Type: L-14-WF62 Super Electra
MSN: 1443
Previous Identities: PK-AFQ
Subsequent Identities: 44-83235


38 Construction completed at Burbank.
24JUN38 Delivered to KNILM by Lockheed and subsequently shipped to the Netherlands East Indies.
JUL38 Registered PK-AFQ to KNILM.
FEB42 Used with other KNILM aircraft on evacuation flights from the NEI to Australia in advance of the Japanese invasion. After escaping to Australia the aircraft was operated by KNILM under charter to the military.
28MAR42 Acquired from KNILM by the USAAF. Subsequently allocated ADAT call-sign VHCXK and operated by the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron based in Brisbane.
07OCT42 Crashed on landing at Rockhampton and completely destroyed by fire. Four crew and six passengers jumped through the flames to escape, all sustaining burns, some serious. Source states that the aircraft was being operated by the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron. (Source: ORB, No 21 Operational Base Unit, Rockhampton) Some sources state that the aircraft crashed at Cooktown on 08OCT42 but this is evidently incorrect. This crash has also been linked to VHCXJ but this in now believed to be in error.
  Statement by Major James O. Cobb [no date given - c. 1945] 1st Lt. James O. Cobb - Pilot - 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron (Cobb was previously with the 19th BG c. March 1942) "About October 5, I made a flight to Archer Field near Brisbane, Australia to pick up American and Australian officers and an assorted load of such items as bomb detonators and machine gun ammunition. On October 7, returning to my home base at Townsville, I was to land at Rockhampton to exchange mail. Upon attempting to land, the main gear of my Lockheed transport collapsed, due to what was later determined to be sabotage damage, and as a result of the ensuing crash the airplane burned to the ground and all of the ten people aboard were severely burned and had to be taken to a hospital conveniently located in that town. When I was released, about a month later, the move of the Division was almost completed, and the first airborne invasion (so far as we know) was already underway. I was immediately assigned to help in hauling what remained of the Division into New Guinea, taking my flights on the run which departed Townsville about six o’clock in the morning and returned about 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and as further treatment for the burns I received, I took my ultraviolet treatments at night."
20JUN44 In a retrospective book-keeping exercise, the aircraft was formally taken on charge by the USAAF under the designation C-111-LO and allocated the serial number 44-83235. It should be noted that this serial was never carried on the aeroplane.

* The only Australian identity carried by this aeroplane was the radio call-sign VHCXK. It is presented here without a hyphen to distinguish it from an Australian civil registration as this aeroplane did not appear on the Australian Civil Register.

Issue Date Remarks
6 18AUG23
Clarified the details of the crash at Rockhampton on 07OCT42. This crash has also been linked to VHCXJ but it is believed that these reports are incorrect.
5 28JUL21
Added a statement by Major James Cobb thanks to Edward Rogers and Bob Livingstone. See 07OCT42.
4 05FEB20
Corrected the details of the crash in OCT42 thanks to Gordon Birkett.
3 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
2 27AUG15
Added two images thanks to Nigel Daw of the South Australian Aviation Museum.
1 17FEB00
Original issue.

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