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    Would any kind soul with the relevant Air Britain serials book care to share the RAF history of TS423 ?

    It was one of a small batch of 'used' C-47A's transferred from USAAF stocks in October 1944 and was SOC on 29th May 1947, I believe on transfer to MoA.

    Any help much appreciated.

    Peter

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    (USAAF 42-100884)
    1 HGSU
    436 Squadron
    Station Flight Gatow
    Scottish Aviation
    Airwork
    Ferranti
    SOC 29MAY47

    The Air-Britain DC-3 book (Gradidge) offers more detail;
    42-100884 delivered to USAAF 29DEC43, 8th Air Force 25FEB44, later 9th Air Force 438TCG
    RAF TS423 HGSU 02SEP44, 436 Sqd 09OCT44, Gatow 20MAR46, 44MU 05JUN47, Ferranti Flying Unit 15AUG49, 4FFU (Ferranti Flying Unit) 31JAN55, Short Bros & Harland Ltd OCT67, Marshalls of Cambridge Ltd 14MAY69 (for RAE), RAE, Farnborough 1978, to civil registry as G-DAKS 14SEP79

    Ian Macdonald

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    Thanks for the speedy reply!

    The aircraft still flies as N147DC in USAAF colours, based here in the UK.

    Peter
    Last edited by PPH; 20th October 2011 at 18:50. Reason: Change of civil reg

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    This block of ex-US Dakotas all had been equipped for glider pick up. TS422 and TS425 went to the RCAF post war and were used for glider pick up training for several years.

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    The UK registration history can be found at:

    http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode =reg&fullregmark=DAKS

    Seems to suggest that the aircraft was de-registered in the UK in 1998.

    Robert

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    Robert,
    Yes, reregistered in the U.S. as N147DC, but the question was about its RAF history.
    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Walker View Post
    This block of ex-US Dakotas all had been equipped for glider pick up. TS422 and TS425 went to the RCAF post war and were used for glider pick up training for several years.
    That's very interesting, and points to a reason why a small batch of 12 C-47's was transferred from USAAF stocks to the RAF at a relatively late stage of the war.

    I wonder if there is more on this at TNA?

    Robert, I have amended my post; as you rightly say, this aircraft was transferred to the American register, but continues in the same ownership. It is based at Duxford, though lodged a few days on the grass at White Waltham recently.

    Peter

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