Douglas C-47B Dakota/Skytrain

Twin-engine transport aircraft.

 

 

   Already during WWII several Belgian crews were operational in Dakota equipped RAF squadrons (N° 187 and 525 Squadrons at Membury). With the rebirth of the Belgian post war Military Aviation the creation of a transport wing was one of the first priorities and in 1946 the Belgian Government could easily obtain a number of surplus Dakota's through the American "Foreign Liquidation Commission". A large number of transports was needed in order to maintain an operational link with Belgian Congo and to equip locally based units. A first order of 18 ex-USAAF Dakota's was obtained between 1946 and 1947 and delivered at N° 366 Squadron/169 Wing at Evere. (Later N° 20 Squardon/15th Wing). With the addition of some 23 supplementary former RAF Dakota's a second squadron was activated (N° 367 squadron later N° 21 Squadron). Finally no less than 41 C-47B's were active with the Belgian Air Force. With the introduction of the much larger C-119 Flying Boxcar  the number of active Dakota's quickly reduced until only a handful were operational with N° 21 Squadron. In 1976 the last of the "Daks" was retired.  

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-1/OT-CWA at the Melsbroek Airshow on  21 June 1967

K-01

History

C/N

15056/26501

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Dec 1975

43-49240 (USAAF), K-1/OT-CWA, OO-SMA (on loan), K-1, (N99346), storage Diest, fuselage in store North Weald (U.K.), "FL586/AI" (wreck).

Douglas C-47B Skytrain KP-2/OT-CWB after a forced landing at Luluaba (Belgian Congo) on 13 September 1953. Being written off in this accident, the fuselage of this Dakota was later used at Kolwezi for para-trooper ground instruction.

K-02

History

C/N

20741

Date In

Aug 1946

Date Out

Sep 1953

43-16275 "275" (USAAF), K-2, KP-2, crashed at Luluaba (Belg. Congo) on 13 Sep 1953, ground instruction para-commando Kolwezi.

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-3/OT-CWC in Belgian Congo in the early fifties.

K-03

History

C/N

14122/25567

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Oct 1952

Oct 1952 43-48306 (USAAF), K-3/OT-CWC, 348306 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGX, N18258, N166E

 Douglas C-47B "Dakota" K-4 equipped with a "NASARR" F-104G nose, intended to train converting Lockheed Starfighter pilots.

K-04

History

C/N

20864

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Jul 1970

43-16398 (USAAF), K-4, KP-4 OT-CNB, NASARR trainer, club house Deurne, scrapped

Douglas C-47B Skytrain C 413 (later K-5) at Evere airfield returning the victims of K-14 whch hit a mountain near Dalbry (U.K.) on 10 April 1947.

K-05

History

C/N

20879

Date In

Aug 1946

Date Out

Aug 1952

43-16413 "413/C" (USAAF), K-5/CW-E, X-2/"ZU-2" c/s PE-XAB (KLu), O-16413 (?) (USAF).

Douglas C-47B Skytrain KP-6 OT-CNW in Belgian Congo in the mid fifties. Notice the special cockpit side-window modification allowing photographic missions

K-06

History

C/N

20884

Date In

Aug 1946

Date Out

Jun 1957

43-16418 (USAAF), K-6/OT-CWC, KP-6/OT-CNW, crashed on take-off from Albertstad/-ville (Belgian Congo) on 9 Jun 1957

Douglas C-47B K-7 during a refuelling stop in Africa on its way to (Belgian) Congo.

K-07

History

C/N

14300/25745

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48484 (USAAF), K-7, 348484 (Armée de l'Air)

Douglas C-47B K-8/OT-CND at its homebase Melsbroek in May 1976.

K-08

History

C/N

14311/25756

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jun 1976

43-48495 (USAAF), K-8, KN-8, KP-8 OT-CND, SU-AZO (ntu), F-ODHB, F-BJHC

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-9/CW-J at Nivelles airbase in the late forties.

K-09

History

C/N

14401/25846

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48585 (USAAF), K-9/CW-J, OT-CNE, 48585 (Armée de l'Air), 485 (Aéronavale), TY-BBQ

 Douglas C-47B K-10/OT-CWE of the 15th Wing seen at Bierset airbase around 1970.

K-10

History

C/N

14406/25851

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1976

43-48590 "590" (USAAF), K-10, KR-10, CW-E, Call Sign BAF72, SU-AZM

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-11/OT-CWF in the early fifties.

