CAC CA-27 SABRE MK 31 A94-935
MSN CA27-35

 

 


11SEP55
  Trucked from Fishermens Bend to Avalon. (Source: 1)
31MAY56
  First flown. (Source: 1)
20JUL56
  Received at No 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton from Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation with Rolls Royce Avon number RR 3447 installed. (Source: 1)
27JUL56
  Unserviceable at 1AD. (Source: 1)
10SEP56
  Allotted to 78 Wing ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
19SEP56
  Received at 78 Wing. (Source: 1)
3 SQN
   
27NOV56
  While operating with No 3 Sqn Williamtown, the engine flamed out and the aircraft made a wheels down forced landing at an abandoned airstrip at Bulga south-west of Singleton, NSW causing major damage. Such was the extent of the damage that the aircraft was recommended for conversion to components. (Source: 1)
    A rural post and wire fence had been constructed across the old Bulga airstrip and the pilot optimistically tried to steer the aircraft through the only opening which was a rural type gate with bush timber support posts. (Source: 5)
    Pilot was Flt.Lt. V. Barkell 022187 (Source: 3)
12DEC56
  78 Wing requested an allotment for investigation and repairs. (Source: 1)
21MAR57
  The aircraft was despatched to CAC at Fishermens Bend for a survey and submission of an estimate of the cost of repairs. (Source: 1)
28MAR57
  Received at CAC Fishermens Bend. (Source: 1)
16SEP59
  Received at 1AD ex CAC after repairs. (Source: 1)
75 SQN
   
15DEC59
  Allotted to No 75 Sqn ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
21DEC59
  Received at No 75 Sqn ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
17MAY60
  Allotted to 1AD ex No 75 Sqn for investigation of excessive vibration. (Source: 1)
02JUN60
  Received at 1AD. (Source: 1)
22JUN60
  Allotted to Base Squadron, Williamtown ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
23JUN60
  Despatched to Williamtown. (Source: 1)
04JUL60
  To be used by No 75 Sqn. (Source: 1)
24FEB61
  Transferred to 81 Wing. (Source: 1)
14APR61
  No 75 Sqn deployed 12 Sabres from Williamtown to Darwin via Woomera and Alice Springs for Operation "High Society". (Source: 4)
16APR61
  A94-935 photographed at Darwin wearing 75SQN markings of black and white nose band. Aircraft was reportedly assigned to Flying Officer Mike Feiss but was depicted being flown by Flying Officer J.D. Pyman. (Source: 6)
18APR61
  Operation "High Society" concluded and the 12 Sabres from No 75 Sqn departed Darwin for Williamtown via Townsville. (Source: 4)
76 SQN
   
