Chronology of all Lockheed F-4 Lightnings flown by the RAAF

 




41-2158
41-2159
41-2144
41-2156
41-2220
01JAN42 Received by USAAF as P-38E.
17JAN42 Received by USAAF. 17JAN42 Received by USAAF. 17JAN42 Received by USAAF.
01FEB42 Received by USAAF.
13MAR42 Redesignated F-4.
07APR42 Received Long Beach Ferry Command.
13APR42 Received Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
18APR42 Received Long Beach Fighter Command. 18APR42 Received Long Beach Fighter Command.
20APR42 Received Lowry (8th PRS).
22APR42 Received Long Beach.
25APR42 Received Lowry (8th PRS). 25APR42 Received Lowry (8th PRS).
29APR42 Received Felts Field, Spokane, Washington.
05MAY42 Departed Felts Field.
25MAY42 Received Dallas. 25MAY42 Received Dallas. 25MAY42 Received Dallas. 25MAY42 Received Dallas.
10JUN42 Received Lowry.
11JUN42 Received Lowry.
14JUN42 Received Lowry.    
19JUN42 Received Lowry.
23JUN42 Received
Sacramento Air Depot.
23JUN42 Received Sacramento Air Depot. 23JUN42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
27JUN42 Redesignated F-4-1.
02JUL42 Received Scott Field.
06JUL42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation). 06JUL42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation). 06JUL42 Received San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
15JUL42 Allotted SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) 15JUL42 Allotted SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) 15JUL42 Allotted SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA)
27JUL42 Received Lowry.
02AUG42 Received Colorado Springs.
04AUG42 Received Long Beach.
06AUG42 Received Lowry (8th PRS).
12AUG42 Received CAC 12AUG42 Received CAC
    23AUG42 Delivered ex CAC 19AUG42 Received CAC.
25AUG42 Diverted to Australia. 25AUG42 Diverted to Australia.
A55-1
A55-2
           
31AUG42 Delivered ex CAC                
31AUG42 Received at 1AD, Laverton, Vic.
03SEP42 Delivered ex CAC.
04SEP42 Received at 1AD, Laverton, Vic. 04SEP42 Delivered to 8th PRS at Townsville.
19SEP42 Received Colorado Springs.
03OCT42 Flt Lt Talberg, Flt Lt Sinnott and Flt Lt Lawrie received their twin endorsements in Oxford AS311 prior to converting to the Lightning. 03OCT42 Flt Lt Talberg, Flt Lt Sinnott and Flt Lt Lawrie received their twin endorsements in Oxford AS311 prior to converting to the Lightning.
04OCT42 Received Sacramento Air Depot.
05OCT42 Solo flight by Flt Lt Talberg 30min.
06OCT42 Photography (no details) 1hr 45min (Probably photographic training ex Laverton). Flt Lt Talberg
07OCT42 Local flight 1hr 55min (presumably at Laverton). Flt Lt Talberg
09OCT42 Laverton-Hobart-Laverton 4hr 30min "circumnavigation of Tasmania". Flt Lt Talberg
15OCT42 Issued to 1PRU ex 1AD.
16OCT42 Issued to 1PRU ex 1AD.
26OCT42 R/T test 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
27OCT42 Aircraft test 30min. Flt Lt Talberg
28OCT42 Departed Laverton in company with A55-2 on delivery to 1PRU. Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie 28OCT42 Laverton-Mildura 2hr 20min. Flt Lt Talberg
    30OCT42 Mildura-Alice Springs 4hr. Flt Lt Talberg
30OCT42 Alice Springs-Batchelor 3hr 55min. Flt Lt Talberg
30OCT42 Arrived - Hughes. 30OCT42 Batchelor-Hughes 20min. Flt Lt Talberg
02NOV42 Melville Island-Darwin-Hughes 2hr 10min. Flt Lt Talberg 02NOV42 Received at Sacramento Air Depot.
03NOV42 Photo Recce Tanimbar Island 3hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg
09NOV42 R/T test 45min. Flt Lt Talberg
09NOV42 R/T test 30min. Flt Lt Talberg
10NOV42 Photo Recce Dili, Aileu, Moabisse 4hr 45min. Flt Lt Talberg
19NOV42 Unserviceable at Hughes. 19NOV42 Photo Recce Dili and Atamboea 5hr. Flt Lt Talberg.
20NOV42 Crashed 2 miles west of Livingstone, N.T. Flt Lt A.T.Cridland killed.
21NOV42 To SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA).
24NOV42 Received 1RSU.
29NOV42 "Lt. Thomas arrived at noon from the mainland in a replacement ship, F-4 "2220".
06DEC42 1PRU moved from Hughes to Coomalie Creek, N.T.
11DEC42 High altitude engine test 50min. Flt Lt Talberg
12DEC42 High altitude engine test 45min. Flt Lt Talberg
18DEC42 Converted to components by 1RSU.
