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Douglas C-47 Skytrain (43-15509) in the American Air Museum at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Douglas C-47 Skytrain (43-15509) in the American Air Museum at Duxford. This particular aircraft (43-15509) is the only one on display in the American Air Museum that actually took part in UK operations during the WWII. Built in April 1944, it was flown to England the following month and took part in D-Day operations. After the War it was sold to the Swedish Airline ABA. Thereafter, the aircraft returned to the States and was then operated by the Spanish Air Force. It also took part in the TV Series "Airline" in 1980 before being obtained by the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

 

(Picture April 2003)

 

 


 

Douglas Dakota IV ('KG374') at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford - Click fro Full Image

The C-47 was known as the Dakota when serving in the RAF. Douglas Dakota IV ('KG374') at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford. In total, 1900 Dakotas served with the RAF performing an array of tasks including troop and equipment transportation. This particular aircraft had the US serial number 44-77033 and arrived in the UK in May 1945. Initially used by the 2nd Tactical Air Force Communications Squadron for the VIP transport of Field-Marshall Montgomery it had the RAF serial KN645. Later it was used for part of the Queen's Flight during her 1961 tour of Asia. It arrived at Cosford in 1974 and is displayed in the colours of 'KG374'.

 

(Picture May 2003)


 

Douglas Dakota IV (KN353) at the Yorkshire Air Museum - Click for Full Image

The Douglas Dakota IV (KN353) at the Yorkshire Air Museum was a C-47B and joined the RAF in Montreal in February 1945. During operational service it spent time in Australia and Sri Lanka before passing into Civilian hands when it was purchased by Transair Ltd in 1953.

 

(Picture July 2003)

   
 

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