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Callsign
Model/Type C/N USAAF Serial Aircraft History
A65-1 VHDAA
VHCTA
C-47-DL 6172 41-38713 Ex 41-38713, Acc USAAF 24/12/42. McClelland 24/12/42. Scramento AD 03/01/43. Long Beach 03/01/43. Hamilton AFB 29/01/43. British Australian Aid 16/04/43. SCU 17/02/43. Departed USA 08/02/1943 per Advisement WL366. Second C-47 on Order Case 126 Indent 927A Diversion 173 ( 2 C47s out of 2 required) Aus 4 Requisition 2849, ex USAAF Contract DAW 535-AC-167 . Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #77151/77153.First C-47 delivered to the RAAF 16/03/43. Previously A30-15. Registered A65-1 VHDAA. Rec 3AD ex USA 11/02/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 21/02/43. Callsign VHCTA assigned DAT 11/05/43. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 23/06/43. Issued 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 23/06/43. Coded RE-D and named 'The Arunta'. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 02/07/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 20/09/43. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 13/10/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 23/10/43.Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 01/12/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 14/12/43. Issued ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 13/01/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 05/02/44. Accident 25/03/44 when bearer bolts on port engine gave way, causing engine to sage, with propellor windmilling. Landed safely at Cairns FNQ. Pilot was P/O B Starkey 36 sqn. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 24/11/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 05/03/45. Rec 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 18/05/45. Issued 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 26/05/45. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 19/08/45 to be converted to 24Volt System(Per C-47A Spec) 19/08/45. Rec 1AD ex ANA 12/10/45. Approved for conversion 1CU 16/10/46. Airframe sold to ANA 1000 Pounds Issued 21/10/46. VH-ANA ANA 'Yana'. 10/06/53, F-OANH Air Outremer. 1953, Cie de Transport Aerien et de Commerce. Destroyed 04/03/54 Gia Lam, Hanoi (sabotage). NB: As per September 1946, the RAAF had 43 C-47As and 59 C-47Bs held. U.E. of in use aircraft was 60 C-47(8As/52Bs), but they wished to have 67 U.E. for three Transport Sqns (36 Sqn:Townsville Qld/37 Sqn Schofields NSW/38 Sqn Archerfield Qld), Target Towing(Richmond NSW), and Communications/Base Flight Units(RAAF Darwin/East Sale/Pearce/APU/1 Comms/111ASR Flight/CFS/481Sqn Maint Sqn Japan) post 1948. A further 35 C-47As and 7 C-47B's held in Storage or Testing. Total being 102 Airframes held 1/09/46.
Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-1
A65-2 VHDAB
VHCTB
C-47-DL 6149 41-38690 Ex 41-38690, F/F 16/12/43. Mc Clellend Air Depot 29/12/42. Sacramento AD 03/01/43. Hamilton AFB 18/01/43. British Australian Aid 11/02/43. Departed USA 31/01/1943 per Advisement WL366. First C-47 on Order Case 126 Indent 927A Diversion 173 ( 2 C47s out of 2 required) Aus 4 Requisition 2849, ex USAAF Contract DAW 535-AC-167. Cost US$104314.00. Second C-47 delivered to RAAF 17/02/43. Marked A30-16. DAT Rego VH-DAB at time of accident, A65-2 not taken up. Aircraft delivered as marked per E/E-88A as 42-23429 not 41-38690 per BAC Contract Letter. C-47A-30-DL 42-23429 not A30-16, USAAF Card per 41-38690 confirms RAAF Ownership as of 22/02/43 per SGU. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 26/02/43 Accident 0513Hrs 27/03/43, aircraft crashed in heavy fog on take-off, stalling during turn on leaving Archerfield QLD. AMSE Approval to Write off per File#9/16/747 24/04/43. Eng#20748 Stbd/Eng#20736 Pt.
  • Loss of Dakota A65-2. (Grahame Higgs)
  • A65-3 VHDAC
    VHCTC
    C-47A-20-DL 9012 42-32786 Ex 42-32786 (Recorded and corrected 43-32786 on E/E-88 Card!) Departed USA 12/03/1943 per Advisement WL50. First C-47 on Order Case 126 Indent 927A Diversion 173 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition 40402 (ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669(DA1043) First Long Beach produced C-47A. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #20838/21550. Was third delivered ex Production line C-47 per Order. Rec 3AD ex USA 04/03/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF 04/03/43 with Registration VH-DAC. Call Sign changed to DAT VHCTC 141/05/43. Coded RE-F. Ditched 0905hrs 14/12/43, off Turtle Head QLD due to port engine failure after a 2 hour flight from Cooktown, to Horn Island in rain squalls. Loaded with 660 gallons of fuel and 6046lbs of cargo.(1206lbs overloaded). Pilot did not feather prop, causing excessive drag. Ditched in sea with location 40 miles South of Horn Island. Pilot was F/Lt John Donellan Balfe Serv#272371 , Sgt Norman Properjohn Serv#164049, F/Sgt T H Dennis Serv#425616, P/O L R Ballard, W/O P G Brown Serv#400617, F/Lt R S Lovell, Sgt R Lucus Serv#36186. ACI M. Van de Velde Serv#123578, ACI E C Nason Serv#122934, Lac C T Haylen Serv#70786, LAC S S Collinson Serv#44803, F/Sgt F Potten Serv#15088, and 2 Army Personnel (Lt. Fagg Serv# QX32609 & Col. Collines Serv#VX27431). AMSE Approval to Write off per File#9/16/1282 20/12/43. (Location per Loss Report: 11Degrees5Mins South/142Degrees 50mins East) Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #17897/19717 at time of accident.
    A65-4 VHCTD C-47A-20-DL 9107 42-32881 Ex 42-32861 Departed USA 12/03/1943 per Advisement WL50. Second C-47 on Order Case 126 Indent 927A Diversion 173( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition 40402, USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669(DA1043). Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials#12389/15570 and 12389/15570. Delivered to the RAAF 26/03/43 at Amberley AFB ex USA. Originally marked A30-18. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3ADX 03/04/43. 11/05/43, Coded RE-G 36 Sqn RAAF and carried DAT Rego VHCTD. Rec 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF for 240hourly 20/09/43. Rec 13ARD ex 12RSU 13/10/43. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 13/10/43. Accident 05/12/43 when port engine cut out on landing at Garbutt Strip. Later the engine burst into flames and was extinguished. Pilot; F/O W McCallum and crew not injured. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #77386/77445.Accident 1448hrs 12/12/44 when aircraft made an emergency landing after loosing oil in starboard engine during transport flight, some 260 miles from Merauke DNG(7Degrees7Mins South/135Degrees40mins East). Aircraft returned to Merauke. Crew; F/Lt J F Yolland Serv#562, F/Lt V Leslie, W/O M J Stapleton and 8 passengers, not injured. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 15/02/45. Conv from 12Volt to 24Volt System. Rec 1AD ex ANA 14/01/46. Issued 1 Communications Unit ex 1AD 22/02/46. Accident 1135hrs 19/05/46 when engine failed in flight near CAirns. Crew; F/Lt R H Haxton Serv#412437 and 12 passengers and crew not injured. Issued 1AD ex 1CU 29/07/46. . Issued 18/08/46, to ANA for spares per File#9/86/129

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-4

    A65-5 VHCTE C-47A-20-DL 9285 42-23423 Ex-42-23423 Departed USA 23/04/1943 per Advisement WL205. First C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669.C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #73803/#75466. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D).Was sixth delivered ex Production C-47 to RAAF and named "Miss America" by ATC Ferry crew. Delivered to the 3AD ex USA 25/04/43. REc 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 27/04/43. 11/05/43, Coded RE-H 36 Sqn RAAF with DAT Rego 'VHCTE'. REc 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 15/07/43. REc 36Sqn RAAF ex 12RSU 25/07/43. REc 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 20/09/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 12RSU 29/09/43. Rec 1RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 24/10/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 1RSU 29/12/43. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 19/09/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 01/10/44. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 01/04/45. Lost Paint 1945, now Alum all over coded RE-H in black. Rec 1AD ex ANA 05/07/45. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 23/08/45. Rec CFS ex 36Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Stored Pt Cook ex CFS 27/05/46. Issued and Rec CFS ex Pt Cook 08/07/46. Stored CAT 2 29/07/46. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #72453/#76429. Offered to CDC for Disposal 24/07/47. A/c sold to ANA Pty Ltd Essendon for 6250 Pounds 11/08/47. Issued to Purchaser 01/09/47, as VH-INB 'Croana'. 01/04/55, Guinea Airways. 08/58, ReRegistered VH-GAL 'Kokoda'. 25/01/60, VH-INB Airlines of South Australia. 01/04/60, Airlines of NSW. 1967, Ansett/ANA. Withdrawn from use 12/67 Essendon. 04/11/69 Broken up by Essendon Simsmetal, and Struck off Register 18/11/69.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-5

    A65-6 VHCTF C-47A-20-DL 9287 42-23425 Ex-42-23425 Departed USA 23/04/1943 per Advisement WL205. Third C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669.C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #10047/14141 and 10047/14141 .Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governor (Spec#4GB-615D). Delivered 3AD ex USA 25/04/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 27/04/43. DAT Call sign VHCTF allotted 11/05/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 13/05/43. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 12/07/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 24/07/43. Coded FD-A. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 20/09/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 30/09/43. Issued ANA ex 34Sqn RAAF 17/10/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex ANA 23/01/45. Accident 1018hrs 19/09/45 between Tarakan and Morotai (0308North/11910 East) aircraft started to loose height for no apparent reason as controls showed no response. Aircraft trimmed and climbed, then stalled, went into spin and flattened out at 3000 feet above sea level. Pilot decided to ditch aircraft off Labuan. Crew; F/O A Burns Serv#437727 , 2 crew, and 20 passengers were not injured. They were in the sea for 15 hours in rafts before being picked up 150miles east of Tarakan. AMSE Apporval to Write-off per File#9/16/2916 16/10/45.
    A65-7 VHCTG C-47A-20-DL 9288 42-23426 Ex-42-23426 Departed USA 23/04/1943 per Advisement WL205. Fourth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #75464/75470.Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Delivered to 3AD ex USA 25/04/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 27/04/43. DAT Callsign allotted VHCTG 11/05/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 18/05/43. Coded FD-B. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 08/08/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 20/08/43. Coded OM-H. Rec ANA ex 34Sqn RAAF 28/08/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex ANA 22/11/44. Accident 17/08/45 on landing with strong tail wind with aircraft running off Tarakan Strip , Borneo. Crew; F/O Slattery, F/Sgt K L Pickworth and W/O Menzies not injured. Rec 26RSU ex 34Sqn RAAF 21/08/45. AMSE Approval to write off per File #9/16/2844 01/10/45. A65-7 TTHs 3605.5

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-7

    A65-8 VHCTH C-47A-20-DL 9289 42-23427 Ex-42-23427 Departed USA 23/04/1943 per Advisement WL205. Fifth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #73804/75380.Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Was ninth delivered ex Production C-47 to RAAF. Rec 3AD ex USA 25/04/43. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 27/04/43. Coded RE-J , Named "Slow Poke". DAT Call sign VHCTH 11/05/43. Rec 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 15/07/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 12RSU 27/07/43. Rec ANA Parafield ex 36Sqn RAAF 02/01/45. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 02/04/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAf ex 36Sqn RAAF 23/08/45. Rec 3AD Stores ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. To Trans Australian Airlines Brisbane 27/09/46 for spares.
    A65-9 VHCTI C-47A-20-DL 9286 42-23424 Ex 42-23424, Departed USA 22/04/1943 per Advisement WL205. Second C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #23444/22910. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 30/04/43. Used by 36Sqn RAAF to Milne Bay 04/05/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 09/05/43. DAT Callsign VHCTI.Coded FD-D. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 22/08/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 30/08/43. Rec ANA Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 24/04/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex ANA 23/08/44. Detached service from 34Sqn RAAF to RAAF for transporation of British Mission from 27/08/44 to 16/09/44. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 08/05/46. Sold CDC to QANTAS Empire Airways 10/12/46, though issued 06/12/46. VH-BAL Registration not taken up, changed to VH-EAM 12/12/46. 21/07/53, VH-EWA East West Airlines. 28/05/59, VH-EWF 'Peel City'. 02/06/65, leased to Airlines of South Australia. 27/11/67, VH-PWN Pacific & Western Aviation Ltd - Tamworth. 1971, leased to Queensland & Pacific Airways. East West Airlines. Bush Pilots Airways until 1979. Cairns Apt Fire Service damaged by fire 11/80. Registered to Air Queensland 4/01/82 WFU 09/87, Stored at Brisbane to 02/88, Sold to DC-3 Queensland P/L 7/04/88. Sold to Desert Air Safaris (Dick Lang) SA,10/06/91. Sold to Pionair Adventures NZ 03/05/93. Australian reg cancelled 16/06/93. Registered ZK-AMS "Spirit of Queenstown" 15/07/93. Returned to Australia 05/2004. NZ reg cancelled 14/03/2006 Registered VH-CWS 14/03/2006 to Classic Wings Pty. Ltd. of Midland, WA 03/2006. WFU and stored Jandakot Airport. Ferry flight to Maitland 06/2009. Registered to Broome Air Services 24/06/2010. Was based at Bankstown, NSW.
    01/2016 Departed Bankstown on truck destined for The Independence Hall of Korea at Cheonan South Korea

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-9

    A65-10 VHCTK C-47A-20-DL 9590 42-23728 Ex 42-23728, Departed USA 24/05/1943 per Advisement WL836. Sixth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-20669.C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D).Rec 3AD ex USA 19/06/43.Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 24/06/43. DAT Callsign VHCTK 27/06/43. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 30/09/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 09/10/43. Rec ANA Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 03/02/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex ANA 29/04/45. Accident 10/07/45 when damaged on ground by US Army vehicle at Zamboaga PI. Rec 2AD ex 34Sqn RAAF14/11/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 06/12/45. Rec 3AD Store ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Sold through CDC to Guinea Airways for 6250 pounds 30/12/46. 29/05/47, VH-AVM 'Morobe'. 06/53, N1433V Meteor Air Transport. 12/53, Brogue Electric Manufacturing Co. 1963, Jack Richards Aircraft Sales. 1965, Houston Air Center Inc. 1968, Houston Aviation Products Corp. 31/05/78, Aero Finance Corp.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-10

    A65-11 VHCTJ C-47A-20-DL 9591 42-23729 Ex 42-23729, Departed USA 24/05/1943 per Advisement WL836. Was Seventh C-47 Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. .C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 22/06/43. Call Sign VHCTJ 27/06/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 29/06/43. Coded FD-G. Rec 1AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 31/01/44. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 31/01/44. Accident 02/10/44 when aircraft overshot on landing at Essendon Airport Vic. Slight damage to tailwheel and port mainplane. Rec ANA Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 01/04/45. Rec 1AD ex ANA 16/07/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 02/08/45. Accident on landing when aircraft ran off Lae Strip 15/02/46. Crew Capt : F/Lt Bagshaw, F/Lt Thompson, F/Lt Smith and P/O Jacobsen (Said to be flown by F/Lt B J McDermott Serv#411001) were not injured. AMSE Approval to Write off per File#9/16/3151 14/03/46. Converted to components on site.
    A65-12 VHCTN C-47A-20-DL 9592 42-23730 Ex 42-23730, Departed USA 27/05/1943 per Advisement WL836. Eighth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. .C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/06/43. Call Sign 'VHCTN' 27/06/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 06/07/43. Coded 34Sqn FD-H. Ground Accident 31/07/43 at Essenden Vic when civilian truck struck aircraft. Rec 7AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 29/09/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 06/10/43. Accident 02/07/44, Port elevator broke-off and left elevator damaged when a tail to tail start and run up of another C-47 at Parafield. Repaired by ANA. Rec ANA Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 09/12/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex ANA 09/03/45. Rec 2AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 14/11/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 30/11/45. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Aircraft purchased by TAA 22/07/46. Registered 27/09/46 as VH-TAN per Commonwealth of Australia, operated by ANA. VH-TAN TAA 'Grey'. 30/11/59, New Guinea Co. Mandated Airlines. 11/11/60, Re-Registered VH-MAS. 22/04/67, B-249 Far East Air Transport. no longer Registered.
    A65-13 VHCTL C-47A-20-DL 9593 42-23731 Ex 42-23731, Departed USA 25/05/1943 per Advisement WL836. Ninth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 (10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governor (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 21/06/43. Call Sign VHCTL 27/06/43. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 02/07/43. Coded FD-G. In service 1944-45, no entries in E/E-88a. Rec ANA Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 21/03/45. Rec 13ARD ex ANA 11/06/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 11/07/45. Rec 2AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 26/11/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 03/01/46. Rec 3AD store ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Offered by CDC for disposal 16/12/46. To MMA Perth 08/01/47 for spares. Registered VH-MMA
    Current at Darwin under restoration.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-13

    A65-14 VHCTM C-47A-20-DL 9594 42-23732 Ex 42-23732, Departed USA 24/05/1943 per Advisement WL836. Tenth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 269 ( 10 C47s out of 10 required) Aus 8 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 22/06/43. Call Sign VHCTM 27/06/43/. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 28/06/43. Coded RE-L. Rec 7AD ex 36Sqn RAAF 19/12/43. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 11/03/44. Rec ANA Parafield ex 36Sqn RAAF 273/04/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex ANA 12/05/44. Rec ANA ex 36Sqn RAAF 02/07/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 20/12/45. Rec 111ASRF ex 1AD 13/02/46. Alloted RAAF Moresby ex 111ASRF 13/01/47. Canc. Rec 3AD ex 111ASRF 04/08/47. Permission granted to hold in reserve for QANTAS 23/12/48. Canc 27/05/49. A/c considered and to be held pending RANFAA decision on 2 out of 3 airframes to be transferred free of charge. Not selected by RANFAA 12/10/49. Rec 3AD for 400hourly 07/06/50. Rec DAP Parafield ex 3AD for ADRU to replace A65-81 23/02/51. Cancelled on rec at 1AD 12/04/51. To be issued to TAA on loan instead. Canc 05/06/51. Rec School of Navigation East Sale ex DAP Parafield 18/06/51. Modified per Order#82 as Navigational Trainer 24/01/52. Rec East Sale ex DAP Parafield modified 28/08/52. Rec Parafield ex East Sale to transfer Navigation equipment to A65-84 02/11/55. Rec 1AD ex Parafield 24/07/56. Rec DAP ex 1AD to have C-47B instrumentation installed 03/09/56. Rec East Sale ex DAP Parafield 09/05/57. Rec DAP Parafield ex East Sale 01/07/60. Rec East Sale ex Parafield 14/04/61. Rec ARN Parafield ex East Sale 19/02/63. Rec East Sale ex ARN Parafield 04/03/63. Rec ARN Parafield ex East Sale 04/07/63. Rec East Sale ex ARN 05/12/63. Held storage East Sale, to Laverton 17/06/69. Disposal Ref Lav#59/69B, 17/06/69. Transferred RAAF and Registered VH-AIG per Dept of Foreign Affairs (Australian Aid). To Cambodian Airforce 11/71 as foreign Aid.
    KAF Service history: engine modification was in progress at Pochentong in 08/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 08/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); further modifications planned for 10/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for S09/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); parts of the ill-fated C-47 “576” were used for “42-23732” which had been waiting engine modification for almost a year (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 01/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8). Fate: dropped from the Khmer Air Force inventory in 06/74 and used for spares, for example for AC-47 “43-15773” (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 06/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8).
    Source:www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/kc47.pdf

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-14

    A65-15 VHCTO C-47A-45-DL 9997 42-24135 Ex 42-24135 Departed USA 15/8/1943 per Advisement WL786. First C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 475 ( 5 C47s out of 5 required) Aus 21 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669S-2. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/08/43. Call Sign VHCTO 06/09/43. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 09/09/43. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 26/09/43. Rec 7AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 07/03/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 15/04/44. Operational loss 11 minutes after taking off from Milne Bay on a flight to Port Moresby 5.47hrs 07/06/44, when aircraft crashed into mountain range on route. Crew; F/Lt R Head Serv#400027, Sgt D H Palmer (CP) Serv#429726, F/O W J Wilson(Nav), and LAC W J O'Brien (Instr Maker) Serv#67902 all killed. Crew buried at Milne Bay Cemetery 14th (3) and remaining crew member on the 15th June 1944. Nil salvage. AMSE Approval to write-off per File#9/16/1713 Min#1 29/07/44.
    A65-16 VHCTP C-47A-45-DL 9998 42-24136 Ex 42-24136 Departed USA 15/8/1943 per Advisement WL786. Second C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 475 ( 5 C47s out of 5 required) Aus 21 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-20669S-2. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials #78825/78916. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 28/08/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 08/09/43. Rec 33Sqn RAAF (Milne Bay Det)ex 35Sqn RAAF 27/09/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTP. Accident 1000hrs 12/10/43 when landing at Milne Bay aircraft violently swung at end of landing run when tail wheel was unlocked to tyaxy off strip due to starboard brake binding, with aircraft running into stoney ditch at end of runway. Crew: (Capt)F/Sgt Rutherford Serv#415051, P/O C C Adcock Serv#417775, P/O G E Wilson Serv# 419482 and LAC J N McKenzie Serv#16426 were not injured. Rec 26RSU ex 33Sqn RAAF 13/10/43. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 26RSU 18/10/43. Rec 7AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 14/03/44. Damaged when with 7AD during a afternoon Storm, 24/04/43, , Hanger door fell off building damaging aircraft. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 03/05/44. Accident 18/08/45 when landing at Madang Strip, aircraft swung during landing run, with pilot over correcting and caught tail wheel in ditch. Crew (Capt) W/O N A Lewis, F/Sgt A E Nelson, and F/Sgt W R Kidd not injured. Ground accident 14/11/45 when truck damaged fuselage on ground. Rec ANA Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 03/12/45. Rec 1AD ex ANA 05/06/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 04/07/46. Allotted 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD. Canc. Issued to ANA as repayment per File#9/86/129 23/09/46. ANA Registered VH-AFF 23/09/46 but Not taken up. Registered VH-TAI and transferred to Trans Australian Airlines as 'Oxley/Baudin' 05/12/46. Withdrawn 12/10/68. Dept of Foreign Affairs 03/12/71, as Australian Aid. To Laos 28/08/71, and numbered '998' Laotian AF (Government). NFDs
    A65-17 VHCTQ C-47A-45-DL 9999 42-24137 Ex 42-24137 Departed USA 15/8/1943 per Advisement WL786. Third C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 475 ( 5 C47s out of 5 required) Aus 21 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669S-2. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/08/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 08/09/43. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 22/09/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTQ. Accident 1700hrs 18/02/44, when aircraft landed heavy at Vivigani Strip, Goodenough Island, with aircraft swinging to port. Repaired. Crew: F/Sgt F J Ashelford Serv#415850, Sgt R A Sedgwick Serv#430060, Sgt M J Sibley Serv#417764, LAC A P Carpenter Serv#26460and 23 passengers were not injured. Rec 26RSU ex 33Sqn RAAF 24/02/44. Approval given per AMSE File #9/16/1515 for conversion, 24/04/44. Following another inspection and temporary repairs, conversion cancelled,14/08/44 to be flown Australia. Rec ANA Parafield ex 15ARD/10RSU 18/10/44. Issued to CFS ex ANA 22/06/45. Rec 1AD ex ANA 01/07/45. Rec CFS ex 1AD 24/07/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex CFS 05/09/45. Rec 2AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 01/03/46. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 18/03/46. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Sold to ANA 18/02/47 for £6250.Registered VH-ANK for Guinea Airways 11/46. Returned ANA, named 'Lutana' 25/02/47.
    Crashed 02/09/48 Square Peak Mt Quirindi NSW.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-17

