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  C-56B Lodestar Serial Number 42-68355 Registration VH-CAI
USAAF
5th AF
374th TCG
22nd TCS

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed. Manufacture Number 18-2127. This aircraft was sold to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) as LT9-23.

Wartime History
After escaping Java, this aircraft was turned over to the Allied Directorate of Air Transport (ADAT) with registration VH-CAI. Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 374th Troop Carrier Group (374th TCG), 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron (22nd TCS). No known nickname or nose art. Later, administratively assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-56B Lodestar serial number 42-68355.

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 Betty bombers from the 4th Kokutai and Misawa Kokutai escorted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. Destroyed on the ground by Japanese bombs. Officially condemned on August 31, 1944.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-56B Lodestar 42-68355

Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII, Volume 1 page 329
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
June 15, 2017

 

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