LT932


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 18-2507
Previous Identities: 42-56034
Subsequent Identities: VHRDA

History:

18JUL43
Delivered Royal Netherlands Military Flying School at Jackson. (Source: 3)
11AUG43
Departed Jackson with an RNMFS crew for the ferry flight to Australia. (Captain Wittert van Hoogland). Only LT932 and LT934 were ferried by NEI crew. (Source: 3)
23AUG43
Arrived and accepted by the ML at RAAF Laverton, Vic. (Source: 3)
24AUG43
Flown to ANA Essendon for removal of ferry tanks and post-ferry inspection. (Source: 3)
28AUG43
On completion of maintenance departed for Canberra on assignment to 18 SQN NEI. (Source: 3)
02SEP43
Arrived at Batchelor, NT. (Source: 3)
07JAN44
On or about this date transferred to the NEI Pool Sqn at Canberra. (Source: 3)
11JAN44
Delivered 1AD, Laverton for overhaul and engine change. (Source: 3)
11JAN44
To be delivered 37SQN ex 1AD to be brought on charge on loan from NEI. (Source: 1)
  The aircraft retained its Dutch serial and markings while on loan to the RAAF. It is believed that it was allocated the radio call-sign VHRDA although this is not recorded on the status card.
  LT932 never flew with the Transport Section of the Pool Squadron. (Source: 3)
30MAR44
Received 37SQN not yet taken on charge. (Source: 1)
30MAR44
Received 37SQN ex 1AD. (Source: 3)
31MAR44
Request allotment to 7AD for 480 hourly and engine change. (Source: 1)
05APR44
Allotted ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN for 480 hourly and engine change. (Source: 1)
08APR44
Issued ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
23APR44
Received ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
18MAY44
Test flown as LT932 by Bronte Pannell with F/O Heath. He was then with No. 34 Sqn RAAF at Parafield. (Source: Log Book of Bronte Pannell via Nigel Daw)
19MAY44
To be collected by ferry flight immediately and delivered to 1AD from ANA, Parafield for CTO inspection at 1AD prior delivery 37SQN. (Source: 1)
20MAY44
Issued and received 1AD ex ANA, Parafield. (Source: 1)
24MAY44
Allotted 37SQN ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
10JUL44
Received 37SQN ex 1AD. (Source: 1)
27FEB45
To be returned to NEI on completion of 60 hourly. (Source: 1)
02MAR45
Issued NEI Personnel and Equipment Pool ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
04APR45
Aircraft being returned by NEI authorities on loan to RAAF. Allotted 37SQN ex NEI. Aircraft presently located Sydney undergoing inspection. NEI HQ will advise 37SQN when aircraft ready for delivery. (Source: 1)
06APR45
Flown Essendon-Charleville-Townsville by Flt Lt S. Paul (37 Sqn) (Source: Harrison Air Log, John T. Harrison)
17APR45
Received 37SQN on loan ex NEI. (Source: 1/3)
20APR45
Flown Essendon-Townsville-Gove-Morotai by F/Lt P J Love of 1CU with Admiral Sir Guy Royle. (Source: 56OBU A50)
10JUL45
Allotted 7AD for inspection and possible repair (probably fuel tanks although not specified). 37SQN to deliver. (Source: 1)
09AUG45
Issued and received 7AD ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
16JAN46
Allotted 1AD ex 7AD for storage. (Source: 1)
22JAN46
Above allotment cancelled. (Source: 1)
06FEB46
Test flown at 7AD for 55 min by SQNLDR Barson. (Source: 4)
MAR46 Completed at 7AD and delivered after sealing of leaky fuel tanks with Pliobond sealant. (Source: 4)
29MAR46
Allotted NEI Pool ex CMU Tocumwal. (Source: 1)
05APR46
Serviceable at Tocumwal. (Source: 1)
15APR46
Issued NEI Pool ex CMU Tocumwal. (Source: 1/3)
AUG46
In AUG-SEP46 LT932 (with LT935) was ferried via Personnel and Equipment Pool, Bundaberg to No. 1 Vliegtuig Reparatie Afdeeling (VRA Aircraft Repair Depot) at Andir, Java. Used by Base Ops Andir. (Source: 3)
01DEC46
No 20 (Transport) Squadron of the ML was formed at Tjililitan, Java having taken over Lodestars LT932 and LT935 from 1VRA in November. (Source: 3)
  No further details known. Fate unknown. (Source: 2)

 

SOURCES
1
RAAF Form E/E.88.
2
Marson, Peter J., The Lockheed Twins, Air-Britain, 2001
3
Boer, Dr P.C., Netherlands East Indies Air Transport units of the Militaire Luchtvaart KNIL (Army Aviation Corps of the Royal NEI Army) and their aircraft in Australia and Java, 16 January 1943-1 November 1946, February 2020.
4
NAA, Series A9186, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Aircraft Depots 4-7 May 42 - Jul 47



Issue Date Remarks
1 13JUL22
Original issue.





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