LT936


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 18-2621
Previous Identities: 43-16461
Subsequent Identities: VHRDB
VHRDU

History:

09DEC43
To United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-60A-5-LO serial 43-16461. (Source: 2)
10DEC43
To Long Beach for fitment of long range tanks for delivery to NEI. (Source: 2)
21DEC43
To Fairfield. (Source: 2)
04JAN44
Arrived Brisbane on delivery to the NEIAF as LT936. Ferried by a USAAF ATC crew. (Source: 2/3)
22JAN44
Operated a flight from Canberra to Batchelor, NT. (Source: 3)
01FEB44
Assigned Transport Section Melbourne (TSM) ex NEI Pool Squadron. (Source: 3)
MAY44
Allocated radio callsign VHRDB. (Source: 3)
18JUL44
On loan to RAAF ex TSM. (Source: 3)
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. (Source: NAA via G. Goodall)
27SEP44
Received 2 NEI Transport Sqn ex 37SQN as VHRDU. (Source: 3)
28SEP44
Departed Essendon with LT933 and LT934 for Archerfield. (Source: 3)
OCT44
To ANA, Essendon for repairs. (Source: 3)
21OCT44
Taken over by Captain Elt Theunissen 2NEITS at ANA Essendon after repairs and rectification of an oil pressure problem that occurred during the acceptance test flight. (Source: 3)
07NOV44
Transferred to 1NEITS. (Source: 3)
19FEB45
Written off after being severely damaged in a cyclone. Location not recorded. (Source: 3)
A cyclone crossed the Queensland coast near Ingham on 01FEB45. (Source: Townsville Daily Bulletin 03FEB45)
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Written off. (Source: 4)
NOTE: There is no status card (RAAF Form E/E.88) available/issued for this aircraft.

 

SOURCES
1
RAAF Form E/E.88. (None available for LT936)
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
Letter from Netherlands Purchasing Commission, New York to Australian Air Mission, Washington, 29AUG45.



Issue Date Remarks
1 13JUL22
Original issue.





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