VH-AIQ. Douglas C-47B-25-DK. c/n 15924 / 32672.

 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1945

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

Allocated the U. S. serial number 44-76340

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 13, 1945

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

Arrived at No. 3 Aircraft depot, RAAF Amberley, Queensland - May 08, 1945

Allocated the R.A.A.F. Serial Number A65-80 with the radio call-sign 'VHCIM'

Issued to No. 38 Squadron - March 13, 1945

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - January 30, 1946

Returned to No. 38 Squadron - February 11, 1946

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - October 17, 1946

Issued to 86 Wing - November 28, 1946

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - June 03, 1947

Returned to 86 Wing - December 02, 1947

Issued to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - February 18, 1948

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production - July 07, 1950

Received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - March 15, 1951

Returned to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - April 15, 1951

Returned to 86 Wing - November 20, 1952

Returned to Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - January 15, 1953

Received at No. 2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Richmond, N.S.W. - October 15, 1953

Returned to 86 Wing - May 21, 1954

Allocated to No. 77 Squadron, Iwakuni, Japan as a support aircraft - May 1954

Issued to No. 91st Wing, RAAF Iwakuni, Japan - May 31, 1954

Returned to No. 36 Squadron, 86 Wing - January 20, 1955

Received by the Department of Aircraft Production for navigational equipment installation - March 24, 1955

Allocated new radio call-sign 'VMJRP'

Received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton, Victoria - August 31, 1955

Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - October 05, 1955

Received at the Department of Aircraft Production - October 10, 1958

Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - April 10, 1959

Issued to ARW Parafield - September 22, 1961

Returned to School of Air Navigation, RAAF East Sale, Victoria - June 17, 1965

Held as a Class B airframe in storage at East Sale

Aircraft was placed on the 'disposal list' pending sale - 1971

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AIQ - 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 '71-340' - October 1971

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 05, 1971

Formal acceptance by the Cambodian Air Force as '71-340' - March 28, 1972

The aircraft had been configured as a VIP transport with the installation of airline seats, a conference room,

galley, toilet and fuselage sound-proofing

Additional VHR and UHF radio equipment was installed at Phnom Penh - March 1973

The right wing was damaged when a taxying Cessna O-1D '57-2934' struck it at Phnom Penh - January 1974

Repaired and returned to service

Aircraft was badly damaged when it crash landed at Siem-Reap Airport - August 02, 1974

Considered to be uneconomic to repair and was written-off

 

VH-AIQ. Australian Aid - in the silver livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 1971.

(G. Bennet Copyright Image 0251-108.)

VH-AIQ. Australian Aid - in the silver livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1971.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0250-289.)