EVACUATION FLIGHTS OUT OF DARWIN

AFTER CYCLONE TRACY IN DECEMBER 1974

THE TRANS-AUSTRALIA AIRLINES SCHEDULE

 

 

DATE
AIRCRAFT
FLT
FROM
STD
ATD
TO
STA
ATA
PAX
FLYING
REMARKS
BLANK
                     
25DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
556
KTR
1530
1635
DRW
1625
1737
1
1.02
BLANK
                     
26DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
591
PER
0010
0010
ADL
0410
0402
48
2.27
DIVERTED VIA ADL FOR SAILORS ADL-SYD
26DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
591
ADL
0440
0440
SYD
0630
0641
121
1.31
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
556
ASP
1135
1233
DRW
1320
1430
72
1.57
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
557
DRW
1345
1525
ASP
1555
1710
120
1.45
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
557
ASP
1600
1755
ADL
1850
2045
120
1.50
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
2890
ADL
-
-
ASP
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
2890
ASP
-
-
DRW
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
412
ISA
1105
1305
DRW
1220
1425
17
1.50
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
465
DRW
1255
1535
ISA
1510
1815
120
2.10
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
465
ISA
1535
1900
BNE
1730
2058
120
1.58
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2856
BNE
1825
2159
SYD
2125
0020
101
1.21
26DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2856
SYD
0015
0105
MEL
0125
0215
19
1.10
26DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
2893
DRW
1155
1155
ISA
1615
1545
60
3.20
26DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
2893
ISA
1645
1645
BNE
2100
2030
60
.45
26DEC74
F.27
VH-TFF
?
BNE
?
?
DRW
?
1100
-
?
(See Note: 2)
26DEC74
F.27
VH-TFF
?
DRW
?
1324
MKY
?
?
43
?
(See Note: 2)
BLANK
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
Q96
PER
1150
1300
DRW
1540
1600
1
3.30
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
Q96
DRW
1800
1800
BNE
2155
2234
275
4.04
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
Q95
BNE
0400
0415
ISA
0610
0625
64
2.10
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
Q95
ISA
0640
0708
DRW
0755
0830
70
1.52
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
Q97
DRW
0910
0910
ISA
1125
1125
217
1.45
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
Q90
ISA
1230
1330
DRW
1345
1500
NIL
2.00
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
Q91
DRW
1430
1608
BNE
1825
2016
207
3.38
27DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
2858
BNE
2310
2303
ISA
0110
0115
211
3.12
(Pax count believed to be 211)
27DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJE
Q91
BNE
2145
2147
SYD
0001
0002
135
1.15
27DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJF
Q92
ADL
1545
1600
DRW
1810
1810
6
3.10
27DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJF
Q93
DRW
2030
1921
BNE
2335
2332
245
3.41
27DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJK
2855
BNE
2245
2245
MEL
0150
0154
82
2.09
27DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2894
BNE
1515
1512
ISA
1730
1713
30
2.01
27DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2895
ISA
1800
1800
BNE
2005
2005
68
2.05
27DEC74
B727-76
-
522
ASP
-
-
DRW
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
BLANK
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2856
SYD
2200
2210
ADL
2320
2325
143
1.45
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2902
BNE
0215
0240
ISA
0425
0445
11
2.05
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2902
ISA
0455
0557
DRW
0640
0718
10
1.51
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2901
DRW
0720
0943
ISA
0935
1210
294
1.57
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2904
ISA
1025
1305
DRW
1130
1430
NIL
1.55
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2907
DRW
1425
1525
ADL
1845
1935
270
3.40
 
