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  Douglas DC-5 Serial Number 44-83230 Registration VH-CXA
5th AF
374th TCG
21st TCS

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Damien Parer
August 17, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas as DC-5. Manufacture Number 428. Sold to Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines as a airliner and registered as PH-AXE. Next, assigned to Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KNILM) Royal Netherlands Indian Airways as PK-ADB based in Java.

Wartime History
During March 1942 after escaping Java, turned over to the Allied Directorate of Air Transport (ADAT), and leased to Australian National Airways (ANA) with registration VH-CXA. Assigned to the 374th Troop Carrier Group (374th TCG), 21st Troop Carrier Squadron (21st TCS) and began flying cargo from Queensland, Australia to 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby. No known nickname or nose art. Later, this DC-5 was administratively assigned to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-110 serial number 44-83230.

On August 17, 1942 parked at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby. There was no advanced warning of a Japanese air raid against 7 Mile Drome by G4M1 Bettys from 4th Kōkūtai (4th Air Group) and Misawa Kōkūtai (Misawa Air Group) escorted by A6M2 Zeros from Tainan Kōkūtai (Tainan Air Group). This DC-5 was destroyed on the ground by Japanese bombs burning the fuselage and left only the outer wings and tail. Afterwards, the wreckage was photographed by Australian war correspondent Damien Parer.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - DC-5 44-83230
Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII, Volume 1 (2003) page 329
Thanks to William Bartsch for additional information

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June 16, 2023


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