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  C-47A-5-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-35  
Airlines NSW
Former Assignment
RAAF
3 AD
33 Squadron
1 AD
37 Squadron
387 Squadron

ANA
Ansett Airlines

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 12252. Built under contract DAW535-AC-28405 Project Number 52612. U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number 42-92450. Ordered via Aus 39 Requisition 40402. This aircraft was on Order Case 200 Indent 927A Diversion 758 with twin Row Wasp R1830-92 radial engines. On January 18, 1944 departed Fairfield Airfield on a ferry flight across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
During February 1944, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota serial number A65-35 with 3 Air Depot (3AD). Assigned to 33 Squadron. Australian call sign VHCUI was painted on the top of the tail and "UI" behind both cockpit windows in gray 36" letters.

On July 31, 1944 assigned to Australian National Airlines (ANA) at Parafield Airfield then returned to 33 Squadron on August 12, 1944.

On May 26, 1945 took off piloted by F/O G L Chick, while landing at Sentani Airfield, ran into a ditch but none of the crew were hurt in the landing. Afterwards, assigned to 13 ARD for repairs.

Postwar
On December 6, 1945 returned to 33 Squadron. On March 1, 1946 assigned to DAP at Parafield Airfield and assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) on June 27, 1946. Then to 3 Air Depot (3 AD) on July 11, 1946. On October 18, 1946 assigned to 37 Squadron. Finally, assigned to 387 Squadron on November 6, 1946.

On July 24, 1947 this Dakota was offered for disposal by the CDC. Sold to Australian National Airlines (ANA) for £6250. On October 21, 1947 delivered to ANA and converted to a civilian DC-3C. On December 15, 1948 registered in Australia as VH-INA. Nicknmaed "Bungana / Pengana". On December 15, 1948 registered as VH-INI.

During May 1957 transfered to Ansett Airlines and converted to Viewmaster and flown until October 4, 1957. During 1959 to Airlines of New South Wales.

Mission History
On December 12, 1960 took off from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a training flight piloted by Ray Thomas with two trainee pilots. Crashed into the sea off Sydney. Some floating wreckage was found after the crash but no trace of the crew.

References
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-35
ASN Aircraft Accident - Douglas DC-3C VH-INI

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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