PK-ADB. Douglas DC-5-511. c/n 428.
One of nine aircraft ordered new by British Airways Ltd - August 30, 1939
Douglas DC-5 fleet was intended to be used mainly on the London-Berlin route
Allocated the British Aircraft Registration G-AFYM - August 30, 1939
British Airways instructed to cancel this order by the British Air Ministry
Allocated registration marks cancelled - September 14, 1939
K.L.M. had placed an order with Douglas for DC-5s - January 13, 1939
This airframe was transferred to the K.L.M. order
Entered onto the Dutch Aircraft Register as PK-AXE - May 22, 1939
Due to the growing war situation in Europe delivery of this aircraft was transferred to K.N.I.L.M.
Aircraft was reregistered as PK-ADB
Departed San Pedro, California as deck cargo on freighter S.S. Silverwood - July 24, 1940
Aircraft was named 'Eend' (duck)
Arrived Sydney at conclusion of a goodwill flight from Batavia - April 30, 1941
Flight crew: Capts G. van Messell, T. Reyers
This marked the official opening of K.N.I.L.M.'s office in Sydney
This was also the first commercially operated nose-wheeled aircraft to visit Australia
Performed demonstration flights from Melbourne's Essendon Airport - May 3, 1941
K.N.I.L.M. suspended Australian services due to the Japanese invasion of Dutch East Indies - February 15, 1942
Flown to Bandoeng-Darwin carrying evacuees - March 2, 1942
Ferried Darwin-Sydney where it cleared Customs - March 4, 1942
Offered to the Commonwealth of Australia by K.N.I.L.M. for 5 Pounds Australian - March 19, 1942
Cancelled from the Dutch Aircraft Register - March 28, 1942
Under instruction from General MacArthur all ex K.L.M. and K.N.I.L.M. aircraft in Australia were to be
taken-over by the U.S.A.A.F. as he didn't want a major part of the air transport fleet privately owned
MacArthur instructed that logistical support (including 100 cases of spare parts) be cut off to KNILM
This action effectively forced KNILM to sell their aircraft to the U.S.A.A.F.
Under the terms of this sale this aircraft had to be test flown before delivery
KNILM maintenance crews agreed to have all aircraft ready for a simultaneous test flight
Aircraft was a part of the 10 aircraft formation that was test flown over Sydney Harbour - May 14, 1942
Allocated the radio call-sign 'VHCXA'
Issued to USAAF 21st Transport Squadron, 5th Air Force at Archerfield - May 20, 1942
Transferred to the Allied Directorate of Air Transport (ADAT) - July 1942
A.N.A. air crews operated all three of the ADAT Douglas DC-5s
Damaged by enemy action at Wards Strip, Port Moresby - August 17, 1942
Useful parts were transferred to Archerfield to support the remain DC-5 fleet
Allocated the USAAF serial number 44-83230 as a book keeping exercise - March 17, 1945
Written off and remains scrapped at Wards Strip, Port Moresby
PK-ADB. K.L.I.N.M. - in the full livery, location and date unknown.