20DEC42 High altitude engine test 30,000ft 1hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg
29DEC42 Photo Recce Timor but returned owing to unsuitable weather, continuous solid cloud and lightning in the dark along with heavy turbulence. 1hr 50min day, 1hr 30min night plus 2hr instruments/cloud. (Total: 5hr 20min - Talberg's longest flight in a Lightning.)
02JAN43 Recce flight, F/O P.B. Sinnott.
03JAN43 Recce flight, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
05JAN43 Photo Recce Fuiloro-Dili. Four runs over Fuiloro at 14,000ft. Zero waiting over Dili but managed to dodge and took photos. 4hr 40min. Flt Lt Talberg
08JAN43 Lt. V.E. Murphy of 8th PRS flying "2220" on a mapping mission discovered a Japanese destroyer and freighter between Lae and Salamaua.
14JAN43 Recce flight, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie. Unserviceable due failure of port supercharger.
02FEB43 Engine test 25,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
12FEB43 Ferried to 1AD, Laverton by Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie for 240 hourly inspection.
14FEB43 Received 1AD Laverton ex 1PRU.
     
A55-3
       
27FEB43 Allotted to 1PRU ex USAAF, Eagle Farm, Brisbane.
02MAR43 "Limping Lizzie" flown by Vince Murphy under a 200 foot ceiling with one mile visibility and low on fuel force landed (gear down) on Hisiu Beach. After a difficult but successful landing, Murphy taxied the aircraft above the high water mark and radioed for assistance.
04MAR43 Captain Frank S. Savage (C.O. of the 8th PRS) flew the aircraft off the beach.
16MAR43 Arrived Coomalie Creek, NT from Eagle Farm, Brisbane on delivery to 1PRU. Pilot Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
20MAR43 Test flight 30,000ft 1hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg
21MAR43 Photo Recce Koepang-Penfoei experienced heavy AA 5hr. Flt Lt Talberg
22MAR43 1PRU signals RAAF HQ that the intercooler system on A55-3 is unserviceable "after only 16 hours flying. Modifications unsuitable this climate."
24MAR43 Ferried from 1AD, Laverton to 1PRU, Coomalie Creek by Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
28MAR43 Photography Dili, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Engine unserviceable.
31MAR43 Photography Penfoei, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Engine unserviceable - faulty intercooler and supercharger.
18APR43 Aircraft test 1hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg 18APR43 Photo recce of Penfoei (5.00hrs). Pilot Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
20APR43 Photo recce of Penfoei (4.40hrs). Pilot Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
21APR43 Photo recce Fuiloro, Sqn Ldr L.W. Law. 21APR43 Photo Recce of Dili 4hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg
22APR43 Conversion to type by Flt Lt F.H.W. Robilliard. Altitude test 20000 ft Anson Bay - Pine Creek - Coomalie Creek. 1hr.
23APR43 Local flying Coomalie Creek 1hr 35min. Flt Lt Robilliard
24APR43 Photo recce Dili, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott.
25APR43 Photography North Goulburn Island, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
26APR43 Photography Cape Fourcroy 6000ft 2hr.
(1PRU ORB states Cape Helvetius). Flt Lt Robilliard
27APR43 Photo recce Atamboea, Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie.
28APR43 Aircraft and R/T test 25,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
28APR43 Survey flight of Timor, Sqn Ldr W.L. Law. Aircraft u/s
29APR43 Photo Recce Portuguese Timor 4hr 5min. 1PRU ORB states that weather was unfavourable. Flt Lt Talberg
endAPR43 Record month for Lightning ops. 44hrs 20mins flown. 6 ops successful & 2 ops aborted due weather and u/s aircraft. "Serviceability better than for some time but trouble with intercoolers is still being experienced."
A55-1 u/s with rough running engine.
endAPR43 Record month for Lightning ops. 44hrs 20mins flown. 6 ops successful & 2 ops aborted due weather and u/s aircraft. "Serviceability better than for some time but trouble with intercoolers is still being experienced."
A55-3 u/s with leaking intercoolers.
01MAY43 Alt and wireless test 26000ft 1hr 15min. Flt Lt Robilliard
03MAY43 Photography Saumlaki and vicinity 20000ft 3hr 30min.
(1PRU ORB states photo recce Saumlaki, Alilit & Seframat. Weather unsuitable). Flt Lt Robilliard
05MAY43 Photos Wessel Is 20000ft 4hr 40min. Flt Lt Robilliard
06MAY43 Photography Wessel Island, Flt Lt F. Robilliard.
08MAY43 Engine test 25,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
11MAY43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Weather unsuitable. 11MAY43 Survey Portuguese Timor, run of 150m Cape Hero to Cape Parimbala (northern coast) 20,000ft. 5hr. The 1PRU ORB also indicates that weather was unsuitable. Flt Lt Talberg
13MAY43 Photo COO-67-2 Fuiloro 20000ft 4hr.
