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    Default Two RAFFC flights

    These are USAAF aircraft but ferried by RAF Ferry Command crews in Sept 1942. Any ideas on the full American serials?
    B-26 to Samoa: '844'
    Lodestar to Australia: 'C60-173' (c/n?)
    Thanks and regards:
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    Default Ferry Flights

    G'day Rob

    Possibly B-26C s/n 41-34844

    Lockheed C-60 Lodestar s/n 42-32173. It arrived at Brisbane, Australia on the 22nd of September 1942 and handed over to the U.S.A.A.F.'s 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. It was a very short stay with the unit as it was transferred to the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron the following month. It later served with the R.A.A.F. and A.N.A. before returning to American hands on the 13th of March 1944.

    Cheers...Chris

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    C-60 was the US military designation for the Lodestar Model 18-56, so "C60-173" is probably a C-60 with last three of 173. Using the search page available for Joe Baugher's site turns up 42-32173 as a C-60 impressed by the US, intended for the RAF. No more details on this aircraft, but 42-32172 and 42-32174 both wound up on the Australian civil register.

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    Thank you, Bill and Chris. Sept 22 matches for the C-60.
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    Default A little misconception

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walker View Post
    but 42-32172 and 42-32174 both wound up on the Australian civil Eregister.
    Hello Bill & other forumites,

    In relation to C-60s 42-32173 & 42-32174 which were marked VHCED & VHCEE which may appear to be civil registrations were, in fact, call signs as allocated by the Directorate of Air Transport
    [ from ADF Serials:
    MSN 2193; Serial 42-32173.

    On loan from USAAF, callsign VHCED, received 36 Sqn 22 July 1943, named "Kia Ora". Issued to ANA at Archerfield 23 August 1943, returned 36 Sqn ex-ANA 22 December 1943. Flown from Townsville to Eagle Farm for return to USAAF, issued to USAAF ex-36 Sqn 13 March 1944, SOC and scrapped 17 December 1945.

    MSN 2194; Serial 42-32174.

    Assigned to 21TCS USAAF in Oct 1942. Assigned 22TCS, then 39TCS. Delivered to 36 Sqn RAAF on 08 Jul 1943, callsign VHCEE, named "Kiwi". Flown from Townsville to Eagle Farm (Brisbane) on return to USAAF on 10 Feb 1944. To Guinea Airways Ltd 01 Mar 1944. Special CofA X15 issued. WFS and parked at Parafield 02 Jun 1945. Subsequently returned to USAAF. Later VH-BAG (the registration VH-BYG not taken up).]

    - other aircraft, including many C-47s, were given call signs in the VHRxx range.
    eg a C-60 RAAF serial A67-10 ex 43-16453 was VHRAJ and C-47 RAAF Serial A65-114 ex 44-77128 was VHRGB, later VMHJW and VMWJY.

    Many people seem to be confused by these 'VH' Call Signs - I do hope I have helped to clear this up, at least a little.

    Bobby

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    Bobby:
    Thanks for the extra info. Beyond my area of acticivity but interesting nonetheless.
    Regards:
    Robert

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