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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Belgium

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in Belgium

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in Belgium.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in Belgium would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 24 Sep 2018.

Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire (Royal Museum of the Armed Forces)

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Airspeed Oxford Mk. I (Serial No. 016), c/n PAC/W/936.  This Oxford served during the Second World with the RAF (Serial No. MP455).  It was one of 30 ordered by Belgium in 1947 for communication and multi-engined training duties, with 12 more being ordered later.  It served with the Belgian Air Force (Serial No. O16), between July 1947 and January 1960.  It is now on display Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (aka Brussels Air Museum) in Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Auster AOP.6 (Serial No. VT990), Belgian Air Force (Serial No. A11), c/n 2826, Reg No. OO-FDE.  This Auster was built in the UK, but  but delivered directly to Belgium in October 1947.  It served with the Belgian Army until December 1957 when it was sold off and became Reg. No. OO-FDE in civil use.  It has been restored to military condition and is on display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Bristol Bolingbroke Mk. IVT (Serial No. 9895), c/n 11-880-207, and parts of (Serial No. 10038).  This Bolingbroke is a composite restoration mostly using parts from (Serial No. 9895) and (Serial No. 10038), which was briefly airworthy in the UK in 1987 as Reg. No. G-MKIV.  9895  has been part of the museum since it was rescued from Canada in 1971, but restoration was only completed in 1996 once the additional components of 10038 became available.  The aircraft is painted to represent Blenheim (Serial No. L9416), XD-A of RAF No. 139 Squadron, which crash landed near Hoepertingen, Belgium while on a mission to Maastricht on 12 May 1940.  The squadron lost seven aircraft on this mission. She is now displayed at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Commonwealth CA-13 Boomerang (Serial No. A46-139), “Phooey”, Reg. No. NX32CS.  Based on a North American T-6 airframe, rebuilt using original Boomerang parts.  Antwerp, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (Serial No. T6534), c/n 84875, Belgian Air Force (Serial No. OO-EVT).  On dispaly at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide (Serial No. R5922), Reg. No. G-AKNV, c/n 6458.  Built in 1939 for the RAF, this aircraft remained in service until 1947 when she was sold off to the Lancashire Aircraft Corporation.  It was moved to Ireland in 1953 as Reg. No. EI-AGK, but returned to the UK in 1955, back as G-AKNV and then with Fairey Aviation.  She stayed with Fairey overall, but by 1958 was actually based in Belgium as Reg. No. OO-AFG, with Avions Fairey SA, remaining with them until 1962.  She was then reregistered as OO-CNP and began a brief life with parachutists at the ‘Centre National de Parachutisme asbl’ at Wevelgem.  By late 1966, however, she was withdrawn from use and stored until saved in 1973 when a very long restoration began.  She has recently been completed and is nicely finished in her original Lancashire Aircraft Corporation colour scheme.  She is on display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wison Photos)

de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk. 30 (Serial No. MB24), c/n 984597, ND-N.   This is one of only two remaining night-fighter Mosquitos, the other being de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk. II (Serial No. HJ711), at Elvington in Yorkshire, UK. This late model example was built for the RAF (Serial No. RK952), but was transferred to the Belgian Air Force in 1953 as (Serial No. MB24).  It was retired in 1957, and is now on display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (aka Brussels Air Museum) in Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Douglas C-47B Skytrain (Dakota), K16, Reg. No. OT-CWG.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Douglas A-26B Invader (Serial No. 44-34765), c/n 28044, AN-J, “Mission Completed”.   One display in the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. Brussels, Belgium

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Fairey Battle Mk. I (Serial No. R3950), c/n 1899. 70.  Although in accurate Belgian Air Force markings, this rare Fairey Battle has no actual Belgian history.  It was built as a standard Mk. I for the RAF.  In 1941 it was transferred to the RCAF (Serial No. 1899), and was converted to a TT.I target tug.  It was retired in 1945, sold off and it remained unrestored until changing owner in 1970.  In 1972 it moved to the Strathallan Aircraft Collection in Scotland where the restoration to airworthy condition continued.  In 1987 it was sold to Charles Church but ti was moved to the IWM at Duxford for temporary static display.  In 1990 it was delivered to Brussels in a Belgian Air Force C-130 and has since been on display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, still under restoration.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Wk. Nr. 5503), coded KR+QX, Reg. No. OE-ADT, built in 1941.  This aircraft landed in Sweden and was interned on 4 April 1945.  It became a Swedish Air Force S-14b (Serial No. Fv3822).  It was later registered as OE-ADT for civil use in Austria, possibly for spraying work.  It is now preserved and on display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC (Serial No. LF658), painted as (Serial No. LF345), c/n unknown. After wartime RAF service, this Hurricane was transferred to Belgium as an instructional airframe until 1951 when she joined the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels. 

