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De Havilland D.H.82C Tiger Moth * Retired *
Two ex-civil examples impressed into the Sherut Avir in November 1947. Canadian built examples with sliding cockpit hoods. Used by ? sqn for supply, recce and light attack roles. Both destroyed in action early 1948. Six more acquired by H. Fredkins in the UK December 1947, but export prevented by the authorities. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev.
Identity
Delivered Fate/Notes
VQ-PAN 3314 G-ACYN Nov 1947 first registered in UK on 24.10.34, sold to Aviron in Palestine 10.36 as VQ-PAN, w/o Mar 1938 in crash near Afikim, Jordan
VQ-PAU   CF-CTB Nov 1947 to Aviron by mid 1947, w/o May 1948
VQ-PAT   CF-CJA Nov 1947 to Aviron by mid 1947, w/o 4 March 1948 at Gosh Etzion in t/o accident

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel (Brian Cull et al)
  • BIAF May 1995


De Havilland D.H.89A Dragon Rapide * Retired *
One ex-civil aircraft impressed into the Sherut Avir in November 1947. One more example obtained in England in December 1947 by H. Fredkins. Two examples purchased by Boris Senior in 1948 in South Africa under 'Pan African Air Charter' colours. First aircraft delivered May 1948, second aircraft (G-AKOI) impounded in Egypt May 1948. Used by ? sqn for VIP transport and light bomber roles. Five in use by 9 Sept 1948. Serial range 1301+. Withdrawn when? Two aircraft used to form Arkia Airlines late 1949. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev.
Identity
Delivered Fate/Notes
VQ-PAC       Palestine Airways, to RAF in 1940 as Z7188, to Sherut Avir
VQ-PAR     Nov 1947 ex-Arab Airways, to Aviron by mid 1947, damaged at Sde Dov 15 May 1948 in Egyptian air attack
  6952 RL981/G-AKRS 1948 First registered 9.4.48
S-71     ? converted to air ambulance by 14 Oct 48
S-72     ? Galilee sqn by 12 June 48
S-74     ? Tel Aviv sqn by 8 July 48
S-75     ? Tel Aviv sqn by 8 July 48
S-76 6536 G-AKZI/X7376 Sept 1948 reg'd 29.7.48 to Mayfair Air Services, to Tel Aviv sqn, forced landed 20 Oct 48 near Wadi Rabin, recaptured from Egyptians 29 Dec 48 & repaired
      ? badly damaged at Sde Dov 6 June 48 when bomb accidently exploded
  6602 G-AIUN/X7485 June 48 reg'd 7.8.47, regn canx 5.50
  6639 G-AKTX/X7522   reg'd 8.4.48, at Sde Dov by 4 June 1948, reg canx 5.50
      May 48 Pan African Air Charter
  6546 G-AKOI/X7386 - reg'd 7.5.48, Pan African Air Charter, impounded in Egypt May 48, to TJ-AAQ with Arab Airways, w/o 9.48 when shot down by Israeli S.1999
    TJ-AAB 13 June 50 ex-Jordanian Arab Airways, impounded after intruding into Israeli airspace. to 100 Sqn but w/o 18 Dec 1950 near Ashkelon

References:

  • Spitfires Over Israel (Brian Cull et al)
  • British Civil Aircraft 1919-1972 Vol.II (AJ Jackson)


De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk * Retired *
One aircraft delivered from Canada by May 1949. Chipmunks built in Canada prior to construction number 101-139 all featured the early 'greenhouse' canopy. Used by FTS for evaluation as a primary trainer. Withdrawn shortly after evaluation completed. No Hebrew name given.

Serial c/no. Prev.
Identity
Delivered Fate/Notes
3001 63-101   May 1949  

References:



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