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2891
ADL
2015
2050
MEL
2145
2233
81
1.13
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2892
MEL
2215
2306
SYD
2325
0010
7
1.04
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2792
PER
1200
1212
DRW
1550
1612
1
3.30
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2909
DRW
1710
1730
BNE
2100
2125
307
3.25
28DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBK
2859
ISA
0145
0155
BNE
0325
0355
242
2.00
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2851
BNE
-
-
SYD
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2860
BNE
1425
1700
ISA
1640
1910
39
2.10
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2861
ISA
1710
1940
BNE
1915
2144
121
2.04
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2856
BNE
2200
2231
ISA
0015
0050
3
2.19
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2855
ISA
0115
0135
SYD
0445
0449
159
2.14
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2790
ASP
1135
1155
DRW
1320
1340
20
1.45
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2903
DRW
1505
1540
ADL
1920
1920
229
3.10
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJF
2893
SYD
2200
2337
MEL
2310
0041
32
1.04
28DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJF
Q93
BNE
0010
0013
SYD
0225
0239
NIL
1.13
28DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJK
483
BNE
2100
2221
MEL
2255
0120
39
1.59
28DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJQ
2881
CNS
1945
2020
BNE
2140
2220
?
2.00
28DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJS
2877
TSV
0145
0145
BNE
0335
0315
NIL
1.30
28DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJS
2877
BNE
0415
0515
SYD
0630
0729
95
1.14
28DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJT
2878
SYD
0400
0400
TSV
0530
0534
97
2.34
NAVY (See Note: 1)
28DEC74
F.27
VH-TFL
2894
GOV
1455
1457
DRW
1645
1647
10
1.50
28DEC74
F.27
VH-TFL
2895
DRW
-
1739
ISA
-
2147
64
3.38
28DEC74
F.27
VH-TFL
2895
ISA
-
2259
BNE
-
0305
64
4.06
28DEC74
B727-276
-
2905
DRW
-
-
ISA
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
28DEC74
B727-276
-
2906
ISA
-
-
DRW
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
28DEC74
DC-9
-
2883
MKY
-
-
SYD
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
BLANK
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2922
ADL
0455
0615
DRW
0715
0839
12
3.24
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2923
DRW
0830
0950
ADL
1250
1412
297
?
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2924
ADL
1230
1535
DRW
1530
1750
25
3.15
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2925
DRW
1700
1900
ADL
2120
2320
175
3.20
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2898
ADL
2230
0053
ASP
2325
0155
6
2.02
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBG
2898
ASP
2359
0230
ADL
0250
0517
235
1.47
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2880
SYD
0320
0323
TSV
0445
0503
140
2.40
NAVY (See Note: 1)
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2880
TSV
0525
0527
CNS
0550
0606
NIL
.39
POSIT
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBI
2928
MEL
0445
0450
DRW
0645
0716
NIL
3.55
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBI
2929
DRW
-
0815
BNE
-
1207
289
3.27
 
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBI
2932
BNE
1200
1335
DRW
1515
1645
3
3.40
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBI
2915
DRW
1625
1745
BNE
2015
2133
293
3.28
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2910
BNE
0300
0330
ISA
-
0602
10
2.22
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2910
ISA
-
0627
DRW
0700
0750
10
1.53
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2933
DRW
0730
0900
BNE
1120
1252
295
3.22
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2930
BNE
1230
1405
DRW
1545
1545
1
3.40
29DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2931
DRW
1700
1700
SYD
2115
2115
226
3.45
29DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJB
2856
SYD
2230
2245
ADL
2350
2350
53
1.35
29DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2892
SYD
2230
2330
ADL
2350
0042
131
1.42
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJM
2894
SYD
2245
2342
BNE
2300
0001
97
1.19
EVACUEES
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2882
SYD
0400
0403
TSV
0530
0550
98
1.47
NAVY (See Note: 1)
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2780
TSV
0600
0615
ISA
0710
0730
4
1.15
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2781
ISA
0740
0800
TSV
0845
0910
148
1.10
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2781
TSV
0915
0941
BNE
1050
1115
141
1.54
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJO
2884
BNE
1130
1145
TSV
1305
1325
7
1.40
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJS
2893
SYD
2255
0005
MEL
0010
0110
27
1.05
29DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJT
2890
BNE
2215
2243
ISA
0025
0055
NIL
2.12
29DEC74
F.27
VH-TQS
2896
BNE
0735
0737
ROK
-
0920
5
1.43
DIVERTED ROK FOR FUEL
29DEC74
F.27
VH-TQS
2896
ROK
-
0935
CNS
1230
1230
NIL
2.55
(Evidently pax disembarked ROK!)
29DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
2926
ASP
0130
0340
KTR
-
0626
NIL
2.46
VIA TCA FOR FUEL
29DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
2926
KTR
-
0650
DRW
-
0747
NIL
.57
 
29DEC74
F.27
VH-TQT
2927
DRW
0740
0945
ASP
1055
1315
60
3.30
(via TCA for fuel?)
29DEC74
B727-276
-
2851
BNE
-
-
SYD
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
29DEC74
B727-76
?
516
MEL
2155
-
PER
2225
-
-
-
DIVERTED VIA ADL FOR DRW-PER EVACUATION
29DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
BNE
-
1820
CTL
-
2045
-
2.25
 
29DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
CTL
-
2111
CNJ
-
2356
-
2.45
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
CNJ
-
0018
TCA
-
0237
-
2.19
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
TCA
-
1038
ASP
-
1228
-
1.50
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
ASP
-
1510
TCA
-
1655
-
1.45
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
TCA
-
1730
KTR
-
1930
-
2.00
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
KTR
-
1945
KTR
-
2130
-
1.45
(Local flying?)
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGF
2850
KTR
-
2203
DRW
-
2320
-
1.17
 
29DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGG
2852
BNE
-
1625
CTL
-
1850
-
2.25
 
29DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGG
2852
CTL
-
1913
CNJ
-
2153
-
2.40
 
29DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGG
2852
CNJ
-
2218
TCA
-
0035
-
2.17
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGG
2852
TCA
-
0055
KTR
-
0300
-
2.05
 
