VH-EBF. Douglas C-47A-5-DK. c/n 12248.


Construction completed at Douglas Oklahoma City plant - January 1944

Powered by 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 engines

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - January 27, 1944

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-108840

Allocated to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-31 - February 17, 1944

Issued to 3AD using the radio call sign 'VH-CUJ'

Allocated to No. 33 Squadron - March 6, 1944

Allocated to No. 38 Squadron - January 23, 1947

Allocated 86 Wing - August 4, 1947

Purchased by Qantas Airways from Department of Air for 14,259 Australian Pounds - May 1948

Entered on the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBF - November 5, 1948

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd

Sold to the Royal Thai Air Force (R.T.A.F.) and numbered No 12 - October 15, 1953

Departed Sydney on delivery flight to Bangkok (Capt R.J. Richardson) - October 15, 1953

Arrived Bangkok at conclusion of delivery flight - October 18, 1953

Delivery route: Sydney-Darwin-Denpasar-Bangkok

Carried cargo of spare parts and DC-3 engines

Taken on charge bu R.T.A.F. by DoAE as L2-12/96 - October 22, 1953

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 27, 1953

Allocated to 61 Squadron - November 1953

Allocated to FTS but not transferred - December 30, 1960

Loaned to Thai Airways as HS-TDI - February 06, 1961

Returned to 61 Squadron - November 15, 1961

Transferred to FTS - December 18, 1961

Transferred to 21 Squadron - October 30, 1964

Transferred to 23 squadron - September 10, 1965

Transferred to TAC - August 10, 1967

Struck off charge for lack of spares as L2-12/96 - April 23, 1991

Reinstated to 'Tango' Squadron as ‘212248’ - January 1994

Withdrawn from use - 1997

Placed on static on display at Chang Mai Air Base and is current


212248. Royal Thai Air Force - in the full livery at Chiang Mai, November 1996.

212248. Royal Thai Air Force - in the full livery at Chiang Mai, date unknown.

212248. Royal Thai Air Force - in the full livery at Chiang Mai, April 1998.