ZK-APB

c/n 15945/32693       NZ3534     C-47B-25-DK        "Popotea"

Constructed as a C-47B-25-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Douglas C-47B-25-DK 15945                
New construction number, 32693, assigned to the airframe.                
Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-76361.                
Transferred to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposal Center (MASDC) with inventory number NZ3534.

BOC No.1 ASU Hamilton 07/03/1945. To No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai. Badly damaged at Morotai on 09 September 1945 when a
USAAF B-24 taxied into NZ3534 and NZ3540. Repaired and remained with 41 Squadron as their first C-47 to be used in the air
ambulance role. To 40 Squadron 19 June 1946. SOC Harewood 22 March 1947. To NZNAC as ZK-APB on 28 April 1947. Converted
to DC3-D by ANA in Australia 06 September 1947. Withdrawn from service with NAC on 31 August 1965 with a total of 33,685 hours.
To Airland (NZ) Ltd. 05 January 1966. Became Neville Worsley's main DC3 mid to late 1970's. To Fieldair 20 February 1978.
Withdrawn from use 16 November 1981 with a TTA of 41,588 hours and registration cancelled 19 December 1983. The nose section
went to Wellington 06 March 1985 and used as a restaurant and bar at Miramar. It then went to the Sport and Vintage Aviation
Society at Masterton. It has since been purchased by Athol Murray and resides in Cromwell.
APB at Whenuapai 1949        © Marcus Bridle / Peter Lewis





APB again at Whenuapai 13th June 1965         © Peter Lewis





APB at Whenuapai 13th June 1965        © Peter Lewis





APB now as a Topdresser at Milson 19th August 1966        © Peter Lewis





APB working in the Wanganui area with pilot Bob Allen 1966        © Don Noble





APB working in the Wanganui area with pilot Bob Allen 1966        © Don Noble





APB working in the Wanganui area with pilot Bob Allen 1966        © Don Noble





APB working in the Wanganui area with pilot Bob Allen 1966        © Don Noble





APB at Masterton 25th March 1967        © Don Noble





APB now based at Oringi 8th January 1972        © Don Noble





APB having an engine run at Palmerston North 1973        © Phil Capper





Neville Worsley with APB at Oringi 1973        © Neville Worsley





APB and Neville Worsley loading at Takapau 1973        © Neville Worsley





APB at Oringi 2nd January 1975        © via Neville Worsley





APB at Oringi March 1977        © Neville Worsley





APB at Oringi March 1977        © Neville Worsley





APB at Oringi 1980 with AWO, BKD and Beaver CRE        © Neville Worsley





APB at Gisborne 1980        © Ernie Tait





APB and Neville Worsley working at Tamaki near Dannevirke 1980        © Neville Worsley





APB now retired with APK at Palmerston North 1983        © Neville Worsley
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