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  C-47B-35-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-115 Call Sign VH-RGC
RAAF
36 Squadron

Former Assignment
35 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Arnold Alfred Lange, 17413
Ditched  September 5, 1946 at 5:08pm

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 33464. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force serial number 44-7132?.

Wartime History
During June 1945, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to RAAF 35 Squadron with call sign VH-RGC. Later, assigned to 36 Squadron.

Mission History
On September 5, 1946 took off piloted by F/Lt Arnold A. Lange. At 5:08pm, this aircraft ditched with starboard engine on fire 500 yards off Mendil Beach near Darwin. The pilot and three of the four passengers on board were injured but all were rescued.

Wreckage
During October 2006 the aircraft was discovered by dive operator Shaun Uden. The wreck is reportedly "virtually intact, lying on the bottom of the sea, just off East Point".

References
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-115
WW2 Nominal Roll - Arnold Alfred Lange
ABC News "60 year old plane wreck found near Darwin" January 9, 2007

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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