Miles M.57 Aerovan 4 – c/n 6402

With EAFS from Jun 1947 to May 1949

East Anglian Flying Services’ Miles Aerovan G-AJKM was delivered to Southend on June 1st 1947 and in the process became the company’s first brand new aircraft. Indeed, it would be another 18 years before more new equipment was added to the fleet (in the form of H.S.748 G-ATEH). This aircraft endowed EAFS with the ability to undertake longer range charters than were possible with their Puss Moth and Courier while providing them with a greater lifting capacity too being as the Aerovan was one of the few aircraft available that could lift its own weight in freight or livestock. On July 29th KM flew to Lympne to clear customs then took in Marseilles, Bari, Athens and finally Nicosia in Cyprus where she arrived on 31st July. Her passengers included nine children of British Army servicemen who were travelling to stay with their parents for the summer holidays.

The Aerovan finally arrived back at Southend via Athens, Naples, Rome, Nice, Le Touquet and Lympne on 7th August. Later on, she would fly regular cross-Channel charters to Le Touquet and Ostend (the latter on behalf of B.E.A). However, each crossing meant that KM had to clear customs at Lympne, due to a lack of facilities at Southend and such a stopover was ultimately her undoing when she was blown onto her nose during a storm at the Kent airfield on 3rd May 1949. This was something of an unfortunate event being as a customs office was opened at SEN later that month. Sadly, she was judged to be damaged beyond repair and was later burnt at the airfield, although the main horizontal stabiliser was saved and allegedly transported back to Southend where it remained until at least the early 1960s.


History of G-AJKM

6/47 to 5/49

East Anglian Flying Services


Written off in storm at Lympne 3/5/49 and later burnt


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