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Douglas Dakota Skytrain C-47 DC-3 AC-47 R4D Spooky Gooney Bird

Douglas C-47 Dakota
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Development of the Douglas DC-3 started in early 1935 with the prototype flying by the end of the year. The first production aircraft was delivered to American Airlines in July 1936 and soon orders were pouring in from US and overseas airlines. The US Air Corps became interested in the DC-3 and ordered a military version, called the C-47 or Dakota. It had many capabilities, including dropping paratroops and supplies, evacuating the wounded, troop transportation and glider towing. Eventually, about 10,000 C-47s were built for the US military.

During WW II, the Royal Air Force received about 1,930 Dakotas and they became the RAF's main wartime transport aircraft. The RCAF took delivery of its first Dakota in March 1943, and at its peak had 169 on strength. Within Canada, they were operated by four transport squadrons and several ferry squadrons.

Overseas, Dakotas equipped RCAF 437 Squadron in Europe and RCAF 435 and 436 Squadrons in South East Asia. 437 Squadron was formed in England September 1944, where it supported the British and Canadian Armies fighting in Europe. Its most important actions involved glider towing for the airborne landings at Arnhem and the Rhine crossing at Wesel.435 and 436 Squadrons were formed in India in October 1944. They flew Dakotas in support of the British 14th Army in Burma where they dropped supplies to the British troops fighting the Japanese in the jungle.

At the end of WW II, all three squadrons were transferred back to England to provide air transport for the Canadian occupation forces in Germany. Dakotas continued in service with the Canadian Armed Forces until 1989, when 402 Squadron, based in Winnipeg, retired the last of them. Of the nearly 13,000 DC-3s built, many are still in service today, over 75 years after the aircraft's first flight.

The Museum's Dakota was built for the USAAF and was delivered to the Royal Air Force in February 1944 as FZ692 and the Royal Canadian Air Force 437 Squadron in September 1944. It was later renumbered as 12945 as part of the Canadian Armed Forces where it served with 424 Squadron for Search & Rescue at CFB Trenton. It performed JATO ignition in flight at the 1970 Canadian National Exhibition Air Show on the Toronto waterfront.

After it was struck off strength by the Canadian Armed Forces in 1973, the aircraft ended up with Environment Canada, where it was used for mineral and environmental surveys. C-GRSB was donated to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in May 2014.

FZ692 has been restored to the paint scheme it would have worn at the end of World War II with 437 Squadron RCAF. FZ692 flew 208 operational trips with 437 Squadron and 16 with 233 Squadron for a total of 224. It ended up flying hundreds of individual legs between airfields in Europe. FZ692 participated in two major airborne operations, Normandy and the Rhine Crossing. It carried 298 casualties to medical aid and repatriated 456 prisoners of war. It carried over 5,100 passengers to destinations around Europe and carried over two hundred tons of freight (414,368 lbs). CWHM

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (212), RCAF 400 Squadron (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (99), Canadian Museum(1)
last update: 2023-07-22 19:20:00

Dakota 650

s/n
 650
inst
 A 508
m/d
 C‑47‑DL
c/n
 9015

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;104;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47-DL, serial number 42-32789. To Eastern Air Command 1943. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Became instructional airframe A 508 on 7 December 1946. To Philippine AF after being sold. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-March-31 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-July-12 Classified Instructional A 508 2020-06-13
   1953-February-03 Struck off Strength 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 1968 489

Dakota 651

s/n
 651
as/n
 12936
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9290

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;ANS;104

Ex US C-47A-20-DL 42-23428. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Seen at Pennfield Ridge on 19 August 1945. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. With No. 104 Composite Flight at St. Hubert in 1960, reported then as their only Dakota. With the Air Navigation School, CFB Winnipeg, in late 1960s, converted to Mk. 3 by then.

From 12936
Ex US C-47A-20-DL 42-23428, ex RCAF 651. Used by Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg. To Australian civil register as VC-DHN, then N46949. Operated by Aero Servicios in Florida in the 1980s. Converted to Basler BT-67 (Basler conversion no. 18). To Royal Thai AF as RTAF 883 c.1998; believed later reserialled 46153. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change to CAF as 12936 2023-06-02
   1976-July-30 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 222

Dakota 652

s/n
 652
inst
 A 509
m/d
 C‑47‑DL
c/n
 9108
c/r
 CF‑ITQ

Known Squadron Assignments: 164

Ex USAAF C-47-DL, serial number 42-32882. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Became instructional airframe A 509 on 12 July 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. To civil register post war, as N45F, as CF-ITQ in 1976, registered to Millardair of Malton, Ontario. Later C-FITQ, off Canadian register by 1982. Last reported as 6Y-JJQ. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-November-14 Accident: 164 Squadron Loc: RAF Stnorth Charlottetown Names: Altraws | Armstrong | Barber | Berrington | Black | Bright | Bristow | Burrows | Clarke | Clarke | Deau | Graudain | Hall | Harrison | Henderson | Lawton | Lee | Louch | Mahoney | McLeod | Mcvagh | Munro | Owen | Shaw | Shilling | Thompson | Ward | Watterson | Woods
   1946-July-12 Classified Instructional A 509 2020-06-13
   1955-November-14 Struck off Strength struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 1968 489 | 1968 631

Dakota 653

s/n
 653
as/n
 12937
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9415

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;165;168;412;102;AETE;429

Ex US C-47A-25-DL 42-23553. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, c.1943. Also reported with No. 165 (T) Squadron in 1943. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, UK Detachment, c.1944 to 1946. Based at Gibraltar by August 1944. Noted as nearing time expired, and needing to be replaced in 168 Squadron, on 29 March 1945. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while with 412 Squadron. Also reported as sold on 15 August 1952? With No. 102 (C&R) Flight, RCAF Station Trenton, in November 1953, when it searched for a missing USAF F-89 over Lake Michigan. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Later used by Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment at CFB Uplands.

from 12937
Ex US C-47A-25-DL 42-23553, ex RCAF 653. With No. 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Operating from CFB Trenton, Ontario in 1984. Carried name "Southern Comfort". Had been in Canadian military service for over 46 years when struck off. Stored at AMDU, CFB Trenton by November 1990. On US register as N400BF since 1998. Stored at Basler Turbo Conversions in 2004, reported being converted to turboprops for Thai Air Force. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-May-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-July-08 Accident: 1 REFRESHER Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Collins | Ellis | Lockheed
   1970-June-03 Serial Change To CAF as 12937 2023-06-02
   1990-January-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 218

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Dakota 654

s/n
 654
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9595

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;165;435

Ex USAAF C-47A-30-DL serial number 42-23733. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, c.1943 to 1946. Also with No. 165 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, during this period. Seen at Pennfield Ridge on 10 August 1945. Operated by Winter Experimental Establishment, RCAF Station Edmonton, from 1946. Arrived at Winnipeg, en route to Churchill, on 29 January 1947, weathered in at Winnipeg for several days. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba), possibly with 435 (T) Squadron. With No. 435 Squadron when it crashed on 21 July 1952. F/O R.A.N. MacNeil killed.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1943-June-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1952-August-15 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1952-July-21 KIFA RCAF Aircraftman 1st Class Joseph Pierre Jacques Bourbeau 2023-05-01
1952-July-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roger Anthony Neal MacNeill 2023-07-30
1952-July-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Ralph Garfield Raho 2023-07-30
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213

Dakota 655

s/n
 655
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
  9831
c/r
 CF‑QJZ

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;165;435;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23969. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, c.1943 to 1946. Also with No. 165 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, during this period. Used by No. 5 Staging Unit, Whitehorse, NWT, in September 1943. Damaged during attempted landing at Snag, NWT on 21 September 1943, when landing gear snagged a pile of loose earth at the end of the runway. Aircraft went around, returned to Whitehorse, where both main gear collapsed on landing. No injuries, minimal damage. With No. 164 Squadron detachment in Edmonton, Alberta in June 1945, and in November 1945, when its camouflage paint was removed. Still with this Detachment in April 1946. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta, by June 1946, still there September 1946. Nosed over on landing at Fort St. John, BC on 25 January 1947. Repaired on site. Detached to Norman Wells, NWT 3 June 1947 to carry fuel for Photo Wing detachments operating in area that summer. To Rockcliffe for major inspection, 22 June 1947. At RCAF Station Centralia in the early 1950s, as a radio trainer. Also reported as Mk. IIIR. Still active February 1968. Last served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba. To civil register as CF-QJZ, C-FQJZ by 1976, registered to Gateway Aviation of Edmonton, Alberta. Off Canadian register by 1982. Also reported as owned by Aeroshell, Guayaquil. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-September-21 Accident: 165 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Anonen | Bruce | Gordon | Hillcoate | Knox | Sweetman
   1970-May-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 209

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Dakota 656

s/n
 656
as/n
 12938
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9832

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;165;435;CJATC;ANS;6OTU;402

Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23970. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, c.1943 to 1946. Also with No. 165 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, during this period. Used by No. 5 Staging Unit, Whitehorse, NWT, in 1943. Seen at Pennfield Ridge on 20 August 1945. Delivered to No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta on 3 February 1949. To Los Angeles and Buffalo, NY in October 1950. Took part in Operation Assinaboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Transferred to Rivers Camp, Manitoba in December 1950. Served with Transport Support School, CJATC. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Still active February 1968. Served with No. 6 Operational Training Unit at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta in late 1960s.

From 12938
Ex USAAF C47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23970, ex RCAF 656 . Pinocchio conversion, used at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. Named "Dolly's Folly". Visited Vancouver Airport, 1978. Last NASARR training mission flown at Cold Lake on 14 January 1983. Made its last operational CAF Dakota flight on 1 July 1983, while with 402 Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba. Had been in Canadian military service for over 46 years when struck off. Stored at AMDU, CFB Trenton by November 1990. On US civil register as N21BF, registered to Basler on 16 December 1997. Reported at Basler Turbo Conversions LLC, waiting for conversion, still there, stored outside, in 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12938 2019-08-20
   1990-January-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 218

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Dakota 657

s/n
 657
as/n
 12939
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9834
c/r
 CF‑IRW

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;412;413;435;121

Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23972. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in January and June 1946. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, in 1949. Medevac to Toronto in April 1949. With 413 (P) Squadron, 1950. To 435 (T) Squadron, Edmonton, on 30 March 1950, to replace KJ936. With No. 121 (KU) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, in 1951 and in 1963.

From 12939
Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23972, ex RCAF 657. Used at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. To civil register as CF-IRW. Owned by St. Felicien Air Services of St. Felicien in 1976, as C-FIRW. Later registered to Transport Aerien Sept-Iles of Sept-Isles, Quebec, cancelled 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-May-25 Accident: 164 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Baril | McClintock
1944-October-07 Accident: 164 Squadron Loc: Moncton New Brunswick Names: Hunter | Kenny | Warren
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12939 . 2019-08-20
   1973-February-16 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 208

Dakota 658

s/n
 658
as/n
 BC*D
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9830
c/r
 N8563

Known Squadron Assignments: 165;168;164;426;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23968. With No. 165 (T) Squadron in July 1943, ferried to Edmonton from Rockcliffe on July 19. Used by No. 5 Staging Unit, Whitehorse, NWT, in September 1943. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1944, operating between UK and Italy. Based at Gibralter by August 1944. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, September 1945. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in March 1946 when it carried out a medivac flight to Fort Chimo, Quebec. Still there in June 1946. With No. 426 Squadron post war, coded "BC*D". Based at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario, in November 1953 as a radio trainer, when it searched for a missing USAF F-89 over Lake Michigan. Still active February 1968. With the Air Navigation School, CFB Winnipeg, in late 1960s. Later to US civil register as N8563, reported sold in 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-July-10 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 221

Dakota 659

s/n
 659
as/n
 12940
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9833
c/r
 N300ZZ

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;435;104;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23971. Used by Test and Development Establishment, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, dates unknown. Operating along North West Staging Route in September 1943. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1944, operating between UK and Italy. Based at Gibraltar by August 1944. Served with No. 435 (T) Squadron post war. Ferried to Dorval, Quebec on 18 November 1947, replaced by 976. Back to 435 Squadron in September 1948. Extensive corrosion in tail discovered in April 1949, repaired at Edmonton by mobile party from No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary. To Rockcliffe, for Photo Wing, November 1950. Operated on behalf of UN in Sinai from 1956 to 1967. Also with No. 104 (KU) Unit at St. Hubert, Quebec, dates unknown.

From 12940
Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-23971, ex RCAF 659. Used by Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg. To US civil register as N300ZZ, operated by Trans Air West. Operated by Air Charter West in California in 1977. Registration cancelled by 2005, when it was registered to G.S. Cartright of Haiti, noted then as a turboprop. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12940 2019-08-20
   1973-May-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 218

Dakota 660

s/n
 660
as/n
 KP*D MH*660 12941
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10239
c/r
 N64767

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;101;123;424;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-60-DL, serial number 42-24377. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Reported at Pennfield Ridge in May and August 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. Served with No. 101 (KU) Unit at Dartmouth, dates unknown. Operated by No. 123 (S&R) Flight at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC in early 1948, as a target tug. Dropped pararescue jumpers as part of 1949 Air Force Day display at Sea Island. Carried support crew and supplies for 442 Squadron Vampires when they took part in air show at Spokane in September 1949. In target tug markings, coded "KP*D", early 1950s. Coded "MH*660" by 1958, still in tug markings. Served with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton in late 1960s.

From 12941
Ex USAAF C-47A-40-DL, serial number 42-24377, ex RCAF 660. Serving with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton when renumbered. Later with 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Registration C-GWXP reserved, but apparently not used. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change became CAF 12941 2019-08-20
   1975-October-24 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 223

Dakota 661

s/n
 661
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10200

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;CEPE;412

Ex USAAF C-47A-60-DL, serial number 42-24338. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in January and June 1946. With Winnipeg Detachment of No. 435 (T) Squadron by September 1946. Delivered to No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta on 3 February 1949. Took part in Operation Assinaboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). To Rockcliffe, for Photo Wing, late November 1950. With Central Experimental and Proving Establishment Suffield Detachment in June 1953, used to test spray equipment. With 412 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario in 1961. Served with 1 Wing at Lahr Germany in the late 1960s. When it was sold to the British Ministry of Defence in April 1969 for use by the Royal Aircraft Establishment, it was thought to be formerly KG661 and was given this serial; when the error was discovered it was reserialled ZA947 in July 1979. Named "Portpatrick Princess". Transferred to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in March 1993, now marked as KG374. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-April-20 Accident: 164 Squadron Loc: Dartmouth Names: Kerr | Kingsley | Pow | Sweetman | Venables
   1969-April Sold as Surplus sold, see comments 2019-08-20
   1969-May-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116

Dakota 662

s/n
 662
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10201

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;137

Ex USAAF C-47A-60-DL, serial number 42-24339. Operated by No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, 1943 to 1946. Reported at Pennfield Ridge in spring of 1945. With the Aircraft Armament School at Trenton in January 1948, equipped as target tug, when it was detached to Dartmouth for firing exercises with HMCS Haida. Based at RCAF Greenwood, NS when it was used to fly sandbags from Minneapolis to Winnipeg for flood relief efforts, May 1950. Operated by No. 137 Transport Flight, from RAF Langar, UK, in support of 1 Air Division in Europe, in the 1950s. Seen at RAF Odiham, UK in September 1966. Served with 1 Wing at Lahr, Germany in the late 1960s. Still active February 1968. With Sultan of Muscat's Own Air Force from 30 July 1969, their serial number 502. To UK for overhaul in October 1970, then to civil register as LN-TVA, then C-GSTA and also HK-2663X. Stored at Villvicencio, Columbia c.2000. By 2007 back in service as YV211T, operated by AECA. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-March-27 Accident: 164 Squadron Loc: Blissville New Brunswick Names: Bain | Deeks | Walker
   1969-May-06 Struck off Strength Struck off and sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116

Dakota 663

s/n
 663
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10202
c/r
 CF‑TKX

Known Squadron Assignments: 12;435;412;101

Ex USAAF C-47A-60-DL, serial number 42-24340. Operated by No. 12 (Comm) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, in camouflage. Seen at Pennfield Ridge on 11 August 1945, still with No. 12 Squadron. Carried government officials to South America and return, February 1946. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, Winnipeg Detachment, by September 1946. Carried Air Commodore Kerr and party on western tour that month. Medevac flight to Southhampton Island, NWT, delivering patient to Winnipeg on 28 September 1946. Carried survey party from Rockcliffe to Churchill, December 1946. With No. 12 (Comm) Squadron, Rockcliffe, by February 1947, when it carried US-Canadian Joint Board of Defense from Ottawa to Winnipeg. With 412 (T) Squadron in April 1949, when it carried the RCAF Band to Austin, Texas. With No. 101 (KU) Unit at Dartmouth, NS, dates unknown. Still active February 1968. On civil register as CF-TKX in 1976, registered to Pem-Air of Pembroke, Ontario. Later reported to be CF-AAL, but off Canadian register by 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1969-December-18 Sold as Surplus Sold, exact date not known. 2019-08-20
   1969-December-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213 | 2005 116 | 2005 207

Dakota 664

s/n
 664
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10203

Known Squadron Assignments: 165;164;112

Ex USAAF C-47A-60-DL, serial number 42-24341. Operated by No. 165 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, c.1943 to 1945. Used for trials with wheels / ski installation. Based at RCAF Station Edmonton in July 1945. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth in January 1946, when it was lent to a western Canadian Detachment for the build up to Operation Musk-Ox. Back at Dartmouth by June 1946. Operated by No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba when it delivered medical staff and supplies to Chesterfield Inlet, NWT in February 1949, in response to polio outbreak there. Returned to Churchill with 15 civilian evacuees. Repeat the mission in April 1949. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Accident Record
   1943-September-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1950-February-28 Struck off Strength written off, while on skiis 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 213

Dakota 960

s/n
 960
inst
 A 628
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12267
c/r
 CF‑OVW

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92464, ex RAF FZ675, transferred to RCAF 18 Feb 1944 serial 960. With No. 164 (T) Squadron detachment in Edmonton, Alberta in November and December 1945. Edmonton to Rockcliffe and return in February 1946, to transport VIPs. Still with this Detachment in April 1946. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. Flew medevac mission to Whitehorse, 7 August 1946. Delivered patient to Vancouver, BC. Round trip Edmonton to Whitehorse on 24 January 1947. Instructional airframe A 628 on 14 February 1959. Sold by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation, to civil register as CF-OVW, still airworthy with this registration in 1976. Registration cancelled on 22 September 1998. Later registered as N983DC, airworthiness certificate dated 16 October 1998, as DC-3C1C3G. Still airworthy May 2023. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-February-18 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1959-February-14 Classified Instructional CA A 628 2020-06-09
   1962-December-17 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2023-06-10
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 218 | 1968 490

Dakota 961

s/n
 961
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12289
c/r
 CF‑AAB

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;112;

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92483. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. Delivered to Rockcliffe on 17 January 1947, for use by Photo Wing. With No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers, Manitoba in August 1947, when it delivered pararescue jumpers to downed civilian aircraft near The Pas. Dispatched to BC in October 1947, to search for missing B-25. Port elevator damaged while being towed out of hanger at Rivers on 22 February 1948. Based at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario, in November 1953 as a radio trainer, when it searched for a missing USAF F-89 over Lake Michigan. Sold by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation, on civil register as CF-AAB, still airworthy 1976. Later to US civil register as N2290L. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-February-18 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1964-August-17 Struck off Strength struck off, to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for sale. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 218 | 1968 611

Dakota 962

s/n
 962
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12544

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;124

Estevan Saskatchewan Crash

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92713. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1944, operating between UK and Italy. Based at Gibralter by August 1944. Used by No. 124 (Ferry) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, to pick up and deliver ferry pilots across Canada. Crashed while delivering ferry pilots to pick up Cornells. Pilot lost control while attempting a go around. Subsequent investigation revealed that starboard elevator lock had not been removed before take off at Minot, ND. This was greatest loss of life in any RCAF accident up to that time. Struck off 25 October 1946.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1944-February-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-September-15 Accident Crash Crashed at Estevan, Saskatchewan, 21 fatalities. 2022-06-15

Ferry Flight 1946-09-15 to 1946-09-15

124 (Ferry) FU (RCAF) Minot, North Dakota

Dakota aircraft 962 took off at Minot, North Dakota at 0930 hours CST 15 September 1946 and proceeded to Estevan, Saskatchewan, arriving at approximately 1015 hours CST. The aircraft was without fore and aft control aside from the slight amount available from the use of the trim tab.

The pilot of 962 decided to attempt a landing at Estevan at 1015 hours and carried out a normal or possibly a bit wider than normal circuit with the wheels down at approximately half flap until the aircraft was at the down-wind end of the runway at an approximate altitude of 75 feet. The aircraft then levelled out and commenced to climb. After climbing approximately 100 feet, the aircraft levelled out momentarily and then commenced to climb again with the wheels retracting. The second climb was very steep and was maintained until the aircraft stalled, dropped the port wing, and dove vertically into the ground and exploded on impact.

It appears that the pilot filed his flight plan by radio AFTER taking off from Minot (most unusual) and that there was no further radio communication from Dakota 962. It was speculated that the pilot knew the condition of his elevator almost immediately after take off but maintained control through use of trim tabs and elected to continue to Estevan, to effect a landing with a slightly reduced fuel load.

The unit is No. 124 (Fy ) Squadron as opposed to Communications as indicated in a number of sources

The pilots had already ferried the Cornells to Estevan and were heading back to R.C.A.F. Station Rockcliffe when the Dakota Mk. IIIN accident occurred.

At the time of the unfortunate flying accident, No. 124 (Fy) Squadron, under the command of Squadron Leader E. A. Bland AFC, was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force's No. 9 (T) Group.

Twenty RCAF pilots and one ground crew man were killed


   1947-July-24 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Alphonse Camille Bouchard DFC 2023-02-07
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Raymond Avard Brandser 2022-07-11
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Clifford Somerville Coppin 2024-04-14
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Henry Hugh Cowan DFC 2024-05-06
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Maurice Crosby Cuthbert 2023-03-02
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Murdoch Jackson 2023-01-31
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Pyle Jessee DFC 2023-05-11
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Ned Jordan 2023-06-23
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Vitanos Luke Kirko 2022-07-11
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Lawrence Victor Kirsch DFC 2023-06-30
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Stewart Lees DFC 2023-11-14
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert James McIntyre 2023-06-28
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Robert Cowan McRoberts DFC 2023-06-13
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Louis Eric John Murphy DFC 2023-03-02
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Albert Perry 2023-03-04
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Stephen Pond 2023-06-14
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Charles Stanley Wright Proctor DFC 2023-02-20
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Edward Chester Stewart DFC, DFM 2023-06-26
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Max Thomas 2023-06-30
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Leonard Edgar Turtle 2023-06-30
1946-September-15 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Jacob Louis Weicker DFC & Bar 2023-03-09
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 218

Dakota 963

s/n
 963
as/n
 12950
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
  12543
c/r
 N104BF

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU;164;435;ANS;429;402;CFS

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK, serial number 42-92712. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC, c.1945. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Moncton, NB in September 1945. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945. With No. 164 (T) Squadron, Winnipeg detachment, to support Operation Muskox from 4 April 1946. Used by No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. To Baker Lake, NWT on 16 August 1946, for paradrop. To Churchill, Manitoba, and Baker Lake, NWT, 26 August 1946. To Fargo, ND on 30 August 1946, to pick up Cornell ferry pilots. With Winnipeg Detachment by September 1946. To Churchill, Manitoba most of October 1946, to fly US Army stores out of Coral Harbour, NWT. Delivered to Rockcliffe on 20 January 1947, for use by Photo Wing, but back with 435 Squadron on 26 February 1947, when it damaged a wing tip on landing at Fort St. John, BC. Visited Cambridge Bay, NWT in April 1947, in natural metal finish by then. Carried fuel between Norman Wells, NWT and Sawmill Bay, NWT for Photo Wing detachments, summer of 1947. Sent to Montreal 19 July 1948 for overhaul by civil contractor (Canadair?). At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, after integration but before serial was changed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-March-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12950. 2023-06-10
   1990-September-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 218 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 218

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Dakota 964

s/n
 964
as/n
 12951
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12411
c/r
 CF‑OOY

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, 42-92593, ex RAF KG381. RAF serial number never carried. With No. 164 (T) Squadron detachment in Edmonton, Alberta in November to December 1945. With Winnipeg Detachment and Edmonton Detachment in April 1946. Dropped paratroops at Carberry on several occasions in May 1946. Towing Hadrian gliders between Winnipeg and Gimli from May 1946. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. Still with this unit on 17 April 1947, when it was badly damaged in forced landing 20 miles from The Pas, Manitoba, following an engine failure. Repaired on site by mobile party from No. 10 Repair Depot in Calgary, first flight after repairs on 21 May 1947. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Still operational in February 1968. Served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, after integration but before serial was changed.

From 12951
Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, 42-92593, ex RAF KG381, ex RCAF 964. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sold, to civil register as CF-OOY, registered to Kenting Aviation of Calgary, Alberta. Later noted as C-FOOY. With Kenting Atlas Aviation when it was damaged in a wheels up landing 50 miles north of Frobisher Bay on 3 November 1975, resulting from fuel exhaustion. Had been diverted from original destination by bad weather. No fatalities amongst the 3 crew and 23 passengers. Canadian registration cancelled by 1984. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-March-09 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12951. 2023-06-10
   1971-September-16 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 209

Dakota 965

s/n
 965
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12876

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93012. Used as radio trainer during war. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, when it delivered a Merlin engine to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, for a Lancaster that went unserviceable there while ferrying from east coast to storage in Alberta. Detached to western Canada 3 to 10 January 1946, to support build up for Operation Musk-Ox. Back at Dartmouth by June 1946. With Central Air Command Communications Flight at Trenton in July 1948. Still operational in February 1968, but never received new serial number. Served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, after integration. Sold to ALPA Aerotaxis of Peru, registered OB-T-1043. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-13 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-15 Struck off Strength Struck off, and sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 224

Dakota 966

s/n
 966
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12877

Known Squadron Assignments: 165

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93013. Used by No. 165 (T) Squadron in western Canada. Crashed on takeoff from Port Hardy BC airport 18 July 1944. 6 fatalities.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1944-April-13 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1944-August-11 Struck off Strength written off, after crash on 18 July 1944 2019-08-20
1944-July-18 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William John Curtis 2023-06-01
1944-July-18 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Theron Elwyn Daniels 2021-08-04
1944-July-18 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Claremont Delmar Kippan 2023-06-04
1944-July-18 KIFA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Lorne Clarence Rideout 2023-05-12
1944-July-18 KIFA Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Wellington Steele 2023-06-07
1944-July-18 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Wallace Dicker Stroud 2022-05-18
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 967

s/n
 967
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13086

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;426;435

Ex USAAF C-47 A-20-DK serial number 42-93201. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in January 1946. Delivered spare engine from No. 6 Repair Depot at Trenton to Operation Musk-Ox aircraft at Norman Wells, 24 Apr to 1 May 1946. Still at Dartmouth in June 1946. Operated by No. 426 (T) Squadron when it crashed on take off from Gander on 22 September 1946. No injuries, no post crash fire. With Winnipeg Detachment of No. 435 (T) Squadron in 1947. Delivered skiis for Norseman 371 on 1 January 1947, needed for medevac flight into NWT. Some confusion on dates here: struck off and crash date is from Griffin, service history in 1947 is from Squadron Diary. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-28 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-February-14 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing at Gander on 22 September 1946. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 968

s/n
 968
as/n
 12952
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13087

Known Squadron Assignments: 165;164;435;CFS

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93202. Operated by No. 165 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, c.1944. Based at RCAF Station Edmonton by July 1944. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton in April 1946, still there when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. To Fargo ND 8 August 1946 to pick up ferry pilots. With Winnipeg Detachment by September 1946. Dropped paratroopers at Carberry, Manitoba on 9 September 1946. Reported u/s at Churchill, Manitoba on 1 October 1946. Towed Army gliders at Gimili, Manitoba and Carberry, Manitoba in October and November 1946. Transferred to main squadron, at Edmonton, in November 1946. Still there on 9 June 1947, when it carried the RCAF Band to Vancouver, BC. Carried English Air Cadets across Canada, July and August 1947. To No. 6 RD, RCAF Station Trenton, for installation of Gyro Fluxgate Compass and Dead Reckoning Master Unit, 2 to 30 September 1947. Carried Air Marshall Curtis and General Foulkes on Arctic tour, October 1947. Carried VIPs on Arctic tour, 24 and 25 May 1948. Carried Air Commodore Carscallon on tour of NWAC, March 1949. Still operational February 1968. Served with the Central Flying School at RCAF Station Gimli, Manitoba, dates unknown.

