VH-ANA. Douglas DC-4-1009. c/n 42910-2.


Ordered new by Australian National Airways in 1944

Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ANA - November 1, 1945

Registered to Australian National Airways Pty Ltd

First flown - January 28, 1946

Aircraft was named 'Amana' (Hands Across) by Australian actress Ann Richards

Flown Santa Monica-Las Vegas for acceptance by A.N.A. - February 5, 1946

This was done to minimise Californian taxes payable on aircraft

Departed Las Vegas on delivery flight to Australia - February 5, 1946

It was originally intended to land in Sydney but this was changed mid flight

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - February 9, 1946

Delivery route: Las Vegas-San Francisco-Honolulu-Canton Island-Nadi-Melbourne

Flight crew: Capts W. Morrissey (Douglas Test Pilot), P.T.L. Taylor; Navigator J.T. Caswell;

R/O L.S. Moore; Engineer J. Neale; LAME J. Stubbs

Operated first A.N.A. revenue service (Douglas Captain Bill Morrissey) - February 11, 1946

Douglas supplied training for A.N.A. crews for 30 days after delivery

Established record on Perth-Melbourne route (Capt W. Morrissey) of 6 hours 16 minutes - February 25, 1946

Established record on Melbourne-Perth route - March 1946

Flight crew: Capts P.T.L. Taylor, A. Lovell; F/O D. Way

Established record on Melbourne-Sydney-Auckland demonstration flight - March 7, 1946

Flight crew: Capts P.T.L. Taylor, P. Gibbs; F/O D. Way

Established speed record on Perth-Melbourne service of 483 km/h for the 2,929 km flight - September 1946

Chartered on an ad hoc basis to B.C.P.A. for trans Pacific services - September 15, 1946 to April 21, 1948

Operated first of a number migrant charters to Rome (Capts P.T.L. Taylor, P. Gibbs) - August 3, 1948

Route: Sydney-Darwin-Singapore-Calcutta-Karachi-Cyprus-Rome-Cyprus-Karachi-Ceylon-Batavia-

Darwin-Melbourne

Aircraft was destroyed when it crashed on property 'Betty Bow' 19 km NW of York, W.A.

Accident occurred some 13 minutes after departing Guildford Airport, Perth at 2200 hours - June 26, 1950

The crew of 5 & 24 passengers were killed

Flight crew: Capt R.J.C. Chapple; F/O R.H. Willis; 2nd Officer V.M. Trevitt;

Hostesses J.W. Graham, M.A.E. Britton

Passengers: Mr V.C. Anquetil, Mr E.S. Baker, Very Rev. N. Blow, Mr J. Boklak, Mrs I. Borszeky & infant,

Mr P. Capelette, Mr G. Carmichael, Mr K. Douglas, Mr D.N. Engler, Master J. Engler,

Mr V. Finegan, Mr E.W. Forwood, Mr T.R. Graham, Mrs G. Haese, Miss S.J. Haese, Miss M. McDougall,

Miss D.M. McHenry, Mrs M.A.M. Morrison, Right Rev. Dr C. Murray, Mr L. Orszab,

Mr S. Pawlowski, Mr I.H. Simpson, Mr Tan Jee Hoe

At the time it was Australia's worst airline accident

Aircraft was operating the Perth-Adelaide leg of the Perth-Adelaide-Melbourne service

Exact cause of the accident was never resolved

Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - July 19, 1950

A memorial plaque was erected in the main street of Beverley, W.A. - June 26, 2001


VH-ANA. Australian National Airways - in the original livery prior to delivery, January 1946.

VH-ANA. Australian National Airways - in the original livery prior to delivery, January 1946.

VH-ANA. Australian National Airways - in the original livery prior to delivery, January 1946.

VH-ANA. Australian National Airways - in the original metal livery, location & date unknown.

VH-ANA. Australian National Airways - in the original metal livery, location & date unknown.