VH-ASV Aurora Australis


Type: B14S Hudson Mk I
MSN: 1881
Previous Identities: A16-30



History:

20FEB40
Received 2 AD ex USA.
02MAY40
Issued to 14 Sqn.
28DEC41
Issued to 13 Sqn.
25MAR42
Issued 1 AD.
07JUL42
Received 1 OTU.
16JUL43
Ground looped when port undercarriage collapsed on landing at Bairnsdale.
21JAN44
Issued to 7 AD.
30MAY44
Received 2 AD ex 7 AD.
19NOV45
Placed in storage at 2 AD.
20FEB46
Declared surplus and offered for sale.
23JUN46
Sold to G R Board, Sydney for £600.
12OCT46
Issued to purchaser.
NOV46
Ferried Richmond-Mascot by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
04DEC46
Flown Mascot-Camden by Greg Board as VH-ASV. (Source: 1)
FEB47
Test flown by Geoff Hoskins on two occasions (20 mins and 35 mins) after overhaul for CofA.
03APR47
Flown from Camden to Bankstown by Warren Penny. (Source: 2)
03JUL47
Registration application from H. Warren G. Penny, Sydney. Configured for 3 crew and 10 passengers.
09JUL47
Test flight from Bankstown to Mascot by Warren Penny and A. Dibbs. (Source: 2)
09JUL47
Test flight at Mascot by Warren Penny solo. (Source: 2)
10JUL47
Test flight at Mascot by Warren Penny solo. (Source: 2)
10JUL47
Departed Mascot for Charleville with 7 passengers. Flown by Warren Penny and A.V. Dibbs. Operating as Intercontinental Air Tours. The aircraft was named Aurora Australis. (Source: 2)
10JUL47
Intercontinental Air Tours declared the following to HM Customs on departure from Mascot:

