The sad demise of VP-FAT - not so "friendly" fire.
Photo: Mike Costello © June 1982
VP-FAT at Volunteer Lagoon, NE of Stanley.
Photo: Ian White © 1981 - Aird Archives
56-0383 wth DC-3 OO-VDF gracing the ramp at Antwerp, Belgium.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c.1972 - Aird Archives
56-0383 wth 60th Avn Co in Germany.
Photo: Unknown photographer - MAP © - Wayne Mutza Collection - Aird Archives


56-0383 • C-GUIH



56 0383 US Army #1686. L-20 No. 687. Command A-11. Delivered 07-Jun-1957. Built as L-20A and re- designated U-6A in 1962.

56 0383 60th Aviation Company in Germany.

56 0383 For sale @ Coleman Barracks, Mannheim – Sandhofen, Germany, Feb-1973.

Entries preceded by date are extracted from Transport of Canada records held at Archive Canada.

01-Apr-1973 Bill of Sale; Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Ottawa to B & M. Aviation Ltd., , Lachute QC (identified only by c/n)

No regn. Purchased by B & M Aviation Ltd., Lachute, QC. 01-Apr-1973.

09-Feb-1976 Allotment of Registration C-GUIH to a DHC-2 (no identity) for B & M. Aviation Ltd., , Lachute QC

(C-GUIH) B & M. Aviation Ltd., , Lachute QC. Issued 09-Feb-1976 Registration not used

21-Oct-1976 Certificate of Airworthiness for Export #HQX-793 issued.

15-Oct-1976 Total time since new as recorded on Transport of Canada records. 5,190 hours.

06-Oct-1976 Bill of Sale; B & M Aviation to Government of Falkland Islands (c/n 1233 also purchased in same contract from Crown Agents)

19-Oct-1976 Application for Certificate of Airworthiness for Export, DHC-2 C-GUIH to be VP-FAT

(C-GUIH). Deleted on 01-Nov-1976 on export to Falkland Islands.

VP-FAT Falkland Islands Government Air Service. (FIGAS). Regd. Nov-1976 (See note).

Note: Purchased second hand in Canada by Falkland Island Government for FIGAS and, configured as a landplane, was flown via South America to Hookers Point Airstrip (near Port Stanley), arriving there on 07-Nov-1976. Flown from there to the Racecourse on 09-Nov-1976 and stored in the nearby floatplane hangar pending delivery of floats from Canada. Once converted, it remained with FIGAS service until permanently grounded after the Argentinean Invasion on 02-Apr-1982.

Incident: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands 11/12-Jun-1982 Demolished by British Bombardments while parked outside the floatplane hangar. Its remains were gradually disposed of during 1982-1983. Noted in bits there 12-Jul-1982.

Fate Unknown