G-AETZ. Short S-23C Empire Flying Boat. c/n S.842.


 

This was the nineteenth Empire boat completed and flown by Short Bros at Rochester, Kent

Order placed by Imperial Airways, London - September 2, 1935

Completed as a S-23 Empire Class boat having 920 h.p. Bristol Pegasus Xc engines

The standard fuel capacity was 650 gallons

It had an all-up weight of 40,500 lbs (18,380 kg) which was later increased to 53,000 lbs (24,200 kg)

The cruising speed was 164 m.p.h. with a standard range of 760 miles / 1,245 km

First flown as G-AETZ - August 13, 1937

Certificate of Registration Issued - August 16, 1937

Delivered to Imperial Airways, London - August 16, 1937

Aircraft named 'Circe'

Acquired by British Airways when Imperial Airways merged - April 1, 1940

Isolated in the eastern section of the Horseshoe Route by Japanese army advances in Malaya - 1942

At the time this aircraft was being operated by Qantas crews

Aircraft destroyed when shot down off Tjilatjap, Java by a lone Japanese fighter - February 28, 1942

Had been engaged in the evacuation of civilians from Java to Broome, Australia

At time of loss it was carrying four crew and 18 women and children

Flight crew: Captain W. B. Purton; F/O M. W. Bateman; R/O H. C. A. Oates; Purser L. J. Hogan

Aircraft had flown some 7,000 hours at the time of its loss

 


 

G-AETZ. Imperial Airways - in the original livery at Alexandria, October 1937.

G-AETZ. Imperial Airways - in the original livery at Alexandria, October 1937.

G-AETZ. Imperial Airways - in the original livery at Alexandria, October 1937.

 

G-AETZ. Imperial Airways - in the wartime livery at Rose Bay, Sydney, November 1941.