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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231568
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:11-MAY-1952
Time:day
Type:Percival Proctor Mk III
Owner/operator:Myrtle Louisa Jeanne Cherry (regd. owner)
Registration: G-ALSM
MSN: LZ683
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Timor Sea, between Koepang, Indonesia, and Darwin NT -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Penfui Airport, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Destination airport:Darwin, Northern Territories
Narrative:
Built at Trafford Park, Manchester by F. Hills & Sons Ltd as a Proctor III. Over 800 RAF Proctor orders were sub-contracted by Percival Aircraft Ltd to the wood-working factory of F. Hills & Sons Ltd at Trafford Park, Manchester. They were test-flown at nearby Barton Aerodrome. From RAF order for 200 P.34 Proctor IIIs, from serial batch LZ672-LZ717. Taken on RAF charge as LZ683. RAF History currently unknown. However, its civilian history was as follows...

31.5.49: Registered G-ALSM (C of R 12795/1) to Leslie W. Watkins & partners - a consortium of four joint owners based in the Bristol area. C of R gives the c/no. as LZ683 instead of the official F. Hills & Sons c/no. H.465
Aug. 49: LZ683 being civilianised at Whitchurch, Bristol, when completed painted incorrectly briefly as "G-ALMS"
1.6.50: C of A 10758 issued at Whitchurch, Bristol, Gloucestershire
9.11.50: Registration cancelled upon sale
20.4.51: Re-registered (C of R R.2457/2) Leslie William Watkins & Partners. Another consortium of four joint owners, based in the Whitchurch, Bristol Area. Two of the consortium were newcomers, two were from the previous consortium.
3.4.52: Registration cancelled upon sale
3.4.52: Purchased by Martin Laurence Cherry, Sydney. He planned to fly it to Sydney with his new bride as a honeymoon flight
10.4.52: Change of ownership: Myrtle Louisa Jeanne Cherry, Crowthorne, Berkshire
11.5.52: Ditched in Timor Sea on delivery to Australia. Went missing en route Koepang to Darwin. A large scale air search was called off after 8 days. RAAF Lincoln & Dakota, a Qantas DC-4. Indonesian Air Force AURI provided a B-25 Mitchell and Catalina from Timor. J. L. D. Whiteman departed Koepang for Darwin several days later on ferry flight of Fairchild 24 VH-AIO, sighted a blue cushion floating on sea 250 miles out from Timor. DCA enquiries found that the interior of G-ALSM was red, however Mr. Martin Cherry had borrowed a blue cushion for his wife to sit on prior to departing England.
30.10.52: Struck-off Register; aircraft record states "accident - aircraft lost over the Timor Sea 11/5/52"

Sources:

1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 220/49: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576837
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 220/48: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576836
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ALSM.pdf
4. https://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/percival-proctor/percival-proctor.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timor_Sea


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Dec-2019 20:57 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Dec-2019 21:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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