AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRWAYS ENGINE OVERHAULS
FOR THE 81ST AIR DEPOT GROUP
IN BRISBANE, QLD DURING WW2

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Before the 81st Air Depot Group was activated, aero engines in Brisbane that needed overhaul were sent south. A number of local firms were interested in carrying out engine overhauls for the 81st Air Depot Group but had no experienced personnel, technical data, tools and suitable workshop equipment.

Australian National Airways decided to take on the task. The 81st Air Depot Group provided test benches, tools and any information they could provide. Australian National Airways erected new plants which were capable of pushing out 4 engines per day.

From 11 May 1942 until 11 May 1943, Australian National Airways in Brisbane carried out overhauls on 263 aeroplane engines.

 

Cleaning area in the single row shop

 

Cylinder overhaul - valve seating area

 

Assembling single row engines

 

Inspection Shop

 

Assembly area twin row shop

 

Crankshaft Assembly area - some completed engines can be seen in the background

 

Barrel Honing - Cylinder Reboring

 

Magnaflux part of inspection

 

Engines ready for testing

 

Using an improvised tool

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Bob Livingstone for his assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

 "The 81st A.D.G."

 

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