A89-309 Pussy Galore


Type: L-426 Neptune P2V-5/P-2E
MSN: 426-5110
Previous Identities: 133648


06APR51 Allotted serial number A89-694.
15AUG52 Renumbered A89-309.
DEC52 Received at Richmond on delivery from the USA (exact date not shown on E/E88). Starboard prop shaft has excessive movement.
23DEC52 Dakota A65-104 departed Pearce for Richmond with a replacement prop for A89-309.
06FEB53 Received 11SQN ex USA.
29APR53 Received 3AD Archerfield for storage.
29JUL53 11SQN requested return of aircraft.
04SEP53 Held at ARDU.
18SEP53 Made an emergency landing at Nhill, Victoria following an engine failure and inability to maintain altitude due to the heavy fuel load for the return flight to Pearce. Following fitment of a serviceable engine, the other engine was found to be unserviceable during ground runs necessitating a second engine change. The aircraft recovered to Pearce on 06JAN54. (Source: No. 11SQN unit history sheets held in NAA via Bob Wylie)
18DEC53 Issued 11SQN ex ARDU.
26MAY55 One of five Neptunes (303, 309, 310, 311 & 312) selected for operations in Malaya. Evidently this did not proceed as the need for air power in the Malayan Emergency 1950-60 had diminished.
22MAR56 Wing tip nacelles damaged in storm at Richmond.
25JUL56 Port undercarriage retracted prior to engine start. Propellor damaged.
24AUG59 Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.
29DEC59 Returned from the USA.
05MAR60 Received CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.
11APR60 Despatched to 11SQN ex CAC.
28JUL61 Received CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.
18AUG61 Received 11SQN ex CAC.
JAN65 The name "Pussy Galore" would have been applied to the aeroplane around this time.
15DEC67 Received at Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending a disposal decision.
19APR68 Hawker de Havilland advised to convert aircraft to components and declare residue for disposal.
12FEB69 Aircraft was 65% converted by this date.
JUN69 Tenders closed for the removal of the aircraft ex Hawker de Havilland. The aircraft was subsequently scrapped at Bankstown.


  • The first two aircraft (A89-301 & 302) were commenced as P2V-4 but were brought up close to P2V-5 standard on the production line. Nevertheless, there were differences between these two aircraft and the following ten, principally in their electrical systems.
  • Initially, RAAF serials were "scrambled" for security reasons.
  • Mark 1 - Initially all P2V-5 were designated as Mark 1.
  • Mark 2 - With the removal of the nose and tail turrets and the addition of a clear nose and a MAD boom, the aircraft were redesignated as Mark 2.
  • Mark 3 - With the removal of the dorsal turret they were redesignated as Mark 3.
  • Mark 4 - With the addition of Westinghouse J34 jet pods they were redesignated P2V-5F Mark 4.
  • In 1962 the P2V-5 designation was changed to P-2E in line with USN designations.
  • All P2V-5/P-2E served with No 11 Squadron RAAF, initially at Pearce, WA but by 31MAY54 the squadron had completed its move to Richmond, NSW.

Issue Date Remarks
7 02MAR16
Added an image thanks to John Bennett.
Added two images thanks to Eric Allen. Image 1 Image 2
6 27FEB16
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
5 20NOV15
Added a reference to the Malayan Emergency 1950-60.
4 05NOV15
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
Added an image thanks to John Bennett.
3 30JUL14
Added an image thanks to Les Golder.
2 17JUL13
Added a reference to a double engine change at Nhill on 18SEP53. Thanks to Bob Wylie.
1 24NOV02
Original issue.

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