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    I have a suspicion I asked this before, but I can't find it using Google.

    Can someone please supply a brief history of Dakota FZ697? I'm particularly interested it what unit it was with in January 1945.

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    DC-3 THE FIRST SEVENTY YEARS (Gradidge) lists it joining HQ 45 Group on 28th December 1944 after service with 107 OTU in the UK.
    The next move, undated, is to 1333 (Transport Support) Conversion Unit in the UK.
    (1333 TSCU was a renumbering of 107 OTU in March 1945).
    Ian Macdonald

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    Thanks Ian. This aircraft took part in Exercise Eskimo in northern Saskatchewan in January 1945, with an RAF crew and RASC pushers. One RCAF document of the time describes the aircraft as a veteran of D-Day.

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    Bill, Can't tell from the book what is was doing on D-Day, but I'll bet every Dakota in the UK was flying non-stop that week!
    Odd that an RAF crew and kickers would come all the way here to participate in the exercise.
    For the record Gradidge lists the history as; delivered 11th January 1944, RAF Montreal 5th February 1944, UK 22nd February 1944, 107 OTU 16th May 1944, and then as previously mentioned. (It went to Canadair in July 1946 for civilian conversion and then to Brazil, fading away in the 1970s).
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    Interesting. Sounds like it was still in North America in 1946. I haven't found any record of it ever being on RCAF books.

    Exercise Eskimo was a joint cold weather test and training project, with US and Canadian troops, and US, RCAF, and at least one RAF aircraft.

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