PK-AFM *

 



Type: L-14-WF62 Super Electra
MSN: 1411
Previous Identities: Nil
Subsequent Identities: Nil

History:


38 Construction completed at Burbank.
12MAR38 Delivered to KNILM by Lockheed and subsequently shipped to the Netherlands East Indies. Subsequently registered PK-AFM to KNILM.
FEB42 Used with other KNILM aircraft on evacuation flights from the NEI to Australia in advance of the Japanese invasion. After escaping to Australia the aircraft was operated by KNILM under charter to the military.
26MAR42 Departed from Brisbane in the command of Captain Badings (KNILM) but failed to arrive at Batchelor, N.T. after having refuelled at Daly Waters.
30MAR42 RAAF search aircraft found the missing aeroplane approximately 155 miles south-east of Darwin near a river in the vicinity of Katherine (35 miles due east of the Number 5 bore). The KNILM DC-3 PK-ALT was despatched to drop food and water. It emerged that the crew had become disoriented in the dark as there was no beacon at Batchelor to guide them. A wheels up forced landing was attempted in what appeared to be a clear area but the aircraft slid into a cluster of trees which removed both wings and penetrated the nose. Although the trees concealed the wreckage, flares eventually attracted the attention of search aircraft. There were no injuries to the crew and passengers who, despite plentiful supplies of water, were forced to dine on their cargo of several young greyhounds destined for "some military big shot in Darwin"! A truck despatched from Katherine picked up the crew and passengers two days later. (Extracted from the privately published memoirs of John Gyzemyter of KNILM).


* This aeroplane crashed before it was handed over to the USAAF and before it was allocated an Australian call-sign, but it is included in the interests of completeness and because it "ended its days" in Australia.



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2 16MAY06
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