    A65-18 VHCTR C-47A-50-DL 10000 42-24138 Ex 42-24138 Departed USA 15/8/1943 per Advisement WL786. Forth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 475 ( 5 C47s out of 5 required) Aus 21 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669S-2. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/08/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 07/09/43. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 26/09/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTR. Rec 7AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 04/04/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 23/05/44. Issued ANA Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 07/10/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 12/04/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 04/07/46. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 23/08/46. Rec DAP Parafeild ex 38Sqn RAAF 08/04/47. Rec 86TW ex DAP Parafield 17/07/47. DAT Call sign VHCTR cancelled per File#9/2/454. Rec 2AD ex 86TW 02/03/48. Sold QANTAS ex 2AD vis CDC 04/08/48 for £6250. Reg VH-EBE Qantas and 31/05/48. VH-EBT Trans Australian Airlines 01/09/60. Registered VH-SBB TAA of New Guinea 'Cape Hoskins' 08/12/60. Air Niugini 14/09/73. Registered P2-SBB 02/06/74. P2-ANN Registered 06/11/75, Withdrawn 31/07/77. N5590K Insured Aircraft Title Service Inc 13/03/80 (used for Red Cross work in Thailand). Bush Pilots Airways 10/81. Used for spares at Pt Moresby.
    A65-19 VHCTS C-47A-50-DL 10001 42-24139 Ex 42-24139 Departed USA 15/8/1943 per Advisement WL786. Fifth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 475 ( 5 C47s out of 5 required) Aus 21 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-20669S-2. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/08/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 12/09/43. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 28/09/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTS. Ground accident 0755hrs , 07/01/44 at Gurney strip when a 245th Company (6th Bat US ARMY)Truck(Driven by Pvt James F West USA Serv#34688468) backed into aircraft. Rec 10RSU ex 33Sqn RAAF 25/01/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 10RSU 19/02/44. Rec 7AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 20/04/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 19/07/44. Rec 9 Comms Unit ex 33Sqn RAAF 18/09/44. Accident 18/05/45 engine failure due to oil line failure, single engine landing at Garbutt. 9 Comms Unit. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 9CU 26/09/44. Rec 9CU ex 33Sqn RAAF 07/10/44. Rec 12RSU ex 9CU 05/12/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 12RSU 07/03/45. Accident 13/05/45, whilst on a flight from Lae to Hollandia, made an emergency landing at Madang PNG following the failure of the starboard engine in flight due to hose connection. Crew; F/Lt A O Garbutt Serv#404824, Sgt N D Burcuez Serv#435865, Sgt K R Sander Serv#442939, LAC E W Fuller Serv#35173 and F/Lt L Hutchins Serv#401476 were not injured. Rec ANA Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 20/06/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 13/12/45. Allotted for personal use by G/Capt Henry for 1AD special duties 10/01/46. Rec CFS ex 1AD 20/03/46. Rec Point Cook ex CFS 27/05/46. Rec CFS ex Point Cook 08/07/46. Point Cook Store 12/08/46. Issued to ANA as repayment per File#9/86/129 23/09/46. Reg VH-AFE Comm of Australia, but not taken up. Registered as VH-TAH with Trans Australian Airlines 'Cobb' and del 20/09/46. VH-SBN 'Strzelcki' Registered 10/04/62, Withdrawn 30/09/68. Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Aid 12/03/71. Cambodian AF 09/71.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-19

    A65-20 VHCTU C-47A-1-DK 11967 42-92194 x 42-92194 Departed Long Beach USA 30/11/1943 per Advisement WL388Q. First C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 546 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 25 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405. C-47A is a DC-3A-456 with a 24-volt electrical system and hot-air heating.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Wide Blades (Spec# 6477A-0) and new governer (Spec#4GB-615D). Rec 3AD ex USA08/12/43. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 14/12/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 21/12/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTU. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 27/04/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 21/05/44. Rec 13ARD ex 35Sqn RAAF 01/05/45. Was allotted 36 Sqn RAAF and to be coded RE-B, 02/06/45. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 04/07/45. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 16/11/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 07/05/46. Issued to TAA as repayment per File#9/86/129, 21/08/129. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials#359879/138932. Reg VH-TAF with Trans Australian Airlines and named 'Warburton' on 23/08/46. Registered VH-SBM 'Ivan Champion'13/04/61. Sold and registered PK-RDE for Seulawah Air Service 'Windu Kentjana' 24/08/68. No longer Registered. NFDs
    A65-21 VHCTC C-47A-1-DK 11970 42-92196 Ex 42-92196 Departed Oklahoma USA 07/12/1943 per Advisement WL566Q. Second C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 546 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 25 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405. Rec 3AD ex USA 15/12/43. Renumbered RAAF 17/12/43.DAt Callsign VHCTC. E/E-88A Card stated C/n is #11869, not recorded ADf Serials #11970???. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 20/12/43. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 25/12/43.Coded FD-G. NFDs in Sqn Serv. Card states 3151.10Hrs flown as of 08/09/45 with surface corroded. Rec ANA ex 34Sqn RAAF 31/10/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield(ex ANA)06/05/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 01/08/46 as allotted to Darwin RAAF Flight. Rec 36Sqn RAAF (Darwin Det)ex 3AD 30/09/46. Alloted DAP ex 36Sqn 17/04/47. Rec 86th Wing ex DAP 26/12/47. Rec 2CS (Later 34Sqn RAAF)ex 86th Wing 18/02/48. Rec 1AD Det B Tocumwal ex 34Sqn RAAF 27/08/48. Inspected by QANTAS 23/12/48. Rec DAP Parafield ex Det B 1AD 22/03/51. Rec Base Sqn East Sale ex DAP Parafield 22/08/52. Accident 26/01/54 10 miles south of East Sale. NFDs. Serv at Sale 09/04/54. Accident 08/10/54 when 43mph wind lifted tail when parked, causing aircraft to tip and damage props. Serv at East Sale 16/12/54. Rec DAP Parafield ex East Sale 29/06/55. Rec 1AD ex DAp Parafield 16/12/55. Rec East Sale ex 1AD 09/03/56. Accident 25/06/57 when on take-off from East Sale, starboard Engine backfired and lost power, forcing pilot to make assymetric landing. NFDs. Equipment later removed from aircraft whilst at East Sale: 11/10/57. VH-EWB East West Airlines 'Namoi City/Warwick City' on loaned from RAAF, 17/10/57, Registered 25/08/58 [EWA quote 42-92105 in their records]. Finally approved for disposal 06/10/59 ex RAAF and listed 26/10/59. Bush Pilots Airways Purchased 17/06/72. Registered VH-PWM 27/11/67. Connair Pty Ltd del 03/10/73. Rebel Air Pty Ltd del 27/11/79. Also flew at various times with Queensland Pacific Airlines, Air Queensland, Northern Airlines and Bush Pilots. To New Zealand 1986 as ZK-AMR. To Morris Catering 1993, used for UN support work in Cambodia, Somalia and Kenya. Last reported derelict at Harare, Zimbabwe

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-21

    A65-22 VHCTV C-47A-1-DK 11971 42-92197 Ex 42-92197 Departed Hamilton Field USA 29/11/1943 per Advisement WL388Q. Third C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 546 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 25 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405. Delivered to the RAAF 16/12/43.Rec 3AD ex USA 08/12/43. DAt Call Sign VHCTV. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 13/12/43. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 19/12/43. Coded FD-P. Had double engine change by 17RSu 22/04/44. Allotted 13ARd ex 35Sqn RAAF for Engine change 02/03/45. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 08/03/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 15/04/45. Rec DAP Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 05/02/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 04/07/46. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 25/07/46. Rec DAP Parafield ex 38Sqn RAAF 06/11/46. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex DAP Parafield 25/11/46. Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 16/01/47. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 37Sqn RAAF 23/01/47. Rec target and Towing Sqn ex 36Sqn RAAF after being fitted out as Radio Physics Lab 03/02/47. VH Call Signs removed form aircraft 15/12/47. Rec ARDU (2AD Det based) ex TTSqn Richmond 05/03/48. Approval to issue to QANTAS and disposed by CDC 06/04/48. Sold to QANTAS for £6250. Issued to QANTAS 14/04/48. Registered VH-EAQ. VH-SBC Trans Australian Airlines Purchased 01/09/60. X-18 RNethAF leased 09/62-12/62 [also quoted as c/n 25367]. XW-PFV Continental Air Service 07/04/68. N7302 Continental Air Service 09/10/68 [c/n 11870 is quoted in error]. Commercial Air Freight Inc Registered 16/04/79. crashed 11/12/79.
    A65-23 VHCTB C-47A-1-DK 11973 42-92199 Ex 42-92199 Departed Oklahoma USA 07/12/1943 per Advisement WL566Q. Fourth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 546 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 25 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Rec 3AD ex USA 15/12/43. Renumbered RAAF 17/12/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTB. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 26/12/43. Coded RE-M. Rec ANA Parafield ex 36Sqn RAAF 18/05/45. Rec 1AD ex ANA parafield 27/09/45. Rec 22RSU RP ex 1AD 08/11/45. Issued 1AD ex 481M Sqn(Renamed 22RSU) 01/03/46. Issued 81Wing for Communication Duties 25/02/46. Rec 2AD ex 81 Wing 10/12/46. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 20/06/47. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86Wing 27/10/47. Rec 2CS(Comms Sqn, later renamed 34Sqn RAAF) ex DAP Parafield 13/02/48. Rec Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex 34Sqn RAAF 01/10/48. Inspected by QANTAS 23/12/48. Issued to RANFAA 06/04/50 free of charge. Became 'VJ-ORB' 04/11/50 and Re-Serialed N2-23. (For further details see under N2-23)
    On static display at West Wyalong, NSW

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-23, N2-23
    A65-24 VHCTW C-47A-1-DK 11974 42-92200 Ex 42-92200 Departed Oklahoma USA 04/12/1943 per Advisement WL566Q. Fifth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 546 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 25 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Rec 3AD ex USA 13/12/43. DAT Call Sign VHCTW. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 15/12/43. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 23/12/43. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 05/11/44. Allotted DAP Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 24/01/46. Damaged during storm at laverton Vic 27/02/46. Rec 1AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 31/05/46. Rec 1AD store ex 1AD 04/11/46 for part removable pending issue (fuselage only)to School of Air Support, Laverton per AMSE File#9/16/3243 08/05/47. Moved to Williamtown School of Land/Air Warfare 07/12/48. Received 25/02/49. Airframe still extant as of 18/01/51. Moved to Puckapunyal by 1964.
    Scrapped 1974. Cockpit section saved by Dick Winterburn later passing it on to Darryl Gibbs. Currently under restoration in Wagga NSW.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-24

    A65-25 VHCTX C-47A-1-DK 12035 42-92255 Ex 42-92255 Departed Oklahoma USA 31/12/1943 per Advisement WL121Q. First C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 597 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 31 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405 Project#51840. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Rec 3AD ex USA 09/01/44. DAT Call Sign VHCTX. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 13/01/44. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 01/02/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 26/10/44. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Issued DAP Parafield ex 3AD 09/09/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 23/04/47 and issued 1CU ex 1AD 02/05/47. DAt Call Sign removed 01/05/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 1CU 23/05/47. Rec 2 Comm Sqn RAAF ex 86Wing 24/11/47. Rec 1AD ex 2Comms Sqn 29/01/48. Sold to QANTAS vis CDC for £6250 20/04/48. Collected ex 2AD by QEA 13/04/48. Registered VH-EAR Qantas. Mandated Airlines 01/09/60. VH-MAR Registered 12/11/60. Ansett-MAL 12/01/61. Ansett Airlines of Papua 19/05/68. PK-RDF Seulawah Air Services 'Dhasma Bakt' 16/06/69.
    A65-26 VHCTJ C-47A-1-DK 12037 42-92257 Ex 42-92257 Departed Oklahoma USA 24/01/44 per Advisement WL681W. Second C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 597 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 31 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405 Project#51840.Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials. Rec 3AD ex USA 04/02/44. DAT Call Sign VHCTT. Renumbered A65-26 05/04/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 17/02/44. Coded FD-S. Accident when starting at Carnavon when engine caught on fire.Repaired. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 18/04/45. Rec DAP Parafield ex 34Sqn RAAF 26/11/45. Rec 3AD ex DAP 05/06/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 11/07/46. Rec Darwin SHQ Flight 20/09/46. Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex RAAF Darwin 17/10/46. Still carrying VHCTT Callsign. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 37Sqn RAAF 30/01/47. Issue and Rec DAP Parafield ex 86Wing 26/02/47. VH Callsigns abolished 01/05/47. Rec 86Wing ex DAP Para 02/06/47. Accident in flight 0845hrs 12/08/47 when starboard engine started to emit smoke some 75 miles south of Darwin. Landed safely. Rec 2 Comms Squadron ex 86 Wing 27/01/48. Rec 2AD ex 2CS 01/03/48. Rec DAP Parafield ex 2AD 06/02/51. Leased to Trans Australian Airlines 02/10/51. Regiostered VH-TAY Australian Airlines 10/10/51. Returned to RAAF 24/01/52 as A65-26 at 1AD and to be modified as a Navigational Trainer at DAP Parafield. Rec East Sale ex DAP Para 07/08/52. 'VM-JRB' School of Air Navigation. Held East Sale to 1955. Rec DAP Parafield ex East Sale 29/06/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP Para 20/12/55. Rec East Sale ex 1AD 01/02/56. Rec DAP Parafield ex East Sale ofr servicing and instrumentation to be upgraded to C-47B standard. Rec East Sale ex DAP Para 16/08/57. In service East Sale up to 27/06/66. Rec 1AD Laverton ex East Sale 19/08/69. Disposed 03/10/69. Registered as VH-EYB, Department of Foreign Affairs, and issued as Australian Aid 16/12/72 to Philippine AF, and delivered 26/02/73.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-26
    A65-27 VHCTY C-47A-1-DK 12051 42-92269 Ex 42-92269 Departed Oklahoma USA 31/12/1943 per Advisement WL121Q. Fourth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 597 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 31 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405 Project#51840. Delivered to the RAAF 14/02/44. Rec 3AD ex USA 09/01/44. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 13/01/44. DAT Callsign VHCTY. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 21/01/44. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 20/02/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 24/02/44. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 26/05/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 07/06/44. Rec 13ARD ex 35Sqn RAAF 09/02/45. Issued 35Sqn RAAF ex 13ARd 28/03/45. Rec 13ARD ex 35Sqn RAAF 01/05/45. Ground Accident 05/04/45 Pearce WA.
    A65-28 VHCIU C-47A-1-DK 12045 42-92264
      Ex 42-92264 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. Third C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 597 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 31 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#51840. Rec 3AD ex USA 30/01/44. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 07/02/44. DAT Call Sign VH-CUP. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 19/02/44. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 24/06/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 17/07/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 27/04/45. Rec DAP Parafield 29/03/46. Iss 1AD ex Parafield 03/10/46. Rec CFS ex 1AD 14/10/46. Offered for sale 24/07/47. Sold by CDC 11/08/47 as VH-IBC per Australian National Airlines and named 'Pathana' .Ansett ANA 04/01/57. Airlines of NSW '62. Broken Up Essendon 06/11/69.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-28

    A65-29 VHCTZ C-47A-1-DK 12056 42-92274 Ex 42-92274 Departed Fairfield USA 06/01/44 per Advisement WL300Q. Fifth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 597 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 31 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract W535-AC-28405 Project#51840. Rec 3AD ex USA 14/01/44. Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 18/01/44. DAT Callsign VH-CTZ. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 27/01/44. Rec 13ARD ex 35Sqn RAAF 07/04/45. Issued 35Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 16/04/45. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 20/04/45. Rec 5RSU ex 34Sqn RAAF 20/09/45. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 5RSU 15/10/45. Issued 1AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 04/02/46. Rec DAP Parafield ex 1AD 08/03/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 09/08/46. Issued to TAA 23/08/46. VH-TAE Trans Australian Airlines 'Augustus/G Registeredory' 23/08/46. New Zealand National Airlines leased 03/03/60-22/12/60. VH-SBL TAA 'Mt Hagan' Registered 08/12/60. Air Niugini 01/11/73. P2-SBL Registered 01/06/74. P2-ANR Registered 18/11/75. Sold to Forrestair, registered VH-SBL 28/10/76. Cancelled from Australian register 14/11/78 and placed in storage Essendon Airport, Vic. Sold to General Cargo Australai and registered VH-SBL 24/02/81. Sold to Setair 18/02/84. Sold to Gold Wing Air Cargo 28/07/83. Cancelled from Australian register 24/11/78. Reregistered VH-SBL 09/10/86 Travair. Sold to DC.3 Queensland 09/03/88. Sold to Dakota National 30/07/92. Sold to Dakota National Air 06/04/94.
    Noted still in service at Essendon Airport, 09/2011. Flew from Essendon to Larras Lee airfield 11/01/2013

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-29
    A65-30 VHCUB C-47A-1-DK 12076 42-92292 Ex 42-92292 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. Single C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion #649 Aus# 34( 1 C-47s out of 2 (Other 42-92546) required as three allotted a/c of five cancelled by USA 24/01/43. making 27 Delivered) Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DW535-AC-28405 Project#51875 (Ex RAF FL648).Rec 3AD ex USA 30/01/44. DAT Call Sign VH-CUB . Rec 14RSU ex 3AD 10/02/44. Issued to 35Sqn RAAF ex 14RSU 20/02/44. To ANA for Auto pilot and hydraulic repairs 26/02/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex ANA 04/03/44. Coded U on Cockpit glazing rear., Later FD-U. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 22/07/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 13/08/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 17/04/45. Issued DAP ex 34Sqn RAAF 05/03/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 12/04/46. Rec DAP ex 1AD 30/05/46. Issued 1AD ex DAP 31/10/46. Issued and rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/11/46. Rec 2 Comms Sqn ex 86 Wg 24/11/46. Rec Toc ex 34Sqn RAAF 12/07/48. Inspected by QANTAS 23/12/48.Rec DAP ex Det B 1AD Toc 06/10/50. Rec ARDU ex DAP 02/08/51. Per Order #82, A65-30 to be converted to Navigational Trainer 24/11/51. Issued to DAP ex ARDU 07/03/52. Rec DAP ex ARDU 07/03/52. Rec East Sale, School of Air Navigation ex DAP 25/09/52. Rec DAP ex East Sale 14/09/55 to have Navigation Equipment transferred to A65-89. Rec 1AD ex DAP 08/03/56. Issued to School of navigation ex 1AD 09/04/56 as unit reserve aircraft. In use 25/02/58 at East Sale.Rec 1AD ex East Sale 17/06/64 for disposal. Placed on disposal list 22/08/69. VH-AIC Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Aid Registered 11/01/71. Cambodian AF 16/11/71.
    KAF Service history: awaited an engine change in 09/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 09/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); parts of the ill-fated 44-76548 were used in 01/74 to bring “292” back to service (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 01/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8); engine modification in 02/74 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 02/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8); still not completed in 03/74 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 03/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8) nor in 04/74 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 04/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8); paint removed from the fuselage; repair still not completed in 05/74 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 05/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8).
    Fate: did not escape to Thailand, when Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge forces of Pol Pot in 1975.
    Source:www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/kc47.pdf


    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-30
    A65-31 VHCUC C-47A-5-DK 12285 42-92480 Ex 42-92480 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. Twenty-nineth C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 39 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52612. Rec 3AD ex USA 11/02/44. DAT Rego VHCUC. Rec 36Sqn ex 3AD 19/02/44. Coded RE-N. Rec 13ARD ex 36Sqn RAAF 09/05/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 19/05/44. Rec 13ARd ex 36Sqn 30/08/45. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 18/10/46. R1830-92 Engs #138903/15857. Accident 0630 Hrs 27/02/46 when when after take-off from Garbutt Townsville at an altitude of 9880 feet, the aircraft's port engine airscrew ran away, forcing aircraft to divert to Woodstock Strip, jettisoning all removeable cargo, and made a one engine landing with a windmilling port airscrew at 3900rpm in fine pitch, unfeathered. Crew: F/Lt R Carlin Serv#405717 (Pilot), F/Sgt S E Stedman Serv369112 (Co-Pilot), F/Lt R H Campbell Serv#275144 (Nav), F/Lt T A Linton-Smith Serv#411791 (WOAG) and F/Sgt K J Culhane Serv#449277 (WOAG-under instruction) were not injured. Nil damage to aircraft as fault lay with loose transfer valve spring housing causing the port screw to go fine pitch in flight. Issued to 3AD ex 36Sqn RAAF 07/06/46. Rec 111ASRF ex 3AD 10/06/46. Rec DAP Parafield ex 111ASRF 24/10/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 12/06/47. Rec 1APU ex 1AD 20/06/47. Rec Det 1AD Tocumwal ex 1ARDU( renamed 1APU) 03/03/48. Offered to CDC for Disposal to DCA 30/10/48 (Actual del 24/09/48.) with price of £6,400.The aircraft underwent civil conversion, being equipped with Pratt & Whitney R1830-S1C3G engines and becoming a DC-3C. Reg as VH-ABC with DCA 08/49.Registraion reflects previous DCA Director 1939-1945, Mr Arthur Brownlow Corbett. Aircraft was maintained by T.A.A. on behalf of the Department of Civil Aviation. Re-registered as VH-CAQ 04/09/50. Accident on landing at Camden 27/03/51. W/O.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-31
    A65-32 VHCUD C-47A-5-DK 12360 42-92547 Ex 42-92547 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 41 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52612.Rec 3AD ex USA 11/02/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 20/02/44. Coded RE-O . DAT Callsign VHCUD. Rec 13ARD ex 36Sqn RAAF 09/05/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 19/05/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 14/08/46. Coded BT-Q. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33 Sqn RAAF 10/04/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 28/10/46. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 11/11/46. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 15/01/47. Offered for sale through CDC 24/07/47. Sold Aircraft Pty Ltd, Brisbane Qld

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-32

    A65-33 VHCUE C-47A-5-DK 12359 42-92546 Ex 42-92547 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 751( 4 C-47s out of 4 required) Aus 41 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613 (Ex RAF).RAF Serial KG352 not taken up. Rec 3AD ex USA 14/02/44. DAT Callsign VHCUE. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 22/02/44. Coded RE-F. Accident 16/05/44 aircraft on landing swung to starboard and struck bank at Wards Aerodrome PNG due to tail wheel being unlocked on landing. Pilot was F/Lt L C Glenwright Serv#403331 who was under instruction, Aircraft Capt, F/O Wallace Henry Ford Serv#412720, 2nd pilot, F/O Donald Jame Cox Serv#408453 and 22 passengers were all un-injured. Rec 15ARD ex 36Sqn RAAF 20/05/44. Approval for conversion per AMSE File #9/16/1895 24/10/44.
    A65-34 VHCUF C-47A-5-DK 12250 42-92448 Ex 42-92448 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 39 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52612. Rec 3AD ex USA 16/02/44. DAT Call sign VHCUF. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 25/02/44. Coded RE-R. Operational loss when on supply mission from Tadji (Where 36 Sqn Det was based), 1545hrs 17/02/44 when aircraft crashed and burned in the Malin-Walum Area, near But, west of Wewak. Aircraft was completely destroyed. Crew: Capt; S/Ldr L K Jackson Serv#261723, Second pilot F/lt K R C Mathews Serv#407125 and WOAG/Nav F/Sgt D G Campbell Serv#418718. with three AIF Supply dropper , PvtJ G Law TX13582, Sgt H M Whaling NX18480 2/160 Supply Dept Plt 6thDiv, and Pte E j Collins VX50622 2/188 Aust Supply Plt 6thDiv, and two RAAF passengers (Cpl A E Guy Serv#142679 and Cpl K Harden Serv#127265 (both from 37OBU). Aircraft Capt and one AIF supply dropper (Pte J G Law) seriously injured, 2nd Pilot and one RAAF passenger died of injuries, and Nav, 1 RAAF Passenger and two AIF Supply droppers killed. Aircraft TTHrs 1742.05. PW R1830-92 Engs# 20920/20654. W/O per AMSE Approval per File#9/16/2452 21/03/45.
    A65-35 VHCUI C-47A-5-DK 12252 42-92450 Ex 42-92450 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 39 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52612. Installed Twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radials . Rec 3AD ex USA 16/02/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD. DAT Callsign VHCUI. Last two letters of DAT Callsign "UI" rear of both cockpits in Grey 36inch paint per 33 Sqn Unit Markings Style. Rec ANA Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 31/07/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex ANA parafield 12/08/44. Accident 26/05/45 at Sentani Strip Hollandia when on landing run, aircraft ran into ditch. Pilot: F/O G L Chick and crew not injured. Issued 13ARD ex 33Sqn RAAF 29/10/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARd 06/12/45. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 01/03/46. Issued 1AD ex DAP 27/06/46. Rec 3AD ex 1AD 11/07/46. Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 18/10/46. Rec 387Sqn RAAF ex 37Sqn RAAF 06/11/46. Offered to CDC for disposal 24/07/47. A/c sold to ANA Pty Ltd 11/08/47 for £6250. Issued to ANA 21/10/47. Registered as VH-INA with Australian National Airlines and named 'Bungana/Pengana' . VH-INI Registered 15/12/48. Was transferred to Ansett ANA 5/57 and converted to Viewmaster and served from 04/10/57. Later transferred to Airlines of NSW in 1959. Took off from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on 11/12/60 on a training flight piloted by Chief Check Capt Ray Thomas with two trainee pilots; G Thom and L Campbell. Crashed into the sea off Sydney. Some floating wreckage was found after the crash but no trace of the crew.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-35