From 12952
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93202, ex RCAF 968. Reported by Baugher as ex RCAF 967? Sold, to civil register as C-GXAV. Us registration N92A reserved, but not used. Back to Canada as C-GCTE. With Alberta Northern Airlines of Calgary with this mark, cancelled in 1983. Sold to Nahanni Air Services Ltd. of Norman Wells, NWT, registration cancelled in 1985. Operated by Frontier in 1985. Then to Rog-Air Limited, based at Kapuskasing, Ontario, registration cancelled in 1990. Later N7164E, EC-659. Current 3 May 2004 as N47FL. Reported stored with Aces High in the UK in 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-April-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12952. 2023-06-10
   1973-May-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 217

Dakota 969

s/n
 969
as/n
 12953
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13343

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;112;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93432. Assigned to Air Force Headquarters in 1944. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Moncton, NB in September 1945, when it was noted as fitted with long range tanks. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945. Supporting Operation Musk-Ox, operating from Yellowknife, on loan to Edmonton Detachment 3 to 16 March 1946. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, Winnipeg Detachment, by September 1946. Loaned to main unit in Edmonton, 28 March 1947, for Operation Beetle. Took part in Operation Canon (medevac from Baffin Island) October 1947, operated by No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba. Dropped supplies and medical team at Moffet Inlet on 4 October, re-supplied ground party during their trip to Artic Bay. Flew ground party and Canon J.H. Turner out of Moffet Inlet, off the ice, on 21/22 October 1947. Fitted with skiis in November 1947, for rescue work in the north that winter. Still with this Flight in summer of 1948, supported aircraft from this base taking part in exercises and demos in Ontario. With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweetbriar at Whitehorse, Yukon. Back with 435 Squadron in October 1950. Still operational in February 1968. Served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, after integration but before serial was changed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-May-23 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12953. 2019-08-20
   1975-August-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 217

Dakota 970

s/n
 970
as/n
 12954
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13342
c/r
 CF‑OOW

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;112;ANS;104

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93431. Assigned to Air Force Headquarters in 1944. With No. 164 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Moncton, NB in September 1945. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta, in August 1946. To Rockcliffe and Toronto, 16 August 1946. To Fargo to pick up ferry pilots, 21 August 1946. With Winnipeg Detachment by September 1946. Blew tire on landing at Winnipeg on 27 September 1946, no injuries. Dropped supplies to HB Co. supply ship Neophyte, frozen in near Chestefield Inlet, NWT, in October 1946. To Churchill, Manitoba most of October 1946, to fly US Army stores out of Coral Harbour, NWT. Towed gliders for the Army, December 1946. Accompanied Norseman 371 on medevac into NWT in January 1947. Delivered patient from Southhampton to Winnipeg, via Churchill, on 7 January 1947. With No. 112 (T) Flight on 12 June 1947, when it was detached to Norman Wells, NWT, to carry fuel for Photo Wing detachments operating in the area that summer. Took part in Operation Assinaboine, November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. With No. 2 Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1954. Operated by No. 104 Communications and Calibration Flight at St. Hubert in 1957, equipped with "Carcinotron" ECM training equipment. In storage at the Technical Storage Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in late 1960s.

From 12954
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93431. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when renumbered. Sold, to civil register as CF-OOW, with Atlas Aviation in 1971 and Air-Dale of Sault-St-Marie, Ontario in 1976. Reported registered as 8P-OOW in 1979, possibly for a short term lease to Tropical Air Services in Barbados. Back in Canada by 1980. Later C-FOOW, when sold by Air-Dale in 1988. With Great Northern Freight Forwarding Limited of Sault-St-Marie from 1988 to 1996. Registered to Enterprise Air Inc. of Oshawa, Ontario from 1996 to 2 June 2005. Latest Certificate of Registration issued to Triumph Airways Ltd. of Oshawa on 23 June 2005. Reported derelict at Gimli, Manitoba in 2006. Off the Canadian civil register by 2007. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-June-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12954. 2023-06-10
   1971-September-10 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 209

Dakota 971

s/n
 971
as/n
 VC-DGA
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13925/25370

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;435;105;103

Ex USAAF C-47A-30-DK, serial number 43-48109. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, UK Detachment, c.1944 to 1946. Carried members of No. 424 (Aux) Squadron from Hamilton to Little Norway in summer 1948 or 1949 for summer camp. Operated by No. 2 Radar and Communications School, carried registration "VCDGA", still camouflaged. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, when it searched for missing Norseman between Churchill, Manitoba and Baker Lake, NWT, on 4 January 1954. With No. 105 (CR) Flight in 1956. Based at Namao in 1957, used for search and rescue, and medevacs. Written off after crashing at Greenwood on 9 August 1966, while with No. 103 (R) Unit. Remains used for fire and rescue training. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-26 Taken on Strength 2020-09-23
   1966-August-06 Accident Crash 2020-09-23
   1968-June-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 972

s/n
 972
as/n
 12955
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13926/25371
c/r
 CF‑BKT

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;109

Ex USAAF serial number C-47A-30DK, 43-48110. Modified for photo survey work on 8 February 1947. Serving with No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton on 13 to 19 December 1951, when it carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada). Served with No. 109 (KU) Composite Unit at Marville France, in 1959. Still operational February 1968. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-28 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12955. 2019-08-20
   1971-December-31 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 207

Dakota 973

s/n
 973
as/n
 12956
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13923/25368
c/r
 C‑GWMY

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;164;14;123

Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48107. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, UK Detachment, c.1944 to 1946. Delivered penicillin from UK to Poland in November 1945, after it had been delivered to the UK by Fortress 9205. With No. 164 (T) Squadron Edmonton Detachment in April 1946, when it delivered spare parts and tools to Nelson, BC for the u/s Dakota 964. Ferried by 435 Squadron crew from storage at Calgary, Alberta to Cartierville, Quebec on 24 January 1947. Operated by No. 14 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. With No. 123 (R) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island in 1951. Later used by RCAF Station Cold Lake Base Flight.

From 12956
Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48107, ex RCAF 973. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as C-GWMY, registered to private owners in Calgary, Alberta in 1976, off register by 1982. Then exported, became N3748Y, reported stored at Las Vegas airport in 1987. To French register as F-WZIR, then to Philippines civil register as RP-C1354 (also reported as RP-C1355?) last update: 2024-February-19
   1943-July-31 Ownership Transferred Transferred from USAF 2019-08-20
   1944-July-31 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12956. 2023-06-10
   1975-January-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 217

Dakota 974

s/n
 974
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13924/25369
c/r
 CF‑AAC

Known Squadron Assignments: 165;164;435

Ex USAAF C-47A-30-DK, serial number 43-48108. With No. 165 (T) Squadron in 1944. With No. 164 (T) Squadron detachment in Edmonton, Alberta in November and December 1945. Still with this Detachment in April 1946. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. Still with this unit on 21 April 1947, when it diverted to Grande Prairie with engine trouble. To civil register as CF-AAC, registered to Austin Airways on 27 April 1965. Crashed at Val D'Or 19 June 1970. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1964-August-17 Struck off Strength struck off, later sold by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 1968 611

Dakota 975

s/n
 975
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 14558/26003

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;164;109

Ex USAAF C-47A-30-DK, serial number 43-48742. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1944. Loaned to No. 164 (T) Squadron Edmonton Detachment in early 1946 for support for Operation Musk-Ox, arriving at Edmonton from Rockcliffe on 3 February 1946. Operated by No. 6 Repair Depot, RCAF Station Trenton, post war (possibly by No. 129 AF Flight). Delivered pilots and pay to outlying storage facilities. Ferried to Europe by 435 Squadron crew 1 April 1954, for use by RCAF units in France. Probably converted to Mk. III standard, date unknown. Supported UN operations in Egypt. Crashed north of Cutigliano, Italy on 21 December 1958, en route from Pisa to Egypt. All 5 on board killed, including Flight Lieutenant J.H. Haugh.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1944-September-18 Taken on Strength 2020-09-23
   1959-July-29 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1958-December-21 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Clarence Reginald Burlock 2021-08-29
1958-December-21 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Samuel Robert Gray 2020-09-16
1958-December-21 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Hutchins Haugh 2021-09-21
1958-December-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Herbert Leah 2021-09-23
1958-December-21 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Michael James Sullivan 2020-09-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 976

s/n
 976
as/n
 12957
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 14557/26002

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;ANS;429;402

Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48741. With No. 164 (HT) Squadron at Dartmouth after VE day. With Winnipeg detachment of this Squadron by December 1945, still there May 1946. Towing Hadrian gliders out of Winnipeg by June 1946. Still with Winnipeg Detachment when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. Compass swing performed 21 August 1946. With Winnipeg Detachment by September 1946. Paradrop at Carberry, Manitoba, in November 1946. Still with this unit on 21 March 1947, when it dropped supplies to Army, out of Churchill, Manitoba, and when written up by DOT for low flying over Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in April 1949. Last Dakota in camouflage with this unit, in September 1949. Took part in Operation Assiniboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "M". Served with the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, after integration but before serial was changed.

From 12957
Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48741, ex RCAF 976. With No. 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Visited Easterwood Field, College Station, Texas, 30 Apr 1978. With 402 Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, in 1982 and 1983. Escorted Spanish built Ju 52 from Florida to Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg, early 1982. Seen at Hamilton air show, 1983. Had served over 45 years with Canadian military when struck off. Stored at AMDU, CFB Trenton by November 1990. To civil register as N29BF and converted to Basler BT-67 (Basler conversion no. 21). Was intended for Mali AF as TZ389, but crashed at Oshkosh Mar 17, 1997 following mid-air collision with Bonanza N3657A. Warren Basler was killed in this accident. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change To CAF as 12957 2023-06-02
   1990-January-17 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 218

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Dakota 977

s/n
 977
as/n
 12958
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14560/26005
c/r
 CF‑QHY

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;12;412;424

Ex US C-47B-5-DK, serial number 43-48744. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Moncton, NB in September 1945. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in January 1946. Loaned to Edmonton Detachment to support Operation Musk-Ox, arrived in Edmonton on 8 March 1946. Operating from Yellowknife and Norman Wells by mid March. Back at Dartmouth by June 1946. Operated by No. 12 (Comm) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, post war. Carried RCMP Band from Winnipeg to Ottawa in December 1946. Operated from Sea Island in 1948. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while with 412 Squadron. Back with 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario in 1956, and at integration in February 1968. Served with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton in late 1960s, after integration but before renumbering. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown.

From 12958
Ex US C-47B-5-DK 43-48744, ex RCAF 977. Also reported as Mk. III. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-QHY, first registered to Bradley Air Services of Carp, Ontario in 1971. With Northwest Territorial Airways of Yellowknife in 1976. Later with Sioux Narrows Airways Limited of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1979 to 1993. To Points North Air Services Inc. of La Ronge, Saskatchewan from October 1993 to June 1994, then back to Sioux Narrows Airways. Now registered as C-FQHY, operated in support of Plummer's Lodge in NWT, in 1996. Registered to First Nations Transportation of Gimli, Manitoba from 2007 to 2009, then back to Sioux Narrows Airways. Latest Certificate of Registration issued on 21 December 2009 last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change To CAF as 12958 2023-06-02
   1971-October-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 209

Dakota 978

s/n
 978
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 14559/26004

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF C-47A-30-DK, serial number 43-48743. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron, UK detachment. Visited Pomigliano, Italy on 10 January 1945. Crashed at RAF Biggin Hill, UK on 25 January 1945, destroyed by post impact fire. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-25 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-January-25 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Diggin Hill Names: Andlin | Bain | Forbes | Harding | Hibbert | Malcolm | Marcotte
   1945-January-25 Accident Category A RAF Biggin Hill UK 2023-07-01
   1945-July-04 Struck off Strength struck off after crash, see comments 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 979

s/n
 979
as/n
 12959
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15196/26641

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;414;435;6OTU

Ex USAAF C-47B-15-DK, serial number 43-49380. With No. 164 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Moncton, NB in September 1945. Moved with this Squadron to RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in October 1945, still there in January 1946. Detached to Dorval for two weeks in May 1946, to fly seed potatos and fetilizer to an Army facility in Newfoundland. Back at Dartmouth by June 1946. With No. 414 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario in 1949. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba), with 435 (T) Squadron. To Fairbanks, Alaska, via Whitehorse, June 1951. To Juneau, Alaska for 5 days in August 1951, to search for missing CPA airliner. Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada), 29 January to 4 February 1952; and 14 to 20 February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 14 November 1960. Used by No. 6 (S & R) Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Cold Lake, Alberta in late 1960s. Still operational in February 1968. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. Renumbered 12959 3 June 1970.

From 12959
Pinocchio conversion, with CF-104 NASARR radar nose and operator's stations in cabin. Operated at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. The original "Pinocchio", carried this name. Seen at Abbotsford air show, August 1986. Preserved at CFB Cold Lake. On display at inner gate at CFB Cold Lake by 2010. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-21 Taken on Strength 2020-09-23
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12959. 2019-08-20
   1989-April-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137

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Dakota 980

s/n
 980
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15199/26644

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47B-15-DK, serial number 43-49383. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. Written off at Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) NU 6 May 1952. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1952-May-20 Struck off Strength struck off, after crashing at Frobisher Bay, NWT, on 6 May 1952 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 981

s/n
 981
as/n
 12960
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15198/26643
c/r
 CF‑QNF

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;412

Ex US C-47B-15-DK 43-49382. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron in 1945. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe or Uplands, Ontario, post war. Carried Major General Bernatchez from Quebec City to Ottawa summer of 1962. Still with 412 (T) Squadron at CFB Uplands after integration in February 1968.

From 12960
Ex US C-47B-15-DK 43-49382, ex RCAF 981. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-QNF, registered to Bradley Air Services of Carp, Ontario in 1976. Later C-FQNF with Central Mountain Air Services of Smithers, BC. Still registered to them when it crashed on Thutade Lake, BC on 4 April 1991, probably after encountering a heavy snow squall. 6 of 7 occupants killed. Wreckage reported still submerged in lake in 2004. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-25 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change to CAF as 12960 2023-06-02
   1971-September-10 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 209

Dakota 982

s/n
 982
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15197/26642

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;435

Ex USAAF C-47B-15-DK, serial number 43-49381. With No. 168 (HT) Squadron 1945. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta by December 1948. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-28 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1949-May-05 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 983

s/n
 983
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15688/27133

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK, serial number 43-49872. With No. 435(T) Squadron, RCAF Stations Edmonton and Namao, Alberta, c.1946 to 1960. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. Ferried to India by an RCAF crew, March/April 1963. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1963-March-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 984

s/n
 984
inst
 A 597
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15690/27135

Known Squadron Assignments: 414

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK, serial number 43-49874. With No. 414 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, for photo surveys, 1947 to 1950. Crashed at St. Hubert, Quebec on 28 July 1952, Category A damage. Became instructional airframe A597 on 26 August 1952. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1952-October-22 Classified Instructional CA A 597 2020-06-10
   1958-July-10 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 1968 490

Dakota 985

s/n
 985
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15935/32683

Known Squadron Assignments: 121;123

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK, serial number 44-76351. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. In use as staff transport at RCAF Station Rockcliffe from April 1945, including a flight to Mediterranean area that left Rockcliffe on 6 April 1945. Used as a target tug in 1951, with No. 121 (Comm) Flight. Struck a sea gull while landing at Tofino on 26 January 1952, broke windshield. Repaired on site, back in service on 30 January 1952. With No. 121 (Comm) Flight at RCAF Station Sea Island when it crashed on 23 January 1953. On a supply mission to USAF radar station at Puntzi Mountain, via Princeton and Dog Lake. Encountered freezing rain at altitude, came down at Boat Cove on Lasqueti Island (midaway between Sea Island and Powell River). 5 RCAF crew and one RCASC passenger killed. Wreckage not located until 5 February 1953.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1945-February-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1953-February-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, after being reported missing 2019-08-20
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Edward James Couchman 2024-05-01
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Alfred Wallace Duncan 2022-02-02
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Corporal Stanley Charles Herman 2021-01-12
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Lyon MacKenzie 2022-06-18
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John Alexander Pollock 2022-01-19
1953-January-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Hector Andrew Joseph Turenne 2022-01-03
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 986

s/n
 986
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15933/32681

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK, serial number 44-76349. Damaged at Goose Bay on 24 December 1945, while being operated by No. 168 Squadron Prestwick detachment. Pilot had flown 22 out of the last 27 hours, and struck snow banks on edge of runway while landing in the dark and ground looped. Aircraft had accumulated some airframe ice, so pilot landed fast, flaps up, off centre line. Minor injuries to 3 flight crew, no injuries to 9 other occupants. Reported crashed at Goose Bay on 29 March 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-February-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-November-12 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 987

s/n
 987
as/n
 CA*D
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16367/33115

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;112

Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-76783. Converted to Mk. III, date unknown. To No. 9 (T) Group in 1945. With No. 164 (T) Squadron Winnipeg Detachment in December 1945, when it dropped paratroopers at Carberry, Manitoba. Still there on 1 April 1946, when it dropped paratroops at Carberry. Delivered LORAN equipment to Baker Lake on 2 April 1946, for Operation Musk-Ox. With No. 164 (T) Squadron, probably Edmonton or Winnipeg detachment, when it supported Operation Muskox in spring of 1946. Towing Hadrian gliders between Winnipeg and Gimli from May 1946. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta, in August 1946. Performed paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba on 15 August 1946. To Rockcliffe and return, later that month. With Winnipeg Detachment by September 1946. Delivered to Rockcliffe on 20 January 1947, for use by Photo Wing. With No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers by October 1947, coded "CA*D". Still with this Flight in summer of 1948, supported aircraft from Rivers taking part in exercises and demos in Ontario. Lost after gear up forced landing on ice in Hudsons Bay on 21 January 1949, while returning from dropping medicine at Arctic Bay, NWT. Crew and passengers survived, rescued by Norseman 371 on 23 January 1949.

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   1945-May-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1949-January-27 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 988

s/n
 988
as/n
 12961
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16368/33116
c/r
 CF‑BKU

Known Squadron Assignments: 168;121

Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-76784. Used by Test and Development Establishment, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, dates unknown. To No. 9 (T) Group in 1945. Operated by No. 168 (HT) Squadron, UK Detachment, c.1945 to 1946. Operated by No. 121 (KU) Composite Unit at RCAF Station Comox, BC, dates unknown.

From 12961
Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-76784, ex RCAF 988. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sold, to civil register as CF-BKU, later CF-TTZ. Both these registrations cancelled by 1974. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-May-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12961 . 2019-08-20
   1971-December-31 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 210

Dakota 989

s/n
 989
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16718/33466

Known Squadron Assignments: 14;414;435

Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-77134. Delivered to Rockcliffe on 22 January 1947, by crew from 435 Squadron, for use by Photo Wing. Operated by No. 14 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1947. With No. 414 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, for photo surveys, 1947 to 1950. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, by January 1951. Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada) September 1951, 13 to 19 December 1951. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Reported scrapped in India, 14 March (or April?) 1969. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-June-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1963-March-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 990

s/n
 990
as/n
 12962
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16719/33467

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;112;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-77135. To No. 9 (T) Group in 1946. With No. 164 (T) Squadron Edmonton Detachment in February 1946. With Winnipeg Detachment in Masy 1946. Used by No. 164 (HT) Squadron at RCAF Station Edmonton, when this unit was renumbered No. 435 (T) Squadron in August 1946. With Winnipeg Detachment by 17 March 1947, when it went u/s at Regina, Saskatchewan with magneto problems. Repair assistance from CP Airlines. Blew tire on landing at Fort Nelson, BC on 29 May 1947, no further damage. Air dropped supplies at Cambridge Bay, NWT on 21 July 1947. Transferred to No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba in February 1949, to replace 987 . Damaged on landing at Lethbridge, Alberta on 27 May 1949, while en route practice drop of PPCLI troops at Calgary. With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweetbriar at Whitehorse, Yukon. With No. 1 Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in 1952/1953, coded "SJ". With the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg after integration, still with RCAF serial.

From 12962
Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-77135. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Sold, to civil register as N99663, operated by Frontier Flying Services. Crashed on 30 October 1979 at Bettles Airport, Alaska. Collided with 3 parked aircraft while landing in a snow storm. No reported fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-June-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12962 . 2019-08-20
   1976-July-30 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 116 | 2005 137 | 2005 223

Dakota 991

s/n
 991
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16959/34218

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;414;435

Was USAAF C-47B-45-DK no. 45-0956. With RCAF in the UK in late 1945 and early 1946. Carried medical supplies from Prestwick to Poland on at least two flights in January 1946, after the supplies had been delivered to Prestwick by 168 Squadron Fortresses and Liberators. With western detachments of No. 164 (T) Squadron in early 1946. With No. 435(T) Squadron, RCAF Stations Edmonton and Namao, Alberta, August 1946 to 1949. With No. 414 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, in 1949. Transferred (loan?) to Rockcliffe on 4 September 1950, from 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Carried VIPs on west coast tour in April 1951. To Cape Dorset, NWT on 5 to 7 March 1951. Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada), 2 to 5 December 1951. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Now on display at RAAF Association Museum, Bull Creek WA. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1945-September-28 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1954-December-22 Struck off Strength 2020-09-23
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 992

s/n
 992
as/n
 FZ658 12963
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12217

Known Squadron Assignments: 512;48;435;436;ANS;429;402

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92419, ex RAF FZ658. To RCAF 2 June 1946, as 992. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Still operational in February 1968. With the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg after integration, still with RCAF serial.

From 12963
Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK s/n 42-92419, ex RAF FZ658, ex RCAF 992. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Seen at CFB Trenton in standard CAF bare metal finish in 1984, named "Manitoba Flyer". Probably named while with 402 Squadron at Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now preserved at RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ont., in camouflage and with original RAF serial number FZ658 marked. last update: 2024-February-19
   unkown date Struck off Strength 2020-10-01
   1946-August-25 Taken on Strength from RCAF Overseas 2020-10-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12963. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 117 | 2005 137

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Dakota 993

s/n
 993
inst
 KEEP SERIAL
as/n
 KG448 12964
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12483
c/r
 C‑GNNA

Known Squadron Assignments: 103;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK, serial number 42-92658, ex RAF KG448. With No. 103 (R) Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS in 1952. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Still operational February 1968. With the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg after integration, still with RCAF serial. On civil register by 1976, as C-GNNA. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12964 2019-08-20
   1975-January-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 117 | 2005 137 | 2005 216

Dakota 994

s/n
 994
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13476

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47A-25-DK, serial number 42-93552, ex RAF KG659. Stored post war at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Ferried from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 15 July 1948, still with RAF serial marked. Served with RCAF Station Goose Bay Station Flight, when it took part in Operation Loup Garou (airborne assault exercise on Sept Isle, Quebec) February 1954. Taken on strength by Indian Air Force on 7 November 1962. Reported stored at Sular, India in 1983. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1962-October-30 Transferred to Indian AF, their registration BJ762. Also reported as 6 November 1962? 2023-06-02
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219

Dakota 1000

s/n
 1000
as/n
 KN655 12965
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16604/33352

Known Squadron Assignments: 12;412

Ex USAAF C-47B-35-DK, serial number 44-77020, ex RAF KN655. With No. 12 (Com) and No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe or Uplands, Ontario by April 1947. VIP interior, used for many VIP trips with Canadian and foreign dignitaries. Typical trips: General Revers, French Army C.of S., Ottawa to Washington on 8 April 1949; Governor General Viscount Alexander to Toronto and return on 30 April 1949; Governor General on Maritimes tour August 1952; Prime Minister of Nigeria to Ottawa on 23 September 1961. Still operational as VIP transport February 1968, still with 412 Sdn. To VIP flight at Washington, DC on 1 April 1968. Note: some sources identify this aircraft as ex KN665, which was in the RCAF, but was sold in 1947.

from 12965
Built in 1944 as 44-77020. To RAF in UK as Dakota IV KN655 via RAF Montreal Jun 9, 1945 with glider pick-up fitted. RAF UK 15Jun45. 512 Sqn RAF 07Oct45. 436 Sqn RAF 10Mar46. To Canada Jun 2, 1946. To RCAF Aug 1, 1945 as 1000. With 412 Sqn RCAF Uplands, Ontario. Renumbered 12965 in 1970. VU 32 Sqn RCAF, Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Sold off from the RCAF, it became C-GGJH in 1975 and C-GSCC in 1979. It was sold to France as F-GIAZ in 1991, soon becoming F-GIDK. Still current in 2017 in France as F-AZOX. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Became CAF 12965. 2019-08-20
   1975-June-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 219 | 2005 117 | 2005 137 | 2005 215

Dakota 10291

s/n
 10291
inst
 KEEP SERIAL

Known Squadron Assignments:

This serial number marked on No. 1 Air Division Dakota that visited Gatwick in 1964, see photo in Volume 1 of "Air Transport in Canada", page 441. Still carried this mark when it visited Gatwick on 21 April 1961. Believed to actually be 12911, ex KN291. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota 10910

s/n
 10910
as/n
 FD941 G-AGHO
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9862
c/r
 N9993F;CF‑AAM

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAF C-47A-40-DL serial number 42-24000, ex RAF FD941. To UK civil register post war, as G-AGHO. Acquired from US civil register, was N9993F. Based at RCAF Station Vancouver in 1963. In storage at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment, CFB Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at Integration. Sold, to Canadian civil register as CF-AAM. Registered to Austin Airways of Timmins, Ontario in 1976, as a DC-3C. Still with this airline when it was purchased by Air Ontario, their registration (as a DC3C-S1C3G) cancelled on 17 January 1989. Certificate of Registration, as C-47A, issued to Central Mountain Air of Smithers, BC on 20 February 1991 as C-FAAM, cancelled in 1993. Reported as scrapped, not confirmed. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1951-May-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1968-December-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 207

Dakota 10911

s/n
 10911
as/n
 12966
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9186
c/r
 G‑AGHF

Known Squadron Assignments: 109;ANS

Ex US C-47A-1-DL serial number 42-23324. To RAF as Dakota III FD824 Apr 2, 1943. Registered as G-AGHF with BOAC May 10, 1943. Operated for RAF as ODZZ. Sold to North West Airlines (IOM) Jun 21, 1949, then to A J Leeward Inc. on 12 March 1950, and briefly registered N9994F March 1950. With No. 109 (K) Unit at CFB Lahr, Germany in mid and late 1960s. Seen at Northolt, UK in September 1966.

