VH-AFA was an ex C-47A-35-DL,
serial no 42-23951 registered to TAA in 1945 having
spent a year on lease to Qantas during WW II.
It was originally named
'Collins', then 'McMillan'.
Unfortunately in my shot at Essendon in 1954 the name cannot
but it was probably the first one. The photo
immediately below is from
collection and shows VH-AFA at Archerfield in April
1945, after its civil
conversion for the
Commonwealth Government for the planned new
which became TAA, and, at the foot of the page, from the NLA, the
aircraft in its
livery. It flew with TAA until 1957 when it
was sold to Australian Aircraft
Sales who had already on-sold 4 other TAA DC-3s to West
African Airways. VH-AFA
contract to ferry these 5 DC-3s
from Australia to Lagos, Nigeria
given to Captain Bryan Monkton, founder of Trans Oceanic
South Pacific Airlines in
captained each DC-3 over 4 months with a different
on each delivery.