42-100971 took part in the airborne landing at Sainte-Mère-Eglise.on D-Day. Bought by Prince Bernhard in 1946, the aircraft became PH-PBA, the Dutch 'Governemnt Dakota'. From 1960 it served as a calibration aircraft with the Dutch CAA. Preserved in front of the Aviodome at Schiphol when I was a kid, it was restored to flying condition by the Dutch Dakota Association in the late 1990s.
During the summer of 2012 one of the engines of PH-DDZ failed and the aircraft was grounded. The financial burden was too great for the Dutch Dakota Association to restore airworthiness and, after almost four years of inactivity, the PH-DDZ was sold to the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad. This venerable old DC-3 is now stored in the restoration hangar.
Built as USAF 43-15288 and delivered Mar-1944. To N87663 (FAA) registered Oct-1962, reregistered N161 by 1964, to 6OS-AAA (Somali AL) registered May-1964, reregistered 6O-SAA Oct-1970, to N920 registered Jan-1981, to SU-BFY (Pyramid AL) registered Jun-1982, to EI-BSJ in Jun-1986 but that was not taken up, to PH-DDZ instead, registered Apr-1987. It is here painted in the old MAC color scheme.
Delivered 25-Mar-1946 as ZS-AUA (South African AW), to South African AF as 6901 in Jan-1966, back to ZS-AUA in 1968, back to South African AF 6901 in 1970, to ZS-NUR (Aero Air) registered Aug-1995, to PH-DDS registered Dec-1996. Due to changed regulations in the Netherlands for historic aircraft that make it almost impossible to carry fare-paying passengers, operation was no longer economically viable, and regrettably the aircraft had to be sold. So it went back to South Africa as ZS-AUA again, registered Dec-2002 ....If only a sound file could be added....