VH-BBV. Douglas C-47A-5-DK. c/n 12360.

 

This aircraft was constructed under the United States Army Air Force Contract

Constructed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - January 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-5-DK

Allocated the U. S. serial number '42-92547'

Accepted by the United States Army Air Force - January 1944

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend-lease agreement - January 1944

Departed Fairfield on the ferry flight to Australia - January 18, 1944

Received at 3 Aircraft Depot, Brisbane - February 11, 1944

Allocated the RAAF serial number 'A65-32' with the radio call-sign 'VHCUD'

The aircraft was coded 'RE-O'

Allocated to No 36 Squadron - February 20, 1944

Received at 13 Aircraft Repair Depot ex No 36 Squadron - May 09, 1944

Received at No 36 Squadron ex 13 ARD - May 19, 1944

Received at No 33 Squadron - August 18, 1944

The aircraft was recoded 'BT-Q'

Received at DAP Adelaide (Parafield) - April 10, 1946

Received at 1 Aircraft Depot - October 28, 1946

Received at No 38 Squadron - November 11, 1946

Received at No 36 Squadron - January 15, 1947

The aircraft was deemed to be surplus to requirements, withdrawn from use and struck-off charge - 1947

Offered for sale by the Commonwealth Disposal Commission - July 24, 1947

Sold to Aircrafts Pty Ltd - August 04, 1947

Accepted by Aircrafts Pty Ltd - August 08, 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BBV - September 08, 1947

Registered to Aircrafts Pty Ltd

The overhaul on this aircraft was completed - November 13, 1947

Registered as a Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G

It was named 'Overland Queen'

Ownership was transferred to Queensland Airlines when the company changed its name - October 18, 1948

The aircraft was renamed 'Wide Bay' - 1948

Queensland Airlines was acquired by Butler Air Transport - 1948

Leased to A.N.A. for use on Brisbane - Sydney - Brisbane services - January 08 - 09, 1949

Registered to Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - January 12, 1949

This aircraft was destoyed when it crashed into the sea after taking off - March 14, 1954

The accident site was 1 km off-shore from Far Beach, 4 km from Mackay, Queensland

It was operating a night-time charter freight service Mackay - Rockhampton - Brisbane for A.N.A.

Killed were the two crew members Capt E. W. White; F/O G. Tait

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 14, 1954

 

VH-BBV. Aircrafts Propriety Ltd - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-308.)

VH-BBV. Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-307.)