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  C-47A-5-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-39 Code RE-Z
No. 36 Squadron

Former Assignments
3 AD
No. 38 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Stanley Charles Akers, 400767 (KIA, BR) North Essendon, VIC
Co-Pilot  Sgt William James McInroy, 449069 (KIA, BR) Daylesford, VIC
Crew  Jack Wallace Lawson, 433924 (KIA, BR) Summer Hill, NSW
Passenger  Pvt James Robert O'Brien, VX125472 AIF (KIA, BR) Daylesford, VIC
Passenger  Pvt Athol Roy Palmer, NX154450 AIF (KIA, BR) South Brisbane, QLD
Passenger  Pvt Alan Henry Hobson, QX18471 AIF (KIA, BR) Chinchilla, QLD
Passenger  LCpl Alfred Joseph Kronlage, QX25642 AIF (KIA, BR)
Crashed  May 3, 1945 at 8:00am

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas during 1944. Constructors Number 12361. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-5-DK Dakota serial number 42-92548. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number KG352, but this number was never assigned. Ferried overseas across the Pacific to Australia as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
During February 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as C-47A Dakota serial number A65-39. Call Sign VHCIG. On March 23, 1944 assigned to 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On March 3, 1944 assigned to No. 38 Squadron. On January 26, 1945 assigned to No. 36 Squadron. Coded RE-Z. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
On May 3, 1945 took off from Tadji Airfield piloted by F/Lt Stanley Charles Akerson a flight bound for Maprik to drop supplies. Aboard were four Australian Army personnel. Flying in bad weather, this C-47 crashed around 8:00am into a mountainside near Housecap. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Officially, written off June 7, 1945.

Afterwards, Beauforts searched for this Dakota and located the crash site at 1:30pm.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to Lae for permanent burial.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on May 3, 1945. The entire crew is buried at Lae War Cemetery in collective grave at NN. A. 7-13.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-5-DK Skytrain 42-92548
"92548 (MSN 12361) to RAF as KG352 but NTU. To RAAF as A65-39 (VH-CUG). Crashed 5/1945 Tadji PNG"
Write-off per AMSE File# 9/16/2524
CWGC - Stanley Charles Akers
CWGC - William James McInroy
CWGC - Jack Wallace Lawson
CWGC - James Robert O'Brien
CWGC - Athol Roy Palmer
CWGC - Alan Henry Hobson
CWGC - Alfred Joseph Kronlage
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-39
Aviation Safety Network - C-47 A65-39

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Last Updated
March 23, 2020

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