From 12966
Ex US C-47A-1-DL 42-23324, ex RAF FD824, ex RCAF 10911 . Used by Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba, noted there as a 3(SC)FP. In storage at Saskatoon by March 1975. Acquired by Basler Flight Services and registered N46877, then by Flager Aircraft. Operated by Air Colombia as HK-3293 since 13 December 1982. Reported airworthy in Columbia in 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1951-May-30 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12966, which see. 2019-08-20
   1976-July-30 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 137 | 2005 222

Dakota 10912

s/n
 10912
as/n
 01985 12967
m/d
 R4D‑1
c/n
 4441
c/r
 NC4806C;CF‑BKV

Known Squadron Assignments: 436;424;412;4OTU

Ex USN R4D-1 BuNo 01985. To US Navy Norfolk 17 June 1942. Used by VR-1; VR-7 from 21 August 1943; NATS from 1 November 1943; VR-7 from January 1944; VRF-2 from July 1945; VRF-3 from 11 March 1946; ComFair WC from 27 March 1946; struck off 30 September 1946. To civilian registry as NC4806N (A J Leeward) for resale to RCAF on 11 June 1951. With No. 436 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Dorval, Quebec in 1950s. Took part in Operation Loup Garou (airborne assault on Sept Isles, Quebec) February 1954. Possibly seen at Gatwick, UK in RCAF markings in late 1965, misidentified by UK spotter as "10972". Served with 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, dates unknown. Served with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton in late 1960s.

From 12967
Ex USN R4D-1 BuNo 01985, ex RCAF 10912 . With No. 4 Operational Training Unit at CFB Trenton, Ontario. To civil registry as CF-BKV (Atlantic Central Airlines) in November 1973, then Ontario Central Airlines by 1976. Later registered as C-FBKV. Crashed at Pickle Lake, Ontario 12 May 1977 while on lease to Patricia Air Services. Engine fire on takeoff, landed gear down in lake near airport, nosed over and sank. 1 of 2 crew killed. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1951-June-11 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1971-December-31 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 137 | 2005 207

Dakota 10913

s/n
 10913
as/n
 12968
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 18986
c/r
 N3932C;C‑GWYY

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;429

Ex USAF C-47A-65-DL serial number 42-100523. Sold surplus by US in March 1946 after a ground accident at Munich, Germany, to US civil register as NC661, also on Columbian civil register as HK-501, then N3932C before being purchased by RCAF. With the Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba after integration.

From 12968
Ex US C-47A-65-DL s/n 42-100523. Operated by Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. To Canadian register as C-GWYY, registered to C.R. Wilkinson of Calgary, Alberta. To US register as N59316, registered on 11 December 1985. Registered to McNeely Charter Service of West Memphis, Arkansas when destroyed while attempting an engines out landing on a sandbar in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee on 6 November 1997. Fuel starvation and/or poor fuel management suspected, first engine quit in cruise, second engine quit a few minutes later while making emergency approach to Memphis. Both engines restarted briefly, then failed again. Deregistered on 28 September 1998, reported with 24,516 hours airframe time at that time. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1951-June-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Became CF 12968 2019-08-20
   1975-August-25 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 137 | 2005 217

Dakota 10914

s/n
 10914
as/n
 KN441 AO*F
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16123/32871

Known Squadron Assignments: 412;436;4OTU

Ex USAF C-47B-30-DK serial number 44-76539, to USAAF Mar 16, 1945. To RAF in UK as Dakota IV KN441 via RAF Montreal Mar 30, 1945. RAF UK 30Mar45. 525 Sqn RAF 01Oct45. Med M East RAF 12Oct45. 204 Sqn RAF 13May48. SOC Sep 5, 1950. To RCAF as 10914 15Jan52. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, coded "AO*F". Later with No. 436 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Dorval, PQ. Took part in Operation Loup Garou (airborne assault on Sept Isles, PQ) February 1954, unit unknown. With No. 4 (T) Operational Training Unit at CFB Trenton, Ontario after Integration. Reported as scrapped shortly after sale, not confirmed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1952-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-April-13 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126

Dakota 10915

s/n
 10915
as/n
 KP238 12969
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16792/33540
c/r
 CF‑BGI;CF‑ADB

Known Squadron Assignments: AETE

Ex USAAF 44-77208 C-47B-40-DK (MSN 16792/33540) to USAAF Jun 23, 1945. To RAF as Dakota IV KP238 via RAF Montreal Jun 25, 1945. RAF UK 01Jul45. 10 Sqn RAF 10Aug45. ACSEA 12Sep45. 22 MU RAF 30Dec47. 107 MU RAF 11Nov48. East Africa Comm Fit 14Oct49. 107 MU RAF 20Feb50. SOC scrap 05Sep50.

Ex USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77208, ex RAF KP238. Rebuilt and registered to Babb (Canada) Ltd 18Dec51 as CF-GBI for ferry flight to Canada. To RCAF as 10915 12Apr52. Operated by Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at RCAF Cold Lake, Alberta.

From 12969
Reserialled as 12969 Jun70. With Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario after Integration. To civil register as CF-ADB. Air Dale Ltd, Sault Ste Marie registered 08Aug73. With Laurentian Air Services at Dorval, Quebec in 1976. Later with Air-Dale / Norontair 1978, registration cancelled in 1991. WFU 22Jan91. last update: 2024-February-19
   1952-April-12 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1973-May-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 137 | 2005 207

Dakota 10916

s/n
 10916
as/n
 KN417
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16095/32843
c/r
 CF‑GBH;CF‑CTA;C‑FCTA;N142JR;N144WC;N161PR

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK serial number 44-76511. To RAF as Dakota IV KN417 March 1945. Sold as scrap, became CF-GBH for ferry flight to Canada. To RCAF 10916 5June 1952. In storage at CF Technical Services Detachment at CFB Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when sold. Sold by Canadian Forces, to US civil register as N6677, then CF-CTA with North Canada Air of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan from 1972 to at least 1976, then C-FCTA. To US register as N142JR. Registered 15 June 2006 as a DC3C-S1C3G, to TAC Air Services Inc of Gimli, Manitoba as CF-FTR. Cancelled on 23 November 2006, to FNT First Nations Transport of Winnipeg on 28 November 2006, still current December 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1952-June-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1968-August-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 1968 628 | 2005 126 | 2005 208 | 2005 220

Dakota 10917

s/n
 10917
as/n
 KN209 12970
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15629/27074
c/r
 CF‑CGJ;CF‑GBJ;CF‑BKZ

Known Squadron Assignments: CEPE;448;AETE

Ex USAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49809. Sold as scrap by RAF in 1950, purchased by RCAF in 1952, registration CF-GBJ being applied for ferry flight from Egypt to Canada. With Central Experimental and Proving Establishment Suffield Detachment in June 1953. With 448 (Test) Squadron at RCAF Station Cold Lake, Alberta in 1960s.

Renumbered 12970. With Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario after Integration. last update: 2024-February-19
   1952-June-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Became CF 12970 2019-08-20
   1971-December-31 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 1968 628 | 2005 126 | 2005 137 | 2005 207 | 2005 208

Dakota 10918

s/n
 10918
as/n
 FZ665 12971
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12238
c/r
 CF‑OOX

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-100839, ex RAF FZ665. May have been operated by RCAF for a period with RAF serial. TOC RCAF 20 July 1946. To RCAF 10918.

From 12971
Ex USAF C-47A-DK s/n 42-108839, ex RAF and RCAF FZ665, ex RCAF 10918. Declared surplus on 4 March 1971. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sold to Atlas Aviation on 13 September 1971, registered as CF-OOX. To Kenting Atlas Aviation on 12 February 1973. to Kenting Aviation in 1975. Registration cancelled January 1976. Wings may be in storage with Buffalo Airways at Red Deer, Alberta, being used for spares. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Became CF 12971 2019-08-20
   1971-September-10 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 380 | 2005 126 | 2005 138 | 2005 209

Dakota FD775

s/n
 FD775
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 6239

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

42-5651 USAAF 18-01-43 C-47-DL FD775 RAF - Royal Air Force 31-03-43. W/O 08.02.44. Douglas Dakota I FD775 was shot down by a Japanese fighter whilst he was on a supply dropping sortie over Arakan, Myanmar.

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1944-February-08 KIA RAF Squadron Leader James Arthur Walker DFC & Bar 2023-07-17

Dakota FD811

s/n
 FD811
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9128

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

41-32902 (MSN 9128) to USAAF Feb 27, 1943. To RAF Mar 26, 1943 as Dakota I FD811. 31 Sqn, India May 31, 1943. Crashed Jan 28, 1944, Khargpur, India.

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1944-January-28 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Donald Ashley Thompson 2023-07-18

Dakota FD815

s/n
 FD815
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9132

Known Squadron Assignments: 267

32906 (MSN 9132) to USAAF Mar 01, 1943. To RAF Mar 25, 1943 as Dakota I FD815 - 267 Sqdn, Middle East May 21, 1943. Crashed 3m NW El Aouina, Tunisia Jul 11, 1943. The aircraft was returning from dummy parachute dropping mission over Sicily when it crashed.

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1943-July-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gowan Vernon Gibson 2023-08-06
1943-July-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harry Grant Spencer 2023-08-06

Dakota FD820

s/n
 FD820
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9182

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

42-23320 USAAF 09-03-43 C-47A-1-DL RAF - Royal Air Force FD820 01-04-43. W/O 14.02.45. The Dakota III crashed while on a supply drop for the British 14th army. The airplane departed Hathazari Airfield, Bangladesh along with three others at 07:08 hours. Poor weather (hill ranges covered with extensive cumulus clouds) forced three aircraft to return to base. FD820 continued but failed to return. The aircraft was later found to have crashed 19 km NE of Lunglei, India 4(4).

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1945-February-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Deckland Archibald Bayley 2021-08-26
1945-February-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lloyd Elmefi Long 2023-07-15
1945-February-14 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Everett Elroy Newell 2023-07-15
1945-February-14 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Navigator (Bomber) John William Slater 2023-07-15
1945-February-14 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Ronald Thomson 2023-07-15

Dakota FD838

s/n
 FD838
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9244

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

42-23382 USAAF 18-03-43 C-47A-15-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD838 31-05-43. W/O 15.08.43. The Dakota III went missing at unk loc within Myanmar ?(?).

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1943-August-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Edwin Swayne Brenton 2023-08-01

Dakota FD850

s/n
 FD850
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9318

Known Squadron Assignments: 267

42-23456 USAAF 01-04-43 C-47A-20-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD850 26-04-43. W/O 25.03.44. The Dakota III crashed 6,5 km W of Foggia, Italy ?(?)

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1944-March-25 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Lester Cameron Graham 2021-08-07

Dakota FD865

s/n
 FD865
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9411

Known Squadron Assignments: 267

42-23549 USAAF 20-04-43 C-47A-25-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD865 10-05-43. W/O 19.09.44. The Dakota III crashed into sea off Capo Carbonara, Italy 16(16).

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1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Charles Passey 2021-08-18
1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Clinton Richard Ryerse 2021-08-05
1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Gordon Stables 2022-01-03

Dakota FD866

s/n
 FD866
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9412

Known Squadron Assignments: 216

42-23550 USAAF 22-04-43 C-47A-25-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD866 13-05-43. W/O 03.06.44. The Dakota III was flying on a routine transport flight from Biskra Airport, Algeria (BSK) to Oujda-Les Angades Airport, Morocco (OUD). It left Biskra at 06:34Z and crashed into the side of a mountain at a height of 5,200 feet at approximately 08:55Z. The mountain top was covered in drifting cloud at the time of the crash. The aircraft was climbing steeply when it crashed 19 km SE of Mostaganem, Algeria 16(17)..

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1944-June-03 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Frederick Henry Theodore Whittard 2023-07-15
1944-June-03 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John St Clair Wootton 2023-07-15

Dakota FD899

s/n
 FD899
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9621

Known Squadron Assignments: 512

42-23759 USAAF 01-06-43 C-47A-30-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD899 14-06-43. W/O 06.10.43. The Dakota III hit a balloon cable in hazy conditions and crashed at the Bernhard Baron Pavilion, Regents Park, London, UK. 9(9).

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1943-October-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Theodore Myroslaw Hawryluk 2022-10-30

Dakota FD903

s/n
 FD903
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9625

Known Squadron Assignments: 512

42-23763 USAAF 01-06-43 C-47A-30-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD903 16-06-43. W/O 25.12.43. The Dakota III crashed into Atlantic Ocean near Spain en route Lyneham RAF Station to Gibraltar RAF Station 4(4).

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1943-December-25 KIA RAF Flying Officer Richard Lloyd Acton Hammill 2021-08-09
1943-December-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Cyril Frederick Dean Steel 2021-07-22

Dakota FD915

s/n
 FD915
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9682

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

42-23820 USAAF 12-06-43 C-47A-35-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD915 01-07-43. W/O 11.02.45. The Dakota III went missing during supply drop to Budalin near Budalin over Myanmar ?(?). Served with No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in India, coded "O".

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1945-February-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas Gray Burton 2023-08-01
1945-February-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ward Douglas Coulson 2024-05-04
1945-February-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Stanley Maxwell Duncan 2023-08-01
1945-February-12 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Andrew Eden 2023-08-01
1945-February-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Ralph Henry Holtan 2023-08-01

Dakota FD924

s/n
 FD924
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9691

Known Squadron Assignments: 31;62

C-47A-35-DL 42-23829 (MSN 9691) to USAAF Jun 14, 1943. To RAF as Dakota III FD924 Jul 3, 1943. 31 Sqdn RAF. 62 Sqdn RAF, India Nov 5, 1943. Missing Nov 8, 1944 40 mi SW of Mawlaik, presumed shot down by enemy fighters.

FD924 was lost November 8, 1944 in Burma on a routine supplies drop to the British Army. The aircraft and the bodies of the crew were found in 1954.

This is detailed in letters to the crew's families from the air ministry. A copy of a letter from the British Air ministry to RCAF Canada which details the events can be found in the personnel file for pilot John MacArthur Taylor. The crash site is stated to be 23° 19' N by 94° 06' E.

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FD924 Crash Location found 1954 last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Knowlton Douglass 2023-07-21
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Walter Warren Duley 2023-07-21
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Donald Alexander Maclaren 2023-07-21
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John McArthur Taylor 2023-07-21

Dakota FD949

s/n
 FD949
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9870

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

42-24008 USAAF 17-07-43 C-47A-40-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD949 12-08-43. SOC Cat E 11.11.44. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-December-06 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Robert Kenneth Armstrong 2023-07-18

Dakota FD952

s/n
 FD952
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 9873

Known Squadron Assignments: 62

42-24011 USAAF 14-07-43 C-47A-40-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FD952 13-08-43. W/O 25.04.44. Three Dakota transport aircraft crashed while flying supplies from Imphal to Sapam: FD952 (9873), FL602 (c/n 12012), and KG462 (c/n 12497). Two of these were claimed to have been shot down by Japanese ace H. Takiguchi 100 km SW of Imphal, India 4(4).

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1944-April-25 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant William Howard Higgins 2023-08-01
1944-April-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Rae Porter 2021-08-13

Dakota FL540

s/n
 FL540
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 10215

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

42-24353 USAAF 09-09-43 C-47A-60-DL. RAF - Royal Air Force FL540 09-09-43. W/O 11.04.44. The Dakota III crashed at Aberdeen Airstrip, Indore, Myanmar ?(?).

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1944-April-11 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Neal Bridges 2023-08-01

Dakota FL549

s/n
 FL549
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 11909

Known Squadron Assignments: 216

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92141 (MSN 11909) to USAAF Sep 11, 1943. To RAF as Dakota III FL549 for MAAF Dec 13, 1943. 216 Sqdn RAF Middle East Dec 15, 1943. Crashed on takeoff at Aberdeen Airstrip, Indore, Burma May 1, 1944.

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1944-May-01 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant William Frank Mitchell 2021-08-16

Dakota FL554

s/n
 FL554
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 11914

Known Squadron Assignments: 31;216;62

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92146 (MSN 11914) to USAAF Sep 10, 1943. To RAF in India as Dakota III FL554 Dec 17, 1943. 31 Sqdn RAF. 216 Sqdn RAF. 62 Sqn RAF Missing from supply dropping mission Nov 8, 1944.

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1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Bruce Sherwood Corbett 2024-04-15
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant John Michael Hugh Delaney 2023-07-18
1944-November-08 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Michael Edmund Gallagher 2023-07-18

Dakota FL595

s/n
 FL595
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12004
c/r
 CF‑TDM

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92227. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDM in 1945. Later to US civil register as N9214R, N165J, and N337AF. Registered as N123DZ in 1995, as a DC3C-S1C3G, to South Florida Aircraft Leasing of Cooper City, Florida. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 635

Dakota FL598

s/n
 FL598
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12007
c/r
 CF‑TDN

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92230. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines (TCA) as CF-TDN, 1946. Later to Frontier Airlines, registered as N4990E. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-June-25 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: Comox British Columbia Names: Powell | Rowbottom
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 635

Dakota FL603

s/n
 FL603
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12013

Known Squadron Assignments: 353

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92235 to USAAF Oct 30, 1943. To RAF in UK as Dakota III FL603. 512 Sq Feb 9, 1944. ACSEA 353 Sq Apr 7, 1944. Broke up in cloud and crashed 25 mi N of Bombay, India Aug 17, 1945.

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1945-August-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Samuel Driffield Woodman 2021-07-06

Dakota FL615

s/n
 FL615
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12026
c/r
 CF‑TDO

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92247. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDO, 1946. Later to South African civil register as ZS-DRJ, first registered there on 21 August 1963. Owner is 2000 is reported to be C.J. Muller of Johannesburg. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 636

Dakota FL616

s/n
 FL616
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12027
c/r
 CF‑TDP

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92248. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Converted to synthetic trainer on 1 March 1944. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDP, 1945. Later to US civil register as N9184R, then N166J. Off US register by 2008 last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 636

Dakota FL618

s/n
 FL618
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12039
c/r
 CF‑TDQ

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92258. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC, coded "DM". To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDQ, 1945. Later to Frontier Airlines, registered as N4995E. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-11 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 636

Dakota FL621

s/n
 FL621
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12042
c/r
 CF‑TDR

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92261. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDR, 1945. Later to US civil register as N3773. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-11 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-November-23 Accident: 124 Ferry Squadron Loc: Regina Saskatchewan Names: Burrill | Glasier | MacDonald | Muskatov | Nelson
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560 | 1968 636

Dakota FL636

s/n
 FL636
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12063

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92280. To Eastern Air Command. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School.

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   1944-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-June-19 Struck off Strength 2020-09-24
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Vernon Rupert Ducklow AFM 2023-06-01
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Daniel Levy 2022-02-17
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Richard Brockwell Lowe 2022-02-17
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer James Leonard Norris 2022-02-17
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William James Sealey 2022-02-17
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Huycke Watt 2023-06-23
1946-January-19 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Joseph Wood DFC 2023-06-30
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560

Dakota FL650

s/n
 FL650
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12079

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92294. To No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC. Went missing at sea on night flight, 17 March 1944. Took off at 19:40, last radio contact at 21:58. All 3 crew never found: pilots Pilot Officer J.B. Murphy, RAFVR and Sgt. D. Oliver, RAF; and wireless operator Sgt. R.A. Hodge, RNZAF, veteran of 17 operations with Bomber Command. Two oxygen cylinders of a type used on this aircraft were later recovered in the Pearse Island Group, northern Vancouver Island.

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RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-31 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-June-12 Struck off Strength Written off, after going missing, see comments; NB: SOS date changed from 06 Nov/44 to 12 June/45 per Griffin source material. 2020-09-28
1944-March-17 KIFA RNZAF Flight Sergeant Roy Alexander Hodge 2023-02-07
1944-March-17 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer John Benedict Murphy 2023-02-13
1944-March-17 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Douglas Oliver 2023-02-15
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 560

Dakota FZ548

s/n
 FZ548
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12082

Known Squadron Assignments: 62

42-92297 (MSN 12082) to USAAF Nov 17, 1943. To RAF as FZ548 at RAF Montreal Dec 15, 1943. 512 Sqdn RAF UK Jan 25, 1944. With Air Command, South East Asia 15Apr44; No.62 Squadron, Agartala, India. Detailed on 11th June 1944 to carry Army reinforcements to Imphal, India, the aircraft failed to arrive at its destination. The crashed aircraft was located in the Karimganj (Silchar) area in the province of Assam. It was in a ploughed paddy field and was fully immersed in water at a depth of 10 feet. All the crew were killed together with the 23 Army personnel on board.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-11 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Douglas Edward Jones DFM 2023-07-18

Dakota FZ552

s/n
 FZ552
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12086

Known Squadron Assignments: 271

42-92301 (MSN 12086) to USAAF Nov 22, 1943. To RAF as FZ552 at RAF Montreal Dec 17 1943. 271 Sqdn RAF Feb 14, 1944. Crashed at Collingbourne, Wiltshire, UK during glider-towing exercise Apr 17, 1944.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-17 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Angus Brown 2021-08-28

Dakota FZ557

s/n
 FZ557
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12092
c/r
 CF‑TDS

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92306, delivered to USAAF on 25 November 1943. To RAF as FZ557. Delivered to Canada on 27 December 1943. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Eastern Air Command, dates unknown. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDS on 25 July 1946. Later with Quebecair as CF-QBF. Destroyed in hanger fire at Rimouski, Quebec on 13 July 1958. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ558

s/n
 FZ558
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12093
c/r
 CF‑TDT

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92307, delivered to USAAF on 27 November 1943. To RAF as FZ558, ntu. Delivered to Canada on 25 December 1943 as FZ558. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. At No. 22 Sub Repair Depot, Sea Island in October 1945. Operated by No. 22 (SR) Unit, RCAF Station Sea Island, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDT on 28 September 1946. Later on US register as N7709, this registration revoked on 22 July 1970. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-January-06 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bacon | Vincent
   1946-March-02 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ563

s/n
 FZ563
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12098

Known Squadron Assignments: 512;117

42-108825 (MSN 12098) to RAF as Dakota III FZ563. RAF Montreal Dec 22, 1943. UK No. 512 Sq Jan 6, 1944.
ACSEA Apr 18, 1944. With No. 117 Squadron. Written off Jun 1, 1944 Myitkyina, Burma, 7 lost. SOC Jun 16, 1944.

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1944-June-01 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Clare Pymer McWilliams 2021-08-17
1944-June-01 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harold Gordon Tackaberry 2021-07-20

Dakota FZ571

s/n
 FZ571
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12106
c/r
 CF‑TDU

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU;6OTU;165

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92319, delivered to USAAF on 1 December 1943. To RAF as FZ571. Delivered to Canada on 4 January 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Still with this unit when it became No. 6 OTU at Comox. With No. 165 (T) Squadron at Edmonton, Alberta in July 1945. Loaned to No. 2 Technical Signals Unit at Penhold, Alberta for prototyping work that month. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDU on 30 October 1946. Later to Frontier Airlines, as N4991E. Still on US register in 1982, which time it had been converted to turboprops. Reported with The Parachute Center in Lodi, California, date unknown. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-21 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ575

s/n
 FZ575
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12110
c/r
 CF‑TDV

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK, serial number 42-92322, delivered to USAAF on 26 November 1943. To RAF as FZ575. Delivered to Canada on 25 December 1943. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDV on 12 June 1946. Later registrations reported as N9123R in the US, and OB-R-810 in Peru. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ576

s/n
 FZ576
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12111

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92323, delivered to USAAF on 26 November 1943. To RAF as FZ576. Delivered to Canada on 27 December 1943. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Destroyed when it flew into high ground 4 miles north of Port Hardy, BC at 00:30 on 20 April 1944, while overshooting at Port Hardy Airport. Both pilots killed, radio operator found wandering in the woods next day. Crash report dated 23 May 1944, this may be when wreckage was located. Wreckage reported still in place several years later.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1944-January-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-April-20 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Port Hardy Names: Moss | Talbot | Wardlow
   1944-August-14 Struck off Strength Struck off after crash, see comments 2019-08-20
1944-April-20 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer James Melville Talbot 2023-02-08
1944-April-20 KIFA RAFVR Pilot Officer Tom Story Wardlow 2023-02-08
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ581

s/n
 FZ581
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12116

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47 serial number 42-92328, delivered to USAAF on 30 November 1943. To RAF as FZ581. Delivered to Canada on 8 January 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Crashed into sea off Patricia Bay on 26 February 1944, after fluid sprayed on windshield, instruments, and pilots face. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-11 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-February-26 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Patricia Bay Names: Gwinnell | Spinks
   1944-April-17 Struck off Strength Struck off after crash, see comments 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ583

s/n
 FZ583
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12138

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU;6OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-108829, delivered to USAAF on 4 December 1943. To RAF as FZ583. Delivered to Canada on 9 January 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Missing on 27 June 1945, by which time the unit had been renumbered as No. 6 OTU. 3 RAF crew still missing.

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RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-June-26 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: Names: Baysten | Serfleet | Wilton
   1945-August-23 Struck off Strength Struck off after going missing, see comments 2019-08-20
1945-June-26 KIFA RAF Pilot Officer J O Bayston 2021-05-08
1945-June-26 KIFA RAF Sergeant D V Sorfleet 2021-05-08
1945-June-26 KIFA RAF Sergeant C A J Wilton 2021-05-08
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ584

s/n
 FZ584
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12139
c/r
 CF‑TDW

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92348, delivered to USAAF on 31 December 1943. To RAF as FZ584. Delivered to Canada on 6 February 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDW on 31 July 1946. Later to Frontier Airlines as N4992E. Reported on Philippines register, no details. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-February-18 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ585

s/n
 FZ585
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12140

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92349. To RAF as FZ585. Crashed near Shongsphel, Burma Jul 31, 1944. Found on Mar 3, 1945.

