Airspeed Oxford C.1 & C.2

Twin-engine communications- and multi engine trainer aircraft

For its communication and multi-engine training needs the resurrected post war Belgian Air Force selected the Airspeed Oxford, 30 of which were ordered on 16 January 1947. In 1950 some 12 more Oxford were acquired on the civilian market which initially were to serve in Belgian Congo. Although most of the Oxfords served with VVS/EPA and the 15th Transport Wing many were also used as base hacks at the different Wings. In July 1955 the Air Force decided that all the remaining Oxfords were to be flown up to their next main overhaul after which they were scrapped at Evere. Their wooden structure didn't allow extending their useful lives. One aircraft (O-16) has been preserved at the Royal Army Museum in Brussels.

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O-01

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1947

Date Out

Aug 1948

History

DF523/BP (RAF), EOB-01 (BAF), O-1

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O-02

C/N

-

Date In

Apr 1947

Date Out

Sep 1955

History

DF365 (RAF), O-2, "ZC". crash at Brustem on 20 Sep 1955

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O-03

C/N

-

Date In

Mar 1947

Date Out

Aug 1957

History

EB796/60 (RAG), O-3. Accident at Wahn (D.) on 30 Jul 1957

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O-04

C/N

2201 (?)

Date In

Apr 1947

Date Out

Feb 1956

History

EB761, "23" (RAF), O-4, Crashlanding at Chièvres on 20 Sep 1955 and written off

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O-05

C/N

-

Date In

May 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

DF533 (RAF), O-5

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O-06

C/N

-

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Feb 1956

History

MP301, "E" (RAF), O-6, AIr Attaché, London, G-AOUT, spare parts to G-AJLR & G-AJXH, used for fire-fighting practice and destroyed by Aug 1956

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O-07

C/N

275

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Aug 1954

History

X6951 5RAF), O-7, To Kamina (BAKA) (Belgian Congo) as instructional airframe.

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O-08

C/N

-

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Sep 1955

History

MP300 "14" (RAF), O-8

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O-09

C/N

468

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

P1966 (RAF), O-9

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O-10

C/N

3049

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Jan 1958

History

V3575 (RAF), O-10

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O-11

C/N

3257

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Jun 1958

History

V3775 (RAF), O-11, crash at Bierset on 12 June 1958

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O-12

C/N

821

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Aug 1958

History

HM856 (RAF), O-12, "OX-CW", Accident at Florennes on 21 Aug 1958

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O-13

C/N

545

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Sep 1955

History

ED191 (RAF), O-13

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O-14

C/N

815 (TBC)

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Aug 1953

History

R6106 (RAF), O-14, Fatal crash at Lammersdorf (D.) on 5 Aug 1953

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O-15

C/N

3878

Date In

Jun 1947

Date Out

Dec 1954

History

NM777 (RAF), O-15

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O-16

C/N

-

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

MP499 (RAF), O-16, Royal Army Museum, Brussels

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O-17

C/N

538

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Sep 1955

History

LB526 (RAF), O-17

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O-18

C/N

828 (TBC)

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

R6133 (RAF), O-18, 20 Dec 1957 Crash at Braine-l'Alleud

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O-19

C/N

2487

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

N4771 (RAF), O-19, OO-DEC (crashed 26 Jan 1962) scrapped

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O-20

C/N

2129

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Nov 1955

History

BG656 (RAF), O-20

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O-21

C/N

753

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Feb 1958

History

R6023 (RAF), O-21

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O-22

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

MP357 (RAF), O-22

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O-23

C/N

-

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

1958

History

DF525 "W" (RAF), O-23

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O-24

C/N

1050

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Mar 1951

History

T1204 (RAF), O-24, crashed at St.Gérard-Mettet on 28 Mar 1953.

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O-25

C/N

4170

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

PH352 (RAF), O-25

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O-26

C/N

4171

Date In

Oct 1947

Date Out

Aug 1955

History

PH352 (RAF), O-26, "Belgian Air Attache London", "Flo-Flo"

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O-27

C/N

-

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

MP430 (RAF), O-27/OT-ZCW, OO-DUC, possibly scrapped at Lille (F.)

