VH-ANQ. Douglas C-49-DO. c/n 3271.


 

Order placed by Transcontinental & Western Air as a DC-3-384 but cancelled - January 31, 1941

Aircraft was to seat 24 passengers with starboard passenger door

Impressed during production by the United States Army Air Corps

Construction completed at Long Beach, California - January 28, 1941

Built as a Douglas DC-3-384 but impressed as C-49-DO

Delivered to the United States Army Air Corps at San Antonio, Texas - February 8, 1941

Allocated U. S. serial number 41-7686

Transferred to Mitchell A.F.B. - March 22, 1941

Transferred to 1st Air Force, Pope A.F.B. - April 14, 1942

Transferred to Mitchell A.F.B. - April 19, 1942

Transferred to Hamilton A.F.B. - August 15, 1942

Arrived Brisbane (Archerfield) on delivery to 5th Air Force - September 4, 1942

Allocated to 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Squadron with radio callsign 'VHCDG'

Aircraft was named 'Mucky Minnie'

Delivered to Commonwealth Aircraft Corportation at Fisherman's Bend for transport conversion - January 6, 1943

Conversion completed (CAC Job 5) - February 3, 1943

Returned to U.S.A.A.F. Deport for placement with R.A.A.F. - March 7, 1943

This aircraft had been allocated to No 36 Squadron, R.A.A.F. - January 1943

This transfer was officially recorded on the R.A.A.F. Status Card - June 21, 1943

Returned to United States Army Air Force - April 19, 1944

A.D.A.T. advised D.C.A. that this aircraft was to be transferred to A.N.A. - April 20, 1944

Delivered to Australian National Airways at Brisbane (Archerfield) ex R.A.A.F. - April 23, 1944

Ferried Brisbane (Archerfield) - Sydney - Melbourne (Essendon) - April 23, 1944

Flight crew: Captain P. L. Taylor; Sgt Beale

Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA X23) issued - May 22, 1944

Aircraft was fitted with Wright Cyclone G1820-65 engines

Operated by A.N.A. on night courier flights for the Allied Directorate of Air Transport using call-sign 'VHCDG'

Aircraft had 'W7686' painted in large letters behind port cockpit window on uncamouflaged fuselage

Allied Directorate of Air Transport was replaced by 5298th Troop Carrier Wing - October 3, 1944

Returned to the United States Army Air Force - ?

Deemed surplus to requirements and was sold to Australian National Airways - December 24, 1945

The registration 'VH-ANQ' was applied for - January 21, 1946

Departed Tacloban on ferry flight to Australia - April 3, 1946

Flown Tacloban - Manus Island - April 3, 1946

Flown Manus Island - Tacloban - Mt Ambon - April 4, 1946

Flown Mt Ambon - Darwin - Cloncurry - April 5, 1946

Flown Cloncurry - Brisbane (Archerfield) - April 6, 1946

Flight crew: Captains K. L. Richards, R. Tardent

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANQ (CofR 984) - May 22, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Converted to DC-3 standards by A.N.A. at Brisbane with Wright Cyclone R1820-97 engines

Aircraft was named 'Dromana' (pelican)

Operated by Butler Air Transport for short periods but exact details unknown

Operated by Guinea Airways Ltd - 1946

Registered to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957

Operated by Airlines of N.S.W. - 1961

Commenced operations with Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - December 17, 1961

Aircraft had flown 45,847 hours - June 22, 1964

Transferred to Airlines of N.S.W. - June 19, 1966

Acquired Airlines of N.S.W. titles - June 29, 1966

Converted to 'Skyliner' standard - October 1966

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - November 20, 1967

Wings and center section removed and fitted to DC-3 VH-ANR - July 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 18, 1968

Sold to Simsmetal Ltd for scrap - November 1969

Aircraft scrapped on-site as D.C.A. refused to allow it to be scrapped elsewhere

Removed by truck and remains taken to Brooklyn, Victoria for smelting - November 6, 1969

 


 

VH-ANQ. Australian National Airways - in the revised livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-ANQ. Australian National Airways - in the revised livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.

VH-ANQ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1964.

VH-ANQ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the full livery at Mildura Airport, date unknown.
VH-ANQ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-ANQ. Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - in the full livery at Melbourne Airport, April 1965.
VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.
VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.
VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.
VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, August 1967.
VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the basic livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1969.