Built by Vought-Sikorsky. Constructors Number 2475. Assigned U. S. Navy (USN) as OS2U-3 Kingfisher Bureau Number 5985. Originally intended for the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) with serial number V-20. Instead, shipped to Australia arriving during April 1942.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kingfisher serial number A48-2 with code JE-B
Received at Rathmines on April 22, 1942 and entered service on June 22, 1942. Assigned to Seaplane Training Flight, later 3 OTU and 107 Squadron on May 10, 1943. On August 22, 1945, flown to Lake Boga Seaplane Base where the last RAAF Kingfishers were placed into storage.
During April 1947, sold to Norman Padgett but not delivered, then sold again on March 25, 1948 to a farm on Merbein, Victoria, then acquired by Mildura Museum.
Display & Restoration
Displayed at the Mildura Museum and restored using other Kingfisher parts. Afterwards, was displayed, partially restored, at the Malcolm Green Aircraft Museum, Whaleworld, Albany, WA in 2004. In 2006, moved to Precision Aerospace at Wangaratta for additional restoration.
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January 9, 2018