    A65-36 VHCUJ C-47A-5-DK 12248 42-108840 Ex 42-108840 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 751( 4 C-47s out of 4 required) Aus 41 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613 (Ex RAF).RAF Serial KG316 not taken up. Rec 3AD ex USA 16/02/44. DAT Callsign VHCUJ. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 06/03/44. Coded "UJ" behind cockpit windows in yellow. Rec 13ARD ex 33Sqn RAAF 15/08/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 31/10/44. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 12/03/46. Rec 1AD ex Parafield 02/09/46. Rec 2AD ex 1AD 17/09/46. Rec 86Wing ex 2AD 30/09/46. Rec 36Sqn RAAF 23/01/47. Rec DAP ex 86Wing 16/05/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 04/08/47. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 02/03/48. Sold to QANTAS Empire Airways by CDC 04/08/48. Issued 01/06/48 ex Sydney and registered VH-EBF 05/11/48. Sold to the Royal Thai AF 15/03/53 as L2-12/96 with 61 Sqn RTAF and later 23Sqn RTAF, then passed to Thai Airways as HS-TDI in March 1961 and then returned to the Royal Thai AF November 1961. Now on static on display at Chang Mai Air Base; RTAF: Extant as "2108840"
    A65-37 VHCUG C-47A-5-DK 12349 42-92537 Ex 42-92537 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 751( 4 C-47s out of 4 required) Aus 41 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613 (Ex RAF).RAF Serial KG342 not taken up. Rec 3AD ex USA 17/02/44. DAT Callsign VHCUG. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 3AD. Marked "UG" behind cockpit window in yelow.Crashed on take-off to reurn to Milne Bay, when pilot prematurely raised gear before flight, aircraft sank back on runway with starboard leg collapsing and crashed at Nazab 0925hrs 07/07/44. Crew; F/O C G Thompson, W/O S T Sharp , F/O K A Johnston and LAC R H Bruce not injured. Rec 11RSU ex 33Sqn RAAF 10/07/44. AMSE Approval to write off per File# 9/16/1844 Min#1 on 10/08/44.
    A65-38 VHCUH C-47A-5-DK 12249 42-92447 Ex 42-92447 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q.C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 ( 5 C-47s out of 5 required) Aus 39 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52612. Rec 3AD ex USA 18/02/42. DAT Callsign VHCUH. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 11/03/44. Carried last DAT Code behind Cockpit Window in Yellow, "H". 25/03/45 Aircraft caught fire during inspection at Lae. Extinguished. 38 sqn Coded "H" rear of cockpit framing. Rec 7AD ex 33 Sqn RAAF 26/08/44. Was alloted to PTU (parachute Training Unit) Canc 02/09/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 22/10/44. Coded BT-K Accident 12/09/45 when taking off at Hayfield strip. A/c Captain was F/Lt F H Dyke 33Sqn RAAF. Rec 12RSU ex 33Sqn RAAF 24/09/45. AMSE Approval to convert to components per File#9/16/2946 Min#1. SOC 12/12/45. Fuselage extant into 1970's
    A65-39 VHCIG C-47A-5-DK 12361 42-92548 C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 751( 4 C-47s out of 4 required) Aus 41 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613 (Ex RAF). RAF Serial KG352 not taken up. Rec 3AD ex USA 23/03/44. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 03/03/44. DAT Callsign VHCIG. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 26/01/45. Coded RE-Z. Operational loss after taking off 0635 hrs 3/05/45 when on re-supply mission from Tadji Strip to Maprik drop zone PNG. Aircraft struck mountainside near Housecap and burned in bad weather around 08.00hrs. Crash located by Beaufort at 1330hrs on same day. Crew: F/Lt S C Akers Serv#400767, F/Sgt J W Lawson Serv#433924, Sgt W J McInroy Serv#449069 and 4 Army Personnel (NFDs). Write-off per AMSE File# 9/16/2524 on 07/06/45.
    A65-40 VHCUM C-47A-20-DK 12539 42-92708 Ex 42-92708 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (1st C-47s out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613. Installed Wasp R1830s #75372 and #75489. Rec 3AD ex USA 17/03/44. DAT callsign VHCUM 23/03/44. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 26/03/44. Rec 35Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 01/04/44. Rec 4AD ex 35Sqn RAAF 13/09/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 35Sqn RAAF 30/04/45 and coded RE-A. Ground accident 17/08/45 when pilot accidently raised undercarriaged when parked at Tadji PNG. Further ground accident on 22/08/45 at Tadji Strip, PNG when Beaufort A9-689 taxed into the stationary A65-40. Rec 12RSU ex 36Sqn RAAF 13/09/45. repaired and issued 36Sqn RAAF ex 12RSU 20/09/45. Issued Darwin RAAF SHQ Flight ex 36Sqn RAAF 15/04/46. Accident 1522hrs 26/04/46 when aircraft performed forced landing. A/C Capt; F/Lt J P Granby Serv#407944 with two injured. Rec DAP Parafield ex Darwin RAAF SHQ Flight 05/09/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 04/03/47. Rec TT Sqn Richmond ex 1AD 28/03/47. Rec ARDU Det Richmond ex TT Sqn 06/03/48. Rec Det 1 Tocumwal ex ADRU Det Richmond 17/02/48. Inspected by QANTAS 23/12/48. Trans Australian Airlines leased 19/05/51-26/05/51 and registered as VH-TAW. Later purchased on 09/09/58 and named 'Brockman' then 'Mueller'. VH-SBE Registered 08/12/60. Continental Air Services. XW-PFT Air Continental 21/05/68. N83AC JM Garfinkle, trading as South East Asia Air Transport Registered 05/11/73. Cancelled from Registeredister 10/81. I have the following post War:VH-TAG Trans Australian Airlines 'Grant' later 'Giles' Purchased 23/08/46. Ansett Airways leased 19/06/50 for eight weeks. VH-MAH Registered 11/11/60. VH-MAV Ansett-Mandated Airlines 12/01/61. Ansett Airlines of PNG 19/05/68. Withdrawn 8/07/69. B-261 Far East Air Transport Registered 08/12/69. Withdrawn Taipei before 11/79.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-40

    A65-41 VHCUK C-47A-10-DK 12540 42-92709 DEx 42-92709 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (2nd C-47 out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613.Rec 3Ad ex USA 19/03/44. DAT Call Sign VHCUK 21/03/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 06/04/44. Accident 13/06/44 when starboard undercarriage collapsed on Parafield tarmac. Crew; Sqn Ldr R E Hodges , F/Lt D S Sutherland, Sgt K S English and LAC S L Huxtable not injured. Aircraft (TThrs 531.50) was heavily damaged and was repaired by ANA parafield, but it seems that parts kept it there for more then 1 month. Returned to 34Sqn repaired. Card shows Rec ANA Parafield ex 34 Sqn RAAF 18/09/45 (with 2464 TThrs). Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 05/03/46. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 06/03/47. Rec 1AD Toc ex 86 Wing 14/04/48.Issued 14/02/49 and sold to Mac Robertson Miller Airways. Registerd VH-MMF Commercial Aviation Pty Ltd, trading as MacRobertson Miller Aviation 'Ashburton/Durach/Mustar/Fortesque' Purchased 07/04/49. Ansett Airlines of Papua NG Registered 09/03/70. Ansett Ltd Registered 23/05/73. Air Tasmania Pty Ltd leased 06/07/73-01/04/74. Forestair 'Spirit of Port Arthur' Purchased 26/09/77. At Essendon 1980. Withdrawn from Service. Located at Camden, NSW 2000. Moved to Bankstown for restoration to airworthiness 21/06/2002. Repainted and held at Bankstown painted as USAAF C-47 42-100550 "U5" in D-Day markings, in 2013.
    Registered VH-XUX it flew again on 25/11/2015.
    Its time in Australian skies will be short as it has been sold to the Flying Tigers Museum at Kunming China

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-41

    A65-42 VHCUL C-47A-10-DK 12541 42-92710 Ex 42-92710 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (3rd C-47 out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613.Rec 3AD ex USA 19/03/44. DAT Callsign VHCUL 21/03/44. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 04/04/44. Rec DAP ex 34Sqn RAAF 10/04/46. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 06/11/46. Coded FD-L . Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing RAAF 11/02/48.Issued on approval to QANTAS E Airways 01/06/48. Sold to QEA 04/08/48. Trans Australian Airlines leased 19/05/51-26/05/51. VH-TAW Trans Australian Airlines Purchased 09/09/58 'Brockman' then 'Mueller'. VH-SBE Registered 08/12/60. Continental Air Services. XW-PFT Air Continental 21/05/68. N83AC JM Garfinkle, trading as South East Asia Air Transport Registered 05/11/73. Cancelled from Registered 10/81.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-42

    A65-43 VHCUW,
    VJORA
    C-47A-10-DK 12542 42-92711 Ex 42-92711 Departed Fairfield USA 18/01/44 per Advisement WL531Q. C-47 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (4th C-47s out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613. Rec 3AD ex USA 19/03/44. DAT Call Sign VHCUW 23/03/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 02/04/44. Marked yellow "UW" on nose of cockpit and carried codes PK-K. Rec 13ARD ex 33Sqn RAAF25/09/45. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD25/01/45. Rec 3AD RAAF ex 13ARD 26/04/46. Rec DAP ex 3AD 02/09/46. Issued and rec 1AD ex DAP 31/10/46. Rec 1APU ex 1AD 29/01/47. Alloted and rec 86 Wing 20/08/47 for DDT Spraying ex 1APU 07/10/47. Accident 0730hrs 01/03/48 when starboard main plane struck tree during DDT spraying at Finschafen PNG. Allotted to CMU Toc ex 86 Wing 29/11/48. Canc. A/c held at 86 Wing Richmond whilst on route from PNG, for QANTAS. One of two C-47s inspected by RANFAA 05/07/49. Transfered to the RAN free of charge per Internal Voucher #2398 dated 30/11/49. and Reserialed N2-43 01/12/49. Aircraft was reconditioned prior to delivery to RAN.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota N2-43

    A65-44 VHCIA C-47A-20-DK 12873 42-93009 Ex 42-93009 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (6th C-47 out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613. Rec 3AD ex USA 12/04/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIA 13/04/44. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 18/04/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 21/04/44. Accident at Lae 27/02/45 when undercarriage retracted on tarmac. Crew; F/Lt H G Spedding-Smith Serv#406581, P/O R A Newman Serv#15743, Cpl W A Lewsey Serv#19186 and F/Lt L Hutchins Serv#401476 not injured. A65-44 TTHrs 1341 on date. Repaired. Rec 13ARD ex 38Sqn RAAF 29/10/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 19/11/45. Rec DAP ex 33 Sqn RAAF 26/03/46. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 14/10/46. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 37 Sqn RAAF 06/11/46. Offered via CDC for disposal 24/07/47. Sold to QEA 20/04/48 for £6250 and register VH-EAP 01/04/48. Re-Registered VH-EBY 27/07/57. Trans Australian Airlines 'Kaviang' 01/09/60. VH-SBG Re-Registered 08/12/60. Air Niugini 01/11/73. P2-SBG Registered 01/06/74. P2-ANP Registered 11/75. Withdrawn 31/07/77. Storage Port Moresby 10/79. N5590A Insured Aircraft Title Service Inc Registered 25/02/80 (operated for Red Cross in Thailand). Bush Pilots Airways del 28/10/81. VH-BPL Air Queensland Cargo Registered 05/10/82. Ended life with 34,388 Hours. Was derelict at Hoxton Park for a number of years,
    Currently at Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach QLD painted in Qantas Empire Airways scheme as "VH-EAP"

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-44

    A65-45 VHCIB C-47A-20-DK 12872 42-93008 Ex 42-93008 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (5th C-47 out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613. Rec 3AD ex USA 15/04/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIB. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 19/04/44. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 06/05/44. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 38 Sqn RAAF 17/03/45. Rec 13 ARD ex 35 Sqn RAAF 01/05/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 09/07/45. Rec 3AD ex 33 Sqn RAAF 10/04/46. Sold through CDC to QEA (QANTAS) for £6250 10/12/46 after being issued 06/12/46. Was to be registered VH-BAJ, but not taken up. Registered VH-EAK Qantas 12/12/46. Royal Thai AF Purchased 23/10/53. To Thai AF as L2-13/96. W/o off Si Racha 18/01/80 following crash.
    A65-46 VHCIC C-47A-20-DK 12874 42-93010 Ex 42-93010 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (7th C-47s out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613.Rec 3AD ex UK(USA?) 15/04/44. a/c renumbered RAAF A65-46 17/04/44. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 19/04/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIC. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 01/05/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF and coded RE-V ex 38 sqn RAAF 22/12/44. Rec ANA Parafield SA ex 36Sqn RAAF 05/10/45. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 16/04/46. Rec 1APU ex 1AD 18/06/46. Rec 3AD ex 1APU 09/05/47. Rec CFS ex 3AD 07/08/47. Rec Det 1 Tocumwal ex CFS 27/05/48. Offered for disposal via CDC for disposal to DZCA 17/09/48. Sold to DCA for £6400 20/10/48. Registered VH-JVF Department of Civil Aviation Purchased 26/10/48. VH-CAR Registered 14/07/50. Qantas 05/61. VH-EDC Registered 12/07/61. Fiji Airways leased 12/04/65. Qantas 27/06/66. Bush Pilots Airways Purchased 17/06/72. Connair leased for four months in 1973. BPA (PNG) Pty Ltd 08/08/73. Bush Pilots Airways 27/01/77.
    Later VH-EDC and is infamous for its crash into Botany Bay in April 1994 while being overloaded. It was located at Camden.
    During 2008 it was destroyed during filming of "The Pacific" TV mini series

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-46

    A65-47 VHCUO C-47A-20-DK 12875 42-93011 Ex-42-93011 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 (8 C-47s out of 8 required) Aus 44 Requisition #40402, ex USAAF Contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project#52613.Rec 3AD ex UK(USA?) 15/04/44.a/c renumbered RAAF A65-47 17/04/44. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 20/04/44. DAT Call Sign VHCUO.Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 10/05/44. Coded "UO" rear of cockpit Windows in Yellow. Rec 13ARD ex 33Sqn RAAF 26/09/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 12/12/44. Coded BT-Q. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 01/03/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 09/08/46. Issued to TAA ex 1AD 23/08/46. Registered VH-TAG Trans Australian Airlines 'Grant' later 'Giles' Purchased 23/08/46. Ansett Airways leased 19/06/50 for eight weeks. VH-MAH Registered 11/11/60. VH-MAV Ansett-Mandated Airlines 12/01/61. Ansett Airlines of PNG 19/05/68. Withdrawn 28/07/69. B-261 Far East Air Transport Registered 08/12/69. Withdrawn Taipei before 11/79

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-47

    A65-48 VHCID C-47A-20-DK 13083 42-93198 Ex-42-93198 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 Aus 47 Div#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (2nd of 8 required April/May 44). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/05/44. DAT Call Sign VHCID. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 09/05/44. Aircraft received special VIP Fit for Parlimentary Delegation at 7AD 11/05/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 2AP vis 7AD 12/05/44. Rec 7AD ex 38Sqn RAAF 16/05/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 23/05/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 21/12/44. Coded RE-W. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 15/12/45. Accident Lae PNG 08/01/46 when starboard mainplane was damaged. Capt : F/Sgt H A Nelson. No injuries. Rec DAP Parafield ex 33Sqn RAAF 26/03/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 02/09/46. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 26/09/46. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 17/03/47. Rec 86th TW ex DAP 25/07/47. Accident 21/08/47 when aircraft was forced landed. NFDs. Rec CMU Tocumwal ex 86thTW 14/04/48. Aircraft released to TAA ex CMU Toc 07/07/48. Sold TAA for £6250. Registered VH-TAT Trans Australian Airlines and named 'Grimes' Purchased 21/07/48.Crashed 08/08/51 after t/o from Cambridge nr Barilla Bay, Tasmania; Capt J.M. Haslope & FO T.R. Bennett were both killed; airframe icing was suspected.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-48

    A65-49 VHCIE C-47A-20-DK 13084 42-93199 Ex-42-93199 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 Aus 47 Div#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (3rd of 8 required April/May 44). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/05/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIE. Rec 2AP ex 3AD 10/05/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 2AP 17/05/44. Rec 34 Sqn RAAf ex 38Sqn RAAF 15/01/45. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Sold for £6250 QANTAS ex CDC 10/12/46. Registered VH-BAK Qantas 06/12/46 but not taken up. Registered VH-EAL. Registered VH-EBH 19/08/54. VH-EBW Registered 01/03/58. Sold and registered VH-BAA to Brain & Brown Air Freighters Pty 21/10/60. Still with BBA Cargo Pty Ltd 01/72. Withdrawn 23/04/77. Mildura Aviation Restoration Corp 07/79. Warbirds Air Museum, Mildura 27/10/79.
    Currently on display at Central Australian Aviation Museum, Alice Springs marked as VH-EWE.

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    A65-50 VHCIF C-47A-20-DK 13082 42-93197 Ex-42-93197 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 807 Aus 47 Div#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (1st of 8 required April/May 44). Rec 3AD ex USA 10/05/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIF. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 18/05/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 15/01/45. Coded RE-X. Rec 13ARD ex 36Sqn RAAF 25/04/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF 02/06/45. Rec SHQ Darwin RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 29/04/46. Rec DAP Parafield ex SHQ Darwin RAAF 05/09/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 15/08/46. Rec 86th TW ex 1AD 28/05/47. Accident 19/06/47 when port engine failed 90 miles north of Ambon. Aircraft recovered safely at Ambon 2 hours later. Rec 2 Comms sqn ex 86 Wing 31/10/47. Rec 2AD ex 2 Comms Sqn 24/02/48. Rec GTS Wagga ex 2AD 11/08/48 as instructional Airframe. GTS renamed RAAF Technical College, Wagga 27/04/52. Rec DAP by road ex Wagga 23/04/52. Allotted East Sale as UE ex DAP 06/10/52. Rec East Sale ex DAP 30/11/52 replacing A65-80 as U.E. Held serviceable East Sale with Air Armament School 19/03/54. Accident 1122 hrs 24/08/54 near Canberra when starboard engine failed. Aircraft attempted a forced landing due to not being able to maintain height resulting in aircraft colliding with trees and stumps in a small clearing. Location 36 degrees 45 minutes South and 148 degrees 5 minutes East Approx, 14 miles north of Mt Cobberas near Mt Kosciusko. Crew: F/Lt L Hawes Serv#022032 (P), F/O B T Mullins Serv#033284 (C-P),F/Lt E H Walker Serv#023606 (NAV)and P/O F Howie Serv#037597 (Sig). F/O Mullins died 5 minutes after crash, with the other crew members slightly injured. Funeral Services for F/O Bernard Thomas Mullins (Aged 26 years) was held at Richmond on the 30th August 1954. Port engine #619 retrieved and issued to 2AD 20/09/54.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-50

    A65-51 VHCIH C-47A-20-DK 13085 42-93200 Ex-42-93200 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Aus 47 Diversion#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (4 of 8 April/May 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 25/05/44. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 02/06/44. DAT Call Sign VHCIH 07/06/44. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 38 Sqn RAAF 16/03/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 24/04/45. Coded RE-Z . Rec 3AD ex 36Sqn RAAF 08/05/46. Disposed TAA 23/09/46 per File#9/86/129. Registered VH-TAJ Trans Australian Airlines as 'McKinley' following purchase 27/09/46. Withdrawn Brisbane 01/08/68. Australian Aircraft Sales 03/01/69. Registered PK-RDH Seulawah Air Services/Mandala delivered 24/05/69. Withdrawn.
    A65-52 VHCIJ C-47A-25-DK 13338 42-108949 Ex-42-108949 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Aus 47 Diversion#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (5 of 8 April/May 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 31/05/44.DAT Call Sign VHCII 07/06/44 (VHCII per E/E-88 Card). Changed to VHCIJ later it seems. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 08/06/44. Coded FD-P. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 38 Sqn RAAF 02/02/45. Rec 3AD ex 34Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Issued on repayment to ANA 23/09/46 per File#9/86/129. Error on E/E-88 Card as it went to TAA. VH-TAK TAA 'Evans' 'Burke' 'Cobb' Delivered 23/09/46. Registered 05/12/46. New Guinea 12/08/68. Forrestair Cargo Pty Ltd 01/01/75. Cancelled from Register 18/11/78. Storage Essendon 11/78. Later owned by film producer John Lamond. Cockpit was at Bendigo Airport.
    Nose section was displayed at Mitiamo Air Museum, then at the Air Museum at Heathcote, Vic
    Purchased 2014 by David Rasmus

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-52

    A65-53 VHCTO C-47A-25-DK 13441 42-93430 Ex-42-93430 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Aus 47 Diversion#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (8 of 8 April/May 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 02/06/44. DAT Call Sign VHCTO 10/06/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 17/06/44. Rec 9 CU (Comms Unit) ex 33 Sqn RAAF 06/09/44. Rec 7AD ex 9CU 22/09/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 7AD 21/01/45. Acccident Jackson Strip Port Moresby 04/12/45 when taxying, aircraft developed brake trouble and ran into ditch after colliding with Liberator A72-182 (Pilot F/O Weir). Crew; F/O Forbes-Smith, F/Sgt Pierce, F/Sgt King and twelve passengers not injurned. TTHRS : 2134.30Hrs. ASME write-off per File# 9/16/3127 14/02/46. Dismantled by 04/12/46.
    A65-54 VHCUP C-47A-25-DK 13339 42-93428 Ex-42-93428 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Aus 47 Diversion#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (6 of 8 April/May 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 04/06/44. DAT Call Sign VHCUP 07/06/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 17/06/44. Rec 9CU(Comms Unit) ex 33Sqn RAAf 06/09/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 9CU 22/09/44. Rec 9CU ex 33 Sqn RAAF 07/10/44. Rec 13ARd ex 9CU 06/11/44. Rec 9CU ex 13ARD 14/12/44. Rec 33 Sqn RAAF ex 9CU 05/01/45. Accident on landing at Lae 13/04/45 when pilot bent tail wheel plate whilst turning. Crew: F/O K Gambling Serv#22381, W/O K Laughlin, F/Sgt N Hume and LAC A Girdler not injured. Rec 15ARd ex 33 Sqn RAAF 17/04/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAf ex 15ARD 03/05/45. Rec 13ARD ex 33Sqn RAAF 20/09/45. Rec 33 Sqn RAAf ex 13ARD 01/10/45. Accident 0920hrs 15/11/45, when aircraft crashed 150 feet below crest of mountain range (7000 feet) near Jacquinat Bay, during a flight to Rabaul. Crew; F/Lt R A Hanrahan Serv#423723, F/Lt G P Lobwein Serv#404723, and F/Sgt Bruderlin Serv#444772 killed along with 25 Passengers. AMSE Approval to write-off per File#9/16/3053, 23/11/45.
    A65-55 VHCUQ C-47A-25-DK 13340 42-93429 Ex-42-93429 on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Aus 47 Diversion#867 Contract 28405 Req#40402 (7 of 8 April/May 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 04/06/44. DAT Call Sign VHCUQ 07/06/44. Rec 36 sqn RAAF ex 3AD 12/06/44. Coded RE-S. Rec 13ARd ex 36Sqn RAAF 06/09/44. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 13ARd 18/10/44. Issued 3AD ex 36Sqn RAAF 20/04/46. Allocated SHQ Richmond to replace Beaufighter A8-315 for use by AOC East Area 03/05/46. Canc with A65-60 alloted instead. Rec 3AD ex 3AD Store 03/09/46. Rec DAP ex 3AD 25/09/46. Callsign VH-CUQ Canc 01/05/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 02/06/47. Rec 86 Transport Wing ex 1AD 19/06/47. Rec Tocumwal 1AD Det ex 86Wing 14/04/48. Offered for sale via CDC 11/08/48. Sold to TAA for £6250 on 01/09/48. Issued to TAA and departed 05/08/48. Registered VH-TAU TAA and named 'Hewitt' del 05/07/48. Mandated Airlines 04/01/60. VH-MAT Registered 12/11/60. Ansett-Mandated 12/01/61. Ansett Ltd 23/05/73. Air Niugini 01/11/73. P2-MAT Registered 01/06/74. Withdrawn 31/07/77. preserved Lae-Nadzab 03/80.

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    A65-56 VHCIJ C-47A-30-DK 25365 43-48104 Ex 43-48104 ordered under Aus 52 Div#1002 Contract 40652 (2 of 4 July 44). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/08/44. Dat Callsign VHCIJ 08/08/44. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 17/08/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF to replaced A65-60 01/01/45. Accident 1015hrs 11/09/45 when aircraft on courier run to Dobodura PNG ex Lae/Moresby and Milne Bay, due to extreme bad weather, crashed into sea in the South West Corner of Milne Bay PNG in around 40-50 feet of water. Crew: F/Lt E C Beer Serv#253615, F/Lt J F Mulchy Serv#403946, Sgt F X Sullivan Serv#449405 and 8 Passengers*. AMSE Write-off per File#9/16/2917 10/10/45. TTHRs 1911.55Hrs. R1830-92 Engs #359379 and 359391. * List was in error as there were more onboard. 15 Passengers: Spr K Smith VX65318, Cpl Moran 118118, Sgt Doran 50353, F/O Reedman 435570, F/Sgt Rutherford 433345, F/O Gordon 419569, Lt Williams QX46491, LAC Stevens 418569, Liddle RAN, Cpl Bastall 88705, LAC Walton 151902, LAC Healey 162787, Sgt Devenish 17286, LAC Haslan 159583 and Cpl Mackay 139076.
    A65-57 VHCUR C-47A-30-DK 25367 43-48106 Ex 43-48106 ordered under Aus 52 Div#1002 Contract 40652 (4 of 4 July 44). Rec 3AD ex USA 09/08/44. Installed R1830-92s #359770 and 359789. DAT Callsign VHCUR 12/08/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 32AD 02/09/44. Rec 3AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 26/04/46.Sold through CDC to QANTAS 10/12/46 for £6250. Original rego VH-BAM Qantas Not taken up. Registered VH-EAO 06/12/46. VH-EBX Registered 05/08/57. Trans Australian Airlines 01/09/60. VH-SBH Registered 08/12/60. X-19 Royal Netherlands AF 02/08/62. VH-EDD Qantas 22/01/64. Bush Pilots Airways Purchased 17/06/72. Forrestair leased 10/11/74. Withdrawn Cairns 02/77. Cancelled from Register 21/04/77. Dismantled 08/08/78 after fire practice.

