Built as a type C-47A-40DL and delivered on 8 July 1943.
To the USAAF as 42-23974
To the Royal Air Force as FD938 on 15 July 1943
transferred to the Middle East 06 August 1943
seconded to the SAAF with 28 squadron on 27 August 1943. Given SAAF serial 6867 on 3 October 1945
To 15 Air Depot for storage, 1955.
Transferred to 25 squadron in September 1967
To 25 squadron in October 1972
To 35 Squadron October 1993
To Hunting / Field Aviation Rand Airport on behalf of Denel
restored and converted to DC-3C spec, reregistered ZS-NJE
Ferried to the UK (Middle Wallop) marked as KG391/AG in a D-day colour scheme
ferried Bilbao - Cambridge 30 April 1994 for Airborne Initiative
reregistered 14 June 1994 as G-BVOL (reg cancelled 16 May 1996)
Sold to Stichting Prince Bernard Alpha B/ Aviodome / DDA and used as a source of parts for restoration of PH-PBA.
Restored to static display condition and painted as PH-TCB, named "Iwan. W. Smirnoff".
On static display at the Aviodrome, Lelystad, The Netherlands.
I am aware that PH-TCB is considered a "combination" of G-BVOL (ZS-NJE) and PH-PBA, in technical terms this is not true though - the serial number of an aircraft remains with the fuselage - therefore the aircraft on display at Lelystad is Douglas C-47A s/n 9836 and no other - in its recorded history it should be simply recorded as "on display Aviodrome Museum, Lelystad, The Netherlands".
Text: Brendan Odell (25 July 2009)
Photograph: Will Blunt