(1PRU ORB states survey of Portuguese Timor. Weather unsuitable). Flt Lt Robilliard
13MAY43 Staged through Groote Eylandt for a survey of Frederick Henry Island and District. Weather unsuitable.
13MAY43 Arrived Groote Eylandt at 122140Z F/Lt Lawrie refuelled and departed on reconnaissance at 122300Z. Arrived back at 130250Z refuelled and departed for Base at 130345Z.
15MAY43 Positioned Coomalie Creek to Groote Eylandt, Sqn Ldr C.C. Lawrie.
15MAY43 Arrived Groote Eylandt at 150700Z S/L Lawrie. Refuelled and remained overnight.
16MAY43 Departed Groote Eylandt at 160015Z on reconnaissance. Returned owing to bad weather conditions at 160035Z and remained at 51OBU.
16MAY43 Survey of Frederick Henry Island & District. Weather unsuitable.
18MAY43 Engine and camera test 25,000ft 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Talberg
19MAY43 Departed Groote Eylandt at 182245Z for Base.
19MAY43 Returned to Coomalie Creek.
22MAY43 Photo Recce of Kai Islands 2hr 20min. "was to have been under the low cloud base. Gp Capt R.H. Sims thought better of it. Recalled by W/T."
22MAY43 "Photographs of Lightning from Wirraway" 1hr.
Flt Lt Robilliard's log book records that on 22MAY43 he piloted Wirraway A20-178 on a one hour sortie to photograph a Lightning at 8,000 feet. In the rear seat of the Wirraway was photographer Warrant Officer Wilcox.
24MAY43 Survey of Portuguese Timor, Flt Lt P.B. Sinnott. Weather unsuitable. 24MAY43 COO 26-2 Fuiloro, Dili, 25000ft 4hr 35min. Flt Lt Robilliard
26MAY43 Engine test to 25,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
29MAY43 Engine test 25000ft. COO 32-1 Koepang, Atamboa, Penfoei survey 1hr 15min. Flt Lt Robilliard 29MAY43 Photo recce of Penfoei, Sqn Ldr C.C. Lawrie.
29MAY43 Photo Recce Fuiloro and Dili 4hr 35min. 1PRU ORB states that weather was unsuitable. Flt Lt Talberg
endMAY43 Flights were made over new territory in Tanimbar Islands and Dutch New Guinea. DNG flights use Groote Eylandte as an advance base. Total flying 64hr 25min. The number of operational sorties and hours flown exceeded that of any previous month. Both a/c serviceable.     endMAY43 Flights were made over new territory in Tanimbar Islands and Dutch New Guinea. DNG flights use Groote Eylandte as an advance base. Total flying 64hr 25min. The number of operational sorties and hours flown exceeded that of any previous month. Both a/c serviceable.        
04JUN43 Survey Milingimbi, Arnhem Bay. Sqn Ldr Law.
06JUN43 Timor 26000ft 5hr 25min. Flt Lt Robilliard
08JUN43 Survey Milingimbi, Arnhem Bay. Sqn Ldr Law.
12JUN43 Photo Recce Penfoei. Sqn Ldr Law.
13JUN43 Photo Recce Langgoer & Tanimbar Islands. Flt Lt Sinnott.
14JUN43 Photo Recce Lautem, Fuiloro. Sqn Ldr Lawrie.
21JUN43 COO 2/8 Photo Penfoei, Koepang 26000ft 4hr 55min. Flt Lt Robilliard
23JUN43 Photo Recce Langgoer. Flt Lt Sinnott.
25JUN43 Survey Cape Stewart area. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
26JUN43 COO 9/1 Penfoei 26000ft 5hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
27JUN43 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Lautem. Flt Lt Sinnott
30JUN43 Local Recce Fenton. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
02JUL43 Photo Recce Dili, Atamboea. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
06JUL43 High altitude engine test 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
07JUL43 Survey Cape Arnhem area. Unsuitable weather. 5hr. Flt Lt Talberg
09JUL43 Test 21000ft intercooler and camera. COO 25 Kai Is., Tanimbar, Saim trimetrogon 1hr 20min. Flt Lt Robilliard
12JUL43 COO 25 Kei Is, Tanimbar, Saim, Trimetrogon run, CP Arnhem vicinity, 26000ft 5hr 40min Flt Lt Robilliard.