24OCT61
No 76 Sqn was on Air Defence Exercise at Williamtown from 0925 to 1830 hours. It was the first full scale ADEX that 76SQN had taken part in. Sqn Ldr Ray F. Fox in A94-935 crashed on take-off on the last sortie of the day. The aircraft came to rest inverted beside the runway. The aircraft was a write-off but the pilot was not injured. (Source: 2) (Some accounts quote the date of the accident as 26OCT61).
"The pilot, Ray Fox, had been fully kitted up and sitting in the cockpit for some hours at the eastern end of Williamtown strip to simulate a scramble exercise. There was no provision for cockpit shade. On receipt of the scramble order he and two other Sabres took off in a westerly direction towards late afternoon sun. Instrumentation was obscured by the glare of the sun and he attempted to rotate at too low a speed. The left wing touched the runway which slowed the aircraft down more and it then cartwheeled off the runway into scrub. The wing bolts sheared off and the fuselage and wings were separated. The fuselage continued along upside down with the canopy smashed and Ray Fox having his face dragged through the sandy Williamtown soil. When the fuselage stopped, Ray escaped through the smashed canopy, shaken but uninjured. He moved away from the crash site fearing a fire and then sat down for a cigarette to relax himself. The RAAF rescue crew who arrived soon after found the Sabre cockpit empty! Ray returned to the crash site and assured everybody he was OK except for nostrils and mouth full of sand from ploughing the ground upside down!" (Source: 5)
In retelling the stories of both crashes involving A94-935, Wg Cdr Jackson would refer to the aircraft as "poor old 935". (Source: 5)
06NOV61
Allotted to RAAF School of Technical Training (RSTT) Wagga ex 81 Wing to general reserve pending Dept of Air approval to convert to an instructional aid. (Source: 1)
17NOV61
Despatched to RSTT Wagga. (Source: 1)
16NOV62
Letter despatched to Dept of Air requesting approval to convert to an instructional aid. (Source: 1)
18FEB63
Dept of Air approved conversion to an instructional aid. (Source: 1)
20FEB63
Airframe to be renumbered Inst No 3 (Sabre Instructional Airframe No 3). (Source: 1)
01APR65
Stored by RSTT Wagga. (Source: 1)
72
Richard Winterburn purchased the rear fuselage of Sabre A94-955 from a scrap dealer at Bayswater. It was the beginning of a collection which eventually became the Derelict Aircraft Museum. (Source: 7)
28SEP76
A94-935 was allotted to No 1 Central Ammunition Depot, Orchard Hills, NSW for Explosives Ordinance Demolition Flight in response to a request for an obsolete aircraft for use as a training aid. Complete destruction will eventuate. (Source: 1)
14SEP77
No 1 CAMD advises that destruction of A94-935 has been completed. (Source: 1)
by 84
Darryl Gibbs acquired the rear fuselage of A94-955 from Dick Winterburn and transported it to Clyde North. (Source: 8)
c.86
Darryl Gibbs traded the rear fuselage of A94-955 plus a Beaufighter fuselage to HARS in return for Vampire A79-807. The Vampire had belonged to Gary Volkers (HARS) but he had approved its exchange for Beaufighter parts. (Source: 8)
OCT91
A collection of Sabre parts was purchased by QAM from Gary Volkers (HARS) and transported from Grafton to Caloundra. Included in the purchase were forward (A94-935) and rear (A94-955) fuselages and an engine located in Sydney.
MAY92

The fuselage sections were transported from Sydney to Caloundra.

NOTE:The rear fuselage section obtained from Sydney is clearly marked A94-955, although this section is obviously unrelated to the forward fuselage section which was severely damaged. Furthermore, it is known that A94-955 was gifted to Indonesia and later acquired by Kermit Weeks in the U.S. After delivery to Caloundra, the damaged forward fuselage was found to be marked A94-935 in several places. As the damage present on QAM’s forward fuselage corresponds with the known fate of A94-935, there is little doubt that the aeroplane in QAM’s possession is A94-935.


 

 

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 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 3 Squadron Mar 48 - Nov 61 Series number A9186
4
NAA: RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 75 Squadron Mar 42 - Nov 61 Series number A9186
5
The late Wg Cdr Steve Jackson via his son Ken Jackson. At the time, Steve Jackson was an engineering officer at Williamtown.
6
State Library of NSW Ref ON173-10461.
7
Richard Winterburn 2017.
8
Darryl Gibbs 2017.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
9
06DEC17
Added details of the provenance of the rear fuselage of A94-955 thanks to Darryl Gibbs (Source: 8).
8
05OCT17
Added an image of QAM member Wal Waterton applying the 3 Squadron markings in 2002. The photo comes from the collection of the late Richard Hitchins.
7
19SEP17
Added an image of the rear fuselage of A94-955 while in the ownership of Richard Winterburn.
6
17OCT16
Added an image of the aircraft out in the sunshine thanks to Angelo Calleja.
5
15AUG16
Added details of both crashes thanks to Ken Jackson.
4
12AUG16
Added details of service with 75SQN and 76SQN.
3
17JAN10
Added the name of the pilot for the forced landing on 27NOV56.
2
16JAN10
Added reference to Operation High Society on 16APR61.
1
02JAN02
Original issue