Built by Douglas. Constructor Number 6006. Assigned to the US Army on November 12, 1942, then to the 5th Air Force on January 12, 1943. Assigned to the 374th Troop Carrier Group, 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron. Assigned to Major John H. Lackey, Jr. pilot (22nd TCS, C.O.). Nicknamed "Linda Ann" after Lackey's wife. Nose number 51.
Kate Murphy (granddaughter of Lackey) adds:
"The pilot, John H. Lackey, is my grandfather. He died before I was born. 'Linda Ann' was named after my mother."
This C-47 operated from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby. The regular crew included: Major John H. Lackey, Jr. pilot (22nd TCS, C.O.), Sgt Wade McFarland co-pilot, TSgt Vincent J. Janavick engineer, TSgt William E. Parker radio, Cpl Frank L. Bonita assistant engineer, Sgt John E. Putzman assistant engineer. On January 27, 1945 this aircraft returned to the United States.
Another crew that flew this C-47 in April 1943: 2nd Lt. Wade McFarland, pilot, 2nd Lt. Thomas G. Thompson, co-pilot, Sgt Lyle G. McMann, radio, Sgt John Putzman, engineer, Cpl Frank Bonito assistant engineer, Cpl Floyd D. Nance, engineer and Pfc Jessie H. Hubbard, radio.
On November 2, 1945 placed into storage. Later, sold to Standard Airlines, later Pacific Southwest Airlines, assigned to
civil registry as NC49840.
Next to Sekiya Trading Co.
November 5, 1955 and registered as JA-5018 in Japan. Then to Helicopter Air Transport during December 1955 and on July 7, 1958 to All Nippon.
Carrie E. Thompson (granddaugher of Thomas Garland Thompson)
On March 16, 1960 crashed at Komaki Airfield near Nagoya, after an aerial collision with JASDF F-86D Sabre 84-8136 (ex USAF F-86D Sabre 51-5894).
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January 9, 2018