DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE T MK 35A A79-828
MSN 4113

Radio Call-sign VM-LCM

 

Collection from Springbrook

 


22FEB55
Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands at Bankstown as a T. Mk. 33. (Source: 1)
17MAR55
Received at No 22 Sqn ex 2AD. No 22 (City of Sydney) Sqn was a Citizen Air Force squadron based at Richmond. (Source: 1)
12OCT55
Received at de Havillands, Bankstown via 2AD Richmond for Vampire Mod 125. (Source: 1/3)
17NOV55
Received at No 22 Sqn ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
23SEP58
Received at de Havillands, Bankstown for conversion to Mk 35A. (Source: 1)
07APR59
Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
29APR59
Received at No 22 Sqn ex 2AD. (Source: 1)
16FEB60
Received at No 76 (F) Sqn, Williamtown ex No 22 Sqn. (Source: 2)
19MAY60
D Service commenced at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)
14JUN60
D Service completed at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)
29SEP60
D Service commenced at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)
27OCT60
D Service completed at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)
27FEB61
Transferred to No 81 Wing, Williamtown. (Source: 1)
04SEP62
Despatched to de Havillands at Bankstown for fatigue life repair. (Source: 1)
22FEB63
Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)
05JUL63
Despatched to East Sale Base Sqn ex 2AD. (Source: 1)
21DEC67
Despatched to No 2 (F) Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), Williamtown ex East Sale. (Source: 1)
APR70
No 5 Operational Training Unit (5OTU) was formed at Williamtown out of 2OCU to transition trainee pilots to the Mirage conversion course. Primarily equipped with Sabres, the Vampires were short-lived, being replaced later in the year by the Macchi. 5OTU Vampires were then withdrawn from service and parked on the grass at the northern end of the 2OCU tarmac until being scrapped in the early 70s. Markings consisted of 18 inch kangaroo roundels on the tailboom, 36 inch kangaroo roundels on the mainplanes and the 18 inch square national tail flash (each colour 6 inches wide) on the rudder. 5OTU adopted blue for marking its Vampires, Sabres and Macchis this appears to be BS381C-175 Light French Blue. (Source: 4)
The status card does not record an allotment to 5OTU but A79-828 was wearing 5OTU blue markings when received by QAM.
23NOV70
Allotted to NQATC as a training aid but this entry was later deleted. (Source: 1)
21DEC70
Dept of Air approved disposal of A79-828 with Goblin engine No 662. (Source: 1)
27JAN71
Disposal action held pending use of aircraft for equipment at Base Sqn. (Source: 1)
02AUG71
Advised disposal (Source: 1) (Final entry on Status Card).
NOV72
Advertised for tender ex Wagga Wagga [ex 5OTU]
Sold to John Hill and moved to his property at Springbrook, QLD. To expedite transport, Mr. Hill asked the fire service to remove the wings with a circular saw. The upper surface of the port wing was cut before this plan was abandoned.
06FEB77
Collected from Springbrook and moved to Nudgee after purchase from John Hill. The aircraft had been stored in the open at Springbrook for some time and its condition was poor.
MAR80
The fuselage was transported to the residence of QAM member Ernie Van Aken for restoration.
AUG83
Completed fuselage moved to Hawker Pacific hangar at Archerfield for temporary storage. Subsequently relocated to Royal Qld. Aero Club hangar.
23FEB86
Transported to Caloundra.
DEC86
Aircraft re-assembled at Caloundra after both wings repaired by South Brisbane Technical College.
Displayed in the colours of its last unit 5OTU

 

SOURCES
1
RAAF Form E/E.88 Airframe Record Card
2
RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 76 Squadron Jan 60 - Aug 73 Series number A9186
3
NAA: RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 2 Aircraft Depot 1936 - 1961, Series number A9186, Control Symbol 293.
4
John Bennett.

 

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 


 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
5
10MAY17
Added an image of the aircraft wearing DayGlo patches. Thanks to Allan Brooks.
Added details of the 5OTU colours and markings thanks to John Bennett.
4
17AUG16
Added details from Source 3.
3
16JUN16
Added details from Source 2. Also added an image of the aircraft being collected from Springbrook.
2
02FEB02
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