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  C-47-DL Dakota Serial Number A65-3 Call Sign VH-CTC
RAAF
36 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt John Donellan Balfe, 272371 (survived) Hobart, TAS
Co-Pilot  F/O Norman John Properjohn, 16549 (survived) Nangabrook, WA
Wireless  F/Sgt Thomas Henry Dennis, 425616 (survived) Beenleigh, QLD
Passenger  P/O Lloyd Ronald Thomas Ballard, 411728 (survived) Neutral Bay, NSW
Passenger  W/O Peter Gordon Brown, 400617 (survived) Melbourne, VIC
Passenger  F/Lt Ronald Scott Lovell, 270811 (survived) Roma, QLD
Passenger  Sgt Robert Lucas, 36186 (survived) Durham, England
Passenger  AC1 Marcel Edward Van De Velde, 123578 (survived) Mackay, QLD
Passenger  AC1 Edward Charles Noel Nason, 122934 (survived) Mile End, SA
Passenger  LAC Clement Thomas Anthony Haylen, 70786 (survived) Naremburn, NSW
Passenger  LAC Samuel Stephenson Collinson, 44803 (survived) Brisbane, QLD
Passenger  F/Sgt Frank Potten, 15088 (survived) Glebe, NSW
Passenger  Unidentified Australian Army (survived)
Passenger  Unidentified Australian Army
(survived)
Ditched  December 14, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9012. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 42-32786. Flown overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
On March 20, 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota A30-17 but never applied. Instead, designated Dakota A65-3. Assigned to 36 Squadon with call sign VH-CTC. Later registered as VH-DAC and later VH-CTC.

Mission History
On December 14, 1943 took off from Cooktown Airfield bound for Horn Island Airfield. During the flight, suffered and engine failure and ditched into the sea approximately 1.5 km south of Turtle Head Island. All three crew and eleven passengers survived and were rescued.

Daniel Leahy adds:
"Both officers were later awarded the AFC (Air Force Cross) and the F/Sgt awarded the George Medal, though whether for this incident or not I don't know."

References
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-3
WW2 Nominal Roll - John Donellan Balfe
WW2 Nominal Roll - Norman John Properjohn
WW2 Nominal Roll - Thomas Henry Dennis
WW2 Nominal Roll - Lloyd Ronald Thomas Ballard
WW2 Nominal Roll - Peter Gordon Brown
WW2 Nominal Roll - Ronald Scott Lovell
WW2 Nominal Roll - Robert Lucas
WW2 Nominal Roll - Marcel Edward Van De Velde
WW2 Nominal Roll - Edward Charles Noel Nason
WW2 Nominal Roll - Clement Thomas Anthony Haylen
WW2 Nominal Roll - Samuel Stephenson Collinson
WW2 Nominal Roll - Frank Potten

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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