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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 3: North American Harvard and Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard

North American Harvard

Data current to 27 Dec 2020.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

Canadian Car & Foundry Harvard Mk. 4s from No. 1 Flying Instructor School based at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario. 

The North American Harvard was heavily used by the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force during the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) in the Second World War and subsequently for NATO pilot training in the post-war era.  Approximately 11,000 Canadians and 8,000 Allied airmen received pilot training on Harvards in Canada during the Second World War.  The aircraft could also be modified as an armament trainer capable of carrying either machine guns, rockets or practice bombs.

North American NA-49 Harvard Mk. I (1), (Serial No. 3560 (ex 7020, ex N7020), NA-61 Harvard Mk. I (33), (1321, 1322, j1323, 1324, 1325, 1326, 1327, 1328, 1329, 1350, A83, A100, A102), NA-66 Harvard Mk. II (508), (Serial Nos. 2501, 2502, 2503, 2504, 2505, 2506, 2507, 2508, 2509, 2510, 2511, 2512, 2513, 2514, 2515, 2516, 2517, 2518, 2519, 2520, 2531, 2532, 2533, 2547, 2548, 2550-2721, 2723-3013), NA-75 Harvard Mk. II (100), (Serial Nos. 3134-3233), NA-76 Harvard Mk. II (259), (Serial Nos. AJ538-AJ597, AJ643-AJ662, AJ683-AJ702, AJ723- AJ737, AJ753- AJ767, AJ788-802, AJ823- AJ836, AJ847- AJ854, AJ893-AJ910, AJ912-AJ984, AJ986), NA-81 Harvard Mk. II (126), (Serial Nos. 3014-3033, 3761-3841, BW184-BW207, A429), AT-6A Harvard Mk. IIB (210), (Serial Nos. 3034-3133, 3234-3343), AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB (649), (Serial Nos. 20200-20209 (ex USAF), FE268-FE353, FE383-FE412, FE433-FE467, FE498-FE527, FE553-FE592, FE618-FE662, FE688-FE695, FE721-FE765, FE790-FE877, FE902-FE951, FE976-FE999, FH100-FH106, FH117-FH166, FS661-FS681, FS857-FS878, FS957-FS978, FT265-FT301), Canadian Car & Foundry Harvard Mk. 4 (270), (Serial Nos. 20210-20479), AT-6D Texan (100), (Serial Nos. 41-34177, 41-34244, 41-34304, 41-34335, 41-34488, 41-34491, 41-34546, 41-34548, 41-34549, 42-44432, 42-44454, 42-44469, 42-44571, 42-44613, 42-44644, 42-44732, 42-84324, 42-84331, 42-84388, 42-84481, 42-84488, 42-84650, 42-84660, 42-84680, 42-84757, 42-84832, 42-84838, 42-84841, 42-84844, 42-84847, 42-84933, 42-84962, 42-84965, 42-84971, 42-85041, 42-85043, 42-85052, 42-85056, 42-85060, 42-85071, 42-85165, 42-85174, 42-85256, 42-85357, 42-85359, 42-85360, 42-85404, 42-85465, 42-85477, 42-85550, 42-85585, 42-85599, 42-85691, 42-85739, 42-85740, 42-85741, 42-85800, 42-85802, 42-85804, 42-85813, 42-85823, 42-85913, 42-85923, 42-85938, 42-86027, 42-86053, 42-86161, 42-86211, 42-86328, 42-86374, 42-86465, 42-86544, 42-86545, 44-80858, 44-80866, 44-80932, 44-80949, 44-81042, 44-81071, 44-81078, 44-81152, 44-81197, 44-81201, 44-81433, 44-81440, 44-81464, 44-81470, 44-81482, 44-81488, 44-81493, 44-81494, 44-81506, 44-81514, 44-81525, 44-81528, 44-81566, 44-81569, 44-81577, 44-81601, 44-81634), for a total of 2,256 Harvard aircraft.

 (DND Archives Photo, PL-270)

North American Harvard Mk. I.

 (RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)

North American Harvard Mk. II (Serial No. 2694), coded 24, from No. 2 Service Flying Training School at RCAF Station Uplands (Ottawa), Ontario.  On 27 Apr 1941, LAC F. H. Sproule ground looped it while landing at Uplands.  The airframe sustained Cat C2 damage but was subsequently repaired.  The aircraft was later transferred to No. 1 Service Flying Training School at RCAF Station Camp Borden, Ontario. 

  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, with Santa Claus, and Westland Lysander,   This Harvard brought Santa to No. 1 Coastal Artillery Co-operation (CAC) Flight, Saint John, New Brunswick, Dec 1942.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582927)

North American Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF, in hangar, 30 Mar 1943.

  (RCAF Photo)

North American NA-61 Harvard Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 1339) and (Serial No. 1348). 

  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

North American NA-75 Harvard Mk. II being pushed into place in the snow. 

(RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

North American Harvard Mk. II being refuelled. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650991)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. FH126), Jan 1943. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404303)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. -210), SS Shulemson, No. 14 Service Flying Training School, winter 1942. 

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 2679).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650995)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 2956), 57, in flight, No. 41 SFTS, 1944. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3574054)

North American NA-61 Harvard Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 1321), on skis, 24 Sep 1941.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581874)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 2702), Rockcliffe, Ontario, 12 Sep 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390852)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 2702), Rockcliffe, Ontario, 12 Sep 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3208105)

North American AT-16 Harvard .303-inch machine-gun installation, RCAF, 10 Aug 1942. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650982)

American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. FE346), No. 41 SFTS, 1944. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650984)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. FE346), No. 41 SFTS, 1944. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582331)

North American Harvard cockpit, camera gun and bomb switch, 1942. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650973)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. FE3279), No. 41 SFTS, 1944.  

(Bruce Adams family Photo)

North American AT-6A Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. 3083), 2, flown by F/Sgt Adams, ca 1942. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582859)

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 2996), BF, wing down, 14 Feb 1942. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582879)

North American NA-81 Harvard Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 3248), V-24, damage, July 1942.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583056)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. FS965) collision with an RCAF radio control truck, 15 Oct 1943.  This Harvard Mk. IIB was from the Test and Development Flight at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. The accident occurred at 11:25 hours on the 15th, and was the result of a blind spot.  The driver, Corporal A. R. Coulter was slightly injured.  The two in the Harvard were fine but the aircraft recieved Cat C3 damage.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583054)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB. RCAF (Serial No. FS965) collision with an RCAF radio control truck, 16 Oct 1943. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327281)

North American NA-61 Harvard Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 1344), FO W.V. Mudray and Sgt R. Hammill, 23 Aug 1940. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203262)

North American AT-6A Harvard Mk. IIB, RCAF (Serial No. 3034), on skis, 21 Feb 1941.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585167)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4 (Serial No. 20200), 11 June 1955. 

 (DND Archives Photo)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4 (Serial No. 20450).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585015)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4, 20271, RU271, 30 Aug 1954. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585014)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4, (Serial No. 20271), coded RU271, 

(RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

North American Harvard Mk. 4 (Serial No. 20414) in flight. 

  (RCAF Photo)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4 (Serial No. 20303). 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584252)

Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk. 4, armed with rockets. 

 (Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB, (Serial No. FE918), preserved in the Shearwater Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia.  

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American Harvard Harvard Mk. II, RCN (Serial No. 2777), coded NAVY-930.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390853)

Canadian Car & Foundry Harvard Mk. 4 (Serial No. 20272), coded RU, 30 Aug 1954. 

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

North American Harvard Mk. IV, with a day-glow orange stripe above and below the exhaust, on display at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto. Ontario, ca 1955.