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  DH.82A Tiger Moth Serial Number A17-489  
Mandated Airlines
Former Assignments
RAAF
111 ASRF
8 CU
12 LASU
13 ARD
11 ERTS
5 AD
2 AP
5 EFTS
1 AOS
2 AD

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AWM Aug13, 1945

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AWM Sept 14, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by de Havilland in Australia. Constructors Number DHA912.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DH.82A Tiger Moth serial number A17-489. On May 14, 1942 assigned to 2 AD. On May 18, 1942 assigned to 1 AOS, then to 5 EFTS on June 16, 1942.

On May 2, 1944 to De Havilland, then assigned to 2 AP on June 25, 1944 and two days later to 5 AD. On November 11, 1944 to 11 ERTS. On February 19, 1945 to 13 ARD.

On May 26, 1945 assigned to 12 Local Air Supply Unit (LASU). Coded L-TA. On May 30, 1945 this aircraft struck an obstruction during takeoff. On July 4, 1945 struck treetops after take off but landed safely and was repaired.

On August 13, 1945 this aircraft, piloted by F/O W. H. R. Smith from RAAF 12 Local Air Supply Unit (LASU) was the first aircraft to land and take off from Kiarivu Airfield. Since the runway was still soft from construction, parachute bundles from prior air drops were used to mark the best area for landing.

On September 14, 1945 Japanese Army 18th Army commander Lt. General Hatazo Adachi was transported as a passenger in the forward cockpit of this aircraft. Took off from Cape Wom Airfield piloted by F/O T. L. Collier and flown southward to Kiarivu Airfield where Adachi returned to his headquarters near Kiarivu.

Postwar
On January 18, 1946 assigned to 8 Communication Unit (CU). On January 19, 1946 offered to CDC for disposal. On July 29, 1946 assigned to 111 ASRF .

On March 12, 1946 sold for 175 pounds to Mandated Airlines and collected by the company on April 17, 1946. Ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown. Likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
ADF Serials - A17-489
Tiger Moth N17489 is painted in the markings of A-17-489 in the United States

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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