Douglas C-47B Dakota

Douglas C-47B KN-13 Melsbroek

Douglas C-47B Dakota/Skytrain

Twin-engine transport aircraft.

Already during WWII several Belgian crews were operational in Dakota equipped RAF squadrons (N° 187 and 525 Squadrons at Membury). With the rebirth of the Belgian post war Military Aviation the creation of a transport wing was one of the first priorities and in 1946 the Belgian Government could easily obtain a number of surplus Dakota's through the American "Foreign Liquidation Commission". A large number of transports was needed in order to maintain an operational link with Belgian Congo and to equip locally based units. A first order of 18 ex-USAAF Dakota's was obtained between 1946 and 1947 and delivered at N° 366 Squadron/169 Wing at Evere. (Later N° 20 Squardon/15th Wing). With the addition of some 23 supplementary former RAF Dakota's a second squadron was activated (N° 367 squadron later N° 21 Squadron). Finally no less than 41 C-47B's were active with the Belgian Air Force. With the introduction of the much larger C-119 Flying Boxcar  the number of active Dakota's quickly reduced until only a handful were operational with N° 21 Squadron. In 1976 the last of the "Daks" was retired.  


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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
K-1 15056/26501 Oct 1946 Dec 1975 43-49240 (USAAF), K-1/OT-CWA, OO-SMA (on loan), K-1, (N99346), storage Diest, fuselage in store North Weald (U.K.), "FL586/AI" (wreck).
K-2 20741 Aug 1946 Sep 1953 43-16275 "275" (USAAF), K-2, KP-2, crashed at Luluaba (Belg. Congo) on 13 Sep 1953, ground instruction para-commando Kolwezi.
K-3 14122/25567 Sep 1946 Oct 1952 43-48306 (USAAF), K-3/OT-CWC, 348306 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGX, N18258, N166E
K-4 20864 Sep 1946 Jul 1970 43-16398 (USAAF), K-4, KP-4 OT-CNB, NASARR trainer, club house Deurne, scrapped
K-5 20879 Aug 1946 Aug 1952 43-16413 "413/C" (USAAF), K-5/CW-E, X-2/"ZU-2" c/s PE-XAB (KLu), O-16413 (?) (USAF).
K-6 20884 Aug 1946 Jun 1957 43-16418 (USAAF), K-6/OT-CWC, KP-6/OT-CNW, crashed on tako-off from Albertstad/-ville (Belgian Congo) on 9 Jun 1957
K-7 14300/25745 Sep 1946 Sep 1952 43-48484 (USAAF), K-7, 348484 (Armée de l'Air)
K-8 14311/25756 Oct 1946 Jun 1976 43-48495 (USAAF), K-8, KN-8, KP-8 OT-CND, SU-AZO (ntu), F-ODHB, F-BJHC
K-9 14401/25846 Sep 1946 Sep 1952 43-48585 (USAAF), K-9/CW-J, OT-CNE, 48585 (Armée de l'Air), 485 (Aéronavale), TY-BBQ
K-10 14406/25851 Oct 1946 Jan 1976 43-48590 "590" (USAAF), K-10, KR-10, CW-E, Call Sign BAF72, SU-AZM
K-11 14424/25869 Jul 1946 Dec 1952 43-48608 (USAAF), K-11, 348608 (Armée de l'Air), O16/4X-FNN (Israel Def. Force, N47SJ
K-12 144435/25880 Sep 1946 Sep 1952 43-48619 (USAAF), OO-CBN (Sabena ntu), K-12/CW-M, /OT-CNF, OO-CBU (Sabena ntu), 48619 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGZ, N18264 (ntu), N18257, CF-FSJ
KP-13 14601/26046 Aug 1946 Jan 1965 43-48785 (USAAF), K-13, KN-13 OT-CNG, OO-SMC (loaned to Sabena), KP-13, scrapped
K-14 14712/26157 Sep 1946 Apr 1947 43-48896 "896/D", K-14 code CN-H attributed but never worn), crashed at Dalry (U.K.) on 10 Apr 1947.
K-15 14212/25657 Sep 1946 Sep 1952 43-48396 "396" (USAAF), K-15/CN-O, OT-CNH, 48396 (Armée de l'Air), scrapped  Mar 1977
K-16 20823 Nov 1947 Sep 1972 43-16357 "357" (USAAF), K-16 (VVIP), Royal Army Museum, Brussels.
K-17 14605/26050 Jul 1948  Oct 1952 43-48789 (USAAF), K-17/CW-Q, 48789 (Armée de l'Air), 48789/TR-KBC (Gabon Air Force), 489/TY-AAF (Dahomey Air Force), TY-AAF (Benin Air Force).
K-18 14603/26048 Feb 1947 Dec 1958 43-48787 (USAAF), K-18/OT-CWH, OO-SMD (Sabena lease) K-18/OT-CWH, Crash at Paulus (Belgian Congo), on 1 Dec 1958.
