VH-TAL. Douglas C-47A-30-DK. c/n 13921 / 25366.
Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - July 15, 1944
Built as a Douglas C-47A-30-DK
Allocated U.S. serial number 43-48105
Delivered to United States Army Air Force
Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-58 - August 10, 1944
Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCIK'
Allocated to No 33 and No 38 Squadrons during the war
Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 25, 1946
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAL - September 25, 1946
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission
Aircraft was named 'Hann'
Operated its first revenue service with T.A.A. - October 18, 1947
Chartered to Ansett Airways Pty Ltd - early 1950s
Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - April 1957
Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - May 30, 1957
Sold to West African Airways Corporation - August 1957
Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as VR-NCK
Aircraft was named 'Onitsha'
Transferred to Nigerian Airways & reregistered 5N-AAK - February 6, 1961
In 1957 the Nigerian Government banned all commercial flights into eastern Nigeria
Due to contractual obligations this aircraft flew Lagos-Enugu to pick up passengers
On arrival it was seized by the airport authorities and placed under armed guard
Impressed into service with Biafran Air Force - with dark camouflage livery
Issued the Biafran Air Force serial number 'AAK'
Reportedly destoyed on the ground at Enugu when airport was bombed - September 1967
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