Built as a model C-47B-35-DK for the USAAF as 44-77076 and delivered on 4 June 1945.
The aircraft was handed to the RAF at Montreal as KN694 and departed for the UK on 29 June 1945 under the lend-lease agreement.
It departed the UK for the Middle East on 20 September 1945 and served with 78 squadron from 11 December 1947.
On 28 April 1948 KN694 was transferred to 215 squadron.
Following its withdrawal from squadron service it was flown to Oakington on 25 January 1949
Moved to 12MU on 20 February 1950.
The aircraft was sold to Transair as G-AMVL in October 1952, although it reverted to the military markings of XF746 for troop charter work during 1953.
In 1954 it was sold to Africair Ltd and registered ZS-DKR on 7 December 1954.
It was transferred to Africair’s Rhodesian subsidiary as VP-YSR on 28 October 1960 and returned to South Africa some years later as ZS-DKR.
It served with Natal Airlines and Marine Diamond Corporation Ltd.
In service with Marine Diamond the aircraft crashed on take-off from Rand Airport on 6 October 1970, killing the crew and was completely destroyed.
Text: Brendan Odell