F24W41A Argus II
aircraft was built as a Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder but immediately
diverted to the UK under
the Lend Lease program, where it
became known as an Argus. A considerable number of these
machines were used by the RAF during
war for communication and ferrying duties. VH-AIO
was formerly EV801. At the
end of the war it was civilianized as G-AKJK and sold to the Kuala
Lumpur Flying Club in Malaya as
VR-RBE. (Many years later I was to live in K.L. for three years).
My shot above shows it when it worked for the Illawarra Flying Club at
Bankstown in 1954.
Frank Walters' photo was at Bankstown, circa 1960
when the Argus was owned by North Bros.
Earth Moving Contractors.
It showed up at Moorabbin one day in
February 1962 with
"Air Taxis -
Shepparton" titling as seen in the next shot by John
Hopton image (via
collection). Finally, at
of the page is a rough photo of it in its former identity.
written off in
a crash at Trimouille Is.,Western Australia in