VH-ANJ. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 9105.

 

The construction of this aircraft was completed at Long Beach, California - February 1943

It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 20, 1943

Allocated U. S. serial number 42-32879

Allocated to OTARU - August 04, 1943

Transferred to the United States Navy at Eagle Farm, Brisbane - October 29, 1944

It was deemed to be surplus to requirements and withdrawn from service - 1945

Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - December 1945

Departed Manila on the ferry flight to Australia (Captain H. N. Humphries) - December 03, 1945

Delivery route: Manila - Tacoblan - Morotai - Higgins Field - Townsville - Brisbane

Converted to civilian standards by Clyde Engineering with seating for 21 passengers

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANJ (CofR 978) - May 22, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Aircraft was named 'Kadana' (star)

Operated first revenue service - May 1946

Utilised by Butler Air Transport for short periods but details are unknown

Utilised by Guinea Airways occasionally in 1946 and 1951

Converted to Wright Cyclone engine - July 1949

Ownership transferred to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957

Converted to seat 24 passengers - ?

Transferred to Victorian Air Coach Service - December 17, 1961

Converted to seat 36 passengers for service with VACS

Leased to Airlines of N.S.W. - May 20, 1962

Returned to Victorian Air Coach Service - January 1965

Aircraft was badly damaged after taking-off from Warmambool Airport - April 01, 1965

The port engine failed on take-off and pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby farm

Damage was caused to the tail, wings, fuselage, propellers and undercarriage

Flight crew: Captain H. Peers; F/O P. Tyres; Hostess J. Brook

Aircraft was dismantled on site and trucked back to Melbourne (Essendon) for repairs - April 08, 1965

It has been reported that it returned to service - August 29, 1966

Reported to have been withdrawn from service at Melbourne (Essendon) - September 02, 1966

However the official D.C.A. file on this aircraft ends - April 01, 1965

It was placed in open storage at the 'Essendon Airport Graveyard'

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 18, 1968

Scrapped by SimsMetal Ltd at Essendon Airport - November 04 - 06, 1969

The instrument panel was presented to Engineer L. Hess upon his retirement

This presentation was authorised by Cecil Hill, the Apprentice Master

 

VH-ANJ. Australian National Airways - 'Kadana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(E. Coates Copyright Image 0250-611.)

VH-ANJ. Australian National Airways - 'Kadana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1956.

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VH-ANJ. Australian National Airways - 'Kadana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1956.

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VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA - in the standard livery at Launceston Western Junction Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-701.)

VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1962.

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VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1962.

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VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(J. Hopton Copyright Image 0250-451.)

VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the revised livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-298.)

VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the revised livery at Warnambool, April 01, 1965.

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VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, September 10, 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-876.)

VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, circa 1969.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-877.)

VH-ANJ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the basic livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 05, 1969.

(G. Bennett Copyright Image 0251-554.)