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Delivered from the USA by ship and received at 1AD Laverton on 7 February 1940. Issued to 7 Squadron RAAF on 5 August 1940. Reallocated to 2 Squadron on 21 October 1940. Shot down while part of a five aircraft strike on Japanese ships at Kema Bay, Mendo, Netherlands East Indies on 12 January 1942. (Photo: Department of Information via CAHS collection)
1 Squadron undertook several cross-country formation flights. In December 1936 it was from its base at Laverton to Adelaide-Parafield and back via the old Mildura aerodrome. A year later they ventured all the way to Brisbane-Archerfield and this photo from the Queensland library would normally suggest these aircraft are at Archerfield. However A1-32, second in the line, had been destroyed in a fatal crash at Hamilton, Victoria, on August 31. A1-22 crashed at Point Cook on July 18, 1942. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
Operated by 5 Communications Unit out of Townsville, Queensland, during the war. Sent to Tocumwal, NSW, for disposal.. Seen at Sydney airport in July 1949 still in its wartime markings and codes awaiting civil conversion . Became VH-BNL with Gibbes Sepik Airways in Papua New Guinea.
VH-AZM was based in the Northern Territory. It was sold to the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland but retained its NTMS markings and titles for some time after the sale. Reregistered VH-DRF in January 1961.
VH-UYX was an entry in the REDeX air reliability trial, an aviation version of car reliability trials run by an company selling a fuel additive. The air trial passed through three Australian states and one territory. -UYX was struck off the register in in March 1963 after it did not recover from a collapsed undercarriage at Darwin in January 1960.
VH-AEZ boarding passengers at an unknown location. It was sold to East-West Airlines as VH-EWD in 1955. In 1966 it was sold to Brain and Brown as VH-BAM for use as a freighter, its passenger door replaced with the double doors it had as a USAAF C-47A.
Ex ZK-ABW. VH-UPB was used by Matthews Aviation between Melbourne and Launceston via King Island, where it made a water landing. It would be wrecked at King Island when dashed against the rocks on May 13, 1936. It is not known if the photo was taken at King Island, Tasmania, or at Victorian Bay. Photo from: National Library of Australia
Registered in 1928 to Arthur Butler who went on start Butler Airways at Cootamunda. Became VH-UHY in 1932. Reported in 1940 as dismantled and stored at Toowoomba, Queensland. UHY changed hands a few times after that but under wartime restrictions is unlikely to have been flown. Struck off the register in 1946. The location is either New South Wales, where the aircraft was based in 1929, or Victoria. The scenery is typical of rural parts of both states. Photo from: State Library of Victoria
Delivered in October 1943 and served at Point Cook, Victoria, and Mallala, South Australia. Disposed off in 1947 for scrap. Undated RAAF photo. The Oxford behind, R6183, crashed in February 1945. It too served at Point Cook and Mallala.
Based at Sydney (Mascot) airport during its entire prewar years, VH-UVZ is seen here visiting northern NSW or Queensland. It was impressed as A17-691 in 1940, returning to the civil register as VH-BBP in 1947. In 1994 it was again registered VH-UVZ. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
A20-202 was not finally struck off charge until 1957 although its flying days appear to have ended with a taxiing accident at Amberley, Queensland, in August 1954. It wore a silver-doped finish postwar. Photo from: National Library of Australia
Operated by the aero club into World War II when it was grounded due to restrictions on private flying. Returned to the air in 1946. Later became VH-PMG, then BMG and finally -RKM. Cancelled from the Australian register for the final time in 1965. Went to the Chewing Gum Field Air Museum. Sold in New Zealand as a restoration project about 1987 with ZK-APR reserved for it. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
Like all 391 Oxfords received by the RAAF, V3354 was operated with its RAF serial. It became the subject of an official photo air-to-air photo shoot soon after arrival. By 1942, it and all other RAAF aircraft in the Pacific had the red centres of their roundels painted out to avoid confusion with Japanese aircraft. V3354 was destroyed by fire after landing at Point Cook on June 12, 1944. Photo from: National Library of Australia
Qantas was coerced into buying two 8-passenger Vickers Vulcans. Nicknamed the Flying Pig, it turned out it flew like one. G-EBET was assembled at Point Cook, Victoria, and flown to Longreach, Queensland, for Qantas to test. It failed dismally, unable to reach the promised altitude even when the payload was halved. Qantas cancelled its order. What happened to -EBET is not recorded. Where the photo was taken is unknown. Photo from: National Library of Australia
A17-685 was a pre-war civil Tiger Moth impressed into the RAAF in mid-1940, as was A17-684 next to it. Photo taken before Japan entered the war because the Tigers still have red-centred roundels. What happened to A17-685 is not known. RAAF photo.