VH-AET. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6013.
Construction completed at Long Beach, California - November 13, 1942
Built as a Douglas C-47-DL
Allocated the U. S. serial number 41-18652
Allocated to the 5th Air Force and delivered to Archerfield, Brisbane - January 15, 1943
Used by 374th Troop Carrier Squadron with the radio callsign 'VHCGD'
Aircraft was named 'Ole Stonewall'
Sold to the Department of Civil Aviation having flown 1,911 hours - November 24, 1944
Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport
Conversion was completed - December 04, 1944
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AET - December 20, 1944
Registered to Commonwealth of Australia / Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne
Leased to Australian National Airways as the registered operator - December 20, 1944
Commenced service with A.N.A. as a freighter
Converted to passenger configuration with 21 seats
Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into the sea off Seven Mile Beach, Hobart - March 10, 1946
It departed at 20:55 local on the return sector of Melbourne (Essendon) - Hobart - Melbourne (Essendon) service
The crew of 4 and 21 passengers were killed
The exact cause of this accident was not determined but the most like cause was the inadvertent engagement
of the autopilot just after take-off with the gyros set in 'caged' position by the First Officer
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 11, 1946
Aircraft had flown 7,477 hours