These Staggerwings lack some vital information from their history. Additions are needed to complete the overview, please feel free to respond.
Two model 17’s were used, both registrated CZ116. The first one was c/n 48, the second one is unknown, only unproven rumours are reported.
The Military Council of the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China, Nanking received 11 new D17’s and one used GB-2, as listed in the main database, but so far the registrations used are unknown.
181 D17R (no registration) 1937 mfd, del 1937-09-14
182 D17R (no registration) 1937 mfd, del 1937-09-14
217 D17R (no registration) 1938 mfd, del 1938-08-06
235 D17R (no registration) 1938 mfd, del 1938-08-06
236 D17R (no registration) 1938 mfd, del 1938-08-23
237 D17R (no registration) 1938 mfd, del 1938-08-23
239 D17S (no registration) 1938 mfd, del 1938-08-23 in parts (used only for spares)
325 D17R (no registration) 1939 mfd, del 1939-10-12
326 D17R (no registration) 1939 mfd, del 1939-10-12
328 D17R (no registration) 1939 mfd, del 1939-10-12
329 D17R (no registration) 1939 mfd, del 1939-10-12
3116 GB-2 (ex BuNo.01645) 1942 mfd, del 1942-11-24
In 1943 the Cuban Air Corp received a Beech D17S serial 1 for transport duty, this airplane was confiscated to Senator Emilio Ochoa. Its identity is unknown.
And on 1958-09-29 an unknown D17S crash-landed and was destroyed. The Fuerza Aérea Rebelde used its engine on Vought OS2U Kingfisher N°50 of the Navy, today this Kingfisher is displayed at the Revolution Museum of Havana.
This unknown SD17S PK-SGM is the second Staggerwing from the C&MA (Christian & Missionary Alliance) and was used for missionary works amongst Dyaks by Herman and Mary Dixon, seen here on taking off from Tandjong Selor, both photos received via Eric Stoothoff © Mary Dixon described their use of PK-SGM in her book “A White Lady Doing Nothing in the Tropics: The Story of Herman and Mary Dixon”. C&MA previously used c/n 280 PK-SAM, see elsewere on this site
PK-SGM receiving a Dyak welcome at Data Dian
The Tokyo Hikoki Seisaku‑Jo (The Tokyo Aircraft Works), Tachikawa, Tokyo licensed-built 20 C17E’s: 14 C17E’s in 1938, 5 in 1939 and 1 in 1940. Prior they received from Beech an assembled airframe, and one unassembled.
78 C17E J-BAOI 1936-07-00 mfd by Beech, 1936-08-15 delivered dismantled, 1936-09-29 ff after re-assembly in Japan, to Nihon Koku Yuso Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan Air Transport Co Ltd)
117 C17E J-BACH 1936-12-00 mfd by Beech, 1936-12-05 delivered in parts as a pattern aircraft, 1938-06-21 ff after assembly in Japan, used by Osaka Mainichi Shimbun, also reported as being registered J-BAOU
Tokyo Hikoki Seisaku‑Jo c/n (so they don’t fit in the Beech c/n system)
… C17E J-ACHE 1938-00-00 del to Pyong-an Provincial Police with their fleet No 106, 1949-00-00 wfu
… C17E J-BAOU 1937-05-00 Nihon Koku Yuso Kabushiki Kaisha (Japan Air Transport Co Ltd)
… C17E J-BCOE 1938-12-00
… C17E J-BCOH 1939-00-00 China Air Transport
… C17E J-BCOQ 1939-00-00 Dai Nippon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha (Greater Japan Airways)
… C17E J-BDOX Dai Nippon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha (Greater Japan Airways)
… C17E J-BDOY Dai Nippon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha (Greater Japan Airways)
… C17E J-BDOZ Dai Nippon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha (Greater Japan Airways), 1941-07-00 crashed due to engine failure
… C17E J-CASO 1938-06-00 Y. Shin (Korean FS)
FAP-428 most likely seen here at Albrook AFB, Panama Canal Zone in 1946 by Ril Herman ©
received via Dave Lucabaugh, Norm Taylor, Dan Hagedorn and Amaru Tincopa
an unknown Peruvian Air Force Staggerwing seen here after a landing accident due to gear malfunction, Las Palmas, Lima, Peru, 1950, photo by an unknown photographer via Amaru Tincopa ©
FAP-431 and FAP-429 on the far left late in 1947: President Bustamante y Rivero reviews the 31 members of the Information and Attack Squadron after his outstanding performance at the unveiling of the attempted coup against him, photo (by an unknown photographer) and information via Amaru Tincopa ©
closeup from the Beechcrafts FAP-431 and FAP-429 on the same photo via Amaru Tincopa ©
The Fuerza Aérea del Perú acquired two UC-43’s and three GB-2’s as early as 1946-07-.., registered:
At least four of them survived in service as late as 1956-12-31, they were last reported as of 1958-06-01.
One of them was assigned to the 41st Escuadron de Transporte (Transport Squadron) (amongst other types) as of 1949-01-01. By 16 June 1950:
– one on strength with the Training Flight of the 23rd Escuadron de Bombardero (Bomb Squadron) at Chiclayo;
– one on strength with Escuadrilla de Entrenamiento;
– three on strength with the Escuadron de Cuartel Mayor (Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron), 2nd Air Region at Lima.
The foreign flight permit was actually dated 16 December 1946, but Air Order of Battle information seems to indicate that they were actually in service before that.
One probably lost 1951-04-20 in the Andes.
United States of America
c/n 64 B17R NC15490 from George Fisk Hammond was impressed into the USAAF, but no serial was found. Anyone?
The Stag was intended to be returned to him after WWII, but when he impatiently went to Alaska prior to the return he was just in time to see it burn with other planes in a deliberate fire….very sad!
Further, in the main database there are known “gaps” that still need to be filled in. If you know any: please let me know and mention your source. Thanks so much!