VH-BZB. Douglas C-47A-25-DL. c/n 9414.
Construction completed at the Long Beach plant - April 1943
Built as a Douglas C-47A-25-DL
Allocated U.S. serial number 42-23552
Delivered to United States Army Air Force - April 21, 1943
Transferred to Royal Air Force as a Dakota III under the lend-lease agreement - May 7, 1943
Allocated the British serial number FD868
Delivered to British Overseas Airways Corporation - July 28, 1943
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AGHN - August 3, 1943
Allocated the radio call-sign 'ODZV'
Registered to W.S. Shackleton Ltd (aircraft brokers) and offered for sale - August 18, 1948
Sold to John Jamieson t/a Guinea Air Traders Ltd, Lae, New Guinea - August 18, 1948
Arrived at Sydney Airport on delivery to Guinea Air Traders (Capt Lionel van Praag) - September 1, 1948
Originally used in New Guinea for livestock charters
Later configured to seat 28 passengers for use in migrant charter business
Used British registration to avoid DCA restrictions placed on Australian registered aircraft engaged in this work
Flown to Tamworth, N.S.W. for type evaluation by East West Airlines shareholders - November 27, 1948
DCA advised GAT that British registered aircraft were not permitted to carry passengers within Australia
Aircraft flown Port Moresby-Cairns on pretext of flying aircraft to England for resale - September 21, 1949
Flown Cairns-Sydney and placed in open storage - ?
Sold to Ansett Airways when Guinea Air Traders experienced financial difficulties - November 21, 1949
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 21, 1949
Ferry permit granted for Sydney-Melbourne flight to have aircraft overhaulled by Ansett - April 26, 1950
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BZB - August 9, 1950
Registered to Ansett Airways Pty Ltd
Configured to seat 28 passengers but retained the large double cabin doors
Aircraft was named 'Ansertes'
Registered to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957
Operated by Butler Air Transport with full BAT titles on the Ansett Airways livery - 1958
Withdrawn from use and stored - September 1958
Sold to Thai Airways Co. Ltd - September 1958
Entered onto the Thailand Aircraft Register as HS-TDF - September 26, 1958
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 1, 1958
Transferred to Royal Thai Air Force - December 1966
Allocated the Thai Air Force serial number '22352' and issued to 603 Squadron
Exact history of aircraft after this date is not clear as one report indicates it was scrapped - April 1973
Another report indicates that aircraft is on display at Bangkok National Science Center - August 2002
Current status - ?
VH-BZB. Ansett Airways - in the early livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.
VH-BZK. Ansett Airways - in the early livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.
VH-BZK. Ansett Airways - in 'Braniff' style livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.