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the plane on the left is actually an A-20 light bomber. it looks as if there was possibly an explosion in the bomb bay (air raid, accident?). Don’t see any fire in the C-47, but the force of the explosion could have caused the fuselage to be deformed.
The aircraft on the left is a DC-5 or as the Marines called it a R3D
Thanks for the updated info, Robert!
The photograph was taken at Wardstrip, Port moresby at 17 august 1942.
On the left an DC5 ex PK-ADB recently registred as VH-CXA.
On the right a DC3 ex PK-ALT recently registred as VH-CXD.
Both aircraft were refugee aircraft from the Koninklijke Netherlands Indische Luchtvaart Maatschappij (K.N.I.L.M.) from the Netherlands Indies. The KNILM was charted for air transport for the USAFIA in the early days of the war. In may the aircraft were sold to the USAFIA. Ex Netherlands East Indies transports were the backbone of air transport in these days.
Hi, Max, thank you for the additional information about these aircraft!
Ok, for the facts
Its a Douglas DC-5-511 per Directorate of Air Transport, Rego VHCXB (Ex PJ-AIW KLM/PK-ADD KNILM named ” Alk” /USAAF Designation C-110-DE FY44-83231 that was bombed at Wards Strip PNG(Near Port Moresby)on the 17/08/42. The damaged aircraft on the right is a C-49H-DO FY44-83228 ex PH-ALT KLM named “Torenvalk”/later PK-ALT KNILM then Directorate of Air Transport Rego VHCXD ex Java 1942. The FY Serials were only allotted in 1944 when bought outright. Both are ex KNILM and had escaped from Java in March 1942 to Australia. USAAF 21st and 22nd TCS used them.
Gordon Birkett, Australia
Hi, Gordon, thank you also for the additional information about the planes in this photo!
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