Here’s some info from the file: 10/28/46, W.A.A. San Francisco office sold Howard GH-2, Navy 32378, Mfr’s Serial Number 1744, to Valley Refrigeration of Tulare, CA for $3,000. It was assigned NC67425 and the Application for Registration was signed by Robert C. Fish. This was probably a two year old airplane at the time!
In 1/48 it was sold to Robert G. Moles, M.D. of Hanford, CA for “$2,200 and other interests.” (A years’ worth of medical care ???) 5/50, sold to Contour Chair Shop, Santa Ana, CA, and in 12/50 to Contour Chair Shop of Long Beach, and the name Dennis A. Newman, San Diego, CA comes in there somewhere. 12/50, sold to M.E. Park of San Diego; 12/51 to Cecil L. Hamilton, Hamilton Field, Big Spring, TX; 5/52, 689-hours total time airframe; 6/53 to H. W. Buce, Dallas, TX; 5/54 and 8/55, ‘337’s to modify structure under rear seat and install camera mount; aircraft in Restricted Category, had 805-hours TT.
9/56 to Dal-Tex Aviation, Inc., Dallas, TX; 10/56 to Dr. C. Gordon Martin, Dallas, TX, fuselage structure returned to standard, fuselage and right stabilizer covered with Grade A; 5/59 to Jack Adams Aircraft Sales, Memphis, TN; 6/61 to G. F. McClerkin, Jackson, MS; to Monroe E. Smith, Jackson, MS; to Billy J. Williams, Tutweiler, MS (I bought my last five cent Coke out of a machine at Tutweiler, in the early 60’s, when I ferried a former Delta Dusters, 220-Stearman back to Coatesville, PA)
8/62, fuselage and tail surfaces recovered with linen, painted white and bronze. In 3/61 it was sold to Bert Williams and Wilma P. Williams, Sheppard AFB, TX; in 7/66 to Advanced Air Enterprises, San Diego, CA. An 8/71 document covers operating limitations for removing one door for aerial photography. 6/72, sold to Theodore A. Peterson, Fullerton, CA.
The 12/09 register says Sale Reported, sold to Scott Worthington, registration terminated.
This photo was taken at Watsonville, CA in 1981. A Triennial Report of 9/02 says aircraft destroyed or scrapped; 10/02 letter from FAA asking for a request for deregistration to be signed in ink, followed by an Affidavit of Heir-at-Law signed by Myra C. Peterson.