K-11

History

C/N

14424/25869

Date In

Jul 1946

Date Out

Dec 1952

43-48608 (USAAF), K-11, 348608 (Armée de l'Air), O16/4X-FNN (Israel Def. Force, N47SJ

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-12/OT-CNF at Koksijde airbase in the early fifties.

K-12

History

C/N

144435/25880

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48619 (USAAF), OO-CBN (Sabena ntu), K-12/CW-M, /OT-CNF, OO-CBU (Sabena ntu), 48619 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGZ, N18264 (ntu), N18257, CF-FSJ

Douglas C-47B KN-13/OT-CNG navigator trainer at Melsbroek airbase in the fities.

K-13

History

C/N

14601/26046

Date In

Aug 1946

Date Out

Jan 1965

43-48785 (USAAF), K-13, KN-13 OT-CNG, OO-SMC (loaned to Sabena), KP-13, scrapped

Douglas C-47B Skytrain 896/D K-14 at Evere airfield on 7 September 1946 only a few days after its delivery to the Belgian Air Force. Unfortunately this aircraft was lost in a tragic fatal crash at Dalry (U.K.) on 10 April 1947.

K-14

History

C/N

14712/26157

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Apr 1947

43-48896 "896/D", K-14 code CN-H attributed but never worn), crashed at Dalry (U.K.) on 10 Apr 1947.

Douglas C-47B Skytrain 396 / K-15 at Evere airfield in late 1946.

K-15

History

C/N

14212/25657

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48396 "396" (USAAF), K-15/CN-O, OT-CNH, 48396 (Armée de l'Air), scrapped Mar 1977

Douglas C-47B Dakota K-16/OT-CWG during the Melsbroek Airshow on June 24th, 1967.

K-16

History

C/N

20823

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Sep 1972

43-16357 "357" (USAAF), K-16 (VVIP), Royal Army Museum, Brussels.

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-17/CW-Q at Evere airfield in 1949/50.

K-17

History

C/N

14605/26050

Date In

Jul 1948

Date Out

Oct 1952

43-48789 (USAAF), K-17/CW-Q, 48789 (Armée de l'Air), 48789/TR-KBC (Gabon Air Force), 489/TY-AAF (Dahomey Air Force), TY-AAF (Benin Air Force).

Douglas C-47B Skytrain K-18/OT-CWH at Melsbroek airport in 1953.

K-18

History

C/N

14603/26048

Date In

Feb 1947

Date Out

Dec 1958

43-48787 (USAAF), K-18/OT-CWH, OO-SMD (Sabena lease) K-18/OT-CWH, Crash at Paulus (Belgian Congo), on 1 Dec 1958.

Douglas C-47B Dakota K19/OT-CWI at Stanleyville in the late fifties.

K-19

History

C/N

15809/32557

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Feb 1961

44-76225 (USAAF), KN304 (RAF), K-19/OT-CWI, OO-SMB (Sabena lease), K-19, KAT-03 (Kataga), destroyed.

Para-troopers boarding Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-20.

K-20

History

C/N

15424/26869

Date In

Jan 1948

Date Out

Dec 1952

43-49608 (USAAF), KK178 (RAF), K-20/OT-CNK, 49608 (Arméée de l'Air), 49608/TJ-XAL (Cameroun Air Force)

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-21/OT-CWJ at Melsbroek airbase in the fifties.

K-21

History

C/N

15810/32558

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Feb 1961

44-76226 (USAAF), KN305 (RAF), K-21/OT-CWJ, KAT-02 (Katanga), destroyed 25 Apr 1961.

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-22/CW-V at Beauvechain airbase.

K-22

History

C/N

15420/26865

Date In

Sep 1947

Date Out

Feb 1953

43-49604 (USAAF), KK174 (RAF), K-22/CW-V, 349604 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGU, N18263

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-23/OT-CNL

K-23

History

C/N

14806/26251

Date In

May 1949

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48990 (USAAF), KJ959 (RAF), K-23/OT-CNL, 48990 (Armée de l'Air), 48990/5T-MAE (Mauretanian Air Force), 48990/5U-MAB (Niger Air Force)

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-23/OT-CNL.

K-24

History

C/N

15539/26984

Date In

Feb 1949

Date Out

Oct 1952

43-49723 (USAAF), KK205 (RAF), K-24/CW-X, 349723 (Armé de l'Air, F-BTDH, TN-211 (Congo Air Force)

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-25 at Evere airfield in the late forties.

K-25

History

C/N

15640/27085

Date In

Feb 1949

Date Out

Sep 1952

43_49824 (USAAF), KN219 (RAF), K-25/OT-CWK, 49824 (Armé de l'Air), 424 (Aéronavale), N70BF, Modif. DC-3-65TP (Turbo prop), N887AM, N146J-R, 5Y-RDS

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-26/OT-CWL at Melsbroek.

