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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17129
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Date:29-DEC-1962
Time:morning
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:R Van Risseghem Lint
Registration: OO-ITI
C/n / msn: 6913
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kolwezi-Kengere Airfield, Kolwezi, Lualaba District -   Congo (Democratic Republic)
Phase: Standing
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kolwezi-Kengere Airfield, Belgian Congo (KWZ/FZQM)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
C/no. 6913: Taken on charge as NR849 at De Havilland Witney 10.8.45. Sold 16.2.46 to Air Taxis [Croydon] Ltd. Registered as G-AGZO (CofR 9866) 26.1.46 to Air Taxis Ltd, Barton, Manchester (although aircraft was based at Croydon). C of A 7405 issued 11.2.46. Cancelled 15.12.46 & re-registered 18.3.47 to Air Taxis (Croydon) Ltd. This company ceased trading early in January 1948. Cancelled 12.1.48 & re-registered 13.1.48 to Frederick Thomas Bingham (formerly of Air Taxis), Croydon.

Cancelled 21.7.48 & re-registered 31.7.48 to Marshall's Flying School Ltd, Cambridge. New C of R No.2149 issued 1950. Cancelled 1.4.52 & re-registered 9.4.52 to Marshalls Flying Services Ltd, Cambridge. Converted to Mk 6 29.9.60; de-converted 29.9.61. Registration G-AGZO cancelled 24.5.62 as sold in France; inspected at Dinard 28.6.62. Registered as F-BGZJ 3.7.62 to Etablissments Rousseau Aviation, Dinard. Sold 1.11.62 to Belgium. Registered OO-ITI [CofR 1436] 10.10.62 [or 5.10.62] to R Van Risseghem Lint, Antwerp.

Destroyed on the ground in an air raid (Operation Grand Slam) by UN/ONUC SAAB J29 Tunnan aircraft before it was operational at Kolwezi-Kengere Airfield, Kolwezi, Belgian Congo 29.12.62. According to a contemporary newspaper report (Kingston Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica 29 December 1962):

"U.N. Planes Hit Kantangese As Ground Fighting Goes On
United Nations planes bombed Elisabethville and the mining town of Kolwezi today as fighting continued around the secessionist Katanga capital. The bombing took place as UN forces, taking the offensive after enduring two days of Katangan attacks, surrounded President Moise Tshombe’s palace and seized other key points in Elisabethville.

No Official Word
There was no official word on the whereabouts of Tshombe, who toured the capital Friday and called on his gendarmes to stop shooting, but he was said to have escaped and gone into hiding. Unconfirmed reports Friday indicated the Katangan president was trying to leave Elisabethville for the greater security of Kipu-shi, on the Northern Rhodesian border, or Kolwezi, to the east of the capital. The U.N. was reported to have lost one Ethiopian killed and five wounded in fighting Friday. Earlier reports of casualties listed seven U.N. soldiers wounded and eight civilians wounded. It was not known immediately if there was any duplication. Despite the successes of U N. troops, small arms and heavy mortar fire continued in several sectors of the town. The fighting went on after two raids this morning by U.N. planes on the capital and on the airfield at Kolwezi, the base of Tshombe s rudimentary air force. The raid on Elizabethville was carried out by a single aircraft at 4 a m. The plane dropped about five bombs, but the targets and damage were not yet known. The raid on Kolwezi was carried out by Swedish-made SAAB jet fighters. It is believed that three planes were destroyed on the ground by the SAABS.

UN Tunisian troops occupied Elisabethville's central post office, and the UN claimed to have complete freedom for its forces, following the seizure of 20 Katangan road-blocks. The U.N. military commander. Indian Brig. Reginald Noronha. accused Tshombe of being insincere during peace talks Friday. He said the fighting Friday night and this morning could have been avoided if Tshombe had signed an agreement to remove his roadblocks. Other U.N. officials, have said Tshombe seemed to be acting in good faith in seeking a halt to the shooting."

Registration OO-ITI cancelled 28.7.64

Sources:

1. Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920 / J.Appleton and A. Thys, 1980 (ISBN 0 904597 25 3)
2. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AGZO-1.pdf
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AGZO-2.pdf
5. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1264506
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Grandslam
7. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ayronautica/39819017885
8. Kingston Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica 29 December 1962): https://newspaperarchive.com/kingston-daily-freeman-dec-29-1962-p-1/
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolwezi_Airport

A flight of four Swedish AF Saab 29 Tunnan (J-29) jets in the Congo December 1962 J-29 jets in the Congo

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Apr-2008 07:00 ASN archive Added
03-Jan-2012 14:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2019 16:34 TB Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2019 19:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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