VH-ASV Aurora Australis

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


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.
03JUL47 Registration application from H. Warren G. Penny, Sydney. Configured for 3 crew and 10 passengers.
23JUL47 Registered VH-ASV.
AUG47 Hangared at Darwin for several days.
SEP47 Reported to have left Australia for overseas trip flown by Warren Penny. Penny and E.S. Allen trade as Intercontinental Air Tours, Sydney. Name "Aurora Australis" and Australian flag carried on nose.
21SEP47 Noted at Croydon Aerodrome, UK.
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 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 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.


Log Book of Gregory R. Board photographed by Matthew Denning and transcribed by Geoff Goodall.



Issue Date Remarks
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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