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Empire A18-11

Aircraft Model:Short S.23 Empire
Manufacturer:Short Brothers
Constructor's No.:S.843
Identities:G-AEUA; A18-11
Callsigns:VH-CRA
Name / Nose Art:CALYPSO
Units:No. 11 Squadron, RAAF
No. 20 Squadron, RAAF
No. 33 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

21 September 1939Taken over on charter from Qantas and issued to No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.
Engine Nos. 18037, 18030, 18035, and 18062.
22 April 1940Forced landing - no damage.
14 June 1940Crack in oil tank.
1 July 1940Engine change at Rose Bay.
28 August 1940Serviceable at No. 11 Squadron, RAAF, with Engine Nos. 18057, 19040, 19041, and 18067.
17 December 1940Request engine change at Rabaul.
21 December 1940Request overhaul at Qantas.
6 January 1941At Rose Bay for overhaul.
20 January 1941At Rose Bay for overhaul.
3 February 1941Serviceable at No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.
19 May 1941En route to Rose Bay for overhaul.
21 May 1941Arrived at Rose Bay.
17 June 1941Departed Rose Bay for Port Moresby.
23 June 1941Serviceable at No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.
30 July 1941Auxiliary oil tank fitted. Aircraft now has full normal range.
30 August 1941Allotted to Rose Bay for overhaul.
8 September 1941At Rose Bay.
10 October 1941At Rose Bay for overhaul.
18 November 1941Allotted to Transport Flight, No. 20 Squadron, RAAF.
24 November 1941At Transport Flight, No. 20 Squadron, RAAF.
12 February 1942Allotted to No. 33 Squadron, RAAF.
14 February 1942Allotted to Rose Bay.
16 February 1942Departed No. 20 Squadron, RAAF, for Qantas.
6 April 1942Departed Port Moresby for Townsville.
13 May 1942At No. 33 Squadron, RAAF.
30 May 1942Converted for complete transport duties.
18 June 1942Allotted to Qantas, Rose Bay.
23 June 1942Received by Qantas, Rose Bay.
15 July 1942Issued to No. 33 Squadron, RAAF.
8 August 1942Aircraft sunk in Gulf of Papua following accident while alighting.
Crew: F/Lt MICHAEL VAUGHAN MATHER, RAAF 486 (Survived)
Crew: P/O DUDLEY RICHARD MOORE THRIFT, RAAF 403834 (Survived)
Crew: Sgt HAROLD CECIL HOWES, RAAF 405858 (Survived)
W/AG: Sgt HARTLEY NEIL KILSBY, RAAF 407741 (Survived)
W/AG: Sgt FREDERICK MICHAEL DARMODY, RAAF 401745 (Survived)
Fitter IIE: A/Sgt EMANUEL MICHEAL CASIMATY, RAAF 6510 (Survived)
Flight Mechanic: LAC LEONARD WALTER HENDERSON, RAAF 41638 (Survived)
Flight Rigger: LAC GEORGE JARVIS EDWARDS, RAAF 25843 (Missing)
Armourer: LAC CHARLES STANLEY WILLIAMS, RAAF 24140 (Survived)
12 September 1942Write off.

References

Crick, D. 2014 RAAF A18 Short S.23 C Class Empire Flying Boat and Short S.25 Sunderland (Not taken up). ADF Serials. Retrieved 1 November 2018 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a18.htm>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1942, THRIFT Dudley Richard Moore - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 403834; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Empire Flying Boat A18-11; Place - Horn Island, Queensland; Date - 8 August 1942, A705, 163/58/90.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1943, Aircraft status cards - Empire Flying Boat A18-10 to A18-14, A10297, BLOCK 104.

Pacific Wrecks 2018 S.23 "Calypso" Serial Number A18-11. Retrieved 1 November 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/short/A18-11.html>.

Record updated on 1 November 2018.


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