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Dornier Do.24 
A49-4 DQ-G 
Lake Boga 
1943

     
 

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On 3 August 1936 the Netherlands government signed a contract for six Dornier Do 24K-1 aircraft that was designed by Dornier to meet the MLD (Marine Luchtvaart Dienst - Dutch Naval Aviation) requirement for a replacement of the Dornier Wals being used in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI).  The Do 24K-1 was an all-metal parasol monoplane with a broad-beamed hull and large stabilising sponsons. Twin tails were mounted on the upswept rear of the hull, while three wing-mounted Wright-R-1820-F52 Cyclone engines provided power. Fuel was carried in tanks within the sponsons and the wing centre section giving a total of 4500 litres, enough for a 1300 km range at a cruising speed of 110 knots (205 kph).  Up to 1,200 kg (2,600 lbs) of bombs could be carried under the aircraft's wings, while defensive armament consisted of three gun turrets, one each in nose, dorsal and tail positions. In early aircraft the turrets were fitted with a single 7.9 mm machine gun each, but later aircraft carried a 20 mm cannon in the dorsal turret. The normal crew was five – pilot, navigator and three gunners (the gunners also performed other duties as required).

 Five of the six MLD aircraft acquired by the RAAF (X-5, -7, -8, -9 and -10) spent nearly all their time as training machines with the MLD Aviation Training School at the Dutch Naval Air Station in Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java, while the sixth aircraft (X-24) served with No 7 Groep Vliegtuigen (GTV 7). The five training machines were sent to Australia in February 1942 after the Japanese invasion of the East Indies and X-24 was evacuated later in March 1942. All the Dornier’s were in poor condition and required several months of repairs and modifications after reaching Australia. The aircraft were given RAAF Serials A49-1 thru A49-6 consecutively.

 One of the machines (A49-6) served the majority of its remaining career with the Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service flying between Australia and the NEI, while the other five (A49-1 thru A49-5) served with No 41 Maritime Transport Squadron based in Townsville, Queensland.  Maintaining the aircraft proved to be very difficult as spares were virtually non-existent because the aircraft arrived without support equipment, servicing manuals or tools. All 41Sqn aircraft spent long periods of time unserviceable awaiting repair to the troublesome engines; electrical systems or the hull. For these and other reasons the aircraft were only used for a relatively short time and by June 1944 five were placed into long term storage and one had been destroyed in an accident. Sometime during 1945 the remaining five aircraft were scrapped by No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga, Victoria.

 
     
 

Aircraft Serial

C/N

NEIAF

Serial

Individual Aircraft History

A49-1 765 X-5

06Aug36    One of six DO24K-1 aircraft in the 1st Dutch DO24 order.  The order would normally have been placed with Dornier-Metallbauten GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany but the German Air Ministry refused to make any production capability available for foreign orders. To get around this the order was placed with a Swiss company Aero-Metall AG in Zurich, which was in fact a Dornier subsidiary factory. Dornier factories in Germany actually made three of the major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

Sep37        Assembled as Werke No 765 by the Swiss subsidiary company AG fur Dornier Flugzeuge at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance.

18Mar38    After completion and testing the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be fitted with three Alkan turrets each equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and painted in Dutch national colours and insignia.  

May38       Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-5.

23May38    Loaded onto the 7,715 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Garoet at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to the MLD Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java.

1938-42     Served with the MLD Training Unit at NAS Morokrembangan.

19Feb42     Transferred to Australia to train new Dutch aircrew. 

Feb42        Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW with four other MLD Dornier DO24K aircraft.  Aircraft arrived without any beaching gear or other equipment. The five aircraft were in a poor state with holes and leaks in the hulls, severe electrical problems and engines in need of overhaul. The aircraft was driven ashore and awaited repairs to make it airworthy.

29Apr42    Transferred to the RAAF and given the Serial A49-1.

26Jun42    Allocated to Station HQ Rathmines.

31Jul42      Received by Station HQ.

19Aug42     Aircraft not to be armed until numerous electrical problems are resolved.

16Sep42     Landed with nose too high. Tail struck first pitching the aircraft nose down and tilted to stbd. Right wing tip struck the water causing significant damage.

18Sep43     Issued to No 2 Flying Boat Repair Depot (2FBRD) at RAAF Rathmines for repairs.

24Jun43    Allocated to and received by Qantas at Rose Bay, Sydney for repair.

11Jul43      Received by 2FBRD for repairs and modifications.

12Jul43      Allocated to No 41 (T) Sqn at RAAF Townsville, QLD.  Allotted Sqn Code DQ-D. Repeated engine problems delayed departure until October 43.

