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.  

C/N

15056/26501

K-01

History

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).

C/N

20741

K-02

History

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.

C/N

14122/25567

K-03

History

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

C/N

20864

K-04

History

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Jul 1970

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

C/N

20879

K-05

History

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).

C/N

20884

K-06

History

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

C/N

14300/25745

K-07

History

Date In

Sep 1946

Date Out

Sep 1952

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

C/N

14311/25756

K-08

History

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

C/N

14401/25846

K-09

History

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

C/N

14406/25851

K-10

History

Date In

Oct 1946

Date Out

Jan 1976

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

C/N

14424/25869

K-11

History

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

C/N

144435/25880

K-12

History

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

C/N

14601/26046

K-13

History

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

C/N

14712/26157

K-14

History

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.

C/N

14212/25657

K-15

History

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

C/N

20823

K-16

History

Date In

Nov 1947

Date Out

Sep 1972

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

C/N

14605/26050

K-17

History

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).

C/N

14603/26048

K-18

History

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.

C/N

15809/32557

K-19

History

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 (Katanga), destroyed.

C/N

15424/26869

K-20

History

Date In

Jan 1948

Date Out

Dec 1952

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

C/N

15810/32558

K-21

History

Date In

Jul 1947

Date Out

Feb 1961

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

C/N

15420/26865

K-22

History

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

C/N

14806/26251

K-23

History

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)

C/N

15539/26984

K-24

History

Date In

Feb 1949

Date Out

Oct 1952

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

C/N

15640/27085

K-25

History

Date In

Feb 1949

Date Out

Sep 1952

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

C/N

15884/32632

K-26

History

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.

C/N

15551/26996

K-27

History

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

C/N

15916/32664

K-28

History

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

C/N

16301/33049

K-29

History

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 Air Power Museum

C/N

15766/27211

K-30

History

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Jan 1965

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

C/N

16064/32812

K-31

History

Date In

Jan 1950

Date Out

Oct 1971

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

C/N

16575/33323

K-32

History

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 (?) Vietnam Air Force

C/N

16655/33403

K-33

History

Date In

Feb 1950

Date Out

Nov 1952

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

C/N

16419/33167

K-34

History

Date In

Jan 1951

Date Out

Oct 1952

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

C/N

16685/33433

K-35

History

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

C/N

16700/33448

K-36

History

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.)

C/N

16653/33401

K-37

History

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)

C/N

14371/25816

K-38

History

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

C/N

16007/32755

K-39

History

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

C/N

16496/33244

K-40

History

Date In

Mar 1950

Date Out

Apr 1968

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

C/N

14486/25931

K-41

History

Date In

Jan 1951

Date Out

Sep 1951

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

C/N

20679

Spare part resource

History

Date In

1947

Date Out

-

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

C/N

14714/26159

Spare part resource

History

Date In

1946 (?)

Date Out

-

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

C/N

14747/26192

Spare part resource

History

Date In

1946 (?)

Date Out

1952

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

C/N

-

Spare part resource

History

Date In

-

Date Out

-

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

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