VH-ANC. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42949-16.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Australian National Airways - 1944

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANC - November 01, 1945

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

The aircraft named 'Warana' (blue sky)

Test flown at Santa Monica - March 05 and 06, 1946

Accepted by A. N. A. at Burbank - April 07, 1946

Departed San Francisco (10:00 local) on the delivery flight to Australia - April 07, 1946

Arrived Melbourne (Laverton) on completion of the delivery flight with 28 passengers onboard - April 13, 1946

Delivery route: San Francisco - Honolulu - Canton Island - Nadi - Melbourne

Flight crew: Captain J. Armstrong (Douglas), F. Patterson; LAME S. S. Woodhouse

Entered Australian service with A. N. A. - April 1946

Used to survey the Australia - U. S .A. route (Capaint P. T. L. Taylor) - May 03, 1946 to May 14, 1946

Survey route: Melbourne (Laverton) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Nadi - Canton Island -

Honolulu - San Francisco (Oakland)

Chartered on an ad hoc basis to B. C. P. A. for trans-Pacific services - September 15, 1946 to April 21, 1948

Operated the first B. C. P. A. Sydney - Vancouver service (fortnightly) with 38 passengers - September 15, 1946

Route: Sydney - Nadi - Canton Island - Honolulu - Oakland - Vancouver

Flight crew: Captains P. T. L. Taylor, P. Gibbs; F/O H. W. Moore; Hostesses I. Darrock, J. Hutchins

Operated Rome - Australia migrant charter (Captains C. Callabder, F. Patterson) - July 12, 1948

Withdrawn from use and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - January 10, 1958

Sold to SABENA Belgian World Airlines - January 11, 1958

Entered onto the Belgian Aircraft Register as OO-SBV - January 11, 1958

Leased to Lebanese International Airways, Beirut, Labanon - December 1959

Sold to Trans Mediterranean Airways (T.M.A.) - March 1960

Entered onto the Lebanese Aircraft Register as OD-ADO - ?

The aircraft crashed whilst landing at Azaibo, Muscat - January 21, 1962

There were no casualties but aircraft was destroyed by fire

 

VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the original livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1125-550.)

VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the original livery at Whenuapai Airport, August 26, 1947.

(Whites Aviation WA-08788-F Copyright Image 1125-669.)

VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1956.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-133.)

VH-ANC. Australian National Airways Pty Ltd - 'Warana' in the revised livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, August 1956.

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 1125-457.)