While Ed Coates may identify it as A17-421, he is simply wrong. A17-421 was registered VH-AZL 26.6.47 (see below) and has an extended well-documented civilian life. The rest of the history he gives for VH-BIW is correct (as far as it goes) and BIW is definitively A17-543. VH-AZL c/n 596 ex (DX535), A17-421 (DHA T200) (Sold Dept of Civil Aviation 2.9.46/9.9.46) Regd (CofR 1327) 26.6.47 to Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne. Regd VH-CAG 4.5.49 to same owner. Regd VH-TUG 7.7.60 to Gliding Association of Western Australia (Inc), Doubleview, WA. Regd 30.9.65 to Gliding Club of WA, Bedford Park, WA. Regd VH-CKF 22.10.65 to same owner. Regd 2.4.66 to Eamonn R Cusack, Kellerberrin, WA. Regd 11.8.68 to Geoffrey R & M Lawrence, Benjaberring, WA. Regd 24.4.72 to Narrogin Flying Club Inc, Narrogin, WA. Badly damaged in forced landing 25km N of Merredin, WA 8.10.77 (or 10.10.77); regn cld 20.10.77. Regd 2.2.78 to same owner. Damaged on landing Narrogin 5.4.80; repaired. Badly damaged when hit tree on take-off 180km ME Geraldton, WA 2.10.82; repaired. Regd 28.8.86 to Reginald C Adkins (jointly with Shirley Adkins), Mt Pleasant, WA. Sold 9.11.95 and regd 23.11.95 to Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc, Jandakot. Stored and overhauled; reflown 18.11.08; named “Shirley Adkins” 10.12.08.
The photo links I posted on the previous message have now vapourized in the recent reorganization of the Key forum which seems to be one spectacular internet suicide :-( edit: the forum link at the message foot still works (sort of)