02Oct43    Departed Rathmines for Townsville. Aircraft developed engine problems at Brisbane and remained there until problems resolved. Departed Brisbane on 16Oct43.

17Oct43     Received by 41Sqn.

29Dec43    Request allocation to 1FBRD Lake Boga, VIC for hull repairs – split in stbd stub wing tank.

30Dec43    Allocated to 1FBRD.

12Jan44     Received by 1FBRD for repairs and overhaul.

27Feb44    Received by 41Sqn after repairs.

01Mar44    Detached for temporary duty with No 8 Communications Unit (8CU) at Kiriwana Island PNG.

07Mar44    Received by 8CU.

17Mar44    Rescued the crew [FLTLT Daly & PLTOFF Hill] of a ditched RAAF Boston near Kiriwana.

24Apr44    Allocated to 1FBRD for storage.

15May44    Ceased detachment and departed Kiriwana for Townsville, arrived 16Mar44.

17May44    Departed Townsville for 1FBRD via Rathmines.

21May44    Ferried by FLGOFF Wright to 1FBRD Lake Boga and placed in storage.

20Dec44    Approved for conversion to scrap. No further information on the RAAF History Cards. An aircraft census of 1FBRD in Dec 45 shows no Dornier aircraft on strength or in storage, it is therefore assumed that the aircraft was scrapped sometime during 1945.

 

A49-1 served a total of 219 days with 41Sqn between October 1943 and May 1944 and was unserviceable for 133 days or 60% of the time. During that period the aircraft accumulated 236.45 operational flight hours; carried 168 passengers and transported 57,281lbs of freight.

Dornier Do.24
A49-1 DQ-D
Lake Boga

A49-2 767 X-7

22Jul37     One of 12 DO24K-1 aircraft in the 2nd Dutch DO24 order to Dornier-Werke GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Nov37        Built as Werke No 767 by the Swiss subsidiary company Aero-Metall AG at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance. Dornier factories in Germany made three major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

04May38    Upon completion the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be fitted with three Alkan turrets each equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and painted in Dutch national colours and insignia. 

May38       Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-7.

23May38    Loaded onto the 7,715 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Garoet at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to the MLD Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java.

1938-42     Served with the MLD Training Unit at NAS Morokrembangan.

19Feb42     Transferred to Australia to train new Dutch aircrew.

Feb42        Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW with four other MLD Dornier DO24K aircraft.  Aircraft arrived without any beaching gear or other equipment. The five aircraft were in a poor state with holes and leaks in the hulls, severe electrical problems and engines in need of overhaul.

29Apr42    Transferred to the RAAF and given the Serial A49-2.

26Jun42    Allocated to Station HQ Rathmines.

31Jul42      Received by Station HQ.

19Aug42     Aircraft not to be armed until numerous electrical problems are resolved.

13Feb43     Issued to No 3 Operational Training Unit (3OTU) at Rathmines.

27Oct43    Allocated to No 41 (T) Sqn at RAAF Townsville, QLD.  Allotted Sqn Code DQ-E.

30Oct43    Received by 41Sqn.

03Nov43    Numerous leaks in the hull and Engineers compartment. Request allocation to No 2 Flying Boat Repair Depot (2FBRD) at RAAF Rathmines for repairs.

04Nov43    Allocated to 2FBRD for repair.

05Nov43    Received by 2FBRD.

10Dec43     Received by 41Sqn following repairs.

13Jun44     Allocated to No 1 FBRD at Lake Boga, VIC for disposal.

25Jun44    Ferried by FLTLT Rhode to 1FBRD and placed in storage.

20Dec44    Approved for conversion to scrap. No further information on the RAAF History Cards. An aircraft census of 1FBRD in Dec 45 shows no Dornier aircraft on strength or in storage, it is therefore assumed that the aircraft was scrapped sometime during 1945.

 

A49-2 served a total of 245 days with 41Sqn between October 1943 and June 1944 and was unserviceable for 166 days or 68% of the time. During that period the aircraft accumulated 62.25 operational flight hours; carried 45 passengers and transported 14,0491lbs of freight.

 

A49-3 768 X-8

22Jul37     One of 12 DO24K-1 aircraft in the 2nd Dutch DO24 order to Dornier-Werke GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Nov37        Built as Werke No 768 by the Swiss subsidiary company Aero-Metall AG at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance. Dornier factories in Germany made three major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

10May38    Upon completion the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be fitted with three Alkan turrets each equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and painted in Dutch national colours and insignia. 

May38       Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-8.

23May38    Loaded on the 7,715 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Garoet at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to the MLD Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia Java.

