Jan 1966 - Supermarine A2-4 "Seagull V" (aka "Walrus") with civilian serial VH-ALB, Camden, NSW, Australia
- Pic by my late father Alexander 'Alec' Crisdale, using Kodachrome slide positive.
- In Oct 1968 after this photo was shot, VH-ALB was badly damaged in a wind storm at Camden (refer to ADF Serials link at end of history for pics).
- This a/c had an extensive & colourful history (courtesy of the ADF Serials website), of which I have included some edited highlights -
Dec 1935/Jan 1936 - First flight, England.
21/2/1936 - Delivered to 1AD Laverton from overseas.
3/4/1936 - Assigned 101 Flt (later 5 Sqn), Richmond, NSW
20/4/1937 - Embarked HMAS SYDNEY
28/2/1938 - Struck side of HMAS SYDNEY and sank in Jervis Bay. Later salvaged & repaired.
22/12/1939 - Forced landing in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney when roof hatch flew off into propeller.
11/7/1940 - Embarked HMAS PERTH
21/1/1941 - Forced landing in Gunnamatta Bay, Port Hacking, NSW, after flying wire fitting failed during target towing.
6/2/43 - Arrived 9 Sqn Bowen. Later Coded ‘YQ-P’
7/8/43 -Ground looped to port at Cairns, Qld after flight from Mornington Island and damaged port spar, aileron and float. 12/1/44 -Removed to Qantas for repair
14/12/45 - 2 FBRD for storage with Pegasus 2M2 No 16664
22/3/46 - Storage at 2 AD Schofields
25/4/46 - Damaged by hailstorm
13/5/46 - At Maintenance Sqn Rathmines
14/8/46 - Airframe offered by CDC for sale by tender by 6.9.46. Aircraft with 2 CRD, RAAF Richmond, NSW, reported as 'fully serviceable'. Total hours 1446.00
15/8/46 Maintenance Sqn Rathmines ex ASR Sqn
3/10/46 - Sold by CDC to McIlree Motors, Sydney for £600
??/??/?? Registration VH-ALB reserved
13/9/50 Reservation VH-ALB cancelled & aircraft stored by McIlree.
1959 - Sold to P Gibbes, , H. O’Hara and A Whiter & prepared for C of A by Lawrence Engineering & Sales, Camden, NSW
14/4/60 - Re-registered VH-ALB for private use, but later registered for aerial work & operated by Amphair (Amphibious Air Carter) P/L of Toorak, VIC with 7 passenger seats. Flew joy flights from Seaford, Port Philip Bay, VIC.
9/62 - Sold to R.W. Shute for £5,000 to be operated as Barrier Reef Flying Boat Service from Mackay, QLD.
17/3/63 - Last regular commercial flight - placed in storage at Mackay, QLD.
29/10/63 - Flown to Bankstown, NSW & offered for sale.
5/64 - Bought by group of local business men.
2/10/64 - Damaged when ground looped during conversion training.
30/1/66 - Forced landing at Terrigal, NSW, with engine trouble. Later flew back to Camden, NSW.
10/68 - Damaged in wind storm at Camden, NSW.
7/69 - By this time had moved to Bankstown for restoration with a view to competing in the London to Sydney Air Race for which it was allocated Race Number ‘48’
9/7/69 - Test flight for C of A renewal.
26/11/69 - Regular flying recommenced.
8/12/69 - Departed Sydney for Singapore and reached Dili, Timor by 17/12, when it was held up by lack of appropriate fuel. Obviously some damage occurred because after repairs were completed and correct fuel obtained, departed for Bankstown, NSW, Australia on 30/12/69, arriving on 8/1/70.
27/1/70 - Suffered engine failure shortly after take-off at Taree, NSW - starboard wheel struck a stump in long grass during forced landing & undercarriage, fuselage, starboard float & wing were damaged. Aircraft was dismantled & returned to Bankstown. (Pilot Neville M Parnell was uninjured).
9/3/72 - Registration cancelled at owners request.
5/72 - Exchanged with RAF Museum for Spitfire XIV TE384 & $5,000.
1/73-4/73 - flown to UK by RAAF (Richmond to Darwin), then RAF (Darwin, Nadi, Nuku’alofa’ Hawaii, California & Gander)
11/79 - Full restoration complete & aircraft placed on permanent display in the RAF Museum, Hendon, England as A2-4.