A65-78. Douglas C-47B-25-DK. c/n 15929-32677.


Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1945

Built as a Douglas C-47B-25-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 44-76345

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - February 12, 1945

Transferred to Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement

Delivered to R.A.A.F. at Brisbane - March 2, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. serial number A65-78 with radio call-sign 'VHCIU'

Issued to No 37 Squadron, 86 Transport Wing

Used to deploy No 81 Transport Wing to Japan - 1945

Was the first allied aircraft to fly into Hiroshima after the atomic bombing

Utilised to ferry journalists into the city and evacuate wounded civilians

Used to fly freight to Korea five days a week with RAAF Transport Flight - 1956

Transferred to Aircraft Research and Development Unit, East Sale

Withdrawn from operational use - 1999

Transferred to the RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Victoria

Operated last flight Edinburgh A.F.B., South Australia - Point Cook, Victoria - November 19, 1999

Aircraft had flown 16,454 hours

On display at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook


A65-78. Royal Australian Air Force - in an old livery at Richmond, date unknown.

A65-78. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Melbourne, date unknown.

A65-78. Royal Australian Air Force - in the standard livery at Melbourne, November 1986.

A65-78. Royal Australian Air Force - in the experimental low-viz livery at Adelaide, June 1990.