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    A65-58 VHCUN
    VHCIK
    C-47A-30-DK 25366 43-48105 Ex 43-48105 ordered under Aus 52 Div#1002 Contract 40652 (3 of 4 July 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 10/08/44. Installed R1930-92s #359777 and 359787. DAT Callsign originally VHCUN 17/08/44, later changed to VHCIK 11/11/44. Rec PTU (Parachute Training Unit) ex 3AD 01/09/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex PTU 06/10/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 07/01/46. Rec 3AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 05/05/46. Issued on repayment to TAA 23/09/46. Registered and name VH-TAL Trans Australian Airlines 'Haun' 26/09/46. VR-NCK WAAC (Nigeria) Ltd 'Onitsha' 30/05/57. Nigeria Airways. 5N-AAK Registered 06/02/61. Eastern Government (Biafra) 1967.
    A65-59 VHCUF
    VHCIL
    C-47A-30-DK 25364 43-48103 Ex 43-48103 ordered under Aus 52 Div#1002 Contract 40652 (1 of 4 July 44) Rec 3AD ex USA 15/08/44. Installed R1830-92s #359833 and 359879. DAT Callsign VHCUF 17/08/44, later changed to VHCIL 11/11/44. Rec PTU(parachute Training Unit) ex 3AD 01/09/44. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex PTU 06/10/44. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 38Sqn RAAF 13/01/46. Rec 3AD ex 33Sqn RAAF 12/04/46. Allotted repayment to ANA 23/09/46. Issued to TAA 27/09/46. VH-TAM Trans Australian Airlines 'Lansborough' 27/09/46. VR-NCL WAAC (Nigeria) Ltd 'Tiko' 04/07/57. Ghana Airways leased 01/10/58. Nigeria Airways. 5N-AAL Nigeria Airways Registered 1960. 'AAL' Nigerian AF 16/10/67. Crashed 17/01/68 Lagos.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-59

    A65-60 VHCUS,
    VMJMO
    C-47B-5-DK 25998 43-48737 C-47B-5-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-48737 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div#1002 Req#43338 (1st of 56 C-47B Aircraft). The C-47B is a DC3-A-467 with cabin fuel tanks, engine superchargers and hot air heating. Installed R1830-92Cs.  Rec 3AD ex USA 30/09/44. DAT Rego VHCUS. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 21/10/44.  Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 33Sqn RAAF 28/12/44. Accident 31/03/45, when aircraft suffered starboard tyre blow out taking off at Merauke DNG. Speed of aircraft was 80 mph at time, and aircraft finishing up hitting a parked tractor at end of strip. F/Lt R J Graves and crew not injured.Issued to 44OBU for repairs insitu 05/04/45. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 44OBU 21/05/45. Accident  0925hrs 21/11/1945 when aircraft lost outer placket of port elevator in flight causing the pilot, F/O Kirk, to force land at Corella near Winton QLD 21/11/1945. No Injuries or damage.Rec 3AD ex 38Sqn RAAF 22/05/46.  Issued Target Towing Sqn, 86 Transport Wing, Richmond NSW. Rec 2AD ex TT Sqn 14/10/46.  Rec  ARDU ex 86 Wing 27/02/48. Rec 2AD ex ARDU 18/02/49. Rec DAP ex 2AD 14/04/49. Rec CFS ex DAP Parafield 03/11/49. Tfr to Reserve Store East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec 86 Transport Wing ex East Sale 25/08/52. Issued to DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 12/03/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 24/07/53. Accident on delivery to ARDU ex 1AD on landing at Richmond when starboard tyre failed. Held Det B ARDU at Richmond. In flight incident 25/08/56 when aircraft experienced violent vibration in flight due to starboard engine malfunction.Rec DAP ex Det B ARDU 25/11/56. Issued Det B ARDU ex DAP 02/10/57. Placed in Immediate reserve, Det B ARDU, 86 Wing. Active 04/09/62 as Unit Equipment, 86Wing. Rec 10 Sqn RAAF Townsville ex 86 Wing 12/06/66. Rec 3AD Immediate reserve ex 10Sqn RAAF 07/07/67.  Rec ARW Parafield ex 3AD 23/10/67. Declared for disposal 05/12/67 with Engines#633 and 353321. Sold as  N16891 S Booker, trading as Stanair, 06/08/68. Delivered 26/11/69. Became VH-EQN of Jetairlines of Australia when purchased 15/12/69. Registered 16/04/70. Department of Foreign Affairs Registered 12/03/71. 9N-AAX Royal Nepal Airlines Delivered 14/08/71. NFDs.
    A65-61 VHCUT
    VHCIL
    C-47B-5-DK 25999 43-48738 C-47B-5-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-48738 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div#1002 Req#43338 (2nd of 56 C-47B Aircraft). Rec 3AD ex USA 30/08/44.  DAT Rego VHCUT. Rec 33Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 31/10/44. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 33Sqn RAAF 28/12/44. Aircraft disappeared after leaving Wama Strip, Biak Island at 0645hrs(0221Zulu) on a flight via  Merauke or Higgins Field on its way to Townsville on 18/09/45 on a medical evacuation flight. Under command of W/O Arthur Hunter, carrying 10 RAAF and 18 Army Personel, the aircraft failed to arrive at Higgins. Aircraft for some time was thought to have crashed  near Wissel Lakes PNG. Some years later on the 19th  April 1967, a Mr J Reeder, a Missionary Aviation Fellowship Pilot on route to Sentani to Konono was first to spot the wreckage. Then thought to be a Dutch aircraft with a readable rego of PK-CUT. ( Sqn Code was "PK" for 38Sqn RAAF) Again he spotted it in October 1968 which resulted in the Delong Corporation Lumber Survey team based in nearby Nabire, make available of their chief Helicopter pilot, Harold Wysong along with a Don M Cramer to investigate the site by Bell 206 Jet Ranger, at elevation of 13500 feet , some 40 miles due east of the Wissel Lakes, and two miles from the western most snow peak, on the 28/11/68.  After two hours on site, some 100 feet below the rim of the range, scattered human remains showed that the wreck was Australian. Location: 4.00 Degrees South / 137.00 Degrees 2' 30"East. Remains finally retrieved in late December 1970 by 5 Sqn and 38 Sqn RAAF Rescue Team. (UH-1H A2-489 was used with two crews) . SOC as per AMSE File#09/16/3085 18/09/45. Eng#485888 and #485930.

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    A65-62 VHCKD
    VHCKO
    C-47B-5-DK 26000 43-48739 C-47B-5-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-48739 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div#1002 Req#43338 (3rd of 56 C-47B Aircraft). Rec 3AD ex USA 29/09/44.  DAT Rego VHCKO. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 14/10/44. Coded RE-T. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 20/12/44. Forced landed in fog and crashed on third attempt at landing at 0300 hrs 01/06/45 at  Longreach Race Course, QLD with 4 crew .Pilot Sqn Ldr K S Brown, Co-Pilot F/O W H Ford, Navigator F/Lt R A Curtis DFC and LAC N V Harris (slightly injured) Aircraft salvaged by 3CRD (W/O Reddaway in charged) and delivered to Amberley, via Rail to Ipswich. Rec 3CRD ex 38Sqn RAAF 24/07/45. Written off per AMSE File#9/16/2633 23/07/45. TTHrs 1208.4hrs Eng#485969/Eng#485966.
    A65-63 VHCKN C-47B-5-DK 26001 43-48740 C-47B-5-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-48740 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div#1002 Req#43338 (4th of 56 C-47B Aircraft). Rec 3AD ex USA 30/09/44.  DAT Rego VHCKN. Rec 36Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 14/10/44. Coded RE-U. Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 36Sqn RAAF 19/12/44. Rec 2AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 13/05/46. Rec 2AD Ferry Flight ex 2AD 18/06/46. Rec 2AD ex 2AD FF 30/07/46. Issued ARDU Det  Richmond ex 2AD 21/04/48. Rec ARDU ex Det Richmond 12/05/49. Rec DAP ex ARDU 18/05/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 14/11/51. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 28/11/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 09/12/52. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing  17/12/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 03/12/53. Rec 34Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 01/11/54. Rec Sale ex 34Sqn RAAF 10/11/54. Rec DAP ex Sale 13/02/56. Rec 1AD ex DAP 02/11/56. Rec 82 Wing ex 1AD 11/11/56. Rec 22 Sqn RAAF ex 82 Wing 12/07/58. Rec Sale ex 22Sqn RAAF 07/08/58. Rec 1AD ex Sale 20/10/58 ex Sale. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 29/10/59. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 03/07/61. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 06/09/61. Rec ARW  Parafield ex 86Wing 12/06/64.  Rec 2 Sqn RAAF Malaysia ex Storage Parafield 26/11/65. Rec Transport Support Flight Butterworth ex 2 Sqn RAAF 23/02/67. Storage East Sale, ex TF Malaysia  24/01/73.  To PNG Defence Force 28/01/81  as P2-005. To Dick Lang, Adelaide 1994, registered VH-PWN. Flew with Rebel Air and then Dakota National Air, Bankstown, NSW. Noted in dismantled state Sept 2000. Withdrawn from use and stored at Australian Aviation Museum. Moved by road to Larras Lee, NSW Jan 2010

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-63

    A65-64 VHCUU C-47B-15-DK 26640 43-49379 C-47B-15-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49379 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (4th of 4 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Installed Engs #487278 and #485401. Rec 3AD ex USA 03/12/44.  DAT Rego VHCUU.   Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 25/12/44. Rec 1AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 10/05/46. Rec DAP ex 1AD 31/07/46. Rec 1AD issued 37Sqn RAAF 13/12/46. Accident after departing Schofields NSW on a courier run to Lae PNG 0900hrs 17/03/47, when aircraft forced landed wheels up near Coolangatta Qld after fuel pressure problems on route around 1230hrs. Crew: F/Lt S S Jordan and four crew and 14 passengers were not injured. Rec 3AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF 09/04/47. Rec CFS ex 3AD 28/10/48. Tfr to Radio School ex CFS East Sale.  Rec DAP ex R/S East Sale 06/10/50. Rec R/S East Sale ex DAP 16/04/51. Rec ARDU ex R/S East Sale 04/03/52. Rec 86 Wing ex ARDU 10/09/52. Rec 90 Wing ex 86Wing 25/10/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 05/12/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 02/10/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 30/06/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 12/08/54. Incidents  01/03/55 and 06/07/55 with engines in flight. Single engine landing at Roma Qld 23/01/56 due to Starboard engine failure. Rec Air Transport Unit (ATU) Woomera SA ex 86 Wing 23/08/56. Rec DAP Parafield ex ATU 26/02/57. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 22/11/57. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 19/09/58. Rec 24 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 27/10/58. Tfr to Base Sqn Edinburgh. Rec 2ATU ex B/S Edinburgh 28/08/59. Ret B/S Edinburgh ex 2ATU 07/12/59. Rec East Sale ex B/S Edinburgh per Project Mercury telementry equipment on Dakota aircraft  as part of the US Project Mercury (Man-into-Space). Replaced A65-106 on Project Mercury. Rec 2ATU ex East Sale 13/10/61. Withdrawn 14/01/80 at Wagga as part of C-47a/c decrease in RAAF establishment. Approval 19/06/80 to become a training aid at RAAF STT. Was located at Wagga until it was moved to Tocumwal for the aerodrome museum which was to be located there. Apparently , VH-JGL allotted? Restored to static display, it is now sitting on a pedestal in front of Mulwala RSL Club, Mulwala, NSW post 2002..
    Currently displayed on a pole outside Mulwala RSL Club

    Dakota A65-64 
1983

    A65-65 VHCUV,
    VMJRD
    C-47B-15-DK 26637 43-49376 C-47B-15-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49376 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (2nd of 4 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 10/12/44.DAT Rego VHCUV.Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 25/12/44. Coded PK-J. Rec 2AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 06/08/46. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF /86 Wing ex 2AD 08/10/46. Rec DAP ex 38 Sqn RAAF 15/11/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 11/07/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 28/07/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 26/02/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 16/06/48. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 12/01/50. Rec CFS ex DAP 14/07/50. Tfr to R/S East Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec 86 Wing ex R/S East Sale 25/08/52. Damaged in Storm by hale 10/11/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/04/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 28/09/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 09/10/53. Bird strike 22/02/54 on take-off at Amberley AFB with damage to storm window and windscreen. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 07/04/55. Accident at Mallala when damaged during taxying 08/06/55. Incident in flight, 100 miles north of Alice Springs 21/08/55 with starboard engine feathered due to oil pressure. On loan to ATU Det A Edinburgh SA ex 34 Sqn RAAF 14/11/55. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 17/01/56. Rec 1AD ex DAP 18/07/56. Rec 10 MR Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 10/08/56 to replace A65-41. Incident 20/02/59 when aircraft performed asymmetric landing with prop feathered at Townsville. Rec DAP (Now ARW Parafield) ex 10 MR Sqn RAAF 25/02/60. Rec Base East Sale IR ex ARW Parafield 31/05/61. Rec ARW Parafield ex East Sale to be converted to Freighter configuration 06/09/67. Rec 38 Sqn Communications Flight ex ARW Parafield 14/06/68.  Rec HDH Bankstown ex 38 Sqn RAAF 30/07/68 for study of Mod #220, and later prototype installation of Mod# 220  on 11/09/68. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex HDH Bankstown 06/01/69. Rec East Sale ex 38 Sqn RAAF 12/10/71. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF Ferry Pilots ex East Sale 01/12/71. Rec 10 MR Sqn RAAF ex 38 Sqn RAAF Ferry 02/12/71. Rec ADRU ex 10 MR Sqn RAAF 28/08/73. Rec Base Flight Darwin for surveillance flights ex ARDU 12/04/78. Serviced at East Sale 04/07/78. Returned  Darwin 10/10/78. Serviced at East Sale 16/08/79. Ret Darwin 21/01/80. Approval to transfer to PNGDF 28/01/81, as P2-006. Delivered August 1982. While climbing out of RW 27 Nadzab Airfield on 18/11/87 one engine failed, forcing a wheels up landing that damaged a wing, resulting in the aircraft being written off. It was brought to Lae Airfield and usable parts salvaged, then remained as a hulk there for many years into the early 1990s. 

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-65

    A65-66 VHCUW C-47B-15-DK 26639 43-49378 C-47B-15-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49378 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (3rd of 4 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 10/12/44.DAT Rego VHCUW.Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 25/12/44.  Coded PK-K. Rec 13ARD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 27/09/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARd 01/10/45.  Post war 86 Wing. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/07/47.  Fitted for DDT Spraying per Order #60 07/10/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 13/11/47. Cat B Storage Schofields 86Wing 04/02/48. Rec 86 Wing U/E ex Storage 20/05/48. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 04/08/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 25/05/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF with Malaria tanks and fittings 22/06/50. Rec   90 Wing ex 38Sqn RAAF 12/07/50. Replaced A65-112. Accident 1120Hrs local, 20/12/50 when aircraft was on a re-supply mission to federated Malay Police station located at Kampong Aur Malaysia when aircraft suffered a port engine failure. Teh aircraft was forced landed wheels up in a clearing near the villiage.  Crew: Pilot; Sqn Ldr A H Birch, Co-Pilot Grp Capt Headlam, F/Lt R B Denniston Nav,and W/O F/L W G Smith with  Army Dispatchers: Cpl J Middleton T/22223634, Dvr W Wilkinson T/22307116, Dvr R Ennis T/21125666 and Dvr C Christie T/22320237 of Det 55 Coy, RASC  Air Despatch  Changi were not seriously injured. Damaged beyond repair. AMSE Approval to W/O per File#9/16/355 04/01/51. Scrapped 16/03/51.

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    A65-67 VMJRE
    VMJRA
    VMJRW
    C-47B-15-DK 26638 43-49377 C-47B-15-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49377 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (2nd of 4 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/01/45.DAT Rego VHCUX.Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 15/02/45. No available E/E-88 Card. Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex DAP 09/47. Rec 38Sqn RAAF 08/54. Late 1955, Air Navigation School East Sale. P65-003 PNG Defence Force 11/75. P2-003 Registered.  21/08/93 arr Cairns ex-NG
    Currently displayed at the Amaroo Tavern in Moree, NSW.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-67

    A65-68 VHCUY C-47B-20-DK 27130 43-49869 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49869 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (4th of 6 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/01/45.DAT Rego VHCUY.Rec 38Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 05/02/45. No available E/E-88 Card. Accident 1100hrs 06/03/46 when aircraft performed forced landing due to engine falure at Roma . Pilot F/O K Watts and crew with 26 passengers not injured. Rec 3AD ex 38Sqn RAAF 04/04/46. Rec DAP for repairs ex 3AD. 86Wing. 90Wing based at  Iwakuni 10/51. Was in Service ARDU. Base Flight Darwin 1973.Then as P65-004 to PNG Defence Force. Reserialed P2-004. 23/09/93 arr Cairns from NG as VH-ATO Sold to P.Starr (Newcastle) in 1994. 19/05/94 VH-DNA Peter Starr t/a Dakota National Air Bankstown NSW.Withdrawn from use and moved by road to Larras Lee, NSW December 2009.

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    A65-69
    ZD215
    VHCUZ C-47B-20-DK 27127 43-49866 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49866 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (1st of 6 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 19/02/45.DAT Rego VHCUZ. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 23/02/45. Coded OM-Z. Issued 38Sqn RAAF ex 37Sqn RAAF 20/12/45. Rec DAP ex 38Sqn RAAF 10/04/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/09/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 31/10/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 08/09/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 08/02/51. Rec Base Flight Darwin ex 86 Wing 22/02/51. Rec DAP ex base Flight Darwin 13/09/54.  Rec 1AD ex DAP 21/02/55. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 07/04/55. Used as WRE 's Courier Service Edinburgh 29/09/55 within ATU. Rec 86 Wing ex Base Sqn Edinburgh 17/01/56.  Rec ADRU ex 86Wing 13/01/58. Fire damage 16/01/59 at ARDU due to nacel fire. Repaired. Rec Base Flight  Darwin ex ARDU 16/08/61. Rec ARW Parafield ex Base Flight Darwin 02/09/64. Rec base Flight Darwin ex ARW 07/10/65. Rec 2 Sqn RAAF Butterworth ex Base Flight Darwin 26/11/65. Served with Butterworth Station flight from 23/02/67 to 03/06/80. Departed for West Germany 06/06/80 under the command of Flt Lt Garry Dunbar RAAF and arrived in West Germany 11 days later. Placed on  RAF registry as ZD215 for delivery on 18/06/80 to Berlin Gatow for preservation as due to treaty details that only British, US and French serialed aircraft were allowed safe passage through the Berlin air corridors up to 1989. Flown there by Sqn Ldr Al Culloway RAF and AV Marshall David Evans who was a veteran of the Berlin Airlift.
    Currently on display at the Berlin Airlift Museum, RAF Gatow Germany.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-69

    A65-70 VHCIM C-47B-20-DK 27129 43-49868 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49868 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (2nd of 6 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 19/02/45.DAT Rego VHCIM.  Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 23/02/45. Coded OM-M. Accident 03/06/45 when collided on tarmac in turning with C-47 KK149 VM-YAL of  243Sqn RAF. Rec 4AD ex 37Sqn RAAF 08/06/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 09/06/45. Rec 2AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF 24/09/46. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF 86 Wing ex 2AD 26/09/46. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 20/03/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 07/08/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 18/08/47. Accident 25/01/49 when aircraft forced landed at Burke NSW. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 10/11/49. REc 86 Wing ex DAP 04/05/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF  90 Wing ex 86 Wing 07/07/50. Engine incidence at Kota Bahru Malaya 29/08/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 01/04/51.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 08/05/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 17/09/51. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 24/08/51. Accident 14/12/51 when undercarriage collapsed at Iwakuni Air Base. Repaired. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 26/08/52. Issued DAP ex 86 Wing 10/09/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 19/02/53. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 13/05/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 07/07/55. Damage to aircraft by Hale Strikes S/E of Holbrook 16/01/56. Rec DAP ex 86Wing 07/06/56. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 29/03/57. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 07/09/59. Rec 10 Sqn MR RAAF ex DAP 05/08/60. Rec ARW ex 10 Sqn MR RAAF 17/05/63. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 08/10/63. Rec 2 Sqn RAF Malaysia ex 86 Wng 15/05/64. Rec ARW ex 2 Sqn RAAF 26/11/65. Rec 2ATU ex ARW 31/07/66. Rec ARW ex 2ATU 04/10/67. To Dept of Supply for disposal 05/12/67. Sold as  N16892 Stanair Corp Registered 06/08/68. PK-JDC Sempati Air Transport Registered 18/07/69 Not taken up. PK-JDE Registered 01/08/69. N16892 Colgair Inc Delivered 04/08/69. PK-JDE Safari Air 05/09/69. PK-EHC Trans Nusantara Airways Registered 06/07/70. Crashed 22/01/73 Pontianak, Borneo.
    A65-71 VHCIN C-47B-20-DK 27131 43-49870 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49870 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (4th of 6 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 19/02/45. DAT callsign VH-CIN. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 28/02/45. Coded OM-N. Carried PM Curtins body from Canberra to Perth for Funeral in 1945. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 06/08/46. Rec 1AD ex DAP 19/01/47. Rec 86 Wing, serving in 38 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 19/01/47.  Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 06/06/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 03/07/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 22/01/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 06/05/48. Accident Charleville 26/01/49. Captain F/Lt Telesimes Serv#420285. NFDs. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 08/09/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 04/08/50. Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 02/02/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 04/11/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 28/11/51. Rec 90 Wing ex DAP vis 86 Wing 20/05/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 05/12/52. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 17/08/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 29/08/53. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 26/03/54. Rec East Sale ex 2AD 10/06/55. Rec 86 Wing ex East Sale 27/03/56. Accident 15/05/56 when aircraft struck ship mast (30.10 S/150.41E)SS HEXAM BANK in the vicinity of Newcastle, causing damage to fuselage and airscrew. Held by 2AD before going to DAP ex 86Wing 28/08/56. Rec DAP 21/01/57. Rec 1AD ex DAP 03/08/57. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 05/08/57. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 02/02/62. Rec 86Wing ex 2AD 14/02/62. Rec ARW ex 86 Wing 04/09/62. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 29/03/63. Rec 2 Sqn RAAF Malaysia ex 86 Wing 01/07/63. Rec ARW ex 2 Sqn RAAF 12/09/65. Rec 2AD ex ARW 21/01/67.  Rec 10 MR Sqn ex 2AD 28/06/67.  Rec Butterworth Support  Transport Flt ex 10 MR Sqn RAAF 05/03/68. Ret Fairbain AFB ex Butterworth Transport Support Flight 26/06/80.Withdrawn from operation use 10/81. Transferred to Australian War Memorial. Flown by RAAF on behalf of the Australian War Memorial.
    Retired 08/97 and currently stored at Treloar Centre.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-71

    A65-72#1 Not allotted Not allotted C-47B-20-DK 27132 43-49871 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49869 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (6th of 6 C-47B Aircraft February 45 Batch). Lost on route to Honolulu 18/01/45: USAAF Ferry command Crew ditched in Pacific between Cont. USA and Hawaii. Lt Jack H Shuler and crew of three from Air Transport Command (Ferry Flight of RAAF C-47B ex Hamilton to Rogers Fld HI). Original RAAF Contract marked as C-47B lost per report Acquisition of Aircraft for RAAF. 1945.P319.  "Aircraft Delivery against allocation as at 31st January 1945". Production Block of 13 Aircraft: 43-49860 to 43-49872 13 Aircraft (c/n15676- 15688): 43-49860 to RAF as Dakota IV KN250,  43-49861 to RAF as Dakota IV KN251, 43-49862(Del to 9CCS) /49863/49864 to USAAF, 43-49865 to USAF, later USAF EC-47P, 43-49866 to 49871 to RAAF( Last lost on Delivery) and 43-49872 to RCAF as Dakota IV #963.
    A65-72 VHCIO C-47B-25-DK 32668 44-76336 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032.  Ex 44-76336 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (2nd of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 27/02/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 03/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIO. Coded OM-O.  Rec 4AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF 29/06/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 4AD 07/07/45. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 13/05/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/06/47 in natural metal and post war markings. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 20/08/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 19/12/47. Rec ARDU ex 1AD 12/02/48. Incident in flight when engine caught fire in flight between Pt Cook and Laverton 1430hrs 21/09/48. Incident 26/01/49 when starboard engine failed in flight 40 miles s/e of Charleville Qld.  Rec DAP ex ARDU 29/05/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 20/10/53. Rec 1 Sqn RAAF vis 86 Wing ex 1AD 26/10/53. Following a October 1953 request (AI-44/53) by RAF C in C FEAF Command Singapore for a 6 month loan of a C-47 fitted for Airborne Speech Broadcasting  role. Aust Gov agreed to loan to RAF Changi up to March 1954 and then with an extension ( due to loss of their RAF Valetta Aircraft n 23/02/54) to 03/06/54. Iss 86 Wing ex RAF Changi 12/07/54. Rec 86 Wing ex RAF FEAF 15/07/54. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 18/10/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 01/06/56. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 14/06/56. Incident Storm damage Canberra 10/01/58. Approval to dispose by sale 24/03/58. Listed for disposal 18/09/58. Dispatched by air to Astra Airways Mascot 12/02/59.   VH-AGU Adastra Airways Pty Ltd Purchased 12/02/59. Registered 12/12/59. Western Aerial Surveys Registered 23/12/61. Sepal Pty Ltd Registered 26/10/64. Adastra Aerial Surveys. East West Airlines Ltd 12/11/74. Great Pacific Aeroplanes Co 09/79. Aerodyn Pty Ltd Registered 16/11/79. Withdrawn Essendon 1980. Air Charter Center 1981. Golden West Airways Delivered 04/06/83. 
    Currently registered VH-AGU to Jeff Trappett at Latrobe Valley VIC. and flies painted as USAF AC-47 Spooky gunship

