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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89577
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:26-MAY-1941
Time:day
Type:Hawker Hardy
Owner/operator:Belgian Colonial authorities
Registration: K4316
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gambela, Kisangni -   Congo (Democratic Republic)
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Gambela, Kisangani, Belgian Congo
Narrative:
On 14 May 1941 the Belgian Colonial authorities obtained a Hawker Hardy from the South African Air Force. K4316 originated from the RAF 237 (Rhodesian) Squadron. It possibly could have been the object of an exchange with a Caudron Pelican to the British Imperial Forces. This latter was found damaged in Ethiopia.

K4316 arrived in Belgian hands on May 14th, 1941 receiving a camouflage paint with black, yellow and red roundels, although keeping its RAF serial. But sadly the career of the aircraft was short-lived as it turned over during a landing on May 26th, 1941, slightly injuring the crew of two, at the airfield of Gambela (Kisangani area) in Belgian-Congo.

Formally struck off RAF charge as Cat.E(FA) 15th October 1941

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 32)
2. http://www.sbap.be/archivalia/hawker_hardy/hawker_hardy.htm
3. https://www.raf-in-combat.com/downloads/february-2018-hawker-hardy-17-photos/
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=6115
5. http://www.belgian-wings.be/Webpages/Navigator/Photos/MilltaryPics/ww2/hawker_hartbeeste.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Jan-2011 15:48 ThW Added
28-Feb-2019 20:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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