VH-TAG. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 12875.
Was also registered as: VH-MAH and VH-MAV.
Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - March 28, 1944
Built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK
Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93011
Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-47 - April 15, 1944
Operated under the radio callsign 'VHCUO'
Allocated to No 33 Squadron - May 10, 1944
Allocated to No 36 Squadron - December 22, 1944
Allocated to No 1 Aircraft Disposal Unit - March 1, 1946
Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - August 22, 1946
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAG - October 11, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission
Aircraft was named 'Giles' but later renamed 'Grant'
Operated first T.A.A. revenue service - November 22, 1946
Used to test surplus military radar sets for landing aircraft at Essendon Airport - June 1947
Chartered by Ansett Airways Pty Ltd to replace their damaged DC-3 VH-BZK - June 19 to August 18, 1950
Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - September 21, 1959
Sold to Mandated Airlines - December 7, 1959
Registered to New Guinea Co. Ltd - December 14, 1959
Aircraft was equipped with 48 side-saddle seats
Reregistered as VH-MAH - November 11, 1960
Reregistered as VH-MAV - January 12, 1961
Registered to Ansett-M.A.L.
Reconfigured to seat 28 passengers
Registered to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - May 19, 1969
Withdrawn from service - July 28, 1969
Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - July 1969
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 28, 1969
Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-261
Operated by Cambodair & Winner Airways
Withdrawn from service - November 1979
Donated to the Republic of China Air Force as '261' as scrap - June 1, 1981
Final fate uncertain but believed to have been broken up
VH-TAG. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver-tail' livery at Melbourne Airport, date unknown.
VH-MAH. Mandated Airlines - in the full livery, location & date unknown.
VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery, location & date unknown.
VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery at Goroka Airport, August 1966.
VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the full livery at Lae Airport, December 1968.