VH-BIH


Type: L-414-08 Hudson Mk IVA/A-28
MSN: 6076
Previous Identities: 41-23217
A16-147 (VH-RBH radio call-sign)
Subsequent Identities: 2601 (Israeli Air Force)

 

 

 

 

History:

26DEC41
Received 1 AD Laverton ex USA.
25JAN42
Received 14 Sqn Pearce ex 1 AD.
28MAR42
Taxied into concrete tie-down block at Pearce, damaging bomb doors and underside of fuselage.
28OCT42
Received 17 RSU ex 14 Sqn.
28MAR43
Received 1 OTU ex 17 RSU.
02MAY43
Received 7 AD ex 1 OTU for overhaul and modifications.
14JUL43
Received 3 AD ex 7 AD en route 6 Sqn.
15AUG43
Received 6 Sqn ex 3 AD.
03SEP43
Received 7 AD ex 6 Sqn for modification to transport aircraft.
15NOV43
Received 1 CU ex 7 AD. 1 CU to fit seats for use by CAS.
23NOV43
Received 7 AD ex 1 CU.
06JAN44
Allocated radio callsign VH-RBH.
08JAN44
Received 38 Sqn ex 7 AD.
17JUN44
Received 1 OTU ex 38 Sqn.
29NOV45
Allocated to 2 AD for storage.
03DEC45
Above allotment suspended. Aircraft to remain at 1 OTU for Bush Fire Patrol until 31MAR46 then to proceed to 2 AD Richmond for storage.
29MAR46
Received 2 AD Storage ex East Sale.
24APR47
Sold to Godden, Board and Godden, Sydney for £1,000.
22JUL47
Issued to purchaser.
19MAR48
Registration application from C. Raymond Penny, Sydney specifying 13 passenger configuration.
17JUN48
Added to register as VH-BIH.
SEP48
Test flown at Bankstown and Mascot by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
08SEP48
Penny wrote to DCA advising that he was leaving on a "private overseas flight" on 16SEP48. Captain G. Board and passenger C.R. Penny.
02OCT48
Departed Sydney for Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin flown by Greg Board. (Source: 1)
09OCT48
Departed Darwin for Koepang-BaliSourabaya-Singapore-Penang-Rangoon-Calcutta-Allahabad-Delhi-Lahore-Karachi-Jiwani-Bahrain-Baghdad-Beirut-Nicosia-Athens-Rome arriving 06NOV48. (Source: 1)
03NOV48
Passed through Bahrain en route Baghdad and Nicosia. Aircraft documents named the owner as Burke Naughton Pty Ltd, Sydney and the pilot as G.R. Board. (Burke Naughton was a Sydney real estate firm of which C.R. Penny was a director.) Registration markings on the rear fuselage were only approximately two inches high.
06NOV48
Bahrain received a flight plan clearing VH-BIH from Nicosia to Bahrain direct, giving the captain's name as G. Braln. Bahrain were unable to contact the aircraft and eventually instigated overdue action. It was later established that the aircraft had diverted to Haifa. The aircraft was subsequently handed over to the Israeli Air Force and issued with the serial 2601 (subject to confirmation). (At the time, Israel was engaged in its war of independence and was the subject of an arms embargo).
11OCT49
Struck off Australian Register as "improper sale overseas". It is assumed that the aeroplane was subsequently destroyed in combat or scrapped.

 

SOURCES
1
Log Book of Gregory R. Board photographed by Matthew Denning and transcribed by Geoff Goodall.

 


Issue Date Remarks
3 10AUG18
Added details from Source: 1.
2 17OCT01
Added Israeli Air Force serial 2601





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