Built in 1944 as a UC-64A with US serial 44-70515, this Norseman was delivered to the UK and flew briefly at the Norwegian training base at Winkleigh, Devon in May 1945. On joining the R Norwegian Air Force it was given the identity 'R-AF', flying on wheels and floats. In 1959 it was sold as LN-TSN and again to Sweden in 1963 becoming SE-CGM. It is now operated by the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation. Making its first appearance in the UK since 1945 at Duxford in 2017, it is seen here overwintering in the museum hangar at Gardermoen and flies from Kjeller aerodrome in summer.
When Gibbes Sepik Airways bought this aircraft it was VH-BHG. Gibbes Sepik was taken over by Mandated Airlines in 1958 and in 1959, -BHG was reregistered VH-GSB. The Gibbes Sepik titles were eventually replaced by Mandated Airlines titles. Ansett bought Mandated to form Ansett-MAL in 1960. -GSB was sold in 1962 to the founder of Gibbes Sepik, World War II fighter ace Bobby Gibbes. He reregistered it VH-RHG. Photo from the Ben Dannecker Collection.
VH-GSF loading superphosphate for another cropdusting mission somewhere in the Upper Hunter Valley or New England region of NSW. In 1970 it ditched into the sea off Sydney while being used for skydiving. Photo Wally Scott.
VH-GSE seen here after being converted to a cropduster by Pay & Williamson. Pay was the late Col Pay, of Scone, who became a leading light in the Australian warbird movement. It is believed the farm airstrip being used at the time of the photo is in the Upper Hunter Valley or New England areas. -GSE was destroyed in a crash and fire near Armidale on September 26, 1966 with Pay at the controls. He was unhurt. Photo from the Ben Dannecker Collection.
Originally developed for rugged Canadian bush country operations, the Norseman's qualities were recognised by the USAAF and so Noorduyn produced 762 examples for the USAAF before WWII ended. On Dec. 15, 1944, a UC-64A disappeared on a flight from England to France with bandleader Maj. Glenn Miller on board. The aircraft was never found. This Norseman on display at the National Museum of the USAF is actually 44-70296 but marked as a plane based in Alaska late in WWII.
Under repair after a take-off accident April 3, 1981 which damaged the belly. This Norseman was first delivered to the USAAF October 13, 1943 as 43-5237. Sent to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation on November 30, 1945 for disposal, it became N55555 flying many years in Alaska. After refurbishment (again) in 1992 it was donated to the Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska where it remains on display.
Canadian Pacific Airline's newly-built Norseman VI poses for an official photograph in 1944. Unfortunately it crashed near Yellowknife, NWT about a year later. Obtained from the airline over 50 years ago.