of South Africa

c/n CCF4-448

The North American Harvard in South Africa

Individual Aircraft History

C/N CCF4-448






The aircraft was built by the Canadian Car and Foundry Company

Allocated the tail number 52-8527.

The trainer was later sold to the West German Air Force (Luftwaffe) with the tail number AA+658,

To the Mozambique Air Force with the tail number 1731.

The aircraft was bought by aircraft enthusiast Brian Zeederberg who recovered the aircraft from Maputo and sold it to the SAA Apprentice Training School.

The aircraft was first registered ZS-WLR but the registration was changed to ZS-WLT in 1991.


C/N CCF4-448


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c/n CCF4-448 Nice air-to-air of a SAAF Harvard IIA just up from the Air Force Base at Durban, circa 1951*.
                                     This was one of the Harvards destined for the RAF (where it was to have become EX302. but
                                     diverted instead to South Africa as part of the EFTS).  When the SAAF retired it in 1966 it went
                                     to the Portuguese Air Force as 1545.  In 1980 it was sold in the UK and is still current, I believe,
                                     as G-BICE. 
                                     *  Don Sykes in South Africa advises me that the shot was, indeed, early 1951 and the Harvard
                                     was being flown by his father, Capt. Bill Sykes who was OC 5 Squadron, based at Stamford Hill,
                                     Durban at the time.  Capt Sykes went on, a short time later, to join 2 Squadron, SAAF in Korea
                                     on P-51s, attached to the USAF's 18th Fighter-bomber Wing.
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