Curtiss C-46 Commando

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    #1 Snautzer01, Dec 17, 2014
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    I am not positive, but I believe that second shot might be "Tinker Belle", the former CAF C-46.
     
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    Good shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Good stuff. I've always liked the Commando, which gives the impression of being a very capable aircraft for its designed role.
     
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    It was. It carried more weight, faster and farther than the C-47. It was originally designed to be a pressurized airliner and the original design had the structure smooth over the figure 8 fuselage used for pressurization, but it was found that fairing over the junction added weight and didn;t really change the aerodynamics. The army never flew them pressurized.
    Back when China Doll was flying
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    #8 michaelmaltby, Dec 20, 2014
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    Still going strong ... :)
     

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    Great stuff. Viewed purely from the paratrooping perspective, the Commando would be superior to the 'Dak'/C-47 in this role, especially with a door on each side allowing simultaneous 'sticks', being capable of carrying, and dropping, a larger number of troops. And, of course, with a larger capacity and larger freight door(s), supply drops would be more effective.
    Most accounts of the C-46 in WW2 state that they were not used in the para/supply drop role in the ETO, with US 9th AF and RAF C-47's being employed for this, but there is cine film evidence of one, at least, over a DZ which looks like Arnhem, trailing smoke as it departs.
    Certainly a somewhat 'unsung hero', overshadowed by the 'Dak'.
     
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    IIRC, they were first used in Europe during Operation Varsity (Northern crossing of the Rhine). The one thing they lacked that the C-47 had was self sealing fuel tanks, and they suffered for it during that operation.

    But they did make a good showing over the hump.
     
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    Yes, I'd thought the film clip mentioned could possibly have been the Rhine crossing. But, it has been included in more than one documentary on 'Market Garden' (not that this is solid proof it was filmed there, of course), and the DZ looks more like Ginkel Heath at Arnhem, than the DZ over the Rhine.
     
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    It could be correct. I don't recall hearing they were used in Market Garden, but that doesn't mean they weren't. My sources aren't always perfect, and my memory certainly isn't. ;)
     
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    Same here Eric !
     
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    #14 Snautzer01, Jan 6, 2015
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    #15 Snautzer01, Jan 7, 2015
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    #17 Snautzer01, Jan 13, 2015
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    #19 Snautzer01, Jan 15, 2015
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