1938-42     Served with the MLD Training Unit at NAS Morokrembangan.

19Feb42     Transferred to Australia to train new Dutch aircrew.

Feb42        Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW with four other MLD Dornier DO24K aircraft.  Aircraft arrived without any beaching gear or other equipment. The five aircraft were in a poor state with holes and leaks in the hulls, severe electrical problems and engines in need of overhaul.

29Apr42    Transferred to the RAAF and given the Serial A49-3.

04Jun42    Became the 1st Dornier to fly in RAAF markings when it made a 4hr 20min flight after two months of repairs and preparation. Crew was SQNLDR Monkton, SGT Eames, SGT McKnight, SGT Canny, CPL Aubin and LCPL During.

22Jun42    Allocated to Station HQ Rathmines.

31Jul42      Received by Station HQ.

19Aug42     Aircraft not to be armed until numerous electrical problems are resolved.

21Aug42     Allocated to No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot (1FBRD) at Lake Boga, VIC for major overhaul and replacement of the electrical wiring. Estimated down time of 6-8 months.

05Sep42    Received by 1FBRD.

25May43    Allocated to No 41 (T) Sqn at RAAF Townsville, QLD.  Allotted Sqn Code DQ-F.

10Jun43     Received by 41Sqn. 1st Dornier received by the Squadron.

06Jul43     Allocated to 1FBRD for additional electrical work.

11Jul43      Received by 1FBRD.

09Sep43    Received by 41Sqn after additional repairs completed.

11Oct43     Request reallocation to 1FBRD for repairs to leaking stub wings and 240 hourly inspection.

13Oct43     Allocated to 1FBRD.

02Dec43    Hull sprung on landing at Lake Boga after ferry flight from Townsville.  Major leaks.

05Dec43    Issued to 1FBRD Workshops for hull repairs.

25Dec43    Received by 41Sqn following hull repairs and inspection.

09Feb44    Detached for temporary duty with No 8 Communications Unit (8CU) at Kiriwana Island PNG.

10Feb44     Received by 8CU.

07Mar44    Ceased detachment and departed Kiriwana for Townsville, arrived 08Mar44.

08Mar44    Allocated to 1FBRD for 240 hourly inspection and double engine change.

12Mar44    Ferried by FLGOFF Howes to 1FBRD, to be held in storage pending further advice.

20Dec44    Approved for conversion to scrap. No further information on the RAAF History Cards. An aircraft census of 1FBRD in Dec 45 shows no Dornier aircraft on strength or in storage, it is therefore assumed that the aircraft was scrapped sometime during 1945. 

 

A49-3 served a total of 277 days with 41Sqn between June 1943 and March 1944 and was unserviceable for 123 days or 45% of the time. During that period the aircraft accumulated 516.45 operational flight hours; carried 733 passengers and transported 259,8821lbs of freight.

 

A49-4 769 X-9

22Jul37     One of 12 DO24K-1 aircraft in the 2nd Dutch DO24 order to Dornier-Werke GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Nov37        Built as Werke No 769 by the Swiss subsidiary company Aero-Metall AG at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance. Dornier factories in Germany made three major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

14May38    Upon completion the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be fitted with three Alkan turrets each equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and painted in Dutch national colours and insignia. 

May38       Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-9.

23May38    Loaded onto the 7,715 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Garoet at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to the MLD Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java.

1938-42     Served intermittently with the MLD Training Unit at NAS Morokrembangan. 

Oct38        Attached to the Dutch Indies Fleet for Naval Cooperation Duties.

1939          Cracks were found in the stabilator which was traced back to a construction error. After contacts with Aviolanda-Papendrecht these were repaired by MLD personnel flown out to the NEI.

 09Jun41    Detached to Lake Grati together with X-1, returning June 13th 1941.

19Feb42     Transferred to Australia to train new Dutch aircrew.

Feb42        Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW with four other MLD Dornier DO24K aircraft.  Aircraft arrived without any beaching gear or other equipment. The five aircraft were in a poor state with holes and leaks in the hulls, severe electrical problems and engines in need of overhaul.

29Apr42    Transferred to the RAAF and given the Serial A49-4.

22Jun42    Allocated to Station HQ Rathmines.

31Jul42      Received by Station HQ.

19Aug42     Aircraft not to be armed until numerous electrical problems are resolved.

21Aug42     Allocated to No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot (1FBRD) at Lake Boga, VIC for major overhaul and replacement of the electrical wiring. Estimated down time of 6 months.

25Sep42    Received by 1FBRD.

01May43    Held unserviceable at 1FBRD-awaiting replacement fuel tanks.

