DC-5 Losses

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DC-5 Losses

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:05 am

I have read somewhere that the Japanese Aircraft had attacked airfields around Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea, on 12 April 1943, destroying several Douglas transport aircraft at Jackson Airdrome. Can anybody provide me with details of this attack, such as number and type of aircraft lost? Were any DC-5 airplanes destroyed in this raid on Jackson Airdrome? Can anyone provide me with details of the loss of DC-5 type aircraft in the Pacific Theater, especially in 1942 and 1943 in the Port Moresby area? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by Daniel Leahy » Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:10 pm

Tony,

Here are a few DC-5 losses that I'm aware of...

R3D-2 BuNo 1904 : Destroyed at Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
DC-5 VH-CXA (44-83230) : Destroyed on ground during Japanese air raid at Jackson Field on August 17, 1942.
DC-5 VH-CXB (44-83231) : Force landed near Charleville on November 6, 1942. Scrapped post-war.
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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by GordyB2 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:33 am

VHCXA Douglas DC-5-511 44-83230 PH-AXE KLM/ PK-ADB KNILM/ C-110-DE c/n428 Mar-42 03/42 night of March 1-2 evacuated Bandoeng-Australia; 18/03/42 C/W of A;PH-ADB; 28/03/42 SOC KNILM;lsd USAAF;referred to as DC-5-428, VH-ADB or 41-428 in early ops; 15/05/42 to 18/05/42 dd USAAF Archerfield; 05/42 VHCXA DAT; 05/42 21TCS ; 06/42 DAM;overshot landing Parafield; 17/08/42 dam Ward's due bombing; 374TCG records state: lost to enemy bombing Ward's - (see VHCXB) 09/42 in-flight in NG photos dated 28/09/42 cfm svcbl; 04/09/42 tfrd out of 21TCS; 06/11/42 hit ant hill Lurnea Siding (30 mi E Charleville) in single engine landing during flight; Archerfield-Daly Waters;Capt Arch Widt, 36 Sqn;co-pilot Lt Barney Cederholm u/t; sld ANA as scrap 14/06/44 Serial 44-83230 C-110-DE

VHCXB Douglas DC-5-511 44-83231 PJ-AIW KLM Eend /PK-ADD KNILM Alk/C-110-DE 424 Mar-42 03/42 night of March 1-2 evacuated Bandoeng-Australia; 19/03/42 C/W of A all VH-ADD;sld for 5 pounds; 28/03/42 SOC KNILM; lsd USAAF 41-424; 15/05/42 to 18/05/42 dd USAAF Archerfield; 05/42 VHCXB DAT; 05/42 21TCS referred to as DC-5-424, 41-424;17/08/42 DES by bombing Ward's, Moresby; 14/09/42 SOC; 04/11/42 "transferred out of 21TCS"; 14/06/44 all serial 44-83231 C-110-DE: NB:A Dutch source has suggested that the c/n for 426 and 424 were switched.(Jos Heyman)

VHCXC Douglas DC-5-511 44-83232 PH-AIZ KLM Boschduif/PK-ADC KNILM /C-110-DE 426 Mar-42 "03/42 night of March 1-2 evacuated Bandoeng-Australia; 19/03/42 C/W of A for 5 pounds all VH-ADC; 28/03/42 SOC KNILM;lsd USAAF referred to as DC-5-426, VH-ADC or 41-426; 14/05/42 flown under Sydney Harbour Bridge on test flight;Capt Dirk Rab F/E John Gyzemyter 15/05/42 dd USAAF Archerfield; 05/42 VHCXC DAT; 05/42 21TCS Amberley; damaged Charleville;repaired (374TCG records);cf VHCXA 01/10/42 transferred out of 21TCS; 22/12/42 ""First flight with ANA"" recorded; 25/12/42 CofA X5;test flown Archerfield ANA Captain P.T.L. Taylor;dd ANA Archerfield;2 crew 23 pax;flew Archerfield- Townsville-Moresby courier; 26/12/42 flew first ANA trip; 29/04/43 engine failure - f/l Bowen while southbound from Townsville 19/05/43 DAM in fire ANA hangar Archerfield; whilst camouflage being removed;dam to starboard nacelle, starboard outer wing, flaps & ailerons;parts of VHCXA used in the rebuild; 14/07/43 CofA renewed;probably no longer used outside Australia 24/10/43 DAM in accident;repaired at Archerfield; 25/12/43 ret to service;25/03/44 DAM under tow Archerfield; 29/03/44 repaired 30/04/44 WFU;ret USAAF; 13/05/44 DCA inspection with view to entering civil register; 17/05/44 under conv for civil use;bench seating for Melbourne-Tasmania route; 10/06/44 officially ret to USAAF; 14/06/44 all 44-83232 C-110-DE - still op ANA; 25/01/45 CofA renewed;3 crew 22 pax; 05/46 purchased by ANA from USAAF; 06/05/46 registration application lodged; 24/05/46 import licence 260 issued; Ended with IDAF. Retired after end of first Palestine war; 05/49 IDFAF Tech School Haifa AFB Inst Airframe Tel Aviv Aero Tech School; 11/62

Hope that helps on the number used SWPAC ex Dutch and the number lost in PNG,...One...... VHCXB

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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:33 am

Thanks Gordy, Buzzer and Daniel.

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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by GordyB2 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:37 am

Hi Tony,

You want pic's? I have a couple,..I think

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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:32 pm

Gordy,

Thanks for posting and sharing. Great stuff.

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Re: DC-5 Losses

Post by GordyB2 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:45 pm

Hi Tony,

That pic is dated early March 42 at Pearce following evacuation via Broome and Java

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