|14DEC39||Delivered to the Pittsburgh Steel Company as NC18977.|
|14MAR42||Impressed by the USAAF as a UC-40D-LO with serial 42-38348. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|27JUL42||Transferred to the RAF under lend/lease as LA623. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|05SEP42||To 24 Sqn RAF, Hendon. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|01SEP44||Entered service with Metropolitan Communications Sqn at Hendon. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|07SEP44||Allotted to Metropolitan Communications Sqn at Hendon. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|07SEP45||Last logged operation: Hendon-Ronaldsway-Long Kesh-Hendon. Pilot: F/Lt Morgan. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|17NOV45||Struck off charge by RAF. (Source: Vic Smith)|
|19FEB46||Registered to Sidney Cotton's company Aeronautical and Industrial Research Corporation as G-AGWN.|
|21MAY47||UK CofA validation No. 269 issued, aircraft having been converted for civil use by Shorts at Belfast who issued conversion number SH.50C.|
|MAY47||Sold to Skyways Ltd.|
|JUN50||Sold to The Zinc Corporation as G-AGWN. Operated on executive duties in Europe until early 1952.|
|10APR52||Ferried from Fisherman's Bend to Essendon for CofA overhaul by Ansett. Aircraft was fitted with additional long range tanks and configured for 2 crew and 4 passengers. Aircraft was named "Silver Star".|
|18APR52||Registration application from The Zinc Corporation as VH-BHH. To be operated by Silver City Airways, a subsidiary of The Zinc Corporation.|
|24OCT52||Test flown at Essendon by Len Diprose.|
|31OCT52||Further test flight by Len Diprose after which Certificates of Airworthiness and Registration were issued.|
|OCT57||Sold to the Bush Church Aid Society for Australia and Tasmania.|
|02NOV57||Ferried from Essendon to Ceduna, SA by A.E. Chadwick and G.M. Job. Operated in the aerial ambulance role. Later renamed "S.J. Kirkby".|
|24JUN59||Re-registered VH-FMS (Flying Medical Service).|
|17MAR60||Undercarriage collapsed on landing at Ceduna, SA. The pilot and 4 passengers were unhurt but the aeroplane was severely damaged. The aeroplane was trucked back to Parafield, SA and stored in Robby's hangar.|
|04NOV60||Cancelled from Australian Register.|
|19AUG62||Trucked to Moorabbin, VIC having been purchased by Allan Rae. Restoration was begun but suspended after the acquisition of VH-ASV.|
|late 67||Sold to Dr Anthony Fisher.|
|end 67||Wings trucked to Dr Fisher's property near Jerilderie, NSW.|
|17FEB68||Fuselage departed Moorabbin for Dr Fisher's property.|
|84||Remains of VH-FMS sold to John G. Love and trucked to Albury, NSW.|
|Registration VH-JGL reserved but not taken up.|
|JUL95||Acquired from John Love by the National Air and Space Museum of Australia. (NASMA traded Catalina parts to the RAAF Museum. The RAAF Museum traded C-47 A65-64, subsequently VH-JGL, to John Love and John Love traded VH-FMS to NASMA!) As of 17SEP97, the fuselage is still at Albury with John Love and all other components are at Point Cook.|
|FEB98||With the demise of the NASMA project, the aircraft's ownership reverted to the Museum of Victoria.|
|20DEC00||The fuselage arrived at Australia's Museum of Flight at Nowra, NSW on long term loan from the Museum of Victoria. The wings will be collected from Melbourne later. Additional components have been acquired from the U.S. (Source: AMOF)|
|01FEB10||Moved from Nowra to HARS at Albion Park. The aircraft is on loan to HARS from the Museum of Victoria. It will be restored by HARS.|
|DEC13||Ownership transferred from Museum Victoria to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS)|
|c.FEB14||The aircraft was moved from Albion Park to the HARS storage and restoration facility at Parkes, NSW.|
See also Sidney Cotton's Kolossal Lockheeds
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
Added an image of the aircraft at the HARS' storage and restoration facility at Parkes, NSW. Thanks to Mick Raftery.
Added a photo of the aircraft with her former pilot, Mac Job, thanks to Geoff Goodall. The aircraft is now located at HARS' storage and restoration facility at Parkes, NSW.
Added a photo of the aircraft with her former pilot, Mac Job. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the CAHS.
Ownership of the aircraft passed to HARS in DEC13.
Added an image by Bob McCutcheon of VH-BHH at Essendon in 1959. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Added an image of the aircraft stored at Albury in 1985 thanks to David Eyre.
The aircraft has been moved from Nowra to Albion Park on loan to HARS.
Corrected the name applied to the aeroplane to "S.J. Kirkby". Previously shown as "Kirby". (See 02NOV67). Photographic evidence supplied by Geoff Goodall.
Added extra detail of RAF service thanks to Vic Smith.
Added a colour image of the aircraft in Zinc Corporation service thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Aircraft moved to Nowra.
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