Avro York C.1 – c/n 1355

With Air Charter from Oct 1951 to Nov 1952

York ‘Golf Mike’ was the second of two Surrey Flying Services Yorks to join Air Charter as a result of the company‚Äôs earlier acquisition of this airline. Much like her sister SFS airframe, this aircraft would also remain registered to her former owner for the remainder of her time with ACL. Not long after her purchase, she was dispatched to Starways at Blackbushe where she was overhauled before entry into service, this taking place sometime in October 1951. Much of her service life would witness her operating the old Surrey F/S routes between Hamburg and Berlin or the odd trooping charter from locations around the U.K. to the Mediterranean region.

However, during March 1952 she made one record flight between Southend & Bombay via Cyprus delivering an 8-ton prop for the Esso Liverpool and made the last leg of her return to SEN on three engines. By the end of 1952, the Surrey name was finally beginning to disappear although Golf Mike would not survive long enough to be painted in an Air Charter livery. On November 27th 1952, she was positioning from Stansted to RAF Lyneham when on finals, the York suddenly sank and hit the top of some trees possibly as a result of a downdraught or micro-burst. Thankfully, there were no fatalities, but the aircraft was assessed as being DBR and later scrapped.

Crash Report


History of G-AMGM

5/46 to 12/50

Flota Aerea Mercante Argentina as LV-XGO/Aerolineas Argentinas as LV-AFY

12/50 to 4/51

Eagle Aviation as G-AMGM

4/51 to 11/52

Surrey Flying Services/Air Charter


DBR landing at Lyneham, Wiltshire 27/11/52


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