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1944-July-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class James Bicknell 2023-08-01
1944-July-05 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Jack Manning 2021-08-14

Dakota FZ586

s/n
 FZ586
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12141
c/r
 CF‑TDX

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92350, delivered to USAAF on 31 December 1943. To RAF as FZ586. Delivered to Canada on 8 February 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDX on 30 June 1946. To Frontier Airlines as N4996E in 1958, named "Sunliner Kansas City". Registered to J. Rodriguez of Key West, Florida in 1978. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-February-18 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ590

s/n
 FZ590
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12145

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92354. To RAF as FZ590 12 Jan 44. Written off 27 Mar 1944. The Dakota III crashed 20 km NE of Indaw, Myanmar ?(?).

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1944-March-27 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Lennox O'Neil 2021-08-17
1944-March-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Francis Arthur Pfeffer 2021-08-14

Dakota FZ596

s/n
 FZ596
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12151

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92359, delivered to USAAF on 6 December 1943. To RAF as FZ596. Delivered to Canada on 8 January 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Lost at sea on 22 August 1944. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-11 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-August-22 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: At Sea Names: Bazley | Cameron | Croft
1944-September-20 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: At Sea Names: Bazley | Cameron | Croft
   1944-October-09 Struck off Strength Struck off after going missing, see comments 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ597

s/n
 FZ597
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12152

Known Squadron Assignments: 273

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92360. To RAF as FZ597 24 Jan 1944. W/O 04 Aug 1944. The Dakota III broke up in the air and crashed after entering a cumulonimbus cloud 17.5 km NE of Mohavia, India 18(18).

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1944-August-04 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Frederick Grant Jackson 2023-07-18

Dakota FZ598

s/n
 FZ598
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12153

Known Squadron Assignments: 62

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92361. To RAF as FZ598 19 Jan 1944. W/O 23 June 1944. The Dakota III crashed during takeoff from Comilla Airport, Bangladesh (CLA) ?(?).

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1944-June-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Allan Fraser 2022-08-24

Dakota FZ599

s/n
 FZ599
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12154

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92362. To RAF as FZ599 20 Jan 1944. W/O 05 May 1944. The Dakota III hit hill near Ampi, Assam, India 4(4).

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1944-May-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Clare Kenneth Thain 2021-07-20

Dakota FZ600

s/n
 FZ600
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12155

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92363. To RAF as FZ600 24 Jan 1944. W/O 19 June 44. The Dakota III took off from Agartala-Singerbhil Airport, India (IXA) with 600lbs of supplies for relieved Kohima garrison. Weather was bad at the Drop Zone, and in attempting to get into a dropping position, the airplane flew into a cloud-covered hill near Kohima, Myanmar 4(4).

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1944-June-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Burton Roxborough Christie 2024-02-17
1944-June-19 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class George Wellington Hansford 2023-07-18
1944-June-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Esley Tattrie 2023-07-18

Dakota FZ610

s/n
 FZ610
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12165

Known Squadron Assignments: 512

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92372. To RAF as FZ610 22 Jan 1944. W/O 26 July 1944. The Dakota III flew into high ground near Tealing, Angus, Scotland, U.K. ?(?).

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1944-July-27 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Walter James Mattocks 2021-08-16

Dakota FZ623

s/n
 FZ623
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12179

Known Squadron Assignments: 575

42-92384 USAAF 27-12-43 C-47A-1-DK. RAF - Royal Air Force FZ623 22 Jan 1944. SCR b/u for spares at London-Gatwick 24 Apr 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-April-20 Died RCAF Flying Officer Hubert Francis Delhaye 2022-06-25

Dakota FZ632

s/n
 FZ632
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12189

Known Squadron Assignments: 45

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92393 27-12-43. To RAF - Royal Air Force FZ632 09 Jan 1944. W/O 17 Jan 1944. The Dakota III crashed 24 km off Azores Islands, Portugal into Atlantic Ocean on delivery flight ?(?).

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1944-January-17 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Thomas Davidson Thomson 2023-02-16

Dakota FZ634

s/n
 FZ634
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12191
c/r
 CF‑TDY

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92395, delivered to USAAF on 24 December 1943. To RAF as FZ634. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Reported nosed over on landing at Medford, Oregon on 6 January 1944, possibly still on RAF books at that time. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDY on 1 May 1946. Later to US civil register as N4997E. Later to Frontier Airlines as N4997E. Written off in Newfoundland on 12 March 1964. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-May-25 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ635

s/n
 FZ635
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12192
c/r
 CF‑TDZ

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-1-DK serial number 42-92396, delivered to USAAF on 24 December 1943. To RAF as FZ635. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. Nosed over on landing at Patricia Bay on 3 March 1944. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TDZ on 1 May 1946. To Department of Transport (Transport Canada) as CF-DTV on 11 January 1961. Remarked as C-FDTV in 1974. With Millardair of Mississauga, Ontario by 1976. Last Certificate of Registration issued to Millardair on 23 April 1990, this registration cancelled and aircraft removed from register on 18 September 1991. Later registered in Mexico to TANSA (Transportes A�reos de Nayarit SA) as XA-RZF. Registered to California-Pacifico in December 2005 as XA-UDY. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-January-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-March-03 Accident: 32 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Robson | Shaw
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 1968 623 | 1968 636

Dakota FZ644

s/n
 FZ644
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12202

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

Ex USAAF C-47-1-DK s/n 42-92405. To RAF as FZ644 19-01-44. W/O 24.08.44. The Dakota III was operated on a mission to carry out a supply and map drop for army forces. The monsoon was very active in the area and when the aircraft arrived over the drop zone, it was covered with thick low lying cloud. The crew stayed in the area until 19:00 hours when they were able to drop the supplies. Although the night was fast approaching they attempted to deliver the maps, and flying over difficult mountainous terrain the aircraft crashed into a hillside 45 km NE of Imphal, India 6(6)

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1944-August-24 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Leonard Francis Fletcher 2023-07-18

Dakota FZ655

s/n
 FZ655
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12214

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

Ex USAAF 42-92416 C-47A-5-DK delivered 31-12-43.
To RAF - FZ655 28-01-44. Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK in fall of 1944. Crashed near St. Pol sur Mer, a suburb of Dunkirk, while en route from Antwerp to the UK. 3 fatalities, including nurse LACW Margaret Campbell, WAAF.

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Transport 1944-10-23 to 1944-10-24

437 (T) Sqn (RCAF)
437 Husky Squadron (Omnia Passim). Dakota aircraft FZ 655 was returning from a freight operation at Antwerp when it crashed near Saint-Pol, Dunkirk, France. ES. D.O. Schneider, LACW. M. Campbell (WAAF), Sergeant S.A. Gumbrell (RAF) L.AC Margaret Campbell (WAAF) were also killed.

1944-October-24 KIA WAAF Leading Aircraft Woman Margaret Campbell 2024-03-27
1944-October-24 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Sidney Alfred Gumbrell 2024-03-27
1944-October-24 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Walter Lockwood 2024-03-27
1944-October-24 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Douglas Otto Schneider 2024-03-27
1944-October-24 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Herman Soper 2024-03-27

Dakota FZ665

s/n
 FZ665
as/n
 10918 12971
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12238

Known Squadron Assignments: 164;435;ANS;102

Ex USAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-100839, ex RAF FZ665. May have been operated by RCAF for a period with RAF serial. TOC RCAF 20 July 1946. To RCAF 10918. With No. 164 (T) Squadron Edmonton Detachment in December 1945. With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta, August 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. With No. 102 (C&R) Flight in 1957.

From 12971
Ex USAF C-47A-DK s/n 42-108839, ex RAF and RCAF FZ665, ex RCAF 10918. Declared surplus on 4 March 1971. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sold to Atlas Aviation on 13 September 1971, registered as CF-OOX. To Kenting Atlas Aviation on 12 February 1973. to Kenting Aviation in 1975. Registration cancelled January 1976. Wings may be in storage with Buffalo Airways at Red Deer, Alberta, being used for spares.

last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-December-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota FZ667

s/n
 FZ667
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12247

Known Squadron Assignments: 271

Ex USAAF 42-92446 C-47A-5-DK delivered 24 Jan 1944. To RAF - FZ667 02-02-44. Written off 07 June 1944. The Dakota III was hit by flak during Normandy invasion & crashed N of Caen, France 4(4).

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1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Lorne Cheatham Flather 2023-10-04
1944-June-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class William Henry Oakley 2021-08-18

Dakota FZ669

s/n
 FZ669
as/n
 12943
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12254
c/r
 C‑GCXE

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92452, delivered to USAAF on 31 January 1944. To RAF as FZ669. Delivered to Canada on 16 June 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "Q". To Canadian Forces in February 1968. With Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba when renumbered.

from 12943
Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92452, ex RAF FZ669. Was used in Operation Market Garden by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, before transferring to RCAF ownership. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sold to Aero Traders of Winnipeg, as C-GCXE, in 1976. Registration cancelled in 1984. Later reported as HI-502 in 1987, and then HH-CMG. Later sold in US, registered N688EA to Express Airways of Florida in 1993, converted to turboprops. Last registered owner was Cameron and Stall Inc. of California. Reported preserved, displayed at Al Mahatta Museum in Sharjah, UAE, marked as G-AMZZ, but this may be ex KN648, via the Indian Air Force last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Became CAF serial number 12943 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 2005 202

Dakota FZ671

s/n
 FZ671
as/n
 12944
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12256

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;429;402

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92454, delivered to USAAF on 13 February 1944. To RAF as FZ671. Delivered to Canada on 23 June 1946. With Instrument Check Pilot School, dates unknown. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. To Canadian Forces in February 1968. With Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba when renumbered. Note that this aircraft is restored to Second World War markings, including serial FZ671, and is on display at the Air Force Museum at CFB Comox, BC.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92454, ex RAF FZ671. With No. 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Seen at CFB Trenton, Ontario, 1982, carried name "Quarter Time". Probably with No. 402 Squadron at that time. Marked in semi-correct WW2 colours and RAF serial in 1989, for type retirement ceremony. Stored at AMDU, CFB Trenton by November 1990. Later to Museum at CFB Comox, BC. On display there by 1995. Still there October 2005, marked with RAF serial number. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Became CAF serial number 12944 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 2005 202

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Dakota FZ677

s/n
 FZ677
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12272

Known Squadron Assignments: 45

Ex USAAF 42-92468 C-47A-5-DK delivered10 Feb 1944.
To RAF - FZ677 24 Feb 1944. Written off 09 Mar 1944. The Dakota III flew into a mountain near Reykjavik, Iceland 2(2) during ferry flight.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-07 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer John Nisbet Thomson 2023-07-16

Dakota FZ678

s/n
 FZ678
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12273

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial number 42-92469, delivered to USAAF on 9 December 1943. To RAF as FZ678 on 20 February 1944. Delivered to Canada on 16 April 1946. In storage at Mossbank, Saskatchewan in November 1947. Believed to have crashed at RCAF Station Fort Nelson, BC. Reported to have been marked 12273 (the company number) while with RCAF. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1949-June-23 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ692

s/n
 FZ692
as/n
 12945
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12295
c/r
 C‑GRSB

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;437;121;424

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92489, ex RAF FZ692. FZ692 flew 16 with 233 Squadron and 208 operational trips with 437 Squadron for a total of 224. It ended up flying hundreds of individual legs between airfields in Europe. FZ692 participated in two major airborne operations, Normandy and the Rhine Crossing. It carried 298 casualties to medical aid and repatriated 456 prisoners of war. It carried over 5,100 passengers to destinations around Europe and carried over two hundred tons of freight (414,368 lbs).

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92489, ex RAF FZ692. Served with Tactical Air Command, possibly based at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. Took part in Operation Loup Garou (airborne assault on Sept Isle, PQ) February 1954. With No. 121 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, dates not known.

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Serving with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton when renumbered. Performed JATO ignition in flight as part of 1970 Canadian National Air Show over Toronto waterfront, September 1970. Declared surplus on 22 February 1973. To Crown Assets Disposal Corp. 18 may 1973. Sold to maritime Aircraft Overhaul and Repair, Moncton NB. To US civil register as N91GA in July 1973, operated by Gilley Airways. To Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as C-GRSB by 11 March 1975, one of several Dakotas still operated by this government agency on environmental and mineral surveys, and development of survey equipment. Registration briefly to Innotech Aviation in 1985 and 1995, probably for modifications. Latest Certificate of Registration issued to Environment Canada in July 2003. In storage at Ottawa when it was announced in November 2013 that the aircraft would be donated by Environment Canada to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.

FZ692 has been restored to the paint scheme it would have worn at the end of World War II with 437 Squadron RCAF.CWHM
last update: 2024-March-05
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-28 Taken on Strength from RCAF overseas 2020-11-01
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12945 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 2005 137 | 2005 202 | 2005 216

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Dakota FZ694

s/n
 FZ694
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12300
c/r
 CF‑WTV;N90HA

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;AFHQ;103;CEPE;412

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92493, delivered to USAAF on 11 January 1944. To RAF as FZ694 on 1 February 1944. Delivered to Canada on 22 April 1946 as FZ694. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "D". To AFHQ Practice Flight RCAF Rockcliffe 15 Feb. 1954. During 19574, served with No. 103 RU, RCAF Greenwood and CEPE RCAF Uplands. With AFHQ Practice Flight RCAF Rockcliffe Feb. 1958 - Sept 1962. Mar 1964 to AFHQ Training Flight RCAF Uplands until June 1965. With 412 Squadron CFB Uplands May 1966 - June 1967. To Aircraft Industries, St. Jean QC June 1967. To Crown Assets Disposal Corp Jan 1968. Sold to Carl Millard Ltd, Malton ON 30 Jan 1968, registered CF-WTV . Reported marked as 12300 (the company number) while with RCAF. Exact fate unclear, but never received CAF serial. To US civil register as N90HA. Later registered to Basler Turbo Conversions of Winnebago, Wisconsin on 20 December 2005 as N907Z. Reported withdrawn from use, possibly used for spares by Basler. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1968-June-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571

Dakota FZ695

s/n
 FZ695
as/n
 PX*695
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12301
c/r
 CF‑YDH

Known Squadron Assignments: CEPE

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92494, delivered to USAAF on 24 January 1944. To RAF as FZ695 on 21 February 1944. Delivered to Canada on 22 April 1946. Stored post war at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Ferried from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary in May 1948. Operated by Central Proving and Experimental Establishment at RCAF Station Namao, Alberta, coded "PX*695". To Canadian Forces in February 1968. Reported marked as 12301 (the company number) while with RCAF. To civil register as CF-YDH, off register by 1976. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength No Inv Card. TOS 20 July 1946 per Griffin2005 RAF Registry. 2020-11-01
   1968-October-31 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2020-10-27
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 571 | 2005 202 | 2005 210

Dakota KG312

s/n
 KG312
as/n
 12912
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12307
c/r
 C‑GPOA C‑FROD

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92500, ex RAF KG312. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Renumbered 12912 June 1970.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92500, ex RAF KG312. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971, equipped as a radar trainer. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. To civil register as C-GPOA. To Buffalo Airways as C-FROD, registered on 21 February 1990. Crashed on short final to Fort Simpson, NWT on 26 June 1994, after flight from Trout Lake, NWT. Investigation cited fuel starvation, and lack of crew coordination. Registration cancelled in December 1994. Note that this civil registration would later be re-used for another ex-CF Dakota with Buffalo Airways (see12927). last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Became CAF 12912. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG315

s/n
 KG315
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12310

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

USAAF 42-92502 C-47A-5-DK 13-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG315 14-02-44. W/O 23.09.44. Operation Market Garden after crew abandoned aircraft due to flak hit.

Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK in 1944. The Dakota III crashed 1.5 km south-west of Driel, Holland at about 17:00 local time on 23 September 1944, hit by flak during re-supply mission to Arnhem. Flight crew of 4 and 4 UK Army dispatchers all killed.

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1944-September-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Donald Lawrence Jack 2021-08-11
1944-September-23 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Denis Joseph O'Sullivan 2021-08-18
1944-September-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Robert Paget 2021-08-18
1944-September-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Roy Irving Pinner 2021-08-14

Dakota KG317

s/n
 KG317
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12314

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS

Ex USAAF 42-92506, C-47A-1-DK 14 Jan 1944. To RAF KG317 18 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG317 20 August 1946. Written off 25.04.50. The Dakota III crashed shortly after takeoff 5 km from Summerside Airport, PE (YSU) 0(3). last update: 2024-February-19
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RCAF Accident Record
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1950-May-10 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG320

s/n
 KG320
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12317

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF 42-92509. C-47A-5-DK, delivered 12 Jan 1944.
To RAF KG320 23 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG320 20 July 1946. To CF-BVF Wright Industrial Equipment Ltd
25 May 1970. Preserved, on display at Planes of Fame Museum, Chino California in 2010.
last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-May-20 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 207

Dakota KG328

s/n
 KG328
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12325

Known Squadron Assignments: 575

USAAF 42-92516 C-47A-5-DK 13-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG328 06 Feb 1944. FLC Payne Field 29 Mar 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer George Edgar Henry 2022-11-12

Dakota KG330

s/n
 KG330
as/n
 VC-CFB 12913
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12327
c/r
 C‑GWZS

Known Squadron Assignments: 111;112;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92518, ex RAF KG330. Reported to have taken part in 3 airborne operations before transferring to RCAF. With No. 111 (K) Unit at Winnipeg from November 1947. With No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba in October 1948, when it was dispatched to BC to take part in search for missing B-25. Back with No. 111 Flight in 1948, carried servicing crew for No. 402 Squadron Vampire display team on airshow circuit that summer. Still with 111 Flight in January 1949, when it took part in Operation Carss. With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweetbriar at Whitehorse, Yukon. To civil register as C-GWZS, registered to Buffalo Airways. Still operational c.2010.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92518, ex RAF KG330. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971, equipped as a radar trainer. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. With Northwest Territorial Airways of Yellowknife from 18 January 1982 as C-GWZS. To Buffalo Airways on 28 September 1988, latest Certificate of Registration issued in 1996, still in regular service in November 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12913 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

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Dakota KG337

s/n
 KG337
as/n
 12914
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12344
c/r
 C‑FNTF

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS

Ex US C-47A-5-DK 42-92533, ex RAF KG337. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School.

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Ex US C-47A-5-DK s/n 42-92533, ex RAF KG337. Operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. Stored at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-NTF, to Northwest Territorial Airways of Yellowknife, NWT on 11 December 1972. Registration cancelled in 1988, was C-FNTF. Next owner was Point North Air Services of La Ronge, Saskatchewan, from 14 July 1993. Crashed on 17 March 2000, while attempting to overshoot from a long landing on ice runway at Ennadai Point, Nunavut. Investigation found aircraft was overweight, payload had shifted in flight, and was beyond aft c.g. limit at take off, also cited possible carbon monoxide poisoning of the pilot. Both crew members killed. Registration cancelled on 19 February 2002. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12914. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG345

s/n
 KG345
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12352
c/r
 CF‑XUS

Known Squadron Assignments: 408

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK, serial 42-92540, delivered 27 Jan 1944. To RAF KG345 4 Feb 1944, To RCAF KG345 26 Aug 1946. Used post war by No. 408 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. To Ontario Central Airlines CF-XUS 14 Jan 1969. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1968-June-27 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 210

Dakota KG350

s/n
 KG350
as/n
 HQ*350 12915
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12357
c/r
 C‑GWMX

Known Squadron Assignments: 412;ANS;AETE;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92545, delivered 18 Jan 1944. To RAF KG350 21 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG350 26 Aug 1946. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe or Uplands, Ontario, post war, in "RCAF Squadrons". Renumbered 12915 3 June 1970.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92545, ex RAF KG350. Operated by Photo Wing, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, post war. Passed through Winnipeg en route to Regina, Saskatchewan on 9 January 1947, while with Photo Wing. Later with No. 412 (T) Squadron at Rockcliffe. With this Squadron when it transported participants of Operation Beatle around MWT in April 1947. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Used by Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario, dates not known. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. To civil register as C-GWMX, registered to R.C. Wilkinson of Calgary, Alberta on 4 June 1977. Later to US civil register as N29958, operated by Kimber Air of Denver, Colorado. Heavily damaged at Englewood, Colorado on 30 May 1983. Dragged one wing tip on touch down, after stalling at 5 feet during approach in bad weather. This registration cancelled on 23 October 1992, reported as destroyed. Also reported as derelict in 2006. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KG354

s/n
 KG354
as/n
 12916
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12363
c/r
 C‑GABE

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;103;VU32

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92550, delivered 19 Jan 1944. To RAF KG354 25 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG354 26 Aug 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. With No. 103 (Rescue) Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS in 1952. Renumbered 12916 3 June 1970.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92550, ex RAF KG354. With VU 32 at CFB Shearwater, NS. To civil register as C-GABE. To US civil register as N59314. With Frontier Flying Service in Alaska from at least 1989 to 2000. Last US Certificate of Airworthiness issued on 24 September 2001, to Abbe Air Cargo of Wasilla, Alaska. Reported withdrawn from use on 25 July 2003. Airworthy again 2008 to 2010, operated by Abbe Air in Alaska. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG356

s/n
 KG356
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12365

Known Squadron Assignments: 233

USAAF 42-92552 C-47A-5-DK 27-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG356 02-02-44. W/O 06.06.44. The Dakota III was hit by flak on approach to dropzone K during Operation Tonga whilst dropping paratroops of 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment. The para bailed out, followed by the navigator and co-pilot & aircraft crashed near Bassenville, France 1(2).
last update: 2024-February-19
1944-June-06 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harvey Edgar Jones MiD 2023-10-04

Dakota KG366

s/n
 KG366
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12375

Known Squadron Assignments: 575;512

USAAF 42-92561 C-47A-5-DK 24-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG366 30-01-44. W/O 21.03.44. The Dakota III flew into trees in cloud & crashed near Watlington, Oxfordshire, U.K. 5(?).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-March-21 KIA RAF Flying Officer Clarence Edward Robertson 2021-08-08
1944-March-31 KIA RCAF Flying Officer James Garnet Falloon 2021-08-06

Dakota KG368

s/n
 KG368
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12377
c/r
 CF‑GEI

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92563, delivered 22 Jan 1944. To RAF KG368 25 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG368 9 Sept 1946. To civil CF-GEI Eldorado Mining 5 Dec 1947. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-September-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1947-September-22 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 628 | 1968 631

Dakota KG370

s/n
 KG370
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12379

Known Squadron Assignments: 48

USAAF 42-92564 C-47A-5-DK 24-01-44. To RAF - Royal Air Force KG370 30-01-44. W/O 23.09.44. The Dakota III crashed during Operation Market Garden at Oosterbeek, Netherlands ?(?).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-23 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Henry Everist Colman 2024-04-29
1944-September-23 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer James Leroy Springsteele 2021-07-23

Dakota KG376

s/n
 KG376
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12385

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

USAAF 42-92570 C-47A-5-DK 26-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG376 30-01-44. W/O 21.09.44. Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF in the UK in 1944. Crashed near Keldonk/Erp, Holland on 21 September 1944. Shot down during resupply mission to Arnheim, one of 4 squadron aircraft lost on this mission. The Dakota III was shot down during Operation Market Garden SW of Keldonk, Netherlands 3(?). Crew bailed out, but three were killed.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Michael Stanley Reece Mahon 2021-05-19

Dakota KG382

s/n
 KG382
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12412
c/r
 CF‑TEA

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-92594, delivered 29 Jan 1944. To RAF KG354 10 Feb 1944. To RCAF KG382 22 Feb 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. To CF-TEA Trans Canada Airlines 18 June 1946. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-February-22 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 636

Dakota KG387

s/n
 KG387
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12417

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

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Transport 1944-09-21 to 1944-09-21

(T) Sqn (RCAF) Blakehill Farm

Market Garden

USAAF 42-92599 C-47A-10-DK 28-01-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KG387 23-02-44. W/O 21.09.44. Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK in 1944, coded "Z2*UF". Shot down by Fw190s 21 September 1944 after completing panier drop re-supply mission to Arnheim, one of 4 Squadron aircraft lost on this mission. 5 of 8 crew killed, including pilot S/L R.W. Alexander, DFC, rest bailed out. First 437 Squadronn fatalities on operations. Came down near Sonniushoeve (or Sonse Hedie?), Holland, south of Wilhelminacanal, near Eindhoven. Crash location also identified as near hamlet of Esp.

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1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Robert Wilfred Alexander DFC 2024-03-27
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Stewart McLintock 2024-03-27

Dakota KG388

s/n
 KG388
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12418

Known Squadron Assignments: 575;437

C-47A-10-DK 42-108857 (MSN 12418) to USAAF Jan 29, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG388 at RAF Montreal Feb 21, 1944. To UK Mar 7, 1944. 575 Squadron RAF Apr 24, 1944.
Missing from mission to Arnhem, Netherlands Sep 19, 1944.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-19 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Joseph Earl Walter Caouette 2023-12-23

Dakota KG389

s/n
 KG389
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12419
c/r
 CF‑NWS

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;408

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92550, delivered 3 Feb 1944. To RAF KG389 10 Feb 1944. Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK in 1944. To RCAF KG389 26 Aug 1946. Used post war by No. 408 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. To CF-NWS Northwest territorial Airways 10 July 1968. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG394

s/n
 KG394
as/n
 12918
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12424
c/r
 C‑GUBT

Known Squadron Assignments: 412;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92605, ex RAF KG394. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba), possibly with 412 (T) Squadron. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while with 412 Squadron. Ferried to Montreal by 435 Squadron crew on 21 December 1954 or 1953.

from 12918
Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92605, ex RAF KG394. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. Registered as C-GUBT to Bradley Brothers of Noranda, Ontario on 15 October 1977. With Skycraft Air Trans Inc. of Oshawa, Ontario as C-GUBT from 1979. Crashed at Toronto airport on 22 June 1983, killing both crew members. A load of automotive parts shifted aft while landing, the aircraft stalled, crashed on the runway, and was partially consumed by fire. Registration cancelled in 1984. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered CAF 12918 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG395

s/n
 KG395
as/n
 12919
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12425
c/r
 C‑GZCR;N99FS

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;437;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92606, delivered 31 Jan 1944. To RAF KG395 10 Feb 1944.
Arrived in UK Feb 19, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Feb 28, 1944. 437 Sqdn RAF Sep 24, 1944. To RCAF KG395 26 Aug 1946. With Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, coded "L". 429 Sqdn RCAF based in Winnipeg by 1952. In 1970 was allocated RCAF serial 12919. In 1977 the registration C-GZCR was reserved but not taken up. Aircraft went to Basler Flight Services of Oshkosh, Wisconsin as N89BF. In October 1987, the aircraft was registered N99FS operating out of Panama City, Florida.

