/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 27 Aug 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Jun 66 until Nov 67.
On 18 Jul 66 had a complete engine failure and forced landing.
Aircraft was recovered to Vung Tau by CH-47 Chinook.
On 22 Nov 67 was brought down by an explosion near Dat Do.
The aircraft was extensively damaged by an ensuing fire.
Pilot (Roger Colclough) and his passenger (Stephen Moore) survived the landing with minor injuries.
The aircraft was recovered back to Nui Dat where it was written off.
A1-401 B47G-3B-1 3401 Delivered 27/08/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 27 Aug 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Nov 66 until Nov 67.
On 20 Nov 67 was shot down in Thua Tich area.
Pilot (Paddy O’Brien) was trapped in aircraft, he was assisted by his observed (Brian Quee) and both were rescued by 9 Sqn UH-1.
No major injuries were sustained.
Because of location and accessibility to enemy forces the aircraft was destroyed by an air strike in situ.
A1-402 B47G-3B-1 3402 Delivered 23/09/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 23 Sep 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Nov 66 until Nov 67 and from 06/68.
Sent to RSTT Wagga as a Training Aid in Feb 75.
Damaged 29 Jul 77?
Late 1991 this aircraft was moved to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook, Vic.
This aircraft was subsequently ‘acquired’ (on loan) by Air World at Wangaratta, Vic, for static display.
Noted on the back of a truck at Bungowannah between Albury and Howlong, NSW on 22/12/02.

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A1-403 B47G-3B-1 3403 Delivered 17/09/65.
Began service with 16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn (16ALA) at RAAF Base Amberley on 17 Sep 65.
Deployed to Vietnam with 161 (Indep) Recce Flt from Apr 67 until Jun 67.
Aircraft arrived in Vietnam on 20 Apr aboard HMAS Sydney along with A1-407.
On 02 Jun 67 aircraft suffered engine failure.
Pilot (Ross Hutchinson) and his passenger sustained injuries.
The aircraft was subsequently written off.
A1-404 B47G-3B-1 3404 Delivered 03/11/65.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 07/06/66 - 30/04/67 & 11/67 - 09/68.
On 21/02/67, The then Army Captain J Campbell earned a DFC in Vietnam in this aircraft after landing in a minefield several times to rescue injured soldiers.
Major Campbell was on the crew for its last flight.
Storage 12/73, to Australian War Memorial 13/06/79.
On display in the AWM's Post '45 Conflicts exhibit.

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A1-405 B47G-3B-1 3405 Delivered 03/11/65.
Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was taken for a ride in 405 in 1966.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 02/68 - 09/68.
In Sumatra 1971.
Storage 12/73.
Training Aid Wagga NSW. RAAF Museum, Point Cook VIC.
Noted on the back of a truck at Bungowannah between Albury and Howlong, NSW on 22/12/02.
Under restoration by Andrew Ronald in Albury NSW.

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A1-406 B47G-3B-1 3406 Delivered 03/11/65.
Storage 12/73.
Training Aid Wagga NSW 29/07/77,
Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey. QLD.
Currently on display Vietnam Veteran's Museum at Newhaven, Phillip Island, Vic.

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A1-407 B47G-3B-1 3407 Delivered 03/11/65.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/67 - 02/68.
182 Recce Sqn at Singapore 06/69- 03/70.
Storage 12/73,
Training Aid Wagga NSW 29/07/77,
Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD.
Now on Display Bandiana Army Museum.

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A1-408 B47G-3B-1 3408 Delivered 07/02/66.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 06/66 - 09/67 & 12/67 - 09/67.
Storage 12/73,
Sold 18/06/84 as VH-KSO.
Still Flying 07/99.
26/04/1988 Accident 3 KM WNW of Kunnunurra, WA - Substantial damage.
18/01/2011 Registered to Shane Grant, Bellthorpe via Woodford, QLD.
Current

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A1-409 B47G-3B-1 3409 Delivered 05/11/65.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 06/66 - 09/67.
Destroyed 26/05/67, Xuyen Moc. South Vietnam. When tail rotor was shot and destroyed, aircraft was force landed.
Aircraft later destroyed in rocket attack by US aircraft.
Pilot: Blair Weaver ok.
A1-410 B47G-3B-1 3410 Delivered 05/11/65.
Storage 06/75,
RAAF Museum,
Camden Museum.

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A1-560 B47G-2 2560 Delivered 24/10/60.
Crashed 06/62.
A1-561 B47G-2 2561 Delivered 24/10/60.
Crashed 27/08/62.
Undershot a landing pad near Mt Stradbroke, QLD, crashed then caught fire after sliding down the hill.
OFFCDT Marshall died on 05/10/62.
Crew; SDNLDR H. McLoughlin & OFFCDT A. Marshall.