13JUL43 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Chater, Lautem. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
15JUL43 Test intercooler and turbo 21000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Robilliard
21JUL43 Alt test 21000ft 1hr 10min. Flt Lt Robilliard 21JUL43 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Cape Chater, Lautem, Saenamo. Flt Lt Talberg
21JUL43 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Cape Chater and West Lautem. Flt Lt Talberg
23JUL43 COO 37 Dili, Atamboea 28000ft 4hr 25min. Flt Lt Robilliard 23JUL43 Photo Recce Dili, Atamboea. Flt Lt Robilliard
26JUL43 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Chater, West Lautem. Flt Lt Sinnott
27JUL43 Aerial swing of compass and engine test. 55min. Flt Lt Talberg
28JUL43 Engine test 7000ft 40min. Flt Lt Robilliard
29JUL43 Engine test 55min. Flt Lt Talberg
endJUL43 Both aircraft u/s. Trouble with engine overheating and turbo blowers. Exhaust stacks showing signs of wear. endJUL43 Both aircraft u/s. Trouble with engine overheating and turbo blowers. Exhaust stacks showing signs of wear.
 
 
           
RAAF
 
RAAF
 
10AUG43 Engine test 24000ft 1hr 15min.Flt Lt Robilliard 10AUG43 Flown (1 hr local) from 14 Mile Airstrip, Port Moresby. Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
11AUG43 Photo Recce Tanimbar Islands 3hr 35min. Flt Lt Talberg 11AUG43 Flown (1 hr local) from 14 Mile Airstrip, Port Moresby. Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
12AUG43 COO 48 Penfoei, Tenau, Golf strip, new strip Roti 30500ft 5hr 30min.
12AUG43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by Flg Off P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
13AUG43 Flown (1 hr 10 min single-engine local) from 14 Mile Airstrip, Port Moresby. Sqn Ldr G. Atherton 13AUG43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by Flg Off P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
14AUG43 Familiarisation on type at Port Moresby by Flg Off P.B. Jones, 75 Sqn RAAF.
15AUG43 Flight test 25,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
16AUG43 Flown from Port Moresby to Turnbull, Milne Bay. Lightnings 41-2156 and 41-2220 were both loaned to No 75 Squadron RAAF by 8th PRS. Sqn Ldr G. Atherton 16AUG43 Flown from Port Moresby to Turnbull, Milne Bay by Flt Lt Buster Brown on delivery to No 75 Squadron RAAF on loan from 8th PRS (in company with 41-2156).
17AUG43 Photo Recce Koepang. Flt Lt Sinnott
19AUG43 Issued to 14ARD for 240 hourly inspection. 19AUG43 Base - Gorrie 3000ft 1hr 10min. Flt Lt Robilliard
22AUG43 Received 14ARD ex 1PRU for 240 hourly.
24AUG43 Engine test "starboard engine cutting out at 22,000ft" 1hr 20min. Flt Lt Talberg
25AUG43 Test 24000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Robilliard
29AUG43 Test flight (15 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
30AUG43 Mission (3 hr 45 min) Turnbull-Gasmata-Moresby. "Good day but camera not working". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
30AUG43 Moresby-Milne Bay (1 hr 20 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
31AUG43 Moresby-Gasmata (2 hr 40 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
01SEP43 Engine test "starboard engine cut out at 24,000ft" 1hr 5min. Flt Lt Talberg
02SEP43 Photo mission Gasmata (2 hr 10 min) "Weather crook". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
03SEP43 Photo mission Gasmata (3 hr) "Photos from 24000". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
07SEP43 Photo recce Gasmata (2 hr 35 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
09SEP43 Test 25,000ft 1hr 20min. Flt Lt Talberg 09SEP43 Test flight by Wg Cdr W. Arthur.
12SEP43 Test 30,000ft 1hr 5min. Flt Lt Talberg
13SEP43 Gorrie-Coomalie Creek and test 25,000ft 1hr 5min. Flt Lt Talberg 13SEP43 Photo recce Garove Island (50 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
    14SEP43 Photo recce Garove Island (2 hr 70 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
16SEP43 Test 1hr 5min. Flt Lt Talberg 16SEP43 Photo recce Gasmata (40 min) "No turbo". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
17SEP43 Signal from NWA advises that initial equipment Lightning aircraft are beyond repair and suitable only for conversion. 17SEP43 Signal from NWA advises that initial equipment Lightning aircraft are beyond repair and suitable only for conversion.
18SEP43 Photo Recce Kai Islands 4hr 30min. 18SEP43 Photo recce Kiriwina (2 hr 26 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
18SEP43 RAAF HQ advises NWA that replacement F-4s are not available and arrangements have been made for "complete overhaul first priority by USAAF. Can you fly both Lightnings to Townsville?" 18SEP43 RAAF HQ advises NWA that replacement F-4s are not available and arrangements have been made for "complete overhaul first priority by USAAF. Can you fly both Lightnings to Townsville?"
18SEP43 A note on stationery "From the Desk of Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney" to Col Victor E. Bertrandis, C.O., Advanced Echelon, Fifth Air Force Service Command, Townsville states simply: "2 P.38's for 1PRU to be repaired there". 18SEP43 A note on stationery "From the Desk of Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney" to Col Victor E. Bertrandis, C.O., Advanced Echelon, Fifth Air Force Service Command, Townsville states simply: "2 P.38's for 1PRU to be repaired there".
