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Flying Boat Services
Trans Oceanic Airways
Barrier Reef Airways
On April 26, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Sunderland A26-5. with call sign VH-COE. Assigned to 40 Squadron at Townsville and received on July 2, 1944.
On July 10, 1944 damaged when struck by S.S. Marella off Townsville. Afterwards, repaired.
On December 16, 1946 flown from Rathmines to Sydney (Rose Bay). Converted to a Sunderland (Hythe) with seating for 22 passengers.
On October 24, 1947 registered in Australia as VH-AKP (CofR 1434) with Certificate of Airworthiness issued (CofA 1350) issued the same day.
Registered to Trans Oceanic Airways Ltd. (TOA) and nicknamed "Australis". Provided the first T.O.A. commercial service offering charter flights from Sydney to the New Hebrides.
On January 21, 1948 nicknamed "Antilles". In 1949 renamed "Tahiti Star". Withdrawn from service during December 17, 1949 until December 5, 1950 and converted with seating for 36 passengers.
On January 1, 1951 made a final TOA flight to the Pacific Islands. On June 17, 1952 made a final TOA flight from Sydney to Grafton. On July 1, 1952 placed in liquidation, yet continued to make limited service from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
On August 16, 1952 leased to Barrier Reef Airways / Ansett Flying Boat Services. Next, leased to Ansett Flying Boat Services during November 1 to December 27, 1952. On April 15, 1953 made a final TOA flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island.
On May 20, 1953 sold to Ansett Flying Boat Services and registered on May 25, 1953 but continued to operate in TOA markings. Utilized to maintain schedules as a replacement aircraft for VH-BRD.
On March 12, 1954 withdrawn from use and placed into storage at Sydney. Registration canceled on May 9, 1954. In total, this aircraft had flown 5,919 hours. During October 1955, scrapped at Rose Bay, Sydney.
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