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  L-14-H2 "R.M.A. Carmania" Constructors No 1431 Registration VH-ADS
W. R. Carpenter & Co.
Former Assignments
Northwest Airlines
Continental Airlines

Aircraft History
Super Electra built by Lockheed at Burbank, CA, April 28, 1938. Lockheed constructors number 1431.

Sold to Northwest Airlines and registered as NC17392. Later sold to Continental Airlines for $80,000. During 1941, sold to W. R. Carpenter & Co.

Shipped disassembled to Australia along with Super Electra 1409, arriving at Sydney Harbor during April 1941 and was transported to Mascot Airfield near Sydney and assembled. Registered in Australia as VH-ADS. Nicknamed "R.M.A. Carmania".

On May 30, 1941 took off from Sydney piloted by Captain Dick Mant on a 10 hour 40 minute flight to Rabaul.

During July 1941, damaged in a wheels up landing near Townsville due to a hydraulic failure. Temporarily repaired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and ferried to Essendon Airfield via Mascot Airfield for further repairs by Australian National Airlines (ANA).

On August 14, 1941 took off from Port Moresby piloted by Captain R. O. Mant on the first day trip to Sydney.

Wartime History
During December 1941, this aircraft evacuated civilians from New Guinea under direction of the RAAF from Port Moresby and Wau Airfield to Cairns Airfield. On January 4, 1942 evacuated civilians from Rabaul after Japanese air raids, then continued evacuation flights from Wau Airfield and Port Moresby.

On January 27, 1942 while on the ground at Wau Airfield, this aircraft was damaged when a truck backed up into the propeller, damaging the engine crankcase. Engineers and spare parts were flown up on January 30, 1942 aboard Super Electra VH-ADT and quickly repaired. This aircraft made a final New Guinea evacuation flight on February 2, 1942 and then returned to Sydney on February 12, 1942.

On February 13, 1942 took off from Cairns Airfield piloted by Captain K. Jackson on a flight to Wau Airfield. Then, back to Port Moresby and returned to Wau Airfield, then to Cairns Airfield for an evacuation flight.

Mission History
On February 14, 1942 took off from Cairns Airfield piloted by pilots E. D. Crisp and C. Bernard on an evacuation flight. Due to bad weather, this aircraft crashed after take off into a mangrove swamp near Carins. Both pilots were killed in the crash. Afterwards, Stricken from the record, W. R. Carpenter was later paid £25,000 compensation by the War Damages Commission for the loss of the aircraft.

References
VH-ADS - The Lockheed File

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018

 

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