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  DH.82A Tiger Moth Serial Number A17-489  
Mandated Airlines
Former Assignments
RAAF
111 ASRF
8 CU
12 LASU
13 ARD
11 ERTS
5 AD
2 AP
5 EFTS
1 AOS
2 AD

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AWM August 13, 1945

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AWM Sept 14, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by de Havilland in Australia. Constructors Number DHA912. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DH.82A Tiger Moth serial number A17-489.

Wartime History
On May 14, 1942 assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On May 18, 1942 assigned to 1 AOS, then 5 Elementary Flying Training School (5 EFTS) on June 16, 1942.

On May 2, 1944 returned to De Havilland then on June 25, 1944 assigned to 2 AP and two days later to 5 Air Depot (5 AD). On November 11, 1944 assigned to 11 Elementary Flying Training School (11 EFTS) at Benalla Airfield. On February 19, 1945 to 13 Airframe Repair Depot (13 ARD).

On May 26, 1945 assigned to 12 Local Air Supply Unit (LASU). Coded L-TA. On May 30, 1945 this aircraft struck an obstruction during takeoff. On July 4, 1945 this aircraft struck treetops after take off but landed safely and afterwards was repaired.

On August 13, 1945 this aircraft was the first plane to land at Kiarivu Airfield piloted by F/O W. H. R. Smith from RAAF 12 Local Air Supply Unit (LASU). Afterwards, it was the first aircraft to take off from the new airfield. Since the runway was still soft from construction, parachute bundles from prior air drops were used to mark the best area for landing.

On September 14, 1945 took off from Cape Wom Airfield piloted by F/O T. L. Collier with passenger Lt. General Hatazo Adachi in the front cockpit and flown southward to Kiarivu Airfield and returned to his headquarters at Kiarivu.

Postwar
On January 18, 1946 assigned to 8 Communication Unit (CU). On January 19, 1946 offered to CDC for disposal. During February 1946 with 111 ASRF likely at Madang Airfield. On July 29, 1946 placed into storage "Category D".

On March 12, 1946 sold for 175 pounds to Mandated Airlines and collected by the company on April 17, 1946. Ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown. Likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
RAAF Status Card - Tiger Moth A17-489
ADF Serials - A17-489
Tiger Moth N17489 is painted in the markings of A-17-489 in the United States
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
November 9, 2019

 

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