Airspeed Oxford C.1 & C.2

Airspeed Oxford C.1 & C.2

Twin-engined communications- and multi engine trainer aircraft

For its communication and multi-engine training needs the resurrected post war Belgian Air Force selected the Airspeed Oxford, 30 of which were ordered on 16 January 1947. In 1950 some 12 more Oxford were acquired on the civilian market which initially were to serve in Belgian Congo. Although most of the Oxfords served with VVS/EPA and the 15th Transport Wing many were also used as base hacks at the different Wings. In July 1955 the Air Force decided that all the remaining Oxfords were to be flown up to their next main overhaul after which they were scrapped at Evere. Their wooden structure didn't allow extending their useful lives. One aircraft (O-16) has been preserved at the Royal Army Museum in Brussels.


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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
- O-1 - Mar 1947 Aug 1948 DF523/BP (RAF), EOB-01 (BAF), O-1
O-2 - Apr 1947 Sep 1955 DF365 (RAF), O-2, "ZC". crash at Brustem on 20 Sep 1955
O-3 - Mar 1947 Aug 1957 EB796/60 (RAG), O-3. Accident at Wahn (D.) on 30 Jul 1957
O-4 2201 (?) Apr 1947 Feb 1956 EB761, "23" (RAF), O-4, Crashlanding at Chièvres on 20 Sep 1955 and written off
O-5 - May 1947 Jan 1960 DF533 (RAF), O-5
O-6 - Jun 1947 Feb 1956 MP301, "E" (RAF), O-6, AIr Attaché, London, G-AOUT, spare parts to G-AJLR & G-AJXH, used for fire-fighting practice and destroyed by Aug 1956
O-7 275 Jun 1947 Aug 1954 X6951 5RAF), O-7, To Kamina (BAKA) (Belgian Congo) as instructional airframe.
O-8 - Jun 1947 Sep 1955 MP300 "14" (RAF), O-8
O-9 468 Jun1947 Jan 1960 P1966 (RAF), O-9
O-10 3049 Jun 1947 Jan 1958 V3575 (RAF), O-10
O-11 3257 Jun 1947 Jun 1958 V3775 (RAF), O-11, crash at Bierset on 12 June 1958
O-12 821 Jun 1947 Aug 1958 HM856 (RAF), O-12, "OX-CW", Accident at Florennes on 21 Aug 1958
O-13 545 Jun 1947 Sep 1955 ED191 (RAF), O-13
O-14 815 (TBC) Jun 1947 Aug 1953 R6106 (RAF), O-14, Fatal crash at Lammersdorf (D.) on 5 Aug 1953
O-15 3878 Jun 1947 Dec 1954 NM777 (RAF), O-15
O-16 - Jul 1947 Jan 1960 MP499 (RAF), O-16, Royal Army Museum, Brussels
O-17 538 Jul 1947 Sep 1955 LB526 (RAF), O-17
O-18 828 (TBC) Jul 1947 Dec 1957 R6133 (RAF), O-18, 20 Dec 1957 Crash at Braine-l'Alleud
O-19 2487 Jul 1947 Jan 1960 N4771 (RAF), O-19, OO-DEC (crashed 26 Jan 1962) scrapped
O-20 2129 Sep 1947 Nov 1955 BG656 (RAF), O-20
O-21 753 Sep 1947 Feb 1958 R6023 (RAF), O-21
O-22 - Oct 1947 Jan 1960 MP357 (RAF), O-22
O-23 - Oct 1947 1958 DF525 "W" (RAF), O-23
O-24 1050 Oct 1947  Mar 1951 T1204 (RAF), O-24, crashed at St.Gérard-Mettet on 28 Mar 1953.
O-25 4170 Oct 1947 Jan 1960 PH352 (RAF), O-25
O-26 4171 Oct 1947 Aug 1955 PH352 (RAF), O-26, "Belgian Air Attache London", "Flo-Flo"
O-27 - Nov 1947 Jan 1960 MP430 (RAF), O-27/OT-ZCW, OO-DUC, possibly scrapped at Lille (F.)
O-28 3556 Nov 1947 Nov 1958 NM340 (RAF), O-28
O-29 3424 Nov 1947 Jul 1955 LX728, "J" (RAF), O-29, crashed at Falaen on 22 Jun 1955
O-30 3423 Jan 1948 Dec 1955 HN120 (RAF), O-30
O-31 4225 Nov 1951 Jan 1960 PH417 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-31
O-32 3852 Nov 1951 Jun 1955 NM736 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-32/OT-ZCX
O-33 4246 1951 Jul 1955 PH459 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-33, wriiten off at Kleine Brogel on 13 Jun 1955
O-34 4248 1951 Dec 1957 PH461 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-34
O-35 4233 Nov 1951 Sep 1955 PH425 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-35
O-36 3827 1951 Dec 1954 NM696 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-36
- O-37 3851 Feb 1952 May 1955 NM720 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-37
  O-38 4223 1952 Jan 1960 PH415 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-38
  O-39  4247  Feb 1952 May 1953 PH460 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-39, crashed at Kleine Brogel on 13 May 1953
O-40  3825 1952 Dec 1954  NM694 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-40
  O-41  3826 Mar 1952 May 1955 NM695 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-41/OT-ZCY
O-42  2833 1952 Jan 1956  NM702 (RAF), Rollason (Croydon), O-42/OT-ZCZ

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Last updated 12/06/15 11:13   Daniel Brackx

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