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Bump - C47 in 3 tone US Navy c/s - serials position

Joined: December 24th, 2006, 3:11 am

April 15th, 2012, 2:53 am #1

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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April 15th, 2012, 4:51 am #2

... is probably an R4D (the Navy's designation for C-47s). All I can add is that that's the first photo of a Gooney Bird in tri-color camouflage I've ever seen. Thanks!

Charles Metz

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Joined: December 24th, 2006, 3:11 am

April 15th, 2012, 5:37 am #3

lower fusealage for the serial ? - can't see anything on the fin (unless the censor removed it - it is a wartime shot)

Greg Taylor
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April 15th, 2012, 8:49 am #4

... is probably an R4D (the Navy's designation for C-47s). All I can add is that that's the first photo of a Gooney Bird in tri-color camouflage I've ever seen. Thanks!

Charles Metz

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Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it's been.
I saw it a long time ago in a Wings/Airpower article. She looks good in that outfit, and such a one is on my "to-do" list! There is apparently a Profile Publication covering R4D variants, so that might possibly be a source for more?

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April 15th, 2012, 11:54 am #5

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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Greg Taylor
I don't think the USN displayed their serials the same as the USAAF ie: large numbers on the tail. If other contemporary USN AC can be used as a guide the AC information was on the rudder in small text. Look at an F6F or TBF rudder. I think that will give you an answer.

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April 15th, 2012, 12:22 pm #6

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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Greg Taylor
I am e-mailing a scan of artwork of this aircraft from the source below. It is an R4D-5, BN 17136. The MDS is on the rudder in front of the upper trim tab but no serial.

C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific and CBI (Combat Aircraft) [Paperback]
David Isby (Author), Chris Davey (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846030463
ISBN-13: 978-1846030468

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April 15th, 2012, 2:05 pm #7

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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April 15th, 2012, 3:13 pm #8

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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Greg Taylor
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Although grainy, that just might be the serial (or BU number) on the original photo.

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April 15th, 2012, 9:10 pm #9

Not much comment previously - so try again - this is the bird that I am interested in - position of serial is not clear => anybody have any extra info?

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Greg Taylor
On the fixed portion of the vertical fin in (usually) 2" high letters it would say:

NAVY
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And immediately aft on the rudder itself the a/c type, also in 2" high numbers

R4D-5
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