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Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92606, ex RAF KG395. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. To civil register as C-GZCR, off the Canadian register by 1985. Later to US civil register as N99FS, registered to Brooks Aviation of Douglas, Georgia from 31 March 1989. Reported marked with RAF serial. In 2010 still registered to Brooks, in USAAF markings, active on the air show circuit. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12919. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG396

s/n
 KG396
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12426

Known Squadron Assignments:

42-92607 (MSN 12426) to USAAF Feb 8, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG396 at RAF Montreal Feb 24, 1944. While on ferry flight from Montreal flew into high ground 12 m SSE of Meeks Field, Iceland Mar 5, 1944 while descending in cloud. 3 killed.

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45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Dakota aircraft flew into high ground while descending in cloud during a Radio Range approach and crashed at Meeks Field, Iceland, killing the entire crew

Pilot Officer LJ Tingle (RCAF), Pilot Officer DK Nelson (RCAF) and Pilot Officer PJ Asseff (RCAF) were all killed in this flying accident

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 323

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1944-March-05 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Philip Joseph Asseff 2022-12-13
1944-March-05 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Donald Keith Nelson 2023-07-16
1944-March-05 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Leicester James Tingle 2022-12-13

Dakota KG397

s/n
 KG397
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12432

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;435

42-92612 (MSN 12432) to USAAF Feb 4, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG397 at RAF Montreal Feb 8, 1944. To UK Feb 19 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Feb 26, 1944. 435 Sqdn RCAF. Flew into high ground 2 mi W of Warlingham, UK Feb 13, 1946 while on approach to Croydon.

Operated by 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK. Originally coded "D". Coded "ODMD" after September 1945, on flights to continent from UK. Struck on the ground by Dakota KG610 of 437 (T) Squadron at B.75 (Nivelles, France) on 21 January 1946. Crashed on ridge near Chelsham, Surrey, en-route from Buckleburg, Germany to UK, in bad weather, at about 11:35 on 13 February 1946. 8 fatalities, 3 injuries. Accident location also described as "3 kilometres (1.9 miles) south west of Warlingham, UK". From squadron ORB: "Aircraft was on a passenger run, Buckeburg to Croydon. Forecast was poor and he landed at Manston. After checking weather again he took off at 1055 hours, flying at 2,500 feet between two layers of 6/10 cloud. Approaching Croydon he tried "Gee" homing but could not pick up "V" beams. Overshot the field, turned about and was letting down when he hit a 12-foot hedge on a 700-foot ridge. The aircraft crossed a valley and struck on the other side against a 650-foot height. Eight persons were killed, 14 seriously injured and two uninjured. At the time he had 1,485 hours of flying including 379 solo hours on Dakotas. Accident ruled to be due to "culpable negligence" ".

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   1946-February-13 Accident Crash Crashed on ridge near Chelsham, Surrey, en-route from Buckleburg, Germany to UK, in bad weather. 8 fatalities, 3 injuries. 2019-08-20
1946-February-13 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Alfred John Clark 2024-02-22
1946-February-13 KIFA RCAF Squadron Leader Robert Gray Joyce 2022-06-11

Dakota KG400

s/n
 KG400
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12435
c/r
 N6680

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435

To USAAF Feb 3, 1944. C-47A-5-DK. To RAF as Dakota III KG400 at RAF Montreal Feb 8, 1944. To RAF in UK Feb 28, 1i944. 233 Sqdn RAF Mar 1, 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 13, 1945. 233 Sqdn RAF. To RCAF Jul 20, 1946 as KG400. At RCAF Station Centralia in the early 1950s, as a radio trainer. To N6680 5 Aug 1968. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1968-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 220

Dakota KG403

s/n
 KG403
as/n
 12920
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12438
c/r
 CF‑BKP

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436

Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-108859, ex RAF KG403. 233 Sqdn RAF Feb 29 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 17, 1945. 436 Sqdn RAF. To Canadian government Apr 16, 1946. To RCAF as KG403 Jul 20, 1946. At RCAF Station Centralia in the early 1950s, as a radio trainer.

from 12920
Ex USAAF C-47A-5-DK serial number 42-108859, ex RAF KG403. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-BKP. To US civil register, operated by Aero-Dyne as N107AD in mid 1970s. Registered to Champlain Air of Plattsburg, New York on 11 April 1995, as N700CA. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG406

s/n
 KG406
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12441

Known Squadron Assignments: 48

42-92620 (MSN 12441) to USAAF Feb 4, 1944 C-47A-10-DK. To RAF as Dakota III KG406 at RAF Montreal Feb 23, 1944. To UK Jar 16, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Mar 27, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF Jan 7, 1945. Crashed Apr 28, 1945 in English Channel 10 mi SE of South Foreland, Kent.

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1945-April-28 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer John Learned Ives MiD 2021-08-11
1945-April-28 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Ross Earl Reynolds 2021-08-10

Dakota KG414

s/n
 KG414
as/n
 BJ764
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12449

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;435;436;102

C-47A-10-DK 42-92627 (MSN 12449) to USAAF Feb 4, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG414 Feb 8, 1944 at RAF Montreal. To UK Feb 23, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Sep 15, 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 15, 1945. 436 Sqdn RAF Mar 17, 1946. To RCAF Jun 23, 1946 as KG414. With No. 102 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario. Used for search and rescue. To Indian AF as BJ764 Mar 21, 1962. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1962 Ownership Transferred Transferred to Indian Air Force. 2019-08-20
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG416

s/n
 KG416
as/n
 12451
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12451

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;435;436

C-47A-10-DK 42-92629 (MSN 12451) to USAAF Feb 4, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG416 at RAF Montreal Feb 21, 1944. To UK Mar 29, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Apr 22, 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 9, 1945. 436 Sqdn RAF. To RCAF Aug 26, 1946 as KG416, later 12451. Written off Apr 18, 1952 Winnipeg AP, Manitoba. May have been marked with company number as serial when it crashed at Winnipeg on 18 April 1952. last update: 2024-February-19
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   1946-August-28 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1952-June-13 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG417

s/n
 KG417
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK

Known Squadron Assignments: 48

C-47A-10-DK 92630 (MSN 12452) to USAAF Feb 5, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG417 at RAF Montreal Feb 21, 1944.
To UK Mar 18, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Apr 22, 1944. MIA on mission to Arnhem, Holland Sep 21, 1944.

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1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James William Erickson 2022-08-01
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Jack Gordon Wills 2021-07-08

Dakota KG422

s/n
 KG422
inst
 NEED GRIFFIN
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12457

Known Squadron Assignments: 512;437

C-47A-10-DK 42-92635 (MSN 12457) to USAAF Feb 5, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG422 at RAF Montreal Feb 23, 1944. To UK Feb 23, 1944. 512 Sqdn RAF Apr 10, 1944. 437 Sqdn RCAF Sep 24, 1944. DBR when overshot landing and tipped onto nose, Vlamertinghe Ypres, Belgium Sep 30, 1944. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-24 Taken on Strength 2023-06-23

Dakota KG423

s/n
 KG423
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12458
c/r
 N6619;CF‑NAG

Known Squadron Assignments: 408;ANS

Ferried by crew from 435 Squadron from Calgary, Alberta to Cartierville, PQ on 24 January 1947. Used post war by No. 408 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "K". last update: 2024-February-19
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   1946-October-01 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1968-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 220

Dakota KG425

s/n
 KG425
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12460

Known Squadron Assignments: 437; 435

C-47A-10-DK 42-92637 (MSN 12460) to USAAF Feb 4, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG425 at RAF Montreal Feb 9, 1944. To UK Feb 18, 1944. 57 Sqdn RAF Mar 8, 1944. 437 Sqdn RAF Sep 24, 1944. With No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF in the UK in 1945, coded "Z2*M". One of the first aircraft to carry "Royal Canadian Air Force" marked on fuselage, see photo on page 135 of "RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft". Operated by No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK from fall of 1945. Coded "S". With Croyden Detachment of this unit, March 1946. Crashlanded near Anzio, Italy Mar 1, 1946 following engine failure. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KG428

s/n
 KG428
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12463

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;48

C-47A-10-DK 42-92640 (MSN 12463) to USAAF Feb 6, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG428 at RAF Montreal Sep 27, 1944. To UK Mar 7, 1944. 233 Sqdn RAF Mar 15, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Mar 19, 1944. Shot down by flak over Arnhem, Netherlands Sep 19, 1944.

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1944-September-19 PoW RCAF Pilot Officer Arthur Paul Anderson 2023-10-06
1944-September-19 PoW RCAF Pilot Officer Philip Arnold Fulmore 2021-05-18

Dakota KG429

s/n
 KG429
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12464

Known Squadron Assignments: 233

C-47A-10-DK 42-92641 to USAAF Feb 6, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG429 at RAF Montreal Feb 21, 1944. To UK Feb 25, 1944. 233 Sqdn RAF Mar 8, 1944. Missing from mission to Normandy Jun 6, 1944.

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1944-June-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Nathan Louis Berger 2023-10-04

Dakota KG430

s/n
 KG430
as/n
 VC*430
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12465

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;436;ANS

USAAF C-47 42-92642 delivered 8 Feb 1944. To RAF Dakota lll KG430 22 Feb 1944. To UK with 233 Squadron 24 Feb 1944.

Operated by 436 Squadron RAF 7 Oct 1945. Transferred to RCAF KG430 2 June 1946. With 1 Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI 16 May 1949, coded "VC*430".

Crashed on 14 May 1951. Strike off 6 July 1951, reduce to spares and produce. Killed were Flying Officer O.M. Foster, Flight Cadet G.M. Higgins, Flying Officer J.J. L.E. Rodier, and Flight Cadet F.W. Smith.

Accident report contains previous serial: "VC430" should be "KG430".

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   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1951-July-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
1951-May-14 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Owen Miles Foster 2023-07-18
1951-May-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Cadet Gerald Michael Higgins 2023-07-18
1951-May-14 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Joseph Jean Louis Elie Rodier 2023-07-18
1951-May-14 KIFA RCAF Flight Cadet Frank Wilfred Smith 2023-07-18
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG433

s/n
 KG433
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12468

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436

C-47A-10-DK 42-108862 (MSN 12468) to USAAF Feb 8, 1944. to RAF as Dakota III KG433 Feb 21, 1944 at RAF Montreal. To UK Feb 24, 1944. 232 Sqdn RAF Feb 29, 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 9, 1944. 436 Sqdn RAF. Operated by 436 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK post war. Undershot landing in bad weather at night at Wiltshire UK on 12 October 1945, came down 3 miles short of runway. At least three crew killed in crash or later died of injuries.

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1945-October-11 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Kenneth James Blevins 2021-07-24
1945-October-11 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Roy Harrison 2022-01-27
1945-October-11 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Essex Hopkins 2022-01-27
1945-October-11 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Edward Henry Neufeld 2021-08-17

Dakota KG435

s/n
 KG435
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12470

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

C-47A-20-DK 42-92646 to USAAF Feb 8, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG435 Feb 22, 1944. RAF Nassau Feb 22, 1944. ACSEA Mar 17, 1944. 117 Sqdn RAF. Wrecked Sep 23, 1944 when swung on landing at Imphal, Burma and hit ditch, and undercarriage collapsed.

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Dakota KG439

s/n
 KG439
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12474

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;435

C-47A-10-DK 42-92650 (MSN 12474) to USAAF Feb 7, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG439 at RAF Montreal Feb 15, 1944. To UK Feb 23, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Feb 29, 1944. 435/436 Sqdn RAF Sep 12, 1945. Oct 19, 1945 after hitting tree following loss of power during takeoff from Croydon, UK.
Operated by 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, Croyden detachment, on flights to continent from UK, at time of crash. Wrecked at Sanderstead, UK on takeoff from Croyden, UK on 19 October 1945. Lost power on takeoff, due to wrong fuel tank selector settings. 3 (or 4) fatalities, 1 injury.

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   1945-October-19 Accident Crash Crashed on takeoff from Croyden, UK. 3 fatalities, 1 injury. 2019-08-20
1945-October-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Angus McIntyre 2021-10-30
1945-October-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Frank Harry Seaman 2021-08-03
1945-October-19 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Earl Joseph Shaw 2021-08-01

Dakota KG441

s/n
 KG441
as/n
 CA*G
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12476
c/r
 G‑AVPW

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436;121;112;137

C-47A-10-DK 42-92652 (MSN 12476) to USAAF 08Feb44 to RAF UK as Dakota III KG441 14Feb44 RAF Montreal 14Feb44. To UK 24Feb44 233 Sqn RAF 29Feb44. 435 Sqn RAF 18Sep45. 436 Sqn RAF Canada 02Jun46 RCAF 26Aug46 No. 1 Air Div, France Nov55 SOC 28Mar67. Scottish Aviation.

With No. 121 (C) Flight at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC in late 1940s. Ferried from Montreal to Rivers, Manitoba in October 1948, for use by No. 112 (T) Flight. Served with Transport Support School, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba, coded "CA*G". With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January and February 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweet Briar at Whitehorse, Yukon. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Minor damage at Rivers on 3 September 1952, when it struck a pick up pole during a glider pick up. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Operated by No. 137 (Transport) Flight, from RAF Langar, UK, in support of 1 Air Division in Europe, in the 1950s and 1960s. Visited London Gatwick in 1965, marked "1 Air Division". To civil register as G-AVPW,YV-25CP,N2627Z, N25CE. Registered as YV-761C when it crashed 17 December 1994 at Cerro Aicha, Venezuela while with Servivensa. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG446

s/n
 KG446
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12481

Known Squadron Assignments: 45

C-47A-10-DK 42-92656 (MSN 12481) to USAAF Feb 9, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG446 at RAF Monteal Feb 24, 1944. Ditched in sea between Iceland and Britain during ferry flight Mar 6, 1944.

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45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group RAF Transport Command, Dorval, Quebec. Dakota III aircraft KG 446 lost between Gander, Newfoundland and Reykjavik, Iceland, cause unknown

Navigator Pilot Officer KW Raper (RCAF), Pilot Sergeant JG Bruen (RAVRF) and Radio Officer Sergeant A Thorpe (RAFVR) were all missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known grave and are all commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial

span class="citation">Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 323

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1944-March-06 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant James Gerard Bruen 2022-12-12
1944-March-06 KIFA RCAF Pilot Officer Kenneth William Raper 2023-02-15
1944-March-06 KIFA RAFVR Sergeant Andrew Thorpe 2022-12-12

Dakota KG448

s/n
 KG448
inst
 NEED GRIFFIN
as/n
 993 12964
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12483
c/r
 C‑GNNA

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436;103;ANS;429

C-47A-10-DK 42-92658 (MSN 12483) to USAAF Feb 8, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG448 at RAF Montreal Feb 14, 1944. To UK Feb 28, 1944. 233 Sqdn RAF Mar 4, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Mar 19, 944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 9, 1945. 436 Sqdn RAF. To RCAF as KG448 Jul 20, 1946.
Renumbered 12964 in Jul 1970. 429 Sqn RCAF, Winnipeg, Manitoba. WFU. To C-GNNA Mar 10, 1975. Written off Jan 18, 1986 NW Ontario

Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK, serial number 42-92658, ex RAF KG448. With No. 103 (R) Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS in 1952. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Still operational February 1968. Serial change April 1 1970.

from 12964
Ex USAAF C-47A-15-DK serial number 42-92658, ex RAF KG448. With No. 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. On civil register by 1976, as C-GNNA, with White River Air Service, Sachigo Lake, Ontario. Their registration cancelled October 1984. With Austin Airways Ltd of Timmins, Ontario by 1981. Crashed on 19 January 1986 at Sachigo Lake (in north-west Ontario, near Muskrat Dam) after striking an NDB radio tower in bad weather, while operated by Austin Airways. Off register by 10 March 1986. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2023-06-23
   1970-June-03 Serial Change 2023-06-23
   1975-January-06 Struck off Strength 2023-06-23

Dakota KG455

s/n
 KG455
inst
 KEEP Griffin
as/n
 12924
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12490

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436;448;412;137;448;ANS;429

C-47A-10-DK 42-92664 (MSN 12490) To USAAF Feb 10,1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG455 at RAF Montreal Feb 24, 1944. To UK Mar 7, 1944. 233 Sqdn RAF Mar 24, 1944. 435 Sqdn RAF Sep 16, 1945. 436 Sqdn RAF. To RCAF as KG455 Jul 20 1946. 448 Sqdn RCAF Cold Lake, Alberta. Renumbered 12924 in Jul 1970.

Built as Mk. III, reported later as Mk. IV. Ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK, serial number 42-92664, ex RAF KG455. Stored at Mossbank, Saskatchewan, moved to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 21 November 1947, for return to service. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe. Served with 1 Air Division with 137 (T) Flight, operating from RAF Langar. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 27 July 1970. With No. 448 Squadron at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. May have been struck off on 10 November 1975, or this could be date withdrawn from use. Preserved at Canadian Airborne Forces Museum, Petawawa, Ont., in camouflage. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength TOS 20 July 1946 per Griffin2005 Numerical Registry. 2020-10-25
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered from RCAF KG455 2019-08-20
   1982-April-06 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 136 | 2005 209

Dakota KG461

s/n
 KG461
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12496

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

C-47A-10-DK 42-92670 (MSN 12496) to USAAF Feb 10, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III at RAF Nassau KG461 Feb 23, 1944. ACSEA Mar 18, 1944. 117 Sqdn RAF. Shot down during supply mission to Mogaung, India Jul 30, 1944.

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1944-July-30 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Reginald Shirley Smith DFC 2021-07-26

Dakota KG479

s/n
 KG479
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12591
c/r
 CF‑TEB;CF‑DTH

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

C-47A-10-DK 42-92755 (MSN 12591) to USAAF Feb 22, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG479, no service. Diverted to RCAF as KG479. 32 OTU Patricia Bay, British Columbia. Stored Apr 24, 1944. To TCA as CF-TEB in 1946. To CF-DTH Jan 11, 1961. Current 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-March-07 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 623 | 1968 636

Dakota KG485

s/n
 KG485
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12597
c/r
 CF‑TEC C‑FDTB

Known Squadron Assignments: 32OTU

C-47A-10-DK 42-92761 (MSN 12597) to USAAF Feb 25, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG485, but NTU. To RCAF as KG485 Mar 10, 1944. Used by No. 32 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Stations Patricia Bay or Comox, BC. WFU. To TCA as CF-TEC May 10, 1946. To CF-DTB Mar 19, 1958. Current 2011.
last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-March-10 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1945-December-05 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 623 | 1968 636

Dakota KG486

s/n
 KG486
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12598
c/r
 CF‑TQW

Known Squadron Assignments: 512;48;436;435

C-47A-15-DK 42-108875 (MSN 12598) to USAAF Feb 23, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG486 Feb 1944 via RAF Montreal. 512 Sqdn RAF Mar 11, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Oct 15, 1944. 436 Sqdn RAF Sep 13, 1945. 435 Sqdn RAF. Transferred to RCAF as KG486 Apr 1, 1946. WFU. To CF-TQW Dec 7, 1970. Written off Dec 1, 1972 at Norman Wells, Canada. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-May-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 210

Dakota KG489

s/n
 KG489
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

C-47A-20-DK 42-92952 (MSN 12810) to USAAF Mar 20, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG489. To UK Apr 11, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF May 10, 1944. 13 OTU RAF Jun 6, 1944. 437 Squadron RAF Sep 18, 1944. Dakota III KG489 was hit by machine-gun and canon fire from Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters. The aircraft operated on a resupply mission to Arnhem, Netherlands, during Operation Market Garden.
The aircraft crashed in flames near a farm along the Everse Akkerpad, just east of Sint-Oedenrode.

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1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Spencer Blair 2020-12-29
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Thomas John Brennan 2022-02-04
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Charles Herbert Cressman 2023-12-16
1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Paul N Steffin 2021-07-22

Dakota KG500

s/n
 KG500
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12822

Known Squadron Assignments: 271

C-47A-20-DK 42-92963 (MSN 12822) to USAAF Mar 24, 1944. to RAF as Dakota III KG500 Apr 2, 1944. RAF UK Apr 11, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF Apr 25, 1944. Flew into high ground in cloud 6 mi NE of Kell, Germany May 25, 1945.

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1945-May-25 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Richard Crawford 2024-05-14
1945-May-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Norman Harold Dixon 2021-08-04
1945-May-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Alvin Otto Scherbarth 2021-08-04
1945-May-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Thomas Stewart Watson 2021-07-10

Dakota KG526

s/n
 KG526
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 12930
c/r
 CF‑TED;CF‑DXU

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47A-20-DK 42-93060 (MSN 12930) to USAAF Apr 4, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG526, no RAF service. Diverted to RCAF as KG526. WFU Nov 21, 1945. To CF-TED with Trans Canada Airlines Dec 1, 1945. To Canadair Ltd as CF-DXU Jun 22, 1946. Ottawa Air Services Ltd, Ottawa 27Sep68. Keen Construction Ltd, Ft Nelson, BC 20Oct69.
Arctic Air, Edmonton, Alta 26Jan72. C-FDXU Reregistered Kenting Aviation Ltd 1974 Kenn Borek Air Ltd 1976 cancelled Jan83, expired 10Nov81. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-April-13 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1945-November-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 624 | 1968 636

Dakota KG545

s/n
 KG545
as/n
 VC-DHV 12927
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13028
c/r
 C‑GPNW

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;437;429

C-47A-20-DK 42-108918 (MSN 13028) to USAAF Apr 15, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG545 via RAF Montreal Apr 27, 1944. To RAF UK MY 10, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF May 31, 1944. 437 Squadron RAF Dec 18, 1945. To RCAF Aug 26, 1946 as KG545. 429 Sqdn RCAF, WinnipegMB.
1 ANS "VC_DHV" 1952 Summerside, PEI in 1952/1953, coded "V". Renumbered 12927 in Jun 1970. WFU. To C-GPNW Oct 1980. to C-FROD Sep 15, 1995. Current 2011.

from 12927
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK s/n 42-108918, ex RAF KG545. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971, as a radar trainer. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. Registered as C-GPNW. Stored at Red Deer Airport, former CFB Penhold, Alberta, with Buffalo Airways, 2001 and 2002, still in CAF markings. Probably being used for spares. Civil registration C-FROD transferred from ex-CF 12912 on 15 September 1995. Donated by Buffalo Airways to the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, flown there in 2004. Had been restored by Buffalo to CF markings, and a navigation trainer cabin configuration. On display and under further restoration by 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG557

s/n
 KG557
as/n
 12928
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13149
c/r
 C‑GNTK

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;435;ANS;429

C-47A-20-DK 42-93257 (MSN 13149) to USAAF Apr 28, 1944. to RAF as Dakota III KG557 via RAF Montreal May 9, 1944. 353 Sqdn RAF May 19, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF Jun 12, 1944. 437 Squadron RAF Sep 9, 1945. 435 Squadron RAF Feb 8, 1946. Transferred to RCAF Apr 1, 1946 as KG557. 429 Squadron RCAF, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Renumbered 12928 in 1970. WFU Jan 18, 1975.

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93257, ex RAF KG557. Stored at Mossbank, Saskatchewan by No. 10 Repair Depot in early 1947. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School.

from 12928
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK, serial number 42-93257, ex RAF KG557. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. Registered as C-GNTK. Stored, disassembled, at Hay River, NWT in 2009, still in CF markings. last update: 2024-February-19
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG559

s/n
 KG559
as/n
 XA559 BJ767
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13151

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

C-47A-20-DK 42-93259 (MSN 13151) to USAAF Apr 29, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG559 via RAF Montreal May 7, 1944. To UK May 13, 1944. 233 Sqdn Jun 10, 1944. 436 Squadron RAF Sep 167, 1945. 435 Squadron RAF May 27, 1946. Transferred to RCAF as KG559 Jul 20, 1946. With No. 6 (Comm) Flight at Edmonton in fall of 1946. Visited RCAF Detachment Watson Lake, BC on 1 April 1957, from Whitehorse, during reestablishment of this facility. To Indian AF as BJ767 Mar 21, 1962. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG562

s/n
 KG562
as/n
 VC-DHT
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13154
c/r
 N6678;CF‑NAR

Known Squadron Assignments: 436;ANS

C-47A-20-DK 42-93262 (MSN 13154) to USAAF Apr 29, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG562 via RAF Montreal May 11, 1944. To UK May 18, 1944. 271 Sqdn RAF Jun 10, 1944. 436 Squadron RAF Nov 7, 1945. To RCAF Jun 2, 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School "VC-DHT" 1952. To N6678 Priority Air Transport system, Redwood City, ND Aug 1968. Arctic S Pacific Co Fairbanks, AK Dec 1969. Priority Air Transport System Jack Richards Aircraft, Oklahoma City, OK 1971. To CF-NAR Nordair May 21, 1971. C-FNAR Survair Jul 15, 1976. Crashed at Sagluk, Canada Feb 28, 1977.
last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-October-01 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1968-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 220

Dakota KG563

s/n
 KG563
as/n
 ODM*N
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13155
c/r
 CF‑LFR

Known Squadron Assignments: 436; 435; 115

C-47A-20-DK 42-93263 (MSN 13155) to USAAF Apr 29, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG563 via RAF Montreal May 11, 1944. To RAF in UK May 29, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Jun 12, 1944. Operated by 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in the UK in fall of 1945. Coded "ODM*N". 436 Squadron RAF Mar 17, 1946. To RCAF Oct 1, 1946. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba), while with 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton. To 115 Air Transport Unit with United Nations 1958. To civil registry as CF-LFR at St Felicien Air Services Ltd. Stored St Felicien Quebec Dec 9, 1949, later C-FLFR in 1974. To Survair Ltd 1977. Bradley Air Services, Carp, Ontario 1978. Current 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-October-01 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1969-October-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 209

Dakota KG565

s/n
 KG565
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

Operated by No. 437 (T) Sqn RCAF, in the UK in fall of 1945 coded "ODOK". last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KG568

s/n
 KG568
as/n
 PW*568
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13160

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;111

C-47A-20-DK 42-93267 to USAAF Apr 29, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG568 via RAF Montreal May 8, 1944. To UK May 30p, 1944. 1 FU RAF. No. 105 (T)OTU RAF Sep 18, 1944. 437 Squadron RAF Oct 5, 1944. To RCAF Aug 26, 1946 as KG568. With 111 Com and Rescue Flight RCAF c 1955.
With No. 111 (K) Unit in 1960, when it was used to drop trainee pararescue jumpers from pararescue course number 10, at Jasper, Alberta. Coded "PW*568". To Indian AF as BJ763 Mar 21, 1962. WFU Sep 1965. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG574

s/n
 KG574
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13166

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

C-47A-20-DK 42-93273. To USAAF 01May44. To RAF in India as KG574 16May44 via RAF Nassau. SEAAC 194 Sqn RAF 13Jun44. MIA from supply dropping mission 12Oct44.

