Avro 652A Anson I VH-CAC

Although of poor quality, the only photograph currently available of DCA Avro Type 652A Anson I VH-CAC is this one in which it appears in the background of a photograph of Anson VH-BBG taken at Port Moresby, New Guinea, c.1955. The full shot appears below.

One of five Avro Ansons acquired by DCA in the period 1948-1954, Avro 652A Anson I VH-CAC was built by A V Roe & Co at Newton Heath, UK. It was taken on RAAF charge during the War in August 1941 as W2378, retaining its RAF serial.

DCA acquired this aircraft and the other Ansons as communications aircraft for its Regional Offices. This aircraft was acquired by DCA on 21 April 1953 and converted for civil use at Melbourne/Essendon that year. Unlike some of the other DCA Ansons which were given 'cabin windows' as part of their civil conversion, this aircraft retained its original glazing.

On 7 January 1954, VH-CAC was formally added to the civil Register. It was allocated to DCA's Papua and New Guinea Region, based at Port Moresby.

VH-CAC crashed and was destroyed at a presently unknown location in 1958. It was stricken from the Register on 20 June 1958.

This was the second DCA aircraft to carry the registration VH-CAC: the earlier one was a Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar. The third aircraft to carry the registration VH-CAC was a Piaggio P.166 which, incidentally, was also allocated to the Papua and New Guinea Region during its life with DCA.


(Photos: Eddie Coates collection)

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