Avro York

Avro York Aircraft

G-AGJA ‘Star Fortune’ Avro 685 York C/N 1207 (MW103, WW541 and WW508)
Registered on 08/01/44 and delivered on 31/01/44 to BOAC as G-AGJA ‘Mildenhall’
C of A number 7057 issued on 21/02/44 to BOAC
Bought by BSAA on 18/05/49, named ‘Star Fortune‘ and based in Nassau
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC, Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC as ‘Kingston
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd. on 29/05/51 and used as WW541 and WW508 for trooping.
Bought by Skyways on 28/02/55 and registered April 1955, Scrapped at Stansted in August 1959

G-AGJE ‘Star Way’ C/N 1211 (MW129 and WW580) Avro York
Registered on 11/09/44 and delivered on 26/09/44 to BOAC as G-AGJE ‘Middlesex’
C of A number 7094 issued on 26/09/44 to BOAC
Bought by BSAA on 06/05/49, named ‘Star Way‘ and based in Nassau
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC, Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC as ‘Panama
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd on 31/07/51 and used as WW580 for trooping.  Bought by Skyways on 28/02/55 and registered April 1955
Withdrawn from use and scrapped at Stansted in October 1956

G-AGNN ‘Star Crest’ C/N 1216 (TS791 and WW465) Registered on 12/04/45
C of A number 7171 issued on 10/10/45 to BOAC as ‘Madras
Leased on 19/05/47 to South African Airways as ZS-BGU
Returned to BOAC service on 12/09/47
Bought by BSAA on 06/07/48 and named ‘Star Crest
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC as ‘Atlantic Trader‘, later reverting to ‘Madras
Used for trooping August 1951 with serial WW465.  Returned to BOAC during 1951
Bought by Skyways for spares on 04/04/57
Scrapped at Stansted in May 1957

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G-AGNU ‘Star Dawn’ C/N 1222 (TS797 and XD670) Registered on 20/08/45
C of A number 7211 issued on 14/12/45 to BOAC as ‘Montgomery
Leased on 10/01/46 to South African Airways as ZS-ATR ‘Impala
Returned to BOAC service on 24/09/47
Bought by BSAA on 26/07/49 and named ‘Star Dawn
Transferred on 30/07/49 back to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC as ‘Nassau
Bought by Air Charter Ltd. on 29/08/52 and named ‘New Endeavour
Used for trooping March 1953 with serial XD670
Returned to Air Charter August 1955
Bought by Trans Mediterranean Airways as OD-ACO on 12/12/56
Written off in emergency landing at Azaiba, Muscat on 24/05/61

G-AGNX ‘Lima’ C/N 1225 (TS800 and WW582) Registered on 20/08/45
C of A number 7214 issued on 06/02/46 to BOAC as ‘Moray
Bought by BSAA on 26/07/49 and named ‘Lima
Transferred on 30/07/49 back to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 29/05/51
Used for trooping August 1951 with serial WW582
Returned to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation February 1953
Withdrawn from use and stored at Stansted in June 1953
Scrapped at Stansted in February 1955

G-AGOC ‘Star Path’ C/N 1230 (TS805) Registered on 20/08/45
C of A number 7219 issued on 19/04/46 to BOAC as ‘Malta
Bought by BSAA on 09/05/49 and named ‘Star Path
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Scrapped at Hurn in November 1949
G-AHEW ‘Star Leader’ C/N 1300 – Registered on 20/03/46 Avro 685 York I
C of A number 7594 issued on 27/05/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Leader
Written off in accident after take-off at Bathurst, Gambia on 07/09/46
7 September 1946: an Avro 685 York I registration G-AHEW named “Star Leader” flying from London to Buenos Aires via Lisbon, Bathurst (Banjul)-Jeshwang, Natal, Rio de Janeiro-(Santos Dumont) and Montevideo lost control and crashed shortly after takeoff from Bathurst. The cause of the loss of control cannot be determined with certainty, but a mishandling of the controls by the captain is the most likely explanation. All 24 occupants died.

G-AHEX ‘Star Venture’ C/N 1301 Registered on 20/03/46
C. of A. number 7597 issued on 20/06/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Venture
Written off in accident at Caravelas, Brazil on 05/01/49
The serious accident which occurred to Avro YorkStar Venture‘ on 5th January 1949 at Caravelas, Brazil.  Arthur Milner was the Radio Officer on that fateful flight and fortunately escaped the accident unscathed.  There was very little left of the aircraft after the accident and ensuing fire which sadly claimed the lives of 3 passengers. When Arthur realised the aircraft was about to hit the trees, he laid down flat on the cockpit floor. He was momentarily knocked unconscious in the impact and when he came round he found his seat had a tree branch through it!  He realised then that he was lucky to be alive.  The First Officer, William Robertson. assisted by Milner and Captain Graham, managed to save the lives of many of the passengers by helping them out of the burning wreckage.  

