41-2130 Malaria Mabel


Type: L-222-62-13 Lightning F-4-1-LO
MSN: 5348

History:



01JAN42 Received by USAAF. (Source: 4)
19MAR42 Received Long Beach to (Source: 4)
22MAR42 Long Beach. (Source: 4)
31MAY42 Received Dallas. (Source: 4)
18JUN42 Received Lowry (8th PRS). (Source: 4)
23JUN42 Received Sacramento Air Depot. (Source: 4)
06JUL42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation). (Source: 4)
15JUL42 SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA). (Source: 4)
12AUG42 Received at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermens Bend, Melbourne for erection. (Source: 8)
02SEP42 Delivered ex CAC. (Source: 8)
03SEP42 Arrived Townsville on delivery to the 8th PRS. Served with the 8th PRS as "Malaria Mabel" with squadron number "30". (Source: 11)
11AUG43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by FLGOFF P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF. (Source: 10)
22OCT43 Photographed at 14 Mile, Port Moresby in bare metal with red and white striped rudders in use as a squadron hack. (See photos above). (Source: 11)
03NOV43 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. (Source: 4)
08FEB44 Allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ along with 41-2139 and 41-2217. (Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
31MAR44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby. (Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
03APR44 Struck off by USAAF. (Source: 4)
21APR44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44. (Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
09MAY44 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. (Source: 4)
15MAY44 Lightnings 41-2217 and 41-2156 arrived at Amberley but were rejected by the RAAF owing to their poor condition. The third Lightning force landed at Rockhampton but its identity is unknown. So, although 41-2130 was allotted to the RAAF, it may not have been delivered. Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.(Source: NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559)
26JUL44 Struck off by USAAF. (Source: 4)


 

SOURCES

1
Log book of Flt Lt F.H.W. Robilliard via his son Iain Robilliard.
2
Log Book of Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg via David Vincent
3
Log Book of Sqn Ldr R.M. Green via David Vincent
4
USAAF History Card for 41-2158 accessed by Terry Geary.
5
RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] 1 PRU Number 87 Squadron Jun 42 - Oct 53. NAA: A9186, 118
6
Operations Record Book No 51 Operational Base Unit, Groote Eylandt via Phil Vabre.
7
RAAF Form E/E88 (Status Card)
8
Listing compiled by a CAC employee, Bill Audsley, and published in Aviation Heritage the journal of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia (AHSA) Vol 22 No 4.
9
Mosquito Monograph by David Vincent.
10
Log Book of FLGOFF P.B. Jones, RAAF.
11
The Eight Ballers by John Stanaway & Bob Rocker. Schiffer Publishing 1999
12
Log Book of Sqn Ldr Geoff Atherton.

 


Issue Date Remarks
5 11APR18
Added an image of an F-4 believed to be 41-2130. Thanks to Bob Rocker.
4 01APR16
Refreshed pag layout with no change to data.
3 05MAY14
Added a flight by FLGOFF P.B. Jones in AUG43 thanks to Gordon Birkett.
2 15JUL10
Added two images of the aircraft in bare metal finish thanks to Bob Rocker.
1 22FEB04
Original issue. Drawn from USAAF Aircraft History Card supplied by Terry Geary and NAA Series A11093 Item 3081559.



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