|06APR51||Allotted serial number A89-736.|
|03DEC52||Received 11SQN ex USA.|
|08DEC53||Departed Pearce for storage at 3AD Archerfield.|
|02DEC54||3AD instructed to upgrade the aircraft to fly-away status.|
|10JAN55||Back at 11SQN by this date.|
|18OCT55||Landed at Richmond with the undercarriage retracted.|
|02NOV55||Allotted to 2AD for repairs and double engine change.|
|13SEP56||Received 11SQN ex 2AD.|
On this day Neptune A89-308 from No 11 Squadron became the only aircraft of this type lost in 26 years of service with the RAAF. The following is quoted verbatim from the 11SQN Operations Record Book:
accident of A89-308 occurred at 1118 hours (local time) on the edge
of the Hawkesbury River, approximately 1.5 miles north of R.A.A.F.
Richmond. The aircraft was engaged in E.C.M. trials and the Captain
was authorised to carry out feathering above 4000 feet. Immediately
prior to the crash, the starboard engine was observed to be on fire
and a radio transmission confirmed the Captains intention to attempt
a forced landing. At a height of less than 100 feet the starboard
wing was observed to break away, resulting in the aircraft striking
the ground inverted. It exploded on impact. All crew members perished.
The following is the list of crew members of aircraft A89-308:-
|12MAR59||Approved for conversion of airframe and engines to scrap.|
|01MAY59||"Squadron Leader E.V.T. Shields Tech and party of No. 11 (MR) Squadron arrived at Neutral Bay and proceeded to sea to dump u/s classified equipment from aircraft A89-308." (Source: Operations Record Book, No. 2 Aircraft Depot)|
|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 a list of the crew members who perished in the crash of A89-308. Also replaced the account of the crash with a direct quote from the 11SQN ORB.
Added an image of a Neptune believed to be A89-308. Thanks to Maurice Ritchie.
Added details of the storage at Archerfield.
Added a reference to parts being dumped at sea on 01MAY59.
Added two images thanks to James Doulis and Bob Livingstone.