VH-AII. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13622.

Was also registered as: VH-EBI, VH-TAV and VH-SBJ.

 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - 1944

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

Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-93683

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - June 15, 1944

Assigned to the European theatre of operations during the war with the United States 9th Air Force

Aircraft was struck-off charge and sold to Qantas Empire Airways

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AII - December 12, 1945

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Brisbane

Leased / chartered by Trans Australia Airlines - September 03, 1948

Operated final Qantas western Queensland service Mt Isa - Brisbane (Archerfield) - April 01, 1949

Crew: Captain I. F. McSparron; F/O B. G. Ball; Steward J. Thompson

Returned to Qantas Empire Airways and reregistered as VH-EBI - September 23, 1949

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - November 04, 1950

Operated first revenue service under T.A.A. ownership - November 04, 1950

Reregistered as VH-TAV - November 08, 1950

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Aircraft was originally named 'Todd' but was later changed to 'Leichardt'

Reregistered as VH-SBJ - February 08, 1961

Transferred to Papua New Guinea to operate the T.A.A. Sunbird Services - March 01, 1961

Operated final T.A.A. revenue service - September 03, 1968

Sold to Continental Air Services Inc - October 09, 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 09, 1968

Entered onto the Laos Aircraft Register as XW-PEE - October 1968

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N13622 - March 1969

Sold to Air Alliance Inc, Los Angeles, California - 1970

Sold to Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (Turkish Air Force) as ETI-31

Final fate of aircraft still to be ascertained

 

VH-AII. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, April 1949.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-407.)

VH-AII. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Brisbane Archerfield Airport, April 1949.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-476.)

VH-EBI. Qantas Empire Airways - in the all-metal livery at Tamworth Airport, date unknown.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-423.)

VH-TAV. TAA Trans-Australia Airlines - 'Todd' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0250-735.)

VH-SBJ. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-333.)

VH-SBJ. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-979.)

VH-SBJ. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-978.)