Douglas C-47B-20-DK, Dakota Mk IV Transport Aircraft : RAAF

Accession Number REL/02368.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Aircraft
Maker Douglas Aircraft Company
Place made United States of America
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Douglas C-47B-20-DK/Dakota Mk IV Transport Aircraft. A twin engined transport/supply aircraft using stressed duralium skin and rivetted construction with a single main spar. The upper exterior is painted olive drab and the lower exterior is painted in neutral grey. This reflects the aircraft's 37 Squadron paint scheme as it was in 1945. The control surfaces are fabric covered. The aircraft is powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-90C fourteen cylinder twin wasp radial engines.

History / Summary

The C 47 was an archetypal transport aircraft used by Allied forces from 1938 to 1968.

This particular aircraft transported the body of Prime Minister John Curtin from Canberra to Perth for burial on 6 July 1945.
Used for courier runs by 37 Squadron (Sqn) at Schofields NSW until 1947. 1951 and 1952 operated with 38 Squadron at Changi and Kuala Lumpur. Carried out 126 missions, including courier runs from Changi to Japan, supply drops to Federated Malay Police and Gurkha units, and transportation of passengers and freight.

On 15 May 1956 the aircraft was involved in a collision with a ship, hitting the mast of the 'Hexham Bank' near the NSW coast. The pilot, Flight Sergeant D F Williams, successfully landed at RAAF Williamtown. In November 1968 the aircraft was transferred to Transport Support Flight, RAAF Butterworth, Malaya.

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