VH-FAB

 

 


Type: L-18-56 Lodestar C-60A-5-LO
MSN: 18-2603
Previous Identities: 43-16443
LT934
VHRDU (callsign)
VHRDR (callsign)
VH-AKZ (NTU)
Subsequent Identities: F-OALK

History:

19OCT43
Delivered to the USAAF as a C-60A-5-LO as 43-16443. (Source: 2)
21OCT43
To Jackson for fitment of long range tanks. (Source: 2)
  Transferred under lend lease to Netherlands East Indies Air Force as LT934.
24DEC43
Ferried to Australia by First Lt J.C. Meeuwenoord arriving in Canberra in early JAN44. (Source: 3)
  NOTE: This aircraft was originally shown as LT933 but this is now believed to be incorrect and that it is in fact LT934. The following entries from the RAAF status card (Source: 1) apply to LT934.
MAR44
LT934 was withdrawn from service in need of a 240 hourly overhaul. (Source: 3)
14APR44
Received 37SQN ex NEI on loan. (Source: 1)
  Allotted callsign VHRDU. (Allocation does not appear on status card)
15APR44
Allotted ANA ex 37SQN for 480 (subsequently changed to 240) hourly and engine change. (Source: 1)
20APR44
Issued ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
24APR44
Received ANA, Parafield ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
MAY44
Offered to the RAAF on loan from NEI. (Source: 3)
24MAY44
Allotted 37SQN ex 1AD on receipt ex ANA, Parafield. (Source: 1)
05JUN44
Transferred to the RAAF on loan. (Source: 3)
02JUL44
Issued and received 34SQN via 1AD ex ANA, Parafield. (Source: 1)
11JUL44
Issued and received 37SQN ex 34SQN. (Source: 1)
22SEP44
To be returned to NEI. NEI HQ to arrange collection. (Source: 1)
27SEP44
Received 2 NEI Transport Sqn ex 37SQN. (Source: 3)
  Allotted callsign VHRDR. (Source: 3)
28SEP44
Returned NEI ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
28SEP44
Departed Essendon with LT933 and LT936 for Archerfield. (Source: 3)
07NOV44
Transferred to 1 NEI Transport Sqn. (Source: 3)
22MAY45
Aircraft will be available for handing over to RAAF in June. (Source: 1)
31MAY45
Allotted 37SQN ex NEI on loan. (Source: 1)
13JUN45
Received 37SQN ex NEI. (Source: 1)
10JUL45
Allotted 7AD, Tocumwal ex 37SQN for inspection and possible repair (probably fuel tanks). (Source: 1)
09AUG45
Issued and received 7AD ex 37SQN. (Source: 1)
16JAN46
Allotted 1AD ex 7AD for storage. (Source: 1)
22JAN46
Allotment to 1AD cancelled. (Source: 1)
01OCT46
To be stored Cat D. (Source: 1)
06JUL48
Sold by Foreign Liquidation Commission "to an American citizen in Manila." (Source: 1)
28JUN49
To be released to James Hosie or agent. (Source: 1)
18JUL50
Aircraft removed from CMU Tocumwal at 0600 hrs. (Source: 1)
21JUL50
"Mr Douglas Fawcett, 21 Monterey St, Kogarah, NSW produced original disposal documents contract of sale and also other documents which establish ownership." (Source: 1)
01SEP50
Registration application from Air Cargo Pty. Ltd., Bankstown signed by Doug Fawcett. Previous identity quoted as C-60A c/n 2603 previously 43-16443. (NAA)
SEP50
DCA allocated registration VH-AKZ (NAA)
03OCT50
DCA memo allocated VH-FAB in lieu of VH-AKZ on request of Mr Fawcett. (NAA)
13OCT50
Test flown at Bankstown and CofA and CofR issued to Air Cargo Pty Ltd as VH-FAB (NAA)
NOV50
Used to uplift wool bales owing to floods at Moree, NSW. The aircraft flew extensively between "Yarraldool" Station and Narrabri, uplifting 15 bales of wool on each trip. The aircraft was crewed by Captain Whitfield and F/O Nancy Ellis and carried up to 70 bales each day. The aircraft also flew from various other properties using specially prepared airstrips.
05DEC50
The wool airlift was almost completed by this date.
DEC50
The aircraft operated a TAA contract to carry cargo between Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania using TAA flight numbers.
JUL51
The aircraft was noted at Mascot painted grey and white with green trim and large "AIR CARGO" titles above the cabin windows.
02NOV51
CofA renewed at Bankstown. (NAA)
08APR52
Weighed at Bankstown.
27NOV52
CofA renewed at Bankstown. (NAA)
28NOV52
Change of ownership to Ronald W. Howitt (Aviation Sales), Sydney. (NAA)
NOV52
The aircraft was ferried to Saigon as VH-FAB by Ron Howitt.
15DEC52
Change of ownership to Societe Indochinoise Ravitaillement, Saigon care of Mrs Max Worms (NAA)
Identity quoted as "F-74". (Source: 2)
15DEC52
Struck off the Australian Register. (NAA)
DEC52
Re-registered F-OALK.
13APR54
Crashed on takeoff from Xien-Khouang, Laos. Aircraft destroyed and all sixteen on board killed. Aircraft was loaded outside trim limits. Crash also reported to have occurred at Phnom Penh and the date is also reported as 13JUL54. (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
5 11JUL22
Corrected Dutch identity from LT933 to LT934.
Added RAAF history from the status card of LT934.
Added references from Source: 3
4 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
3 05MAR06
Major update drawn from the aircraft file in the National Archives of Australia. Thanks to Geoff Goodall.
2 16APR99 -





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