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Restoring an Avro Anson – 2019 Update
At six monthly intervals since January 2018, I have dropped by to visit theNhill Aviation Heritage Centre(NAHC) in the small Wimmera town of Nhill, Victoria and check up their grass-roots, community based restoration of an Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 1941 Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364) and a pair of RAAF Link Trainers (A13-54 and A13-60) – a World War Two era flight instrument and flight training simulator. Restoration progress has been steady and very noticeable between January 2018 and January 2019. The key focus for the Anson has been the starboard wing but many internal fittings and the like have been added and so on.
The Anson and Link Trainer along with two other aircraft at the NAHC, a 1942 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth (A17-588 – later registered as VH-GMF, currently VH-RIN) and an Australian designed and built 1945 CAC CA-16 Wirraway (A20-722), were all types that formed the key pilot and aircrew training component of the RAAF Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) at the Nhill air base between 1941 and 1946 (today’s aerodrome where the NAHC is located) or training aircrews. 10,000 plus men and women were trained at the base during those years, whilst attending the RAAF No. 2 Air Navigation School, No. 1 Operation Training Unit, No. 97 Squadron Reserve, Air Armament and Gas School.
I was also given a look at the restoration work that has been completed out at the old Aeradio Station building on the edge of the Nhill Aerodrome. It is possibly the last of its type in Australia and they are getting it back into shape!
Twelve Aeradio Stations were built by Amalgamated Wireless Australasia (AWA) in 1938-1939 at aerodromes around the country to provide communications and aircraft guidance to improve aerodrome safety. They operated for around 35 years before being replaced with more modern alternatives. A big thanks to Merv Schnieder who volunteers at NAHC, for showing me around the Aeradio building – He also happens to be one of Nhill’s World War Two veterans, who served with the RAAF as a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber crew member and has a fantastic wealth of information and stories from his service career, time working down in Antarctica in the 1970’s and much more!
Restoring an Avro Anson Progress Reports 2012 to 2018: