VH-AGX. Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA c/n 6051.


 

Built as a Lockheed 414-08 Hudson Mk IVA

Powered by Pratt & Whitney R-1820 engines

Allocated U.S. serial number 41-23192

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease scheme

Delivered to R.A.A.F. 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton - December 5, 1941

Allocated RAAF Serial Number A16-122

Issued to No 14 Squadron - January 8, 1942

Damaged on landing when undercarriage collapsed after striking a drain - April 29, 1942

Allocated to No 32 Squadron - January 15, 1943

Allocated to No 6 Squadron - May 22, 1943

Delivered to No 7 Aircraft Depot for conversion to a transport aircraft - September 9, 1943

Allocated to No 38 Squadron - November 14, 1943

Allocated radio call sign 'VHRBD' - January 6, 1944

Declared missing near Carnarvon, Western Australia - March 14, 1944

Was attempting to return to Carnarvon on flight from Perth to Exmouth Gulf in bad weather

When fuel was exhausted pilot carried out a successful belly landing

Aircraft was located by searching aircraft - March 15, 1944

Recovered by No 17 Repair and Salvage Unit - March 20, 1944

Transported to No 4 Aircraft Depot for repair - May 2, 1944

Delivered to No 2 Aircraft Depot, Richmond for storage - November 30, 1945

Sold to Godden Board and Godden, Potts Point, Sydney - April 24, 1947

Struck-off-charge - August 7, 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AGX - November 25, 1954

Registered to Adastra Aerial Surveys Pty Ltd

Converted to Hudson Mk III with the installation of Wright Cyclone R-1820 engines

Transferred to Sepal Pty Ltd - June 29, 1962

Aircraft was badly damaged when the take-off from Horne Island was aborted - December 22, 1973

Failing oil pressure indication in the port engine lead the pilot to abandon the take-off

The take-off run could not be stopped in time before it crashed into a creek at the end of the runway

For further details of accident report click 'HERE'

Aircraft declared a write-off due to damage sustained and the remote location of accident site

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - December 23, 1973

Wreck acquired by Bob Eastgate, Melbourne, Victoria - 1976

Airframe transported to Point Cook on 'Townsville Trader'

Arrived Point Cook for restoration - February 6, 1977

Transferred to RAAF Museum, Point Cook in exchange for a number of ex-RAAF Winjeel trainers - November 29, 1996

 


 

 

VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the old livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, January 1970.

VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.

VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.
VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.
VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.
VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.
VH-AGX. Adastra Aerial Surveys - in the final livery at Horne Island Airsrtip, December 23, 1973.