Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Cessna Crane

Canadian Warbirds of the Post-Second World War Piston Era, Cessna Crane

Data current to 3 March 2020.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650440)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 8807), 1944.              

Cessna Crane Mk. I (644), (Serial Nos. 1300, 4000, 7657-7836, 7843-8202, 8651-8750, 9000, 9500), Mk. IA (100), (Serial Nos. 8751-8850), Mk. IA (82), (Serial Nos. FJ200-39, 48-89), for a total of 826 aircraft.

The Cessna AT-17 Bobcat is a twin-engined advanced trainer aircraft designed and made in the USA and used in Canada during the Second World War to bridge the gap between single-engined trainers and twin-engined combat aircraft.  The AT-17 was powered by two Jacobs R-755 radial engines.  The commercial version was the Model T-50, from which the AT-17 was developed. 822 Bobcats were produced for the RCAF as Crane Mk. Is, many of which were used in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).  182 AT-17As came to Canada as Crane Mk. IAs and were later converted to AT-17Fs.   640 were delivered as light transports.  182 AT-17As were delivered to Canada under lend-lease.  The RCAF operated 744 from 1941 to 1949.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3658261) 

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF, (Serial No. 7892).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 36581886)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), Rockcliffe, 12 Sep 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581732)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), 22 Feb 1941. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643681)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial  No. 7658), 22 Feb 1941. 

 (Les Morris Collection)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo,  MIKAN No. 3241750)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), ca 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581887)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), rear view, 12 Sep 1941.  

 (RCAF Photo)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658).

 (RCAF Photo)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 8676).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650441) 

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 8807), 1944. 

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650442)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 8807), 1944. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581889) 

essna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF, rear view, 12 Sep 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581731)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF, 22 Feb 1941. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642482)

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. IA,  cockpit, 1 Sep 1941.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581939)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA,  bomb aimer's window, 1 Sep 1941.