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A1-562 B47G-2 2562 Delivered 24/10/60.
Crashed 21/01/65

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A1-563 B47G-2 2563 Delivered 04/12/60.
Crashed 20/05/68, near Ipswich QLD.
A1-564 B47G-2 2564 Delivered 12/12/60.
Sold 7/77 as VH-RFE.
Still Flying 07/99.
07/06/2005 Registered to Kenneth Watts, Alice Springs, NT,
Current

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A1-565 B47G-2 2565 Delivered 12/12/60.
Sold 7/77 as VH-PSL.
Crashed 18/06/79.

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A1-566 B47G-2 2566 Delivered 12/12/60.
Sold 7/77 as VH-RFY.
Still Flying 07/99.
17/03/2006 Registered to Sara Fisher, Humpty Doo, NT,
Current
A1-567 B47G-2 2567 Delivered 11/01/61.
Sold 7/77 as VH-RGX.
Destroyed by fire on 02/03/78.

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A1-568 B47G-2 2568 Delivered 07/01/61. Crashed 26/06/66,
Training Aid Wagga NSW 29/03/68.
Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD.

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A1-569 B47G-2 2569 Delivered 07/01/61.
Crashed 01/11/61,
Training Aid Wagga NSW 06/05/63,
RSTT 6/75.
Current training aid at RSTT Wagga

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A1-570 B47G-2 2570 Delivered 07/01/61.
Damaged 27/05/70,
Sold 72 as VH-PDT and later exported to NZ as ZK-HJD.
30/06/1978 Accident Hukarere Station, Waikaia. No Further Details.
Registration cancelled July 1978
A1-635 B47G-3B-1 6635 Delivered 05/01/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 11/68 - 04/69 & 09/69 - 23/03/70.
Destroyed 23/03/70, Nui Dat. South Vietnam.
Pilot Bob Hills.

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A1-636 B47G-3B-1 6636 Delivered 11/09/67.
Crashed 12/02/70, PNG.
A1-637 B47G-3B-1 6637 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 06/70 - 09/11/70.
Damaged 03/05/70, took hits on tail rotor and was forced to return to base.
Destroyed 09/11/70, Phuoc Tuy South Vietnam - burst into flames on the ground, crew escaped ok.
Pilot: Terry Hayes.
A1-638 B47G-3B-1 6638 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 12/68 - 06/69 & 07/70 - 01/71.
Storage 11/74, to Indonesia '78 as H4711.

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A1-639 B47G-3B-1 6639 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 12/68 - 18/02/69.
Crashed 18/02/69, South Vietnam.
Pilot: Ted Brooker.
A1-640 B47G-3B-1 6640 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 03/69 - 08/69.
Into Storage 4/75. To Naval Aviation Museum.
On Loan from the Museum, At Holsworthy in 1986 for the 21st Anniversary of the formation and deployment of 161 Recce Flt to Vietnam (See Photo).
On Display at the Naval Air Museum - Now Australia's Museum of Flight, Nowra NSW.

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A1-641 B47G-3B-1 6641 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 07/70 - 03/71.
Crashed 28/09/71, Lanefield QLD.

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A1-642 B47G-3B-1 6642 Delivered 11/09/67.
Storage 12/74,
Sold 01/03/84 as VH-KSL.
Crashed 10/07/88. 20 KM East of Narbarlec Station, NT.
"The pilot had shut down the helicopter to kill and load meat for a stock camp. After starting and completing the after-start checks, the pilot first entered a low hover. The aircraft was then put into a high hover about 10 ft above the tree tops before a climb was initiated into a wind of 15-20 kts. The pilot reported that as he accelerated through about 40 kts, he noticed a substantial reduction in the manifold pressure reading with the engine RPM at about 3000. The aircraft then began to sink into the tree tops. Some 100 metres further on, the main rotor blades struck a large tree trunk and the aircraft fell to the ground on its right side. The pilot was rendered unconscious at impact, but after regaining consciousness he assisted the surviving passenger from the wreckage and freed the other passenger's leg from under the cabin before dragging him clear. A strip inspection of the engine and turbocharger revealed significant defects. These included the density controller was set below tolerance; a cracked and warped wastegate butterfly; and a sticking wastegate actuator. Physical damage to the engine was attributed to poor engine handling. The cumulative effects of these defects would have reduced the available power output from the engine, but do not in themselves explain the symptoms reported by the pilot. In addition, the power available was sufficient for the pilot to execute a towering take-off. A turbocharger failure would have produced the loss of power experienced by the pilot, but no possible cause or result of such a failure was discovered. The pilot reportedly did not make a significant reduction in power after the high hover, so that it is unlikely that a sticking wastegate caused the problem. The cause of the reported loss of power was not determined."
A1-643 B47G-3B-1 6643 Delivered 16/10/67.
Crashed 09/12/67, Singleton NSW.
A1-644 B47G-3B-1 6644 Delivered 11/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/69 - 09/69.
Crashed 29/03/71, Tinaroo QLD.
A1-645 B47G-3B-1 6645 Delivered 25/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 11/68 - 05/69.
Storage 10/74, to Indonesia as H4710.
A1-646 B47G-3B-1 6646 Delivered 25/09/67.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/69 - 09/69.
Storage 06/75, to Indonesia as H4709.
A1-647 B47G-3B-1 6647 Delivered 25/09/67.
Crashed 19/06/72, Cleveland Bay QLD.

