VH-AID. Douglas C-47B-30-DK. c/n 16349 / 33097.

 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - April 1945

Built as a Douglas C-47B-30-DK

Allocated the U. S. serial number 44-76765

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - April 20, 1945

Allocated to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - April 1945

Arrived at No. 3 Aircraft depot, RAAF Amberley, Queensland - May 06, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. Serial Number A65-96 with the radio call-sign 'VHRFM'

Issued to No. 13 Aircraft Repair Depot - May 17, 1945

Issued to No. 35 Squadron - May 23, 1945

Aircraft allocated the squadron code 'BK-M' and letters applied to the rear fuselage - April 12, 1946

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - November 12, 1946

Issued to No. 36 Squadron, 86 Wing - January 02, 1947

Issued to the Department of Aircraft Production - August 05, 1947

Received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - March 03, 1948

Returned to No. 36 Squadron, 86 Wing - April 05, 1948

Damaged when exposed to 80 mph winds during a violet storm - January 16, 1949

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production, Parafield - March 03, 1950

Returned to No. 36 Squadron, 86 Wing - September 12, 1950

Allocated to No. 77 Squadron, Iwakuni, Japan as a support aircraft during the Korean War - October 09, 1950

Issued to No. 91st Wing, RAAF Iwakuni, Japan - November 03, 1950

Returned to 86 Wing - July 23, 1951

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production - August 15, 1951

Allocated to RAAF Base East Sale - November 23, 1951

Returned to 86 Wing - August 26, 1952

Aircraft was untilised by the C.S.I.R.O. for rain making trials - circa 1953

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production - May 06, 1954

Issued to No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - October 29, 1954

Returned to 86 Wing - November 12, 1954

Received at the Department of Aircraft Production - July 27, 1957

Returned to 86 Wing - November 26, 1957

Issued to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - July 15, 1959

Issued to Base Squadron, RAAF Darwin - February 14, 1960

Issued to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - September 05, 1960

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production - November 03, 1960

Returned to 86 Wing - June 19, 1961

Issued to ARW Parafield - May 24, 1963

Returned to Base Squadron, RAAF Darwin - April 13, 1964

Issued to No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - July 28, 1967

Withdrawn from use and stored at RAAF Laverton, Victoria - January 21, 1969

Aircraft was placed on the 'disposal list' pending sale - May 14, 1969

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AID - October 25, 1971

Registered to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Government, Canberra

Aircraft was prepared for disposal via the Australian Aid program to the Cambodian Air Force

Allocated the Cambodian Air Force Serial Number '71-765' - October 1971

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1971

Formal acceptance by the Cambodian Air Force as '71-765' - March 28, 1972

Aircraft was badly damaged when it was ground-looped on take-off from Siem-Reap Airport - January 31, 1974

It sustained heavy damage and was considered to be uneconomic to repair

Written-off - 1974

 

VH-AID. Australian Aid - in the all-metal livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1971.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0250-643.)

VH-AID. Australian Aid - in the all-metal livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1971.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 0251-107.)