ALL AUSTRALIAN LODESTARS

 

This table attempts to list all known Lodestars with an Australian connection. Specifically excluded, are foreign military or civilian examples which visited and departed without taking up an Australian identity. Lodestars which took up an Australian (or subsequent New Zealand) civil registration have separate pages listing their histories. These pages are referenced by hotlinks in the following table. Aircraft with separate pages are listed under their last Australian identity, be that a civil registration or RAAF serial number. New Zealand Lodestars which did not have an Australian identity are not listed in this table or on separate pages. Notable exceptions to the above policy which have been included in the following table are several Lodestars which, although they did not take up an Australian identity, are known to have "ended their days" on Australian soil.

Another notable exception to this policy concerns the Lodestars which served in the Dutch East Indies. A large percentage of these aircraft came to Australia and took up Australian identities and are therefore included in the following table. The remainder, although regular visitors to Australia, were destroyed in Dutch service, indeed some on Australian soil. In the interests of completeness, all of the Dutch Lodestars have been listed on a separate page.

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MSN MODEL USAAF RAF ML-KNIL RAAF CALLSIGN REGN
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2090 L18-07/56 - - - - - G-AGBU
VH-BKH#
VH-FAD
ZK-BJM
See VH-FAD
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2102 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68347 - LT-907 - VHCAA VH-ARZ
ZK-ANA
N4632V
N89K
N1716E?
N796G
XA-TAP
N796G
N3998S?
N796G
See VH-ARZ
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2103 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68348 - LT-908 - VHCAB -
MAR42
Allotted to 21TCS then 22TCS
NOV42
Allotted to Qantas
01JAN43
CofA X6 issued
01JAN43
Officially signed for by Qantas
02JAN43
Entered service with Qantas, Brisbane to Townsville, Capt S.K. Howard.
26NOV43
Crashed at Ward's Strip, Port Moresby
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2104 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68349 - LT-909 - VHCAC VH-CAC#
W2104
VH-ARY
ZK-ALZ
See VH-ARY
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2105 L18-40-11 - - LT-910 - VHCNA? -
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Variously reported as:
Operated in Australia by NEI Transport Squadron
Used by 119 Sqn at Canberra
Used by PEP
13OCT41
Crashed at Kemajoran, Batavia
13NOV41
Crashed at Meester Cornelis, Java
47
Broken up at Biak
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2106 L18-40-11 - - LT-911 - - -
41
Used by B Flight 8 Sqn RAAF at Kuantan, Malaya
FEB42
Destroyed
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2109 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68350 - LT-914 - VHCAD -
MAR42
Allotted to 22TCS
14JUL42
Lost without trace between Townsville and Cooktown
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2110 L18-40-11 - - LT-915 - VHCNB? -
MAR42
Arrived Darwin operated by NEITS
42
Broken up at Darwin
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Also reported broken up at Canberra
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2120 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68351 - LT-916 - VHCAE -
-
Allotted to 21TCS
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Allotted to Ansett Airways
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Allotted to 22TCS
11OCT42
Crashed at Archerfield
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2121 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68352 - LT-917 - VHCAF -
MAR42
Allotted to 21TCS
JUN42
Allotted to 22TCS
DEC42
Allotted to Qantas
04JUN43
CofA X10 issued to ANA
05NOV43
Flown Archerfield-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney-Archerfield by Capt Edgerton (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
28JAN44
Damaged at Archerfield while taxying for a night take-off for Port Moresby. Aircraft taxied outside the aerodrome boundary and struck a fallen tree. Qantas estimate four weeks to repair. (NAA via G. Goodall)
23FEB44
Unscheduled landing at Archerfield due oil pressure drop in starboard engine. Was operating the courier run to Port Moresby with Capt H.W. Deignan, F/O B.J. Munro and 15 passengers. (NAA via G. Goodall) Some reports record a wheels up landing at Archerfield on this same date.
