RAF Type C1 roundel Canadian Military Aircraft
Serial Numbers
RCAF 10000 and up
Mid WW II to the end of the RCAF
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After the RCAF reached the end of the 4 digit serial numbers, large scale procurement continued, to support the BCATP and the home defense squadrons.  Five digit serial numbers were introduced, starting with Bolingbroke Mk. IVT 10000, taken on strength on 19 October 1942.  The highest World War II serial was Cornell 16650.  This was part of a huge block that was mostly canceled at the war's end, before being built.

When World War 2 ended, the RCAF reduced considerably in size, but continued to be well organized and reasonably well funded. Procurement was soon switched from the historical preference for UK aircraft, to a preference for North American aircraft.  This resulted directly from the early World War 2 problems with trans-Atlantic supply in a war time situation.  The use of 5 digit serial numbers continued, from where war time procurement left off.  As with the 4 digit series, there were a few unused war time blocks below 16650 that would be used post war.  In the table below, these postwar acquisitions are shown in italics.  This included blocks for the CF-116 and CH-118, that were re-assigned Canadian Armed Forces serials before the aircraft flew.

The Royal Canadian Navy air arm, started in the closing days of the war with ex Fleet Air Arm aircraft, used a mix of second-hand US and UK aircraft in the early postwar period.  These aircraft were operated with their original US or UK serials, but began to receive unique RCN pennant numbers shortly after the war.  Later, aircraft built new to RCN order would receive unique RCN serial numbers.   The RCN also received several ex-RCAF training aircraft, starting with Tiger Moths and Ansons, and later Harvards, Expeditors, and T-Birds.   These retained their 4 and 5 digit RCAF serial numbers, and what information I have on these aircraft is/will be included in the RCAF detailed lists .

Some of the overseas RCAF aircraft returned to Canada, notably Canadian built Lancasters and a few Dakotas, and continued to carry their RAF serial numbers in postwar RCAF service.  Relatively small quantities of second hand US and UK operational aircraft were acquired, to start an Auxiliary Air Force.  All these new aircraft received RCAF serial numbers.  A small Canadian Army air operation, relying on Air Force procurement and carrying RCAF serial numbers, was started in 1947.  The BCATP aircraft were disposed of or scrapped in large numbers, although a few continued in use and in storage.  Some wartime Lancasters, Dakotas, Norsemen and Cansos were converted for photo survey and survey support.  This allowed the RCAF to finally finish the only civil assignment left it when it split from the Air Board in 1927: a complete photo survey of Canada.  This huge task, started with Avro 504s in 1920, was finally finished in 1958.  Most of the post war photography was done by Canadian built Lancasters, still carrying RAF serial numbers.

The start of the Korean War, the Cold War, and Canada's commitment to NATO led to increasing procurement in the early 1950s.  The new aircraft came mostly from Canadian and American factories, and UK procurement was minimal.  RCAF squadrons returned to Europe, this time with NATO and displaying RCAF serial numbers.  By the late 1950s the RCAF would be operating around the world in support of UN operations.  These aircraft usually, but not always, continued to display their RCAF serial numbers.  The Canadian Armed Forces continues this type of operation to the present day.  Canadian production of aircraft for NATO partners began, and some of these aircraft were assigned RCAF serial numbers for book keeping, or for testing in Canada.  They were finally delivered with the serial numbers of the end customer.

The RCAF continued to use serial number blocks assigned by aircraft type after the war ended.  Each aircraft type was its own block, with all aircraft  of the type being issued consecutive serial numbers, even when procurement was spread over several years.  For example, the CF-100 was assigned serials from 18101 to 18792, without gaps.  These were built from 1950 to 1958, and other aircraft procured in those years were numbered in other blocks.  Gaps were left between subsequent blocks, to allow for future procurement.  As a result, the RCAF 5 digit numbers reached 26,190 by integration in February 1968, but there were less RCAF numbered aircraft in total than suggested by this high number.  (My database currently contains 17,900+ RCAF serial numbers, not counting numbers re-used in the post war period, although it is not complete.)

This use of blocks resulted in some earlier 4 and 5 digit serials being re-used. The original aircraft had all been sold or scrapped, so there was no resulting confusion within the RCAF at that time. Also, a few VIP transports acquired in the early 1960s were first issued previously used 5 digit serials, before being renumbered in the new block system. To minimize my confusion today, I have recorded these numbers in separate lists of postwar RCAF serials.


