VH-EBG. Douglas C-47A-10-DK. c/n 12541.

Was also registered as: A65-42; VH-EBV; VH-SBF; B-309.


This aircraft was constructed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - February 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-10-DK

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-92710'

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the lend / lease agreement - March 19, 1944

It was entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-42

It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCUL'

Allocated to No 34 Squadron & No 86 Transport Wing during the war

Sold to Qantas Empire Airways - May 31, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EBG - January 05, 1949

Registered to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney

Reregistered as VH-EBV - August 21, 1957

It was sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - September 01, 1960

Operated its first revenue service for T. A. A. - September 01, 1960

The aircraft was named 'Pard Mustar'

Reregistered as VH-SBF - December 08, 1960

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

Transferred to New Guinea to operate the airline's 'Sunbird Services'

It sustained damage during a forced landing at Coffs Harbour - September 09, 1966

Repaired and returned to service

Operated its final revenue service with Trans-Australia Airlines - February 21, 1967

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale

Sold to Winner Airways Corporation - September 20, 1967

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-309 - September 20, 1967

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - September 20, 1967

Leased to China Airlines Ltd, Taiwan

This aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into Mount Paku, Taiwan - January 02, 1969

All 24 persons on board were killed



VH-EBG. Qantas Empire Airways - in the standard livery at Rabaul Airport, circa 1949.

(Qantas Heritage Collection Copyright Image 0251-424.)

VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-110.)

VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, July 1966.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-974.)

VH-SBF. TAA Sunbird Services - in the standard livery somewhere in New Guinea, date unknown.

(L. Potts Copyright Image 0251-714.)