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Junkers Ju 52-3mg7e (Wk. Nr. 5670).  This aircraft was built for the Portuguese Air Force in 1937 and originally flew as (Serial No. 109), later changed to (Serial No. 6309.)  It was retired in 1972 and stored in Lisbon for the Portuguese Air Force Museum until it was shipped to Belgium in 1985 for restoration to fly, by the SABENA Old Timers.  This project was abandoned and the aircraft went on permanent display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium. 

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Miles M.14A Magister (Serial No. T9800), c/n 2037.  After RAF service this Magister was passed to the Belgian Air Force as an instructional airframe.  By 1947 it had been made airworthy and ended up flying as (Serial No. G-1).  It was sold in 1953, and became Reg. No. OO-NIC) in private hands.  It was rescued in the 1970s, and was restored using parts of (Serial No. T9705).  It  and is now on display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Morane-Saulnier MS.230 (Serial No. F-BGJS), c/n 1075.  This aircraft is a composite rebuild including parts of (Serial No. F-BEJO), c/n 1066, which is still airworthy at La Ferte Alais, France.  Twenty four of the type saw Belgian military service between 1931 and May 1940.  None of these survived, so this machine represents them, at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

North American AT-6D Texan (Serial No. 42-84169), Belgian Air Force (Serial No. H21), c/n 88-15950.  Built as an AT-6D for the US military but immediately transferred to the RAF as Harvard Mk. III (Serial No. EZ256), this aircraft went directly to South Africa for the SAAF as (Serial No. 7630).  It returned to the RAF in 1946 and then joined the Belgian Air Force in 1947.  It flew with them until 1959 when it went on display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Percival Proctor Mk. IV (Serial No. P4), c/n H.578.  This Proctor was built during the Second World War for the RAF (Serial No. NP171).  It is one of six that were transferred to the Belgian Air Force in 1947 for training wireless operators, later seeing more use as communications aircraft.  This example served from June 1947 to August 1951 and is now on display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Piper L-18C Super Cub (Serial No. 53-4749), , c/n 18-3149, Belgian Army (Serial No. OL-L87).  On display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Schleicher Grunau Baby III (Serial No. PL37), c/n 82/55, Belgian Air Force, in service from March 1955 to roughly 1974.  Postwar redesign, with an enclosed cockpit, by Edmund Schneider.  On display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Stampe et Renard SV.4B, Belgian Air Force, Belgian Air Force Serial No. 18), c/n 1160, (Serial No. OO-GWD).  In military service from October 1949 to January 1971.  It was converted to a single-seater, and is on display at the Stampe & Vertongen Museum, Antwerp Airport, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Stampe et Renard SV.4B, Belgian Air Force (Serial No. V33), c/n 1175.  In service from April 1952 to May 1976.  Previously on display in the terminal building at Brussels Airport.  Now on display at the Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

SNCAN SV.4B Stampe, Belgian Air Force (Serial No. V42), c/n 1184, (Seria No. OO-WIL), privately owned, Florennes, Belgium. 

 (Alan Wilson Photos) 

Stampe et Vertongen SV.4 Belgian two-seat biplane fuselage, c/n 1198. Belgian Air Force (Serial No. V56).

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Stampe et Renard SV.4D Stampe (Serial No. OO-SRS), c/n 1208.  This was the last SV.4 built and was fitted with a 175hp Mathis engine making it the sole SV.4D.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

SNCAN SV.4B Stampe, Belgian Air Force (Serial No. V57), c/n 1199.  RAF No. 510 Squadron operated one of these aircraft "liberated" by Belgian pilots Léon Divoy and Michel Donnet in 1941, and flown from occupied Belgium to England.  On display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Stampe et Vertongen SR.7B Monitor IV, c/n 1003.  Belgian two-seat trainer, Reg. No. OO-SRZ.  The SR.7B was originally designed by Farman and designated the F.500.

 (Alan Wilson Photos)

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk., IXe (Serial No. MJ783), c/n CBAF.IX1301.  This Spitfire joined the Belgian Air Force in 1948 and was given (Serial No. SM15).  It was retired in 1951 and became part of the national collection.  It is on display at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels, Belgium.