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c/n 339



51-16543 USAF #1148. L-20A No: 149. Command AF-1. Delivered 18-Sep-1952. Built as L-20A.

Accident: -5 mi. S of Mainz, Germany. 11-Jun-1955. Details unknown other than the Pilot was Bruce C. Weiss. Assigned to the 1141st SAS, 36th Air Base Group at Bitburg, Germany.

Fate Unknown

USAF History

51-16543 was made available on 25-Jul-1952, accepted on 29-Jul-1952 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario after which it was delivered to the Tactical Air Command at Donaldson AFB, Greenville, SC and the 4th Liaison Squadron on 02-Aug-1952 where it remained until 05-Sep-1952 before moving to the 314th Medium Troop Carrier (TCM) Wing at Sewart AFB. New York State This attachment lasted until 08-Sep-1952 when it moved across the base to join the 5th Liaison Squadron remaining until 04-Mar-1953 returning the 314th for two weeks until 19-Mar-1953.

After this it returned to Davidson AFB with the 7th Liaison Squadron until 08-Sep-1953. It was next assigned to Davis Monthan and the Air Material Command 3040th Air Storage and Disposition Squadron presumably for storage as it was next recorded with the Sacramento Air Logistics Centre at McLellan AFB between 26-Aug-1954 and 18-Nov-1954. This was presumably for maintenance as its next location was the Air Material Command Depot at San Francisco prior to shipping, possibly by C-124 Globemaster, to Germany and the Air Force Europe where it is recorded at Erding from 23-Nov-1954 with the 7485th Air Depot Wing where it remained until 01-Nov-1955.

The aircraft is recorded as having an accident 5 mi. S of Mainz, Germany. 11-Jun-1955 when attached to the 1141st Special Activities Squadron attached to the 36th Air Base Wing at Bitburg. The 1141st was the unit assigned with supporting the NATO Air Staffs and reported to the 1020th Special Activities Wing at Bolling AFB., DC.

Emblem of 36th Air Base Wing

No other details are currently known but the record card shows it being passed to Wiesbaden and the 7100th Support Wing after which it appears that its assignment was terminated in Oct-1956.