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O-28

C/N

3556

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Nov 1958

History

NM340 (RAF), O-28

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O-29

C/N

3424

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Jul 1955

History

LX728, "J" (RAF), O-29, crashed at Falaen on 22 Jun 1955

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O-30

C/N

3423

Date In

Jan 1948

Date Out

Dec 1955

History

HN120 (RAF), O-30

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O-31

C/N

4225

Date In

Nov 1951

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

PH417 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-31

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O-32

C/N

3852

Date In

Nov 1951

Date Out

Jun 1955

History

NM736 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-32/OT-ZCX

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O-33

C/N

4246

Date In

1951

Date Out

Jul 1955

History

PH459 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-33, wriiten off at Kleine Brogel on 13 Jun 1955

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O-34

C/N

4248

Date In

1951

Date Out

Dec 1957

History

PH461 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-34

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O-35

C/N

4233

Date In

Nov 1951

Date Out

Sep 1955

History

PH425 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-35

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O-36

C/N

3827

Date In

1951

Date Out

Dec 1954

History

NM696 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-36

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O-37

C/N

3851

Date In

Feb 1952

Date Out

May 1955

History

NM720 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-37

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O-38

C/N

4223

Date In

1952

Date Out

Jan 1960

History

PH415 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-38

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O-39

C/N

4247

Date In

Feb 1952

Date Out

May 1953

History

PH460 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-39, crashed at Kleine Brogel on 13 May 1953

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O-40

C/N

3825

Date In

1952

Date Out

Dec 1954

History

NM694 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-40

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O-41

C/N

3826

Date In

Mar 1952

Date Out

May 1955

History

NM695 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-41/OT-ZCY

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O-42

C/N

2833

Date In

1952

Date Out

Jan 1956

History

NM702 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-42/OT-ZCZ

 

Airspeed Oxford C.1 

(Openbare Weermacht/Force Publique)

Twin-engined communications- and medevac aircraft

Six Airspeed/Plymouth build Oxford C.1 communications aircraft were acquired by the Belgian Government in exile from the British Air Ministry during the Second World War for use in Belgian Congo. From July 1944 onwards these aircraft were assembled at Leopoldstad/-ville and taken on charge by the Openbare Weermacht/Force Publique to replace the ageing Fokker F.VII aircraft. One aircraft (A-25) was specifically equipped for crop spraying while another one (A-26) was equipped with camera for geographical duties. By 1955 all Force Publique/Openbare Weermacht Oxfords were replace by De Havilland Doves.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

A-21

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-21, to the Ecole Professionnelle at Kamina for instructional purposes.

A-22

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-22

A-23

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-23

A-24

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-24

A-25

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-25, equipped for crop spraying

A-26

-

Jun 1944

1955

... (RAF), A-26, camera equipped for geographical survey

 

Airspeed AS.65 Consul

Twin-engined communications- and medical evacuation aircraft

After the very positive experience with the Airspeed Oxford delivered during the Second World War, the Force Publique/Openbare Weermacht decided to reinforce its Oxford fleet with some Airspeed Consuls. Because these aircraft were equipped with a large freight door they could easily transport stretchers and were mainly used for medical evacuation flights.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

C-31

5190

1948

Aug 1955

C-31, ZS-DNJ of Natal Airlines, crashed at Matatule on 8 May 1956

C-32

5178

Dec 1948

Aug 1955

NM593 Oxford c/n 3741, converted to Consul G-AKCV, C-32, ZS-DNM

C-33

5189

Dec 1948

Aug 1955

C-33, became ZS-DNK of Natal Airlines, scrapped in Sep 1959.

C-34

5133

Mar 1949

Aug 1955

X6859 "149" Oxford c/n 230, converted to Consul G-AJLO, C-34, ZS-DNL Natal Airlines, scrapped Oct 1958.

C-35

5191

1949

1954

C-35, stricken off charge

C-36

5193

1949

1955

C-36, stricken off charge

 

Avro Anson C.1

 Twin engined training and communications aircraft and light transport.

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   On January 16th 1947 the Belgian government ordered 11 Avro Anson I and two Avro Anson XII light transport aircraft through "Command paper 7039" (together with some other aircraft types). In contrary of the contemporarily Airspeed Oxford the Anson was only used by the 169th/15th Transport Wing based at Evere and later  Melsbroek and the 7th Wing at Chièvres. In 1954 the obsolete Ansons were replaced by the Percival Pembroke and the remaining aircraft were scrapped.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

NA-3

-

NA-4

-

NA-5

-

NA-6

-

NA-7

-

May 1947

Apr 1954

May 1947

Mar 1955

May 1947

Jun 1955

May 1947

Sep 1954

May 1947

1953

EG208 (RAF), NA-3/ZC-E, NA-3/OT-ZCA.

EG268 (RAF), NA-4.

DG773 (RAF), NA-5/OT-ZCB.

NK619 (RAF), NA-6/ZC-F, NA-6/OT-ZCC.

LT605 (RAF) NA-7.

NA-8

-

NA-9

-

May 1947

Sep 1954

May 1947

Sep 1954

NK639 (RAF), NA-8/ZC-I.

N5218 (RAF), NA-9.

NA-10

-

Dec 1947 

Dec 1948