shot from the Ben Dannecker collection of a DC-5 of KNILM at Cloncurry,
on the prewar Batavia-Sydney passenger
service. Four DC-5s were in KNILM service at the
outbreak of the war in the Pacific and
all four were used for the 1942 evacuation of civilians from
Java to Australia. PK-ADB became
radio call sign VHCXA with the Allied Directorate of Air
was operated by No.21 Troop Carrier Squadron. It was
destroyed on 17 Aug
1942 during a
Japanese attack on Wards Strip, Port Moresby. PK-ADA was
captured by the
Japanese forces and
it is thought that bits and pieces of PK-ADB were cannibalized to
aircraft airworthy and that it was flown to Japan and used until the
end of the war.
used by ADAT with call sign VHCXB and was scrapped at Essendon in 1946.
PK-ADD had call sign VHCXC and
became VH-ARD after the war and was scrapped at Haifa,
Israel in 1955.