A89-304 The Carpetbaggers
|06APR51||Allotted serial number A89-545.|
|06OCT52||Received 11SQN Pearce ex USA.|
|22MAR56||Upper turret canopy damaged in a storm at Richmond.|
|25JUL59||Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.|
|20OCT59||Returned from the USA.|
|18JAN60||Issued ex 2AD to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.|
|04MAR60||Received 11SQN ex CAC, Avalon.|
|31MAR61||Received CAC, Avalon ex 11SQN for Mod 201.|
|29JUN61||Received 11SQN ex CAC, Avalon.|
|17SEP61||Photographed at Richmond still painted overall Sea Blue with no white top.|
|JAN65||Noted carrying the name Sqn. Ldr. Jack Ingate Crew A with a Squadron Leader's pennant under the cockpit on the left side. Below this was the name The Carpetbaggers (a movie released in 1964) in black outlined in green. By this time the aircraft was painted light grey. (Source: John Bennett)|
|18MAY66||Four Neptunes departed Richmond for NAS Sangley Point in the Philippines via Townsville, Port Moresby and Guam for SEATO Exercise SEA IMP. The aircraft were A89-304, 306, 307 and 309.|
|30MAY66||The four aircraft flew from Sangley Point to Butterworth to continue Exercise SEA IMP.|
|07JUN66||A89-306, 307 and 309 departed Butterworth for overnight stops at Cocos Island and Pearce returning to Richmond on 09JUN66. A89-304 departed for Bangkok for the SEA IMP debrief departing for Butterworth on 09JUN66 returning to Richmond via Cocos Island and Pearce on 12JUN66.|
|11JUL67||Departed Richmond for a Mk 34 torpedo drop but the starboard engine failed shortly after take-off and the sortie was completed in A89-309. This is the last recorded operation by A89-304 in the 11SQN ORB but evidently not all flights were recorded as the Squadron was preoccupied with the introduction of the P-3B Orion.|
|18DEC67||Received at Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending disposal decision.|
|13APR68||Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown advised that aircraft is to be converted to components and the residue declared for disposal.|
|NOV68||Broken up at Bankstown.|
|NAA, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 11 Squadron Nov 50 - Jun 67, Series number A9186.|
|RAAF Form E/E.88 Record Card.|
Added an image thanks to Phil Tracy.
Added a reference to Exercise Sea Imp in MAY-JUN66.
Added a reference at 11JUL67.
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image of the name The Carpetbaggers on the aeroplane. Thanks to Eric Allen.
Added an image thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
Added further details of the name "The Carpetbaggers" thanks to John Bennett.
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.