Delivered in 1949, this aircraft had its name changed
later from its original 'Thomas
to 'John Roe' and later still
to 'William Dampier'.
In my early shot at Essendon in 1954 it
the fitrst name. When airlines named aircraft (which, I always thought,
personalized touch) it was common
for new and more modern additions to the fleet
to assume the
names and hence the older
types got pushed down in the hierarchy.
to Guinea Airways in 1958, and the
nice color shot below from the
of the Civil Aviation
Historian Society of SA (via Nigel Daw)
shows it in that livery
It returned to TAA
was sold in the USA in 1959.
pretty much then
that of its sister craft VH-TAO and a
full history of it can be
Fred Niven's site at: