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  C-47A-20-DL Dakota Serial Number A65-6 Code FD-A
No. 34 Squadron

Former Assignments
3 AD
No. 36 Squadron
7 AD
Australian National Airlines

Pilot  F/O Arthur Burns, 437727 (survived)
Crew  F/Sgt Wicks (survived)
Crew  W/O Menzies (survived)
Passenger  F/Lt Timothy O'Connell, 15919 RAAF 452 Squadron (survived)
Passenger  LAC Streeter (survived)
Passenger  LAC Hill (survived)
Passenger  Sgt McTackett (survived)
Passenger  LAC Bronne (survived)
Passenger  LAC Grant (survived)
Passenger  LAC Browning (survived)
Passenger  Sgt Swan (survived)
Passenger  LAC Brown (survived)
Passenger  LAC Bridgewood (survived)
Passenger  LAC Mulloy (survived)
Passenger  Cpl Davis (survived)
Passenger  LAC Brady (survived)
Passenger  LAC Isaksen (survived)
Passenger  LAC Hall (survived)
Passenger  Sgt Dawson (survived)
  Capt Chenoweth (survived)
Passenger  Lt Cox (survived)
Passenger  W/O Hartz (survived)
Passenger  Tpr Lovett (survived)
Passenger  Capt Rutherford (survived)
Ditched  September 19, 1945 at 10:18am

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Contract W535-AC-20669. Constructors Number 9287. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-20-DL Skytrain serial number 42-23425. Ferroed overseas across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
On April 25, 1943 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota serial number A65-6. to 3 Air Depot (3 AD). On April 27, 1943 assigned to No. 36 Squadron with call sign VH-CTF.

On May 13, 1943 assigned to No. 34 Squadron. On July 12, 1943 assigned to 7 Air Depot (7 AD) and returned to 34 Squadron on July 24, 1943. Coded FD-A. On September 20, 1943 again assigned to 7 Air Depot (7 AD) and returned to No. 34 Squadron on September 30, 1943. On October 17, 1944 assigned to Australian National Airlines (ANA). On January 23, 1945 re-assigned to the RAAF to No. 34 Squadron.

Mission History
On September 19, 1945 took off Tarakan Airfield piloted by F/O Arthur Burns on a flight bound for Pitu Airfield on Morotai. Aboard was a crew of three plus twenty passengers. During the flight, this Dakota started to lose height for no apparent reason as controls showed no response. Although trimmed and started to climb, then went into a spin and flatted out at 3,000' above sea level. At 10:18am ditched into the sea off Labuan Island. After the crash, this C-47 was written off on October 16, 1945.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew survived the unhurt and deployed their life rafts. The crew was in the sea for 15 hours before being rescued 150 miles off Tarakan Island.

Douglas Dakota A65 [Part 1] (NAA: A9845, 116)
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-6
WW2 Nominal Roll - Arthur Burns
WW2 Nominal Roll - Timothy O'Connell
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
October 7, 2020

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