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c/n 460
52-6091 in U. S. Air Force service at Peoria, Illinois.
Photos: David W. Menard © January 1958

c/n 460



52-6091 USAF #1253. L-20 No: 254. Command AF-3. Delivered 06-Mar-1953. Built as L-20A.

Fate Unknown

USAF History

52-6091 was made available to the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit of the USAF at Downsview, ON., on 28-Jan-1953, accepted on 11-Feb-1953 and delivered to the Air Defence Command at Stewart AFB., NY., and the 4700th Air Base Group on 24-Feb-1953. It remained until passed to the 9th Liaison Squadron on the same base on 15-Apr-1953. This allocation was short lived as it soon moved to the 514th Air Defence Group at Minneapolis St Paul, MN., on 10-Aug-1953 before quickly moving to the 515th AF Group at Duluth Municipal Airport, MN., on 29-Mar-1953. Whilst there and attached to the 5146th CMS it suffered a minor accident on the 04-Apr-1954, at the airport and two F-51D are recorded as being damaged at the same location on the same day. Perhaps an off runway excursion. The pilot is reported as Robert J. Sylvernale (See also 52-6089 and different name spelling). Full details remain unknown. It stayed with the unit until it was de activated on 18-Aug-1955.

It now stayed in Minnesota as it spent the next part of its career with the Central Air Defence Force and the 343rd Fighter Group at Duluth or at Minnesota St Paul, MN., with the 475th Fighter Group up until 05-Oct 1957. It did however remain at Minneapolis St Paul after these two attachments as it spent until 23-Dec-1957 with the 475th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (CMS) and then with the 31st Air Division (Defence) until 20-May-1959 when a move to the 478th Fighter Group at Grand Forks, ND., occurred. The last entry on the aircrafts record card indicates an accident at Grand Forks on 05-Oct-1961 but no further information currently


Emblems of 475th Fighter Group & 31st Air Division