VH-TAT. Douglas C-47A-20-DK. c/n 13083.

Construction completed at the Oklahoma City plant - May 1944

Built as a Douglas C-47A-20-DK

Allocated U.S. serial number 42-93198

Transferred to the R.A.A.F. under lend / lease agreement - becoming A65-48 - June 4, 1944

Operated using the radio callsign 'VHCID'

Allocated to No 38, No 36, No 33 Squadrons & No 86 Transport Wing during the war

Withdrawn from use and struck-off charge - August 23, 1946

Sold to Trans Australia Airlines - July 5, 1948

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-TAT - August 19, 1948

Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission

Aircraft was named 'Grimes'

Commenced service with T.A.A. as a freighter - August 19, 1948

Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into the waters of Barilla Bay, Cambridge, Tasmania - August 8, 1951

Probable cause was due to loss of lateral control during a turn at low altitude after taking-off

Accumulation of ice on the airframe prior to departure in freezing conditions may have been a factor

The two flight crew were killed

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 28, 1951

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