20SEP43 Aircraft still awaiting return of items despatched to 1AD for overhaul. 20SEP43 Coomalie Creek-Cloncurry 3hr 30min.
Cloncurry-Townsville 3hr. Flt Lt Talberg
20SEP43 Photo recce Garove Island. (3 hr 55 min) "Job covered 24000 12000". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
20SEP43 Signal from NWA: "Lightning A55-3 pilot F/L Talberg departed for Townsville 200800. ETA 201530".
28SEP43 Milne-Goodenough (1 hr). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
endSEP43 "Sgt Weller Fitter IIE visited Brisbane and was successful in obtaining many necessary spare parts hitherto unobtainable."     endSEP43 "Sgt Weller Fitter IIE visited Brisbane and was successful in obtaining many necessary spare parts hitherto unobtainable."        
01OCT43 Signal from NWA: Repairs commenced on A55-3, Anticipate date for completion 31 Oct.
09OCT43 Photo recce Montague Harbour, Gasmata inland (2 hr 15 min) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
10OCT43 Photo recce (Gasmata - shore) (2 hr 35 min) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
11OCT43 Photo recce Talasea (2 hr 50 min) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
12OCT43 Photo recce Rabaul (2 hr 55 min) "Intercepted by 2 Haps 20-25 miles from target. Both had 1 shot but did not hit me. 245 IAS 29000 Ind Alt". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
13OCT43 A signal from NWA states that A55-1 is u/s awaiting inner tube for nosewheel, 1100 lb capacity bomb shackles for auxiliary fuel tanks, Bendix door control valve and hydraulic hose. These parts are required to make A55-1 serviceable for a ferry flight to Townsville for a complete overhaul. 13OCT43 Photo recce Talasea coast (2 hr 35 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
15OCT43 Photo recce Talasea coast (2 hr 40 min) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
17OCT43 Photo recce south coast New Britain (3 hr) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
18OCT43 Photo recce Shortland Island, Oro Bay (2 hr 10 min) "Weather no good". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
19OCT43 Photo recce Shortland Island, Oro Bay (2 hr 50 min) "Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton 19OCT43 Test flight (30 min) "460 mph IAS". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
20OCT43 Photo recce Talasea, Gasmata & Arawe in "Lightning F-4-56" by Wg Cdr W. Arthur. 20OCT43 Photo recce Talasea, Arawe Harbour (2 hr 45 min) "W/C Arthur took 56. Photos taken". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
21OCT43 Photo recce New Ireland (3 hr 25 min) "Looking for cruiser hit by 8 Sqn torp. Nil sightings". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
23OCT43 Ginger-Kiriwina (30 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
23OCT43 Kiriwina-Ginger (30 min). Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
24OCT43 Photo recce Buka (2 hr 30 min). "Nil photos - weather no good". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
25OCT43 Photo recce Buka - 2 strips (4 hr 55 min). "Photos taken. 4 Zeros failed to intercept". Sqn Ldr G. Atherton
25OCT43 Photo recce Buka in "Lightning L-56" by Wg Cdr W. Arthur.
endOCT43 1PRU began installation of air conditioning in photo lab and installation of cool room for photo supplies. Nil Lightning flying for October.     endOCT43 1PRU began installation of air conditioning in photo lab and installation of cool room for photo supplies. Nil Lightning flying for October.        
NOV43 Altitude test 34000ft acceptance test 1hr 15min.
The exact date is not recorded but it could have been only 1 or 2 November.
02NOV43 Townsville - Cloncurry 15000ft 1hr 55min..
Cloncurry - Pell 15000ft 4hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
04NOV43 Coomalie Creek-Batchelor 25min. Flt Lt Talberg
05NOV43 Batchelor-Cloncurry 4hr 20min. Flt Lt Talberg
05NOV43 Cloncurry-Townsville 2hr 15min. Flt Lt Talberg
05NOV43 Issued to USAAF at Townsville.