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Dakota KG577

s/n
 KG577
as/n
 VC-GSF 12929
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13300

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;ANS

Ex USAAF C-47A-25-DK 42-93393 May 13, 1944. To RAF Dakota Mk lll KG577 May 19, 1944. Op by No. 437 Squadron Sep 28, 1944. To RCAF KG577 Aug 26, 1946. With 1 ANS coded VC-GSF 1952.

from 12929
Ex USAAF C-47A-25-DK, serial number 42-93393, ex RAF KG577. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "SF". Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-OOV. Operated by Kenting Atlas when it crashed on 12 February 1973. Both engines failed shortly after takeoff from Iqaluit, NWT. No fatalities. To CF-OOV Kenting Atlas Aviation Mar 13, 1972. W/O Iqaluit NT Feb 12, 1973. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KG579

s/n
 KG579
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13302

Known Squadron Assignments: 48

C-47A-DK 42-93395 To USAAF May 15, 1944. To RAF in UK as Dakota III KG579 via RAF Montreal May 26, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Jun 12. 1944. Shot down by FW190s near Arnhem, Netherlands Sep 21, 1944.

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1944-September-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer David Arthur Webb 2021-07-10

Dakota KG580

s/n
 KG580
as/n
 12930
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13303

Known Squadron Assignments: 436;14;102;440

C-47A-20-DK 42-93396 To USAAF May 13, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG580 via RAF Montreal May 19, 1944. To UK Jun 4, 1944. 1 FU RAF. 105 (T)OTU RAF Sep 18, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Sep 28, 1944. 435 Squadron RAF Sep 5, 1945. 436 Squadron RAF May 17, 1946. To RCAF as KG580 Jul 20, 1946. With No.14 (P) Squadron RCAF Station Rockcliffe c Sep 1946-1947. With No. 102 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Trenton in early 1964. Renumbered 12930 in Jun 1970. Crashed Arctic, Canada Nov 3, 1971. On US civil registry as N64767 since 1984.

from 12930
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93396, ex RAF KG580. With 440 Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, when it crashed during a search operation. Stalled during low turn during search near Paulatuk on Cape Parry, NWT. All 8 onboard killed, 7 from 440 Squadron (Capt. L.A. Cooper, Capt. S.R. Gitzel, Capt. C.A. Healey, Sgt. J.R.P.G Lemieux, Cpl. W.E. Platt, Lt. D.W. Smart, and Cpl. R.N. Vodden) and one on loan from CFFTSU. Crash date reported as 3 November 1971 in "Aircraft of the Canadian Armed Forces", 2 November 1971 in other sources.

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RCAF Accident Record
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12930. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

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Dakota KG586

s/n
 KG586
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13309

Known Squadron Assignments: 233

C-47A-20-DK 42-93401 to USAAF May 15, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG586 via RAF Montreal May 20, 1944. RAF UK May 28, 1944. 233 Sqdn RAF Jun 12, 1944. With 233 Sqdn crashed w of DZ Buunderkamp Netherlands Sep 21, 1944.

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1944-September-21 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Albert Sidney Burgess 2021-08-08

Dakota KG587

s/n
 KG587
as/n
 12931
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13310
c/r
 C‑GXAU

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;436;440

Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93402 to USAAF May 15, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG587 via RAF Montreal May 21, 1944. RAF UK May 29, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Jun 12, 1944. No. 435 Squadron RAF Sep 8, 145. No. 436 Sqdn RAF Feb 17, 1946. To RCAF as KG587 Aug 26, 1946 440 S&R Sqdn RCAF, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Renumbered 12931 in 1970. To C-GXAU, C-GRTM May 4, 1979 and N115SA Dec 3, 1985. Current 2011.

from 12931
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93402, ex RAF KG587. With 440 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. Also operated by Airborne Sensing Unit at CFB Uplands. To civil register as C-GXAU, operated by Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. Was registered to Buffalo Airways as C-GRTM, registration cancelled in 1985. To US civil register as N115SA, operated by Saber Cargo Airlines. Under restoration at Chino, California in 2005. Reported operated by First Flight Out in 2006. Registered to Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum of Portland, Oregon on 12 November 2009. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-August-26 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12931. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG592

s/n
 KG592
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13315

Known Squadron Assignments: 48

C-47A-20-DK 42-93407 to USAAF May 15, 1944. Lend-Lease to RAF as Dakota III, serial KG592 at Dorval, Montreal 20May44. 45 Group, Ferry Command, Dorval, Montreal. Ferried Dorval, Montreal to UK, arriving 28May44. 48 Squadron, Down Ampney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire 16Jun44. On 10Sep44 the plane flew to Melsbroek (B-58), Brussels, Belgium. The purpose was to collect casualties from a base hospital and bring them back to England. On board were two nurses for this purpose. The plane landed at Melsbroek but upon landing it had a flat tail wheel. After they landed the crew immediately requested a tire replacement.
After waiting two to three days for the replacement wheel without receiving it, the two nurses decided to hitch a ride back to England with whatever was leaving. On 19Sep44 a replacement wheel was flown to Melsbroek, but No.48 Squadron was then heavily involved in Operation Market Garden. Only on 26Sep44 did the Commanding Officer realize that he had lost track of KG592 and its four crew.
The appropriate flight commander and his deputy were dispatched to Belgium but could not find any trace of the Dakota or the crew. A Court of inquiry held 14Nov44 was unable to conclude when the aircraft left Melsbroek or the circumstances of its disappearance. It was presumed to have been lost over the English Channel.

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1944-September-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Albert Joseph Arthur Lavoie 2021-08-13
1944-September-18 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon James McKenzie 2021-08-17
1944-September-18 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Vernon Lawrence Pearson 2021-08-18

Dakota KG600

s/n
 KG600
inst
 A 601
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13331
c/r
 N96U

Known Squadron Assignments: 103

C-47A-20-DK 42-93421 to USAAF May 17, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG600 via RAF Montreal May 23, 1944. 1 FU RAF. 105 (T)OTU Sep 18, 1944. 437 Squadron RAF Sep 28, 1944. To RCAF Apr 22, 1946 as 601B Inst A/F. With No. 103 (Rescue ) Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS in 1952. To civil registry as N96U with Freeport Nickel CO Mar 1959, then CU-P-702 with Moa Bay Mining Co May 23, 1959, then N702S with Freeport Sulphur Co then to International Telephone and Telegraph Corp Oct 1962, then to G-ASDX with standard Telephones and Cables Ltd Nov 19, 1962, then reregistered G-AJRY Nov 21, 1962 (erroneously on basis of incorrectly reported c/n for original G-AJRY), Returned to UK as G-ASDX registered Nov 19, 1962 but NTU when it was realized that it had previously been G-AJRY. T. D. Keegan tla Transmeridian Air Cargo Jul 3, 1970. T. D. Keegan Sep 16, 1971. Then ZS-PTG United Air Services of South Africa Apr 1, 1974. Aandriver Safaris to USA Mar 1976, then A2-ACG Air Services Botswana Feb 8, 1980, then ZS-PTG UAS 1980. Privately owned in South Africa from 2002, registered as ZS-CRV. Current 2009.


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RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1954-April-13 Classified Instructional CA A 601 2020-06-10
   1960-November-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 490 | 1968 587

Dakota KG602

s/n
 KG602
as/n
 12932
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13333
c/r
 C‑GPNR

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;ANS;429

C-47A-20-DK 42-93423 to USAAF May 17, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG602 via RAF Montreal May 25, 1944. RAF UK May 30, 1944. 575 Sqdn RAF Jul 5, 1944. 512 Sqdn RAF Middle East Oct 11, 1945. No. 437 Squadron RAF Apr 4, 1946. To RCAF as KG602 Sep 9, 1946. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "J". Renumbered 12932 in June 1970.

from 12932
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93423, ex RAF KG602. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. WFU. To C-GPNR Apr 1981.
WFU Dec 1994. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-September-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12932. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

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Dakota KG623

s/n
 KG623
as/n
 12933
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13383
c/r
 N103BF C‑GJKB

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;435;ANS;429;402

C-47A-20-DK 42-93468 to USAAF May 22, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG623 via RAF Montreal May 26, 1944. RAF UK May 31, 1944. 512 Sqdn RAF Sep 30, 1944. No.437 Squadron RAF May 13, 1946. To RCAF Sep 9, 1946 as KG623. With 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta in June 1949, while being repaired at Edmonton by mobile party from No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary. With the Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba, until ferried to Calgary on 31 March 1950. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School. Renumbered 12933 in Jun 1970. Became N103BF and converted to Basler BT-67 (Basler conversion no 28); to Mali AF as TZ391 (replacement for TZ389, alias 43-48741). Became N167BT of Oiland LLL. Registered Oct 14, 2008 to Kenn Borek Air of Calgary, AB as C-GJKB, US registration cancelled on the same day.

from 12933
Ex US C-47A-25-DK 42-93468, ex RAF KG623. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. With 402 Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1980s. Seen at Hamilton air show, June 1982, in 402 Squadron. markings. Seen at London, Ontario air show June 1988. Stored at Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit, CFB Trenton in November 1990. To civil register as N103BF, converted to Basler BT-67 (Basler conversion no 28); to Mali AF as TZ391 (replacement for TZ389, ex-43-48741). Back in Canada by 2008, registered as C-GJKB to Ken Borek Aviation, still with turboprops. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-September-09 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG630

s/n
 KG630
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13390

Known Squadron Assignments: 575;140

C-47A-20-DK 42-93474 to USAAF May 23, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG630 via RAF Montreal May 28, 1944. RAF UK Jun 2, 1944. 575 Sqdn RAF Sep 30, 1944. Destroyed by fire after flying into hills in low cloud near Folkington, UK Feb 6, 1945.

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1945-February-06 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Sydney MacKenzie Smith 2021-07-25

Dakota KG632

s/n
 KG632
as/n
 VC-GSC 12934
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13392
c/r
 C‑FQHF

Known Squadron Assignments: 48;435;436;ANS

C-47A-20-DK 42-93476 (MSN 13392) to USAAF May 28, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG632 via RAF Montreal May 28, 1944. RAF UK Jun 2, 1944. 48 Sqdn RAF Sep 30, 1944. No. 435 Squadron RAF Sep 27, 1945. No. 436 Squadron RAF Oct 7, 1945. No. 435 Sqdn RAF Mar 7, 1946. To Canadian government Apr 8, 1946. To RCAF as KG632 Jun 17, 1946. With the Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba, until ferried to Calgary on 31 March 1950. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School "VCGSC" 1952. Renumbered 12934 in Jun 1970. WFU. To C-FQHF NW Territorial Airways 1971. Alberta Ntn Aircraft Leasing, Calgary 1974. Lambair Ltd 1974. R. E. Carruthers et al 1975. Northwest Territorial Airways 21975. Kenting Aviation Ltd 1976. Kenn Borek Ltd 1976.
Crashed Calgary, Alberta May 7, 1982. Used for spares.

from 12934
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93476, ex RAF KG632. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Was registered to Kenn Borek Air of Calgary, Alberta as C-FQHF in 1971, cancelled in 1982. Reported purchased by Buffalo Airways in 1982, being used for spares. Fuselage in storage at Hay River, NWT in 2009. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12934 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG634

s/n
 KG634
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13394
c/r
 CF‑WGM

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;435

C-47A-20-DK 42-93478 to USAAF May 23, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG634 via RAF Montreal May 31, 1944. RAF UK Jun 10, 1944. 575 Sqdn RAF Sep 30, 1944. No. 437 Squadron RAF Dec 7, 1944. Sold to Canadian Government Apr 22, 1946. To RCAF as KG634 Jun 20, 1946. Under maintenance at No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary, in December 1947. Ferried to No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton on 4 August 1948. Static display at Calgary air show, September 1948. Taxi accident at Whitehorse, Yukon on 27 February 1950 during Operation Sweetbriar, repaired on site. To Rockcliffe, for Photo Wing, November 1950. Back with the Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC in March 1952, when it received minor tailplane damage during Exercise Brandon IV, caused by a cargo parachute opening too early. Returned to Rivers without further damage. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while based out of Rivers, Manitoba. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 11 June 1960, and on 10 October 1964. 1 Air Division Feb 1967. SOC Mar 28, 1967. CF-WGM Carl Millard Ltd, Malton, Ontario Nov 9, 1967. Millardair Ltd Apr 21, 1969. Golfe Air Quebe Ltee 1973. WFU.
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   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 637

Dakota KG635

s/n
 KG635
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13395

Known Squadron Assignments: 233;435;436;14;414

C-47A-20-DK 42-93479 to USAAF May 23, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG635 via RAF Montreal May 28, 1944. RAF UK. 233 Sqdn RAF Oct 5, 1944. No. 435 Squadron RF Sep 17, 1945. 436 Squadron RAF. Sold to Canadian government Apr 16, 1946. TO RCAF as KG635 Jun 20, 1946.
Operated by No. 14 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario c. 1946 to 1947. Still with this unit when it was redesignated No. 414 (P) Squadron on 1 April 1947. WFU. Rebuilt sold as N41341 to Pacific Northern Airlines. WFU used as spares.
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   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1949-July-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587

Dakota KG641

s/n
 KG641
as/n
 12935
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13453
c/r
 C‑FBJE

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47A-20-DK 42-93531 to USAAF Jun 1, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG641 via RAF Montreal Jun 6, 1944. RAF UK Jun 13, 1944. 512 Sqdn RAF Sep 30, 1944. Med ME RAF Oct 11, 19k45. 353 Sqdn RAF. 512 Sqdn RAF Feb 8, 1946. 43 Sqdn RAF Feb 28, 1946. To Canadian government Apr 7, 1946. Transferred to RCAF as KG641 Jul 10, 1946. Ferried from Suffield, Alberta to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 13 March 1948. At RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario in the early 1950s, as a radio trainer. Still at Centralia in November 1953, when it searched for a missing USAF F-89 over Lake Michigan. Renumbered 12935 in Jun 1970. To CF-BJE with Maritime Aircraft Overhaul and Repair Ltd, Moncton, NB Jan 11, 1972. Ontairio Centeral Airlines Jun 9, 1975. To Austin Airways Aug 1979 as C-BFJE.

from 12935
Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-BJE, with Air Ontario by 1976. Later C-FBJE with Air Ontario. Crashed 1 November 1988 at Pikangikum Lake (about 100 miles north of Kenora, Ontario). Nose dived into lake with load of diesel fuel on board, 2 fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KG653

s/n
 KG653
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13470

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

C-47A-20-DK 42-93546 to USAAF May 31, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG653 via RAF Montreal Jun 6, 1944. RAF UK Jun 12, 1944. Assigned to No. 1 Ferry Unit, but operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, when it was lost in Europe on 24 September 1944, carrying ground crew destined for RCAF Dakota squadrons in the Far East. Apparently strayed off course in bad weather during delivery flight to Middle East. Shot down by Hptm Lulius Meimberg in Bf 109G-14 of JG 53/Stab II at Neuleiningen, Germany Sep 24, 1944. 2 crew and 20 passengers killed.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal James Ernest Allen 2022-02-13
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Lawrence Irwin Beach 2024-06-24
1944-September-24 KIA RAAF Sergeant George Beckoff 2021-03-14
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Oliver Eugene Debs Bergen 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Robert Thomas Burden 2022-04-21
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal William Howard Campbell 2023-12-16
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Joseph Adelard Real Chevrier 2024-02-13
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Joseph Robert Marcel Armand Couturier 2024-05-06
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal James Cumming 2024-05-29
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Aircraftman 1st Class Frederick Robert Leigh Gates 2022-06-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Maxwell James Foch Good 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Sergeant Walter Francis Hughes 2024-01-30
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal Howard John Hunter 2022-12-20
1944-September-24 KIA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Ralph Korer 2021-03-14
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Fred Larsen Kristensen 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman William John Scott Lundy 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Donald John MacDonald 2022-01-20
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Aircraftman 1st Class John Dunlop McVie 2021-04-06
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal Lorne Hamilton Moreau 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Corporal Frederick William Sargeant 2021-08-04
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman John Cyril Sutherland 2021-01-02
1944-September-24 KIA RAFVR Pilot Officer Lionel Alfred Veary 2021-03-14
1944-September-24 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Henry Studwell Watson 2021-03-14

Dakota KG668

s/n
 KG668
as/n
 VC-CBA 12942
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13485
c/r
 VC‑CBA;C‑GRSA;N471AF;XA‑SYN;N471AF

Known Squadron Assignments: 436;435;AETE

C-47A-20-DK 42-93560 (MSN 13485) to USAAF Jun 2, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG668 via RAF Montreal Jun 6, 1944. RAF UK Jun 13, 1944. 24 Sqdn RAF Aug 14, 1944. 436 Sqdn RAF Sep 15, 1945. 435 Sqdn RAF Mar 17, 1946. Sold to Canadian govenment Apr 8, 1946. Transferred to RCAF as KG668 Jun 17, 1946. To No. 1 Air Command Composite Flight at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario on 21 June 1946, from maintenance. First scheduled operation with this unit on 29 June 1946. Regularly used by AOC No. 1 Air Command. Coded VC-CBA. Renumbered 12942 in Jun 1970.

from 12942
Ex USAAF C-47A-20-DK serial number 42-93560, ex RAF KG668. Operated by Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario. To civil register as C-GRSA, owned by Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Jan 10 1975. Canadian Center for Remote Surveys Jul 7, 1975. Later owners included Innotech Aviation Limited at Dorval prior to June 1986, Advanced Forest Technology Inc. of Thunder Bay in the early 1990s, and Sabourin Lake Airways Limited at Red Lake, Ontario in 1994. Registration cancelled that year, no further Canadian records. To US civil register as N471AF, then to Mexican civil register as XA-SYN. Back in the US by 2006. Registered on 1 May 2008 to R.F. Diver of Crossroads, Texas as N471AF. In 2019 was N471AF owned by Vintage Wings Aircraft LLC of Terre Haute, Indiana. This aircraft did a flyover of ceremonies of 75th Anniversary of Operation Neptune, at the National Museum of the Air Force on Jun 6, 2019. Operation Neptune was the code word for the naval operations to convey the assault troops across the English Channel and to land them on the D-Day beaches.


last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered from RCAF KG668 2019-08-20
   1975-May-21 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 137 | 2005 216

Dakota KG690

s/n
 KG690
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13557

Known Squadron Assignments: 44

C-47A-20-DK 42-93625 to USAAF Jun 10, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG690 via RAF Montreal Jun 18, 1944. RAF Middle East Jun 27, 1944. 44 Sqdn SAAF. Flew into cliffs in cloud near Salalah, Aden Jul 31, 1944.
last update: 2024-February-19
1944-July-31 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roy James Love 2021-08-13

Dakota KG692

s/n
 KG692
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13559
c/r
 CF‑TEE

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47A-DK 42-93626 to USAAF Jun 10, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG692 Jul 4, 1944. Diverted to RCAF, no RAF service. Lend-Lease aircraft. Received to Stored Reserve Western Air Command Vancouver 4 July 1944, Stored Reserve Abbotsford 27 Nov 1945. With Western Air Command 2 Jan 1946. To Eastern Air Command 14 Jan 1946. To Canadair Ltd, Montreal QC 19 Feb 1946. To Trans Canada Airlines as CF-TEE bought Feb 19, 1946 "78" then "378". To US civil registry as N4998E with Frontier Airlines "Sunliner Nebraska" bought Aug 5, 1958. Miami Aviation Corp, Opa Locka, FL Jul 1, 1964. To Air Manila as PI-C854 in 1965. W/o May 23, 1967 at Iligan Airport.

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   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946 Sold as Surplus sold 2019-08-20
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 636

Dakota KG693

s/n
 KG693
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13560
c/r
 CF‑TEF

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47A-20-DK 42-93627 to USAAF Jul 10, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG693 at RAF Patricia Bay Jun 19, 1944, to RCAF 18 days later. Stored WAC Nov 7, 1944. EAC Jan 14, 1946. To Trans-Canada Airlines as CF-TEF Aug 17, 1946,
as "79", then "379". To Babb Co. 1958 as CF-TEF, then to Aero Enterprises Apr 1959 as N5590A. Then to Royal Thai AF as BL.2 s/n 213560 Mar 28, 1959. Wfu 1985. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-July-04 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 636

Dakota KG694

s/n
 KG694
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13561

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

C-47A-20-DK 42-93628 to USAAF Jun 10, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG694 via RAF Nassau Jun 23, 1944. RAF India Aug 2, 1944. 353 Sqdn RAF. 194 Sqdn RAF. Destroyed by fire when bellylanded 3 mi S of Myingyan, Burma Jun 14, 1945 after engine caught fire.

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class John Maynard Cox 2024-05-09
1945-June-14 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Murray Rice 2023-07-21

Dakota KG713

s/n
 KG713
as/n
 VC-GSL 12946
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13580
c/r
 C‑GJKM

Known Squadron Assignments: 436;435;ANS;429

C-47A-20-DK 42-93645 (MSN 13580) to USAAF Jun 11, 1944. To RAF as Dakota III KG713 via RAF Montreal Jul 8, 1944. 144 Wing RAF Dec 16, 1944. RAF UK Jun 11, 1945. 436 Squadron RAF Sep 13, 1945. 435 Squadron RAF Mar 17, 1946. With No. 2 Air Command (Comm) Flight post war. Took part in July 1946 Winnipeg airshow. Still with this unit on 27 September 1946. Ferried to Calgary for storage on 21 January 1947, having been replaced by KG808. Being prepared by No. 10 Repair Depot for use at Suffield, Alberta in February 1947.
Transferred to 429 Squadron RCAF Apr 8, 1946. 1 ANS "VCGSL" 1952 Summerside PEI. Renumbered 12946 in Jun 1970. Stored Saskatoon 1976. WFU. To C-GJKM Oct 1980. WFU Oct 28, 2004.

from 12946
Ex US C-47A-25-DK 42-93645, ex RAF KG713. With 429 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg. To civil register as C-GJKM. To Buffalo Airways on 21 October 1994, registration later cancelled several times as this firm underwent reorganization. Latest Certificate of Registration issued on 28 July 2006, still in regular service summer of 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June Serial Change Renumbered as CAF 12946 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KG769

s/n
 KG769
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13868/25313
c/r
 CF‑TEG;CF‑GXW;C‑FGXW;N173RD

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47A-30-DK 42-48052 was to have gone to RAF as Dakota III KG769, but no RAF service; to RCAF as KG769 25 July 1944. To Trans Canada Airlines 21-11-45 fn 80, later fn 380. CF-GXW Deportment of Transport 21-08-57. C-FGXW Department of Transport 00.00.78. Reg canx 24.01.85. Kelowna Flightcraft Charter 17-07-85 reg canx 13.11.85. Odyssey 86 DC-3 Society 00.06.86; rgd 27.07.88, reg canx 10.09.90. N173RD Classic Airlines Corporation 20-09-90. ISRMS - International Ship Repair & Marine Services Inc 13-10-90. Lance P. Toland 00.11.94. Seen Griffin, GA 31.10.96 with 'Odyssey' titles. Seen Griffin, GA 29.10.08 with 'Algonquin Airlines'-titles, fate?

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-July-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1945-November-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 1968 630

Dakota KG808

s/n
 KG808
as/n
 12947
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 14040/25485
c/r
 CF‑BKY

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;104;424

C-47A-30-DK 43-48224 to USAAF Jul 26, 1944. To RAF in UK as Dakota III KG808 Aug 7, 1944. 525 Sqdn RAF Sep 27, 1944. 78 Sqdn RF Jun 19, 1945. 512 Sqdn RAF Sep 8, 1945. 437 Sqdn RAF Mar 31, 1946. To RCAF Apr 22, 1946 as KG808.
In storage at Mossbank, Saskatchewan in September 1946, when it was selected by a team from No. 2 (K) Flight, Winnipeg, to be the next personal aircraft for the AOC Northwest Command. Ferried to Winnipeg on 20 September 1946, still in camouflage paint. Repainted, custom interior installed, at Winnipeg. First flight in this configuration on 17 December 1946. First trip carrying AOC on 22 December 1946. Operated from Calgary in January 1947. Engine failure on 13 February 1947, while en route to Ottawa. Returned to Winnipeg for successful single engine landing. Still used by AOC Northwest Command in summer of 1948. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while serving with C & R Flight, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta. With No. 104 Composite Flight at St. Hubert in 1959 and 1960. With 424 Squadron at Trenton in late 1960s, by then converted to Mk. 3CSC.

Renumbered 12947 in 1970. To CF-BKY Maritime Aircraft Overhaul and Repair, Ltd, Moncton, New Brunswick Jan 11, 1972. To N74139 L Oberturf, Mena AK 1972. Zoom Zoom Air Inc Mar 14, 1973. Reregistered N100ZZ Air Charter West leased Dec 1975. Leased Trans West Jun 1978.

from 12947
Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48224, ex RAF KG808. Operated at CFB North Bay, Ontario. To civil register as CF-BKY, with Maritime Aircraft Overhaul and Repair. To US civil register as N74139, several private owners, then briefly back to Maritime Aircraft. Registered later as N100ZZ, various owners including Transwest Air Express. Reported airworthy in 2006, registered as N982Z to M.J. Hogan of Fruitland Park, Florida. Operated by Remote Area Medical (RAM) Volunteer Corps, carrying medical supplies to Central and South America. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KJ827

s/n
 KJ827
as/n
 14166
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14166/25611

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47B-1-DK 43-48350 to RAF as Dakota IV KJ827. Diverted to RCAF as KJ827 18 Aug 1944, no RAF service. Later reserialled 14166 To CF-BYK Superior Airways Ltd 01-05-70 as DC-3C. C-FBYK Superior Airways Ltd 01-01-76 prefix changed. To N2922Z Phase II Inc registered 00.03.82. WFU at Opa-Locka, FL 12.83 still as C-FBYK, reg canx 26.03.13 as b/u since. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-September-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-May-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203 | 2005 208

Dakota KJ828

s/n
 KJ828
as/n
 12948
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14167/25612
c/r
 C‑GCXD

Known Squadron Assignments: 6OTU;109;402

Ex USAAF C-47B-1-DK serial number 43-48351. Delivered to USAAF on 1 August 1944, to RAF on 16 August 1944. At Pennfield Ridge in April to August 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. Transferred from RCAF Station Pennfield Ridge, NB to No. 6 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Comox, BC in September 1945. With Radar and Communications School Flight at RCAF Station Centralia, Ontario from 25 July 1947. With No. 109 (K) Unit at Lahr, Germany in mid 1960s and at time of Integration.

from 12948

Ex US C-47A-30-DK 43-48351, ex RAF KJ828. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 31 July 1970. With 402 Squadron in Winnipeg in 1970s. Also operated at CFB St. Hubert, Quebec. To civil register as C-GCXD. Operated by Aviation Boreal of Val D'Or, Quebec when it was damaged on 23 March 1995. Still stored at Val D'Or in 2005 and 2007, not airworthy and gradually deteriorating.

The minimal repaint shows an RCAF history for this DC-3. After years of neglect at Val D'or/QC while with Aviation Boréal, she was trucked out to Red Deer, Alberta in 2014 for Buffalo Airways spares use.Then in August 2018 it was shipped to Oshkosh/WI for Basler with registration N856LT allocated.(Source Air History.net)

last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-August-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12948 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 587 | 2005 203

Dakota KJ835

s/n
 KJ835
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14174/25619

Known Squadron Assignments: 108

C-47B-1-DK 43-48358 to USAAF Aug 11, 1944. To RAF in UK as Dakota IV KJ835 via RAF Montreal Aug 14, 1944. 108 OTU RAF Oct 31, 1944. Dove into ground near Sileby following engine failure Jan 10, 1945.

