VH-JCM. Lockheed 414-08 Hudson IVA. c/n 6039.

Was also registered as: VH-BPT; VH-EWE; VH-EWR; VH-AGE.


 

Built as a Lockheed A28-LO Hudson

Allocated U.S. serial number 41-23180 but not taken up

Delivered to R.A.A.F. 2nd Aircraft Depot - December 5, 1941

Allocated RAAF Serial Number A16-110

Allocated to 1 O.T.U. - December 21, 1941

Damaged in landing accident at Sale, Victoria - March 2, 1942

Damaged when it collided with Hudson A16-45 at Parkes, N.S.W. - 1942

Attacked by 5 Zero fighters during take off from Dobodura, PNG - December 26, 1942

Transferred to No 15 A.S.U. - March 3, 1943

Allocated to No 1 Communications Unit - July 30, 1944 to April 1945

Allocated to No 1 O.T.U. - July 14, 1945

Deemed surplus to requirements and withdrawn from use

Sold to Vernard J. Madsen (Curtis-Madsen Aircrafts) from C.D.C. at Richmond - April 1, 1947

The purchase price was 1,500 Australian Pounds

Accepted by Madsen at Richmond - June 5, 1947

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-JCM - December 2, 1947

Registered to Vernard James Madsen t/a Curtis-Madsen Aircrafts Pty Ltd

Was to be used on migrant charter flights from Athens to Mascot

Aircraft was configured to seat 15 passengers

Operated first Curtis-Madsen airline service Sydney - Cootamundra - Temora - January 14, 1948

Chartered by East West Airlines for two Sydney - Tamworth - Sydney services - January 18, 1949

Registered to J.D. Curtis - November 20, 1950

Curtis-Madsen Aircrafts Pty Ltd ceased operations - November 20, 1950

Sold to East West Airlines - November 20, 1950

Ferried Camden - Tamworth for conversion to freighter configuration - December 15, 1950

Reregistered as VH-EWE - December 15, 1950

Registered to East West Airlines Pty Ltd

Aircraft named 'Namoi City' - May 12, 1951

Cabin door modified to allow the loading of standard bales of wool

Certificate of Airworthiness amended to permit the carriage of 16 passengers - 1951

Ownership transferred to South Coast Airways Pty Ltd - August 26, 1953

Reregistered as VH-BPT - December 1956

Aircraft was deemed to be surplus to requirements and was prepared for sale

Returned to service in rain-making operations over Snowy Mountains for C.S.I.R.O. - March 1, 1957

Aircraft was fitted with silver oxide burners under each wingtip

Based at Wagga Wagga Airport for approximately 2 years

Reregistered as VH-EWR - March 21, 1958

Operated for the C.S.I.R.O. in East West Airlines livery with additional 'Special Project Division' titles

Withdrawn from use and stored at Tamworth - June 23, 1960

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - April 7, 1961

Repurchased from South Coast Airways for 2,500 Australian Pounds - March 31, 1962

South Coast Airways was then wound up

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EWR - April 12, 1962

Ferried Tamworth-Melbourne - April 17, 1962

Operated on contract to Victorian Government on C.S.I.R.O. rain-making operations

Operated first rain-making flight - April 28, 1962

Withdrawn from use - May 31, 1962

Sold to Sepal Pty Ltd - August 13, 1962

Operated by Adastra Airways Pty Ltd

Reregistered as VH-AGE - August 13, 1962

Aircraft had electronic survey equipment installed - September 1964

Aircraft crashed on approach at Tennant Creek, Northern Territory - September 24, 1966

Killed were six crew and a young boy who was a passenger on the flight

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - December 14, 1966

 


 

VH-BPT. East West Airlines - in the all-metal livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EWE. East West Airlines - in the all-metal livery, location and date unknown.

VH-EWR. East West Airlines - in the all-metal livery, location and date unknown.
 

VH-EWR. East West Airlines - in the all-metal livery, location and date unknown.