03Jun43    Allocated to No 41 (T) Sqn at RAAF Townsville, QLD.  Allotted Sqn Code DQ-G.

05Aug43    Received by 41Sqn.

02Sep43    Allocated to 1FBRD for 240 hourly Inspection.

06Sep43    Received 1FBRD and

20Oct43    Returned to 41Sqn after Inspection.

24Apr44    Allocated to 1FBRD for 240 hourly inspection and double engine change.

08May44    Ferried by  FLGOFF Howes to 1FBRD. Aircraft to be held in storage pending further advice.

20Dec44    Approved for conversion to scrap. No further information on the RAAF History Cards. An aircraft census of 1FBRD in Dec 45 shows no Dornier aircraft on strength or in storage, it is therefore assumed that the aircraft was scrapped sometime during 1945.

 

A49-4 served a total of 278 days with 41Sqn between August 1943 and May 1944 and was unserviceable for 172 days or 68% of the time. During that period the aircraft accumulated 463.40 operational flight hours; carried 700 passengers and transported 289,888 1lbs of freight.

 

Dornier Do.24 
A49-4 DQ-G 
Lake Boga 
1943

 

A49-5 770 X-10

22Jul37     One of 12 DO24K-1 aircraft in the 2nd Dutch DO24 order to Dornier-Werke GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Feb38        Built as Werke No 770 by the Swiss subsidiary company Aero-Metall AG at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance. Dornier factories in Germany made three major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

14Jul38      Upon completion the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be fitted with three Alkan turrets each equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and painted in Dutch national colours and insignia. 

Jul38         Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-10.

29Jul38     Loaded onto the 7,319 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Kota Nopan at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to MLD Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java.

Nov 1938    detached to Balikpapan, Borneo NEI for guard duties.

Mar1940    served with GVT-2 and based at Sorong, PNG.

Dec 1941    served with GVT-7 at Tarakan, Borneo.

01Dec41     discovered a Japanese spy ship and flew by so low the wing was damaged by the masts on the ship.

04Dec41     transferred to Morokrembangan for repairs to the wing.

19Feb42     transferred to Australia to train new Dutch personnel.

Feb42        Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW with four other MLD Dornier DO24K aircraft.  Aircraft arrived without any beaching gear or other equipment. Also, the five aircraft were in a poor state with holes and leaks in the hulls, severe electrical problems and engines in need of overhaul.

29Apr42    Transferred to the RAAF and given the Serial A49-1.

22Jun42    Allocated to Station HQ Rathmines.

31Jul42      Received by Station HQ.

19Aug42     Aircraft not to be armed until numerous electrical problems are resolved.

21Aug42     Allocated to No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot (1FBRD) at Lake Boga, VIC for major overhaul and replacement of the electrical wiring. Estimated down time of 6 months.

02Sep42    Received by 1FBRD.

03Jun43    Allocated to No 41 (T) Sqn at RAAF Townsville, QLD.  Allotted Sqn Code DQ-H.

27Jun43    Received by 41Sqn.

06Jul43     Allocated to 1FBRD for inspections and repair.

14Jul43      Received by 1FBRD.

19Sep43     Issued to and received by 41Sqn following repair.

30Sep43    Damaged by a refueling barge at Cairns. The chine area and No 1 bulkhead buckled on port side. Request allocation to 1FBRD for hull repairs.

01Oct43     Allocated to 1FBRD.

04Oct43    Received by 1FBRD.

11Oct43     Received by 41Sqn after repairs completed.

09Jan44    Detached to No 52 Operational Base Unit (52OBU) at RAAF Darwin for SAR Duty. Aircraft flew to Darwin via Karumba and Groote Eylandt.

11Mar44     Aircraft was undergoing minor electrical repairs whilst moored in Darwin harbour waiting to depart on a mission. At 1135hrs a fire broke out and quickly took hold despite the firefighting efforts of the crew onboard. The fire intensified and the crew were forced to evacuate, the fire then consumed the aircraft and was only extinguished when the aircraft sank in the harbour. Electrical Fitter A131530 LAC Bert Charles Hokin suffered a serious hand injury and extensive burns and electrical fitter A40686 LAC James Lindsay Viggers suffered extensive 3rd degree burns and was in a serious condition.  The aircrew comprising of pilot O403391 FLGOFF PE Wright; 2nd pilot PLTOFF AB Farmer; navigator SGT G. English; WOP A418992 FSGT Ken Wall and gunners LACs VL Saunders, JW Sutherland and NK Olive all suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns.

14Mar44    Allocated to No 14 Aircraft Repair Depot and approved for recovery of any serviceable equipment and conversion to components of the remainder.