06NOV43 Photo Recce Fuiloro. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
13NOV43 COO 29 Lore, Fuiloro, Chater, Lautem 28000ft 3hr 20min. Flt Lt Robilliard
13NOV43 Consumption test 12000ft 1hr 45min. Flt Lt Robilliard
14NOV43 Batchelor - Coomalie 20min. Flt Lt Robilliard
15NOV43 Travel Coomalie - Milingimbi. Flt Lt Talberg
16NOV43 Photo Recce Kai Islands. Flt Lt Talberg
18NOV43 Photo Recce Fuiloro area. Flt Lt Talberg
18NOV43 Coomalie - Drysdale 15000ft 2hr 50min. Flt Lt Robilliard
21NOV43 Drysdale - Coomalie 15000ft 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
22NOV43 Coomalie - Drysdale 15000ft 1hr 25min. Flt Lt Robilliard
23NOV43 COO 43 Drysdale - Penfoei - Koepang 28000ft 3hr 15min. Flt Lt Robilliard
23NOV43 Drysdale - Coomalie 15000ft 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
26NOV43 Travel Coomalie - Darwin. Flt Lt Talberg
27NOV43 Photo Recce Kai Islands. Flt Lt Talberg
30NOV43 Travel to Darwin. Flt Lt Sinnott
30NOV43 Photo Recce Kai Islands. Flt Lt Sinnott
30NOV43 Coomalie - Milingimbi 1000ft 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
01DEC43 COO 48 Aroe Is. 15000ft 4hr 45min. Flt Lt Robilliard
01DEC43 Milingimbi - Coomalie 10000ft 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Robilliard
03DEC43 Travel Coomalie - Batchelor - Coomalie. Sqn Ldr Lawrie
03DEC43 Training flight conversion to type. Flg Off Boss-Walker
04DEC43 Training flight Coomalie - Peron Is. - Darwin - Coomalie. Flg Off Boss-Walker
05DEC43 Training flight Coomalie - Cape Hotham - Coomalie. Flg Off Boss-Walker
06DEC43 Training flight photography local area. Flg Off Boss-Walker
07DEC43 Training flight photography Darwin area. Flg Off Boss-Walker
07DEC43 Travel Coomalie - Darwin. Flt Lt Talberg
08DEC43 Photo Recce Atamboea, Dili. Flt Lt Talberg
09DEC43 Travel Coomalie - Darwin. Flt Lt Sinnott
10DEC43 Photo Recce Dili, Atamboea. Flt Lt Sinnott. Landed at Batchelor, N.T. with the undercarriage retracted due hydraulic failure.
12DEC43 Signal from 1PRU states that operations are held up pending return of A55-1.
13DEC43 Received by 4RSU.
14DEC43 Signal from NWA: "A55-3 beyond repair capacity this area and will probably have to be converted to components".
16DEC43 Signal from 1PRU states that F/L Talberg will be arriving in Townsville on 19DEC to ferry A55-1 back to 1PRU after overhaul.
21DEC43 75 Squadron F-4 operations terminated and the two aircraft were returned to 8th PRS. 21DEC43 75 Squadron F-4 operations terminated and the two aircraft were returned to 8th PRS.
26DEC43 Received 14ARD ex 4RSU.
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USAAF
31DEC43 Test flight at Garbutt after installation of new engines 33,000ft 1hr. Flt Lt Talberg
endDEC43 "The previous acute position of spare parts has eased to a considerable degree."     endDEC43 "The previous acute position of spare parts has eased to a considerable degree."        
01JAN44 Took off from Garbutt but port airscrew ran away. Landed Garbutt with port airscrew feathered. 1hr 30min. Flt Lt Talberg
01JAN44 Signal from NEA to 1PRU advising that A55-1 departed Townsville at 1000 hours but returned on one engine at 1130 hours owing to a runaway prop. ETD indefinite but probably three days.
03JAN44 Test flight 45min. Flt Lt Talberg
04JAN44 Cloncurry-Boomara 2hr 30min. (Presumably this also includes flying time from Townsville/Garbutt to Cloncurry. Boomarra is 75 miles north of Cloncurry). Flt Lt Talberg
05JAN44 Boomara-Cloncurry 30min. (This backtracking suggests that Boomarra was a forced landing and overnight). Flt Lt Talberg. 1PRU ORB states "fuel shortage".
06JAN44 Cloncurry-Camooweal 50min. Flt Lt Talberg
06JAN44 Camooweal-Daly Waters 2hr. Flt Lt Talberg
06JAN44 Daly Waters-Coomalie Creek 1hr 20min. Flt Lt Talberg
06JAN44 A55-1 received at 1PRU
10JAN44 Familiarisation and height test 1hr. Flt Lt Green 10JAN44 Approved for conversion to components.
10JAN44 Travel Coomalie - Batchelor - Coomalie. Flg Off Boss-Walker
10JAN44 Training flight conversion to type Flt Lt Hermes
10JAN44 Training flight conversion to type Flt Lt Green
10JAN44 Damaged in non-flying accident. Aircraft moved from chocks in high winds at Coomalie Creek, N.T. and ran into a drain causing structural damage.
12JAN44 No details 30min. (Possibly this is a ferry flight from Coomalie Creek to 4RSU at Pell)
12JAN44 Allotted 4RSU for repair.
15JAN44 Training flight conversion to type Flg Off Boss-Walker
15JAN44 Training flight conversion to type Flt Lt Green
08FEB44
Condemned as salvage obsolete by 5th AF, Brisbane. 08FEB44 Three F-4 Lightnings, 41-2130, 41-2139 and 41-2217 were allotted to RAAF by Fifth Air Force HQ.
