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  C-47B-30-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-83 Call Sign VH-CIZ
33 Squadron

Pilot Pilot Officer Francis Robinson (MIA / KIA)
Passengers 20 passengers (MIA / KIA)

MIA  December 19, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 32875. USAAF serial number 44-76543.

Wartime History
Assigned to the RAAF during March 1945 with call sign VH-CIZ. Assigned to 35 Squadron as an air ambulance.

Mission History
This RAAF air ambulance departed Morotai via Ambon bound Darwin. The flight to Ambon was uneventful. The aircraft, under the control of PLTOFF Francis Robinson, departed Ambon at 10.40AM. Approximately one hour into the flight, a message was received from the aircraft stating that they wished to place a message. Darwin Aeradio replied with "go ahead" - no response was ever heard from the aircraft.

It is probable that the aircraft got into trouble due to adverse weather conditions and had to ditch or land on one of the islands in the Timor area. In the days after this incident, at least three messages and one continuous note were picked up. The crew, nor the 20 passengers on board have never been found.

Lee & Willa McCarthy

VH-CIZ Missing Dakota
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-83

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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