MAL purchased this C-47 from the Indian Government which had received it from the peacetime disposal of aircraft used by the South-East Asia Command in World War II. Registered in March 1948. Reregistered as VH-MAC in August 1951. Sold in Taiwan as B-251 in 1967. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
VH-UVB in the aftermath of a Japanese air raid on January 21, 1942. In March Salamaua and the airstrip were occupied by the Japanese army. The airstrip was won back by Australian troops in September 1943. The airstrip was abandoned after the war. The jungle has reclaimed it but the area is still pock-marked with bomb craters
VH-CMY was uniquely modified to allow the rear fuselage and engine to swing sideways to permit the loading of long objects. It served with Ansett-MAL from 1965 to 1968 when it was sold to Territory Airlines. It remained in Papua New Guinea until 1978 (becoming P2-CMY on independence). -CMY returned to the Australian register and was finally cancelled in 1999. The museum rescued it from the fire dump at Coolangatta airport in 2009.
Photo from the late Jim Millar taken at the prewar airstrip at Wabag. VH-MAB moved to the Papua New Guinea register as P2-MAB in May 1974 and was later reregistered P2-ANX. The airstrip at Wabag was approved for DC-3 operations in 1956 but has since closed. Air services now use Wapenamanda Airport .
The Caribou was not the success in Papua New Guinea that Ansett-MAL had hoped. Restrictions placed on STOL performance meant full advantage could not be made of its unique abilities. It was sold in Canada in June 1969. Photographer not known