VH-TAU. Douglas C-47A-25-DK. c/n 13340.

was also registered as: VH-MAT.


Construction completed at Oklahoma City plant - May 17, 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-25-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93429

Delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. - May 17, 1944

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - June 4, 1944

Arrived Brisbane on delivery to the R.A.A.F. - June 12, 1944

Allocated the R.A.A.F. serial number A65-55

Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCUQ'

Allocated to No 36 Squadron, 86th Transport Wing - June 12, 1944

Withdrawn from use and sold to Trans Australia Airlines - July 5, 1948

Struck-off charge and offiocially handed over to T.A.A. - August 5, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAU (CofR 1594) - November 9, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Hewitt'

Operated first revenue T.A.A. service - November 15, 1948

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - December 29, 1959

Sold to Mandated Airlines - January 4, 1960

Reregistered as VH-MAT - November 12, 1960

Registered to New Guinea Co. Ltd t/a Mandated Airlines Ltd

Aircraft was configured to seat 28 passengers

Registered to Ansett-M.A.L. - January 12, 1961

Registered to Mandated Airlines Ltd - June 24, 1968

Registered to Ansett (P & NG) Ltd - December 17, 1969

Sold to Air Niugini for $AUD 15,000 - November 1, 1973

Registered to Papua New Guinea National Airline t/a Air Niugini - January 25, 1974

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 1, 1974

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-MAT - June 1, 1974

Reregistered as P2-ANZ - June 15, 1976

Withdrawn from service at Nadzab, Lae - July 31, 1977

Aircraft had been preserved at Lae's Nadzab Airport since March 1980

Plans to display aircraft at Lae did not eventuate and it is now in a derelict condition

Final disposition of this airframe still needs to be ascertained


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

VH-MAT. Ansett M.A.L. - in the full livery, location and date unknown.

VH-MAT. Ansett M.A.L. - in the full livery, location and date unknown.
VH-MAT. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' liveryat Mt Hagen, April 1973.

VH-MAT. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' liveryat Mt Hagen, April 1973.

P2-ANZ. Air Niugini - in the full liveryat Nadzab Airport, April 1983.