LT933


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 18-2608
Previous Identities: 43-16448
Subsequent Identities: VHRDU
VHRDQ

History:

30OCT43
To United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16448. (Source: 2)
Transferred under lend lease to Netherlands East Indies Air Force as LT933. (Source: 2)
To Long Beach for fitting of long range tanks. (Source:2)
08NOV43
To Hamilton. (Source: 2)
NOV43 Ferried to Australia by a USAAF ATC crew. (Source: 3)
  Aircraft went to the Transport Section Melbourne (TSM) for post-ferry inspection and removal of ferry tanks (probably by ANA at E#ssendon). With just this one Lodestar and three crews, TSM began supply flights to support 18SQN NEI at Batchelor, NT. (Source: 3)
04DEC43 LT933 arrived at Batchelor, NT on the first of a weekly schedule. (Source: 3)
MAR44 Withdrawn from service by TSM for a 480 hourly and engine change. (Source: 3)
14APR44
Received 37SQN RAAF on loan from the 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 VHRDU although this is not recorded on the status card.
15APR44
Allotted ANA ex 37SQN for 480 hourly and engine change. (Source: 1)
20APR44
Issued ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
24APR44
Received ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
05JUN44 LT933 and LT934 were transferred to the RAAF on loan. (Source: 3)
31JUL44
Received 37SQN ex ANA Parafield. (Source: 1)
22SEP44
Returned to NEI ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
27SEP44
Received 2 NEI Transport Sqn ex 37SQN. (Source: 3)
28SEP44
Departed Essendon with LT934 and LT936 for Archerfield. (Source: 3)
  Callsign VHRDQ. (Source: 3)
07NOV44
Transferred to 1 NEI Transport Sqn. (Source: 3)
31MAY45
Allotted 37SQN ex NEI on loan. (Source: 1)
10AUG45
Received 37SQN ex NEI. (Source: 1)
17SEP45
Allotted 7AD for repairs to fuel tanks. (Source: 1)
20SEP45
Issued and received 7AD, Tocumwal ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
16JAN46
Allotted 1AD, Laverton ex 7AD for storage. (Source: 1)
22JAN46
Allotment to 1AD cancelled. (Source: 1)
18JUL46
Allotted NEI ex Tocumwal. Accepting pilot is to sign a statement that aircraft is acceptable in its present condition knowing that it is not up to RAAF standard of serviceability. (Source: 1)
18JUL46
Issued NEI Pool ex CMU Tocumwal. (Source: 1)
25JUL46
Received NEI Pool ex Tocumwal. (Source: 1)
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.



Issue Date Remarks
2 13JUL22
Added references from Source: 3. Also added an image of the aircraft.
1 29JUN22
Original issue.





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