VH-TAG. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 12875.

It was also registered as: VH-MAH and VH-MAV.


Construction was completed at the Douglas Oklahoma City plant - March 28, 1944

It was built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK

Delivered to the United States Army Air Force - ?

It was allocated the U. S. serial number '42-93011'

Transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force under the end / lease agreement - April 15, 1944

Entered onto the Australian Military Aircraft Register as A65-47

It was operated using the radio callsign 'VHCUO'

Allocated to No 33 Squadron - May 10, 1944

Allocated to No 36 Squadron - December 22, 1944

Allocated to No 1 Aircraft Disposal Unit - March 01, 1946

Sold to Trans-Australia Airlines - August 22, 1946

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAG - October 11, 1946

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission, Melbourne

The aircraft was named 'Giles' but later renamed 'Grant'

Operated its first T.A.A. revenue service - November 22, 1946

Used to test surplus military radar sets for landing aircraft at Melbourne (Essendon) - June 1947

Chartered by Ansett Airways Pty Ltd to replace their damaged DC-3 VH-BZK - June 19 to August 18, 1950

Withdrawn from use and stored pending sale - September 21, 1959

Sold to Mandated Airlines - December 07, 1959

Registered to New Guinea Co. Ltd - December 14, 1959

Aircraft was equipped with 48 side-saddle seats

Reregistered as VH-MAH - November 11, 1960

Reregistered as VH-MAV - January 12, 1961

Registered to Ansett-M.A.L.

The aircraft was reconfigured to seat 28 passengers

Registered to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - May 19, 1969

Withdrawn from service - July 28, 1969

Sold to Far Eastern Air Transport - July 1969

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - July 28, 1969

Entered onto the Taiwanese Aircraft Register as B-261

Operated by Cambodair & Winner Airways

Withdrawn from service - November 1979

Donated to the Republic of China Air Force as '261' as scrap - June 01, 1981

Final fate uncertain but believed to have been broken up



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

(B. Colledge Copyright Image 0251-113.)

VH-MAH. Mandated Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0251-553.)

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, date unknown.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0250-357.)

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Goroka Airport, August 1966.

(G. Bennett Collection Copyright Image 0250-954.)

VH-MAV. Ansett-M.A.L. - in the standard livery at Lae Airport, December 1968.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 0251-265.)