K-19 15809/32557 Jan 1950 Feb 1961 44-76225 (USAAF), KN304 (RAF), K-19/OT-CWI, OO-SMB (Sabena lease), K-19, KAT-03 (Kataga), destroyed.
K-20 15424/26869 Jan 1948 Dec 1952 43-49608 (USAAF), KK178 (RAF), K-20/OT-CNK, 49608 (Arméée de l'Air), 49608/TJ-XAL (Cameroun Air Force)
K-21 15810/32558 Jul 1947 Feb 1961 44-76226 (USAAF), KN305 (RAF), K-21/OT-CWJ, KAT-02 (Katanga), destroyed 25 Apr 1961.
K-22 15420/26865 Sep 1947 Feb 1953 43-49604 (USAAF), KK174 (RAF), K-22/CW-V, 349604 (Armée de l'Air), F-WSGU, N18263
K-23 14806/26251 May 1949 Sep 1952 43-48990 (USAAF), KJ959 (RAF), K-23/OT-CNL, 48990 (Armée de l'Air), 48990/5T-MAE (Mauretanian Air Force), 48990/5U-MAB (Niger Air Force)
K-24 15539/26984 Feb 1949 Oct 1952 43-49723 (USAAF), KK205 (RAF), K-24/CW-X, 349723 (Armé de l'Air, F-BTDH, TN-211 (Congo Air Force)
K-25 15640/27085 Feb 1949 Sep 1952 43_49824 (USAAF), KN219 (RAF), K-25/OT-CWK, 49824 (Armé de l'Air), 424 (Aéronavale), N70BF, Modif. DC-3-65TP (Turbo prop), N887AM, N146J-R, 5Y-RDS
K-26 15884/32632 Mar 1949 Aug 1952 44-76300 (USAAF), KN325 (RAF), K-26/OT-CWL, X-3/ZU-3 (KLu), emmergency landing in water at New Guinea on 31 Mar 62.
K-27 15551/26996 Jan 1949 Aug 1952 43-49735 (USAAF), KK215 (RAF), K-27/OT-CWM, X-4/"ZU-4" PE-XAD (KLu), 018/B (MLD) , X-4, PI-C643, RP-C643
K-28 15916/32664 Jan 1950 Apr 1975 44-76332 (USAAF), KN347 (RAF), K-28/OT-CNO, OO-SNC, SU-AZN (ntu), D2-EPL, CU-T124, CU-T1058, scrapped
K-29 16301/33049 Jan 1950 Sep 1952 44-76717 (USAAF), KN512 (RAF), K-29/OT-CNP, 476717 (Armée de l'Air), 037/4X-FNW, 016/4X-FNK (Israeli Defence Force), N15SJ, American AirPower Museum
K-30 15766/27211 Jan 1950 Jan 1965 43-49950 (USAAF), KN276 (RAF), K-30, KP-30, K-30/OT-CNQ, XW-PCM
K-31 16064/32812 Jan 1950 Oct 1971 44-76480 (USAAF), KN391 (RAF), K-31, KP-31, K-31/OT-CNR, wreck at Westouter
K-32 16575/33323 Feb 1950 Aug 1952 44-76991 (USAAF°, KN637 (RAF), K-32/OT-CNS, X-5/ZU-5 (KLu), 019/B (MLD), XV-NIK, 991 (?) Vietam Air Force
K-33 16655/33403 Feb 1950 Nov 1952 44-77071 (USAAF), KN690 (RAF), K-33/OT-CNT, 477071 (Armée de l'Air), , 771 (Aéronavale)
K-34 16419/33167 Jan 1951 Oct 1952 44-76835 (USAAF), KN555 (RAF), K-34/OT-CNV, 76835 (Armée de l'Air), 735 (Aéronavale)
K-35 16685/33433 Feb 1950 Oct 1952 44-77101 (USAAF), KP218 (RAF), K-35/OT-CWN, 477101 (Armée de l'Air), 701 (Aéronavale), TY-BBO, F-GEOV
K-36 16700/33448 Feb 1950 Sep 1952 44-77116 (USAAF), KP229 (RAF), K-36/OT-CWO, 77116(Armée de l'Air), 716 (Aéronavale), Musée de tradition de l'Aéronautique Navale de Rochefort (Fr.)
K-37 16653/33401 Jan 1950 Sep 1952 44-77069 (USAAF), KN689 (RAF), K-37/OT-CWP, 477069 (Armée de l'Air), F-BRAN, 77069/5U-MAD (Niger Air Force)
K-38 14371/25816 Jan 1950 Sep 1952 43-48555 (USAAF), KJ877 (RAF), K-38/OT-CWQ, 48555 (Armée de l'Air), 6W-SAG (Senegal Air Force, N19HA
K-39 16007/32755 Jan 1950 Sep 1952 44-76423 (USAAF), KN381 (RAF), K-39/CW-R, :OT-CWR, 476423 (Armée de l'Air), 035/4X-FNV, 4X-FMP, 4X-DCE (Israeli Def. Force), N60154
K-40 16496/33244 Mar 1950 Apr 1968 44-76912 (USAAF), KN601 (RAF), K-40 OT-CWS, NASARR trainer, Kalmthout (Zon en Hei), scrapped
K-41 14486/25931 Jan 1951 Sep 1951 43-48670 (USAAF), KJ900 (RAF), K-41/OT-CWT, Technical School Saffraanberg instructional airframe, scrapped
Spare part resources
- - 20679 1947 - 43-16213 (USAAF), used by Scotisch Aviation at Prestwick (U.K.) as spare parts resource for maintenance of Belgian Dakotas
- - 14747/26192 1946 (?) 1952 43-48931 (USAAF), abandoned war aircraft used as spare parts resource, 348931 (Armée de l'Air)
- 14714/26159 1946 (?) - 43-48898 (USAAF), abandoned war aircraft, stored at Evere and Haren, Bar at Vilvoorde, scrapped
- - - - Abandoned war aircraft at Schaffen-Diest airfield, fate unknown. Could eventually be 43-48898 (USAAF) above.
 

 

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