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Serial RAF.Serial c/n Aircraft history
NZ151 L2222 n/k Previously L2222. On loan from FAA 1938-1943.
Allocated to "Leander" in June 1938.
BOC with Unit 36, Hobsonville 30 January 1943 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Coded "Z-4".
With Seaplane Training Flight, Hobsonville from 21 November 1944 until June 1945.
Stored at Woodbourne prior to being returned to Royal Navy on 07 September 1945.
NZ152 L2236 n/k Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
Serialled L2236 with No.712 Squadron, RAF.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939.
With HMS Cumberland and HMS Exeter.
On loan from FAA 1941-1943.
Allocated to "Achilles" in 1941.
BOC with Unit 36, Hobsonville 30 January 1943 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Coded "B".
With Seaplane Training Flight, Hobsonville until mid 1945.
Stored at Woodbourne prior to being returned to Royal Navy on 07 September 1945.
NZ153 L2285 n/k Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939. Serialled L2285.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939. On loan from FAA 1942-1943.
BOC at Hobsonville 30 January 1943 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Crashed 18 March 1943.
The aircraft had an engine failure immediately after taking off from the Waitemata Harbour at about 2300 hours.
It bounced off the surface of the water and then dived beneath it.
Pilot Officer Morris Bee killed, Sergeant D. Leslie and Aircraftman A. Larkman injured.
Aircraft written off books at Hobsonville on 29 March 1943.
NZ154 W2707 s Previously W2707.
On loan from FAA 1942-1943.
To Qantas at Rose bay in April 1942.
Received by No.9 Squadron, RAAF on 05 June 1942 and allocated to New Zealand.
Shipped to Wellington on "Rimutaka" arriving on 16 June 1942.
BOC with Unit 36, Hobsonville 30 January 1943 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Crashed in the upper Waitemata Harbour off Hobsonville on 10 October 1944.
As the aircraft took off a wave damaged the port float and wing tip.
The aircraft settled back onto the water and as the port wing touched the water nosed in and sank.
Flying Officer John Marshall and Flying Officer William Morrison killed but LAC Whitefield survived.
The pilots' bodies were recovered from the aircraft which was located in 7 fathoms of water off Chelsea Wharf the next day.
Written off books at Hobsonville on 21 November 1944.
NZ155 W2724 s Previously W2724.
On loan from FAA 1941-1943.
BOC at Hobsonville 30 January 1943 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Crashed 09 February 1943 probably prior to operating in RNZAF service.
Written off books as converted to instructional airframe INST50 at Hobsonville on 09 February 1943.
NZ156 X9507 s Previously X9507.
Arrived in New Zealand on "Port Phillip".
Allocated to RNZAF and BOC at Hobsonville 30 September 1944 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
until end of July 1945 before being stored at Hobsonville until July 1946.
Sold from Hobsonville to C.F. Cook, Whangarei on 29 October 1947.
On-sold to R.H. Exton, Auckland on 03 December 1947.
Transported by road from Hobsonville to Mangere in RNZAF colours for storage.
Reduced to scrap in late 1949 with airframe parts being sold to Amphibian Airways of Lae, New Guinea.
NZ157 W2700 s Previously W2700.
Served on HMS Kenya and HMS Pegasus.
Arrived in New Zealand on "Port Phillip".
Allocated to RNZAF and BOC at Hobsonville 30 September 1944 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Coded "K".
Used until end of July 1945 before being stored at Woodbourne from December 1945.
Sold from Woodbourne to J.M. Gould, Paraparaumu on 11 June 1947.
Flown unregistered from Woodbourne to Paraparaumu on 11 June 1947.
Broken up in Gould's Paraparaumu garage sometime after December 1947.
NZ158 X9512 s Previously X9512.
Arrived in New Zealand on "Port Phillip".
Allocated to RNZAF and BOC at Hobsonville 30 September 1944 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Used until end of August 1945 before being stored at Hobsonville until July 1946.
Sold from Hobsonville to C. F. Cook, Whangarei on 29 October 1947 with only 108 hours on the airframe.
On-sold to R.H. Exton, Auckland on 03 December 1947.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AMJ.
Flown in RNZAF colours from Hobsonville to Mangere for storage.
Reduced to scrap in late 1949 with airframe parts being sold to Amphibian Airways of Lae, New Guinea.
NZ159 W2790 s Previously W2740.
Served on HMS Belfast and with No.264 Squadron RAF in Blida, Algeria.
Arrived in New Zealand on "Pipiriki".
Allocated to RNZAF and BOC at Hobsonville 01 November 1944 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Crashed on takeoff from Auckland Harbour on 25 January 1945 while on a training flight.
Flying Officer J. Wylie, Pilot Officer N. Irwin, LAC E. Walworth and AC1 R. Scrimgeour injured.
The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and written off the books at Hobsonville on 19 February 1945.
NZ160 W3021 s Previously W3021.
Arrived in New Zealand on "Pipiriki".
Allocated to RNZAF and BOC at Hobsonville 01 November 1944 for use with Seaplane Training Flight RNZAF.
Coded "R".
Used until end of August 1945 before being stored at Woodbourne.
Sold from Woodbourne to J.M. Gould, Paraparaumu on 11 June 1947.
Water taxied for 7 hours across Cook Strait to Paraparaumu 24 July 1947.
Broken up in Gould's Paraparaumu garage sometime after December 1947.
K5774 K5774 ? On loan from FAA 1936-1938.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Embarked on HMS Achilles in April 1936 and arrived in Auckland on 06 September of that year.
The aircraft was catapulted from the ship about an hour before berthing and was flown to Hobsonville.
