VH-ADS R.M.A. Carmania
|28APR38||Construction completed at Burbank.|
|05MAY38||Delivered to Northwest Airlines as NC17392. (Fleet Number 92).|
|JUN39||Sold to Continental Airlines, Denver, Colorado for $80,000.|
|41||Sold to W.R. Carpenter & Co., for their Sydney-Rabaul route.|
|29APR41||Arrived dismantled at W.R. Carpenter's hangar at Mascot (along with VH-ADT).|
|19MAY41||Registration application from W.R. Carpenter & Co., Sydney.|
|30MAY41||Entered service Sydney-Rabaul. Crewed by Captain Dick Mant plus a co-pilot and a flight hostess. There were twelve passengers.|
|03JUN41||Added to the Australian Register as VH-ADS. Named "R.M.A. Carmania".|
|JUL41||Damaged in a wheels up landing at Townsville due to hydraulic failure. Temporarily repaired by the RAAF at Townsville and ferried to Essendon via Mascot for repairs by A.N.A.|
|14AUG41||Made the first one day trip from Port Moresby to Sydney in 10 hours 40 minutes. (Capt R.O. Mant).|
|DEC41||Participated in the evacuation of civilians from New Guinea to Cairns.|
|04JAN42||Participated in the evacuation of civilians from Rabaul after enemy air raids.|
|JAN42||Participated in the evacuation of civilians from Wau to Port Moresby and on to Australia.|
|27JAN42||A truck backed into the propellor of VH-ADS at Wau damaging the prop and cracking the crankcase of the engine. (Source: James Sinclair, Wings of Gold p.295)|
|28JAN42||VH-ADT (Captain Mant) was scheduled to leave Sydney at 1200 with a replacement engine and propellor for VH-ADS. VH-ADT did not depart Sydney until 1630 after awaiting the delivery of a propellor from Richmond and dismantling it for carriage. (Source: 1)|
|29JAN42||VH-ADT arrived at Port Moresby having overnighted en route. (Source: 1)|
|30JAN42||VH-ADT Ferried the engine and propellor and four mechanics to Wau to repair the damaged VH-ADS. (Source: James Sinclair, Wings of Gold p.295)|
During the first air raid on Wau, VH-ADS was still undergoing repairs.
(Source: 1) |
The aircraft escaped damage during the air raid because it was being repaired inside the Stephens hangar. (Source: 2)
|02FEB42||VH-ADS departed Wau for Port Moresby after the completion of repairs. The damaged propellor blades and engine were left behind at Wau. (Source: 1)|
|03FEB42||VH-ADS and VH-ADT departed Port Moresby at dawn for the mainland. (Source: 1)|
|03FEB42||VH-ADT arrived at Cairns at 0933 followed by the repaired VH-ADS which arrived at 0950. Both aircraft were ordered to return to Sydney for servicing and resumption of services Sydney-Port Moresby plus other duties. (Source: 1)|
|12FEB42||Returned to Sydney with engine trouble soon after departure.|
|13FEB42||Operated Cairns-Wau-Port Moresby-Wau-Cairns on evacuation flights. (Capt K. Jackson).|
|14FEB42||Crashed into mangrove swamps in bad weather soon after take-off from Cairns for Wau to uplift evacuees. Captain E.D. Crisp and Captain C. Bernard were killed.|
|FEB42||Struck off the Register as "Crashed while engaged in military work under direction of RAAF." Subsequently, W.R. Carpenter were paid £25,000 compensation by the War Damages Commission for the loss of the aircraft.|
|NAA MP238/1, Item 8/115/300 “Evacuation from New Guinea Subsequent to Enemy Attacks 21st-22nd January 1942”. Accessed by Trevor Boughton.|
|Diary of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles. John Winterbotham www.australian-pow-ww2.com. Accessed by Trevor Boughton.|
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Added details from Source 2 thanks to Trevor Boughton.
Added details from Source 1 thanks to Trevor Boughton.
Corrected the date that VH-ADT flew spares to Wau for the damaged VH-ADS from 30JAN42 to 31JAN42. Thanks to Trevor Boughton.