2 AD ex USA.
flight tested and being fitted with dual controls for 1 OTU.
1 OTU ex 2 AD.
6 Sqn ex 1 OTU.
13 Sqn ex 6 Sqn.
1 RSU ex 13 Sqn.
5 AD ex 1 RSU.
14 Sqn ex 5 AD.
5 AD ex 14 Sqn.
1 OTU ex 5 AD.
7 AD ex 1 OTU for overhaul and incorporation of Hudson modifications.
1 OTU ex 1 AD.
landing at Laverton after starboard engine failed.
2 AD ex 1 OTU.
storage at 2 AD.
to Herald Flying Services for £1,151.
Fairfax and Sons request that DCA reserve registrations VH-SMJ
and VH-SMK for Hudsons A16-117 and A16-114.
application from John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney. Aircraft to be used
as a freighter based at Camden.
and burned on Balmoral Station south of Muswellbrook, NSW while on
a trial newspaper dropping flight. Captain Geoff Hoskins and First
Officer Edward Conner were killed. The aircraft was preparing to drop
newspapers in an open area when it appeared to dive almost vertically
into the ground. The investigation attributed the accident to loss
of control arising out of incorrect loading. This aircraft was destroyed
before its Certificate of Registration was issued and thus the registration
VH-SMJ was technically not taken up.|
The accident report elaborates on the matter of the CofR for VH-SMJ:
"VH-SMJ was not registered by this Department in that
no Certificate of Registration had been issued, although an application,
dated 19th May 1947, had been lodged at Mascot. It appears that this
application was held at Mascot for some months and was finally forwarded
to this Head Office with the Interim Certificate of Airworthiness.
There is no indication as to when these documents were received at
Head Office, but it seems likely that it was prior to the accident
as the forwarding date on the Interim CofA is 24th October 1947. The
fact that VH-SMJ flew without a CofR constitutes a breach
of ANR No 108, but it is considered that no action should be taken
as the operator, in making application, complied with the spirit of
the Regulation. Also, the fact that the letters VH-SMJ
had been allotted probably created the impression that the aircraft
was actually registered."