22APR44
Crashed at Archerfield
10MAY44
WFS and returned to USAAF
14NOV44
This aircraft was one of 12 listed in a memorandum from the U.S. Government offering an assortment of Douglas and Lockheed types to the highest bidder for cash. VHCAF was said to require 60 man hours labour to place in fly-away condition. The aircraft was located with QEA at Archerfield with total time estimated at 3083 hours. (Source: John Hopton)
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2122 L18-40-11 - - LT-918 - - -
03MAR42
Destroyed by enemy action on the ground at Broome
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2123 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68353 - LT-919 - VHCAG -
MAR42
Allotted to 22TCS
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Allotted to ANA
17AUG42
Destroyed in an enemy air raid at Jacksons Field (Maple), Port Moresby
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2125 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68354 - LT-921 - VHCAH -
MAR42
Allotted to 21TCS
MAY42
Allotted to 22TCS
NOV42
Allotted to ANA/Airlines of Australia
30NOV42
Crashed at Buna and bulldozed off strip
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2126 L18-40-11 - - LT-922 - - -
17FEB42
Airlines of Australia DC-3 VH-ACB ran into LT-922 (and a USAAC B-17 41-2430) at Archerfield. The Lodestar was so badly damaged that it was not taken on charge by the USAAF and was subsequently scrapped. Photo
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2127 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68355 - LT-923 - VHCAI -
MAR42
Allotted to 21TCS
APR42
Allotted to 22TCS
17AUG42
Destroyed in an enemy air raid at Jacksons Field (Maple), Port Moresby
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2128 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68356 - LT-924 - VHCAJ -
MAR42
Allotted to 22TCS
02NOV42
CofA X2 issued. Operated by ANA/AOA
12DEC42
Collided with Hudson A16-114 at Archerfield
26FEB43
Damaged in ground-loop at Townsville and returned to USAAF
27FEB43
Written off and later converted to components
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2129 L18-40-11
C-56B-LO
42-68357 - LT-925 - VHCAK -
MAR42
Allotted to 21TCS
JUL42
Allotted to 22TCS
26OCT42
Allotted to Qantas
02NOV42
CofA X1 issued
03NOV42
Officially signed for by Qantas
04NOV42
Entered service with Qantas, Brisbane to Townsville, Capt S.K. Howard
13MAR44
Flown Townsville-Cairns by Capt Connolly (Qantas) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
15MAY44
WFS and returned to USAAF after crash at Bundaberg
14NOV44
This aircraft was one of 12 listed in a memorandum from the U.S. Government offering an assortment of Douglas and Lockheed types to the highest bidder for cash. VHCAK was said to require 60 man hours labour to place in fly-away condition. The aircraft was located with QEA at Archerfield with total time estimated at 4468 hours. (Source: John Hopton)
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2182 L18-50 42-108791 - LT-931* - - N8000
N8002
N8008
N600NW
N8008
NOTE: Although several sources show this aircraft on lists of Australian Lodestars, all evidence indicates that it never came to Australia. This confusion is doubtless a result of the reissuing of the serials LT-931 to 34. If only to explain this confusion, the aircraft will be retained on this page.
DEC72
Sold to Florida Airways International as N8008. No reports since.
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2183 L18-50 42-108792 - LT-932* - - N58181
N7777
N700CC
N500RP
N500R
N520R
NOTE: Although several sources show this aircraft on lists of Australian Lodestars, all evidence indicates that it never came to Australia. This confusion is doubtless a result of the reissuing of the serials LT-931 to 34. If only to explain this confusion, the aircraft will be retained on this page.
11JAN83
Crashed at Madison, GA as N520R
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2184 L18-50 - - LT-933* - - N5202N
N88A?
N88H?
NOTE: Although several sources show this aircraft on lists of Australian Lodestars, all evidence indicates that it never came to Australia. This confusion is doubtless a result of the reissuing of the serials LT-931 to 34. If only to explain this confusion, the aircraft will be retained on this page.
