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Avro Lancastrian Aircraft

G-AKMW ‘Star Bright’ Avro 691 Lancastrian 2
(9 passengers)  VL977
Date delivered 1946 to RAF 231 Sqdn Full Sutton
Bought and registered 28/11/47
C of A number 9902 issued on 23/12/47
Date when delivered – 23/12/47 to BSAA ‘Star Bright
Date delivered December 1948 to Skyways ‘Sky Empire’
Used in the Berlin Airlift
Withdrawn from use at May 1951 at Dunsfold

G-AGNS ‘Star Glory’
C/N 1220 (TS795 and WW466)
Registered on 20/08/45
C of A number 7209 issued on 20/10/45 to BOAC as ‘Melville
Leased on 16/04/47 to South African Airways as ZS-BTT
Returned to BOAC service on 17/09/47
Bought by BSAA on 30/05/49 and named ‘Star Glory
Used by BSAA as engine freighter and trainer
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC
Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC as ‘Pacific Trader’
Used for trooping August 1951 with serial WW466
Damaged beyond repair in an accident prior to take-off at Idris, Libya on 22/4/56 when undercarriage was retracted on the ground. Broken up on site.

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Avro 691 Lancastrian 3
13-seater Transport Aircraft for British South American Airways.
A total of 18 built by Avro

G-AGWG ‘Star Light’ Avro 691 Lancastrian 3 (13 passengers) 
C/N 1279, Registered 28/11/45.
First flight 29/11/45 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A number 7281 issued 5/12/45.
Date delivered 6/12/45 and registered 14/12/45 to BSAAStar Light
Written off 12/11/47 when crashed on landing in Bermuda

G-AGUN ‘Star Belle’ (PP744) Registered on 27/10/45
Initially loaned to BSAA as ‘Star Belle‘ on 07/02/46
C of A number 7252 applied for but never issued.
Returned to RAF (20 MU at Aston Down) on 17/05/46 after loan.
Registration cancelled on 03/07/46
Loaned to BOAC on 02/07/46 for Development Flight Navaid Trials from 08/07/46
Registered on 17/07/46 to BOAC as G-AHVN
Special category C. of A. 8103 issued on 10/09/46
Transferred on 17/08/48 to the Ministry of Supply but remained on BOAC charge and use.
Withdrawn from use by BOAC on 22/10/48
Returned to Ministry of Supply on 23/02/49
Bought on 24/02/49 by Flight Refuelling Ltd., Tarrant Rushton.
Dismantled at Tarrant Rushton in January 1950

G-AGUO ‘Star Bright’ (PP746) – Registered on 27/10/45
Initially loaned to BSAA as ‘Star Bright‘ on 07/02/46
C of A number 7253 applied for but never issued.
Registration cancelled 03/07/46
Returned to R.A.F. (20 MU at Aston Down) as PP746 on 13/05/46 and registration cancelled.
Bought by R J Coley & Sons for scrap on 07/05/47

G-AGWH ‘Star Dust’ C/N 1280 Registered 28/11/1945
First flight 27/11/1945 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
Certificate of Airworthiness No.7282 issued 9/1/1946
Date delivered 12/1/1946 and registered 16/1/46 to British South American Airlines ‘Star Dust’
Reported missing with 6 Passengers and 5 Crew on 2nd August 1947 en route from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile when lost over the Andes (it crashed into Mt Tupungato a 21,848 ft (6,554-metre) dormant volcano in Mendoza Province).  Aircraft Service Ceiling was 23,000 ft

G-AGWILancastrianG-AGWI Star Land at the edge of the Hard Standing at Langley
C/N 1281  Registered 28/11/45
First flight December 1945 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A number 7283 issued 24/1/46
Date delivered 27/1/46 and registered 25/1/46 to BSAA ‘Star Land’
Registered 16/8/48 to Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)
Bought 16/1/49 and registered 18/1/49 by Flight Refuelling Ltd.
Used on the Berlin Airlift
Scrapped 26/9/51 at Tarrant Rushton

G-AGWJ ‘Star Glow’
C/N 1282 Registered 28/11/45
First flight January 1946 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A number 7284 issued 28/1/46
Date delivered 21/2/46 and registered 28/1/46 to BSAA ‘Star Glow’
First service 11/3/46 Heathrow to Buenos Aires
Written off 30/8/46 when it crashed on take-off at Bathurst, Gambia

G-AGWK ‘Star Trail’
C/N 1283 Registered 28/11/45
First flight January 1946 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A number 7285 issued 15/2/46
Date delivered 21/2/46 and registered 28/1/46 to BSAA ‘Star Trail’
Written off 5/9/47 when it crashed on approach at Bermuda

