|06APR51||Allotted serial number A89-236.|
|24DEC52||Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.|
|22FEB53||En route Richmond-Pearce, landed Woomera with a split hydraulic pipe.|
|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.|
|25JUN59||Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.|
|06OCT59||Returned from the USA.|
|13AUG60||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.|
|05SEP60||Despatched to 11SQN ex CAC.|
|17MAR61||Received CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.|
|14APR61||Received 11SQN ex CAC.|
|22MAR63||Operated Changi-Darwin. Captain Howard Morris and FLTLT Peck. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)|
|23MAR63||En route Darwin-Richmond diverted to Mount Isa with a fuel leak. Blew two tyres on landing. Captain Howard Morris and PLTOFF Clarey. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)|
|After departing Darwin for Richmond, a large fuel leak on the left hand side of the aircraft required the shutting down and feathering of the port piston engine. The jets were lighted and an emergency landing made at Mount Isa. After landing, reverse pitch was applied on the starboard piston engine and when the aircraft started to swing to the right, reverse pitch was deselected but there was no response and the prop stayed in reverse and the aeroplane continued to veer to the right side of the runway. Left brake was applied as the aircraft was about to go off the strip. This effected a left turn by the aeroplane and kept it on the strip but the left tyre blew which then caused the aeroplane to veer to the left hand side of the runway. Nose wheel steering was ineffective so just before going off the strip the pilot applied some right brake which straightened the aeroplane up again but the right hand tyre blew. At this stage, with no braking means being available, full rudder was applied to steer the aircraft off the runway to pull it up. Later investigation revealed that the aeroplane had been filled with fuel on the ground at Darwin where the aeroplane was very hot and the fuel was cool. On reaching altitude, the fuel started to heat up and the aeroplane cooled down and shrank so the petrol no longer fitted in the tanks and was coming out the relief valve through the overflow vent. It was impossible from any position on the aeroplane to see where the petrol was coming from so the only safe thing to do because of the fear of the sparks coming out of the exhaust on the port engine was to shut the engine down. At that moment that the engine was shut down, by pure chance, the fuel stopped coming out of the vent. (Source: Howard Morris interviewed by Greg Weir)|
|25MAR63||Operated Mount Isa-Richmond. Captain Howard Morris and SQNLDR Jessop. (Source: Log book of Howard Morris)|
|16MAR64||Despatched to CAC, Avalon for photographic design study.|
|24MAR64||Received 11SQN ex CAC.|
|20APR67||Issued to RSTT, Wagga as INST No 3.|
|01OCT70||Still held RSTT, Wagga.|
|03MAY77||Has been totally destroyed during the course of fire training.|
|29JUN77||Base SQN Wagga advise aircraft has been written off.|
Added an image thanks to Bob Howe.
Added a reference to the Malayan Emergency 1950-60.
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
Added details of a forced landing at Mount Isa in 1963. Also added 6 images thanks to Howard Morris and Greg Weir.
Added a colour image thanks to Philip Tracy.