VH-BFV. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 11917.
It was also registered as: VH-MAE.
The construction of this aircraft was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - September 1943
It was built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK
Allocated the U. S. serial number 42-92149
Delivered to United States Army Air Force - September 24, 1943
Transferred to the Royal Air Force as a Dakota III under the lend-lease agreement - January 29, 1944
Allocated the British serial number 'FL557'
Allocated to No 31 Squadron, India - ?
Allocated to TSTU, Chaklala - ?
Allocated to Air Command, South East Asia (ACSEA) - ?
Allocated to No 353 Squadron, Palem - ?
The aircraft was deemed to be surplus to requirements, withdrawn from use and struck-off charge - 1947
Sold to New Guinea Co - April 24, 1947
It arrived at Lae Airport for conversion to civilian standards - January 1948
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BFV (CofR 1485) - March 25, 1948
Registered to New Guinea Co t/a Mandated Airlines Ltd
Registered as a Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G
Overhauled by M.A.L. for new Certificate of Airworthiness - May 08, 1952 - July 1952
Configured to seat 28 passengers
Reregistered as VH-MAE - May 27, 1952
Sustained minor damage when it crashed at Madang Airport - February 1953
Registered to Mandated Airlines Ltd - June 26, 1959
Registered to Ansett-M.A.L. - January 20, 1961
Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd - May 15, 1968
It was damaged beyond repair whilst landing at Wapenamunda Airport, Papua New Guinea - July 12, 1972
It was operating the weekly Madang - Wapenamunda charter flight
When the undercarriage folded on landing the aircraft ground looped off the landing strip
The two pilots were not injured
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 31, 1972
VH-MAE. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-668.)
VH-MAE. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Goroka Airport, August 01, 1966.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-927.)
VH-MAE. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 28, 1966.
(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-928.)
VH-MAE. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Madang Airport, date unknown.
(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-350.)