Junkers JU52/3m OO-AUK was one of the "Tante Ju's" used by the Weermacht/Force Publique in Africa.
Junkers JU52/3m OO-AUF operated by the Weermacht/Force Publique in the transport role for high-ranking allied officers and dignitaries in Africa. French General De Gaulle was also one of the VIP guests using these transport.
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Three engine transport and passenger aircraft
In order to replace the ageing Fokker F-VII passenger aircraft, Belgian airline Sabena acquired a total of 9 Junkers Ju52/3m transports, the first of which being delivered at Evere in 1936. The aircraft were used n Sabena's European network, but when World War two broke out the aircraft were grounded in order to avoid to be misidentified as Luftwaffe Ju52's by Allied fighters. The aircraft hastily received large Belgian identification markings such as a large "Belgique" on the fuselage and a tri-colore rudder and wingtips so that they could be operated in Belgian Congo. (three Ju52/3m's were ferried to Africa in 1939 followed by 3 more in January 1940.
At least three of the Sabena Ju52/3m (OO-AGU, OO-AUF and OO-AUK) were used on regular basis by the Colonial Weermacht/Force Publique in support of the Belgian troops operating in the East African campaign in Ethiopia. They were also used to ferry pilots between Egypt and central Africa.
In 1945 the Royal Air Force proposed to provide a number of captured Luftwaffe Ju52's to N° 349 and 350 Squadrons the based at Fassberg (D.) to ease the travel of the personnel of these units . Unfortunately, due to logistical problems this solution was not accepted by the Belgian authorities.