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1945-January-10 KIFA RCAF Sergeant James Ronald Hillsdon 2021-08-10

Dakota KJ855

s/n
 KJ855
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14349/25794

Known Squadron Assignments: 436

C-47B-1-DK 43-48533 to USAAF Aug 27, 1944. To RAF as Dakota IV KJ855 via RAF Nassau Sep 4, 1944. To India ACSEA Sep 17, 1944. 436 Sqdn RAF. Belly landed near Kabirwala, Punjab, India Nov 22, 1944 after running out fuel while lost.
last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KJ899

s/n
 KJ899
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 25930/14485

Known Squadron Assignments:

C-47B-5-DK 43-48669 to USAAF 08-09-44. RAF - Royal Air Force KJ899 20-09-44. Written off 12.01.45. The Dakota IV was shot down by Nakajima Ki-43s near Tabingaung, Myanmar ?(?).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-January-12 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Duncan Joseph Mackinnon 2023-07-21
1945-January-12 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Robert Harold Prosser 2023-07-21
1945-January-12 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Kenneth Ramsay 2023-07-21
1945-January-12 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Kenneth Allen Scott 2023-07-21
1945-January-12 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Edward Forsaith Williams 2023-07-21

Dakota KJ901

s/n
 KJ901
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14487/25932

Known Squadron Assignments: 62

C-47B-5-DK USAAF 43-48671 09 Sept 1944. RAF - Royal Air Force KJ901 21 Sept 1944. W/O 25 June 1945. The Dakota IV went missing at unk loc within Myanmar ?(?).

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1945-June-25 KIA RAFVR Flying Officer Walter Edward Besso 2023-08-01

Dakota KJ936

s/n
 KJ936
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14664/26109

Known Squadron Assignments: 6OTU;412;435

Ex USAAF C-47B-5-DK serial number 43-48848, ex RAF KJ936. Delivered to USAAF on 25 September 1944. Delivered direct to RCAF, no RAF service. At Pennfield Ridge in April to August 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. Transferred from RCAF Station Pennfield Ridge, NB to No. 6 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Comox, BC in September 1945, where it was involved in a minor taxiing collision with Expeditor HB140. Later assigned to No. 9 (T) Group. Delivered to No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, in April 1949. Used for pilot training for VIP Dakotas, coded "AO*H". With No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton by July 1949, still with this unit when it crashed on landing at Whitehorse, Yukon during Operation Sweetbriar, on 29 February 1950. last update: 2024-April-30
RCAF Accident Record
   1944-October-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-December-07 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Frizzle | Willis
   1950-March-02 Struck off Strength Struck off after crash 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

Dakota KJ956

s/n
 KJ956
inst
 746B
as/n
 KT*956 12949 "KG788"
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14803/26248

Known Squadron Assignments: 412;435;104

Ex USAAF C-47B-10-DK serial number 43-48987, ex RAF KJ956. Delivered to USAAF on 11 October 1944, to RAF on 25 October 1944. Sold by RAF as scrap on 5 September 1950. Purchased by RCAF, taken on strength 07 Sept 1951. Coded "CC*A" during Arctic operations c.1954. Served with Training Air Command, possibly based at Rivers, Manitoba. Took part in Operation Loup Garou (airborne assault on Sept Isle, Quebec) February 1954. Coded "KT*956" in 1957, serving on west coast. With 412 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario when it transported AM Dunlap from Debert, NS to Ottawa on 1 June 1962. With 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Namao, Alberta, in 1964. With No. 104 (K) Unit at CFB St. Hubert, Quebec after Integration.

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Ex US C-47B-10-DK 43-48987, ex RAF KJ956. Operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. Used as Instructional Airframe 746B. Based at CFB Montreal, Quebec. On display at CFB Winnipeg in 2006. This aircraft was refinished in May 2014 as KG788 to commemorate 435 (T&R) Squadron's 70th Anniversary. last update: 2024-February-19
   1951-September-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12949 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588 | 2005 203

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Dakota KJ986

s/n
 KJ986
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14980/26425

Known Squadron Assignments:

USAAF C-47B-10-DK 43-49164 26 Oct 1944 . RAF - Royal Air Force KJ986 30 Oct 1944. W/O 03 Nov 1944. The Dakota IV crashed on delivery flight 47 km NE of Goose Bay, NF 3(?).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1944-November-03 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Archie Whitelaw 2023-05-01

Dakota KK101

s/n
 KK101
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14995/26440

Known Squadron Assignments:

Ex USAAF C-47B-10-DK serial number 43-49179, ex RAF KK101. Delivered to USAAF on 27 October 1944, to RAF on 7 November 1944. To RCAF KK101 17 Nov 1944. To Western Air Command. Reported as marked 14995, not confirmed. Had 492:25 logged time when struck off. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-November-16 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1945-September-20 Accident: 6 Operational Training Unit Loc: Taxiing Strip Names: Reynolds | Tait
   1947-October-17 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588

Dakota KK102

s/n
 KK102
as/n
 VC-CBG 12901
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 14996/26441
c/r
 CF‑BKQ

Known Squadron Assignments: 4OTU;412;424

Ex US C-47A-30-DK s/n 43-49180, ex RAF KK102. Operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. Used by No. 4 Operational Training Unit at CFB Trenton, Ontario. In storage at Saskatoon when struck off. To civil registry as CF-BKQ, later C-FBKQ. Registered to Aero Trades Western Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1976, registration cancelled in 1984.

from 12901 Ex US C-47A-30-DK s/n 43-49180, ex RAF KK102. Delivered to USAAF on 30 October 1944. Registered as VC-CBG, marked as CB*G, while with Central Air Command Communications Flight at Trenton in 1948. With 412 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario in 1964. Served with 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton in late 1960s.
last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KK143

s/n
 KK143
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15281/26726
c/r
 CF‑AUQ

Known Squadron Assignments: 123;121;CFS

Ex USAAF C-47B-15-DK serial number 43-49465, ex RAF KK143. Delivered to USAAF on 25 November 1944, with RAF later in 1944. Also reported as transferred to RCAF on 7 April 1946, possibly from RCAF Overseas. With No. 123 (R) Unit at RCAF Sea Island, BC in 1951 and 1952, used as a target tug. Also used by No. 121 (K) Flight at Sea Island during this time. Ran off icy runway while attempting take off from Williams Lake, BC in 1953, during search for missing Dakota 985. Slight damage to wings, wing tip icing suspected as contributing to crash. Still with No. 121 (K&R) Flight when it suffered an engine failure in December 1953, returned to base with further damage. Used by Central Flying School at RCAF Station Gimli, Manitoba. To civil register as CF-AUQ. With Superior Airways of Thunder Bay, Ontario when it crashed on 6 December 1972, 11.9 miles south of Lac Randell, PQ. From Aviation Safety Network web site: "The aircraft entered a spiral, while the captain was removing ice from the windscreen with a scraper. The violent correction caused a high speed stall. The DC-3 crashed in a nose and wing down attitude." No fatalities. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably form RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-January-31 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588 | 2005 203 | 2005 207

Dakota KK160

s/n
 KK160
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15299/26744
c/r
 N502PA

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;414;412

Ex USAAF C-47B-15-DK serial number 43-49483, ex RAF KK160. Delivered to USAAF on 28 November 1944, then to RAF on 14 December 1944. Delivered direct to RCAF, no RAF service. At Pennfield Ridge, NB in March to August 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. Took part in Operation Assiniboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba), while with No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton. Transferred (loan?) to Rockcliffe on 4 September 1950. Possibly with No. 414 (P) Squadron at this time? Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada) to Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Dorval, Quebec City and Halifax, July 1951; and August 1951. Took part in Operation Assiniboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Carried out AIREV mission, 23 - 25 March 1952. Broke through ice while landing at Baker Lake, NWT on 15 June 1953. Crew taxied aircraft to firm ground as it was sinking, awarded CAS Commendations for saving aircraft. Carried members of Survival School to Cambridge Bay, NWT, on 14 December 1953. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Searching near Grande Prairie, Alberta for missing Expeditor from C&R Flight, March 1954. Found Expeditor on 20 March. AIREV mission 24 - 30 March 1954, and last ever AIREV on 9 April 1954 (as far east as Goose Bay). With No. 412 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario, dates not known. To US civil register, first as N502PA, later N300TX. Off register by 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1944-December-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1968-August-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 588 | 2005 203 | 2005 218

Dakota KK167

s/n
 KK167
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 26858/15413

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

USAAF C-47B-15-DK 43-49597 13 Dec 1944. RAF - Royal Air Force KK167 09 Jan 1945 . W/O 08 June 1945. The Dakota IV crashed at 19,22°N, 93,51°E 50 km E of Kyaukpyu, Myanmar ?(?).

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1945-June-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Donald Dean Schurr 2023-07-21

Dakota KK175

s/n
 KK175
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 26866/15421

Known Squadron Assignments: 194

USAAF C-47B-15-DK 43-49605 14 Dec 1944. RAF - Royal Air Force KK175 05 Jan 1945. W/O 20 June 1945. The Dakota IV hit hill & crashed 6.5 km SE of Kyaukpyu on Notkin Island at 19,19°N, 93,50°E, Myanmar ?(?).

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1945-June-20 KIA RAFVR Wing Commander Robert Cree Crawford DFC 2024-05-14

Dakota KK180

s/n
 KK180
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15426/26871

Known Squadron Assignments: 357

USAAF C-47B-15-DK 43-49610 08 Dec 1944. RAF - Royal Air Force KK180 09 Jan 45. W/O 20 May 1945. The Dakota IV crashed at Yaping, China ?(?).

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1945-May-20 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Beresford Arnold 2023-07-15

Dakota KN200

s/n
 KN200
as/n
 12902
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15559/27004
c/r
 CF‑TVK

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;442

Ex US C-47B-10-DK s/n 43-49743, Delivered to USAAF on 23 December 1944. Delivered direct to RCAF 04 Jan 1945, no RAF service. At Pennfield Ridge, NB in March to July 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. To No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station

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CAF - Canadian Air Force 26 June 1970 CC-129. To CF-TVK Bradley Air Services Ltd 06 Apr 1972 DC-3C. W/O 28 Jan 1974. The DC-3 was destroyed in hangar fire at Carp, ON (YRP) 0(0).

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Dakota KN201

s/n
 KN201
as/n
 12903
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15560/27005
c/r
 N46938

Known Squadron Assignments: 6OTU;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49744, ex RAF KN201. Delivered to USAAF on 29 December 1944. Delivered direct to RCAF, no RAF service. At Pennfield Ridge, NB in May to August 1945, probably with the Transport Conversion Squadron. Transferred from RCAF Station Pennfield Ridge, NB to No. 6 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Comox, BC in September 1945. At RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in early 1950s, used by Air Navigation School, coded "O". Later with Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba.

from 12903 Ex US C-47B-10-DK s/n 43-49744, ex RAF KN201, operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. With Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg until June 1971, equipped as a radar trainer. To CFFTSU (Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit) at Winnipeg, 1 July 1971. To No. 429 (T) Squadron at Winnipeg on 31 March 1972. To US civil register as N46938. Carried Basler Airlines markings in 1989. De-registered on 20 December 1990. Reported with Malawi Air Wing in 1990, their serial number 76-21, not converted to turboprop. last update: 2024-February-19
   1945-January-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12903 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 203

Dakota KN208

s/n
 KN208
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27073/15628

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

USAAF C-47B-20-DK 43-49812 05 Jan 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN208 16 Jan 1945. W/O 07 July 1945. Operated by No. 437 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in India. Crashed in valley near Toungoo on 7 July 1945. The Dakota IV crashed at 19,12°N, 96,30°E S of Naypyidaw, Myanmar ?(?).

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1945-July-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Crawford Campbell 2023-12-14
1945-July-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Wilmer Jacob Friesen 2023-07-21
1945-July-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alexander Ross Weir Harrison 2023-07-21
1945-July-07 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Sidney Herbert Lodington Smith 2023-07-21

Dakota KN218

s/n
 KN218
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27084/15639

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

USAAF C-47B-20-DK 43-49823 05 Jan 1945 RAF - Royal Air Force KN218 15 Jan 1945. W/O 26 June 1945. The Dakota IV crashed after port engine failure 10 km NW of Nwegyi, Myanmar 4(?).

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1945-June-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Stanley Bradly 2023-08-01
1945-June-26 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Maxwell Alvin Russell 2021-03-31

Dakota KN256

s/n
 KN256
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27184/15739
c/r
 CF‑KAH

Known Squadron Assignments: 414;435;102

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49923, ex RAF KN256. Delivered to USAAF on 11 January 1945, to RAF on 24 January 1945. Struck off by RAF by April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. With No. 414 (P) Squadron at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, c.1949. To No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, October 1950. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Carried Judicial Party to Cambridge Bay, NWT in April 1951 for murder trial there. Loaned to No. 6 Repair Depot, Trenton, in May and June 1951, to deliver Harvard ferry pilots to various US destinations. Carried RCMP Motorcycle Escort across Canada fall of 1951, in support of Royal Tour. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. With No. 102 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Trenton in early 1964. Stored at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in late 1960s. Re-designated as Mk. 4MFP by then. To civil register as CF-KAH in 1968. Severely damaged in accident at Norman Wells, NWT in January 1972, while being operated for Mackenzie Air. Apparently not repaired. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1968-November-27 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 203 | 2005 209

Dakota KN258

s/n
 KN258
inst
 A 754
as/n
 12907
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15742/27187
c/r
 N92BF

Known Squadron Assignments: 103;104;424;402

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49926, ex RAF KN258. Delivered to USAAF on 19 January 945, to RAF on 23 January 1945. Reported used in India by No. 435 and 436 Squadrons, RCAF, not confirmed by Squadron records. Struck off RAF books on 22 April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. With No. 103 Rescue Unit in mid 1946. Later stored at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Ferried from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 15 July 1948. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952, while serving with C & R Flight, RCAF Station Edmonton, Alberta. With No. 405 Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood in 1966, noted then as a 4MSRWith No. 104 (K) Unit at RCAF Station St. Hubert, Quebec in 1964. Based at RCAF Greenwood, NS in 1966. Dropped jumpers in 1968 Para Rescue Competition at CFB Trenton, Ontario. With No.424 (T&R) Squadron at CFB Trenton, Ontario in 1969 and 1970. Located downed Cessna near Bagotville, Quebec in June of that year. Still with this unit when renumbered as 12907.

from 12907
Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK s/n 43-49926, ex RAF KN258. Serving with No. 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton when renumbered. To storage at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 18 November 1971. To CFB Winnipeg on 21 June 1972. To CFB Cold Lake, Alberta on 28 August 1972, back at Winnipeg by 11 October 1974. Became Instructional Airframe A 754 on 27 October 1976, used by ARTTU (Air Reserve Technical Training Unit?) at Winnipeg. Noted with 11,094 logged hours at this time. Back to flying status on 18 July 1984, after Depot Level Inspection at CFB Trenton. Took part in air show at CFB Trenton, Ontario, 1986 and 1987. Carried name "Miss Piggy". With No. 402 Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, at this time. Withdrawn from use on 1 April 1989. Still in storage at Air Maintenance Development Unit, CFB Trenton, in November 1990. Registered as N92BF to Basler Airlines on 25 July 1991. To Fleming Corporation of Nashua, New Hampshire on 9 August 1991. To Saber Cargo Airlines in November 1995, painted in USAAF markings, but still used for revenue freight flights. Reported on display at Carolina Aviation Museum, Charlotte, NC in 2004. Reported later converted to turboprop engines, registered as N12907. Registered to First Flight Out of Charlotte, North Carolina on 2 December 2003, with piston engines. This registration under review in 2012. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12907 2019-08-20
   1976-October-27 Classified Instructional 2023-06-09
   1989-April-01 Struck off Strength 2023-06-09
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 203

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Dakota KN261

s/n
 KN261
as/n
 12908
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15745/27190
c/r
 C‑GGJG C‑GSCA

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49929, ex RAF KN261. Delivered to USAAF on 20 January 1945, to RAF on 26 January 1945. Struck off RAF books on 8 April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. To No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, October 1950. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Carried dynamite from Kamloops, BC to Medicine Hat, Alberta in April 1951, to break up ice jams. Took part in Operation Assiniboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada), 25 - 28 February 1952. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Searching near Grande Prairie, Alberta for missing Expeditor from C&R Flight, March 1954. Carried RCN Avenger ground crew from Calgary to Patricia Bay, BC 15 April 1954. Carried out 435's last scheduled Dakota run, Service Flight 3, on 16 or 17 June 1954. Later based at CFB North Bay, Ontario.

from 12908
Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK s/n 43-49929, ex RAF KN261. Operated post war by RCAF with RAF serial number. Based at CFB North Bay, Ontario in early 1970s, used as a VIP aircraft by Air Defence Command. Registration C-GGJG allocated to Eclipse Aviation consultants of Oshawa, Ontario.
Registered to Skycraft Air Trans Inc. of Oshawa, Ontario as C-GSCA. In their service when it crashed on 9 January 1984, on a road near the airport at St. Louis, Missouri. Had attempted to take off after being refueled with jet fuel. One crew member killed. Registration cancelled in 1991. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12908 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 203

Dakota KN269

s/n
 KN269
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27202
c/r
 CF‑PIK

Known Squadron Assignments: 437

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49941. Delivered to USAAF on 23 January 1945. To RAF KN269 on 28 January 1945. Operated with RAF 437 Squadron. Struck off RAF books on 22 April 1946, to RCAF Overseas. With RCAF in Europe in mid 1960s. Seen at Gatwick, UK in September 1966, marked "1st Canadian Air Division". To Canadian civil register as CF-PIK, registered to Arctic Air of Edmonton, Alberta in 1976. Later C-FPIK, with Chaparral Charters of Dorval, PQ, this registration cancelled on 12 October 1982. To Air Inuit of Kuujjuaq, PQ, this registration cancelled on 22 March 1984, when aircraft was exported. To US civil register as N53NA, then N133FS with GD Aircraft of Atherton, California by 2006. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2020-09-28
   1967-June-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Dakota KN270

s/n
 KN270
as/n
 BN*B 12909
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15758/27203
c/r
 C‑GCKE

Known Squadron Assignments: 112;435;412;448;AETE

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49942, ex RAF KN270. Delivered to USAAF on 20 January 1945, to RAF on 30 January 1945. Operated by No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba when it took part in Operation Canon (medevac of Canon J.H. Turner from Baffin Island) 2 October 1947, delivering medical and servicing crew from Rivers to Winnipeg, where they boarded Dakota 969 (which see). Ferried from Rivers Camp, Manitoba to Edmonton, Alberta by 435 Squadron crew, on 25 October 1947, for use with North West Air Command K Flight. Appears to have maintained by and operated by 435 Squadron while with NWAC Headquarters. To No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary, Alberta, for repairs in September 1948. Delivered to 435 Squadron, Edmonton, on 3 February 1949. Coded "BN*B" with this unit. Took part in Operation Assiniboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). To No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary, for storage December 1950. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954, while serving with No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe. Based at RCAF Trenton in mid 1950s. Serving with No. 448 Squadron, the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment support unit at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, after integration and before renumbering. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-04 Accept from other Air Force Received from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1946-June-04 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as Canadian Forces 12909, which see. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN271

s/n
 KN271
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27205/15760

Known Squadron Assignments: 45

USAAF C-47B-20-DK 43-49944 24 Jan 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN271 28 Jan 1945. W/O 06 Feb 1945. The Dakota IV ditched into Atlantic Ocean at 63,30°N, 38,00°W 140 km E off Greenland on delivery flight from Bluey W1 to Reykjavik, Iceland 4(4).

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1945-February-06 KIFA RAFVR Flight Lieutenant Herbert Bond Clarke 2024-02-27
1945-February-06 KIFA RAF Flight Sergeant William Roy Gregory 2023-02-12
1945-February-06 KIFA PAF Squadron Leader Zdzislaw Waclaw Hirsz VM V class (Poland), KW (4) (Poland), ML (3) (Poland) 2022-03-22
1945-February-06 KIFA RAFVR Flying Officer Dennis Washer 2023-02-16

Dakota KN277

s/n
 KN277
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27212/15767
c/r
 CF‑XXT

Known Squadron Assignments: 412;408

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49951, ex RAF KN277. Delivered to USAAF on 24 January 1945, to RAF on 26 January 1945. Struck off by RAF on 7 April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. Ferried from No. 10 Repair Depot, Calgary, to Montreal by 435 Squadron crew in September 1948. Served with No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, when it took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. With No. 408 Squadron at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario by March 1955, when it was detached to Bermuda to collect air samples following US atomic bomb tests. In storage at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when struck off. To civil register as CF-XXT, with Superior Airways of Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1976. Withdrawn from use by early 1980s. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1968-July-16 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204 | 2005 210

Dakota KN278

s/n
 KN278
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 27214/15769

Known Squadron Assignments: 414;435;408;6OTU

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49953, ex RAF KN278. Delivered to USAAF on 25 January 1945, to RAF on 30 January 1945. Struck off by RAF on 22 April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. Ferried from No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary to Canadair in Montreal in July 1948. With No. 414 (P) Squadron at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario in the late 1940s. Also with No. 435 (T) Squadron at Edmonton, Alberta, dates not known. With No. 408 Squadron at Rockcliffe in early 1950s. Received Pinocchio conversion (CF-104 nose cone with radar installed), operated in training role by No. 6 (ST/R) Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Cold Lake, Alberta. Named "Woody Woodpecker" while in this configuration. Crashed into Pierce Lake, near Cold Lake, on 10 July 1963. F/O P.T. Mullins killed. Reported still at the bottom of the lake.

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   1963-August-08 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1963-July-10 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Bruce Bliss Goodwin 2022-03-18
1963-July-10 KIFA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Walter Heinrich Heber 2023-01-20
1963-July-10 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Peter Terrance Joseph Mullins 2022-03-18
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Dakota KN281

s/n
 KN281
as/n
 12910
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15773/27218
c/r
 N64766

Known Squadron Assignments: 111;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK serial number 43-49957, ex RAF KN281. Delivered to USAAF on 24 January 1945, to RAF on 28 January 1945. Struck off by RAF on 22 April 1946, probably to RCAF Overseas. Ferried from Suffield, Alberta to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 13 March 1948. With No. 111 (K) Flight, NWAC, Edmonton, when it was used to fly sandbags from Minneapolis to Winnipeg for flood relief efforts, May 1950. Used by Air Navigation School at Winnipeg, Manitoba in late 1960s.

from 12910
Ex USAAF C-47B-20-DK s/n 43-49957, ex RAF KN281. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. Sold to Charvis Investments of Denver, Colorado, to US civil register as N64766. Later owners include Weldcraft Steel and Marine of Bellingham, Washington. Registered to Environmental Aviation Services Inc. of Bourg, Louisiana on 3 December 1979. Equipped to spread dispersants on oil spills. Reported airworthy, still with this operator, in 2022. Reported used in large Gulf oil spill in 2009. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF12910 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN291

s/n
 KN291
as/n
 12911 (10291)
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 15792/32540
c/r
 CF‑BKW

Known Squadron Assignments: 12;412;109

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK serial number 44-76208, ex RAF KN291. Delivered to USAAF on 26 January 1945, to RAF on 27 January 1945. Operated by No. 12 (Com) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, by August 1946, when it transported Field Marshall Montgomery and party across Canada. Visited Edmonton in January 1947, carrying AOC No. 9 (T) Group, while with this unit. Had engine changed at Edmonton by No. 435 Squadron. Ferried to Cartierville on 30 January 1947. Back in service with No. 12 Squadron by 20 February 1947, when it carried VIPs to Churchill, Manitoba. With No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, in 1949, carried Governor General to Coral Harbour, NWT in July of that year. Unserviceable at Edmonton early December 1949, repaired by 435 Squadron and delivered to Rockcliffe by 435 Squadron crew on 9 December. With No. 109 (K) Unit in Lahr, Germany in 1960s. Reported marked as "10291" while in Europe.

from 12911
Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK s/n 44-76208, ex RAF KN291. Operated post war by RCAF with RAF serial number. In storage at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when renumbered. Seen at Gatwick, UK on 24 November 1970. To civil register as CF-BKW, later C-FBKW. To Columbian register as HK-2665, operated by El Dorado at Villavicencio, Columbia. Reported crashed, no details. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-03 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12911 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN298

s/n
 KN298
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32549/15801

Known Squadron Assignments: 238

USAAF C-47B-25-DK 44-76217 26 Jan 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN298 28 Jan 1945. W/O 13 Apr 1945. The Dakota IV broke up at 22,52°N, 91,26°E 32 km SW of Feni, Bangladesh ?(?).

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1945-April-13 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Rupert Edward C Edwards 2021-08-06

Dakota KN392

s/n
 KN392
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16065/32813

Known Squadron Assignments: CEPE

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK serial number 44-76481, ex RAF KN392. Delivered to USAAF on 10 March 1945, to RAF on 13 March 1945. With Central Experimental and Proving Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario. last update: 2024-February-19
   1951-November-23 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12917 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN409

s/n
 KN409
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32833/16085

Known Squadron Assignments: 45

USAAF C-47B-25-DK 44-76501 10 Mar 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN409 18 Mar 1945. W/O 28 Mar 1945. The Dakota IV crashed during delivery flight from Keflavik-Meeks Field, Iceland (KEF) to Glasgow-Prestwick Airport, U.K. (PIK) 6,5 km W of Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, U.K. 4(4).

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45 (T) Group (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

45 Group RAF Transport Command Dorval, Quebec. Dakota IV aircraft KN 409 crashed on approach to Prestwick, Scotland during a trans-Atlantic ferry flight after a stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland. The aircraft was last heard from on approach to Prestwick and crashed crashed into the Firth of Clyde, 4 miles west of Irvine with no trace of the aircrew being found

Pilot/1st Officer Flying Officer JW Newman (RCAF), Pilot Captain F/L HR Hannaford DFC (RAAF), FS A Jamieson (RAFVR) and WO2 P Lavin (RAFVR) were missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known grave and all are commemorated on the Ottawa War Memorial

span class="citation">Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie page 328,396/span>

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1945-March-28 KIFA RAAF Flight Lieutenant Hector Roy Hannaford DFC 2022-12-12
1945-March-28 KIFA RAFVR Flight Sergeant Alexander Donald Cyril Jamieson 2022-12-12
1945-March-28 KIFA RAFVR Warrant Officer Patrick Lavin 2022-12-12
1945-March-28 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer John William Newman 2022-12-12

Dakota KN413

s/n
 KN413
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32838/16090

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

USAAF C-47B-25-DK 44-76506 14 Mar 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN413 18 Mar 1945. W/O 18 Dec 1945. The Dakota IV crashed at Voksenkollen during approach to Oslo-Fornebu Airport, Norway (FBU) 17(17). Operated by No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, on flights to continent from UK, at time of crash. Coded "ODMF". Flew into high ground, en-route Copenhagen to Oslo, on 18 December 1945. Crew and 13 passengers killed.