15FEB44 Familiarisation 20min. Flt Lt Green
16FEB44 Training flight conversion to type Flt Lt Hermes
16FEB44 Travel Coomalie - Milingimbi. Flg Off Boss-Walker
17FEB44 Photo Recce Kai Islands. Flg Off Boss-Walker
17FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flt Lt Hermes
18FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flt Lt Green
18FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flt Lt Hermes
19FEB44 Local photo 1hr 25min. Bathurst Island. Flt Lt Green
20FEB44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale.Flt Lt Hermes
21FEB44 Photo Recce Koepang, Penfoei. Flt Lt Hermes
21FEB44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flt Lt Hermes
22FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flt Lt Green
22FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flg Off Lovegrove
23FEB44 Training flight conversion to type. Flg Off Rush
24FEB44 Photography Darwin area. Flg Off Lovegrove
25FEB44 Local photo 1hr 25min. Fenton & Long. Flt Lt Green
26FEB44 Coomalie-Drysdale 1hr 25min. Flt Lt Green
27FEB44 Photo Recce Koepang and Savu Is 4hr 15min. The 1PRU ORB shows Tenau and Hansisi. Flt Lt Green
27FEB44 Drysdale-Coomalie 1hr 50min. Flt Lt Green
endFEB44 "Good serviceability on A55-1."                
12MAR44 Local photo 1hr. Bathurst & Melville Islands. Flt Lt Green
14MAR44 Travel Coomalie - Darwin. Flg Off Boss-Walker
15MAR44 Photo Recce Toen Is., Nila Is., Seroea Is. Flg Off Boss-Walker
16MAR44 Photo Recce Toen Is., Nila Is. Sqn Ldr Hermes
17MAR44 Training flight conversion to type Flg Off Lovegrove
19MAR44 Photo Melville Island 1hr 45min. Sqn Ldr Green
20MAR44 Photo Recce Tanimbar Island 3hr 15min. Sqn Ldr Green
21MAR44 Melville Island 45min. Sqn Ldr Green
21MAR44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale. Flg Off Boss-Walker
22MAR44 Photo Recce Heywood Shoal, Cartier Is., Browse Is., Timor Sea. Flg Off Boss-Walker
22MAR44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Boss-Walker
23MAR44 Darwin-Drysdale 1hr 20min. Sqn Ldr Green
24MAR44 Photo Recce Flores Island 4hr 35min. Sqn Ldr Green
25MAR44 Drysdale-Darwin 1hr 30min. Sqn Ldr Green
26MAR44 Photo Recce Sevivara, Hero & Chater. Sqn Ldr Hermes
26MAR44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale. Flg Off Boss-Walker
27MAR44 Photo Recce Atamboea, Koepang & Mena River. Flg Off Boss-Walker
29MAR44 Test. Sqn Ldr Green
30MAR44 Coomalie-Drysdale 1hr 30min. Sqn Ldr Green
30MAR44 Photo Recce Flores Is., Nbai Pt. 4hr. Sqn Ldr Green
30MAR44 Drysdale-Coomalie 1hr 45min. Sqn Ldr Green
31MAR44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings are being prepared for flight at Port Moresby.
endMAR44 "A55-1 has maintained good serviceability. The training of pilots on the Lightning has been discontinued to conserve aircraft hours for operational flights."                
01APR44 Photo Recce Koepang. Sqn Ldr Hermes
01APR44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Sqn Ldr Hermes
05APR44 Photo Recce Kai Islands, Langgoer, Faan. Flg Off Boss-Walker
05APR44 Coomalie-Drysdale (no time recorded). ORB 1hr 45min. Sqn Ldr Green
06APR44 Photo Recce Flores but aircraft u/s and returned Coomalie 1hr 50min. Sqn Ldr Green
06APR44 Test 15min. Sqn Ldr Green
07APR44 Photo Recce Darwin area. Flg Off Lovegrove
08APR44 Photo Recce Babar Is. Flg Off Lovegrove
08APR44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale. Sqn Ldr Hermes
09APR44 Photo Recce Flores Is., Nbai Pt., Sissa River. Sqn Ldr Hermes
09APR44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Sqn Ldr Hermes
10APR44 Photo Recce Dili, Cape Chater, Cape Lore. Flg Off Rush
13APR44 Coomalie-Long-Coomalie 45min. Weather unsuitable. Sqn Ldr Green
16APR44 Photo Recce Koepang. Aircraft u/s returned to base. Flg Off Lovegrove
17APR44 Photo Recce Koepang, Penfoei, Semaoe Is. Flg Off Lovegrove
17APR44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Lovegrove
19APR44 Photo Recce Taberfane & Trangan Is. Flg Off Rush
19APR44 Travel Milingimbi - Coomalie.Flg Off Rush
21APR44 Advice from Forward Echelon that three Lightnings will be ferried to 3AD Amberley on or about 30APR44.
