VH-TAM. Douglas C-47A-30-DK. c/n 13919-25364.


Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - July 15, 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-30-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 43-48103

Delivered to United States Army Air Force

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement as A65-59 - August 15, 1944

Operated using the radio callsigns 'VHCUT' & 'VHCIL'

Allocated to Paratroop Training Unit - September 1, 1944

Allocated to No 38 Squadron - October 6, 1944

Allocated to No 33 Squadron - January 13, 1946

Allocated to No 3 Aircraft Depot for disposal - April 12, 1946

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - September 27, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAM - August 18, 1947

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Lansborough'

Operated first T.A.A. revenue service - August 1947

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - June 1957

Sold to Australian Aircraft Sales - June 19, 1957

Sold to West African Airways Corporation (Nigeria) - July 4, 1957

Aircraft was named 'Tiko'

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - July 4, 1957

Entered onto the Nigerian Aircraft Register as VR-NCL

Leased to Ghana Airways Ltd - October 1, 1958

Transferred to Nigerian Airways & reregistered 5N-AAL - 1960

Cancelled from the Nigerian Aircraft Register - August 16, 1967

Transferred to Nigerian Air Force as 'AAL'

Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Lagos - January 17, 1968


VH-TAM. Trans Australia Airlines - in the 'silver tail' livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, date unknown.