The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

ABN - 68 831  327  047

A52-600 Flight Record

Flights and flying times recorded in the Airframe Log Book of A52-600

The following flying times of A52-600 were extracted by Aviation author David Vincent during his research of his book “Mosquito Monograph” - A History of Mosquitoes in Australia and RAAF Operations”.

 

The A52-600 Airframe and Engine Log Books were preserved, but unfortunately went astray when the aircraft was transferred from the A52-600 owning Albury syndicate to the RAAF Museum in 1987.

 

The MAAA is greatly indebted to David for his preservation of these records.

Explanatory notes for the table

An * denotes locations added from information provided by the founder of the MAAA, Allan Davies, not specified in No 87 Squadron Operation Record Book.

Date

Flight time

Action

Crew

13/12/1944

 

received No 2 Aircraft Depot ex UK with 5 hrs 50 mins (5.50) flying time

 

1/02/1945

 

aircraft assembled and rigged for flight

 

2/02/1945

 

controls inspected and passed for flight; controls check inspected and passed for flight

 

8/02/1945

1.15

initial test flight

Scherf

15/02/1945

0.15

test flight

Hermes

20/02/1945

0.35

test flight

Scherf

22/02/1945

0.50

test flight - aircraft flight tested after erection and found satisfactory

Scherf

3/03/1945

3.20

ferry flight Richmond-Longreach

 

4/03/1945

4.20

ferry flight Longreach-Coomalie

 

9/03/1945

 

general acceptance check carried out and found satisfactory

 

10/03/1945

0.30

test flight

Gamble/Lobb

19/03/1945

0.30

familiarisation (recorded in Squadron A50 as 18/3/45)

Kearney/Hardwick

19/03/1945

0.15

high altitude test to 30000 ft (recorded in Squadron A50 as 18/3/45)

Bonython/Roget

21/03/1945

0.50

acceptance and high altitude test

Spurgin/Lobb

22/03/1945

1.40

high altitude test to 30000 ft or service ceiling

Spurgin/Lobb

23/03/1945

5.30

PR Timor

Kearney/Hardwick

26/03/1945

0.10

test flight - height and hydraulic test

Bonython/Dibbs

2/04/1945

0.20

test flight

Bell/Strange

16/04/1945

0.20

test flight

Bell/Strange

16/04/1945

4.30

PR Timor (recorded in Squadron A50 as 17/4/45)

Bell/Strange

17/04/1945

4.30

appears to be doubling up of previous entry

 

20/04/1945

 

periodical inspection - 40 hourly - completed

 

20/04/1945

0.40

test flight

Henry/Jordan

22/04/1945

2.50

travel flight Coomalie-Broome

Proctor/Garrett/Wilson

22/04/1945

3.00

travel flight Broome-Coomalie

Proctor/Garrett/Wilson

24/04/1945

0.40

test flight - radio

Lundberg/Dowling

25/04/1945

0.50

travel flight Coomalie-Darwin-Coomalie

Proctor/Garrett

7/05/1945

0.25

test flight

Timbury/King

8/05/1945

1.55

PR Flores (not completed)

Davies/Reynolds

8/05/1945

0.35

test flight - radio

Langsford/Tozer

9/05/1945

0.55

test flight - radio

Bonython/Dowling

10/05/1945

0.25

test flight (shows in Squadron A50 as 9/5/45)

Davies/O'Connor

11/05/1945

6.20

PR Flores-Bima-Truscott

Davies/Reynolds

11/05/1945

1.35

travel flight Truscott-Coomalie

Davies/Reynolds

14/05/1945

5.35

PR location not stated

Gamble/Lobb

18/05/1945

0.20

air test

Lundberg/Baker

19/05/1945

0.30

test flight

Davies

21/05/1945

7.10

PR Soemba

Lundberg/Baker

22/05/1945

1.45

PR (not completed)

Lundberg/Kercher

22/05/1945

0.50

test flight - instruments

 

22/05/1945

7.15

PR Soemba* (shows in Squadron A50 as 25/5/45)