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-72

    A65-73 VHCIP C-47B-25-DK 32671 44-76339 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. (Fitted with Wasp R1830-90Cs)  Ex 44-76339 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (4th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 27/02/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 03/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIP. Coded OM-P. Became part of 86 Wing. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 14/03/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 25/08/47 in natural metal and postwar markings. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 05/09/47. Rec CFS ex 86 Wing 18/02/48. Rec DAP ex CFS 20/01/49. Rec CFS ex DAP 15/07/49. Accident at East Sale on 23/2/1950. NFDs. Rec DAP ex CFS 21/07/50. Rec 1AD ex DAP 04/10/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 12/10/51. Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 05/11/51. To 86 Wing and damaged in ferry by hale storm ex 90Wing 10/11/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 06/12/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 17/03/53. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 03/06/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 17/08/53. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 17/09/53. Incident Seoul Korea, 17/03/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 16/09/54. Rec DAP ex 86Wing 17/09/54.  Rec 1AD ex DAP 24/02/55. Rec 25 Sqn CAF ex 1AD 30/04/55. Rec 2AD ex 25 Sqn CAF 31/10/55. issued 25 Sqn CAF ex 2AD 04/11/55. Rec 1AD ex 25 Sqn CAF  14/06/57. Rec 25 Sqn CAF ex 1AD 13/08/57, following oil leaks via Broken hill 09/08/57.  Rec DAP ex 25 Sqn CAF 07/05/58. Rec 3AD ex DAP 21/11/58. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 16/05/59. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 21/09/59. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 30/10/59. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 08/08/60. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 19/08/60. Rec Base Sqn Darwin ex 86 Wing 05/09/60. Rec ARW Parafield ex Base Sqn Darwin 16/08/61. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 23/02/62. Rec 2 Sqn RAAF Butterworth ex 86 Wing  25/05/62. Rec ARW parafield ex 2 Sqn RAAF 16/04/65. Rec ARDU ex ARW 08/08/66. Rec HDH Bankstown ex ARDU 20/06/67 per TACAN calibration installation. Rec 10 MR Sqn ex HDH Bankstown 07/08/69. Accident 05/09/71 when damaged beyond repair on landing as Cat 4 05/09/71 Garbutt Townsville. Disposed and SOC ex Garbutt RAAF base at location 10/10/73.
    Currently on Static Display with Beck Collection, Mareeba QLD

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-73

    A65-74 VHCIQ C-47B-25-DK 32680 44-76348 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. (Fitted with Wasp R1830-90Cs)  Ex 44-76348 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 ( 10th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 27/02/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 03/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIQ. Coded OM-Q.  Rec DAP Fisherman's Bend for camoflage removal ex 37 Sqn RAAF 20/02/47. Rec DAP Parafield ex DAP Fisherman Bends 24/07/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 11/12/47. Rec CFS ex 86 Wing 10/02/48. Rec DAP ex CFS 27/10/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 21/04/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF,90 Wing  ex 86 Wing 01/07/50. Issued 91 Wing ( Iwakuni ,Japan)ex 38 Sqn RAAF, arriving 30/11/50 (Sqn Strength 8 x C-47s and 2 x Auster Mk5s) captained by F/O Tafe. Note: 91 Composite Wing was making Flights into Pyongyang (Capital of North Korea) at this time. Accident whilst waiting to take off 08/12/50, when aircraft, captained by F/lt Daniels, was hit in the nose by USAAF 67th FB Sqn/ 18th FB Group F-51D, 45-11601 piloted by Lt Charles W.Morehouse, at Suwon (K-13), South Korea. nose canopy area demolished, but no injuries.  Broken up 02/02/51. SOC for conversion insitu 06/02/51.

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    A65-75 VHCIR C-47B-25-DK 32667 44-76335 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. (Fitted with Wasp R1830-90Cs) Ex 44-76335 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 ( 1st of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/03/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 03/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIR. Coded OM-R. Rec 2AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF 12/04/46. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF, 86 Wing ex 2AD 06/05/46.  Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 15/01/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 28/03/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 26/09/47. Fitted with Instruments treated with Radium Fluorescent compound. Rec 1CU ex DAP for one week trial 21/01/48. Accident 31/03/48 Laverton Vic. NFDs. Rec DAP 07/07/48 ex 86 Wing. Rec 1AD ex DAP 25/01/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 14/07/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 05/10/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/05/51. Rec  91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 21/06/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 18/06/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 11/07/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 09/01/53. Rec 91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing replacing A65-84 30/03/53. Engine incident in flight 22/12/53 Japan. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 21/01/54. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 18/07/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 16/08/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 22/07/54. Rec 91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 18/09/54. Rec DAP ex 91 Wing 29/02/56. Rec 1AD ex DAP 08/08/56. Made available to DOPS for visiting Edinburgh, Maralinga, Pearce and Woomera 11-21/09/56.  Crashed on take-off and caught fire at Daly Waters, NT. Eng#s 422 and 639. DCA was concerned that wreckage presented a obstacle for other approaching aircraft and requested it to be shifted 31/05/56. SOC per File#9/16/3676 19/11/56. Converted to components insitu 20/11/56.

    .Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-75

    A65-76 VHCIS C-47B-25-DK 32675 44-76343 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. (Fitted with Wasp R1830-90Cs) Ex 44-76343 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 ( 4th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/03/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 12/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIS. Coded OM-S. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 24/07/47. Rec  86 Wing ex DAP 14/08/47. Accident 21/08/47 when S/B undercarriage collapsed. Repaired. Rec CFS ex 86 Wing 15/09/47. Rec 1AD ex CFS 12/10/48. Rec DAP ex 1AD 10/11/48. Rec 1AD ex DAP 22/07/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 08/08/49. Rec  38 Sqn (Malaya) 90 Wing ex 86Wing 01/07/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 38 Sqn RAAF 05/10/50. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 20/10/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 14/03/51. Damaged by Hail Storm 10/11/52 at Richmond. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 08/02/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 30/06/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 05/07/54. Rec  91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 19/07/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 29/01/55. Incident when a/c performed single engine landing at Laverton Vic 30/05/55. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 28/09/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/03/56. Rec 86 Wing  ex 1AD 16/04/56. Rec 86 Wing I/R  ex I/E 24/03/58. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing I/R 22/08/58. Dept of Air Approval to dispose 13/08/58 per list 217/58.  Delivered to Aeroquipment of Australia 01/04/60 as VH-CDA. Israeli AF 23/05/60 as 4X-AOA.To Portuguese Air Force as FAP6155 25/05/1961 then to GUINÉ BISSAU 1974 Bissau Air Wing as CR-GBP. NFDs
    A65-77 VHCIT C-47B-25-DK 32679 44-76347 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. Ex 44-76347 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 ( 9th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/03/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 12/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIT. Coded OM-T. Accident 1346hrs 27/06/45 after turning onto runway No 22 Kingsford Smith Aerodrome (Mascot) commenced take-off and reached 40 mph when a cross wind gust( stated 57mph) lifted the starboard wing up, causing the aircraft to swing to port. The a/c Captain, F/O L F G Bugg , straightened the aircraft and tried to take-off at 100mph which was insufficient to remain airborne. Another gust of wind hit the aircraft causing the aircraft to again swing to port. The pilot at this stage closed the engine throttles, touched down and attempted to stop the aircraft with the brakes. The slippery nature of the aerodrome surface prevented the tyres to grip, with  the aircraft  overshooting the end of the runway into an embankment at a ground speed of 20 mph, causing the undercarriage to collapse.   Aircraft Crew:  Pilot F/O L F G Bugg Serv#409661, F/O P A Mc Person and WOAG F/O C M McInnes Serv#409221 not injured. Rec Clyde Engineering ex 37 Sqn RAAF 19/07/45. Rec 2CRD ex Clyde 21/09/45. AMSE Approval to w/o per File#09/16/3008 03/12/45. A65-77 TTHrs 624.05Hrs
    A65-78 VHCIU,
    VMHJU
    VMHJQ
    C-47B-25-DK 32677 44-76345 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. Ex 44-76345 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (8th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/03/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 08/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIU. Coded PK-P.  E/E-88 Card Missing.NFDs.  In 1946, the aircraft was used to deploy No 81 Wing to Japan. Accident 09/09/48 at Finchafen PNG. Rec DAP ex 38Sqn RAAF. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF, 86 Wing ex DAP 1949. This aircraft was the first Allied aircraft to fly into Hiroshima after the atomic bombing, transporting journalists into the devastated area and bringing out the wounded. The aircraft flew mercy missions as well as VIP flights and supported the movement of squadrons on deployment throughout Australia from July 1949, before being given to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) at East Sale. With ARDU logged  14,000 from then until 1997. Involved in new AP-3C Maritime Camouflage Scheme of a multi grey spectrum layer coat system. The aircraft's last flight from ARDU at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook on 19/11/99 bring its total airframe hours to 16454.1 TThrs 
    Currently at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook VIC.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-78

    A65-79 VHCIV C-47B-25-DK 32669 44-76337 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. (Fitted with Wasp R1830-90Cs) Ex 44-76345 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 ( 3rd of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/03/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 08/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIV. Coded PK-R.  Accident 08/02/46 when aircraft had wing scrap on landing at Darwin, NT. Rec 2AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 31/10/46.  Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 18/12/46. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing for removal of camoflage and overhaul 09/01/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 06/11/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 10/09/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 28/03/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/01/56. REc 86 Wing ex DAP 10/06/57. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 04/08/58. Approval given to dispose 22/05/59. Sold 08/02/60.  Delivered to Aeroquipment of Australia 08/03/60 as VH-CDB Purchased and Reserialled as 44-76337 with Cambodian AF12/05/60. To Israel DF/AF 1963 4X-FX? NFDs

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-79

    A65-80 VHCIW,
    VMJRP
    C-47B-25-DK 32672 44-76340 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. Ex 44-76340 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (5th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 08/03/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 13/03/45. DAT Callsign VHCIW. Rec 2AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 30/01/46. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 11/02/46. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 17/10/46. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 28/11/46. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 03/06/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 02/12/47. Rec CFS ex 86 Wing 18/02/48. Rec DAP ex East Sale 07/07/50. Rec 1AD ex DAP 15/03/51. Rec East Sale ex 1AD 15/04/51.Rec 86 Wing ex East Sale 20/11/52. Rec East Sale ex 86 Wing 15/01/53. Rec 2AD ex East Sale 15/10/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 21/05/54 replacing A65-119. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 31/05/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 20/01/55.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/03/55 for Navigation Equipment installation. Rec 1AD ex DAP 31/08/55. Rec East Sale ex 1AD 05/10/55. Accident 04/02/57 when aircraft performed a assymetric landing at East Sale due to Starboard engine failure. Rec DAP ex East Sale 10/10/58. Rec East Sale ex DAP 10/04/59. Rec ARW Parafield ex East Sale 22/09/61. Rec East Sale ex ARW 17/06/65. Held East Sale Class B Storage. Placed on disposal list 19/11/69. Registered  VH-AIQ under  Department of Foreign Affairs (Australian Aid) and issued to Cambodian AF 05/11/71.
    KAF Service history: the modification of VHF &UHF radio was completed on 5/03/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 03/73, in: UTD/CIA/ B39F1); the right wing tip was damaged in a taxis accident with O-1D 57-2934 in 01/74; repaired (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 01/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8); in 05/74, the left hand wing tip was replaced (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 05/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8); had a right hand engine failure during flight in 06/74 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for June 74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8).Fate: did not escape to Thailand, when Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge forces of Pol Pot in 1975. Source:www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/kc47.pdf

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-80

    A65-81 VHCIX C-47B-25-DK 32673 44-76341 C-47B-25-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-2032. Ex 44-76341 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (6th of 10 C-47B Feb Aircraft Batch). Rec 3AD ex USA 11/03/45.DAT Callsign VHCIX. Issued 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 26/03/45. Rec Station Flight Pearce ex 35 Sqn RAAF 29/04/46. Rec SF Pearce Storage ex SHQ Flight 05/08/46. Alloted DAP ex SHQ Storage Pearce 08/09/46. Alloted 386 Base Sqn ex Parafield 08/11/46. Incident in flight, when starboard engine failed in flight at 0808hrs 13/11/46 with forced landing Kalgoorlie WA. Crew; Capt F/Lt F P O'leary Serv#406578, 3 crew and 14 passengers not injured. Whilst there under repairs, severe storm further damaged aircraft 26/11/46. Issued to DAP ex SHQ Pearce 12/05/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 25/08/47.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 16/02/48. Rec 86 Wing Cat B ex DAP 17/05/48. Rec Garbutt Det 86 Wing ex 86 Wing Cat B Storage 03/06/48. Rec 86 Wing ex Det Garbutt 86Wing 26/05/48. Rec ARDU ex 86 Wing 04/08/50. Rec 86 Wing ex ARDU 25/01/51. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 19/01/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 02/02/54. Rec Parafield ex 86 Wing 07/06/55. Rec 1AD ex Parafield 23/03/56. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 27/04/56. Rec East Sale ex 86 Wing 01/08/58. Rec DAP ex East Sale 28/08/58. Rec 2AD ex DAP 17/04/59 for preparation for duties in Antarctica. Received Orange dayglo Tail and RATO Fittings. Transferred to Dept of External Affairs (Antartic Division;ANARE) and sent to de Havilland ex RAAF 25/05/59. Rec Point Cook ex de Havilland 10/11/59. Rec  ANARE ex Point Cook 17/11/59. Damaged beyond repair in a 116mph blizzard at Mawson in the Antarctic 14/12/60. Damaged beyond repair following survey 16/05/61.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-81

    A65-82 VHCIY C-47B-20-DK 27128 43-49867 C-47B-20-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 43-49867 ordered under Case 573 Indent 2415 Div# 1299 Req#43338 (1st of 6 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delayed delivery from USA to Australia March 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 13/03/45.DAT Rego VHCIY. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 20/03/45. Rec 35 Sqn ex 37 Sqn RAAF. Rec SHQ Flight Pearce ex 35Sqn RAAF 29/04/46. Rec SHQ Flight Pearce Storage ex SHWQ Flight Pearce 05/08/46. Rec 86 Wing ex SHQ Flight Pearce Storage 19/05/47.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 15/11/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 31/03/48. Rec 86 Wing Cat B Storage ex 86 Wing 14/07/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing Storage Cat B 05/08/49. Modified as DDT Sprayer 05/10/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 03/03/50. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 28/11/52.  Rec 1AD ex DAP 05/06/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 06/08/53. Readied for Grasshopper control at Griffiths NSW. Damaged during taxying when it hit a refuelling tanker at Griffith NSW 02/12/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 17/12/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 17/08/55. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 31/08/55. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 25/10/57. Rec 82 Bomber Wing ex DAP 17/05/58. Tfr within 82 B Wing to 2 Sqn RAAF 17/06/58. Rec ARW Parafield ex 2Sqn RAAF 03/03/61. Rec 1AFTS ex ARW Parafield 29/09/61. Rec ARW Parafield ex 1AFTS 16/07/64. Rec 1AFTS ex ARW Parafield 05/05/65. Rec Laverton ex 1AFTS 10/02/70. Placed on Disposal list #77/70 16/02/70. Rec ARDU ex Laverton for test flights and delivery to HDH Bankstown 30/01/73. Rec HDH Bankstown ex ARDU for conversion to Navigator Trainers (with A65-121) for delivery to TNI-AU( Indonesia). Departed to Indonesia 30/08/70. Rec by 14 Sqn TNI-AU AURI as P504 free of charge per Dept of Air Authority QR99502 on 02/09/70.
    A65-83 VHCIZ C-47B-30-DK 32875 44-76543 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76543 ordered under  Indent 2415 (1st of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delayed delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 04/04/45.DAT Rego VHCIZ. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 15/04/45. Rec 13ARD ex 35Sqn RAAF 31/05/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 05/07/45. Missing when after taking off from Ambon NEI on a flight to Darwin 1150hrs 19/12/45. Crew; F/O F Robinson Serv#429742 (Capt), F/Lt N J Hazle Serv#401818 (Co Pilot), F/O G R Connell Serv#427802 (WO (Air)) and Sgt F Bodley Serv#440688 (Nav) with 21 passengers missing presumed dead. Passengers: Sgt W Mullins Serv#60915, LAC L H Wilson Serv#139475 (RAAF Medical Orderly) , Pvt F R Carter NX192467, Pvt B Pearchall NX170651, CFN H Arnoldl NX118494, Pvt K Kripper WX203070, CFN W K Arcus NX96202, Pvt R Albertson SX25921, Sig J E Pollard SX25076, Spr S E Evans SX38810, Pvt R Giochan QX59229, Capt T Walgett WX6204, Cpl L R Lishmind SX35381, Pvt R Bowles SX25926, Pvt F McCarthy WX22722, Pvt R Burg WX40262,Capt F R Barnett WX28702, Gnr H Robins WX37504, Spr J Wilson WX21415, Cpl R Green WX41628 and Able Seaman N A Gibson FV342.    Pic Held.
    A65-84 VHRFA,
    VMHJM
    C-47B-30-DK 32877 44-76545 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76545 ordered under  Indent 2415 (3rd of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delayed delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 18/04/45.DAT Rego VHRFA. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 19/04/45. Original E/E-88Card missing. Rec East Sale ex 35Sqn RAAF 12/04/46.  Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex RAAF East Sale 01/05/46. Rec 86 Transport Wing, Flown by 37 Sqn crew to Richmond ex Parafield 21/12/49. 491 Maintenance Sqn, 2 ATU. ARDU. and at Transport Flight Butterworth in 1973. P65-002 PNG AF Delivered 08/08/75. then P2-002. Retained for display in PNG. 09/2002 noted derelict and engineless at Jackson's Field. 2002 moved across the road to the Port Moresby Airways Hotel where it was mounted on poles. It opened in 2004 as the "Balus Bar" Initially displayed in Air Niugini scheme it is now in a plain scheme with Airways Hotel titles
    A65-85 VHRFB,
    VMNSW
    C-47B-30-DK 32878 44-76546 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76546 ordered under  Indent 2415 (4th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 04/04/45.DAT Rego VHRFB. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 16/04/45 Overall natural metal scheme with Black  BK Sqn Codes. Rec East Sale ex 35Sqn RAAF 12/04/46.  Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex RAAF East Sale 01/05/46.  Rec DAP Parafield ex 37 Sqn RAAF. 21/05/47 Authorisation to have  aircraft converted into VIP Configuration for the Governer General of Australia, Mr McKell. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 19/06/47. Rec 1 Comms Unit, GG Flt, SHQ Flight Canberra ex 1AD 23/10/47. Rec 3AD ex GG Flt 29/03/49. Rec R/S Canberra ex 3AD 08/07/49.  Rec DAP Parafield ex Canberra 29/08/50.  Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 14/12/50. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 15/07/59. Held 34 Sqn RAAF 1965.  Rec East Sale ex 34 Sqn RAAF 08/08/67. Rec ARW Parafield ex East Sale 23/10/67 for disposal. Sold to Stanair Corp (US broker Stan Booker )and registered N16130 06/08/68.It was then flown to Indonesia and sold to Sempati Air Transport where it became PK-JDB  08/69..  It was later re-registered PK-JDG  07/07/70. Zamrud leased between 1977-1981. NFDs. 1945 35Sqn and later 1947 VIP fitting out Pics held.
    A65-86 VHRFC C-47B-30-DK 32879 44-76547 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76547 ordered under  Indent 2415 (5th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 14/04/45.DAT Rego VHRFC. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 15/04/45. Rec Maintenance Wing East Sale ex 35Sqn RAAF 10/04/46. Rec Radio School East Sale ex MW East Sale 03/10/46. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex RS East Sale 08/08/47. Rec 86 Wing ex 36 Sqn RAAF 17/05/48. Rec 491 M Sqn ex 86 Wing 10/12/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 491M Sqn 28/08/51. Rec 491 M Sqn ex 86 Wing 01/05/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 491 M Sqn 13/01/53. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 12/06/53. Rec 491 M Sqn ex 1AD 27/07/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 491 M Sqn 27/07/54. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 16/12/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 25/01/55. Rec RAAF Transport Flight Japan ex 86 Wing 05/04/56. Rec 86 Wing ex Transport Flight Japan 16/07/56. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 26/03/58. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 16/04/58. Accident 0700 hrs 20/11/58 at Biak DNG during Operation "Sabre Ferry" when port main Undercarriage failed to retract. Gear lowered and aircraft flown for 1.45 hours around Mokmer to reduce landing weight. Normal landing followed without incident. Crew: F/Lt J Sherwood Serv#0215042, P/O B Lofthouse Serv#029781, F/Lt (N) O Clare Serv#035143 and F/Sgt(Sig) L Wright Serv#A24163 were not injured. Repairs made by Biak based KLM Airlines.  Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 29/04/60. Rec ARDU ex 2AD  02/05/61. Rec 2ATU ex ARDU 15/03/62. Rec Maintenance Sqn Edinburgh ex 2ATU 10/07/62. Rec 2ATU ex MS Edinburgh 30/08/62. Continued Service with 2ATU and maintenance by 491 M Sqn till rec 10 MR Sqn ex 2ATU 07/12/65. Rec Maintence Sqn East Sale 04/11/66. With CFS until 1975 in Silver overall with Flying Swan logo on rudder. Rec ARDU, NFDs per dates, and later used as WRELADS II trials aircraft from circa 1981.
    Currently VH-NVD with RAN Historic Flight, Nowra NSW.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-86

    A65-87 VHRFD C-47B-30-DK 32876 44-76544 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76544 ordered under  Indent 2415 (2nd of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/04/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFD 06/04/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 14/04/45. Accident 1824hrs 09/10/46 when aircraft performed a single engine landing at Laverton  due to failure of constant speed unit of Port Engine. Crew(A/C F/Lt G C McGilvray Ser#422638) and passengers (18) not injured.  Rec DAP ex 37Sqn RAAF 20/01/47. A/c fitted for DDT Spraying per Order#60.  Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex DAP 16/05/47. Rec  86 Wing ex DAP 19/05/47. Slightly damaged by halestones 20/11/52.  Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 14/07/53. DDT Spraying Mods removed by 2AD 06/11/53. REc 86 Wing ex DAP 1954. Accident 07/01/58 when aircraft struck by hail 5 miles SE of Aubury during flight. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 14/03/58. Rec  East Sale ex DAP 13/08/58. Rec  2 ATU ex East Sale 09/09/58. Rec 1AD ex 2ATU 29/10/58.  Rec 1AD ex East Sale 10/04/59. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 07/10/59. Approval for conversion 06/11/59.  Approved to transfer to Australian army (RAASC) the fuselage for training at Puckapunyal Camp 13/04/61 per Order 73/1/5814(9A). Action completed 10/04/62. Scrapped c1974

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-87

    A65-88 VHRFE,
    VMJRJ
    C-47B-30-DK 32880 44-76548 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76548 ordered under  Indent 2415 (6th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia 04/45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/04/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFE 06/04/45. Rec 13ARDRP ex 3AD 16/04/45.Rec 35 sqn RAAF ex 13ARDRP and coded BK-J 18/04/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 18/04/46. Rec 3AD ex 36 Sqn RAAF 04/10/46. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 02/05/47. Allotted to Parafield ex 86 Wing for insignia painting 17/06/47.  Damaged 24/06/47 due to high winds on tarmac.  Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 04/09/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 20/11/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 20/08/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 18/03/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 23/05/50.Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 23/11/50. Rec  91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 02/12/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 13/09/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing to be fitted out as Navigational Trainer per Order#82 24/01/52, 10/06/52. Held East Sale 19/09/52. Rec DAP ex East Sale 08/02/55.  Rec 1AD ex DAP 24/05/55.  Rec East Sale ex 1AD 14/07/55. Rec DAP ex East Sale 18/08/58. Rec East Sale ex DAP 10/10/58. Rec ARW Parafield ex East Sale 06/06/61. Rec ARW Parafield ex East Sale 19/08/64. Rec East Sale ex ARW Parafield 30/06/65. Held East Sale 04/11/68. Storage ARDU Laverton 19/08/69 through 1969/70. Placed on dispersal list 19/11/69. VH-AIX Department of Foreign Affairs Registered 29/11/71. Cambodian AF Delivered 30/11/71
    KAF Service history: always called “44-67548” in official Air America papers; at Pochentong for engine modification in 08/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 08/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); work completed in 09/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 09/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); further modifications planned for 10/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 09/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); released for operations in 10/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 10/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); receive battle damage on the right hand wing in 12/73; repaired in 12/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 12/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1). Fate: crashed outstation in Cambodia (ground looped during landing at Kg. Chanang) on 18/01/74; written off, but the engines, propellers, and other components were removed and returned to Pochentong (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly reports for 01/74 and 02/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8).Source:www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/kc47.pdf  Pic held BK-J

    Dakota A65-88

    A65-89 VHRFF C-47B-30-DK 32881 44-76549 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76549 ordered under  Indent 2415 (7th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia 04/45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/04/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFF 06/04/45. Rec 13ARDRP ex 3AD 16/04/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARDRP and Coded BK-K 16/04/45.   Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 12/04/46. Accident 0830hrs  25/06/45 Noha, Okinawa when aircraft experienced engine problems and made a emergency landing there. Crew; F/O J H Moor Serv#418451, W/O F C Kempton-Hall Serv#430968, W/O N W Hanson Serv#440071 and F/O H Jones Serv#414940 were not injured. Rec 386Sqn DAP Parafield ex 36 Sqn RAAF 10/12/46. Issued 86 Wing ex DAP 05/12/46. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/09/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 11/12/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 23/03/49.Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 04/10/49. Issued CFS ex 86 Wing 03/08/50.  Rec R/S Sale ex CFS 25/08/50. Rec DAP ex R/S Sale 19/10/51 to be fitted out as Navigational Trainer per Order#82 dated 24/01/52. Rec East Sale ex DAP 26/06/52. Rec Parafield ex East Sale 19/05/55. Nav Equip transferred to A65-30 14/09/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 16/11/55. Rec Base Sqn East Sale ex 1AD 02/12/55.  Accident, 0240Hrs 29/11/58, East Sale VIC when aircraft, after taking off, crashed when flown by an unauthorised pilot. LAC Harold Vincent Pocock Serv# A217555 Engine Mechanic, Maintenance Squadron East Sale, being the only occupant, died in the crash. He was buried at Woronora Cementery, Sydney 02/12/58.

