Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
Douglas C-47 Dakota
Technical Information

Background
The aircraft was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936, one of America's most famous and widely used transports. Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the C-47 "Dakota", "Skytrain", "Biscuit Bomber" or "Gooney Bird" and many other affectionate nicknames. In the Pacific, they were instrumental in supply and transport to remote islands, mountains and ocean.

The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 and by the end of WWII, 9,348 were built. They carried personnel and cargo, and in a combat role, towed troop-carrying gliders and dropped paratroops.

R4D
The R4D was the designation for C-47 in U. S. Navy (USN) service.

R4D-1
The R4D-1 was the designation for twelve C-47s assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC).

R4D-5
C-47A-DKs transferred from the U. S. Army to the U. S. Navy. In 1962, the remaining aircraft were redesignated to C-47H.

C-49
Designation given to 138 DC-3 with Wright R-1820 engines that were impressed into service from civilian airlines and used by the U. S. Army as transports.

Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII - Vol One p 333:
"8 C-49s and 3 C-50s were assigned to the 21st TCS in late August 1942, yet only 10 actually delivered (VH-CDH never being taken up).

C-53 Skytrooper
Built by Douglas at Santa Monica, CA. Production began during October 1941. The C-53 Skytrooper lacked the cargo door, hoist attachment and reinforced floor of the C-47. A total of 380 were built. About 219 paratroop versions were also built. They lacked the double doors and reinforced floor, and were fitted with metal seats for 28 paratroopers and an attachment point for a combat glider tow rope. C-53 deliveries preceded deliveries of the C-47, and it was closer in configuration to the Douglas DC-3.

Japanese Licence Built DC-3 (L2D Tabby)
Showa/Nakajima L2D, was a Navy land-based twin-engine transport that was a license-built version of Douglas DC-3. that could carry 21-passengers.. The Japanese had signed a licensing agreement with the Douglas company in February 1938 to build domestic versions of the DC-3, which they called the L2D or nicknamed "Tabby." At the time, the Douglas company was unaware that the Imperial Japanese Navy intended to use them as military transport aircraft.

Technical Details
Crew  3 (pilot, co-pilot, radio operator)
Engine  2 x 1,200 hp Pratt and Whitney R-1830-90D
Span  95'
Length  64'4"
Height  16'10"
Cruise Speed  230 mph
Range  2,000 miles
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram