De Havilland DH.104 Dove

Twin-engine 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

D-10

04252

Oct 1949

Apr 1957

Dove 2, D-10, OO-CGG, written off in accident at N'Dolo/Leopoldstad/ville (now Kinshasa) on 8 Apr 1957

D-11

04080

Feb 1950

Jul 1960

Dove 2, OO-CGG, D-11/OT-CFK, KAT-11 (Katanga), written off in Aug 1961

D-12

04054

Jun 1950

Oct 1958

Dove 1B, G-AJZU, OO-CFC, D-12 , Fatal crash on 7 Oct 1958 at Nialamgira (Congo)

D-14

04367

Oct 1952

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, D-14/OT-CFM, K-14, KAT-14 (Katanga), K-14 (FAC) destroyed at Elisabethville in Aug 1961.

D-15

04442

Oct 1953

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, D-15/OT-CFN, Kat-15, KA-T15 (Katanga), KA-TDA (Katanga), 9Q-COB (Congo Government), possibly to FAC

D-16

04443

Nov 1953

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, D-16/OT-CFP, destroyed at Ndjili in Jul 1960

D-17

04447

Feb 1954

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, D-17/OT-CFQ, KAT-17 (Katanga), w/o Aug 61, Elisabethville.

D-18

04154

Jul 1952

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, VP-YHV "Hoopoe", D-18/OT-CFR, KAT-18 (Katanga), FAC

D-19

04013

May 1956

Jul 1960

Dove 1B, OO-AWE (cartografie), D-19/OT-CFS, KAT-19 (Katanga), FAC

D-20

04103

May 1956

Jul 1960

Dove 1 > 5, OO-CFE (cartografy), D-20/OT-CFT, K-20 (Katanga), destroyed in accident at Manone on 31 Jan 1961.

D-21

04506

Nov 1959

Jul 1960

Dove 5, D-21, Abandoned engineless at Ndjili, Used by FAC (?)

D-21

04507

Nov 1959

Jul 1960

Dove 5 Jul 1960D-22, KAT-22, KA-T22 (Katanga), to FAC,  withdrawn from use at Angola 1963.

 

 De Havilland DH.114 Heron

Four engine 14 seat communications aircraft

 

On 12 May 1954 one Heron was obtained by the Belgian authorities for use by the Governor General of the then Belgian Congo; (Call Sign CGG: Congo Gouverneur Général). After the independence of Congo this machine was used by Katangeese Premier Moïse Tshombe before being destroyed.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

OO-CGG

14055

May 1954

Jun 1960

(G-ANPV), OO-CGG (call sign OT-CFZ), D1, KAT-01, KA-THA, destroyed by UN troops at Elisabethville in Aug 1961.

 

Douglas C-54A Skymaster / DC-4

Four engine transport/passenger aircraft

    

   In 1950 the Belgian Air Force acquired a Douglas C54A-10-DC Skymaster from Sabena to improve passenger conditions on the link to and from the Belgian Congo. In 1954 a second aircraft was bought from S.A.S. this being a DC-4-1009. With the appearance in 1958 of the larger C-118 (DC-6) both aircraft were mainly used as pure freighters.  Both aircraft operated by the Melsbroek based 21st Squadron of the 15th Transport wing were withdrawn from use in 1971 and although both survived for some years (KX-1 at Torhout, KX-2 at Southend (U.K.) they finally were scrapped.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

KX-1

10326

Nov 1950

Jan 1971

C-54A-10-DC ++ 42- 72221 (USAAF), Bu No 39173 (Douglas R5D-1, US Navy), NC49539, OO-CBS, KX-1/OT-CWU, Torhout (storage), scrapped

KX-2

42987

May 1954

Apr 1971

DC-4-1009 ++ OY-DFO, KX-2/OT-CWV, LN-TUR (ntu), G-AZSI, GM-791UR, used for fire fighting practice at Southend and scrapped.

 

Douglas DC-6A/C Liftmaster

Four engine transport/passenger aircraft

   Due to the expansion of pilot training at Kamina (Belgian Congo) an urgent need arose for large passenger transport capacity. In 1958, two new DC-6A aircraft were purchased from the manufacturer Douglas which were joined in 1960 by two former Sabena DC-6Cs. All aircraft were operated by the Melsbroek based 21st Squadron of the 15th Transport Wing. In 1976 the four aircraft were sold to a French company. KY-2 is still operational with a freight company in Florida, while KY-1 is still to be found as a derelict restaurant at Bogor in Indonesia.

Serial

C/N

In

Out

History

KY-1

45458

May 1958

Jul 1976

DC-6A - KY-1/OT-CDA, (OO-SMR lease to Sabena), KY-1/OT-CDA, F-BYCG, N37778, PK-BAX, derelict restaurant at Bogor, Indonesia.

KY-2

45518

Jun 1958

Jul 1976

DC-6A - (N7820C), KY-2/OT-CDB, F-BYCH, YV-293C, N870TA, N170UA.

KY-3

44420

Okt 1960

Feb 1976

DC-6C - OO-CTO, KY-3/OTCDC, OO-CTO (Lease to Sabena), KY-3/OT-CDC, F-BYCI, N4860M, PK-BAY.

KY-4

44421

Okt 1960

Feb 1976

DC-6C - OO-CTP, KY-4/OT-CDF, OO-CTP (lease to Sabena), KY-4/OT-CDF, F-BYCJ, N844TA (crashed Bimini sea)

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