G-AGWL ‘Star Guide’
C/N 1284, Registered 28/11/45
First flight 1/2/46 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A. number 7286 issued 13/2/46
Registered 28/1/46 and date delivered 15/2/46 to BSAA ‘Star Guide’
Registered 14/1/49 and bought 16/1/49 and delivered 18/1/49 by Flight Refuelling Ltd.
Used on the Berlin Airlift
Scrapped 26/9/51 at Tarrant Rushton

G-AHCD ‘Star Valley’
C/N 1298, Registered 20/2/46
First flight 7/12/46 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production (MoSAP)
C of A number 7497 issued 10/1/47
Date delivered 15/1/47 to BSAA ‘Star Valley’
Bought 15/4/47 by British European Airways Corporation (BEA)
Leased 16/4/47 to 6/6/47 to BOAC
Leased 16/7/47 to 24/7/47 to BOAC
Cancelled 17/12/47 as sold abroad
Bought 17/12/47 by Alitalia ‘Sirocco

Avro 691 Lancastrian 4

G-AKFF ‘Star Flight’
TX284, Registered 29/8/47
C of A number 9681 issued 10/9/47 Skyways Ltd. as ‘Sky Ruler’
Bought 24/2/48 by BSAA ‘Star Flight’
Bought 28/12/48 by Flight Refuelling Ltd.
Used in the Berlin Airlift
Withdrawn from use April 1951
Scrapped September 1951 at Tarrant Rushton

G-AKFG ‘Star Traveller’
TX286, Registered 29/8/47
C of A number 9721 issued 29/9/47 Skyways Ltd. as ‘Sky Minister’
Bought 24/2/48 by BSAA ‘Star Traveller’
Bought 28/12/48 by Flight Refuelling Ltd.
Used in the Berlin Airlift
Withdrawn from use April 1951
Scrapped September 1951 at Tarrant Rushton

Avro Lancaster Freighter

G-AGUJ ‘Star Pilot’ Avro 683 Lancaster 1 (freighter conversion)
(PP689) Registered on 27/10/45 Initially loaned to BSAA on 19/12/45
Fitted with Lancastrian style nose cone by Avro at Waddington.
Certificate of Airworthiness number 7248 issued 12/03/46 to BSAA and aircraft named ‘Star Pilot
The1st service was flown on 29th March 1946 (London to Buenos Aries) via Lisbon, Bathhurst (now Banjul, Gambia), Natal, Rio de Janeiro, and Montevideo
Bought by BSAA in March 1947.  Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOACRegistered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Dismantled at Langley in December 1949 and sold to R J Coley & Sons for scrap.

G-AGUK ‘Star Gold’ (PP688) Registered on 27/10/45
Initially loaned to BSAA on 11/12/45
Fitted with Lancastrian style nose cone by Avro at Waddington.
C of A number 7249 issued 30/01/46 to BSAA and aircraft named ‘Star Gold’
The first service was flown on 05/02/46 (London to Buenos Aires)
Cancelled 20/01/47 and permanently withdrawn from use.
Bought by BSAA on 31/03/47, and dismantled at Langley for spares during March 1947.

G-AGUL ‘Star Watch’ (PP690) Registered on 27/10/45
Initially loaned to BSAA on 29/12/45
Fitted with Lancastrian style nose cone by Avro at Waddington.
C of A number 7250 issued 01/04/46 to BSAA and aircraft named ‘Star Watch
The first service was flown on 12/04/46 (London to Montevideo)
Bought by BSAA in March 1947
Written off at London Airport on 23/10/47 during a night training exercise (ground-looped on landing).

G-AGUM ‘Star Ward’ (PP751) Registered on 27/10/45
Initially loaned to BSAA on 25/01/46
Fitted with Lancastrian style nose cone by Avro at Waddington.
C of A number 7251 issued 06/05/46 to BSAA and aircraft named ‘Star Ward’
The first service was flown on 09/06/46 (London to Paris)
Bought by BSAA in March 1947
Sent to Airtech Ltd. of Haddenham nr Thame in March 1947 for the fitment of the under-belly pannier.
Transferred on 30/07/49 to BOAC – Registered on 03/09/49 to BOAC
Dismantled at Dunsfold in December 1949 and sold to R J Coley & Sons for scrap.

R. J. Coley and Son (Hounslow) Ltd., of Chapel Road, Hounslow, Middx;
North Drive, Hounslow;
Mill Farm, Hanworth Rd., Hounslow; Coley’s Scrapyard, Hanworth, Middlesex.
Canbury Park Road, Kingston. (1956)…. was cleared for good in late 1972
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R.J. Coley & Son (Bristol) Ltd
21-23 Deep Pit Road
St George
Bristol
BS5 7UF

 

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