    Dakota A65-89

    A65-90 VHRFG, VMNSK C-47B-30-DK 32883 44-76551 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76551 ordered under  Indent 2415 (8th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/04/45 with 59.2 flight hours logged. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFG 06/04/45. Rec 13ARDRP ex 3AD 15/04/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARDRP 17/04/45. Rec 13ARD ex 35 Sqn RAAF 06/08/45 due to battery acid spill in forward airframe. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 20/09/45.  Rec 13ARD ex 35 Sqn RAAF  05/11/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 20/12/45. Rec 1AD ex 35 Sqn RAAF for VIP conversion 12/04/46. Rec 1 Comms Unit ex 1AD 21/10/46. Rec 3AD ex 1CU 14/04/47. Rec 1CU ex 3AD 19/06/47. Damaged 0500hrs 25/02/48 when ailerons damaged on tarmac during gale. Rec 86 Wing ex 1CU 04/08/48. Rec 3AD ex  86 Wing 06/07/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 18/08/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 19/12/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 28/06/51 to replace A65-123. Damaged by Hailstones 10/11/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 13/06/53. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 07/12/53. Incident, 06/04/55, when  in circuit aircraft made single engine landing due to starboard airscrew failure. Incident 25/01/56 when aircraft S/B elevator was struck by lightning during flight near Alexandra. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 17/05/56. Held in reserve for HRH Duke of Gloucester visit August 1956. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 02/10/56. Rec 86 Wing I/R ex 2AD 12/12/56. Rec 86 Wing U/E ex 86 Wing I/R to replace A65-85 for 34 Sqn RAAF I/R. Rec DAP ex 34 Sqn RAAF (86 Wing) 13/04/59. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW Parafield 23/06/59. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 15/03/60. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 19/05/60. Rec ARW Parafield ex 34 Sqn RAAF 19/12/60. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex ARW Parafield 02/03/62. Held 34 Sqn RAAF ex Parafield 12/11/62 as U/E to replace A65-108. Rec ARW Parafield ex 34 Sqn RAAF 25/06/63. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex ARW Parafield 09/12/63. Rec ARW Parafield ex 34 Sqn RAAF 22/09/64. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex ARW Parafield 25/09/64. Held 34 Sqn RAAF Class 3 12/11/66. Rec East Sale ex 34 Sqn RAAF 08/08/67. To Dept of Navy 14/02/68 ex East Sale. Reserialed N2-90 23/02/68 and handed over to the RANFAA with TTHrs 6071.5 flight hours. Flew with 851 Sqn and was withdrawn from use in April 1974 whereupon it went to Apprentice Training Establishment, Schofields NSW. After RANFAA Service, in 1985 it was given to the RAN Fleet Air Arm Historic Flight Nowra NSW  Had been active and flying as VH-NVZ. 
    Dismantled to spare parts at Nowra early 2014

    Highlight for Album: Dakota N2-90

    A65-91 VHRFH,
    VMHRP
    VMJFB
    VMJRH
    C-47B-30-DK 32884 44-76552 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76552 ordered under  Indent 2415 (9th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/04/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFF 06/04/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD and coded PK-Q 10/04/45. Rec 2AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 31/04/46. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 07/05/46. Rec 1AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 15/11/46. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 11/03/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/10/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 04/06/48. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 08/07/48. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 15/07/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 18/08/49. Accident, when with Base Flight Pearce, 03/03/50, on ground at Kalgoorlie WA when engine backfire caused fire damage to manifold.Repaired.Issued Darwin Detachment ex 86 Wing 20/07/50.  Rec DAP ex Darwin 23/02/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 25/06/51. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 23/07/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 15/07/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 30/07/52. Issued 86 Wing ex DAP via 1AD 18/12/52. Incident, 03/09/53 when aircraft collided with ground vehicle at Richmond Base. NFDs.  Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 11/09/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 04/01/54. Issued DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 29/04/55. Rec 1AD ex Parafield 27/09/55. Rec  86 Wing ex 1AD 09/11/55.  Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 14/01/57. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 07/07/58. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 18/08/59. Rec 2 Sqn RAAF Butterworth ex 34 Sqn RAAF 09/10/59. Rec 86 Wing ex 2 Sqn RAAF 02/02/60. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 15/05/60. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 06/12/60. rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 06/02/63. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW Parafield  13/06/63. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 27/05/65. East Sale ex ARW 17/08/65. Rec ARW ex East Sale 16/05/67.  Rec 2ATU ex ARW 12/10/67. Rec 2FTS ex 2ATU 21/04/69 and used Callsign VHJFH. Rec Transport Flight Butterworth ex 2FTS 03/04/74. Rec 2FTS ex TSFBUT 13/01/75. Rec ARDU ex 2FTS 09/06/75. Rec HDH Bankstown ex ARDU 11/07/75. Rec ESL ex HDH 24/11/75. Rec Pearce ex ESL 06/09/76. Rec 2FTS exPearce 01/10/76. Rec Pearce ex 2FTS 18/10/76. Rec ESL ex Pearce 03/12/76. Rec 2FTS ex ESL 24/03/77. Rec ESL ex 2FTS 01/06/77. Rec 2FTS 10/09/77. Rec ESL and 2FTS for split useage 18/06/79. Rec Laverton 09/06/80. Held and used by Radio School to install Elec5 Communications in. Service and maintenance of engine made by 21 Sqn CAF 31/03/81.  Sold Golden West Airways Queensland 15/01/86. Sold to Rebel Air, Koomeela 01/12/87. Sold to Colbinra Transport, Maitland, NSW 28/08/88. Registered as VH-TMQ. Removal order attached to aircraft by Melbourne (Essendon) Airport authorities due to its deteriorating condition. Sold to John G. Love t/a Splitters Creek Airlines 02/06/95, Sold to Windjammer Promotions, Melbourne, Victoria t/a Air Nostalgia 01/07/96.  Aircraft completely restored with upgraded seating for 28 passengers, taking 4 years.Test flown at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport (B. Lane & D. Beck) 31/03/00. Operated charter and evening flights from Melbourne (Essendon) Airport. Offered for sale by National Auctioneers and Valuers, Tullamarine 14/05/09. Sold to Alistair Lamb for $AUD 180,000. Registered to Australasian Jet, Essendon Airport, Melbourne 28/05/09. Gooney Bird Pty Ltd, Essendon registered operator.
    Currently flying as VH-TMQ with Australasian Jet Pty Ltd, Essendon, Vic. operating as Air Nostalgia

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-91

    A65-92 VHRFI C-47B-30-DK 32887 44-76555 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76555 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 10th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia April 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 09/04/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFI 06/04/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 10/04/45. Coded PK-R. Rec 1AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 25/10/46. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 27/12/46. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 28/05/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP Parafield 09/09/47.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 05/08/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP Parafield 07/12/48. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 30/06/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP Parafield 23/10/50.Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 08/12/50.Accident Pusan Airfield when starboard wheel hit ridge on landing, causing starboard undercarriage to fail. Repaired, in service 91 Wing 03/05/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 31/05/51. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 02/10/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 12/01/52. Rec 30th TU Iwakuni Japan 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 26/08/52. Incident, Starboard engine failed 21/12/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 08/05/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 29/05/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 18/11/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 10/12/53. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 18/01/54. Issued 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 04/11/54. Held at Parafield after ferry 12/11/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 24/06/55. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 08/08/56. Rec Darwin Base Flight ex 86 Wing 06/03/58. Rec DAP ex Darwin 26/05/58. Rec 1AD ex Parafield 16/12/58. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 10/03/59. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 12/08/59. Rec 86 Wing ex 34Sqn RAAF 12/08/60. Accident 22/10/60 when aircraft crashed on landing at Wau PNG during a 38 Sqn RAAF navigation training flight. Crew; F/Lt F T Collins 022218 (Capt), F/O H G Molloy (co-pilot) 0313721, P/O R J Montgomery (Nav) 055855, F/O G F Scurr 0219732(Nav), F/O T G Meagher (Nav)035033, LAC W F North (A/Fit) A216401, LAC M A Hoban (Inst Fit) A27884 and Master Signaller R P Cragg 577975 (RAF) all survived with various injuries.  SOC 20/01/61 as irrecoverable. Pic Held of crash.
    A65-93 VHRFJ C-47B-30-DK 33093 44-76761 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76761 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 1st of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFJ 09/05/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 09/05/45.Coded OM-J. Accident 01/08/45 when port undercarriage retracted on tarmac.NFDs. Rec Ansett ex 37 Sqn RAAF 23/08/45. Rec 37Sqn RAAF ex Ansett 01/09/45. Rec DAP (Beaufort)Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne ex 37 Sqn RAAF 24/03/47.Rec 86 Wing x DAP 16/12/47. Rec ARDU Pt Cook ex 86 Wing 19/02/48. Rec DAP Parafield ex ARDU 01/09/50. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/05/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 26/07/51. Rec 91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 24/08/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 15/05/52. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 23/05/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP Parafield 12/09/52. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 14/10/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 13/08/53. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 01/09/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 02/04/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 08/04/54.Accident 0415hrs 22/08/55 under command of Sgt R Judson Serv#A51183, when at 7000 feet after taking off from Cloncurry, both engines lost power. A/c returned to Cloncurry without further incident 0510hrs. TThrs per airframe at this time was 5666.15 hrs. No Injuries. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 18/10/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 15/04/56. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 18/05/56. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 11/08/58. Approval to dispose ex RAAF 01/09/58, listed 18/09/58 in lieu of A65-105.Sold 08/02/60 to Aeroquipment of Australia. Registered VH-CDC 08/03/60. Aviation Sales Pty, NSW Registered 14/04/60. Registerd 4X-AOB for Israeli Aircraft Industrie Delivered 11/12/60. Intended use in Israeli AF. To Portguesa as FAP 6156 25/05/61, then to GUINÉ BISSAU in 1974 for Bissau Air Wing as CR-GBO. Wfu Bissau. NFDs

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-93

    A65-94 VHRFK, VMJMN C-47B-30-DK 33106 44-76774 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76774 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 7th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFK 09/05/45. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD. as at 03/50 with 36 Sqn RAAF, 10/53 with 38 Sqn RAAF,73 with Base Flight Richmond as VMJMN, 10/73 with Laverton, 80 with East Sale stored. 81 saved from cluster bomb trials.   82-90 ARDU Edinburgh VIP Green's Machine and 7/08/86 sold as scrap $6000.  
    Auctioned 01/06/00 - purchased by HARS and Registered VH-EAF.
    NB: No E/E-88 Card held at NAA

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-94

    A65-95 VHRFL,
    VMHJV
    C-47B-30-DK 33096 44-76764 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76764 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 2nd of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 02/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFL 09/05/45.From 08/51 with SAN East Sale, 70 with ARDU Laverton as VMHJV and 82 with ARDU Edinburgh, Auctioned 01/06/00.
    Now VH-EAE with HARS.
    NB: No E/E-88 Card held at NAA

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-95

    A65-96 VHRFM C-47B-30-DK 33097 44-76765 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76765 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 3rd of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFM 09/05/45. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD  17/05/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 23/05/45. Coded BK-M. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 12/04/46. Rec 2AD ex 36 Sqn RAAF 12/11/46. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 02/01/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 05/08/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 03/03/48. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 05/04/48. Damaged during 80mph storm 16/01/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/03/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP Parafield 12/09/50. Rec 77 Sqn RAAF Japan ex 86 Wing 09/10/50. Rec 91 Wing ex 77 Sqn RAAF 03/11/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 23/07/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 15/08/51. Rec R/S East Sale ex DAP 23/11/51. Rec 86 Wing ex R/S East Sale 26/08/52. Damaged by Storm 10/11/52. Rec to DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 06/05/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/10/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 12/11/54. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 27/07/57. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 26/11/57. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 15/07/59. Rec Base Sqn Darwin ex 2AD replacing A65-101 14/02/60. Rec 2AD ex B/S Darwin 05/09/60. Rec DAP ex 2AD 03/11/60. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 19/06/61. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 24/05/63. Rec B/S Darwin ex ARW 13/04/64. Rec 2AD ex B/S Darwin 28/07/67. Held Laverton ex Darwin 21/01/69.Placed on disposal list 14/05/69. Storage 05/69-01/71. Registered VH-AID for Department of Foreign Affairs (Australian Aid). To Cambodia,  as later KAF #765 05/11/77.
    KAF Service history: radio modifications planned for 10/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 09/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1); right engine repaired in 10/73 (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 10/73, in: UTD/CIA/B39F1). 
    Fate: ground looped on 31/01/74, while on take off from Siem-Reap airport; the aircraft sustained heavy damage and was dropped from the KAF inventory (Air America's Phnom Penh Station monthly report for 02/74, in: UTD/CIA/B38F8). Pic Held Source:www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/aircraft/kc47.pdf

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-96

    A65-97 VHRFN C-47B-30-DK 33099 44-76767 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76767 ordered under  Indent 2415 ( 4th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFN 09/05/45. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD  17/05/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 23/05/45. Coded BK-N. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 18/06/46. Coded RE-N. Accident 0800hrs 02/07/46 at Roma Qld when aircraft was forced landed due to port engine failure, en route to Archerfield Aerodrome. A/c Capt, F/o MN Wheaton Serv#437037 and sixteen passenger and crew not injured. The aircraft was returning from China. Issue to DAP ex 386 M Sqn 20/11/46. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF DAP 24/01/47. Damaged in High Winds 27/06/47. Rec D 10/02/50.ec 86 Wing ex DAP 27/01/48. Damaged on ground at Mangalore Aerodrome (fuselage/Elevators) 10/02/50.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/08/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 11/01/51. Rec 91 Wing (Japan) ex 86 Wing 21/02/51.Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 29/11/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 11/01/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 26/06/52. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 04/07/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 11/06/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 23/07/53. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/02/54. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 02/03/54. Accident on ground at Iwakuni, Japan when undercarriage was retracted on tarmac 21/06/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 18/12/54. Rec DAP Parafield ex 86 Wing 12/01/55.Rec 1AD ex DAP 16/08/55. Rec 2AD ex DAP 31/08/58. Rec Det B ARDU ex 2AD 10/04/58 for Rainmaking experiments for CSIRO. Rec 86 Wing ex Det B ARDU 26/01/61. Rec ARW ex 86 Wing 16/07/62.Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 10/12/62.Approval to transfer to CSIRO 18/09/64. To be registered VH-APA(ntu) CSIRO 29/12/64.To be registered VH-RPA(ntu) Registered  VH-RRA CSIRO Radio Physics University Grounds, Sydney on 29/10/65 per Cof R #5336.Under  Division of Cloud Physics 1971. Withdrawn 20/07/78 at Sydney with 10517.20 TTHrs. Rebel Air used it for spares. Aircraft Engineering Overhauls P/L Sydney Setair, stripped it for spares 09/79 after DCA Fire Service Mascot caused airport closure as high winds, using engine firewalls as sails, blew a/c all over the airport; Fire Service rammed  a/c with tender to disable. Burnt remains still on CAA RFF fire practice ground in 1995. Remains scrapped and removed in 1996.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-97

    A65-98 VHRFO,
    VHMJZ
    C-47B-30-DK 33102 44-76770 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76770 ordered under  Indent 2415 (5th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 06/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFN 09/05/45. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD  17/05/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 23/05/45. With 35Sqn aircraft damaged Mokmer Strip, Biak 24/09/45 when P-40 (NFDS to Serial)collided with it on take-off and damaged fuselage fin & rudder. Crew:P/O Murphy, W/O Fiveash and F/Lt Owens not injured. Damaged, 16/12/46 on landing accident Williamtown, NSW. 17 Crew and passengers not injured.Rec DAP ex 36 Sqn RAAF 13/04/48. Rec 1AD ex DAP 10/09/48. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 01/10/48 in VIp Configuration. Rec DAP ex 34 Sqn Mallala SA 16/12/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 25/05/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF 90 Wing ,ex 86 Wing IR, 07/07/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing (Malaya)27/11/50. Accident 27/12/52 when aircraft suffered a starboard engine failure in flight near Richmond. No injuries.Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 06/03/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 08/07/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 10/08/53. Rec 1AD ex 86 Wing 19/08/53. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP vis 1AD 09/10/53.Rec 91 Wing(Japan) ex 86 Wing 11/11/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 20/05/54.Held  IR. Used as W/E, for visit by Press to Woomera 15-20/06/56. Rec 86 Wing W/E ex 86 Wing W/E 21/01/58. Rec 34 Sqn VIP RAAF ex 86 Wing 13/04/59.Rec 34 Sqn VIP Sqn IR ex 34 Sqn RAAF VIP 23/06/59. Rec 1AD ex 34 Sqn RAF VIP 05/03/60. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF VIP ex 1AD  02/10/60. Rec ARW ex 34 Sqn RAF VIP 01/12/60. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF VIP IR ex ARW 22/09/61. Rec 2 Sqn RAAF ex 34 Sqn RAAF IR 01/03/62. Held 2 Sqn RAAF 1963-1965. Rec ARW Parafield ex 2 Sqn RAAF 26/11/65. Rec ARDU ex ARW Parafield 24/10/66. Rec 2AD ex ARDU 19/09/67. Rec Transport Flight Butterworth ex 2AD 10/02/68. REc HDH Bankstown ex Transport Flight 20/02/75. Rec Wagga Wagga Apprentice Training ex Transport Flight Butterworth 28/11/79 to be converted to Training Aid with Eng#138927 and 138629. Held Wagga Wagga RAAF STT 01/12/80. Transferred to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook and entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-JXD on 03/07/89 and exchanged for Mosquito A52-600 for RAAF Museum. Had Registration VH-JXD allotted 03/07/89.
    Sold and Registered to G. Milne, Bright, Victoria 01/11/89 and exchanged, Mosquito A52-600 obtained for RAAF Museum.
    Sold to Shortstop Jet Charter. Registered VH-OVM, to Shortstop Jet Charter 20/06/90.
    Currently flying with Shortstop Jet Charter Essendon, Vic..

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-98

    A65-99 VHRFP C-47B-30-DK 33103 44-76771 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76771 ordered under  Indent 2415 (6th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 11/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFP. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD  17/05/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 23/05/45. Coded BK-O. Rec 2ADex 35 Sqn RAAF 11/12/45. Issued 35 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 21/12/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 35 Sqn RAAF 12/04/46. Cat B Storage  ex Schofields UE 20/05/48. Issued 86 Wing Det Garbutt Townsville 20/05/48.Rec 86 Wing ex Garbutt 20/06/49. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 12/08/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 10/11/49. Rec 86 Wing Det Darwin  ex 86 Wing 19/05/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 86 Wing Darwin Det 20/07/50. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 22/08/50. Rec 1AD ex DAP Parafield 25/08/51. Rec R/S East Sale ex 1AD 08/06/51. Rec 86 Wing ex R/S East Sale 17/08/51. Damaged from storm 10/11/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 16/11/53. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/05/54. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 26/01/56. Rec ARDU ex DAP 02/08/56. Rec DAP ex ARDU for SARAH Modification 02/01/57.Rec ARDU ex DAP 19/02/57. Accident 1000hrs 17/01/58 after taking off on a ILS Check flight to East Sale from Moorabin Vic, when in flight, port engine failed, followed soon by the starboard engine, near Warragul Vic, forcing pilot to make an emergency forced landing in a paddock( owned then by Mr Edward Walters) damaging some 25 yards of fencing, one mile southeast of Garfield, Gippsland Vic. Crew; F/Lt L A Evans Serv#022135, W/o F Russell Serv#A31517, Sgt W R Ross Serv#A33211, A/c G F Green Serv#A218463, Mr Rice Scientific Officer ARDU(Civilian) and twenty Melbourne ATC members were not injured. Aircraft retrieved by 1AD, deemed unrepairable by unit and listed for disposal 06/01/59.TTHrs 4886.35. Rebuilt by Bristols 1960. VH-PNA Papuan Air Transport 'Mount Victoria' Registered 23/08/61. Ansett Airlines of PNG Registered 01/07/72. Withdrawn 30/10/72 Madang. Used for fire practice 11/72. Scrapped . Pics held of aircraft post forced landing.
    A65-100 VHRFQ,
    VMJRX
    C-47B-30-DK 33109 44-76777 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76777 ordered under  Indent 2415 (8th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 11/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFQ. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 13/05/45. Coded BK-P. Accident Rockhampton 1600hrs 12/02/46 when aircraft performed forced landing after engine trouble. Crew; W/O F V Bennis Serv#37238 and nineteen crew and passengers were uninjured.Incident 02/06/46  from Iwakuni to Morotai via Naha, Loang and Samar, when port engine failed in flight, forcing crew to dump freight and mail from aircraft to maintain height. Aircraft landed at Laong Strip 1215hrs. Cause was that #4 Sparkplug lead came off #4 Cylinder.Crew; F/Lt A C Britton Serv#411856, F/Sgt B H Callon Serv#45802, F/Lt H F Connelly Serv#404230 (Nav)and F/Lt R K Starkie Serv#427162 (W/O) were not injured. Repaired. E/E-88 Card missing. 10/07/47 Parafield-Alice Springs-Darwin (from 36 Sqn W/Op log),22/07/47 Accident Darwin-Alice Springs (fuel spill caused wing fire which self-extinguished). ,22/07/47 Alice Springs-Parafield (36 Sqn log), In service with 86 Wing(05/51 36 Sqn RAAF), 01/53 RAAF Transport Unit Iwakuni, 01/73 School of Air Navigation School East Sale as VMJRX, 07/75 refurbished for PNGDF by HdH Bankstown, Now as PNGDF P65-100; dd  08/08/75. P65-100 PNG Defence Force 11/08/75. Later P2-001.
    Sold to P.Starr (Newcastle) in 1994.  Registered VH-ATO, now cancelled. (Now a Nomad N-22C is registered as VH-ATO)
    Landed at Warnervale, NSW due to engine failure on delivery from Papua New Guinea.
    Registered VH-DNF to Dakota National Air (ntu)
    Trucked to Larras Lee, NSW 24/02/2010.
    S
    old 03/2013 to Butler Air Transport Museum at Tooraweenah, NSW. The museum never opened and it was offered for sale in 2014
    Purchased by David Salter 12/04/2015 and transported by road to his property at Walcha on 23/09/2015
     

