1 AD Laverton ex RAF. (Source: 3)
7 SQN ex 1 AD. (Source: 3)
1 OTU ex 7 SQN. (Source: 3)
1 AD ex 1 OTU. (Source: 3)
5 AD Archerfield ex 1 AD Laverton and departed for 2 AD Richmond.
by 6 SQN Horn Island. (Source: 3)
15 RSU ex 6 SQN. (Source: 3)
6 SQN ex 15 RSU. (Source: 3)
5 AD Archerfield ex 6 SQN for fitment CO2 equipment and auxiliary
tank. (Source: 3)
requires major repairs to mainplanes. (Source: 3)
1 OTU ex 5 AD. (Source: 3)
with dual controls. (Source: 3)
7 AD ex 1 OTU. (Source: 3)
1 OTU ex 7 AD. (Source: 3)
reveals cracked port centre section. (Source: 3)
2 AD Richmond ex 1 OTU for repairs. (Source: 3)
1 OTU ex 2 AD. (Source: 3)
2 AD Richmond for storage ex 1 OTU East Sale. (Source: 3)
to L.M. Van Praag, Bondi, NSW for £1,000. (Source: 3)
to purchaser. (Source: 3)
Warren Penny's subsequent bankruptcy hearing in July 1949, he claimed
that he had purchased two Hudsons which he believed to be A16-112
and A16-122. |
A16-112 he sold to IAT director Mr. F. Megna but repossessed it and
gave it to the Shell company as a guarantee against fuel bills.
A16-122 he sold to a Mr Clarke but it was "subsequently taken
over by Thomas, repaired in our workshops and then vanished overseas."
There is an anomaly here in that A16-122 had been acquired by Penny
in a previous transaction so possibly this aircraft was actually A16-222
which did indeed "vanish overseas" to Israel as VH-BLB at
the hands of one Brian Thomas (see below). If this is the case, A16-222,
which was sold by CDC to Lionel Van Praag, must have been onsold to
Warren Penny, Mr. Clarke and Mr. Thomas. Such transactions have not
been recorded previously. It will be noted that as per the following
entry, VH-BLB did not enter service with Guinea Air Traders as originally
intended. (Source: 4)
Hudson VH-ALA crashed at Lae with the loss of all 37 on board. It
is likely that this event influenced the company's decision not to
put VH-BLB into service.
application from Brian Thomas, Willoughby, NSW. Aircraft was originally
intended to be used as a freighter by Guinea Air Traders but later
amended to 9 passenger configuration but was never used in New Guinea.
to Register as VH-BLB. (Source: AustAirData)
Madsen Aircrafts Pty Ltd issued Drawing No. CM36 for the seating layout
of VH-BLB specifying nine (9) seats aft of the spar (Station 188).
Australia for Palestine on a charter to the Israeli Government. The
aircraft is owned by Mr. B. Thomas but was flown by Mr. Samuel Jamieson
as a private flight in the name of Guinea Air Traders Ltd. However
when DCA approached Mr. John Jamieson, Managing Director of GAT, he
denied that Sam Jamieson had any right to use the company name, nor
was his flight in BLB for GAT. (Source: 2)
is grounded at Ciampino, Rome with u/s engine. (Source: 2)
flown at Rome after fitment of a new engine that had been sourced
in the U.K. Subsequently departed for Palestine. (Source: 2)
from Australia House in London that Hudson aircraft VH-BLB is now
in the hands of the Israeli Air Force, but still flying under Australian
registration markings. It is currently engaged in the hostilities
against Arab forces. (Source: 2)
issued with the Israeli Air Force Serial 2604 (subject to confirmation).
On this date, a letter was addressed to the Director General of Civil
Aviation, Melbourne from R.M. Seymour, Civil Aviation Liaison Officer,
Australia House, London detailing an interview with Mr. A.J. Hurst
who had been a pilot on several aircraft that had been delivered from
Australia to Israel. "As far as Mr. Hurst is concerned, I am
convinced that his interest in the matter was as a pilot being employed
by the purchasers of these aircraft simply on delivery flights. Before
being engaged in this traffic, Mr. Hurst was in the employ of Mr.
Warren Penny when Inter-Continental Airlines were operating. During
our conversation Mr. Hurst gave me details of at least six Australian
aircraft which included 4 Hudson aircraft, one Lodestar and a DC5,
which have left Australia and are now definitely in the hands of the
Israeli Air Force. The details of these machines are as follows:-|
"Two Hudson aircraft, registered VH-BFQ and VH-BIA, were delivered
during this year, leaving Australia during February and March. These
aircraft were owned by a company which is believed by Mr. Hurst to
be named the Southern European Transport Company (sic) registered
in Sydney. The person who represented this company and with whom Mr.
Hurst had contact is a Mr. G. Marcel. Mr. Hurst understands that Marcel
owns a Milk Bar in Sydney and is not himself actually interested in
the operation of aircraft. He tells me the aircraft are both serviceable
and were equipped as passenger liners. He also understands that the
transfer was made on the basis that the aircraft have been chartered
by the Israeli Government for a period of 5 years. He also understands
that the registration letters of these aircraft have now been cancelled.
"Another Hudson, VH-BLB, belonging to Guinea Air Traders was
delivered to Palestine leaving Australia in February. He tells me
that this aircraft is also on charter to the Israeli Government, is
in the hands of their Air Force, and is flying under Australian registration.
He also believes that one other Hudson aircraft was definitely delivered.
He did not know the registration letters, nor the owner, but he told
me that the aircraft has since crashed in Palestine and has been written
off." (This would be VH-BIH. Ed)
The letter goes on to describe the other aircraft types but these
details are not shown here. (Source: 2)
investigations revealed that the alleged GAT charter to the Israeli
Government was "a subterfuge to prevent awkward questions being
asked on the disposal of warlike materials to the Israel Government."
Mr. Thomas is no longer in Australia, address unknown. (Source: 2)
off Register as "improper sale overseas". (Source: 2 / AustAirData)
destroyed in combat or subsequently scrapped.