AVRO ANSON MK I VH-BIF

 

 

QAM thanks the Bell brothers for the donation of this aircraft.

 


It should be noted that for many years there was some doubt as to the correct military identity of VH-BIF which was thought to be W2472, but it is now believed to be AX305. Anson AX305 is understood to have a fuselage number of R3/LW/107500. This number is carried on a data plate which was found affixed to the fuselage of VH-BIF at the time of its recovery from Charleville. Anson W2472 is understood to have a fuselage number in the range R3/LW/88521 (W2434) to R3/LW/88569 (W2486). Anson W2472 has since been located at Miles, Qld. As these numbers were not allocated in strict sequence, it is not possible to extrapolate corresponding military serial numbers or vice versa. The weight of evidence now suggests that VH-BIF is ex AX305. The following chronology refers to AX305.



AX305
   
22FEB42
Received at 2AD, Richmond from the RAF under the Empire Air Training Scheme.
20JUL42
Received No 2 Aircraft Park, Bankstown ex 2AD for erection.
23SEP42
Received No 1 Air Observers School, Cootamundra ex 2AP.
26DEC42
Received No 73 Sqn, Cootamundra ex 1AOS.
21NOV43
Received No 5 Aircraft Depot, Forrest Hill (but more likely its detachment at Cootamundra) for fitment of ASV radar. Aircraft to have auxiliary drive on port motor.
02DEC43
Returned to No 73 Sqn.
03AUG44
Received No 67 Sqn, Laverton ex No 73 Sqn.
04NOV44
Received Station Headquarters, Point Cook ex No 67 Sqn.
20NOV44
Received Ansett Airways ex Point Cook for complete overhaul. To be camouflaged before delivery.
26JAN45
Tailplane fitted.
09FEB45
Rudder fitted.
16FEB45
Elevators fitted.
02MAR45
Trailing edges fitted.
16MAR45
Engine bays and engines fitted.
03APR45
Received No 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex Ansett Airways.
01MAY45
Aircraft not to be flown until further advice. Aircraft under offer to RNZAF.
27JUL45
Aircraft not required by RNZAF to be released from storage.
22AUG45
Received No 11 Elementary Flying Training School, Benalla for storage ex 1AD.
23NOV48
Received 1AD Detachment B, Tocumwal ex Care and Maintenance Unit, Benalla.
01JUL52
Held at Tocumwal in Category C special reserve under cover.
07MAY53
Sold to J.H. Hutchison, Tocumwal.
09JUL54
Transferred to purchaser.
VH-BIF
   
15JUL55
Added to register as VH‑BIF to Robert G. Carswell Brisbane Qld.
56
Change of ownership to R.G. Carswell c/‑ Carsair, Port Moresby PNG.
05APR56
Accident at Tapini, PNG. DCA Accident Report: "Undercarriage collapsed when swing developed during take-off due to poor take-off technique.
05DEC57
Change of ownership to Carsair Air Service Port Moresby.
    Carsair pilot Bill Vink: I did one trip in the Lockheed 10 to Daru and couldn't get the thing above 1,000 feet. The oil pressure went up too high if you went above 1,000 feet. We had the same trouble with the metal Anson BIX. The old Anson VH-BIF was different - I've had that to 18,000 feet. She still had the bomb doors in. If you had to go high to get over the top, you'd hit the bumps and the bomb doors would open and that cold air would be coming in...
Source: Jim Sinclair Balus Vol 1 p.248
20JAN59
Ferried from Archerfield to "Dundee" Station near Charleville by Bob Carswell and Keith Virtue.
19FEB59
Struck off register.
10MAY81
Arrived Brisbane by road having been donated by the Bell Bros. of "Dundee" Station. Stored dismantled in Hendra Woolsheds. Instrument panel on display at Caloundra.
APR90
Fuselage frame transported to Caloundra, other components to David Bussey's residence.
91
Fuselage frame repaired, sand-blasted and primed for display at Caloundra.
SEP14
The partially restored fuselage frame is displayed on the eastern wall of Hangar 2 pending completion of QAM's other Anson, MG222.


 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
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19SEP14
Added project update.
3
09JAN13
Added details of the accident at Tapini. Also added a quote from Bill Vink on flying VH-BIF in PNG. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
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02FEB02
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