VH-INA. Douglas C-47A-5-DK. c/n 12252.

was also registered as: VH-INI.


Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - January 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-5-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-92450

Delivered to United States Army Air Force - January 28, 1944

Transferred to Royal Australian Air Force - February 1944

Arrived at No 3 Aircraft Depot, Brisbane - February 9, 1944

Allocated to No 33 Squadron as A65-35 with radio callsign 'VHCUI' - February 17, 1944

Allocated to No 37 Squadron - October 1946

Transferred to Commonwealth Disposal Commission for disposal - 1947

Sold to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - August 11, 1947

Converted to Wright Cyclone GR.1820G-202A engines - September 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-INA - September 24, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Bungana' (Chief) but was later renamed 'Pengana' (Kestrel)

The 'VH-IN' registration block was chosen from Ivan N. Holyman's first two initials

Used on Guniea Airways services - 1948

Transferred to Butler Air Transport - December 15, 1948

Reregistered as VH-INI - February 2, 1949

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

Used on Guinea Airways services - 1949

Ownership transferred to ANSETT-ANA on airline merger - October 21, 1957

Used on Bulter Air Transport services

Transferred to Airlines of N.S.W. - December 19, 1959

Aircraft destroyed when it crashed into the sea some 24 km off Sydney - December 12, 1960

Was engaged in a pilot training exercise

Flight crew: Capt R. Thomas; F/Os G. Thom, L. Campbell

Capt Thomas was Airlines of N.S.W.'s Chief Flight Check Captain

When aircraft failed to respond to radio calls the 'distress' action was instituted by Air Traffic Control

R.A.N. ships HMAS Voyager & HMAS Quiberon were sent to search for the missing aircraft

These ships were exercising in the general area

The missing aircraft's wreckage was not discovered until 0700 hours the following day

Salvage was not possible due to the depth of the water

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 13, 1961


VH-INI. Australian National Airways - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-INI. Australian National Airways - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.

VH-INI. Australian National Airways - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, October 1958.