DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE T MK 35A A79-828 C/N 4113

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Received at 2AD, Richmond ex de Havillands at Bankstown as a T. Mk. 33. (Source: 1)

Received at No 22 Sqn ex 2AD. No 22 (City of Sydney) Sqn was a Citizen Air Force squadron based at Richmond. (Source: 1)

Received at de Havillands, Bankstown via 2AD Richmond for Vampire Mod 125. (Source: 1/3)

Received at No 22 Sqn ex de Havillands. (Source: 1)

Received at de Havillands, Bankstown for conversion to Mk 35A. (Source: 1)

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

Received at No 22 Sqn ex 2AD. (Source: 1)

Received at No 76 (F) Sqn, Williamtown ex No 22 Sqn. (Source: 2)

D Service commenced at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)

D Service completed at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)

A 76SQN mobility exercise to Townsville was delayed because of bad weather at Amberley. (Source: 2)

C-130A A97-207 of 36SQN flown by the C.O. WGCDR I.R. Olorenshaw DFC with 33 servicing personnel from 76SQN departed Williamtown for Townsville. (Source: 5)

Twelve 76SQN Vampires including A97-828 departed Williamtown for Townsville via Amberley. Total Sorties: 27. Total Hours: 40.25 (Source: 2)

Townsville: Area recces in battle fours. Total Sorties: 31. Total Hours: 31.00 (Source: 2)

Townsville: High and low level strikes on Reid River and Fanning airfields. Total Sorties: 30. Total Hours: 30.05 (Source: 2)

Townsville: High and low level cross countries to Cairns, Mackay, Lindeman Island, Hayman Island, Bowen, Mackay, Charters Towers and Ingham. Total Sorties: 22. Total Hours: 34.40 (Source: 2)

C-130A A97-210 of 36SQN flown by SQNLDR P.V. Hamilton-Foster DFC, departed Richmond for Townsville in support of the 76SQN mobility exercise. (Source: 5)

"It was with regret the Squadron departed Townsville for the icy blasts of the Williamtown Steppes." Twelve 76SQN Vampires including A97-828 departed Townsville for Williamtown via Amberley. Total Sorties: 27. Total Hours: 38.15 (Source: 2)

Vampires returning from Townsville were serviced and drop tanks removed. (Source: 2)

D Service commenced at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)

D Service completed at 76 Sqn. (Source: 2)

Transferred to No 81 Wing, Williamtown. (Source: 1)

Despatched to de Havillands at Bankstown for fatigue life repair. (Source: 1)

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

Despatched to East Sale Base Sqn ex 2AD. (Source: 1)

Despatched to No 2 (F) Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), Williamtown ex East Sale. (Source: 1)

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.

Allotted to NQATC as a training aid but this entry was later deleted. (Source: 1)

Dept of Air approved disposal of A79-828 with Goblin engine No 662. (Source: 1)

Disposal action held pending use of aircraft for equipment at Base Sqn. (Source: 1)

Advised disposal (Source: 1) (Final entry on Status Card).

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.

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.

The fuselage was transported to the residence of QAM member Ernie Van Aken for restoration.

Completed fuselage moved to Hawker Pacific hangar at Archerfield for temporary storage. Subsequently relocated to Royal Qld. Aero Club hangar.

Transported to Caloundra.

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.

5

RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 36 Squadron Nov 50 - Jul 66, Series number A9186, Control Symbol 72

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Remarks

Added a photo of the aircraft in its original Mk 33 configuration.

Issue: 7

DATE: 07 SEP 19

Added details of a mobility exercise to Townsville in JUL60 from Source 2.
Added a photo of the aircraft in 76SQN markings thanks to John Bennett.
Added a photo of the aircraft in 5OTU markings thanks to John Bennett.

Issue: 6

DATE: 06 SEP 19

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.

Issue: 5

DATE: 10 MAY 17

Added details from Source 3.

Issue: 4

DATE: 17 AUG 16

Added details from Source 2. Also added an image of the aircraft being collected from Springbrook.

Issue: 3

DATE: 16 JUN 16

Issue: 2

DATE: 02 FEB 02

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