Henk Geerlings sent me this photo in Dec.2007
|Henk had trouble locating that serial 0-4657. Is it fake?
He had the following information to add: written on the back, with pencil, 43-34657 (but thought to be incorrect), photo was not taken by himself, o information on location, but convinced it wasn't a museum aircraft...
|I checked the book by Air-Britain "DC-3 the First Seventy Years" but could not find a logical explanation.
Then Henk forwarded a suggestion put to him by Niko van Merkestein; the 1984 DC-3 edition of Air-Britain would offer c/n 16241/32989 with registration 44-76657 !
I checked the 2006 edition again and found for c/n 16241/32989 a closing remark of "USAAF serial quoted as 44-77657 believed in error." Confusion between this USAAF tailnumber and what is believed to be correct (the book now quotes 44-76657) may stem from the abbreviated use of that serial on the tail: 0-4657 (0 refers to older than 10 years, the first digit -4- would refer to the fiscal year, in this case 1944).
The history as described in the DC-3 book is extensive, but one thing I noticed is it served with a lot of units in Europe (arriving from service in the Middle East assigned to Wiesbaden,Germany in 1957 and also serving at Templehof (Berlin), Evreux (France), Brussels, Rhein-Main (1967). In 1968 it moved to Wheelus.
As one can read below, the photos stems from the period of service in the Middle East.
Reactions came in:Paul Filmer wrote:
if you take a look at Joe Baugher's site http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/usafserials.html:
44-77657 is a C-46 - http://home.att.net/~jbaugher/1944_5.html, though an individual history is not known.
While 44-76657 is a C-47 fits the bracket of 44-76525/76854 Douglas C-47B-30-DK Skytrain (c/n 32857/33186); the page states "76657 (c/n 16241/32989) converted to VC-47D", but nothing else.
Terry Murphy volunteered:
And then Tom joined in with the ultimate answer:
This photograph of 0-4657 is one that I purchased from Brian Stainer in 1966 and it was taken at Dhahran in 1956, the Dakota behind the tail was a MEA aircraft.
In the same batch of photographs was 0-4656 also taken at Dhahran in 1956.
Both C-47s were operated by 7244ABG at Dhahran. The aircraft were c/n 32988 44-76656 and C/N 32989 44-76657 and the serials were painted on the fins as follows, they were both carried names on the nose – 0-4656 "City of Dhahran", 0-4657 "City of Jeddah".
Air-Britain Specialist on Dakotas
Thanks guys !!
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