They are of an SE-5a marked to represent that flown by Henry Garnett Forrest
of 2 Sqn Australian Flying Corps. Forrest is generally attributed with 11 victories
all whilst a flight commander in that squadron.
The aircraft is actually C'9539 , an RAF aircraft presented to Australia as
part of the Imperial Gift in 1921 and was used by the then new RAAf as A2-4
The aircraft was displayed at the War Memorial in RAAF guise (silver doped,
black registration number) for many years but when refurbished was painted in
the WW1 colours.
Charles Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
took the following photos during a visit to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra,
Australia in July, 1995. Charles' descriptions follow:
It is an original
airframe that was in service in Australia until the mid-1920's. Unfortunately
I did not note its serial number. The scheme it is displayed in, is that of
an Australian squadron on the Western Front (didn't note the Squadron either)
but this aircraft didn't belong to it.
During my 1997 visit the curators told me that, in line with
modern policy of "no false identities", at the next refurbishment
it would be returned to either the RAF or RAAF serial number and period finish.
Since then it has been removed from the AWM to the AWM's Treloar storage and
restoration facility and may already be under restoration.
The following pictures were taken by Diego Fernetti. For more information, Diego
can be contacted via E-mail at: email@example.com.
His comments are below:
I'm attaching some pictures that I took last year during a trip to the U.S.
Quality isn't the best, altough some good details are evident even for my camera.
The SE5a details pictures were taken from the replica in the Intrepid Museum.
I have attached some pictures I took of the SE5a which is based at Omaka in
Blenheim, NZ. It is a full scale reproduction built by "The Vintage Aviator
Limited" (previously Wairarapa Aviation Ltd) Wellington from original Royal
Aircraft Factory drawings. It is powered by a Hispano Suiza 180 hp direct
drive engine built under licence by Wright Martin USA. The propellor has been
built by TVA Ltd to original specifications.
These photos were taken by Knut Erik Hagen in summer 2003.
See also propellor page
These photos were taken by Don Ralston.