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-100

    A65-101 VHRFR,
    VMJRO
    VMJMR
    C-47B-30-DK 33112 44-76780 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76780 ordered under  Indent 2415 (9th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 11/05/45. Renumbered and given DAT Rego VHRFR. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 18/05/45.Rec 2AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF. Rec 1CU(Communications Unit) ex 2AD 10/05/46. Storm damage 0900hrs 27/06/47 whilst parked on Essendon tarmac. Accident 2100 hrs 18/07/47 when aircraft performed single engine landing at Essendon due to port engine seizing in flight during post service test. Faulty workmanship found, along with Vengeance A27-606 that had been recently serviced. Rec 86 Wing ex 1CU 04/08/48. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 08/10/48.Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/05/49.On 02/06/50 A65-101 towed a DHA Laminar Wing Glider from Richmond to Amberley.Rec CFS East Sale ex 86 Wing 25/08/50. R/S East Sale 25/08/50.Rec 86 Wing ex R/S 17/08/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 27/06/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 20/11/52.Rec 91 Wing(Japan) ex 86 Wing (to replace A65-63) 01/12/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 02/11/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 20/10/53.Rec 86 Wing ex DAP/1AD 21/05/54. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/01/56. Rec 1AD ex DAP 27/11/56. Rec 2AD ex 1AD 07/01/57. Rec 2ATU Woomera ex 2AD 31/03/57. Rec 1AD ex 2ATU 25/11/59. Rec Darwin Base Sqn ex 1AD 08/12/59. Rec DAP ex B/S Darwin 04/02/60. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 05/09/60. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 13/07/62. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 18/01/63. Rec B/S Darwin ex 86 Wing 31/07/64. Rec ARW Parafield ex B/S Darwin 07/10/65. Rec East Sale ex ARW 16/03/67. Rec ARW ex East Sale 30/03/67. Rec ELO Dep of Supply Parafield ex ARW for disposal 09/04/68. Purchased by Calgair Inc /Stanair Group 23/08/68. Reg as N16893 by Stanair Corp 15/08/69 for ferry to Indonesia. Register PK-JDD by Sempati Air Transport 18/06/69 (N16893  was USA deregistered 21/11/69). Sempati Air Transport was founded in December 1968 by PT.Tri Utama Bhakti (PT.Truba) under the name PT Sempati Air Transport, was actually a Indonesian Army foundation-owned airline. The name strangely was taken from the word Sampati, a mythical bird in Hindu mythology, and began flights in March of the following year using Douglas DC-3 aircraft to transport oil company workers. Operated by ZAMRUD up to 1978. NFDs Withdrawn

    Dakota A65-101

    A65-102 VHRFS, VMHRW
    VMHRP
    VMLFJ
    C-47B-30-DK 33113 44-76781 C-47B-30-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76781 ordered under  Indent 2415 (10th of 10 C-47B Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 11/05/45. DAT Rego VHRFS. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 19/05/45. Coded OM-S.  Taxying accident at Darwin 14/01/46 along Fighter Strip, aircraft ran away and hit ditch. Crew; F/Lt R Ellis Serv3406931, F/Lt A V Hall Serv#406526, W/O R F Ware Serv#419494 and F/Sgt A L Anderson Serv#434720 not injured. Main plane change required. Issued to 12ARD ex 37 Sqn RAAF. Repaired. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 12ARD 01/07/46. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 04/09/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 24/11/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 25/10/48. Rec 1AD ex DAP 07/06/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 01/06/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF (90 Wing) ex 86 Wing 07/07/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 30/10/50. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 24/11/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 10/05/51. Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 14/10/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 25/08/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 12/09/52. Rec 11 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 12/03/53.  Accident 1245hrs 19/05/53 forced landed 40 miles east of  Carnarvon following a starboard engine failure in flight. Crew W/O J P Bird Serv# A5864 and three crew were not injured. Salvaged and repaired by 25 Sqn RAAF 30/06/53.Issued 25 Sqn RAAF ex 11 Sqn RAAF 02/06/54. Issued DAP ex 25 Sqn RAAF 21/02/55. Rec 25 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 04/03/55.   Rec 1AD ex DAP 06/12/55. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 17/01/56. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 22/11/57. Rec 25 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 07/05/58, replacing A65-73. Rec 1AFTS ex 25 Sqn RAAF 30/10/58. Rec ARW ex 1AFTS 13/09/61. Rec ARDU ex ARW 06/06/62. Rec ARW ex ARDU 12/10/64. Rec ARDU ex ARW 12/01/66. Rec ARDU ( held in reserve) ex ARDU 24/10/66. Rec ARW ex ARDU 14/08/67. Rec East Sale ex ARW 30/07/68. Rec HDH Bankstown ex East Sale 26/02/69. Rec 2FTS ex HDH 28/04/68. Rec HDH Bankstown ex 2FTS 30/09/76. Rec East Sale ex HDH 30/11/76. Rec Pearce AFB ex East Sale 04/01/77. Decommissioned at Perth Airport  and disposed by tender 05/08/80 by Department of Administrative Services. Registered VH-PTS for Paradak at Melbourne-Essendon and delivered 22/08/81.It was used as a backdrop in a tv film called "A Far Country" and was seen stored at Camden, Sydney (NSW) in 1987. It was registered for South Pacific Airmotive Inc (Cairns) as VH-SPY (circa 1990) and re-registered N65388 on 27/10/99 (for the same owner, but not applied to the aircraft).   On 24/05/11 it was registered as N65388 to Harlan W. Jordan of Lady Lake,FL, but still carries the VH-SPY rego. As of 2012, Harlan Wayne Jordan is the current owner of N65388 which is located now at Cairns, was actually after a type certificate for his license. However, per CASA Airworthiness inspection on the 18/04/11, it was found to suffer from extensive corrosion, and has issued a not airworthy notice  per Instruction Number CASA NR 11/18.  
    Had not been made airworthy by 02/2016 and departed Cairns Airport on a truck. May be going to Innisfail, Qld..

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-102

    A65-103 VHRFT C-47B-35-DK 33294 44-76962 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76962 ordered under  Indent 2415 (3rd of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 26/05/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFT. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD 14/06/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 28/06/45. Coded RE-P. D.  Accident 04/06/46 when after the starboard Engine rear bearing of the supercharger failed, with the aircraft made forced landing at Clark AFB Manilla. Crew of 4 un-injured. Pilot was F/Lt R G Bowden Serv#412889.  Repaired same day by USAAF. Accident two days later on flight, when on 08/01/46 on finals at Cairns the Port engine failed. No damage to aircraft. Repaired at Cairns. Rec DAP ex 36 Sqn RAAF 11/06/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 27/10/48. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 02/12/48. Rec 86 Wing ex 34 Sqn RAAF 28/03/49. Accident 0945Hrs 28/04/50 when port engine failed on take-off below critical T/O speed, from Richmond RAAF Base forcing the pilot,P1 W P Ryan Serv# 422747 , to perform a wheels up landing on the aerodrome. Crew of 4 un-injured. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 13/07/50. Rec DAP ex 2AD 27/10/50.Rec 1AD ex DAP 03/08/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 27/08/51. Rec 91 Wing (Japan)ex 86 Wing 02/09/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 27/10/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 07/11/52. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 09/03/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 28/09/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 13/12/55. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 20/01/56. Whilst on 34 Sqn RAAF flight to Leigh Creek,12/11/56, starboard engine had #7 cyclinder failure. Engine replaced. Rec DAP(AMB) ex 86 Wing 14/04/58. Rec 22 Sqn CAF ex AMB Parafield 20/10/58. Rec 2AD ex 22 Sqn CAF 20/11/58. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 27/08/59. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 04/05/61. Rec 86 Wing ex ARW 07/12/61. Rec ARW ex 86 Wing 13/01/64. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex ARW 05/08/64. Rec ARW ex 38 Sqn RAAF 14/09/64. Rec 10 Sqn RAAF ex ARW 20/05/65. Rec 2ATU ex 10 Sqn RAAF 02/12/65. Rec ARW ex 2ATU 19/05/67. Rec 2ATU ex ARW 12/06/68. Rec  East Sale ex 2ATU 21/05/68. Rec Laverton ex East Sale 22/05/70. Tfr to Dept of Supply 24/06/70. Registered as VH-EYC, Department of Foreign Affairs (Australian Aid) on 16/12/72. Tfr to Philippine Air Force  03/05/73 (Philipine AF serial 476962). Derelict Nichols AFB 11/80.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-103

    A65-104 VHRFU C-47B-35-DK 33295 44-76963 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76963 ordered under  Indent 2415 (4th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 28/05/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFU. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD 07/06/45. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 21/06/45. Coded RE-K. Accident 1210hrs 24/10/46 when #12 tappet failed on take-off at Garbutt causing forced landing. 9 Crew and passengers, with F/lt Davis Ser#60429, pilot, not injured. Repaired. Rec DAP ex 36 Sqn RAAF 11/08/47. Rec  86 Wing ex DAP 07/10/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 23/06/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 16/12/48. Rec 86 Wing Det  Darwin 23/06/49.  Rec 86 Wing ex 86 Wing Det Darwin 28/07/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 21/04/50. Rec 25 Sqn CAF ex DAP 19/10/50. Rec 11 Sqn RAAF ex 25 Sqn CAF 27/11/50. Rec 1AD ex 11 Sqn RAAF 07/09/51. Rec 11 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 12/09/51. Rec DAP ex 11 Sqn RAAF 13/03/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 06/08/53. Rec ARDU Det B Richmond ex 1AD 06/10/53. Rec 2AD ex ARDU Det B 29/11/54. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 14/07/55. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 11/04/56. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 23/08/57. Rec Base Sqn Darwin ex 86 Wing 23/09/58. Rec 86 Wing ex B/S Darwin 15/08/59. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 22/09/59. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex DAP 29/06/60. Rec Pt Cook for 6 weeks use ex 34 Sqn RAAF 28/07/60. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex Pt Cook 08/09/60. Rec RAAF Antartic Flight ex 34 Sqn RAAF 15/11/60. Rec 34 Sqn 01/12/60. Rec Base Sqn East Sale ex 34 Sqn RAAF 07/02/61. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex B/S East Sale 10/04/61. Incident on Canberra Tarmac when aircraft was hit by a service vehicle (RAAF Rego 209-277 ) 05/05/61 driven by LAC R P Smith Serv# A42939. Repaired. Rec ARW Parafield ex 34 Sqn RAAF 08/10/63. Rec 1 AFTS ex ARW 10/06/64. Rec HDH Bankstown ex 1 AFTS 28/04/68. Rec B/S Darwin ex HDH 26/06/69. Damaged beyond repair 25/12/74 by Cyclone Tracy at Darwin. W/O 09/01/75. Nose section at East Sale, fuselage at Sydenham, Sydney and tail unit held at Darwin Aviation Museum.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-104

    A65-105 VHRFV,
    VMLMH
    C-47B-35-DK 33300 44-76968 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76968 ordered under  Indent 2415 (6th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 29/05/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFV. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 05/06/45. Coded OM-V. Rec 2AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF 20/09/45. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 08/10/45. Rec 2AD ex 37 Sqn RAAF  24/09/46. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 2AD 30/09/46. Incident 23/04/47 with a forced landing at Whyalla. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF /86 Wing 06/06/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 26/06/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 14/10/47. Rec 1AD ex DAP 08/06/48. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 15/07/48. Incident 26/01/49 when aircraft was struck by service vehicle on tarmac at Mallala SA. Rec DAP ex 34 Sqn RAAF 21/09/49. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 06/05/50. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 07/07/50. Rec 86 Wing ex 38 Sqn RAAF 11/01/50.  Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 25/01/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 21/06/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 30/07/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 29/11/51. Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 28/01/52. Replaced A65-120. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 05/12/53. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 06/02/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/05/53. Rec ARDU ex 1AD 18/06/53. Rec DAP ex ARDU vis 1AD 05/07/56. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 18/11/57. Rec 2AD G/R ex 86 Wing 30/07/58.  Rec 2AD ex 2AD G/R 23/03/59. Rec 86 Wing ex 2AD 23/09/59. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 01/10/60. Rec 3AD ex ARW 05/05/61. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 09/03/62. Rec ARW Parafield ex 86 Wing 08/10/63. Rec 2ATU ex ARW 08/07/64.  To Department of Supply ex 2ATU 17/12/68. Registered as VH-UPQ Department of Supply, and used at Woomera Rocket Range ( by Short Brothers)02/07/69. It flew trials for equipment which became the LADS System as used by the RAN in their F-27 (VH-EWJ). The "last" aircraft to go through the Aircraft Repair Workshops (ARW) at the Parafield Airport, ARW was closed and staff from Short Bros flew there to complete the inspection. Cancelled from Register 17/08/73, and withdrawn. Bought by Connair Pty Ltd and registered 25/10/74. Bought by Northern Airlines 1979. Registered to Setair Pty Ltd 31/12/80 and was named 'Sandra'. Sold to Adventure Air Tours in 1983, then sold to Twinair in 1984. Sold to Rebel Air Pty Ltd in 1984. Operated by Australian Vintage Travel during 1987. Then sold to Koomeela Australia 09/12/88. Sold and Registered to Dakota National Air (Australia) Pty Ltd 10/03/94. Observed in a derelict condition at Bankstown Airport, N.S.W.15/06/2003. Still registered to Dakota National Air (Australia) Pty Ltd 08/06/2006. Observed in open storage at Bankstown Airport in badly corroded condition October 2007 with Discovery Air Tours Bankstown NSW.
    Ownership of VH-UPQ
      was transferred to the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown on 16/02/200
    Currently on display in dismantled state

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-105

    A65-106 VHRFW C-47B-35-DK 33290 44-76958 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76958 ordered under  Indent 2415 (1st of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 30/05/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFV. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 05/06/45. Coded OM-W. Accident 1000hrs 02/12/46 near Ambon when starboard engine suffered piston failure forcing pilot, F/Lt D J Reynonds Serv#427107, and three crew to make single engine landing at Ambon. Rec DAP ex 37 Sqn RAAF 26/03/47 ( Stripped of paint). Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 18/04/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 01/12/47. Rec ARDU Det B Richmond ex DAP 27/02/48. Rec DAP ex ARDU Det B 02/09/49. Rec 1AD ex DAP 14/11/50. Rec R/S East Sale ex 1AD 08/12/50. Attached Richmond for Air Pageant 06/09/51. Rec DAP ex R/S East Sale 24/04/53. Rec 1AD ex DAP 04/09/53. Rec ADRU ex 1AD 19/09/53. Rec DAP ex ARDU 20/04/59. Rec 1AD ex DAP 12/01/60. Rec 2ATU ex 1AD 30/03/60. Rec ARDU ex 2ATU 17/08/60. Rec M/S Edinburgh ex 2ATU vis ex ARDU 10/02/61. Rec 2ATU ex M/S Edinburgh 10/07/61. Held for Project Mercury (a task  in support for NASA calibrating the Muchea Tracking Station) with 2ATU.  Accident 1902hrs 31/07/61 after striking high ground 2.4 miles from Pearce AFB at night, shortly after take off. On Board were; Captain; F/O W J  Bowden Serv#055355, F/Sgt P F Davis Serv#A311410 Co-Pilot, F/O R G White Serv#021801 Navigator, F/Lt A J Cook Serv#022078 Signaller, who were killed on impact, with  LAC R A Leiper Serv#A54681, LAC W. Miles Serv#A55459, and Mr N A McBain (Dept of Supply) survived and were not seriously injured in the crash. A/c W/O 08/01/63 per Dept of Air File#A16/5/22(A). 
  • Link to the Dakota A65-106 Crash Site Page.
  • Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-106

    A65-107 VHRFX C-47B-35-DK 33302 44-76970 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76970 ordered under  Indent 2415 (8th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 31/05/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFX. Rec 13ARD ex 3AD 07/06/45. Rec 35 Sqn RAAF ex 13ARD 22/06/45. Coded coded BK-X. Accident 10/10/45 when port engine lot oil pressure and was shut down in flight. Crew; F/O D D Cameron Serv#436265 and crew of four not injured. Accident on ground at Wama Strip, Morotai Island PNG, 0900hrs 12/12/45 when six ground crew were attempting  to start engines after a 60 hourly maintenance. The aircraft was not refuelled after arriving some 36 hours previously on a flight to collect supplies. It had been standing out in the open in heat for some 16 hours with a possible built up of fuel fumes from leaky tanks or lines. The aircraft suffered an explosion from an electrical short, within the fuselage, causing a fire that consumed the aircraft. Ground crew injured were: A/Cpl S M Williams Serv#46127 ,  LAC's W J Wythes Serv#137905, CH Cruickshank Serv#83400, S B Wetzler Serv#71527, with McLoughlin and Brown slightly injured. An Electrical fitter, one of the six, died later. A/c converted to components per File #19/B/19 16/04/46.
    A65-108 VHRGZ, VMJMH C-47B-35-DK 33297 44-76965 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76965 ordered under  Indent 2415 (5th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/06/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRFZ. Rec 1CU ex 3AD 21/06/45. On 13/08/45 aircraft flew Actress and Singer Miss Gracie Fields,  (Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye fame)from Mascot to PNG. Issued to Ansett ex 1CU 08/01/46. Rec 1CU ex Ansett 30/01/46. Accident 03/02/47 when aircraft suffered a engine defect on flight carrying Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall George Jones, forcing the pilot  to make a cautionary landing for three hours at Port Wyndam WA. Rec 86 Wing ex 1CU 04/08/48. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 21/09/51. Rec 1AD ex DAP 14/03/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 06/05/52. Rec 91 Wing ex 86 Wing 19/07/52. A/c used for VIP Flights. Incident 10 miles West of Pusan 26/10/53 when there was a minor explosion on board caused by wiring fire.  Pilot: Flt/Lt D B Brennan 021991 and crew not injured. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing to replace A65-98, 06/11/53. Minor Incident in flight some 15 Miles North North-East Nowra 12/10/54 with engine, Pilot: Sqn Ldr S D Evans (022127) and crew not injured. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 16/11/54. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 14/12/54. Incident when with No 34 VIP Flight the starboard engine failed, approximately 70 nautical miles South West of Canberra 25/05/56.  Pilot: Sqn Ldr S D Evans (022127) and crew not injured. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 15/04/58. Rec 34 VIP Flight ex DAP 16/09/58. During 1960/61, a  Minor Accident at Coolangatta Airport Qld. Pilot R Egle  212832 and crew not injured. Rec ARW ex 34 Sqn 02/03/62. Rec 34 Sqn RAAF ex ARW  16/10/62. Held by 34 Sqn RAAF 1962-1966. Rec East Sale ex 34 Sqn RAAF 11/08/67. Was 34SQN’s last Dakota, A65-108, flew out of Fairbairn on August 11, 1967.  Rec HDH ex East Sale 26/08/69. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex HDH Bankstown 29/10/69. Rec 3AD ex 38 Sqn RAAF 08/06/72 for refurbishment. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 18/09/72.  Rec East Sale ex 38 Sqn RAAF 26/10/73. Allotted Dept of Supply ex 38 Sqn RAAF for Disposal 23/01/74. Held East Sale  31/10/74.  Rec HDH Bankstown ex East Sale 20/11/75. Rec East Sale ex HDH 26/02/76. Held  RAAF Base Sqn Point Cook ex East Sale 01/02/81. Now in the hands of Ron Schneider on the Lallat Plains, east of Rupanyup Vic.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-108

    A65-109 VHRGX C-47B-35-DK 33301 44-76969 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76969 ordered under  Indent 2415 (9th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 05/06/45. Fitted with AN/APN-9 Loran Equipment. DAT Rego VHRGX. Rec 1CU ex 3AD 11/06/45. Rec 1AD ex 1CU 15/11/45. Rec 1CU ex 1AD 11/02/46. Rec 111ASR Flt  ex 1CU 04/03/46. Accident 18/03/46 when on cross wind landing had tyre blowout. Rec 1AD ex 111ASR Flt 30/04/46. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 1AD 08/07/46. Rec 111 ASR Flt ex 36 Sqn RAAF 25/07/46 Port Moresby. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 111 ASR Flt 28/10/46.  Issued to DAP ex 38 Sqn RAAF for Camo removal. Rec /iss 86 Wing ex DAP 05/02/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 05/08/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 20/01/49. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 07/07/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 3AD 18/07/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/03/50. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 24/05/50. Rec 77 Sqn RAAF ex 86 Wing 02/10/50. With 91 Wing ex 77 Sqn RAAF 23/02/51. Rec 86 Wing ex 91 Wing 17/05/51. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 22/06/51. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 20/11/51.  Rec 90 Wing ex 86 Wing 16/08/52. Rec 86 Wing ex 90 Wing 05/12/52. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 19/01/54. Rec 1AD ex DAP 29/07/54. Rec Base Sqn Darwin ex 1AD 13/09/55. Held B/S Darwin 1955 to 1958. Incident near Broome  07/03/56 - Pilot: Sqn Ldr K R Rodd (05872). NFDs. Rec 2AD ex B/S Darwin 12/02/58. Approval to Dispose 27/05/58. Sold to  Commercial Aviation Pty, trading as MMA Registered VH-MMD 24/06/58. MacRobertson Miller Airlines Ltd 'Durack' Registered 22/12/66. Ansett Airlines of PNG Registered 10/02/69. Ansett Ltd Registered 23/05/73. Air Niugini Registered 01/11/73. Registered P2-MMD 01/06/74. P2-ANU Registered 03/12/75. VH-MMD Travmar Holdings Pty Ltd Registered 12/08/77.
    A65-109 is currently under restoration by the Australian Aviation Museum at Bankstown NSW.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-109

    A65-110 VHRGY C-47B-35-DK 33292 44-76960 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032.  Ex 44-76960 ordered under  Indent 2415 (2nd of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 07/06/45.  DAT Rego VHRGY.  Rec 1CU ex 3AD 21/06/45. Departed PNG with A/C Francis Bladin on board 03/02/46.  Crashed returned trip 25/02/46 at Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. NFDs. W/O per ASME File #9/16/3139 07/02/4
    A65-111 VHRFY C-47B-35-DK 33304 44-76972 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032. Ex 44-76972 ordered under Indent 2415 (10th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 07/06/45. DAT Rego VHRFY. Rec 37 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 17/06/45. Coded OM-Y. Accident 1300hrs 09/02/46 when aircraft made a forced landing at Oodnadatta due to engine trouble. Captain; F/O Chick serv#416743, crew and eighteen passengers not injured. Repaired. Rec 1 CU ex 37 Sqn RAAF 23/04/46. Rec 3AD ex 1CU 18/04/47. Rec 1CU ex 3AD 21/04/47. Accident 14/02/48 when on VIP flight 10 miles north east of Mascot, the port engine failed, forcing aircraft to make a emergency landing. Repaired. Rec DAP Parafield ex 1CU 18/05/48. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 07/10/48. Rec Governor General Flight ex 86 Wing 10/03/49. Rec 86 Wing ex GG Flt 31/03/49. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 30/07/53. Rec 10 Sqn MR via 1AD ex DAP Parafield 28/03/54. Rec DAP ex 10 Sqn MR 07/08/56. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 24/07/57. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 12/10/59. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 09/05/60. Rec 3AD ex 86 Wing 31/07/64. Rec ARW ex 3AD 16/08/65. Rec 3AD ex ARW 24/11/65. Rec ARW ex 3AD 07/07/67. Rec 10 Sqn MR RAAF ex ARW Parafield 05/03/68. Rec HDH Bankstown ex 10 Sqn MR RAAF 07/08/69. Rec ARDU Laverton ex HDH Bankstown 08/10/69. Involved in fire at Laverton in centre section, under carriage and flap on 10/12/71. For disposal 26/10/72 and transferred to Dept of Army for Army Transport Museum being established at Puckapunyal. Never left Laverton and airframe converted to scrap 10/04/74. David Anderson purchased the nose section from Non Ferrals scrap metal yard in Keon Park 08/76. It has been restored and mounted on a trailer as a mobile display.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-111

    A65-112 VHRFZ C-47B-35-DK 33303 44-76971 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032. Ex 44-76971 ordered under Indent 2415 (9th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 10/06/45. DAT Rego VHRFZ. AN/APN-9 LORAN Fitted. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 16/06/45. Rec 2AD ex 86 Wing 24/09/46. Rec 38 Sqn ex 2AD 08/10/46. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 15/11/48. Rec 1AD ex DAP 19/08/49. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 08/09/49. Rec 38 Sqn RAAF(Malaya) ex 86Wing 07/07/50. Incident 19/08/50 when A65-112 had a lucky escape when bandits at Touraine landed a mortar just 200 yards behind it as it was taking off. Rec 86 Wing ex 38 Sqn RAAF 13/11/50. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 07/11/52. Rec 1AD ex DAP 08/05/53. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 11/06/53. Cat B 86 Wing 01/11/54. Accident 0430hrs 05/04/55 when port airscrew ran away during flight from Richmond to Townsville carrying Oxygen Cylinders. After dumping cargo, aircraft made forced landing 15 miles east of Injure Qld. Capt(F/O A Proudfoot Serv#2210151)and Crew of three and six passengers ok. Rec 3AD by road ex 86 Wing 09/06/55. Rec DAP ex 3AD 19/10/55. Rec 1AD ex DAP 19/10/56. Rec 86 Wing ex 1AD 05/11/56. Accident 2023Hrs 19/03/57 during night circuits and landings (for 55 minutes) at RAAF Canberra, crashed at Duntroon, after the aircraft stalled after a problem with the No.1 engine. It crashed onto Army Married Quarters Area of Duntroon, which was a part of RMC Duntroon, ACT. The airframe was destroyed by fire. 38Sqn RAAF Crew; F/O H.N. McDonald Serv#01635 (Pilot), F/Sgt N. H.Charlton Serv#A216565 (Co-Pilot), Sgt I. A. Mackrill Serv#A39901(Nav), and Sgt M. C.Coombe Serv#A217437 were all killed.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-112

  • Loss of Dakota A65-112 near Canberra ACT. (Jose Cordoba)
  • A65-113 VHRGA C-47B-35-DK 33459 44-77127 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032. Ex 44-77127 ordered under Indent 2415 (6th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/06/45. DAT Rego VHRGA. AN/APN-9 LORAN Fitted. Rec 36 Sqn RAAF ex 3AD 02/07/45. Rec DAP ex 36 Sqn RAAF 04/09/47. Rec 86 Wing ex DAP 13/11/47. Rec DAP ex 86 Wing 03/12/48. Rec ARDU Richmond ex DAP 28/06/49. Underwent Minor Inspection at Richmond 18/09/52 . Accident 1130Hrs 27/10/52 when aircraft crashed after double engine failure after descending from 6000ft to 2000ft during a cloud measuring flight, some 27 miles east of Woolongong NSW. All six crew perished. F/Lt A Tafe Ser#03541 (Pilot); Sqn Ldr P G Fisher Ser#05825 (Co-Pilot);W/O G G Bocquet Ser#A22117 (W/Op); ACW M E Costello Ser# W25924; Mr F Campbell(CSIRO) and Mr R S Styles (CSIRO) all missing. Only floating wreckage found. W/O 19/11/52. per AMSE File#09/16/3429.
    A65-114 VHRGB, VMHJW
    VMWJY
    C-47B-35-DK 33460 44-77128 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032. Ex 44-77128 ordered under Indent 2415 (7th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/06/45. DAT Rego VHRGB. AN/APN-9 LORAN Fitted. NFDS, GAP. In Service ARDU, crashed after double engine failure on takeoff.October 1986, Douglas C-47B A65-114 of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit RAAF crashed-landed following the failure of both engines immediately after taking off from RAAF Base Edinburgh. After the aircraft touched down back on the runway the left landing gear collapsed, damaging the fuselage. NFDs as E/E-88 Card not available.
    The Dakota never flew again and was donated to the South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide in 1992, where it remains on display

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-114
    A65-115 VH-RGC C-47B-35-DK 33464 44-7132 C-47B-35-DK constructed under USAAF Contract AC535-AC-40652- #2032. Ex 44-77132 ordered under Indent 2415 (10th of 10 C-47B-35-DK Aircraft Batch, delivery from USA to Australia May/June 45). Rec 3AD ex USA 23/06/45. DAT Rego VHRGC. AN/APN-9 LORAN Fitted. Rec 35Sqn ex 3AD 01/07/45. Assigned Sqn Det Morotai 29/03/46 for duties to Japan. Rec 36Sqn RAAF as RE-A 09/05/46 ex 35Sqn RAAF. Accident 05/09/46 when aircraft's starboard engine caught fire in flight ,with aircraft making a forced landing and ditching some 500 yards off shore at Mendil Beach Darwin. Crew: F/Lt A.A. Lange Serv# 17413, W/O R McGrath Serv#441513, LAC B R Hanson Serv#126744, LAC R S Bowley Serv#153249 and LAC J J Harvey Serv#162212 were all injured. A/c W/O per AMSE File# 9/16/3215 01/10/46. In October 2006, the underwater wreckage of RAAF C-47B-35-DK A65-115 was discovered in Darwin Harbour approximately 5 km off East Point. The wreckage has been placed on the Northern Territory Heritage Register and is thus protected by legislation.

