BEECH C18S VH-CLG
MSN 4213

 

 

QAM thanks the Heytesbury Pastoral Group for the donation of this aircraft.

 


31DEC42
  Built by Beech Aircraft Corp at Wichita, Kansas.
39194
   
13JAN43
  Accepted by U S Navy as SNB-2 BuAer 39194.
15JAN43
  Assigned NAS Pensacola.
AUG44
  Assigned A & R Corpus Christi.
20OCT44
  Assigned NAS Pensacola.
21OCT44
  Assigned VN8D8-C.
MAR46
  Assigned San Diego.
OCT46
  Arrived in Australia on board USN aircraft carrier USS "Shangri-La". Probably one of several SNB operated by US Military Attache to Australia in the early post-war years. Based at Fishermans Bend, Melbourne
FEB47
  Assigned FASRON 9.
30MAY47
  Beech SNB-2 BuAer 39194 of the US Embassy in Australia was parked at Mascot, when at 2.30pm it was struck by taxying Avro Anson VH-AKU of New England Airways. The Anson had just moved off from the New England Airways Despatch Office near the Tower, Captain A.C.Dobson with one passenger bound for Coffs Harbour. The Anson did not have radio, so was cleared to taxy from the Tower by a flashing green on the signal lamp, which Dobson acknowledged by a "thumbs-up" from the open cockpit window. He then commenced a right turn, and struck the parked Beech, which he could not see from his left hand seat.

Damage to the SNB-2 was:
nose severely crushed, extending 6 feet down starboard side
starboard prop bent
starboard engine damage

Damage to the Anson VH-AKU:
port engine and cowling
port propeller

DCA investigation found that the Beech had been parked in the same spot for the past 10 days, and that Dobson had taxied past it when he arrived in the Anson from Bankstown an hour earlier.
(NAA MP 1665/1)
30JUN47
  Stricken by USN.
Late 47
  Offered to Department of Civil Aviation by US Foreign Liquidation Commissioner for $20,000.00. DCA did not accept the offer and internal memos discuss doubts over construction airworthiness standards of the type. There were none on the Australian Civil register at the time
VH-BJJ
   
17NOV48
 

Registration Application received from Thiess Brothers Pty. Ltd., Sydney. Requested registration VH-LCT but DCA advised that it was too far ahead of the normal sequence and was therefore not available and that the registration would have to come from the VH-B.. series. As Thiess Bros had an Avro Anson, VH-BDD in service, they settled for VH-BJJ for the Beech 18

DEC48
  Aircraft repaired and overhauled at Archerfield for CofA. DCA report states that "damage has occurred at a very critical part of structure"
JAN49
  CofA overhaul at Archerfield by Aircrafts Pty. Ltd. proceeding. Thiess Bros are obtaining certification paperwork from the US. USN logbooks are held by Thiess Bros
MAR49
  Thiess complains to DCA that the cost of the certification data from Beech is "prohibitive" and that they found the manufacturer loath to assist them because their aircraft "was war surplus and not representative of the latest model"
31MAR49
  Added to the Register as VH-BJJ to Thiess Bros (Queensland) Pty. Ltd., Brisbane
31MAR49
  Australian CofA issued. First of type on Register.
MAR49
  Test flown at Archerfield by pilot Mitchell. Fitted for 2 pilots and 5 passengers
01APR49
  Entered service with Thiess Bros. Aircraft was crewed and maintained by ANA. It was used to carry Thiess staff to open-cut coal mines at Biloela, Blair Athol and Muswellbrook. Named "Progress II"
MAR50
  In first year of Thiess service, VH-BJJ flew 369 hours 5 minutes. Thiess request DCA approval for a six week extension on CofA because the aircraft is urgently needed because of flooded coal mines. DCA approve the extension
05SEP50
  Tailwheel collapsed on landing at Essendon
NOV56
  Purchased by Connellan Airways, Alice Springs. (Source: "Failure of Triumph" by Eddie Connellan)
08JUL57
  Sold to Connellan Airways, Alice Springs. (Source: DCA Register)
VH-CLG
   
21NOV58
  Re-registered VH-CLG
21DEC58
  Damaged, without injury, in a belly-landing at the Alice Springs Town Site Airport after its undercarriage failed to lock.
JAN62
  Damaged at Mallapunyah Station, NT.
12AUG65
  Crashed at Cresswell Downs N.T. Stripped of useful parts and remains left in situ.
In 1997, the pilot Colin Becht stated that he had run about 300 yards after landing at Cresswell Downs when the starboard wheel separated from its axle, exiting through the flap and rolling off into the distance. The starboard wing tip dug in and the aircraft slewed around. There were no injuries to the crew or passengers. Included amongst the passengers were two positioning check captains, so there were more crew than passengers!
View the relevant page from Col Becht's logbook.
25NOV65
  Struck off Register
APR91
  Donated to QAM by Heytesbury Pastoral Group (via NASMA)
JUL91
  Recovered from Cresswell Downs by QAM

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 

 

ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
7
22MAR12
Added an image of the aircraft at Halls Creek, NT thanks to Ben Dannecker.
6
21JAN10
Added details of sale to Connellan Airways in 56/57.
5
31JUL08
Added a new image of VH-BJJ in Thiess Bros markings. Thanks to Barry Maclean, Maurice Austin and Phil Vabre.
4
18JUL08
Added details of accidents at Alice Springs and Mallapunyah Station. Thanks to Fred Niven. Also added two new images thanks to Ian Leslie, Maurice Austin and Phil Vabre
3
05MAR06
Clarified circumstances of ground collision with Anson on 30MAY47
2
07FEB02
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