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Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, and post-War, Douglas Dakota

Canadian Warplanes of the Second World War, and post-War, Douglas Dakota

Data current to 19 Jan 2019.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

Douglas CC-129 Dakotas from No. 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron that went on a road trip across Canada in 1989 to help celebrate the retirement of the type from Canadian military service.  Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12963) was nicknamed "Manitoba Flyer", and painted in the colours of the Second World War "'Canucks Unlimited", (Serial No. FZ658/P).  Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12944) nicknamed "¼ Time" was painted in the colours of the Second World War (Serial No. FZ671), coded Z2-B, including D-Day stripes.

Douglas C-47 Dakota Mk. I (15), (Serial Nos. 650-664), Mk. III (44), (Serial Nos. 960-994, 10910-10918, FL595, 98, FL615, 16, 18, 21, 36, 50, FZ557, 58, 71, 75, 76, 81, 83, 84, 86, FZ634, 35, 69, 71, 78, 92, 94, 95, KG312, 17, 20, 30, 37, 45, 50, 54, 68, 82, 89, 94, 95, KG400, 03, 14, 16, 23, 30, 41, 55, 79, 85, 86, KG526, 45, 57, 59, 62, 63, 68, 77, 80, 87, KG600, 02, 23, 32, 34, 35, 41, 65, 68, 92, 93, KG713, 69, KG808, 27, 28, KG936, TS422, 25), DC-3, CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV (31), (Serial Nos. 1000, KJ956, KK101, 02, 43, 60, KN200, 01, 56, 58, 61, 70, 77, 78, 81, 91, KN392, KN427, 36, 43, 48, 51, 85, KN511, KN665, 66, 76, KP221, 24, 27), for a total of 169 aircraft.

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM640-S1-: CVA 260-1532)

Douglas Dakota, RCAF, Richmond, British Columbia, Aug 1945.

 

Douglas Dakota wartime groundcrew, RCAF.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Douglas Dakota, evacuation of wounded, France, 16 June 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3397094)

Bofors 40-mm AA Gun being loaded into a Douglas Dakota Mk III, RCAF (Serial No. 653), No. 12 (Comm) Sqn, Rockcliffe, 28 Oct 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583070)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota with truck being loaded, 14 Aug 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583409)

Douglas Dakota Mk III, RCAF (Serial No. 661), Moncton, New Brunswick, Jan 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650727)

Douglas Dakota Mk III, RCAF (Serial No. 661), Moncton, New Brunswick, Jan 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650728)

Douglas C-47 Skytrain, USAAF (Serial No. 223934), delivering RCAF fighter squadron groundcrew in Normandy, 16 June 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4002569).  There is a story that this Dakota was a USAAF used by Field Marshal Montgomery around the time of D-Day.  He apparently won it and its crew in a card game!  Note the Union Flag, small fin flash and appropriate star rank markings, although it retained USAAF national insignia.

Front view of the same Skytrain/Dakota, wearing the markings of the 21st Army Group and 8th Army (FM Montgomery's old command) insignia.  (Tony O'Toole)

  

21st Army Group and 8th Army badges.

Douglas CC-129 Dakota, RCAF (Serial No. KN427) AP-R.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV, (Serial No. KN511) in flight, 28 June 1948, RCAF.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3521772)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota with Canadian paratroops, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 19 July 1948.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584152)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota with Canadian paratroops, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 19 July 1948.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584153)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota, 414 Sqn, 29 Apr 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584241)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota, 414 Sqn, 29 Apr 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584249)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV, RCAF, port engine change, Norman Wells, July 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3574076)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota and a Consolidated PBY-5 Canso.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584477)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV, (Serial No. KP221), 414 Sqn, June 1950, RCAF.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643749)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV in flight.  (RCAF Photo)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 26 May 1953.  Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  3584789)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. KN258), 424 "Tiger" Communications and Rescue Squadron, RCAF Station Trenton. This aircraft later became known as "Miss Piggy".  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota "Pinocchio" (Serial No. 12959), C/N 15196/26641, now mounted on a pylon.  (Craig Lowe Photo)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV (Serial No. KN676).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12950), from No. 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, supporting the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the Sky Hawks, ca. 1977.  (We knew her as "Myrtle, the Aluminum Turtle").

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV (Serial No. 1000), Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV (Serial No. 1000), 412 Sqn.  (RCAF Photo), 412 Sqn.  (RCAF Photo)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota Mk. IV (Serial No. 1000), 412 Sqn.  (RCAF Photo)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota, CAF (Serial No. 12950), 16 Hangar, Winnipeg ca 1970s.  (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12939), "Southern Comfort", No. 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron.  

The last nine serving CC-129 Dakotas in Canadian military service with 402 "City of Winnipeg" Squadron were nicknamed:

Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12937), "Southern Comfort".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12938), "Dolly's Folly" (also "Electric Dak").
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12944), "1/4 Time".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12950), "Gimli Goose".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12957), "Millenium Falcon".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12959), "Pinocchio".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12907), "Miss Piggy".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12933), "Old Faithful".
Douglas CC-129 Dakota (Serial No. 12963), "Manitoba Flyer".