VH-BFZ


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 18-2611
Previous Identities: 43-16451
A67-7
VHRAG (callsign)
Subsequent Identities: 2501 (Israeli Air Force)


History:

43
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16451
08NOV43
Delivered ex Lockheed. (Source: 2)
08NOV43
Arrived Long Beach. (Source: 2)
14NOV43
Departed Long Beach. (Source: 2)
28NOV43
Received 3AD, Amberley ex USA. (Source: 1)
29NOV43
On receipt at 37SQN aircraft to be renumbered. (Source: 1)
02DEC43
Received 37SQN ex 3AD. (Source: 1)
  Allocated callsign VHRAG. (Source: 1)
23MAR45
Allotted 1 Communication Unit ex 37SQN. To be fitted with 4 seats ex Hudson A16-114. (Source: 1)
04APR45
Issued 1CU, Laverton ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
06APR45
Received 1CU ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
11JUN45
Grounded at 1CU. (Source: 1)
07JUL45
Allotted 7AD, Tocumwal for inspection and possible repair (probably to fuel tanks). (Source: 1)
22JUL45
Received 7AD ex 1CU. (Source: 1)
16JAN46
Work to cease. Aircraft to be stored. (Source: 1)
08FEB46
Received 7AD Storage ex 7AD. (Source: 1)
01OCT46
To be stored Cat D. (Source: 1)
03FEB47
Sold through Commonwealth Disposals Commission to Mr. H. Ellis of Sherman's Motors, Dubbo, NSW for £1,000. (Source: 1)
10SEP47
Resold by CDC to Mr. S Godden, Potts Point, Sydney for £1,000. (Source: 1)
30DEC47
CofA issued as VH-BFZ.
  The aircraft was overhauled at Bankstown by Doug Fawcett who later claimed in his book that he was a friend of Stanley Godden and that he had paid cash for the overhaul. (Source: 4)
28FEB48
Departed Darwin for India on its first long trip.
  Stanley V. Godden operated overseas charter flights under the trading name Godden Air Transport.
MAR48
Bankstown-Charleville-Cloncurry-Darwin. Crew: Warren Penny, S.V. Godden & P. Thurlow. (Source: 3)
MAR48
Darwin-Cloncurry-Charleville-Mascot. Crew: Warren Penny, J. Hurst & P. Thurlow. (Source: 3)
  NOTE: These flights in March 1948 do not show specific dates although flight times are recorded for each sector. The lack of detail suggests that these flights might have been added retrospectively.
05SEP48
Passed through Bahrein under the command of Stanley Godden having been sold to Service Airways Inc of Rome for 8,000. The aeroplane was subsequently handed over to the Israeli Air Force who gave it the serial number 2501.
31OCT48
Severely damaged in a crash landing at Herzliya. Apparently the aircraft was written off as the serial 2501 was subsequently reallocated briefly to Hudson ex VH-BIH which later became 2601. (This change possibly reflects a late realisation that the Lodestar and the Hudson are two different types).
SEP50
Struck off charge and presented to the IDFAF Ground School

 

SOURCES
1
RAAF Form E/E.88.
2
MAC Air Case 200. NAA via Gordon Birkett
3
Log Book of Warren Penny photographed by Greg Weir in 2021.
4
Fawcett, Doug, Pilots & Propellers - a lifetime in aviation, Crawford House, 1998.


Issue Date Remarks
7 29JUN22
Added complete references from Source: 1.
6 11APR21
Added references from Source: 1.
5 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
4 24JUN06
Added delivery details thanks to Gordon Birkett.
3 16FEB00 -





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