In April 2010 we received the following information from Fred Niven
I act as the unofficial historian for the Ansett group of airlines.
I worked for them for over 37 years, before their collapse in 2002 and try to keep interested ex-staff and local historians advised of the history of the group from 1921 to 2002.
I am now retired, but continue my strong interest, as a hobby, including issuing a free e-mail monthly update of the ex-Ansett fleet changes since their collapse in 9/01.
I’ve just found your Web site and, in particular, this page relating to C/N 9452
As your data states, this aircraft was at one time VH-INE of Australian National Airways (A.N.A.) & therefore my interest. As you are probably aware, the Ansett & A.N.A. Groups were very large DC-3 operators.
One original A.N.A. DC-3 (VH-ABR), delivered in 1938, is still owned by the R.M. Ansett Historical Aircraft Society & wears Ansett & A.N.A. markings.
I have incorporated some data, which I didn’t previously have, from your Website. Many thanks for the data.
One minor point, if I may, its call-sign was VHCGI, rather than VH-CGI – Australian military call-signs didn’t have hyphens, to help distinguish them from full civil aircraft (although a few were painted with the hyphens, due to ignorance etc).
Another point, on checking the Website http://books.google.com.au/books?id=KBmGpaD36cMC&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=suidwes+Lugdiens&source=bl&ots=nBiHMw5V5w&sig=PeVj2HexiUDykdikWtT7F-oRQgE&hl=en&ei=yQLUS5WgL4j8sgP0wsDzCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAUQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=suidwes%20Lugdiens&f=false)
I found that, according to that site, Suidwes Lugdiens became Namib Air 1/12/78, before the ZS-EDX was sold to the company. If that is, in fact, not correct, I’d appreciate an update.
So my data now shows: (and you are most welcome to use any data from it.)
Delivered to the USAAF 30/4/43, as C-47A-30-DL 42-23590.
To Hamilton AFB 18/5/43.
To 5th A.F., Brisbane, 4/6/43.
To 39th TCS, named 'Georgia Peach'.
To 58 TCS 10/44.
To 6 TCS 6//6/45, with call-sign VHCGI, named ‘Tricky Tex’.
To Depot 2 23/6/45.
Stored at Tacloban 31/12/45.
Sold to A.N.A. 31/12/45 (in a ‘damaged’ condition?).
Registered VH-INE to Australian National Airways Pty. Ltd. 23/7/48 - 7 passenger windows per side. It was originally named 'Pengana', but later 'Mungana' & was operated as a freighter & was never given a white top. It was used on Guinea Airways services during 1951. Its most notable use was for dropping food supplies during the 1953 Queensland floods. It is believed to have been used for short period(s) by Butler Air Transport; but details are unknown.
Sold to Timmings Aviation Ltd. 11/11/56 & reregistered CF-JIP.
Sold 14/2/57 to Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd., as CF-CAR.
To Air Cape (Pty.) Ltd., 24/6/65, as ZS-EDX.
Sold to Namib Air in 1983, as ZS-EDX.
Sold to Air Kasai, N'dolo Airport, Kinshasa, Zaïre (later Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1985, becoming 9Q-CTR.
In 2009, it was in storage at N'dolo Airport, Kinshasa, DRC, still wearing the basic Namib Air color-scheme. Its engines & controls were stored in a hangar.
One report suggests that it was 9Q-CFM at some stage.
My thanks to Fred for the information, it is really nice to have contributions such as this.