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Lodestar A67-2

Aircraft Model:Lockheed C-60A-5-LO Lodestar
Manufacturer:Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Constructor's No.:2535
Identities:42-56042; A67-2
Callsigns:VH-RAB
Units:No. 37 Squadron, RAAF
No. 1 Communication Unit, RAAF

Timeline

23 August 1943Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
Allotted to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
1 September 1943Assigned call sign VH-RAB.
5 September 1943Issued to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
8 September 1943Received by No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
25 March 1944Aircraft undercarriage collapsed during engine run up at Tennant Creek, NT.
Pilot: F/Lt RAY HAROLD HORNBY, RAAF 403053 (Survived)
2nd Pilot: F/O J.E. BARNES (Survived)
Wireless Operator: F/Sgt C.F. ANDREWS (Survived)
Crew: LAC P.B. HULLIER (Survived)
29 March 1944Allotted to No. 14 Aircraft Repair Depot, RAAF, for repair and engine installation.
30 March 1944Received by No. 14 Aircraft Repair Depot, RAAF.
15 June 1944Issued to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
16 June 1944Received by No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
23 October 1944Aircraft landed at Merauke with a flat tyre, causing port oleo leg to collapse and aircraft to ground loop.
Pilot: S/Ldr ROBERT LAW-SMITH, RAAF 280733 (Survived)
2nd Pilot: P/O J.J. COONE (Survived)
25 October 1944Allotted to No. 1 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF, for field repairs.
To be handed over to No. 44 OBU on 1 November.
26 October 1944Received by No. 1 Repair and Salvage Unit, RAAF.
14 November 1944Issued to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
16 November 1944Received by No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
Aircraft arrived from No. 1 RSU Merauke not serviceable for transport duties. Further repairs necessary.
20 November 1944Allotted to ANA, Parafield, for airframe repairs.
24 November 1944Issued to ANA, Parafield.
28 November 1944Received by ANA, Parafield.
15 February 1945Allotted to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF, ex ANA.
19 February 1945Issued to No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
21 February 1945Received by No. 37 Squadron, RAAF.
14 May 1945Allotted to No. 1 Communication Unit, RAAF.
19 May 1945Issued to No. 1 Communication Unit, RAAF.
21 May 1945Received by No. 1 Communication Unit, RAAF.
11 June 1945Aircraft grounded as per RAAF signal.
7 July 1945Allotted to No. 7 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, for inspection and possible repairs.
9 August 1945Received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.
16 January 1946Work to cease. Aircraft to be stored.
8 February 1946Received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot, Storage.
19 March 1947Sold through CDC to Department of Civil Aviation for £2,500.
18 September 1947Issued to purchaser.

References

Crick, D., S. Mackenzie, and B. Cowan 2015 RAAF A67 Lockheed Lodestar. ADF Serials. Retrieved 15 October 2018 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a67.htm>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Aircraft Status cards - Lodestar A67-1 to A67-10, A10297, BLOCK 394.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Lodestar A67 [Accidents], A9845, 128.

Record updated on 15 October 2018.


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