K-26

History

C/N

15884/32632

Date In

Mar 1949

Date Out

Aug 1952

44-76300 (USAAF), KN325 (RAF), K-26/OT-CWL, X-3/ZU-3 (KLu), emergency landing in water at New Guinea on 31 Mar 62.

Douglas C-47B K27 / OT-CWM of N° 21 Squadron 15th Wing in 1951.

K-27

History

C/N

15551/26996

Date In

Jan 1949

Date Out

Aug 1952

43-49735 (USAAF), KK215 (RAF), K-27/OT-CWM, X-4/"ZU-4" PE-XAD (KLu), 018/B (MLD) , X-4, PI-C643, RP-C643

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-28/OT-CNO on appraoch to Melsbroek airbase in 1951.

K-28

History

C/N

15916/32664

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Apr 1975

44-76332 (USAAF), KN347 (RAF), K-28/OT-CNO, OO-SNC, SU-AZN (ntu), D2-EPL, CU-T124, CU-T1058, scrapped

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-29/OT-CNPduring a ceremony a at Melsbroek airbase. Notice the two different colored props.

K-29

History

C/N

16301/33049

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Sep 1952

44-76717 (USAAF), KN512 (RAF), K-29/OT-CNP, 476717 (Armée de l'Air), 037/4X-FNW, 016/4X-FNK (Israeli Defence Force), N15SJ, American AirPower Museum

 Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-30/OT-CNQ at Melsbroek airbase during the airshow of  27 & 28 June 1964. Notice the "Luchtmacht" titles on the fuselage.

K-30

History

C/N

15766/27211

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Jan 1965

43-49950 (USAAF), KN276 (RAF), K-30, KP-30, K-30/OT-CNQ, XW-PCM

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-31/OT-CNR at Bierset airbase around 1970

K-31

History

C/N

16064/32812

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Oct 1971

44-76480 (USAAF), KN391 (RAF), K-31, KP-31, K-31/OT-CNR, wreck at Westouter

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-32/OT-CNS.

K-32

History

C/N

16575/33323

Date In

Feb 1950

Date Out

Aug 1952

44-76991 (USAAF°, KN637 (RAF), K-32/OT-CNS, X-5/ZU-5 (KLu), 019/B (MLD), XV-NIK, 991 (?) Vietam Air Force

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-33/OT-CNT at Evere airfield in 1950.

K-33

History

C/N

16655/33403

Date In

Feb 1950

Date Out

Nov 1952

44-77071 (USAAF), KN690 (RAF), K-33/OT-CNT, 477071 (Armée de l'Air), , 771 (Aéronavale)

A gun being loaded into Douglas C-47B Dakota K-34.

K-34

History

C/N

16419/33167

Date In

Jan 1951

Date Out

Oct 1952

44-76835 (USAAF), KN555 (RAF), K-34/OT-CNV, 76835 (Armée de l'Air), 735 (Aéronavale)

A group of Belgian soldiers returning from Korea pose in front of Douglas C-47B K-35/OT-CWN on March 20th, 1952.

K-35

History

C/N

16685/33433

Date In

Feb 1950

Date Out

Oct 1952

44-77101 (USAAF), KP218 (RAF), K-35/OT-CWN, 477101 (Armée de l'Air), 701 (Aéronavale), TY-BBO, F-GEOV

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-36/OT-CWO.

K-36

History

C/N

16700/33448

Date In

Feb 1950

Date Out

Sep 1952

44-77116 (USAAF), KP229 (RAF), K-36/OT-CWO, 77116(Armée de l'Air), 716 (Aéronavale), Musée de tradition de l'Aéronautique Navale de Rochefort (Fr.)

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-37/OT-CWP at Melsbroek airbase in 1950/51.

K-37

History

C/N

16653/33401

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Sep 1952

44-77069 (USAAF), KN689 (RAF), K-37/OT-CWP, 477069 (Armée de l'Air), F-BRAN, 77069/5U-MAD (Niger Air Force)

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-38/OT-CWQ in formation flight with K-40/OT-CWS. in the early fifties.

K-38

History

C/N

14371/25816

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Sep 1952

43-48555 (USAAF), KJ877 (RAF), K-38/OT-CWQ, 48555 (Armée de l'Air), 6W-SAG (Senegal Air Force, N19HA

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-39/OT-CWR in flight in the early fifties.