22APR44 Test 20min. Sqn Ldr Green
25APR44 Photo Recce Penfoei, Koepang, Soe, Atamboea. Flg Off Lovegrove
25APR44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Lovegrove
26APR44 Test 50min. 1PRU ORB shows photography local area. Sqn Ldr Green
02MAY44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale. Flg Off Rush
03MAY44 Photo Recce Flores Is., Sissa River. Flg Off Rush
03MAY44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Rush
03MAY44 Coomalie-Drysdale 1hr 30min. Sqn Ldr Green
04MAY44 Photo Recce Soemba Waingapoe 5hr. Sqn Ldr Green
04MAY44 Drysdale-Coomalie 1hr 35min. Sqn Ldr Green
06MAY44 Photo Recce Dili, Atamboea. Aircraft u/s did not complete op. Flg Off Lovegrove
06MAY44 Photo Recce Dili, Atamboea. Flg Off Lovegrove
15MAY44 Photo Recce Koepang, Penfoei, Soe, Tenau. Flg Off Rush 15MAY44 Lightnings 41-2156 and 41-2217 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. Evidently 41-2156 was substituted for either 41-2130 or 41-2139.
15MAY44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Rush
16MAY44 Allotted 5th Air Force No 2 Depot ex 1PRU for 240 hourly and double engine change.
19MAY44 Photo Recce Soe & illegible. Flg Off Lovegrove
20MAY44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Lovegrove
27MAY44 Photo Recce Kai Islands, Langgoer, Faan. Flg Off Rush
29MAY44 First Mosquito A52-2 arrived at Coomalie Creek.
30MAY44 Travel Coomalie - Drysdale. Flg Off Lovegrove
31MAY44 Photo Recce Flores Is., Maomere. Flg Off Lovegrove
31MAY44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Lovegrove
01JUN44 First operational Mosquito mission over Ambon with A52-2.
08JUN44 Photography local area. Flg Off Rush
09JUN44 Photo Recce Penfoei, Tenau, Hansisi. Flg Off Rush
09JUN44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Rush
14JUN44 Photo Recce Kai Is., Langgoer, Faan. Flg Off Lovegrove
18JUN44 Photo Recce Fuiloro, Cape Chater, Lautem West. Flg Off Rush
20JUN44 Photo Recce Cape Chater, Lautem West. Flg Off Lovegrove
endJUN44 "A55-1 has completed 240 hours at a high rate of serviceability."                
02JUL44 Issued Eagle Farm ex 1PRU.
03JUL44 Photo Recce Penfoei, Koepang, Tenau. Flg Off Rush
03JUL44 Travel Drysdale - Coomalie. Flg Off Rush
05JUL44 Ferry flight Coomalie - Townsville. Flg Off Rush
15AUG44 Ferry flight Townsville - Cloncurry - Coomalie. Flt Lt Rush
17AUG44 Photo Recce Kai Islands. Flt Lt Rush
17AUG44 Travel Coomalie - Truscott. Sqn Ldr Hermes
18AUG44 Photo Recce Penfoei, Maomere. Sqn Ldr Hermes
18AUG44 Travel Truscott - Coomalie. Sqn Ldr Hermes
20AUG44 Photo Recce Ambon area. Sqn Ldr Green
22AUG44 Travel Coomalie - Truscott. Flt Lt Rush
22AUG44 Photo Recce Soemba Islands. Flt Lt Rush
22AUG44 Travel Truscott - Coomalie. Flt Lt Rush
23AUG44 Photo Recce Ambon area. Sqn Ldr Green
29AUG44 Photo Recce Darwin area. Flt Lt Rush
30AUG44 Photo Recce Ambon. Unsuccessful. Aircraft u/s returned to base. Flt Lt Rush
01SEP44 Photo Recce Timor area. Did not complete op. Aircraft u/s returned to base. Sqn Ldr Green
01SEP44 During a subsequent test flight at Coomalie Creek, the nosewheel collapsed on landing and the aircraft left the runway and burned. Flt Lt Rush suffered superficial burns.
10SEP44 No. 1 PRU became No. 87 (PR) Sqn formed at Coomalie Creek on this date.
12SEP44 Received 8CRD ex 1PRU.
26SEP44 Approved for conversion to components. 26SEP44 Condemned as salvage by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. 26SEP44 Condemned as salvage by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
31OCT44 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane. 31OCT44 Condemned by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.
05DEC44 Struck off by USAAF.
09JAN45 Struck off by USAAF. 09JAN45 Struck off by USAAF.
09APR46 Struck off by USAAF.

Yellow shading indicates that the aircraft was out of service for major maintenance.

 

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