THE LOSS OF USN R4D-5 (C47) 39067 "Blue Goose"  

Just look at this tortured tree... You can almost hear voices coming from those wounds, telling the story of how it came to be this way.

In 1945 the United States Navy stationed an R4D-5 (C47, Dakota) at Guildford W.A. also referred to as RAAF Dunreath.  The aircraft was assigned to the Commander Submarine Force, Seventh Fleet and due to its light blue colour scheme, was known affectionately as the Blue Goose.   Built by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation in the USA it carried the constructors number 10017.   The USAAF number was 42-24155 and the US Navy number was 39067, delivered new to them in 1943.

Early in the morning of 19th April 1945, before dawn, Blue Goose was loaded for a flight to Adelaide.

Ten men and three women boarded the aircraft, they were:

Lt William C Armstrong,  USNR Pilot.  Ensign Victor F Padelsky, USN Co-pilot.
A.M.M. 1c Robert A Dunleavy.   A.M.M. 2c Stanley A Gober, USNR.
A.R.M. 1c James A Glenn, USNR.   Commander R.R. Helbert, RN
Lieutenant Commander Montrose G McCormick, USN. Lt (jg) Sidney S Cook USNR.
C.R.E. Robert V Daly, USN.   Tech BuShips C.L. Nelson.
Anne Woodward, American Red Cross.   Geraldine Crow, American Red Cross.
Cecil Nichols, American Red Cross.


Just look at this tortured tree... You can almost hear voices coming from those wounds, telling the story of how it came to be this way.

In 1945 the United States Navy stationed an R4D-5 (C47, Dakota) at Guildford W.A. also referred to as RAAF Dunreath. The aircraft was assigned to the Commander Submarine Force, Seventh Fleet and due to its light blue colour scheme, was known affectionately as the Blue Goose. Built by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation in the USA it carried the constructors number 10017. The USAAF number was 42-24155 and the US Navy number was 39067, delivered new to them in 1943.

Early in the morning of 19th April 1945, before dawn, Blue Goose was loaded for a flight to Adelaide.

Ten men and three women boarded the aircraft, they were:

Lt William C Armstrong, USNR Pilot. Ensign Victor F Padelsky, USN Co-pilot.
A.M.M. 1c Robert A Dunleavy. A.M.M. 2c Stanley A Gober, USNR.
A.R.M. 1c James A Glenn, USNR. Commander R.R. Helbert, RN
Lieutenant Commander Montrose G McCormick, USN. Lt (jg) Sidney S Cook USNR.
C.R.E. Robert V Daly, USN. Tech BuShips C.L. Nelson.
Anne Woodward, American Red Cross. Geraldine Crow, American Red Cross.
Cecil Nichols, American Red Cross.


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