K-39

History

C/N

16007/32755

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Sep 1952

44-76423 (USAAF), KN381 (RAF), K-39/CW-R, :OT-CWR, 476423 (Armée de l'Air), 035/4X-FNV, 4X-FMP, 4X-DCE (Israeli Def. Force), N60154

Douglas C-47B K-40/OT-CWS taxies out to the main runway at Koksijde airbase in 1952.

K-40

History

C/N

16496/33244

Date In

Mar 1950

Date Out

Apr 1968

44-76912 (USAAF), KN601 (RAF), K-40 OT-CWS, NASARR trainer, Kalmthout (Zon en Hei), scrapped

Douglas C-47B Dakota IV K-41/OT-CWT being used as instructional airframe ar the Technical School at Saffraanberg in the fifties.

K-41

History

C/N

14486/25931

Date In

Jan 1951

Date Out

Sep 1951

43-48670 (USAAF), KJ900 (RAF), K-41/OT-CWT, Technical School Saffraanberg instructional airframe, scrapped

-

Spare part resource

History

C/N

20679

Date In

1947

Date Out

-

43-16213 (USAAF), used by Scotisch Aviation at Prestwick (U.K.) as spare parts resource for maintenance of Belgian Dakotas

Former spare parts resource Douglas C-47B Skytrain 43-48898 (USAAF) being used as a bar at Vilvoorde.

Spare part resource

History

C/N

14714/26159

Date In

1946 (?)

Date Out

-

43-48898 (USAAF), abandoned war aircraft, stored at Evere and Haren, Bar at Vilvoorde, scrapped

-

Spare part resource

History

C/N

14747/26192

Date In

1946 (?)

Date Out

1952

43-48931 (USAAF), abandoned war aircraft used as spare parts resource, 348931 (Armée de l'Air)

Around 1948 the fuselage of a Douglas C-47B Skytrain/Dakota was kept near the hangars at the Elementary Flying School at Schaffen airfield.

Spare part resource

History

C/N

-

Date In

-

Date Out

-

Abandoned war aircraft at Schaffen-Diest airfield, fate unknown. Could eventually be 43-48898 (USAAF) above.

 

De Havilland DH.89A Dominie C.1

Twin-engine biplane communications- and transport aircraft.

Already during the Second World War the plans for the new Belgian Air Force incorporated the use of light transport- and liaison aircraft. The De Havilland DH.89A Dominie C.1's were some of the first aircraft of the newly formed Air Force and the majority was already in service in 1945 with the (Belgian crewed) Metropolitan Communications Flight and the Belgian Training School at Snailwell (UK). In the mid fifties the last of the 7 Dominies operated by the Belgian Air Force were withdrawn from use. Some ended up on the Belgian civil market while the remainder was scrapped.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

D-1

6881

Sep 1946

Feb 1953

NR805 (RAF), D-1, ZC-J, ZC-H, OT-ZCH

D-2

6745

Sep 1946

Jan 1957

NF874 (RAF), D-2, "Raymond Chartier", ZC-K 

D-3

6739

Sep 1946

Aug 1952

NF868 (RAF), D-3, ZC-I, Crashed at Melsbroek on 21 Aug 1952.

D-4

6785

Sep 1946

Mar 1954

NR686 (RAF), D-4, ZC, ZC-M, OO-ARN, N701DH

D-5

6787

Sep 1946

Sep 1955

NR688 (RAF), D-5/ZC-N, OO-ARI, G-APBN (nru), OO-ARI, F-OBIA, ...

D-6

6852

Sep 1946

Mar 1954

NR776 (RAF) D-6, OT-ZCJ

D-7

6853

Sep 1946

Feb 1955

NR777 (RAF), D-7, OT-ZCK, ZK-SWR (airworthy)

 

 Hawker Siddeley HS.748-2A

Twin turbo-prop short range passenger- and cargo-aircraft.

After a long search for a suitable replacement for the Douglas C-47B Dakota the Belgian government decided on April 8th, 1974 to acquire three Hawker Siddeley HS748s. The HS.748-2A was equipped with a large cargo door on the left hand side and could be transformed from cargo to passenger configuration in a minimum of time. In 2002 the HS.748 was withdrawn from use when the Embraer replacement aircraft arrived. Two airworthy HS.748 transports were donated to government of Benin while the third aircraft was also transferred to serve as a spare-parts resource.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

CS-01

1741/222

Jun 1976

Feb 2002

CS-01, TY-21A (Benin)

CS-02

1742/223

Jul 1976

Mar 2002

CS-02, TY-21B (Benin)

CS-03

1743/224

Sep 1976

Aug 2001

G-BEEM, CS-03, shipped to Benin as spre parts resource

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