VH-BLB



Type: L-414-56 Hudson Mk III
MSN: 3843
Previous Identities: AE488
A16-222
Subsequent Identities: 2604 (Israeli Air Force)


History:

13MAR42 Received 1 AD Laverton ex RAF.
12MAY42 Received 7 SQN ex 1 AD.
29JUN42 Received 1 OTU ex 7 SQN.
17SEP42 Received 1 AD ex 1 OTU.
25SEP42 Arrived 5 AD Archerfield ex 1 AD Laverton and departed for 2 AD Richmond.
28SEP42 Received by 6 SQN Horn Island.
15OCT42 Allotted 15 RSU ex 6 SQN.
15NOV42 Received 6 SQN ex 15 RSU.
25NOV42 Received 5 AD Archerfield ex 6 SQN for fitment CO2 equipment and auxiliary tank..
30NOV42 Aircraft requires major repairs to mainplanes.
02APR43 Received 1 OTU ex 5 AD.
28AUG43 Fitted with dual controls.
02DEC43 Received 7 AD ex 1 OTU.
21JAN44 Received 1 OTU ex 7 AD.
30AUG44 Inspection reveals cracked port centre section.
03OCT44 Received 2 AD Richmond ex 1 OTU for repairs.
13MAY45 Received 1 OTU ex 2 AD.
29MAR46 Received 2 AD Richmond for storage ex 1 OTU East Sale.
16APR47 Sold to L.M. Van Praag, Bondi, NSW for £1,000.
06JUN47 Issued to purchaser.
12AUG48 Registration application from Brian Thomas, Willoughby, NSW. Aircraft was originally intended to be used as a freighter by Guinea Air Traders but later amended to 9 passenger configuration and was never used in New Guinea.
12NOV48 Added to Register as VH-BLB.
FEB49 Departed Australia for Palestine on a charter to the Israeli Government.
MAY49 Aircraft is grounded at Ciampino, Rome with u/s engine.
29MAY49 Test flown at Rome after engine change. Subsequently departed for Palestine.
JUN49 Advice from Australia House in London that Hudson aircraft VH-BLB is now in the hands of the Israeli Air Force, but still flying under Australian registration markings. It is currently engaged in the hostilities against Arab forces. Subsequently issued with the Israeli Air Force Serial 2604 (subject to confirmation).
30DEC49 Struck off Register as "improper sale overseas". Presumably destroyed in combat or subsequently scrapped.


Issue Date Remarks
2 13MAR98
Added Israeli Air Force serial 2604.





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