VH-ACB. Douglas DC-3-232A. c/n 2030.

 

Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Santa Monica plant, California - September 1938

Built as a Douglas DC-3-232A with seating for 21 passengers

It was first flown - September 19, 1938

It was purchased by Australian National Airways - October 17, 1938

Arrived as deck cargo at Port Melbourne on the S. S. Tolken - November 01, 1938

Test flown at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - November 28, 1938

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ACB - December 01, 1938

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Warana' (blue sky)

Chartered to the Commonwealth of Australia for use by the Royal Australian Air Force - September 10, 1939

It was allocated the R. A. A. F. serial number 'A30-4'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 11, 1939

Issued to No 8 Squadron, Canberra in the camouflage livery - September 15, 1939

Returned to A. N. A. at end of the charter - May 24, 1940

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ACB - June 04, 1940

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

It was badly damaged following a collision with a Dutch Lockheed Lodestar at Brisbane - February 17, 1942

Repaired and returned to service

Damaged beyond repair following a wheels-up landing 7 km north of Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - March 19, 1943

The aircraft was operating the scheduled Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane service (Captain D. E. Barker)

It failed to gain height following an engine failure after take-off - suspected carburettor problems were the prime cause

Varying injuries were sustained by the 12 passengers and 3 crew onboard - no deaths

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 14, 1943