Outbound Passengers: Mr. A. J. Hurst, Mrs M. Schring and child aged 6, all to London and non-paying.
Outbound Freight: Half dozen parcels from Greek Consulate - no charge and have export licence.
Inward Freight if any, will be at BOAC Flying Boat rates.
Return Trip: Ten paying passengers. Greeks from Athens to Sydney. Charter Flight fares average 300 (A) per head.
Route: Charleville, Cloncurry, Darwin, Koepang, Sourabaya, Batavia, Singapore, Butterworth, Rangoon, Calcutta, Gwalia, Karachi, Jiwani, Bahrein, Cyprus, Athens, Rome, Nice, London. Crew: W. Penny (Captain), M. Croft (Co-pilot), G. Taylor (W/O), C. Clayton (Engineer), E. S. Allan (Steward) (Source: 3)
10JUL47
Charleville-Cloncurry. (Source: 2)
11JUL47
Cloncurry-Camooweal. (Source: 2)
11JUL47
Camooweal-Darwin with 11 passengers. (Source: 2)
12JUL47
Darwin-Koepang with 7 passengers. (Source: 2)
12JUL47
Koepang-Bali. (Source: 2)
13JUL47
Bali-Sourabaya-Batavia-Singapore. (Source: 2)
14JUL47
Singapore-Penang-Mergui. (Source: 2)
15JUL47
Mergui-Rangoon. (Source: 2)
16JUL47
Rangoon-Calcutta. (Source: 2)
17JUL47
Calcutta-Allahabad-Jodphur (sic) -Mauripur. (Source: 2)
18JUL47
Mauripur-Jiwani. (Source: 2)
19JUL47
Jiwani-Sharjah-Bahrein-Basra. (Source: 2)
20JUL47
Basra-Habbaniya with 7 passengers. (Source: 2)
20JUL47
Habbaniya-Lydda. (Source: 2)
21JUL47
Lydda-Tobruk-Castel Benito-Malta. (Source: 2)
22JUL47
Malta-Marseilles-London (Heathrow). (Source: 2)
23JUL47
Registered VH-ASV.
24JUL47
Heathrow-Redhill. Flown solo by Penny. (Source: 2)
07AUG47
Redhill-Croydon. Flown solo by Penny. (Source: 2)
07AUG47
Croydon-Nice. Crewed by Warren Penny (Captain), First Officer Croft, Radio Operator Bacon, P/M Allen, Hostess Sebring. Passengers: Mr & Mrs C.R. Penny, Mr & Mrs Lloyd & Mr A. Cleal. (Source: 2)
08AUG47
Nice-Rome-Athens. (Source: 2)
10AUG47
Athens-Cyprus. Passengers: Miss I. Coumbis, Mr M. Koumki & Mr Matthreos. (Source: 2)
10AUG47
Cyprus-Habbaniyah. Passenger: Miss Adaminou. (Source: 2)
It is presumed that none of the passengers disembarked en route and that there were now 9 passengers on board.
11AUG47
Habbaniyah-Basrah-Sharjah. (Source: 2)
12AUG47
Sharjah-Jiwani-Karachi. (Source: 2)
13AUG47
Karachi-Gwalior-Calcutta. (Source: 2)
14AUG47
Calcutta-Rangoon. (Source: 2)
15AUG47
Rangoon-Butterworth-Singapore. (Source: 2)
16AUG47
Singapore-Batavia-Sourabaya. (Source: 2)
17AUG47
Sourabaya-Koepang-Darwin. (Source: 2)
The aircraft was noted hangared at Darwin.
18AUG47
Darwin-Cloncurry-Charleville. (Source: 2)
Log book shows Cloncurry-Charleville then Longreach-Charleville. There is no Charleville-Longreach sector shown. (Source: 2)
19AUG47
Longreach-Charleville-Mascot. (Source: 2)
20AUG47
Mascot-Bankstown. (Source: 2)
08SEP47
Bankstown-Mascot. Capt Warren Penny, F/O Croft, R/O Taylor, Eng Clayron & T/M Allan. (Source: 2)
09SEP47
Mascot-Charleville. (Source: 2)
10SEP47
Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin. (Source: 2)
11SEP47
Darwin-Koepang-Bali. (Source: 2)
12SEP47
Bali-Batavia-Singapore. (Source: 2)
13SEP47
Singapore-Penang-Mergui. (Source: 2)
14SEP47
Mergui-Rangoon. (Source: 2)
15SEP47
Rangoon-Calcutta-Lalitpur. (Source: 2)
16SEP47
Lalitpur-Gwalior-Karachi-Jiwani. (Source: 2)
17SEP47
Jiwani-Bahrein-Baghdad. (Source: 2)
18SEP47
Baghdad-Nicosia-Athens. (Source: 2)
20SEP47
Athens-Rome-Nice-Paris-Croydon. (Source: 2)
25SEP47
Croydon-Paris-Nice. Bad weather at Nice required a diversion to Bourges. (Source: 2)
27SEP47
Bourges-Nice but returned to Bourges. (Source: 2)
28SEP47
Bourges-Nice-Rome. (Source: 2)
29SEP47
Rome-Bari. (Source: 2)
30SEP47
Bari-Athens. (Source: 2)
Warren Penny's next flight is on 12DEC47 in Lodestar G-AGBU from Heathrow to Lyons. Evidently he returned to London to take delivery of the Lodestar and Hudson VH-ASV continued its journey with another captain.
30JAN48
Impounded at Singapore due to irregularity with CofA but aircraft later released to Penny.
MAR48
Port undercarriage strut failed at Darwin on arrival from Athens.
17MAR48
Hangared at Darwin until 19MAR48.
01APR48
Hangared at Darwin until 12APR48.
13APR48
Sold to Francis J. Grigware, Sydney.
APR48
Registered XY-ACD and subsequently to Burmese Air Force (Aviation Letter #188 JUL82 p.6).
22MAY48
Left Darwin on a charter flight to Rome.
MAY48
Tailwheel collapsed at Rangoon.
OCT48
Reported still abandoned at Rangoon but believed sold in Indonesia. Grigware reported being held by Burmese authorities over an illegal landings in Southern Burma.
OCT49
Reported purchased by Burma Air Traders Ltd, Rangoon having been obtained from the Director of Civil Aviation, Burma. B.A.T. intend to make aircraft airworthy for sale overseas.

 

SOURCES
1
Log Book of Gregory R. Board photographed by Matthew Denning and transcribed by Geoff Goodall.
2
Log Book of Warren Penny photographed by Greg Weir in 2021.
3
HM Customs files sourced by Geoff Goodall.

 

 

Issue Date Remarks
6 11APR21
Added details from Source: 2 thanks to Greg Weir.
Added details from Source: 3 thanks to Geoff Goodall.
5 10AUG18
Added details from Source: 1
4 11JUL16
Added an image of the aircraft undergoing civil conversion.
3 09JUL02
Added reference to test flights in FEB47.
Added a photo of the aircraft with nose glazing.





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