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RCAF 9202 to 9207
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Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

 

9202

Boeing

Douglas, Long Beach

Flying Fortress

Mk. IIIA

 

 

 

 

8096

 

 

 

 

 

Ex USAAF B-17F-30-DL, serial number  42-3160.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115.  Mk. IIIA designation was unofficial.  Taken on strength on 6 December 1943.  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe and North Africa.  Scheduled for first trans-Atlantic mission on 14 December 1943, went u/s and replaced by 9204.  Flew first mission on 22 December 1943.  Fitted with flip down metal nose cone.

 

first date: 4 December 1943

 

last date: 19 February 1946

 

Arrived at Rockcliffe, in USAAF markings and serial.

 

Struck off, after crashing near Muenster, Germany, en route to Poland with medical supplies, on 4 November 1945.

9203

Boeing

Lockheed-Vega

Flying Fortress

Mk. IIIA

 

 

 

 

6397

 

 

 

 

 

Ex USAAF B-15F-45-VE, serial number 42-6101.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115.    Taken on strength on 6 December 1943.  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe and Africa.  Lost at sea between Morocco and Azores with 5 crew and 3 passengers, only a few mail bags ever found.

 

first date: 5 December 1943

 

last date: 7 June 1945

 

Arrived at Rockcliffe, in USAAF markings and serial.

 

Struck off, having been lost since 15 December 1944, see comments.

9204

Boeing

Douglas, Long Beach

Flying Fortress

Mk. IIIA

 

 

 

 

8305

 

 

 

 

 

Ex USAAF B-17F-50-DL, serial number 42-3369.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115.  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe.  Flew first scheduled trans-Atlantic mission by this unit, on 15 December 1943.  Carried 2 passengers and 5,502 pounds of mail.  Category C accident in 1944, date unknown.

 

first date: 9 December 1943

 

last date: 11 October 1944

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, after Category A damage at Rocklciffe on 17 September 1944.

9205

Boeing

Boeing, Seattle

Flying Fortress

Mk. III

 

 

 

 

2614

 

 

 

 

 

EX USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-9142.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115.  Also reported as Mk. IIA, both designations probably unofficial.  Quote from RCAF receiving report: "very delapidated, all the parts being badly worn".  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe.  Extensive damage 23 January 1944, in mid air collision with Wellington, between Prestwick and Gibralter, losing 2 engines. Damage to nose, wings, and tail.  Mail jettisoned, returned to the UK, crew received four AFCs and one Air Medal.  Nose replaced with fabric fairing, later fitted with flip down metal nose cone.  Gear up landing on 19 November 1944 at Rockcliffe.  Category C damage at the Azores, 6 April 1945.  Carried penicillin to Warsaw November 1945, along with 9202.  Transferred to No. 9 (T) Group in April 1946, used briefly for search and rescue over the Atlantic.  Sold, to Argentine civil registery as LC-RTP.  Reported scrapped in 1964.

 

first date: 15 December 1943

 

last date: 27 December 1946

 

Taken on strength

 

Struck off, later sold

9206

Boeing

Boeing, Seattle

Flying Fortress

Mk. III

 

 

 

 

2249

 

 

 

 

 

Ex USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-2438.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Taken on strength on 21 December 1943.  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe.  Fitted with flip down metal nose cone.  By end of the war in natural metal finish, coded "QB".  Sold, to Argentine civil registery as LC-RTO.  Reported scrapped in 1964.

 

first date: 19 December 1943

 

last date: 7 June 1946

 

Arrived at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario.

 

Struck off, later sold.  This date is from Griffin, Vincent reports date as 7 July 1946.

9207

Boeing

Boeing, Seattle

Flying Fortress

Mk. III

 

 

 

 

2392

 

 

 

 

 

Ex USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-2581.  Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115.  Taken on strength on 2 February 1944.  Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe.  Seen to climb steeply and stall and spin under full power, shortly after take off from Prestwick for Canada, on 2 April 1944.  Destroyed by post impact fire, 5 fatalities.  No official cause of crash found, but report theorizes that cargo shifted in flight shortly after take off.  Aircraft did not have final version of RCAF developed mail restraints installed.

 

first date: 1 February 1944

 

last date: 3 May 1944

 

Arrived at Rockcliffe

 

Struck off, after crashing at Prestwick, Scotland on 2 April 1944.  See comments.


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