USN Bu No 30148
Registered to George Robertson, Miami Springs, FL as N88H. Off USCR by 1971.
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2185 L18-50 - - LT-934* - - PP-WAA
N3946C
N46P
N461EW
N46WT
N1NF
NOTE: Although several sources show this aircraft on lists of Australian Lodestars, all evidence indicates that it never came to Australia. This confusion is doubtless a result of the reissuing of the serials LT-931 to 34. If only to explain this confusion, the aircraft will be retained on this page.
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USN Bu No 30150
99
Extant Fort Lauderdale, FL
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2186 C-60-LO 42-32166 FK246* - - VHCEG -
-
Allotted to 21TCS
03SEP44
Written off and scrapped
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2187 C-60-LO 42-32167 FK247* - - VHCEA -
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Allotted to 22TCS
03DEC42
Crashed at Ward's Strip, Port Moresby.
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2188 C-60-LO 42-32168 FK248* - - VHCEB -
-
Allotted to 21TCS
-
Allotted to 22TCS
OCT42
Crashed at Dobodura
03SEP44
Struck off and scrapped
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2192 C-60-LO 42-32172 FK252* - - VHCEC -
OCT42
Allotted to 21TCS
07JUL43
Allotted to ANA
22JUL43
CofA X12 issued
10NOV43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Townsville-Rockhampton by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
10NOV43
Flown Rockhampton-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
13NOV43
Flown Archerfield-Rockhampton-Townsville-Cairns-Townsville-Archerfield by Capt Browne (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
17NOV43
Flown Archerfield-Rockhampton-Townsville-Cairns-Archerfield by Capts Jones & Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
20NOV43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
04DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
07DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
07DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
10DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Hassard (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
10DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
13DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Hassard (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
16DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Secombe (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
16DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
24DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Secombe (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
24DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
27DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
30DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
30DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
02JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
05JAN44
Flown Townville-Cairns by Capt Clive Jones (ANA) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
05JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
07JAN44
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
08JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
23APR44
WFS and returned to USAAF
21OCT44
Struck off and scrapped
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2193 C-60-LO 42-32173 FK253* - - VHCED -
22SEP42
Arrived Brisbane and allotted to 21TCS
OCT42
Allotted to 22TCS
22JUL43
Received at 36 Sqn RAAF. Named "Kia Ora"
23AUG43
Issued to ANA at Archerfield
22DEC43
Received at 36 Sqn ex ANA Archerfield
10MAR44
Flown from Townsville to Eagle Farm (Brisbane) on return to USAAF
13MAR44
Issued to USAAF ex 36 Sqn
14NOV44
This aircraft was one of 12 listed in a memorandum from the U.S. Government offering an assortment of Douglas and Lockheed types to the highest bidder for cash. VHCED was said to require only a preflight inspection to place in fly-away condition. The aircraft was located with Guinea Airways in Adelaide with total time unknown. (Source: John Hopton)
17DEC45
Struck off and scrapped
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2194 C-60-LO 42-32174 FK254* - - VHCEE VH-BAG
VH-BYG#
See VH-BAG
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2195 C-60-LO 42-32175 FK255* - - VHCEF -
OCT42
Allotted to 21TCS
-
Named "The Texas Wrangler"
02MAY43
Arrived CAC for repairs
23JUN43
Departed CAC after repairs
-
Reportedly issued to USN
21DEC43
Written off in New Guinea and scrapped
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2196 C-60-LO 42-32176 FK256* - - VHCEH -
30SEP42
Arrived Brisbane
OCT42
Allotted to 21TCS
30APR43
Flown Townsville-Archerfield by Lt P C Bowen USAAF. Aircraft identified as "FK256". (Source: Diary of Fred Jacobsen, 22 Sqn Boston WAG who was a passenger on the flight)
