Sikorsky H-19/S-55

Single engine light transport helicopter

 

 

    In 1959 the Belgian Government acquired two Sikorsky H-19 helicopters in the framework of the Mutual Defence Air Programme (M.D.A.P.) which were to be operated by the Openbare Macht/Force Publique in Belgian Congo. One aircraft which was damaged at the tail was left at Kitona military airbase when the colony became independent in July 1960 while the other was taken over by the Katanga Government. In April 1960 two more Sikorsky's were transferred from Sabena but one aircraft crashed after only a few days of operations while the other was taken over by the new Congolese administration at the independence.

C/N

55-1272

S-41

Date In

Sep 1959

Date Out

Aug 1960

History

S-41, abandoned at Moanda, Kitona, (Belgian Congo) after being damaged at Inga on Apr 4th, 1960, spare parts used by the UN, scrapped.

C/N

55-1276

S-42

Date In

Sep 1959

Date Out

Aug 1960

History

S-42, KAT-42 (Katanga), seized at Elisabethville, fuselage still present in 1964.

C/N

55-839

OO-CWF

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Aug 1960

History

OO-CWF (Sabena), S-40(?), crashed April 1960, wreck used as spare parts resource

C/N

55-840

OO-CWG

Date In

Apr 1960

Date Out

Aug 1960

History

OO-CWG (Sabena), S-.. (?), Weermacht/Force Publique, , WH-01, WT-01 (FAC)

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