30DEC74
DHC-6
VH-TGG
2852
KTR
-
0900
DRW
-
1007
-
1.07
 
BLANK
                     
30DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2942
BNE
-
-
ISA
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
30DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBH
2943
ISA
-
-
BNE
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
30DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2854
SYD
0100
0221
BNE
-
0332
60
1.11
 
30DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2854
BNE
0145
0305
ISA
0355
0525
3
2.20
 
30DEC74
B727-276
VH-TBJ
2857
ISA
0115
0643
SYD
0445
0906
148
2.25
 
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
2854
ADL
2135
2135
PER
2305
2305
94
3.00
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJA
2855
PER
2335
2335
MEL
0445
0445
NIL
3.10
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJB
2898
MEL
1330
1340
ADL
1405
1425
42
1.15
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJB
2898
ADL
1435
1455
ASP
1530
1545
2
1.50
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJB
2899
ASP
1610
1610
ADL
1900
1900
120
1.50
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJC
2897
ADL
-
0155
SYD
-
0331
?
1.36
 
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2891
ADL
-
-
MEL
-
-
-
-
CANCELLED
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2890
ADL
1730
1730
ASP
1820
1820
1
1.50
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2891
ASP
1855
1837
ADL
2145
2125
119
1.48
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2860
ADL
2215
2210
ASP
2310
2300
NIL
1.50
30DEC74
B727-76
VH-TJD
2861
ASP
2340
2325
ADL
0230
0212
153
1.47
30DEC74
DC-9
VH-TJT
2895
ISA
0130
0140
BNE
0325
0340
74
2.00
BLANK
                     
03JAN75
DC-9
VH-TJK
2854
BNE
1930
1933
ISA
2200
2210
NIL
2.22
03JAN75
DC-9
VH-TJK
2855
ISA
2220
2237
BNE
0025
0052
86
2.10
BLANK
05JAN75
F.27
VH-TQS
1415
GOV
0810
0828
CNS
1135
1200
36
2.52
BLANK

 

 

COMPILER'S NOTES

This list is a combination of three lists obtained from contemporary TAA sources. The principal source is a typed memo from OCM dated 31DEC74 with an addendum dated 06JAN75. Reference has also been made to two hand-written lists from the same source. These lists do not have the scope of data contained in the official memo and as might be expected there are anomalies. Flights recorded on the memo might be missing from the hand-written lists and vice versa. In such cases all flights have been added to this compilation. Although much effort has gone into achieving consistency with dates, registrations and sectors flown, the variations in arrival and departure times are deemed beyond the mental capacity of the compiler!

In an attempt to gain a better appreciation of operating patterns, the above listing has been re-sorted under aircraft types and registrations.

Uppercase remarks are reproduced verbatim from the original sources. Lowercase remarks in brackets have been added by the compiler.

The typed memo makes no reference to time zones but one of the hand-written lists specifies that all times are in Eastern Summer Time.

It will be noted that some flights extend into the following day. There has been no attempt to split the flights into two days except with the Twin Otters.

The following statement accompanies the typed memo:

Attached is a complete list of flights operated to uplift passengers from Darwin plus those secondary flights operated to uplift Darwin passengers from their first point of disembarkation to their nominated "home port".

Only flights carrying passengers out of Darwin, Alice Springs and Mount Isa have been transferred to the main list. (Many evacuees travelled by road to ASP and ISA)

 

NOTES

1
When the first elements of the Royal Australian Navy fleet sailed from Sydney on 26 December, approximately 50 per cent of all Sydney-based ships’ companies were on annual leave, with many interstate. Of the 2700 personnel on leave, 2200 were able to return to their ships prior to sailing, and others subsequently managed to join their ships in Townsville.
Source: http://www.navy.gov.au/w/index.php/Publication:Semaphore_-_Issue_14%2C_2004
2
This flight has been entered in red because it does not appear in the official TAA schedule. It does, however, appear in the log book of Capt David Baker so it has been added in the interests of completeness.

 

 

 

AIRPORT CODES
ADL Adelaide
ASP Alice Springs
BHQ Broken Hill
BNE Brisbane
CNJ Cloncurry
CNS Cairns
CTL Charleville
DRW Darwin
GOV Gove
ISA Mount Isa
KTR Katherine/Tindal
LRE Longreach
MEL Melbourne Tullamarine
MKY Mackay
PER Perth
ROK Rockhampton
SYD Sydney
TCA Tennant Creek
TSV Townsville
YAMB Amberley RAAF Base
YLVT Laverton RAAF Base
YSNW [NW] Nowra RAN Station Albatross
YSRI [RI] Richmond RAAF Base

Note: As they will be more familiar to most readers, the three letter IATA codes
are used. If none is available the four letter ICAO code is used.

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
2
20JAN12
Added Note 1.
Added a flight by F.27 VH-TFF on 26DEC (see Note 2)
Minor corrections to some flights on 27DEC due to legibility issues.
1
15JAN12
Original.