15JUL43
Delivered to ANA at Archerfield and CofA X13 issued same day
20OCT43
Flown Archerfield-Port Moresby by Capt Gethings (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
21OCT43
Flown Port Moresby-Archerfield by Capt Gethings (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
24OCT43
Flown Archerfield-Daly Waters by Capt Edgerton (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
25OCT43
Flown Daly Waters-Batchelor-Archerfield by Capt Edgerton (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
01DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
01DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Turner (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
19DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Townsville by Capt Hassard (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
20DEC43
Flown Townsville-Brisbane by Capt Hassard (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
21DEC43
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
21DEC43
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
11JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Secombe (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
11JAN44
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
13JAN44
Flown Cairns-Townsville by Capt Clive Jones (ANA) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
14JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
14JAN44
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Lockyer (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
17JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Secombe (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
20JAN44
Flown Archerfield-Cairns by Capt Secombe (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
20JAN44
Flown Cairns-Archerfield by Capt Jones (ANA) and F/O Dick Bampton (4CU) (Source: 1)
04MAY44
WFS and returned to USAAF at Port Moresby
16AUG44
VHCEH operated Townsville-Prosperpine-Townsville, Cpt Annear, copilot Flt Lt Kais, both 36 Sqn. (Source: Log Book of Ern Annear via Bob Wiseman). This disproves the earlier belief that VHCEH was written off and scrapped in JUL44.
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2197 C-60-LO 42-32177 FH257* - - VHCEI -
OCT42
Allotted to 21TCS
DEC42
Allotted to 22TCS
15JAN43
Nosed over at Ward's Strip, New Guinea. Struck off and scrapped
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2198 C-60-LO 42-32178 FK258* - - VHCEJ -
JUL43
Allotted to 21TCS
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Reportedly flown as FK258
19JUL43
Received at 36Sqn RAAF. Named "Rebel"
23AUG43
Issued to ANA Mascot
11OCT43
Received at 36 Sqn
25OCT43
Issued to ANA Archerfield for 240 hourly
25JAN44
Received at 36 Sqn
07MAR44
Flown from Townsville to Eagle Farm (Brisbane) on return to USAAF
14NOV44
This aircraft was one of 12 listed in a memorandum from the U.S. Government offering an assortment of Douglas and Lockheed types to the highest bidder for cash. VHCEJ was said to require only a preflight inspection to place in fly-away condition. The aircraft was located with Guinea Airways in Adelaide with total time unknown. (Source: John Hopton)
DEC45
Struck off and scrapped
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2388 C-60A-5-LO 42-55951 - - - - N17615
XA-SAX
N56LH
VH-XUS
See VH-XUS
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2507 C-60A-5-LO 42-56034 - LT-931(2) - VHRDA -
06APR45
Flown Essendon-Charleville-Townsville by Flt Lt S. Paul (37 Sqn) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
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Returned to NEI Forces
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2508 C-60A-5-LO 42-56035 - - A67-1 VHRAA ZK-AOP
N4646V
N16L
N789F
N780F(3)
See A67-1
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2535 C-60A-5-LO 42-56042 - - A67-2 VHRAB VH-CAA#
See VH-CAA
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2536 C-60A-5-LO 42-56043 - - A67-3 VHRAC ZK-AOT
N4634V
See A67-3
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2537 C-60A-5-LO 42-56044 - - A67-4 VHRAD ZK-AOS
N60000
N60C
See A67-4
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2538 C-60A-5-LO 42-56045 - - A67-5 VHRAE VH-GRB
VH-OAS
N4849V
See VH-OAS
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2553 C-60A-5-LO 42-56060 - LT-932(2) - VHRDT VH-FAC
ZK-BMC
See VH-FAC
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2603 C-60A-5-LO 43-16443 - LT-933(2) - VHRDU VH-FAB
F-OALK
See VH-FAB
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2608 C-60A-5-LO 43-16448 - LT-934(2) - VHRDV -
-
Returned to NEI Forces
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2610 C-60A-5-LO 43-16450 - - A67-6 VHRAF -
06NOV43
Delivered ex Lockheed.
