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  C-47A-35-DL "Polly" Serial Number 42-23856 Nose 60
5th AF
433rd TCG
69th TCS

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US Army Feb 13, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAF) as C-47 C-47A-35-DL Dakota serial number 42-23856. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 69th Troop Carrier Squadron. Australian call sign VH-CDZ. Squadron Number 60 (Buzz Number 60) painted on the left and right sides of the cockpit. Nicknamed "Polly" in white on both sides of the nose. During early 1943, this C-47 operated from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby.

On June 13, 1944 suffered a mid-air collision with C-47A 42-92028 near Dumpu, no injuries were sustained aboard. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-35-DL Dakota 42-23856
"23856 (MSN 9718) delivered Jun 17, 1943. 5th AF Brisbane Aug 27, 1943. Racloban Dec 15, 1945. Salvage"

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June 29, 2019


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