The table below will connect you to two types of listings of these aircraft. The "Brief lists" present a minimum amount of information about as many aircraft as I can fit on a reasonably sized page. Use these lists to identify individual aircraft, or to quickly scan a large range of serials. The "Detailed lists" contain all the information currently in my database, and are broken into many more pages to keep the data manageable.

Brief lists
Detailed lists
Typical
Aircraft
World War II procurement (mostly)
10000 to 16650
4,658 records
updated 31 October 2004

10000 to 10049
50 records
updated 21 February 2007

10050 to 10099
50 records
updated 20 March 2007

10100 to 10149
50 records
updated 24 May 2007

10150 to 10199
50 records
updated 24 August 2007

Bolingbroke
10200 to 10257
57 records
updated 23 November 2007

10261 to 10287
27 records
updated 9 April 2011

Bolingbroke and Anson, Hiller
10301 to 10328, plus 10401 to 10418
46 records
updated 30 June 2006

Hercules, Labrador, Voyaguer
10497 to 10549
53 records
updated 23 February 2008

10550 to 10599
50 records
updated 29 February 2008

10600 to 10649
50 records
updated 10 April 2008

10650 to 10699
50 records
updated 9 July 2008

Anson, Cornell
10700 to 10749
50 records
updated 14 December 2008

10750 to 10799
50 records
updated 21 December 2008

10800 to 10849
50 records
updated 19 February 2009

10850 to 10907
58 records
updated 5 March 2009

Cornell
10910 to 10918
9 records
updated 23 December 2006

11001 to 11050
50 records
updated 5 November 2006

11051 to 11100
50 records
updated 29 November 2006

Dakota, Canso
11101 to 111135, plus 11151 to 11163
37 records
updated 12 April 2009

11181 to 11249
68 records
updated 12 April 2009

11250 to 11300
51 records
updated 18 December 2009

Liberator plus Cosmopolitan,  Anson
11301 to 11350
50 records
updated 31 December 2009

11351 to 11400
50 records
updated 6 June 2010

11401 to 11450
50 records
updated 12 September 2010

11451 to 11500
50 records
updated 14 February 2011

Anson Mk. II
11501 to 11550
50 records
updated 15 May 2011

11551 to 11600
50 records
updated 16 July 2011

11601 to 11650
50 records
updated 20 January 2012

11651 to 11700
50 records
updated 24 February 2012

Anson Mk. II, V
11701 to 11750
50 records
updated 3 July 2012

11751 to 11800
50 records
updated 24 March 2015

11801 to 11850
50 records
updated 3 September 2015

11851 to 11900
50 records
updated 7 November 2015

Anson Mk. V
11901 to 11950
50 records
updated 16 January 2016

11951 to 12000
12001 to 12050
12051 to 12100
Anson Mk. V
12101 to 12150
12151 to 12200
50 records
updated 27 March 2016

12201 to 12250
50 records
updated 22 May 2016

12251 to 12300
Anson Mk. V
12301 to 12350 12351 to 12400
12401 to 12450
12451 to 12500
Anson
12501 to 12550 12551 to 12600
12601 to 12628
12631 to 12676
46 records
updated 14 September 2010

Anson, two seat Starfighters
12700 to 12750
51 records
updated 24 March 2012

12751 to 12800
50 records
updated 8 July 2012

12801 to 12850
50 records
updated 11 November 2012

12851 to 12900
50 records
updated 13 April 2013

single seat Starfighters
13231, 13881, 14001 to 14010, 14381 to 14399
14400 to 14450
14451 to 14500
Anson plus Iroquois plus Cornell, Cornell
14501 to 14550
14551 to 14600
14601 to 14670
14675 to 14695
Cornell, Silver Star
14701 to 14745
14746 to 14789
14801 to 14846
two seaters
CF-5 (all renumbered before flight, these links will take you to the CAF serial numbers)
14995, plus15001 to 15065 15066 to 15140
(not taken on strength by RCAF)
15141 to 15165
15166 to 15190
(not taken on strength by RCAF)
Dakota plus Cornells (see notes below about cancelled Cornells, and Cornells with RCAF style serial numbers but not taken on RCAF strength)
15191 to 15215, plus 15241 to 15265
15291 to 15315, plus 15341 to 15365
16601 to 16650
Cornells that were taken on strength by the RCAF
15216 to 15240, 15266 to 15290, 15316 to 15340, 15366 to 16600
Cornells believed to have been transferred to Rhodesian Air Training Group, or cancelled before completion, without ever being on RCAF books
Post-war procurement
16651 to end
3,861 records
updated 6 November 2014

