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

Was also registered as: 42-32845.


Construction was completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California plant - February 1943

It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL

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

It was allocated the United States serial number '42-32845'

It was allocated to the 10th Air Force, India - May 01, 1943

Transferred to the India - China Air Transport Command - 1945

It was 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, Melbourne

It was ferried to Australia by A. N. A. flight crew - May 28, 1946

This aircraft was destroyed in a hangar fire at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - September 07, 1946

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

The explosion occured around the 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