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A1-648 B47G-3B-1 6648 Delivered 05/01/68.
Written Off 05/72, Oakey QLD.
A1-660 B47G-2A 2660 Delivered 01/62.
Sold 26/06/86 as VH-ORC.
Still Flying 07/99.
06/12/2005 Registered to Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd, Pacific Paradise, QLD.
Current

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A1-672 B47G-2A 2672 Delivered 09/02/62.
Sold

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A1-673 B47G-3B-1 6673 Delivered 29/04/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 11/68 - 06/69.
Storage 08/75,
Sold 29/03/85 as VH-HMI.
Still Flying 07/99.
27/11/2011 Registered to Duncan investments (QLD) Pty Ltd, Clermont, QLD.
Current

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A1-720 B47G-3B-1 6672 Delivered 28/04/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 11/68 - 07/69.
Storage 08/75,
Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD for flying display.

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A1-721 B47G-2A 2721 Delivered 12/10/62.
First A1-721,
Crashed 16/12/62 New Guinea.

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A1-721 B47G-3B-1 7401 Delivered 22/11/68.
Second A1-721.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 05/71 - 08/71.
Storage 08/75, to Indonesia as H4708.

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A1-722 B47G-3B-1 7402 Delivered 22/11/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 08/69 - 03/70 & 09/70 - 05/71.
Crashed 29/11/73, Mt Wilhelm PNG.
A1-723 B47G-3B-1 7403 Delivered 22/11/68.
Crashed 16/03/70, Singleton NSW.
A1-724 B47G-3B-1 7404 Delivered 22/11/68.
Damaged 09/73, Amberley QLD.
Sold 01/03/84 as VH-KSM.
Still Flying 07/99.
12/04/2010 Registered to Murray Kester, Melville, WA,
Current
A1-725 B47G-3B-1 7405 Delivered 22/11/68.
Crashed 06/73, Cooktown QLD.
A1-726 B47G-3B-1 7406 Delivered 22/11/68.
Storage 04/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4707.
A1-727 B47G-3B-1 7407 Delivered 04/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/70 - 07/70 & 11/70 - 08/71.
Storage 04/75.
A1-728 B47G-3B-1 7408 Delivered 04/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/70 - 08/70 & 03/71 - 08/71.
Storage 06/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4706.
A1-729 B47G-3B-1 7409 Delivered 04/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/69 - 02/70 & 08/70 - 04/71.
Storage 04/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4705.
A1-730 B47G-3B-1 7410 Delivered 05/12/68.
Storage 11/74, to Indonesia '78 as H4704.
A1-731 B47G-3B-1 7411 Delivered 04/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 06/69 - 03/70 .
Crashed 05/03/73, West Malaysia.
A1-732 B47G-3B-1 7412 Delivered 04/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 07/69 - 04/70 & 10/70 - 07/71.
Crashed 10/73, PNG.
Brisbane TAFE for restoration.
Museum of Army Aviation, Oakey QLD.

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A1-733 B47G-3B-1 7413 Delivered 05/12/68.
Storage 08/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4703.

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A1-734 B47G-3B-1 7414 Delivered 05/12/68.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/70 - 10/70 & 05/71 - 08/71.
Crashed 24/08/72, Ioma PNG.
A1-735 B47G-3B-1 7415 Delivered 21/01/69.
Written Off 09/69.
A1-736 B47G-3B-1 7416 Delivered 21/01/69.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 04/69 - 02/70.
Storage 09/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4702.
A1-737 B47G-3B-1 7417 Delivered 21/01/69.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 06/69 - 04/70.
Storage 08/75, to Indonesia '78 as H4701.

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A1-738 B47G-3B-1 7418 Delivered 11/04/69.
Last Sioux delivered to the ADF.
It was actually a gift aircraft from Bell that was sold to the ADF for a nominal $1. The catch was that it could not be resold.
Served with 161 Recce Flight Vietnam, 08/69 - 04/70 & 01/71 - 13/09/71.
MAAF 12/75, Indonesia Demo 06/76,
Queensland Air Museum on loan from Museum of Army Aviation.
Currently on display at RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.

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The Author of this page is Len Avery (Updated by Brendan Cowan),

Sources: Australian Aviation Magazine, CASA Aircraft Register, The Book: Target Charlie, 161 Recce Flight Website, Len Avery, www.atsb.gov.au , www.regosearch.com, www.airport-data.com , www.casa.gov.au , www.aviation-safety.net ,

Emails: Dean Norman, Daniel Leahy, Len Avery, Jack Ellis, Greg Hyde, Daniel Leahy, Evan Sawyer, Graham 'Ned' Kelly, Lee Gordon-Brown.

Updated 07 October 2013

 

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