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


Built as a C-60A-5-LO for the USAAC as 43-16443
Transferred under lend lease to Netherlands East Indies Air Force as LT-933
NOTE: This aircraft is also reported as LT-934 but LT-933 is believed to be correct. Because of this uncertainty and because the RAAF status cards are indexed under LT numbers, the RAAF usage of this aeroplane is not shown
14APR44 Allotted to 37 Sqn RAAF on loan from the NEIAF. (This applies equally to LT-933 or LT-934)
The aircraft retained its Dutch LT serial while on loan to the RAAF although it is believed that it was allocated the radio call-sign VHRDU.
01SEP50 Registration application from Air Cargo Pty. Ltd., Bankstown signed by Doug Fawcett. Previous identity quoted as C-60A c/n 2603. No mention of earlier history. (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 preparde 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)
15DEC52 Struck off the Australian Register. (NAA)
DEC52 Re-registered F-OALK.
13APR54 Crashed on takeoff from Xiengkhouang, Laos. Aircraft destroyed and all 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.

Issue Date Remarks
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.
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