Codes Z-1, Z-2, Z-4.
Returned to the United Kingdom on HMS Achilles in 1938.
K5782 K5782 ? On loan from FAA 1941.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Assigned to 700 Squadron from February 1940-March 1944 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Embarked on HMS Leander in March 1941 to replace L2188.
Code Z-2.
Assigned to 700 Squadron until 24 March 1944.
K5783 K5783 ? On loan from FAA 1937-1939.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Embarked on HMS Achilles to replace L2241.
Code Z-2.
Assigned to 720 Squadron.
Sank in 300 fathoms of water off Aitutaki on 15 July 1939 after slipping from the crane while being recovered from a flight.
Lieutenant Sykes and Telegraphist Trent uninjured.
K8541 K8541 ? On loan from FAA 1937.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Embarked on HMS Leander in April 1937.
Arrived in Auckland on board the ship on 18 August of that year.
Assigned to 720 Squadron.
Crashed Wellington Harbour after water landing with undercarriage down 24 November 1937.
Lieutenant G. Nicholl, Corporal Ison and LAC Simcox uninjured but aircraft written off.
K8545 K8545 ? On loan from FAA.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
No other details known.
K8558 K8558 ? On loan from FAA 1937-1943.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from October 1936-January 1940 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Air tested at Hobsonville on 30 August 1937.
Allocated to HMS Leander as a replacement for K8541 in September.
Code Z-3. Code P9A.
Assigned to 700 Squadron from February 1940-March 1944 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Crashed at Hobsonville 09 October 1942.
Believed rebuilt to taxi-only standard for training then used as instructional airframe.
L2188 L2188 ? Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
To No.715 Squadron, RAF.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939.
On loan from FAA 1941.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron from while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Assigned to 700 Squadron from February 1940-March 1944 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Embarked on Leander at Aden in January 1941 as a replacement for L2330.
Crashed on take off from a lake in Ceylon after a forced landing in March 1941.
L2222 L2222 ? Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36 and
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
To No.720 Squadron, RAF.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939.
On loan from FAA 1938-1945.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Air tested at Hobsonville on 11 June 1938 and embarked on HMS Leander by June.
Codes Z-4, A.
Assigned to 700 Squadron from February 1940-March 1944 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Last flight was made from Hobsonville on 19 March 1940.
Taken aboard HMS Leander and disembarked in Australia during 1942.
2 months later was crated up and returned to New Zealand on SS Rimutaka.
Rebuilt to taxi only standards on return to New Zealand and given code NZI.50.
Returned to Royal Navy 07 September 1945.
L2241 L2241 ? Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
To No.720 Squadron, RAF.
Embarked on HMS Achilles in the United Kingdom after refitting in 1938.
Capsized and sank while taxiing for takeoff in the Indian Ocean near Aden on 01 April 1939 during the return trip to New Zealand.
L2322 L2322 ? Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939.
Assigned to No. 720 Squadron while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
To HMAS Westralia on 18 November 1940.
Wing dug in on take-off 03 December 1940.
Disembarked at Colombo. Embarked on HMAS Canberra on 02 March 1941.
Hit side of ship during recovery on 02 September 1941 and disembarked at Rose Bay on 05 November 1941 for repairs by Qantas.
Assigned to No.700 Squadron on HMNZS Leander on 05 April 1942.
Damaged while being hoisted out for a routine dawn patrol at Vila on 17 May 1942.
Transferred to Suva aboard "Arthur Middleton" and then to New Zealand for repairs.
Returned to Royal Australian Navy on 24 September 1942.
To Qantas on 12 October 1942.
To Rathmines on 17 March 1943.
To No.9 Squadron, RAAF on 26 March 1943.
Overshot night landing into fence at Bowen on 16 April 1943.
To Qantas on 17 May 1943. To No.2 FBRD on 12 August 1944.
To No.9 Squadron on 15 August 1944.
To HMAS Warrego on 17 September 1944.
To No.3 Operational Training Unit on 17 November 1944.
Force landed Tuggerah Lake, NSW after engine failure on 22 February 1945.
To No.2 FBRD on 11 June 1945.
To Schofields on 22 June 1945 for Royal Navy use.
L2330 L2330 ? Built by Supermarine, Woolston to Contract No.534422/36.
Delivered between June 1937 and May 1939.
To Admiralty on 24 May 1939.
On loan from FAA 1940-1941.
Assigned to 700 Squadron from February 1940-March 1944 while attached to ships of the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.
Air tested at Hobsonville on 19 March 1940 and embarked on HMS Leander on 20 April.
Returned to RAF at Aden on 13 January 1941 for overhaul.
Returned to RAF in June 1944.
To Royal Canadian Air Force where it retained the same serial number.
 
     

Author: Ivan Prince (Updated by Brendan Cowan)

Sources: "The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats" by Paul Harrison with Brian Lockstone and Andy Anderson. AHSNZ publications 1958-1990. NZ Wings September 1984, May 1987. "RNZAF The First Decade" by C. Darby. "For Your Tomorrow" by Errol Martyn. RNZAF records. Air Britain Aeromilitaria.

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Updated 04 December 2013

     
     

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