Henry/Jordan

28/05/1945

 

periodical inspection - 80 hourly - completed

 

30/05/1945

0.50

test flight

Lundberg/Kercher

2/06/1945

4.00

PR Timor*

Johnston/Williamson

4/06/1945

1.45

travel flight Coomalie-Truscott

Kearney/Hardwick/Taylor

5/06/1945

4.30

PR Soemba

Kearney/Hardwick

5/06/1945

1.30

travel flight Truscott-Coomalie

Kearney/Hardwick

12/06/1945

6.40

5 PR Timor-Soemba*

Henry/Jordan

14/06/1945

1.30

travel flight Coomalie-Truscott

Davies/Reynolds/Green

15/06/1945

6.30

PR Flores-Soembawa-Soemba-Truscott

Davies/Reynolds

15/06/1945

1.35

travel flight Truscott-Coomalie

Davies/Reynolds/Green

18/06/1945

0.30

air test

Lundberg/Forrest

20/06/1945

0.40

travel flight Coomalie-Truscott (returned; u/s) (recorded in Squadron A50 as 21/6/1945)

Gillespie/Haines

22/06/1945

0.30

air test

Lundberg/Smith/Baker

23/06/1945

6.50

PR Kai Is

Lundberg/Kercher

25/06/1945

 

periodical inspection - 120 hourly - completed

 

1/07/1945

 

air test

Gray/Williamson

2/07/1945

7.00

PR south east Celebes

Gillespie/Gibbons

3/07/1945

6.50

compass swung and PR Celebes

Armour/Batzloff

3/07/1945

1.40

travel flight Truscott-Coomalie

Armour/Batzloff

6/07/1945

5.35

PR Timor*

Dee/Baesjou

12/07/1945

1.30

travel flight Coomalie-Truscott

Bailey/Gibbons/Eggins

12/07/1945

5.05

PR Bima

Bailey/Gibbons

12/07/1945

1.25

travel flight Truscott-Coomalie

Bailey/Gibbons/Eggins

14/07/1945

7.05

PR Atauro Is* (spelling to be checked)

Bell/Strange

22/07/1945

4.30

PR Kai Is

Armour/Batzloff

25/07/1945

 

periodical inspection - 160 hourly - completed

 

25/07/1945

0.40

air test

Timbury/King/Marshall

4/08/1945

4.45

travel flight Coomalie-Morotai

Davies/Reynolds

4/08/1945

4.05

travel flight Morotai-Labuan

Davies/Reynolds

6/08/1945

5.25

PR Kuching area

Davies/Reynolds

9/08/1945

6.05

PR Anambar & Natoena Is

Davies/Reynolds

10/08/1945

5.45

PR Kotawaringan & Sibu

Davies/Reynolds

11/08/1945

7.10

PR Kotawaringan & Kuching

Davies/Reynolds

23/08/1945

4.05

travel flight Labuan-Morotai

Davies/Reynolds

24/08/1945

4.30

travel flight Morotai-Batchelor

Davies/Reynolds

25/08/1945

0.30

travel flight Batchelor-Coomalie

Bailey/Jones

30/08/1945

 

periodical inspection - 200 hourly - completed

 

3/09/1945

1.00

aircraft test

Law/McLeod

6/09/1945

6.15

PR Timor

Law/McLeod

11/09/1945

3.30

travel flight Corunna-Guildford (starter motor u/s)

Law/McLeod

19/09/1945

2.45

travel flight Guildford-Learmonth

Law/McLeod

19/09/1945

3.10

travel flight Learmonth-Noonkanbah

Law/McLeod

20/09/1945

2.15

travel flight Noonkanbah-Coomalie

 

22/09/1945

15.35

given as flying times but only one entry adjacent; PR Tanimbars

Law/McLeod

22/09/1945

6.50

given as flying times but only one entry adjacent; PR Tanimbars

Law/McLeod

22/10/1945

7.15

travel flight Coomalie-Parkes

Dee/Baesjou