VH-EWB. Douglas C-47A-1-DK. c/n 11970.

It was also registered as: VH-PWM.

 

Construction was completed at the Douglas Oaklahoma City plant - October 1943

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-1-DK

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-92196'

It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force. - 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 - December 15, 1943

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-21

It was operated using 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Withdrawn from service for intended sale to East-West Airlines - September 23, 1957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, Tamworth

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

Operated its first revenue service - August 29, 1958

Leased to M.M.A. in the 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

It was then used for ad-hoc charter work

Emerged from a major overhaul at Tamworth in the 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

It was used to represent the T.A.A. DC-3 'VH-AES' in the 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 the 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

It was operated in Somalia and Kenya by Morris Catering

Eventual fate not known at this stage

 

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-536.)

VH-EWB. East-West Airlines - 'Warwick City' in the standard livery at Tamworth Airport, date unknown.

(E. D. Daw Copyright Image 0251-581.)

VH-EWB. East-West Airlines - 'Warwick City' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1966.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-582.)

VH-EWB. East-West Airlines - 'Warwick City' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1966.

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VH-EWB. East-West Airlines - 'Warwick City' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1966.

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VH-EWB. East-West Airlines - 'Warwick City' in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, March 1967.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-919.)

VH-PWM. East-West - in the final livery with additional 'N.S.W. Ambulance Service' logo at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1969.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-251.)

VH-PWM. East-West - in the final livery with additional 'GG' titles and magnetometer at Brisbane Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-326.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-268.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-268.)

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

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0250-721.)

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

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

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VH-PWM. East-West - in the basic livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, June 1973.

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VH-PWM. East-West - in the basic livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, July 1973.

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VH-PWM. East-West - in the basic livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 1973.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-585.)

VH-PWM. Connair Australia's Airline - in the standard livery at Albion Park Regional Airport, September 1973.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-230.)

VH-PWM. Connair Australia's Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 1975.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-231.)

VH-PWM. Connair Australia's Airline - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, January 1978.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-587.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-589.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 10, 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-594.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 10, 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-595.)

VH-PWM. Trans-Australia Airlines - in a hybrid livery as the fictitious 'VH-AES' at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-260.)

VH-PWM. Trans-Australia Airlines - in a hybrid livery as the fictitious 'VH-AES' at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, May 1980.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0250-680.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 14, 1980.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 14, 1980.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 14, 1980.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 14, 1980.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 15, 1981.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 15, 1981.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 20, 1981.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 04, 1983.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-409.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery with additional 'Fly Operation Outback To The Red Centre' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, September 04, 1983.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-600.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery with additional 'Fly Operation Outback To The Red Centre' and '2KO Music' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 03, 1984.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the original livery with additional 'Fly Operation Outback To The Red Centre' and '2KO Music' titles at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, January 18, 1984.

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VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the final livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 22, 1984.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 0251-602.)

VH-PWM. Rebel Air - in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, July 1985.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-603.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-254.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-253.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-724.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-251.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-252.)

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

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-639.)