Built by Lockheed at Burbank, CA, completed September 1938. Lockheed Constructors Number 1131. Operated by MacRobertson Miller Aviation (MMA) registration VH-ABW, nicknamed "R.M.A. Kimberley".
Shipped overseas aboard the Tolken and arrived at Port Adelaide on December 5, 1938. Towed to Parafield Airfield and assembled by December 17 and began flying the Perth to Darwin air route beginning in February 1939.
On March 3, 1942 this Electra piloted by James Woods spotted the survivors of Do24 X-36, and circled them. Returning to Broome, he landed for supplies and returned to the crash site and dropped supplies to the group.
Also during March, this aircraft also particiapted in the evacuation of civilians from Broome and Darwin.
During December 1942, this aircraft flew the Sydney to Hobart air route temporarily. Duing January 1943, returned to MMA service and continued until postwar flying passengers.
On June 17, 1946, this same aircraft crashed into the tidal flats near Roebuck Creek off Broome.
VH-ABW - The Lockheed File
Thanks to Stan Gajda for additional information.
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January 9, 2018