06NOV43
Arrived Long Beach.
15NOV43
Departed Long Beach.
26JAN45
Crashed at Merauke, Dutch New Guinea.
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2611 C-60A-5-LO 43-16451 - - A67-7 VHRAG VH-BFZ
See VH-BFZ
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2612 C-60A-5-LO 43-16452 - - A67-8 VHRAH VH-CAC
VH-TAZ
N4848V
N14L
See VH-TAZ
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2613 C-60A-5-LO 43-16453 - - A67-10 VHRAJ VH-CAB
VH-TAY
N5080V
N24W
N179T
N1791
N298AR
N14WS
See VH-TAY
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2614 C-60A-5-LO 43-16454 - - A67-9 VHRAI ZK-APU
N633
See A67-9
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2618 C-60A-5-LO 43-16458 - LT-935 - VHRDW -
05JAN44
On charge to RAAF
26AUG45
Flown Gorrie-Darwin by Sqn Ldr Stone (37 Sqn) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
11JUN46
Struck off charge by RAAF
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Returned to NEI Forces (?)
APR47
Struck off charge by USAAF(?)
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2621 C-60A-5-LO 43-16461 - LT-936 - VHRDB -
21AUG44
Minor damage during engine runs at Essendon. Brakes failed and aircraft struck an RAAF Oxford parked against a DAP hangar. Pilot was NWI Liaison Officer Sgt Major Brookman. (NAA via G. Goodall)
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Returned to NEI Forces
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CODE EXPLANATION
* Cancelled Order
# Not Taken Up
(2) Reissued Serial
(3) Bogus Registration
? Doubtful. Subject to confirmation
CofA X.. Special CofA to permit carriage of civilians on military aircraft
Others See Abbreviations

 



Issue Date Remarks
15 12SEP15
Added reference at 14NOV44 for VHCAF, VHCAK, VHCED & VHCEJ.
14 07SEP15
Table completely reformatted. Nil change to data.
13 06SEP15
Added several references drawn from the Harrison Air Log by John T. Harrison. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
12 21JUN12
Added details of Qantas acceptance of VHCAB msn 2103 and VHCAK msn 2129. Source: Synopsis of Events: Q.E.A. Operations from Commencement of war with Germany 3/9/1939 compiled by I Isaacs, 31 August 1943, on file W2 War - Qantas WW2, file 3 of 3. Qantas Heritage Collection extracted by Phil Vabre.
11 06MAY08
Added many ANA flights by VHCAF, VHCEC & VHCEH. Thanks to Chris Bampton for access to the log book of his father Dick Bampton who was assigned to RAAF 4CU Archerfield to fly as F/O to ANA Captains on ADAT flights. (Shown as Source: 1)
10 06MAY08
Added reference to a flight by c/n 2196 on 30APR43. Curiously, the aircraft was described as FK256. Thanks to Bob Livingstone.
9 04MAY12
Added images of:
VHCEF msn 2195 "The Texas Wrangler"
VHCAF msn 2121
VHCAI msn 2127
VHCAJ msn 2128
all thanks to Geoff Goodall
LT-917 msn 2121
thanks to Maurice Austin.
8 03MAY08
Added new information that VHCEH (2196) was still flying in AUG44 despite the earlier belief that it was scrapped in JUL44. Thanks to Bob Wiseman and Geoff Goodall.
7 24JUN06
Added delivery details for A67-6 thanks to Gordon Birkett.
6 06MAR06
Added details of incident involving LT-936 (msn 2621)
Added details of incident involving VHCAF (msn 2121) on 23FEB44
5 05MAR06
Amended details of accident to VHCAF (msn 2121) on 28JAN44.
4 17OCT04
Major Update:
Layout of table changed to improve readability.
Table amended to show that MSNs 2182, 2183, 2184 and 2185 did not come to Australia.
Format of ML-KNIL serials corrected from LT9- to LT-9
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