VH-ANQ. Douglas C-49-DO. c/n 3271.

Was also registered as: 41-7686.

 

This aircraft was ordered by Transcontinental & Western Air as a DC-3-384 but was cancelled - January 31, 1941

Aircraft was to seat 24 passengers with the starboard-side passenger door

Impressed during production by the United States Army Air Corps

Construction completed at the Douglas Long Beach, California plant - January 28, 1941

Built as a Douglas DC-3-384 but impressed as a 'C-49-DO'

Delivered to the United States Army Air Corps at San Antonio, Texas - February 08, 1941

It was allocated the United States serial number '41-7686'

Transferred to Mitchell A.F.B. - March 22, 1941

Transferred to 1st Air Force, Pope A.F.B. - April 14, 1942

Transferred to Mitchell A.F.B. - April 19, 1942

Transferred to Hamilton A.F.B. - August 15, 1942

It arrived at Brisbane (Archerfield) on delivery to the 5th Air Force - September 04, 1942

It was allocated to the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Squadron with radio callsign 'VHCDG'

The aircraft was named 'Mucky Minnie'

Delivered to Commonwealth Aircraft Corportation at Fisherman's Bend for transport conversion - January 06, 1943

Conversion completed (CAC Job 5) - February 03, 1943

Returned to U.S.A.A.F. Deport for placement with the R.A.A.F. - March 07, 1943

This aircraft had been allocated to No 36 Squadron, R.A.A.F. - January 1943

The transfer was officially recorded on the R.A.A.F. Status Card - June 21, 1943

Returned to United States Army Air Force - April 19, 1944

A.D.A.T. advised D.C.A. that this aircraft was to be transferred to A.N.A. - April 20, 1944

Delivered to Australian National Airways at Brisbane (Archerfield) ex R.A.A.F. - April 23, 1944

Ferried Brisbane (Archerfield) - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Melbourne (Essendon) - April 23, 1944

Flight crew: Captain P. L. Taylor; Sgt Beale

Converted to civilian standards by Australian National Airways at Melbourne (Essendon) Airport

Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA X23) issued - May 22, 1944

The aircraft was fitted with Wright Cyclone G1820-65 engines

Operated by A.N.A. on night courier flights for the Allied Directorate of Air Transport using call-sign 'VHCDG'

It had 'W7686' painted in large letters behind the port cockpit window on the uncamouflaged fuselage

The Allied Directorate of Air Transport was replaced by 5298th Troop Carrier Wing - October 03, 1944

Returned to the United States Army Air Force - ?

It was deemed surplus to requirements and was sold to Australian National Airways - December 24, 1945

The registration 'VH-ANQ' was applied for - January 21, 1946

Departed Tacloban on the ferry flight to Australia - April 03, 1946

Flown Tacloban - Manus Island - April 03, 1946

Flown Manus Island - Tacloban - Mt Ambon - April 04, 1946

Flown Mt Ambon - Darwin - Cloncurry - April 05, 1946

Flown Cloncurry - Brisbane (Archerfield) - April 06, 1946

Flight crew: Captains K. L. Richards, R. Tardent

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANQ (CofR 984) - May 22, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Converted to DC-3 standards by A.N.A. at Brisbane with Wright Cyclone R1820-97 engines

The aircraft was named 'Dromana' (pelican)

It was operated by Butler Air Transport for short periods but the exact details are unknown

Operated by Guinea Airways Ltd - 1946

Registered to Ansett-ANA - October 21, 1957

Operated by Airlines of N.S.W. - 1961

Commenced operations with Ansett-ANA Victorian Air Coach Services - December 17, 1961

It had flown 45,847 hours - June 22, 1964

Transferred to Airlines of N.S.W. - June 19, 1966

It acquired 'Airlines of N.S.W.' titles - June 29, 1966

Converted to 'Skyliner' standard - October 1966

Withdrawn from service and stored at Melbourne (Essendon) - November 20, 1967

The wings and center section were removed and fitted to DC-3 VH-ANR - July 1968

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 18, 1968

Sold to Simsmetal Ltd for scrap - November 1969

Aircraft was scrapped on-site as D.C.A. refused to allow it to be scrapped elsewhere

Removed by truck and remains taken to Brooklyn, Victoria for smelting - November 06, 1969

 

 

VH-ANQ. Australian National Airways - 'Dromana' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANQ. Australian National Airways - 'Dromana' in the final livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANQ. Australian National Airways - 'Dromana' in the final livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANQ. Ansett-A.N.A. - 'Dromana' in the final 'A.N.A.' livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, December 27, 1958.

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VH-ANQ. Ansett-A.N.A.Victorian Air Coach Services - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, February 23, 1964.

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VH-ANQ. Ansett-A.N.A.Victorian Air Coach Services - in the standard livery at Mildura Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANQ. Ansett-A.N.A.Victorian Air Coach Services - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, date unknown.

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VH-ANQ. Ansett-A.N.A.Victorian Air Coach Services - in the standard livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, April 1965.

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VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1966.

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VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1966.

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VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1966.

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VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the standard livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, August 25, 1967.

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VH-ANQ. Airlines of N.S.W. - in the basic livery at Melbourne Essendon Airport, October 1969.

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