26Mar44    Wreckage recovered by 14ARD and converted. Total aircraft life was 554.05 hours

 

A49-5 served a total of 258 days with 41Sqn between June 1943 and March 1944 and was unserviceable for 128 days or 49% of the time. During that period the aircraft accumulated 418.33 operational flight hours; carried 322 passengers and transported 147,230 1lbs of freight.

Dornier Do.24
A49-5 DQ-H       Dornier Do.24
A49-5 DQ-H

A49-6 785 X-24

30May38    One of six DO24K-1 in the 3rd Dutch DO24 order to Dornier-Werke GmbH at Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Dec38        Built as Werke No 785 by the Swiss subsidiary company Aero-Metall AG at Altenrhein in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Constance. Dornier factories in Germany made three major sub-assemblies: the tail at Rickenbach; the wings and engine gondolas at Lowenthal; and, the sponsons at Ravensburg, which were then transported to Altenrhein for assembly and airworthiness testing.

 05May39   Upon completion the aircraft was flown to the Dutch manufacturer Aviolanda at Papendrecht, Holland to be painted in Dutch national colours and insignia; and, to be fitted with three Alkan turrets, two equipped with a single Colt-Browning 7.9mm machine gun and the dorsal turret equipped with a single 20mm Hispano-Suiza Type 404 cannon. 

May39       Entered Dutch service with the MLD wearing the Serial X-24.

21May39    Loaded onto the 7,065 ton Rotterdam Lloyd Line SS Blitar at Rotterdam and shipped to Dutch East Indies. Delivered to the Dutch Naval Aviation Flying School at Naval Air Station Morokrembangan, Batavia, Java.

1939-41      Served with the MLD aviation training school at NAS Morokrembangan, Java

Feb42        Became part of GVT 7 and flown to Lake Grati, central Java.

02Mar42    Departed Lake Grati for Broome WA with three other Do24 aircraft of GVT 7. X-24 missed Broome in the darkness and landed 250km south near a sheep station at Wallal.

03Mar42    Arrived at Broome just after the Japanese air raid that destroyed the other GVT 7 aircraft plus eight Catalina, two Empire Short C-Class and 3 other Dutch Dornier Do24 aircraft.

07Mar42    Flown from Broome to Perth and back to Broome on 9Mar42.

13Mar42    Departed Broome for RAAF Station Rathmines NSW. The 4,650 km route was Broome-Darwin-Karumba-Bowen-Brisbane-Rathmines.

15Mar42    Arrived at RAAF Station Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW.

08Jun42    Allocated to the Dutch Government for use by NEFIS (Netherlands Forces Intelligence Service). Flew to Wissel Lake in Dutch New Guinea to get A Dutch Naval Officer, Commander A.J. de Bruin, and take him back to Rathmines to form a Dutch Special Duties Unit that was to operate out of the covert seaplane base on Wissel Lake. The unit operated until June 1943 and X-24 (A49-6) made many flights between Rathmines and Wissel Lake carrying agents and equipment. Flights were also made to Tanibar, Kai and Aroe in the NEI.

01Jun43     Withdrawn from Wissel Lake and returned to Rathmines.

08Jun43    Handed over to the RAAF. Placed in storage awaiting further advice.

08Nov43    Issued to Qantas at Rose Bay for inspection.

09Nov43    Aircraft taken on charge with the Serial A49-6. Allocated to No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot (1FBRD) at Lake Boga, VIC.

14May44    Ferried to FLGOFF Wright to 1FBRD after servicing at Qantas. Aircraft placed in storage and awaiting future advice.

20Dec44    Approved for conversion to scrap. No further information on the RAAF History Cards. An aircraft census of 1FBRD in Dec 45 shows no Dornier aircraft on strength or in storage, it is therefore assumed that the aircraft was scrapped sometime during 1945.

 

? ? ? The unidentified forward fuselage that had been used as a houseboat on the Murray has finally been given a secure future.
It is to be displayed at Lake Boga in the newly constructed museum alongside Catalina A24-30. Held at a property at Lake Boga for restoration work before being moved to the museum.
This ex-houseboat is now on display at the Lake Boga museum.

Highlight for Album: Dornier Do.24 at Lake Boga Museum

 
     
 

       

 
     

The Authors of this page are Paul McGuiness, Darren Crick and Brendan Cowan

Source: Australian Aviation Magazine, Dornier Do24K Website. RAAF Northern HQ File; National Archives Australia, National Library Australia, Dornier Do24K Website.

Emails: Benno Goethals, Gordon Birkett. Mark Pilkington

Version 1.3 06 June 2015

     

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