VH-EWB. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 11970. Was also registered as: VH-PWM.


 

Construction completed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - October 1943

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

Allocated U. S. serial number 42-92196 and delivered to U. S. A. A. F. - October 13, 1943

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

Delivered to the R. A. A. F. at Archerfield, Brisbane becoming A65-21 - December 15, 1943

Allocated the Royal Australian Air Force serial number A65-21

During World War II it used the radio callsign 'VHCTC'

Allocated to No 36 Squadron, 3 AD

Allocated to No 37 Squadron and coded 'FD-I' and later 'FD-G'

Allocated to 9 C.U. based at Torokina - September 01, 1944

Utilised in the return of ex Prisoners Of War from Java, Sumatra and Thailand

Allocated to 1 A.D. - May 06, 1946 thence to 3 A.D. - August 01, 1946

Allocated to No 36 Squadron - September 30, 1946

Allocated to 86th Transport Wing - December 26, 1947 thence to 2 C. S. - February 18, 1948

Withdrawn from service for intended sale to East West Airlines - September 23, 1957

Struck-off-charge as being surplus to requirements - October 01, 1957

Flown Tocumwal - Tamworth for storage pending conversion to civil airliner standards

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWB - August 25, 1958

Registered to East West Airlines Pty Ltd

Aircraft was originally named 'Namoi City' but it was later changed to 'Warwick City'

Operated first revenue service - August 29, 1958

Leased to M.M.A. in full East West livery except for MMA rudder titles - October 06, 1965 to January 15, 1966

Reregistered as VH-PWM - November 27, 1967

Converted for survey work with the fitting of magnetometer - July 1968

Chartered to Compagnie Generale de Geographique for survey work in PNG & Indonesia - August 1968

Chartered by N. S. W. Ambulance Service - April - July 1969

Returned to Compagnie Generale de Geographique - July 1969 - October 1970

Returned to East West at Tamworth and converted back to passenger configuration - October 1970

Used for ad-hoc charter work

Emerged from overhaul at Tamworth in Connair livery - September 23, 1973

Operated East West's last DC-3 passenger flight from Narromine - Albion Park - Tamworth - October 01, 1973

Ferried Tamworth - Alice Springs on delivery to Connair - October 03, 1973

Registered to Connair Pty Ltd - October 12, 1973

Sold and registered to Rebel Air Pty Ltd - November 27, 1979

Used to represent TAA DC-3 VH-AES in film 'A Town Like Alice' - May 1980

Removed and returned to the Australian Aircraft Regster at various times from 1982 - 1986

Registered to Wan-See Company Pty Ltd, Hamilton, N. S. W. - June 27, 1986

Sold to A. McGreevy, Alexandra, New Zealand - July 04, 1986

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to New Zealand - July 07, 1986

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 18, 1986

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-AMR - August 29, 1986

Registered to A. McGreevy

Registered to Classic Air Services Ltd - September 29, 1986

Registered to Fieldair Freight, Ardmore - May 29, 1989

Withdrawn from use and stored - March 1993

Sold to North Shore Helicopters, Albany - March 1993

Leased to Morris Catering for use in Cambodia - March 1993

Operated in Somalia and Kenya

Eventual fate not known at this stage

 


 

VH-EWB. EWA - in an early livery at Sydney Airport, April 1962.

VH-EWB. East West Airlines - in the standard livery at Tamworth Airport, date unknown.
VH-EWB. East West Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, July 1966.
VH-EWB. East West Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.
VH-EWB. East West Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, December 1966.

VH-EWB. East West Airlines - in the standard livery at Sydney Airport, March 1967.

 

VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery with NSW Ambulance Service at Sydney Airport, June 1969.

VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery with 'G.G.' titles at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1972.

VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, December 1972.
VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, February 1973.
VH-PWM. East West - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, March 1973.

VH-PWM. East West - in the basic livery without titles at Sydney Airport, June 1973.

VH-PWM. East West - in the basic livery without titles at Sydney Airport, July 1973.

VH-PWM. East West - in the basic livery without titles at Sydney Airport, August 1973.

VH-PWM. Connair - in the standard livery at Albion Park Airport, September 1973.

VH-PWM. Connair - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, November 1975.

VH-PWM. Connair - in the standard livery at Melbourne Airport, January 1978.

VH-PWM. Connair - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, March 1978.

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1980.

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1980.
VH-PWM. Painted to represent 'VH-AES' of T.A.A. for movie at Sydney Airport, May 1980.
VH-PWM. Painted to represent 'VH-AES' of T.A.A. for movie at Sydney Airport, May 1980.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1980.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1980.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1980.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1980.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, August 1981.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, August 1981.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, August 1981.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, January 1983.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Bankstown Airport, date unknown.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Airport, September 1983.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery with '2KO' titles at Sydney Airport, January 1984.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery with '2KO' titles at Sydney Airport, January 1984.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the final livery at Sydney Airport, December 1984.
VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the final livery at Melbourne Airport, July 1985.

ZK-AMR. Classic Air Speedlink - in basic Rebel Air livery at Wellington Airport, September 1986.

ZK-AMR. Classic Air Speedlink - in basic Rebel Air livery at Wellington Airport, September 1986.

ZK-AMR. Classic Air Speedlink - in basic Rebel Air livery at Christchurch Airport, April 1987.

ZK-AMR. Fieldair Freight - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, April 1990.

ZK-AMR. Fieldair Freight - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, May 1992.

ZK-AMR. Fieldair Freight - in the standard livery at Wellington Airport, August 1992.