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  L-14-H2 "R.M.A. Caronia" Constructors Number 1409 Registration VH-ADT
W. R. Carpenter & Co.

Guinea Airways

Qantas

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November 1943

Aircraft History
Super Electra built by Lockheed at Burbank, CA, during 1938. Lockheed constructors number 1409.

On January 4, 1938 sold to Northwest Airlines and registered as NC17382. In April 1939, sold to Continental Airlines for $80,000. In 1941, sold to W. R. Carpenter & Co.

Shipped disassembled to Australia along with Super Elctra 1431, arriving at Sydney Harbor during April 1941 and was transported to Mascot Airfield near Sydney and assembled. Registered as VH-ADT and nicknamed "R.M.A. Caronia".

During August 1941, entered service flying from Sydney to Rabaul (10 hour 40 minute flight) piloted, co-pilot and flight hostess, capable of carrying twelve passengers.

During January 1942, participated in the evacuation of civilians from Wau Airfield. Nearly caught on the ground during a Japanese air raid during January, pilot Clive Bernard managed to take off and escape. On January 30, flew engineers and parts to Wau Airfield to repair Super Electra VH-ADS.

Afterwards, flown to Australia. During March 1942, was unserviceable at Mascot Airfield with engine problems. Repaired, this aircraft was used to fly for the USAAF for four months, but crewed and maintained by W. R. Carpenter & Co. employees. August 2, 1942, overhauled and entered service with Guinea Airways.

During August 1942, is chartered by the US Army to carry vegetables and cargo from Adelaide to Sydney and Darwin and other locations. Military and civilian passengers are also transported, but no seats are installed.

On August 22, damaged in the rear fuselage while at Batchelor Field. On September 10 flown to Parafield Airfield and temporary repairs are made.

Continues to fly charter flights for the US Army until January 16, 1943, due to engine wear. After repair in February 1943, returns to service with W. R. Carpenter, flying from Sydney to Port Moresby until the service is discontinued on March 16, 1943.

Chartered to Ansett Airways, suffers a force landing at Mascot Airfield with fuel problems on March 22, 1943. Repaired and later chartered to Australian National Airways during 1944.

On October 25, 1944 sold to Qantas.

During May 1945, again leased to Australian National Airways

Postwar
On January 22, 1947 on take off from Schofields Airfield piloted by Jackson, struck a log that collapsing the left landing gear and caused it to crash and burn. Jackson escaped without injuries. Officially, the aircraft was struck off the register a year later.

References
VH-ADT - The Lockheed File

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January 31, 2018

 

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