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Built by Douglas. Constructions Number 15665. Manufacture Number 27110. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47B-20-DK Skytrain serial number 43-49849, as a 26 seat VIP transport for the U. S. Army Air Force and sent to the United Kingdom as part of lend-lease. Flown overseas to England.
This C-47 was presented to the British General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery by U. S. Army General Dwight Eisenhower. Montgomery used the aircraft extensively during the European campaign during 1944-1945.
Postwar, this aircraft was converted into a DC-3 and became a VIP carrier for Greek shipping company, Stavos Niachos. In 1965 sold to Trans Australian Airlines (TAA) and registered in Australia as VH-SBW wit 4,500 hours of flight time, the lowest number of hours logged on a DC-3 at that time.
This DC-3 operated from Jackson Airport and was nicknamed "Jim Taylor" after the famous Patrol Officer (Kiap) in the 1930s who was one of the first white men to enter Eastern Highlands Province and Western Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea.
In 1973, this aircraft became part of Air Niugini. Registered as P2-ANQ in 1976. This DC-3 made her last flight during July 1979. Last assigned to pilot Larry Blackman.
After being retired, this DC-3 was installed on a metal pole outside the Air Nugini offices near the old terminal building at Jackson Airport.
Michie Family Papua New Guinea and Australia - DC3 - P2-ANQ via Papua New Guinea (photos installation)
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