G-AHEY ‘Star Quest’ C/N 1302 (WW506) – Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7596 issued on 05/07/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Quest
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 08/04/52
Used for trooping April 1952 with serial WW506
Bought by Skyways Ltd. on 28/02/55
Leased on 08/06/56 to Arab Airways as JY-ABZ, named ‘Petra
Returned to Skyways Ltd. service on 26/09/56
Withdrawn from use and scrapped at Stansted in August 1962

G-AHEZ ‘Star Speed’ C/N 1303 – Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7597 issued on 24/07/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Speed
Written off in accident at Dakar on 13/04/47

G-AHFA ‘Star Dale’ C/N 1304 (WW504) – Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7598 issued on 18/08/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Dale
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation (Skyways) on 11/12/51
Used for trooping April 1952 with serial WW504
Returned to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation February 1953
Lost in Atlantic (approx 46° 15′ N, 46° 32′ W) on 2/2/53
The Avro York was a military trooping flight for the British Air Ministry from Stansted Airport to Jamaica with 6 crew and 33 passengers, including both soldiers and families.  The aircraft had stopped at Lajes Field in the Azores and departed at 23:25 on 1 February 1953 for Gander Airport in Newfoundland.  The aircraft transmitted Positional Operational Meteorological Reports at approximately one-hour intervals from 00:10 to 04:25 on 2 February.  At 04:10 the aircraft position was given as 44°32’N 41°38’W.  At 05:31 Gander heard an Urgency signal from the aircraft giving a position a minute before the message as 46°15’N 46°31’W.  The urgency signal was followed by a distress message SOS, SOS, SOS DE G-A the message stopped abruptly and no further communications from the aircraft were heard.  An extensive air and sea search failed to find any trace of the aircraft or the 39 occupants.  The following day (3 February) US Coast Guard cutter Campbell reported several large oil patches and dye markers about 120 miles south-west of the last reported position of the aircraft; the Campbell reported that the search area had snow squalls.

G-AHFB ‘Star Stream’ C/N 1305 (WW499 and WW586) – Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7599 issued on 28/08/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Stream
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 27/09/51
Used for trooping with serials WW499 and WW586
Bought by Airspan Travel Ltd. on 27/08/54
Bought by Skyways Ltd. on 28/02/55
Leased on 05/06/57 to Arab Airways as JY-AAC
Returned to Skyways Ltd. service on 02/08/57
Withdrawn from use and scrapped at Luton in April 1963
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G-AHFC ‘Star Dew’ C/N 1306 (WW507) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7600 issued on 12/09/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Dew
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 03/04/52
Used for trooping with serial WW507
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Bought by Air Liban on 13/10/55 as OD-ACJ
Scheduled for lease to an unknown operator as HZ-CAA, but not taken up
Bought by Persian Air Services (date unknown) as EP-ADD
Withdrawn from use at Beirut in October 1959

G-AHFD ‘Star Mist’ C/N 1307 (WW500) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7601 issued on 21/09/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Mist
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 05/11/51
Used for trooping with serial WW500
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Bought by BOAC associated Companies on 11/06/57
Bought by Middle East Airlines on 13/06/57 as OD-ADB
Lost at sea on 29/09/58 en route from Beirut to Rome

G-AHFE ‘Star Vista’ C/N 1308 (WW468 and WW578) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7602 issued on 30/09/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Vista
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 07/08/51
Used for trooping with serials WW468 and WW578
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Withdrawn from use and scrapped at Stansted in February 1960

G-AHFF ‘Star Gleam’ C/N 1309 (WW503) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7603 issued on 18/10/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Gleam
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 16/01/52
Used for trooping with serial WW503
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Withdrawn from use in September 1959
Scrapped at Stansted in March 1960 

G-AHFG ‘Star Haze’ C/N 1310 (WW468) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7604 issued on 25/10/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Haze
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 14/09/51
Used for trooping with serial WW468
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Withdrawn from use in October 1956
Scrapped at Stansted in February 1959

G-AHFH ‘Star Glitter’ C/N 1311 (WW502) Registered on 20/03/46
C of A number 7605 issued on 31/10/46 to BSAA as ‘Star Glitter
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Bought by Lancashire Aircraft Corporation on 22/11/51
Used for trooping with serial WW502
Transferred on 28/02/55 to Skyways Ltd.
Bought by Middle East Airlines on 03/06/57 as OD-ADA
Bought by BOAC associated Companies on 11/06/57
Written off in landing accident at Azaiba II, Saudi Arabia on 11/09/62

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