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1945-December-18 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Roger Jean Marie Joseph Dagenais 2021-08-04
1945-December-18 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer William Reginald Fee 2021-08-06
1945-December-18 KIFA RCAF Flying Officer Kenneth Frank Study 2021-07-21
1945-December-18 KIFA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Archie Young 2021-10-30

Dakota KN427

s/n
 KN427
as/n
 12921
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16107/32855
c/r
 CF‑TVL

Known Squadron Assignments: 121;435;436;413

Ex USAAF C-47B-25-DK serial number 44-76523, ex RAF KN427. Delivered to USAAF on 17 March 1945, to RAF on 19 March 1945. To No. 121 (K) Flight at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC in March 1953, as replacement for crashed Dakota 985. Engine caught fire during acceptance test flight on 18 March 1953, was able to land back at Sea island. Used at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta in late 1960s.

from 12921
Ex US C-47B-25-DK 44-76523, ex RAF KN427. Operated post war by RCAF with RAF serial. Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To civil register as CF-TVL. In 1976 registered as C-FTVL to Bradley Air Services of Carp, Ontario. With Soundair at Pearson Airport in the 1980s. Sold in 1990, to Williston Lake Air Services Ltd. of Mackenzie, BC, for 6 weeks, then registration cancelled. Later to US register as N116SA. Operated by Saber Cargo Airlines in 1996. Operated by Southern Arkansas University in 2006. Registered to R. Partyka of Little Rock, Arkansas on 2 August 2006. Still operating in SAU markings in 2008. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength probably from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-June-03 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12921 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN436

s/n
 KN436
as/n
 12922
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32865
c/r
 CF‑BKS

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;435;4OTU;412;424

Stored post war at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Ferried from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 11 June 1948. Ferried from Calgary to Cartierville 25 to 27 August 1948. To No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, October 1950. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Took part in Operation Assiniboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, PQ, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Transferred to No. 4 OTU, RCAF Station Dorval, PQ in March 1952. With No. 412 (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario when it transported AVM Hendricks from Washington to Ottawa summer of 1962. Served with No. 424 Squadron at CFB Trenton in late 1960s.

from 12922
44-76533 (MSN 16117/32865) to USAAF Mar 19, 1945. To RAF in UK as Dakota IV KN436 via RAF Montreal Mar 21, 1945. 48 Sqn RAF 09Apr45. 437 Sqn RAF 07Sep45. 435 Sqn RAF 26Dec45. To Canada 07Apr46. To RCAF Jul 4, 1946. Reserialed 12922 Jun 1970. To CF-BKS Maritime Aircraft Overhaul & Repair Ltd registered 11Jan72. To Ontario Central Airlines 17Feb73. WFU Jun77 last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN443

s/n
 KN443
as/n
 12923
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16125/32873

Known Squadron Assignments: ANS;429

USAAF C-47B-25-DK 43-76541 to RAF as Dakota IV KN443 Mar 1945. To RCAF as Dakota IV KN443 Apr 8, 1946. Renumbered as 12923 in 1970.Operated by No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary in December 1946 and early 1947. Converted to IVM at No. 10 Repair Depot in May 1948.

from 12923
Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK serial number 44-76541, ex RAF KN433. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To No. 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. To US civil register as N46950, operated by Virgin Air in the US Virgin Islands. De-registered on 13 February 1996, reported as destroyed. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered from RCAF KN443 2019-08-20
   1976-July-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 136 | 2005 222

Dakota KN448

s/n
 KN448
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32918/16170

Known Squadron Assignments: 6;424

EX USAAF C-47B-3-DK, serial number 44-76586. Delivered to USAAF on 20 March 1945. To RAF, their serial number KN448, on 27 March 1945. Visited Winnipeg, Manitoba en route from Edmonton to Rockcliffe, in October 1946. Returned to Edmonton, via Winnipeg, in November 1946. With North West Air Command Comm Flight at RCAF Station Edmonton in May 1947. With No. 6 (Com) Fight, North West Air Command in September 1948, when it took part in Operation Lintner, search for Stinson NC1602. Located the aircraft on 29 September, staging out of Fort Nelson, BC. On display at Calgary on Air Force Day, 1950. Designated as 4MFP, in early 1950s. Converted to 4M on 4 February 1957. With 424 Squadron at CFB Comox after unification. To "controlled cannibalization" on 13 April 1970. Some parts reported stored at Science Museum in Kensington, UK, but these are also reported as parts of RCAF 10914 (ex RAF KN441). A Dakota cockpit on display in this museum in 2013 is labelled as RCAF serial number 448. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1970-April-13 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN451

s/n
 KN451
inst
 A 655 655B
as/n
 VC-CDF
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32922

Known Squadron Assignments: 426;123;101

Ex USAAF 44-76590. To RAF in April 1945. To Eastern Air Command in 1947, for use by No. 426 Squadron at Dartmouth. To Greenwood on 20 June 1949. With No. 123 (R) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island in late 1950. With No. 101 (Composite) Flight at Dartmouth in early 1950s, coded "CD*F". To Camp Borden in 1952, for use as an instructional airframe by No. 2 Technical Training School, became 655B. To storage with No. 6 Repair Depot at Dunnville, Ontario on 2 May 1963, used as a source of spare parts. Transferred to National Aviation Museum at Rockliffe on 29 August 1964, stored outside for many years. At Greenwood Museum by 2011. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-May-01 Taken on Strength No Inv Card. TOS 01 May 1946 per Griffin2005 RAF Registry. 2020-11-01
   1959-August-11 Classified Instructional CA A 655 2020-06-08
   1969-February-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 491 | 1968 589 | 2005 204

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Dakota KN456

s/n
 KN456
as/n
 44-76596
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16180/32928

Known Squadron Assignments:

USAAF C-47B-25-DK 44-76596 to RAF as Dakota IV KN456 Apr 1945. SOC Nov 9, 1948.

last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KN457

s/n
 KN457
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 32929/16181

Known Squadron Assignments: 62

USAAF C-47B-30-DK 44-76597 26 Mar 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN457 04-Apr 1945. W/O 13 July 1945. The Dakota IV crashed near Akyab, Myanmar 5(5).

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1945-July-13 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roy Howard Jones 2023-07-21

Dakota KN485

s/n
 KN485
inst
 KEEP SERIAL
as/n
 12925
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16215/32963
c/r
 CF‑GBG C‑GWUG

Known Squadron Assignments: 121;194;ANS;429

Ex USAAF C-47B-30-DK, serial number 44-76631, ex RAF KN485. Sold as scrap by RAF on 5 September 1950, to Canadian civil register on 18 December 1951 as CF-GBG. Purchased by RCAF 6 February 1952, retained RAF serial number. With No. 121 (K) Flight at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC when it transported party to San Fransisco and return in April 1953. With No. 104 Composite Flight at St. Hubert in 1959 and 1960, used for VIP flights. Based at RCAF Station Vancouver in 1963.Stored at Canadian Forces Technical Services Detachment at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With Canadian Forces Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg up to June 1971. To Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 1 July 1971. To 429 Squadron at Winnipeg on 1 April 1972. With Air B C of Richmond, BC as C-GWUG, registration cancelled on 19 December 1985. Later owners included Nahanni Air Services Ltd. of Norman Wells, NWT until 1987, then Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter Ltd., based in Kelowna, from 1990. Crashed on Mayne Island, BC on 13 January 1999, 2 crew killed. Was en route from Vancouver to Victoria at night, flying below weather. Struck a ridge on Mount Parke at about 900 foot level. last update: 2024-February-19
   1952-March-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered from RCAF KN485 2019-08-20
   1975-June-18 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 136 | 2005 217

Dakota KN511

s/n
 KN511
as/n
 OU*511 12926
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33046/16298

Known Squadron Assignments: 414;435;115

USAAF C-47B-30-DK 44-76714 09-04-45. RAF - Royal Air Force KN511 11 Apr 1945. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force KN511 20 July 1946. With No. 414 (P) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, when it visited Edmonton on 20 March 1950. Loaned (?) to No. 435 (T) Squadron, to replace u/s aircraft, 19 November 1950. To Torbay, Newfoundland and return in that month, for 435 Squadron. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba), possibly with 435 (T) Squadron. Carried out AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada) November 1951 and April 1952. Went u/s at Winnipeg (engine trouble) during November 1951 mission, and replaced by KN200. Carried Air Cadet League officials on western tour, August 1951. Participated in Operation Sundog III (airborne assault on Fort Chimo, Quebec, from Goose Bay), February 1952. Based at Canadian Joint Air Training Centre at RCAF Station Rivers, Manitoba by July 1953, coded "OU*511", equipped for photo survey work. Still at Rivers in August 1955, with the Transport Support School, only Dakota based there at that time. With No. 115 (AT) Unit at El Arish, Egypt in 1963, as a temporary replacement for Caribous undergoing maintenance. Renumbered 12926 CC-129 CAF - Canadian Air Force 26 Apr 1970. To C-GWUH Meridian Developments Ltd 18 June 1975 DC-3C rgd 21 Jan 1976. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota KN562

s/n
 KN562
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33178/16430

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

USAAF C-47B-30-DK 44-76846 28 Apr 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN562 03 May 1945. W/O 13 July 1945. The Dakota IV crashed 42 km E of Chittagong, Bangladesh ?(?).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-July-13 KIA RAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Granville Mundon Eason 2023-08-01
1945-July-13 KIA RAF Flight Sergeant Augustus Arthur Shallow 2021-08-01

Dakota KN563

s/n
 KN563
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33179/16431
c/r
 C‑GDAK

Known Squadron Assignments: 435

Calgary Herald 1996 via Newspapers.com

USAAF C-47B-30-DK 44-76847 30 Apr 1945. RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force KN563 08 May 1945. Operated by No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF, in India. Crashed in Burma 21 June 1945, 6 fatalities. Wreckage discovered 1996, crew given military burial. W/O 21 June 1945. The Dakota C.4 went missing during a supply drop flight to the British Army in Northern Burma (Myanmar). It came down in the jungle in a ravine with a steep slope. The crash side was found by a local hunter in 1996, 50 km SE of Khamti, Myanmar 5(5).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer David Mclean Cameron 2023-12-04
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Stanley James Cox 2024-05-09
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Leading Aircraftman Cornelius John Kopp 2023-07-21
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Joseph Kyle DFC & Bar 2023-07-21
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Charles Peter McLaren 2023-07-21
1945-June-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class William Bennet Rogers 2023-07-21

Dakota KN577

s/n
 KN577
as/n
 12929
m/d
 C‑47A‑DK
c/n
 13300

Known Squadron Assignments:

USAAF C-47A-25-DK 42-93393 13 May 1944. RAF - Royal Air Force KG577 19 May 1944. RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force KG577 26-Aug 1946. Renumbered 12929 CAF - Canadian Air Force 26 June 1970 CC-129. To CF-OOV Kenting Atlas Aviation Ltd DC-3C 13 Mar 1972. W/O 12 Feb 1973. The DC-3 lost engine power shortly after takeoff & crash-landed short of the airport near Iqaluit/Frobisher Bay Airport, NU (YFB) 0(3), remains seen YFB 09.82 on fire dump. last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KN584

s/n
 KN584
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33217/16469

Known Squadron Assignments: 357

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-76885 05 May 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN584 29 June 1945. W/O 07 Sept 1945. The Dakota IV went missing at unk loc within Myanmar 16(16).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-September-07 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Harold William Smith 2023-01-19

Dakota KN602

s/n
 KN602
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33245/16497

Known Squadron Assignments: 117

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-76913 09 May 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN602 11 May 1945. W/O 27 June 1945. The Dakota IV crashed 11 km SW of Teknaf, Bangladesh 13(13).

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last update: 2024-February-19
1945-June-27 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Harold Matthew O'Reilly 2021-08-18

Dakota KN655

s/n
 KN655
inst
 KEEP SERIAL
as/n
 1000 12965
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33352/16604
c/r
 C‑GGJH C‑GSCC

Known Squadron Assignments: 12;412;VU32

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77020 24 May 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN655 09 June 1945. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force 1000 01 Aug 1946. Renumbered 12965 CAF - Canadian Air Force CC-129 26 June 1970. To C-GGJH DC-3C Eclipse Consultants Ltd 06 June 1975 rgd but NTU. To C-GSCC Skycraft Air Transport Nov 1979. Rgd to Ilford-Riverton Airways Ltd Aug 1981. reg canx 10 Dec 1984. To Northland Air Manitoba Ltd rgd 27Feb 1986.

from 1000 Ex USAAF C-47B-35-DK, serial number 44-77020, ex RAF KN655. With No. 12 (Com) and No. 412 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe or Uplands, Ontario by April 1947. VIP interior, used for many VIP trips with Canadian and foreign dignitaries. Typic last update: 2024-February-19

Dakota KN665

s/n
 KN665
inst
 KEEP SERIAL
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 33368/16620
c/r
 CF‑WGN

Known Squadron Assignments:

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77036 26May 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KN665 09 June 1945. To KN665 RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force 01 Aug 1946. With RCAF in Europe in mid 1960s. To civil register as CF-WGN Carl Millard Ltd 11 July 1967 DC-3C rgd 16 Oct 1967.
last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-February-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1947-July-11 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 1968 637

Dakota KN666

s/n
 KN666
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16621/33369

Known Squadron Assignments: 112;121;115

Ex USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77037 to RAF as Dakota IV KN666, later to RCAF as KN666. To Indian AF BJ765 in 1962 as BJ765.

Transferred from No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary to No. 6 Repair Depot at Trenton in May 1947. Transferred from Rockcliffe to No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers Camp, Manitoba on 6 July 1948, noted then as equipped for glider pickup. Engine changed by mobile party from CJATC at Grande Prairie, Alberta, during Operation Eagle, in August 1949. With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweetbriar at Whitehorse, Yukon. Took part in Operation Assinaboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba) while with Transport Support School, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. Starboard engine caught fire while starting up at Rivers on 15 June 1953, quickly extinguished. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Later with No. 121 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island, BC, and with the Air Division at RCAF Station Grostenquin, France. With No. 115 (AT) Unit, in UN colours, serving in Egypt 1957 to 1960 or later. Carried out several VIP flights during this time. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Dakota KN676

s/n
 KN676
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16636/33384

Known Squadron Assignments: 123;121

Ex USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77052 to RAF as Dakota IV KN676. To RCAF Apr 8, 1946 as KN676, then to Indian AF as BJ766 in 1962.

Carried A/V/M Plante and party from Vancouver to Ottawa, via Winnipeg, February 1947. Probably with No. 123 (C&R) Squadron at Sea Island at this time. With No. 123 (C&R) Unit at RCAF Station Sea Island in May 1947. Operated by No. 121 Group Comm Flight at Sea Island in July 1947 and in July 1949. Still at Sea Island in late 1950. Operated by No. 121 (K) Flight at Sea island when it transported senior staff to Ottawa and return in July 1952. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-June-17 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1962-November-06 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589

Dakota KP221

s/n
 KP221
as/n
 12904
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16689/33437
c/r
 CF‑BKR

Known Squadron Assignments: 437;436;435

C-47B-35-DK 44-77105 (MSN 16689/33437) to USAAF Jun 7, 1945. To RAF as Dakota IV KP221 via RAF Montreal Jun 8, 1945. RAF UK 15 Jun 45. 437 Sqn RAF. 436 Sqn RAF 05Sep45. 435 Sqn RAF 17Mar46. To RCAF Apr 7, 1946 as KP221. 4 Fighter Wg, Baden, W. Germany c. 1962. Renumbered 12904 in 1970. SOS. To CF-BKR 11 Jan 72.

from 12904
Ex US C-47B-35-DK s/n 44-77105, ex RAF KP221. In storage at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when renumbered. Not clear if new serial number was actually marked before aircraft was sold. To civil register as CF-BKR. This registration cancelled by 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered from RCAF KP221 2019-08-20
   1971-December-31 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 136 | 2005 207

Dakota KP224

s/n
 KP224
as/n
 HQ*224 12905
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16693/33441
c/r
 C‑GSCB

Known Squadron Assignments: 414;435;4;102;105;111;121;103;440

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77109 07 June 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KP224 10 June 1945. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force KP224 20 July 1946. Renumbered 12905 CC-129 CAF - Canadian Air Force 26 June 1970.
To C-GGJF Eclipse Aviation Consultants Ltd 06 June 1975 DC-3C rgd but NTU. To C-GSCB Skycraft Air Transport Inc 01 Mar 1977.

Operated by RCAF Overseas before transferring to RCAF ownership. Stored post war at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Ferried from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 26 May 1948. With No. 414 (P) Squadron in 1949. To No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Edmonton, October 1950. Spare aircraft for Operation Assinaboine, 14 November 1950 (6 plane paradrop at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Reported u/s at Churchill, Manitoba on 19 November 1950. Took part in Operation Sundog II in February 1951 (airborne assault exercise out of Churchill, Manitoba). Diverted to Yellowknife while en route to Cambridge Bay, 22 May 1951, to take part in search for missing civil aircraft. Took part in Operation Assinaboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Carried our AIREV mission (delivery of Korean War wounded from Tacoma, Washington to hospitals across Canada) 8 to 12 February 1952. Transferred to No. 4 OTU, RCAF Station Dorval, Quebec in March 1952. To No. 102 (C&R) Unit on 28 June 1956. Redesignated as a 4SR that year. Based at Trenton, coded "HQ*224", used as staff transport, dates unknown. To No. 105 (C&R) Flight on 10 October 1956. Back to No. 102 CRU on 27 November 1956. To RCAF Station Goose Bay Station Flight on 4 April 1957. To Whithorse Station Flight on 10 July 1957. To No. 111 (K) Flight on 14 February 1958. To No. 102 C&R Flight on 24 July 1958. With No. 102 (K) Unit at RCAF Station Trenton in early 1964. To AFHQ Flying Training Unit on 14 July 1965. To No. 121 (K) Unit on 15 September 1965. To No. 102 Composite Unit on 15 March 1966. To No. 103 Rescue Unit on 3 august 1966. To No. 121 Composite Unit on 11 April 1967 To storage at Saskatoon on 26 June 1967. To No. 111 Composite Unit on 9 January 1968. Still with this Unit when it was redesignated as No. 440 (C&R) Squadron on 9 July 1968.

from 12905
Ex US C-47B-35-DK s/n 44-77109, ex RAF KP224. Operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. With 440 Squadron at CFB Winnipeg in early 1970s, in SAR configuration. Assigned to CFB Winnipeg on 19 January 1972. To Flying Training Standards Unit at Winnipeg on 3 February 1972. With 429 (K) Squadron at CFB Winnipeg from 2 March 1972. Displayed at air show at CFB Namao, Alberta in 1973, in Rescue markings. To storage at Saskatoon on 27 September 1974. Pending disposal from 24 March 1975. On civil register as C-GGJF, but not taken up. With Air B C Ltd. of Richmond BC as C-GSCB, registration cancelled in 1983. Also reported with Skycraft from 1977 to 1993. To US civil register as N346AB, registered to Spartan Aviation Services on 29 April 1995. Subsequen owners included Rapid Air, Craftech Enterprises, Pdernales River Ranch and Falcon Aero. Reported airworthy in 2006. Under repair or restoration at Hondo Airport, Texas, in 2007. Registered to K.W. Ritter of Fredericksburg, Texas on 30 April 2007. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Ownership Transferred Transferred to RCAF 2019-08-20
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-26 Serial Change Renumbered as CF 12905 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

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Dakota KP227

s/n
 KP227
as/n
 12906
m/d
 C‑47B‑DK
c/n
 16697/33445
c/r
 N99665

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;ANS;429

USAAF C-47B-35-DK 44-77113 08 June 1945. RAF - Royal Air Force KP227 11 June 1945. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force KP227 07 Apr 1946. Renumbered 12906 CAF - Canadian Air Force CC-129 26 June 1970. To C-GYJJ DC-3C Rainier Development Corporation 12 Oct 1976, reg canx 04 Apr 1977. To N99665 Basler Flight Services Inc June 1977.

With No. 435 (T) Squadron, by March 1947. Training flight to Great Falls, Montana on 15 March 1947. Carried T.B. patients from Coral Harbour, NWT to Churchill, Manitoba on 21 September 1948. Stripped of camouflage in December 1948. Transferred to Base Flight, RCAF Station Fort Nelson, BC 21 April 1949.

from 12906
Ex US C-47B-35-DK s/n 44-77113, ex RAF KP227. Operated by RCAF post war with RAF serial. With Air Navigation School at CFB Winnipeg until June 1971, equipped as a radar trainer. To CFFTSU (Canadian Forces Flying Training Standards Unit) at Winnipeg, 1 July 1971. To 429 (T) Squadron at Winnipeg on 31 March 1972. To civil register as N99665 with Basler Flight Service, then 9Q-CUK with Air Kasai in the Congo, then ES-AKE, privately owned in Sweden but registered in Estonia for tax purposes. Still active 2006, with over 18,000 flight hours. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1970-June-03 Serial Change to CAF 12907 2023-06-02
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 589 | 2005 204

Dakota MA929

s/n
 MA929
m/d
 C‑53‑DO
c/n
 4933

Known Squadron Assignments: 31

USAAF C-53-DO 42-6481 08 May 1942. RAF - Royal Air Force FJ710 00.00.43. RAF - Royal Air Force MA929 00.00.43. W/O 31 Jan 1943. The Dakota II went missing within northeastern Myanmar en route from Dinjan Airport, India to Fort Hertz Airport, Myanmar (PBU) 6(6).

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Transport 1943-01-31 to 1943-01-31

31 (T) Sqn (RAF) RAF Lahore

31 Squadron RAF (In Caelum lndicum Primus). Dakota aircraft MA 929 left Dinjan, India for Fort Hertz, Burma for a supply dropping operation for the British 14th Army and was lost without a trace. The wreckage has not been found and identified to date

Warrant Officer Class II J J Casaubon (RCAF), Flight Lieutenant N L Baugh MC (RAF), Flying Officer H J M Campbell MiD (RAAF), Flight Sergeant J O Nicholls (RAFVR), Warrant Officer K R Phelps (RAAF) and Aircraftman Class I T G Williamson (RAFVR) were all missing, presumed killed in action

The missing have no known grave and all are commemorated on the Singapore War Memorial

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1943-January-31 KIA RAF Flight Lieutenant Norman Lee Baugh MC 2024-01-20
1943-January-31 KIA RAAF Flying Officer Hugh John Munro Campbell MiD 2024-01-20
1943-January-31 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer Class II Joseph Jean Jacques Fernand Casaubon 2024-01-20
1943-January-31 KIA RAFVR Flight Sergeant John Orson Nicholls 2024-01-20
1943-January-31 KIA RAAF Warrant Officer Kenneth Ross Phelps 2024-01-20
1943-January-31 KIA RAFVR Aircraftman Class I Thomas Gladstone Williamson 2024-01-20

Dakota TS422

s/n
 TS422
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 19345
c/r
 CF‑KAZ

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;112;129;4OTU

USAAF C-47A-75-DL 42-100882 28 Dec 1943. RAF - Royal Air Force TS422 02 Sept 1944. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force TS422 20 July 1946. To Keir Air Transport Ltd DC-3C CF-KAZ 30 Aug 1966 rgd 29 Mar 1967.

Ex USAAF C-47 serial number 42-100882, saw action and received battle damage over Western Europe in 1944/45. Returned from RCAF Overseas in 1946, had been operated by No. 435 Squadron in the UK. Was equipped for glider towing and pick up when received. Initially stored at Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Delivered from Mossbank to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 28 February 1947. Ferried through Winnipeg, en route to No. 6 RD, Trenton, on 26 March 1947. U/s, with battery problem, repaired by 435 Squadron Winnipeg Detachment. Later with Transport Support School, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba, used for paratrooper and glider training. With No. 112 (T) Flight at Rivers by February 1948. Still with this Flight in summer of 1948, supported aircraft from Rivers taking part in exercises and demos in Ontario. With Transport Support School (Air) at CJATC, Rivers in January 1950, when it took part in Operation Sweetbriar at Whitehorse, Yukon. Took part in Operation Assiniboine II, 9-14 November 1951 (series of multi-plane paradrops at Camp Shilo, Manitoba). Later to No. 129 (AFF) Flight, probably at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario. To No. 4 Operational Training Unit, RCAF Station Dorval, PQ. Stored at No. 6 Repair Depot, Dunnville, Ontario, several times in 1950s and 60s. To civil register as CF-KAZ, with Keir Air Transport out of Edmonton, Alberta. Several subsequent commercial owners, including Trans Provincial Airlines and Bearskin Airlines. To US civil register c.1990. Overhauled and stripped of paint 2004/2005 in Arizona. Ferried to Liverpool by UK owner Paddy Green, retaining US registration, May 2005. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Accept from other Air Force Received from RCAF Overseas 2019-08-20
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1965-June-30 to Civil Register Canadian Sold, to civil register, after overhaul by North West Industries at Edmonton, Alberta. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 591 | 1968 632

Dakota TS425

s/n
 TS425
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 19353

Known Squadron Assignments: 435;CEPE

USAAF C-47A-75-DL 42-100890 30 Dec 1943. RAF - Royal Air Force TS425 02 Sept 1944. To RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force TS425 20 July 1946. To CF-AII Ilford-Riverton Airways Ltd DC-3C 23 Jan 1970. W/O 25. Sept 1975. The DC-3 struck a riverbank 402 m short of the runway in heavy fog, collided with a building on the shore & burst into flames at Fort Severn Airport, ON (YER) 3(3).

Ex USAAF C-47 serial number 42-100690. Served with Transport Support School, CJATC, Rivers, Manitoba. Minor damage at Rivers on 27 June 1952, parachute caught on tail plane during air supply exercise. Took part in Operation Bulldog (air drop of Army engineers and equipment, out of Fort Nelson, BC) in February 1954. Later to No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Namao, Alberta. Transferred from this unit to CEPE, RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario, on 11 November 1962. last update: 2024-February-19
   1946-July-20 Accept from other Air Force Received from RCAF Overseas. 2019-08-20
   1946-July-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 591

Dakota TS436

s/n
 TS436
m/d
 C‑47A‑DL
c/n
 19349

Known Squadron Assignments: 107

USAAF C-47A-75-DL 42-100886 29 Dec 1943. RAF - Royal Air Force TS436 10 Aug 1944. W/O 19 Feb 1945. Shortly after taking off the Dakota struck 60-feet tall beech trees atop a hillock and lost 10 feet of its port wing. This caused the plane to roll out of control, strike further trees and crash to the ground, breaking up and being consumed by fire 4 km NW of Zeals RAF Station, U.K. 20(21)

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