VH-BNH was built as a C-47B-15-DK with the
USAAF serial 43-49414. It was civilianized
European theater after WW II as I-TROS for the Italian foundling
The rare photograph below
how a typical C-47 was received into the civilian market in
1945/46. For some reason Transadriatica elected to sell it to
Butler in 1948. The tail of I-TROS
civilianization can be seen in the shot of VH-ANW whilst it was
awaiting conversion to
Essendon in 1948. Also below is a (poor) photograph of it in
early Butler markings.
above shot shows how it appeared for most of its airline life.
When Butler retired
the aircraft was brokered by Aviation Sales (see final shot at foot
the page). It
was sold in
US in 1956 as
N55L, going to Catalina Pacific Airlines. It was then used in
the Viet Nam war
Air Service Inc (CASI) and later by Air Alliance, finally
at Phnom Penh,
on 14 Feb 1971.