VH-AKG. Douglas R4D-3. c/n 4969. Was also registered as: VH-INN.


Aircraft originally ordered by United Air Lines Inc as a Douglas DC-3A-453

Order was cancelled and aircraft impressed by the U.S.A.A.F. - July 3, 1942

Construction completed at the Long Beach plant - November 1942

Built as a Douglas C-53C

Allocated U.S. serial number 43-2025 as a book-keeping exercise

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - November 15, 1942

Transferred to the United States Navy as a R4D-3 - November 30, 1942

Allocated the Bu Air Number 06998

Aircraft was named 'Susie Q' - February 1943

Shipped to Australia and delivered to C.A.C.'s Fishermen's Bend factory - February 20, 1943

Re-assembled and ready for test flying - March 6, 1943

Delivered to Pacific Air Command - March 7, 1943

Allocated to Commander 7th Fleet - January 1945

Allocated to Naval Forces New Guinea - August 31, 1945

Withdrawn from use as surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge - September 30, 1946

Acquired by the N.S.W. Government for the Police Department but did not enter service

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-AKG - March 4, 1947

Registered to New South Wales Government

Was to be operated by Butler Air Transport but did not enter service

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register during a register clean-up - December 19, 1947

Officially withdrawn from use and stored - March 3, 1948

Sold to Australian National Airways - September 8, 1949

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INN - September 23, 1949

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Configured to seat 24 passengers

Aircraft was named 'Gwingana' (look out)

The 'VH-IN' registration block was chosen from Ivan N. Holyman's first two initials

Operated by Guinea Airways Ltd - 1950

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales Pty Ltd - September 28, 1953

Sold to Aigle Azur Extreme Orient (t/a Aigle Azur) - September 1953

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 26, 1953

Entered onto the French Aircraft Register as F-OAPC - October 26, 1953

Registered to Aigle Azur, Hanoi, Vietnam

Aircraft was destroyed when sabotaged by Vietnamese forces at Gia Lam, Hanoi - March 4, 1954




VH-INN. Australian National Airways - in full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.