DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE F MK 30 A79-476 C/N 4018

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Built by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown with serial A79-876.

Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)

Received at 78 Wing, Williamtown ex 2AD. (Source: 1)

Unserviceable at 78 Wing with crack in boom. (Source: 1)

A79-876 inspected and tested at 75SQN. At this time 78 Wing (75SQN and 76SQN) had an establishment of 18 Vampires and a strength of 16. (Source: 3)

A79-876 inspected and tested at 75SQN. (Source: 3)

Serviceable at 78 Wing. (Source: 1)

Allotted 2OTU, Williamtown ex 78 Wing. (Source: 1)

Held serviceable at 2OTU. (Source: 1)

Issued as A79-476 to 21SQN ex 2AD Richmond. (See note below). (Source: 2)

No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron was a Citizen Air Force (reserve) fighter squadron based at Laverton, Victoria.

Received as A79-876 at 2AD, Richmond ex Williamtown. (Source: 2)

Received as A79-876 at 2AD ex de Havillands. (Source: 2)

Issued as A79-876 to 2OTU ex 2AD. (Source: 2)

Note: When the aircraft was built, the serial numbers were "scrambled" for perceived security benefits. When production of the two-seat Vampire trainers began in 1955, it emerged that some of the planned serial numbers clashed with the single-seat Vampires. Accordingly, several of the Mk 30/31 Vampires were renumbered and A79-876 became A79-476. The precise date when this renumbering took place is not evident from the aircraft status card. It should be noted that 2AD records for March 1953 mention A79-476 whereas the same source mentions A79-876 well into 1955. Therefore it is possible that the March 1953 reference is an error.

Allotted to 3AD, Amberley ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)

Allotted to 2OTU ex 3AD pending receipt of A79-433 ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)

Despatched to 3AD ex 2OTU and placed in reserve. (Source: 1)

Approved for conversion to Instructional Airframe No 5 and Instructional Engine No 5 (Nene CAC72). (Source: 1)

Despatched ex 3AD and received at RAAF School of Technical Training, Wagga. (Source: 1)

HQ Wagga request that aircraft be converted to a pressurisation test rig requiring only the fuselage, inboard mainplanes and undercarriage. (Source: 1)

Approval to convert aircraft to a pressurisation test rig. (Source: 1)

Held at Wagga. (Source: 1)

Appears to be date of authority for disposal ex Base Sqn Wagga. (Source: 1)

Displayed at the Gold Coast War Museum at Mudgeeraba.

Purchased from Qld Vintage Aeroplane Group by QAM and subsequently collected ex Samford.

Transported to Caloundra and stored. The fuselage pod was subsequently transported to the Brisbane residence of QAM member, Noel Sparrow (1931-2014) for repairs to the woodwork.

Transported to Caloundra after repairs to the woodwork.

The emblem of No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron was added to both sides of the fuselage. Picture

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Sources

1

RAAF Form E/E.88 Airframe Record Card

2

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.

3

NAA: RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 78 Wing Nov 43 - Nov 59, Series number A9186, Control Symbol 654.

Remarks

Added an image of the fuselage with the 21SQN emblem applied.

Issue: 08

DATE: 12 JUN 20

Added details from Source 3.

Issue: 07

DATE: 06 SEP 19

Added details from Source 2.

Issue: 06

DATE: 17 AUG 16

Added an image of the partially restored pod.

Issue: 05

DATE: 04 JUN 16

Added an image of the aircraft at the Gold Coast War Museum.

Issue: 04

DATE: 04 JUL 13

The fuselage pod has been returned to Caloundra after repairs.

Issue: 03

DATE: 04 SEP 09

None

Issue: 02

DATE: 29 JAN 02

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