VH-EAR. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 12035.

was also registered as: VH-MAR.


Construction completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - November 1943

Built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK

Powered by Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 engines

Delivered to the USAAF as 42-92255 - November 11, 1943

Arrived Amberley on lend / lease to RAAF as A65-25 - January 9, 1944

Operated under radio callsign 'VHCTX'

Allocated to No 35 Squadron for the Allied Directorate of Air Transport - February 1, 1944

Allocated to 3 A.D. - October 26, 1944

Allocated to No 34 Squadron and coded 'FD-N'

Returned to 3 A.D. - April 18, 1946

Allocated to No 1 Communications Unit - April 18, 1946

Allocated to No 34 Squadron 86 Transport Wing - May 2, 1946

Allocated to No 2 Communications Unit - May 25, 1947

Allocated to 2 A.D. for disposal - January 29, 1948

Surplus to requirements and approval granted for use by Qantas Empire Airways - March 25, 1948

Issued to Qantas Empire Airways - April 14, 1948

Sold by Department of Air to Qantas for 7,673 Australian Pounds - April 20, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAR - July 30, 1948

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Converted by Qantas at Archerfield Airport to DC-3-S1C3G

Aircraft was based at Lae for operations in Papua New Guinea

Suffered serious damage at Hayfield, Wewak, P.N.G. - March 9, 1950

Landed on greasy surface and brakes were unable to stop aircraft in available distance

Wing badly damaged, pilot was not blamed and aircraft repaired and returned to service

Sold to W.R. Carpenter & Co Aerial Services for 27,000 Australian Pounds - September 1, 1960

W.R. Carpenter had previously merged with Mandated Airlines but operated as separate companies

Reregistered as VH-MAR - November 12, 1960

Registered Mandated Airlines Ltd

Aircraft was configured to seat 28 passengers

Ansett-Mandated Airlines Ltd renamed Ansett-MAL - January 12, 1961

Registered to Ansett Airlines of P.N.G. - May 19, 1968

Ansett-MAL renamed Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - June 24, 1968

Withdrawn from service - May 1969

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales (AAS) Pty Ltd - May 12, 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 27, 1969

Sold to Seulawah Air Services (Indonesia) - June 18, 1969

Entered onto the Indonesian Aircraft Register as PK-RDF

Aircraft was named 'Dhasma Bakt'

Departed Sydney on delivery flight to Indonesia - September 1, 1969

Reregistered as PK-RDK - February 1973

Withdrawn from service - ?

Cancelled from the Indonesian Aircraft Register - ?

Aircraft scrapped


VH-EAR. Qantas - in the full livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EAR. Qantas - in the full livery at Port Moresby Airport, date unknown.

VH-MAR. Ansett-MAL - in the full livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

VH-MAR. Ansett-MAL - in the full livery at Brisbane Airport, May 1968.

PK-RDF. Seulawah Air Service - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, June 1969.

PK-RDF. Seulawah Air Service - in the full livery at Sydney Airport, June 1969.