16651 to 16692
42records
updated 30 September 2006

16701 to 16735
35 records
updated 12 February 2008

Auster, L-19 plus L-182 / L-19L
17001 to 17087
86 records
updated 19 March 2006

17391 to 17483
66 records
updated 28 May 2007

17501 to 17525
25 records
updated 2 September 2007

Vampire, Voodoo, North Star
18001 to 18079
79 records
updated 27 January 2006


18101 to 18150
50 records
updated 31 August 2005

18151 to 18200
50 records
updated 31 August 2005

18201 to 18250
50 records
updated 4 September 2005

Chipmunk, Canuck
18251 to 18300
50 records
updated 4 September 2005

18301 to 18350
50 records
updated 10 September 2005

18351 to 18400
50 records
updated 10 September 2005

18401 to 18450
50 records
updated 23 September 2005

Canuck
18451 to 18500
50 records
updated 23 September 2005

18501 to 18550
50 records
updated 30 September 2005

18551 to 18600
50 records
updated 30 September 2005

18601 to 18650
50 records
updated 20 October  2005

Canuck
18651 to 18700
50 records
updated 4 November 2005

18701 to 18750
50 records
updated 4 November 2005

18751 to 18792
42 records
updated 4 November 2005

Canuck
19101 to 19150
50 records
updated 16 July 2009

19151 to 19200
50 records
updated 19 July 2009

19201 to 19250
50 records
updated 6 January 2010

19251 to 19300
50 records
updated 15 June 2010

Sabre 1, 2 and 3
19301 to 19350
50 records
updated 18 September 2010

19351 to 19400
50 records
updated 26 September 2010

19401 to 19450
50 records
updated 6 August 2011

19451 to 19500
50 records
updated 30 March 2012

Sabre 2 and 4
19501 to 19550
50 records
updated 25 April 2013

19551 to 19600
50 records
updated 2 August 2013

19601 to 19650
50 records
updated 5 November 2013

19651 to 19700
50 records
updated 26 February 2014

Sabre 4
19701 to 19750
50 records
updated 7 December 2014

19751 to 19800
50 records
updated 13 June 2015

19801 to 19850
50 records
updated 16 November 2015

19851 to 19890,
20100 to 20109

50 records
updated 25 January 2016

Sabre 4, Radioplane OQ-19A
20200 to 20249
50 records
updated 8 June 2016

20250 to 20299
20300 to 20349
20350 to 20399
Harvard 2 and 4
20400 to 20449 20450 to 20479
20501 to 20507
20710 to 20742
33 records
updated 7 July 2010

Harvard 4, Falcon, Argus
21001 to 21050
21051 to 21100
21101 to 21150
21151 to 21200
Silver Star
21201 to 21250 21251 to 21300
21301 to 21350
21351 to 21400
Silver Star
21401 to 21450
21451 to 21500
21501 to 21550
21551 to 21600
Silver Star
21601 to 21656
22101 to 22135
23001 to 23050
23051 to 23100
Silver Star, Flying Boxcar, Sabre 5
23101 to 23150 23151 to 23200
23201 to 23250
23251 to 23300
Sabre 5
23301 to 23350 23351 to 23400
23401 to 23450
23451 to 23500
Sabre 5 and 6
23501 to 23550
23551 to 23600
23601 to 23650
23651 to 23700
Sabre 6
23701 to 23760 24101 to 24125
24201 to 24225
25201 to 25237
Sabre 6, Neptune, Mentor, Arrow
26001 to 26050 26051 to 26100
26101 to 26150
26151 to 26190
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This data has come from a variety of sources, and may contain all sorts of errors. In the future, I will add a complete list of references. For now, some recent Internet references can be found at the links below.  I would welcome any corrections or additions you may have. Contact me using the link below.

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