VH-AEX. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6071.


Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - November 30, 1942

It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - December 1942

Allocated U. S. serial number '41-38676'

It arrived at Brisbane (Amberley) for use by 5th Air Force - November 11, 1943

It was operated by the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron using the radio callsign 'VHCFL'

It was operated by the 6th Troop Carrier Squadron using the radio callsign 'VHCCY'

The aircraft was named 'Swamp Rat II'

Acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia / D.C.A. for use by Australian airlines - July 10, 1944

It had flown only 1,980 hours 10 minutes

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AEX - July 11, 1944

Registered to the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne

Leased to Guinea Airways Pty Ltd for use as a freighter - July 11, 1944

Converted to passenger configuration - November 17, 1944

Returned to Commonwealth of Australia - March 14, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne - March 28, 1947

This aircraft was allocated to Trans-Australia Airlines

Ithad now flown 8,125 hours 30 minutes to date

The aircraft was named 'Phillip'

Operated its first service with Trans-Australia Airlines - March 28, 1947

Withdrawn from service and placed in storage at Melbourne (Essendon) - June 12, 1957

It had now flown 33,522 hours

Sold to Aero Equipment, Sydney - August 07, 1957

Sold to West African Airways Corporation - August 09, 1957

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 19, 1957

Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as VR-NCM - September 05, 1957

The aircraft was named 'Calabar'

Registered to W. A. A. (Nigeria) Ltd - October 01, 1958

Reregistered 5N-AAM - 1960

Transferred to Nigerian Air Force as 'AAM' - August 28, 1967

Withdrawn from use - 1972

Believed to have been broken-up at Lagos Airport, Nigeria - 1977 - 1978


VH-AEX. Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Phillip' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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