    Dakota A65-115

    A65-116 VH-RGD C-47B-35-DK 33464 44-77121 Delivered to the RAAF 06/45. 36 sqn. 81 Wing. 86 Wing.
    Crashed 05/11/50 Schofields NSW.
    A65-117 VRGE C-47B-35-DK 33456 44-77124 Delivered to the RAAF 06/45. 36 sqn. CFS. ARDU. Storage Edinburgh. 2 ATU. Calgair Sales Inc Purchased 09/04/68. N16894 Calgair Inc. Stan Air Corp Purchased 06/08/68. PK-JDA Sempati Air Transport Registered 13/1//68. Delivered 28/05/69 [as N16894]. PK-EHD Trans Nusantara Airways. Withdrawn 1973 Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Dakota A65-117

    A65-118 VHRGF C-47B-35-DK 33457 44-77125 Delivered to the RAAF 06/45. 36 sqn. CFS. 1 CU. East Sale. 86 Wing. 34 sqn. ARW Parafield. N16895 Calgair Inc Purchased 23/30/68. Stanair Corp Purchased 06/08/68. Storage Seletar. PI-C1937 Wever Laeuser, Philippines Inc Registered 23/07/69 Not taken up. N16895 Weyer Laeuser International Inc 03/70. no longer Registered.

    C-47B Dakota A65-118
34 Squadron, 
c.1957
via Mike Mirkovic.

    A65-119 VHRGG C-47B-35-DK 33463 44-77131 Delivered to the RAAF 06/45. 36 sqn. CFS. DAP Parafield 18/08/47. 86 Wing. 34 sqn. 86 Wing. 2 sqn. Storage 14/04/64. N16896 Calgair Inc Registered 23/03/68. Stanair Corp 06/08/68. VH-EQO Jetair Australia Purchased 01/12/69. Department of Foreign Affairs Registered 12/03/71. Cancelled from Register 30/09/71 as a gift to Laos.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-119

    A65-120 VHRGH C-47B-35-DK 33461 44-77129 Delivered to the RAAF 07/45. 36 sqn. CFS. East Sale. 90 Wing. 91 Wing (Japan).Ditched one mile north-west of Iwakuni, 05/06/54 after port engine caught on fire at 300ft after take-off. Pilots; Pilot Officer H McDonald Serv# 01635 and Sgt R E Bateson Serv#A39330 36Sqn. Crew of two were undertaking a continuation flight. Both were taken to hospital with injuries.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-120

    A65-121 VHRGI C-47B-35-DK 33452 44-77120 Delivered to the RAAF 07/45. 36 sqn Coded RE-R. 481 sqn (Japan). BCAIR (Japan). 91 Wing. 86 Wing. Base sqn East Sale. To Indonesida, 14 sqn as P-505 AU-RI 1970.
    A65-122 VHRGH C-47B-35-DK 33455 44-77123 Delivered to the RAAF 07/45. PNG Defence Force for ground instruction, Delivered '80, to Igam Barracks at Lae.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-122

    A65-123 VHRGK, VM-JRL C-47B-45-DK 34221 45-958 Delivered to the RAAF 22/08/45 and had already flown 70.15 flight hours. 36 sqn. 1 CU. 34 sqn. Transfered to the RAN and reserialed N2-123 21/02/68. When transferred to the RAN it had 5128.35 Flight Hours.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota N2-123

    A65-124 VHRGL, VMLBZ C-47B-45-DK 34220 45-957 Delivered to the RAAF 08/45.
    Currently on display RAAFA Museum, Bull Creek, WA."

    Highlight for Album: Dakota A65-124

     
    Other RAAF Operated Aircraft
     
    RAAF Serial Radio Callsign Model/Type C/N USAAF Serial Aircraft History
    41-7686 VHCDG C-49-DO 3271 41-7686 Impressed into service USAAF 08/02/41 ex TWA NC1946. To 5th AF, Australia Sep 1942. Loaned to RAAF Jan 1943; as VH-CDG "Mucky Minnie". Loaned to 36 Sqdn RAAF 20/01/44. To USAAF 19/04/44.To civil registry as VH-CDG for ANA24/04/44. Registered as VH-ANQ "Dromana" 22/05/46. To Ansett ANA Oct 1957, Victoria Air Coach 17/12/61 and Airlines of NSW June 1966. WFU 20/11/67, sold to Sims Metal as scrap 06/11/69 then scrapped Essendon 06/11/69.
    41-7687 VHCDB C-49-DO 3272 41-7687 Impressed into service USAAF 23/02/41 ex TWA NC1947 - 5th AF, Australia 01/09/42 - RAAF for ADAT Dec 1942; as VHCDB -"Lady Eve" Dec 1942 - Loaned to 36Sqdn RAAF 24/06/43. To civil registry as VH-CDB for ANA 23/02/44. VH-ANN 25/01/46, lssued 20/07/53 to Guinea Airways "Morobe" Rr VH-GAH Aug 1958, returned to Ansett-ANA 25/01/60 as VH-ANN "Ranana". Sold; to Airlines of South Australia 12/12/64. Scrapped Essendon 25/07/67. Nose purchased by Darryl Gibbs, Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group currently at Wagga Wagga
    41-7690 VHCDC C-49-DO 3282 41-7690 Impressed by USAAF 23/02/41 Delta Air Lines's NC28345 .To 5th AF, Australia 04/09/42. Used by RAAF as VH-CDC "Miss Carriage" for ADAT, then loaned to 36 Sqdn RAAF 24/06/43. Returned to USAAF 24/04/44. To ANA as VH-CDC 27/04/44. Crashed 13/11/45 off Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. CR into sea 1 mile off Tacloban in bad weather; pilot Capt A. Rawson;1 survivor; 13/11/45.
    41-7691 VHCDD C-49-DO
    DC-3-201F
    4094 41-7691 Impressed into USAAF 22/02/41 ex Eastern Airlines's NC38386 - 5th AF, Australia 06/09/42 - RAAF for ADAT as VHCDD "Eager Elaine" Dec 1942 - Loaned to 36 Sqdn RAAF 04/05/43 - USAAF 26/04/44 To ANA as VH-CDD 29/04/44, returned to USAAF Jan 1946. To VH-ANO "Tinana" 22/05/46 for ANA again, then Ansett-ANA Oct 1957. To Victoria Air Coach 1966, again to Ansett-ANA Aug 1966 until wfu 29/09/69. To PK-PIB (Pan Indonesian Airlines 27/03/70, ntu), VH-ANO (Consolidated Aviation Holdings 20/07/70) and XU-FAI (United Khmer Airline 04/03/71). Wfu 1975.Survived up to 04/03/71 when left Essendon as XU-FAI United Khmer A/L 09/03/71 still around 1975 SOR Cambodia NFI.
    41-7697 VHCDK C-50-DO
    DC-3-396
    4119 41-7697 Impressed into USAAF 02/41 ex American Airlines' NC33656. 5th AF, Australia ??/09/42 - RAAF for ADAT as VHCDK- "Kwichyr Bichin"/"Laka Nookie" Delivered to the RAAF 05/43. Loaned to RAAF 1943/44. Withdrawn 04/44. To Guinea Airways.NFDs , but by 11/03/68 XW-TFI Lanexang A/L lsd Khmemara Air Transport. 15/12/74 CR Takeo.

    Douglas C-50 41-7697

    41-7698 VHCDJ C-50-DO
    DC-3-396
    4120 41-7698 Impressed into USAAF 31/07/41 ex American Airlines'NC33657 - 5th AF, Australia 17/09/42 as "North Nikka". Loaned to 36 Sqdn, RAAF as VHCDJ "Waltzing Matilda" 28/06/43, later "Winnie" and returned to USAAF 28/04/44 - To civil registry as VH-CDJ for Guinea Airways 16/05/44. Rr VH-ANH 12/05/46- ANA "Tullana" 01/07/46, becoming Ansett-ANA Oct 1957. To Airlines of South Australia 1961, later Victoria Air Coach and again Ansett-ANA 1963. To Airlines of NSW Oct 1966, wfu 24/12/70.
    On display at Moorabin Air Museum, Melbourne since 27/08/72.

    Highlight for Album: Dakota 41-7698

    41-20053 VHCCB C-53-DO 4823 41-20053 Delivered 21/10/41 from Douglas Co.San Monica Cost US$105665.00 Contract :W535-ac-18393 To Olmsted AAF:25/10/41 To San Monica:?/12/41 To Project "X":18/12/41 Arrived Brisbane: 8/01/42 On Sumac:08/02/42 Orginal 21TCS ,Named "Foitle Moitle" later loaned to RAAF 1943/1944 as VH-CCB. Accident 14/04/1943 1535Hrs when engine failed on take-off Garbutt. Landed AOK. Repaired.Withdrawn 5/1944. Returned to USAAF 22/05/44, operated by Guinea Airways 22/05/44 and Qantas 06/07/44 to 21/04/46. Left 5AAF 21/04/46 as Fraustairliner 21/04/46 Used as FEAPas (Far East Asia Passenger Services ) use as C53 30/04/47, FEA to:FLC 14/08/47 A-40090 Terminated. Sold locally in Philippines 14/03/47. To civil registry as PI-C149 (Commercial Airlines, becoming Philippine Airlines Sep 1948), to Indonesian AF as RI-009 (may have been used by Indonesian nationalist AF), N4630V (private operators), PP-CDS (Cruzeiro 'Caajara' 15/05/52, leased to Varig 23/02/63). Crashed Pelotas, swung on t/o Pelolas due burst tyre, hit parked a/c & DBF;2 crew, 2 pax kld, 15 survivors.
    41-20054 VHCCC C-53-DO 4824 41-20054 Delivered 30/10/41 from Douglas Co.San Monica Cost US$105665.00 Contract :W535-ac-18393 To Olmsted AAF:05/11/41 To Project "X":18/12/41 Arrived Brisbane: 8/01/42 On Sumac:08/02/42 Arrived 17/01/42 SS Polk, used by 21St TCS and named "Flamin Mamie", loaned to RAAF as VH-CCC. Accident 25/04/44 Nadzab PNG when aircraft struck pothole and tipped on prop tips. Pilot was F/Lt R B Keig 36Sqn RAAF. Returned to USAAF; 27/04/44, operated by Qantas 1944. To 5th AF, Manila; 20/04/46, Left 5AAF 21/04/46 as Fraustairliner 21/04/46 Used as FEAPas (Far East Asia Passenger Services )use as C53 30/04/47, FEA to:FLC 14/08/47 A-40091 Terminated. To civilian registry as PI-C150 (Commercial Airlines, becoming Philippine Air Lines Sep 1948), N73421 (private operators), 22/09/52 became FAC670 (Fuerza Aerea Colombiana) and FAC1128 (Satena). Crashed Cali 03/08/81.

    Highlight for Album: C-53 41-20054

    42-92804 VHCKF C-47A-10-DK 12645 42-92804 Rec 22/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 08/08/44 test flight Townsville; 09/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan;5AFSC Depot 2; Served with 39TCS 317TCG; then 69TCS 433TCG; 14/09/45 WO Manila - salvage.
    42-92806 VHCKG C-47A-10-DK 12647 42-92806 Rec 22/04/44 VHCKG "U Beaut" with 36 Sqn RAAF; 26/09/44 ret USAAF; became VHCJW with 6th TCS 374thTCG NG; 21TCS; 22/07/45 FEASC Depot #3; 29/11/46 sld Manila; Sold Field Aircraft Services; 20/05/47 and became G-AJTO, sold Zinc Corp Broken Hill; 04/03/48 then sold ANA 15/12/48 and became VH-INF Balyana (Very Good) 02/05/50 to 22/07/50 leased to Butler Air Transport; 13/08/50 purchased by Butler Air Trannsport as VH-AKR; 10/06/57 re-registered and sold VH-MAN to New Guinea Co Rabaul; 15/12/58 sold to Mandated Airlines and re-registerd as VH-INF again. 28/06/59 sold Mandated A/L at Lae; 12/01/61 DCA change of owner date; 26/06/68 sold to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd, Boroko; 23/05/72 Ansett PNG Ltd; 01/11/73 sold to Air Niugini for A$15,000 28/01/74 DCA change of owner date; 01/06/74 P2-MAN Air Niugini; 27/12/75 P2-ANY Air Niugini; 31/07/77 WFU Moresby; 02/02/79 sold; 13/03/80 N55892 Insured a/c Title Service; 28/06/80 ferried Moresby-Kwajalein; 29/06/80 Kwajalein-Honolulu; 30/06/80 Honolulu-SFO;total flight time 16.4 hrs; 18/05/81 sold to Wells Aircraft Inc; 19/05/81 Reo Leasing Inc Brinkley AZ; NFI.
    42-92810 VHCKH C-47A-10-DK 12652 42-92810 Rec 4/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn as VHCKH; 09/10/44 returned 5thAAF USAAF on termination of lease;5AFSC Depot 2;; sold 31/08/48 to Philippine Airlines; Sold 02/70 and registered as PK-IBA with Bouraq Balikpapan, Indonesia;10/83 with Bali Air; 07/85 CofA expired; 03/94 residing at Surabaya Java. NFI.
    42-100455 VHCKI C-47A-10-DK 18918 42-100455 24/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 2710/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan;4th Air Depot Garbutt; Issued to 3rd BG. lost Mar 12, 1945, SW Pacific. MACR 14323.
    42-100460 VHCKM C-47A-10-DK 18923 42-100460 26/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 26/09/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan; NFI.
    42-100461 VHCKL C-47A-10-DK 18924 42-100461 26/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 17/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan;4th Air Depot Archerfield; to 433rd TCG lost Dec 7, 1944, SW Pacific, between Biak and Morotai. Pilot 2nd Lt Jack Dyer NFI .
    42-100479 VHCKJ C-47A-10-DK 18942 42-100479 26/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 26/09/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan; Issued to 375th TCG. lost Jan 9, 1945, SW Pacific.
    42-100480 VHCKK C-47A-10-DK 18943 42-100480 26/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 27/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan;4th Air Depot Archerfield; Eng #357551/564 357551/564. Issued to 33TCS 374TCG.
    42-100726 VHCKA C-47A-70-DL 19189 42-100726 Rec 27/01/44 RAAF; 30/01/44 36 Sqn;26/09/44 ret USAAF; 31/12/46 WO - salvage.
    42-100727 VHCKB C-47A-10-DK 19190 42-100727 Rec 27/01/44 RAAF; 30/01/44 36 Sqn;26/09/44 ret USAAF; 29/04/48 sld Manila - components.
    42-100728 VHCKC C-47A-10-DK 19191 42-100728 14/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 17/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan; 28/06/45 missing: Eng# 354335/403 and 354335/403.
    42-100729 VHCKD C-47A-10-DK 19192 42-100729 20/04/44 RAAF 36Sqn ; 17/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan. Rec 55TCS 375TCG; Coded as #X151A and served with 57TCS 375TCG; then coded as #122 and served with 58TCS 375TCG; 29/10/46 WO Manila - condemned salvage obsolete.
    42-100730 VHCKE C-47A-10-DK 19193 42-100730 20/04/44 RAAF 36 Sqn; 02/07/44 DAM Moresby; 09/10/44 ret USAAF on termination of loan; to RFC at Walnut Ridge Oct 31, 1945 NFI.
     
    Some other Dakotas of significance in Australia
     
    RAAF Serial Radio Callsign Model/Type C/N USAAF Serial Aircraft History
    41-7693 VHCDE C-49-DO
    DC-3-287
    4096 41-7693 Impressed into USAAF 02/02/41 ex Eastern Airlines NC28388 - 5th AF, Australia 04/09/42 - RAAF for ADAT as VHCDE - "Airline Alsie" Feb 1943 - Loaned to 36Sqdn RAAF 03/07/43 named "Algie" - USAAF 21/04/44. To VH-CDE for ANA 25/04/44, changed to VH-ANP *Boyana* 22/05/46. Lsd to Guinea Airways "Goraka". Rr VH-GAI 17/08/58, returned to Ansett-ANA as VH-ANP 25/01/60. Sold to Airline of South Australia Dec 1961, Victoria Air Coach 1963. To Ansett-ANA again Oct 1966. Wfu Jul 1967, scrapped Essendon 06/11/69. Broken up Essendon by Sims Metal.

    Highlight for Album: C-49 41-7693

    41-20051 ? C-53B-DO 4821 41-20051 Delivered 15/10/41 from Douglas Co.San Monica Cost US$105665.00 Contract :W535-ac-18393 Was to be NC13788 TWA To McClelland AAF:17/10/41 Coded "62TG54" To Project "X":18/12/41 Arrived Brisbane: 8/01/42 for 21TCS as VHCDX (allocated only). Lost: Bathurst Island NT 19/02/42 Condemned SUMAC 3/9/44 off 26/10/44.
    41-20066 VHCDW C-53-DO 4836 41-20066 Delivered 7/11/41 from Douglas Co. Was to be TWA San Monica Cost US$105665.00 Contract :W535-ac-18393 To Patterson AAF:14/11/41 Coded "62TG55" To Project "X":18/12/41 Arrived Brisbane: 8/01/42 :to 21TCS and allocated Rego VH-CDW. Wrecked: Crashed Feb 26, 1942, Vansittart Bay, 150 mi NW of Wyndham, WA. Off Sumac :3/9/44 Condemned:26/12/44.The Aircraft had evacuated women & children from Darwin previous day lost & ran out of fuel; landed in soft ground & tipped onto nose;Pilot 2nd Lt Ray Van Diver ASN O-413540 (Ex 88th RS 7th BG), co-pilot Mel Lewis , Flight Engineer Sgt Buck Lambert & R/op Cpl Mal Scharp;pax David Campbell & Jack Lyons of PMG for Darwin communication repairs.

    Highlight for Album: C-53 41-20066

    41-20070 VHCWA C-53-DO 4840 41-20070 Delivered 21/11/41 from Douglas Co. San Monica Cost US$105665.00 Contract :W535-ac-18393 To Olmsted AAF:24/11/41 To Project "X":18/12/41 Arrived Australia: 21/01/42 On Sumac:08/02/42 with 21st TCS became VHCWA#2 replacing 41-20051. Later 10/42 to VHCDV and named "Dipsy Doodle"/"Natti Nikka" assigned to 36 Sqn;13/04/43 to 14/05/43 and named "Wonga Will". CAC freighter mod;19/04/44 dd QEA Brisbane; MacArthur Courier Service; 09/05/44 CofA X-24;21/04/46 Left 5AAF 21/04/46 as Fraustairliner 21/04/46 Used as FEAPAS (Far East Asia Passenger Services )use as C53 30/04/47, FEA to:FLC 14/08/47 A-20070 Terminated. ret USAAF Manila; 14/03/47 sld; PI-C151 CAL Manila; 48 PAL Manila; 31/12/51 N73422 Master Equipment Co USA; Colombian AF; NFI.
    44-83228 VHALT
    VHCXD
    C-49H-DO 1944 44-83228 Was Pre-war KLM PH-ALT Torenvalk. 24/01/42 DAM by Zekes on t/o Samarinda II; last KLM a/c to leave Java;Capt V. Rees; 6 injured; 04/03/42 in Australia;last KLM a/c to arr 19/03/42 C/W of A for 5 pounds marked PH-ALT; 28/03/42 lssued USAAF and marked as "11941" (per FY41 and C/n); 15/05/42 to 18/05/42 dd USAAF Archerfield. 18/05/42 21TCS and named "Holey Joe" ; referred to as VH-ALT or 41-1941; 17/08/42 DAM Ward's EA; callsign CXD painted on 23/09/42 DAM Cooktown;rebuilt by 61 Service Sqn;10/10/42 to 28/11/42 CAC mod;large hatch replacing stbd door; 06/12/42 ass ANA; 07/12/42 dd ANA Archerfield; 11/12/42 CofA X3; 28/02/43 conv freighter; 14/06/44 serialled 44-83228 as a C-49H-DO USAAF; 15/11/44 offered for sale to Australian a/l. 05/05/1945 crashed 2 miles west of Higgins Field. All 6 on board killed. Wreck still extant and fenced off as memorial.

    Highlight for Album: C-49 44-83228

    44-83229 VHCXE
    VHCXL
    C-49H-DO
    DC-3-194B
    1944 44-83229 Ex KLM's PH-ALW "Wielewaal". 07/03/42 departed Boeabatoe Road (as runway) Bandoeng;Lt Gov Gen Dr H Van Mook & KNILM ground staff pax;Capt Eddy Dunlop; landed Port Hedland 7 hours 32 minutes later; 19/03/42 offered to C/W of A for 5 pounds marked PK-ALW ; on instructions of Gen MacArthur all ex KLM/KNILM a/c to be issued to the USAAF; 28/03/42 lsd USAAF marked as 1944 US$53,000; 14/05/42 flown under Sydney Harbour Bridge on test flight;Capt Pieter Deenik; 15/05/42 to 18/05/42 dd USAAF Archerfield; 05/42 21TCS 374TCG; VHCXE; 06/42 offered to GHQ;7 pax seats;used General MacArthur; 28/06/42 Moresby-Milne Bay;escorted by 19 8th FG P-39Ds; 17/07/42 Melbourne-Canberra-Melbourne; pilot Captain Henry Godman (who ditched B-17E 41-2507 April 42 in PI);General MacArthur pax; 24/09/42 transferred out of 21TCS to GHQ SWPA (Hq Sqn 5AF Archerfield); 15/08/43 allocated callsign VHCXL & VHCXE allocated to new GHQ C-47. 36 Sqn RAAF Townsville 25/04/44 handed over to ANA Essendon; 01/04/44 CofA X16; 23/04/44 officially ret USAAF from RAAF; 22 pax for use on Pacific Islands courier service by ANA; 14/06/44 44-83229 C-49H-DO USAAF; 11/11/44 offered for sale to Australian a/l; 17/03/45 SOC USAAF.
    Currently on display Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra QLD.

    Highlight for Album: C-49 44-83229

     

    The Author of this page is Gordon R Birkett (Previous Editor was Kevin Smith)

    Source: http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum, NAA Archives per E/E-88A Cards, DAT Registration Files, Personal data collected Gordon Birkett, Australian Aviation, Always Ready - history of RAAF East Sale, Book: The Dakota, Hercules & Caribou in Australian Service, National Archives, Joop de Wit, Classic Wings Downunder Magazine, Australia @ War Website.

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