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c/n 177



51-16476 USAF #1013. L-20A No: 14. Command A-2. Available 31-Dec-1951. Accepted 21-Dec-1951. Delivered to Elmendorf on 13-Jan-1952.

Fate unknown

USAF History


The aircraft was made available to the AMO (Air Material Overseas) unit of the USAF at Downsview on 21-Dec-1951 and accepted on 31-Dec-1951. It was initially assigned for delivery to the Alaska Air Command at Ladd AFB but changed en route to Elmendorf, where it was allocated to the Base Flight of the 5039th Air Transport Group on the 13-Jan-1952 where it remained through changes of designation to the 5039th Air Depot Wing and the 5039th Air Base Wing until 04-May-1953. It suffered a category 2 accident on 08- Mar-1952 at Elmendorf in a landing accident. It was repaired and suffered a further accident on 14-Apr-1952 landing at Farewell, Alaska when piloted by Uden Ruben Rawlings. . It then transferred to the 5th Liaison Squadron until 29-Sep-1953, suffering an accident at Cape Romanzof on the 28-Sep in a landing accident involving a ground loop. The pilot was Leslie G Thompson. As a result it went the 5039th Maintenance Group until 01-Jan-1954 and then the 5039th Air Repair (ARP) Squadron until 25-Jan-1954. Once again the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.

Emblem of the 5039th Air Transport Squadron

Its final move was back to the 5039th Air Base Wing from 25-Jan-1954 until it is showing as having another accident at Farewell, Alaska on the 14-Apr-1954 again in a landing accident involving a ground loop with the Pilot Udell Ruben Rawlings. Once again, repaired, it returned to service and after a final accident in Jul 1956 (details unknown) its assignment was terminated on 06-Jul-1956. Painted silver with red hi viz marks.