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

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 as VH-ADS and nicknamed "R.M.A. Carmania".

On May 30, 1941 began flying from Sydney to Rabaul (10 hour 40 minute flight) piloted by Captain Dick Mant plus a co-pilot and a flight hostess, capable of carrying twelve passengers.

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

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

Wartime History
During December 1941, evacuated civilians from New Guinea under direction of the RAAF.

from Port Moresby and Wau Airfield to Cairns. On January 4, 1942 evacuated civilians from Rabaul following 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 aboard Super Electra VH-ADT, and repaired. This aircraft made a final evacuation flight on February 2, 1942, and then returned to Sydney on February 12.

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

Mission History
On February 14, 1942 took off from Cairns on another evacuation flight. After takeoff, this aircraft crashed into a mangrove swamp near Carins in bad weather. Killed in the crash were pilots E. D. Crisp and C. Bernard.

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
January 9, 2018

 

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