A89-312 The Longest Day



Type: L-426 Neptune P2V-5/P-2E
MSN: 426-5122
Previous Identities: 133651


06APR51 Allotted serial number A89-405.
15AUG52 Renumbered A89-312.
30JAN53 Received at 11SQN Pearce ex USA.
05JAN55 Forced landing at Canberra with excessive oil leak in port engine.
17JAN55 Forced landing at Richmond with port engine trouble. Port tyre burst on landing.
Mark 2 Conversion
28JAN55 Allotted to 2AD for port engine change and installation of MAD.
07FEB55 Received at 2AD ex 11SQN for Mk 2 conversion.
MAR55 2AD advised 11SQN that the target date for delivery of the second MAD converted aircraft (A89-312) was 13MAY55.
27MAY55 Received at 11SQN ex 2AD.
26MAY55 "Verbal advice received from W/Cdr Barrett at Department of Air that this aircraft has been selected for operations in Malaya." Aircraft selected were A89-303, 309, 310, 311 and 312. There is no further mention of Malaya so evidently these plans were dropped. (Source: 2)
22MAY56 Landed at Richmond with port engine shut down.
24JUL56 Landed at Richmond with port engine shut down.
07MAY57 Severe vibration in port engine.
Mark 4 Conversion
25JUN59 Departed for USA for Jet Pod Mod.
06OCT59 Returned from the USA.
08JUL60 Allotted to CAC, Avalon for Mod 208.
09AUG60 Received at 11SQN ex CAC.
29JUN61 Despatched to CAC, Avalon for Mod 201.
28JUL61 Received at 11SQN ex CAC.
29SEP61 Received at 2AD ex 11SQN for modifications.
03NOV61 Received at 11SQN ex 2AD.
JAN65 Noted carrying the name F/Lt Jim Lambley Sqn. Ldr. Jack Ingate Crew F under the cockpit on the left side. Below this was the name The Longest Day (a movie released in 1962) in yellow outlined in white. Photo 18JUL65
10MAR67 Three aircraft departed Richmond for Darwin (overnight) and NAS Sangley Point, Philippines for SEATO Exercise SIYASAT. The aircraft were A89-309, 311 and 312. The aircraft arrived at Sangley Point on 11MAR67 with A89-309 making an emergency landing with main hydraulic system failure.
16MAR67 A89-311 and A89-312 participated with other nation's aircraft in a flypast for President Marcos.
17MAR67 A89-309, 311 and 312 departed Sangley Point for Darwin (overnight) returning to Richmond on 18MAR67.
31AUG67 Departed for Pearce on a NAVEX returning to Richmond the following day. This is the last recorded operation by A89-312 in the 11SQN ORB but evidently not all flights were recorded as the Squadron was preoccupied with the introduction of the P-3B Orion.
18DEC67 Received at Hawker de Havilland, Bankstown for storage pending a decision on disposal.
NOV68 Broken up at Bankstown.



  • The first two aircraft (A89-301 & 302) were commenced as P2V-4 but were brought up close to P2V-5 standard on the production line. Nevertheless, there were differences between these two aircraft and the following ten, principally in their electrical systems.
  • Initially, RAAF serials were "scrambled" for security reasons.
  • Mark 1 - Initially all P2V-5 were designated as Mark 1.
  • Mark 2 - With the removal of the nose and tail turrets and the addition of a clear nose and a MAD boom, the aircraft were redesignated as Mark 2.
  • Mark 3 - With the removal of the dorsal turret they were redesignated as Mark 3.
  • Mark 4 - With the addition of Westinghouse J34 jet pods they were redesignated P2V-5F Mark 4.
  • In 1962 the P2V-5 designation was changed to P-2E in line with USN designations.
  • All P2V-5/P-2E served with No 11 Squadron RAAF, initially at Pearce, WA but by 31MAY54 the squadron had completed its move to Richmond, NSW.



NAA, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 11 Squadron Nov 50 - Jun 67, Series number A9186.
RAAF Form E/E.88 Record Card.

Issue Date Remarks
10 02NOV21
Added a reference to operations in Malaya at 26MAY55. Added details of Mk 2 conversion.
9 10JUN19
Added a reference to Exercise Siysat in MAR67.
8 09JUN19
Added a reference at 31AUG67.
7 08JUN19
Added an image thanks to Eric Allen.
6 02MAR16
Added an image of the aircraft in the light gull grey livery. Thanks to Eric Allen.
5 20NOV15
Added a reference to the Malayan Emergency 1950-60. Also added areference to the Mk 2 conversion.
4 15NOV15
Added further details of the name "The Longest Day" thanks to John Bennett.
3 05NOV15
Added return date from the Jet Pod Mod.
2 07JUN12
Added two images thanks to Philip Tracy, Howard Morris and Greg Weir.
1 24NOV02
Original issue.

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