VH-ANS. Douglas C-47-DL. c/n 6010.
It was also registered as: VH-GAJ.
Construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Long Beach plant - October 1942
It was built as a Douglas C-47-DL
Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - October 31, 1942
Allocated the U. S. serial number '41-18649'
It was delivered to 5th Air Force at Brisbane - December 30, 1942
Allocated to the 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group - December 1942
The aircraft was named 'Duchess'
Allocated to the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron with radio call-sign 'VHCDH' - January 12, 1943
Allocated to the 46th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Troop Carrier Group - ?
Allocated to Air Technical Intelligence Unit at Brisbane (Eagle Farm) - ?
It was renamed 'The Real McCoy' after the unit's Commanding Officer Col. McCoy
Allocated to the 312th Bomb Group, U.S.A.A.F. - ?
Transferred to the R. A .A. F. to be operated by A.N.A. for the A.D.A.T.. - 1945
Operated by A.N.A. on night courier services under contract to the A.D.A.T. - June 25, 1945
Listed in the inventory for 322nd Troop Carrier Wing with field number 'W8649' - August 06, 1945
Withdrawn from use and transferred to U. S. Foreign Disposals Commission - December 1945
Sold to Australian National Airways - December 26, 1945
The aircraft had flown 2,317 hours
Converted by A.N.A. to civilian standards with Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 engines
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANS (CofR 986) - May 22, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne
The aircraft was named 'Mongana' (blowfly)
Conversion to Wright GR-1820-G202A cyclone engines completed at Sydney - July 31, 1950
Registered to Guinea Airways Ltd - December 15, 1953
Sold to Guinea Airways Ltd - 1954
The aircraft was renamed 'Salamaua'
Reregistered as VH-GAJ - August 18, 1958
Registered to Guinea Airways Ltd
Reregistered as VH-ANS - January 25, 1960
Entered service with Airlines of South Australia - January 25, 1960
Registered to Ansett-ANA - February 11, 1960
Registered to Airlines of South Australia Pty Ltd - February 14, 1961
Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - December 14, 1964
Withdrawn from Airlines of South Australia service at Adelaide (West Beach) - January 1966
Ferried Adelaide (West Beach) - Melbourne (Essendon) for storage - January 28, 1966
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 18, 1968
Sold to Simms Metal for scrapping - October 1969
Scrapped on site at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport - November 04 - 06, 1969
VH-ANS. Airlines of South Australia - in the standard livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, September 1963.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-473.)
VH-ANS. Airlines of South Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1966.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-173.)
VH-ANS. Airlines of South Australia - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-885.)
VH-ANS. Airlines of South Australia - in the basic livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, November 1969.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0251-719.)