VH-ANM. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 9071.


 

Construction completed at Long Beach, California - February 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47-DL

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - February 13, 1943

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-32845

Allocated to the 10th Air Force, India - May 01, 1943

Transferred to the India - China Air Transport Command - 1945

Deemed to be surplus to requirements and was excluded from USAAF inventory - April 01, 1946

Sold to Australian National Airways - May 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANM - May 22, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Delivered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - May 28, 1946

Destroyed in a hangar fire at Sydney Airport - September 07, 1946

Aircraft was being converted to civil standards at the time of the explosion and fire

Explosion occured around rear galley area which was being cleaned and lined with kapok sound proofing

The kapok caught fire and then exploded in a ball of flame

A.N.A. cleaner George K. Doig was killed in the fire when his foot became trapped in the cabin flooring

Fellow worker S. Richardson who was beside him at the time tried to rescue Doig but without success

Escaping the burning fuselage with singed hair and burns other workers ripped off his burning clothes

He was admitted to Royal South Sydney Hospital in a very serious condition

Four other sheet-metal workers in the aircraft at the time all escaped injury

Two jumped out via the overwing exits and the other two were almost blown out of the forward pilot's door

At the time of its loss the aircraft was valued at 25,000 Pounds

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 1946

Parts of this aircraft were used in the rebuild of Douglas DC-3 VH-ING