c/n 295 – 314

c/n 295
scanYC-43 39-139d

c/n 295 39-139, original Beech © photo # B-439-A, 1939-08-.. via William T. Larkins

0295 2012-08-17 N295BS at Zoersel-Oostmalle by Dré Peijmen 2a
and 73 years later, c/n 295 N295BS restored to its original identity as “39-139″
seen here at Zoersel-Oostmalle, Belgium 2012-08-17 by Dré Peijmen ©

0295 2012-02-08 N295BS at Eindhoven by Dré Peijmen 03b
0295 2012-02-08 N295BS at Eindhoven by Dré Peijmen 08
0295 2012-02-08 N295BS at Eindhoven by Dré Peijmen 09b
0295 2012-02-08 N295BS at Eindhoven by Dré Peijmen 02
c/n 295 N295BS receiving its usual TLC at home with Southern Cross, Eindhoven, 2012-02-08 by Dré Peijmen ©

YC-43-BH 39-139 1939-06-13 mfd, contract W535-ac-12336
1939-06-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-.. U.S. Army Air Corps (Brig/Gen. Martin F. Scanlon, US Air Attaché) London, England, flown from Hatfield and Hendon
Traveller Mk1 DR628 1941-05-01 impressed into Royal Air Force (24Sq) at Hendon, London
Allied Flight
rumoured to be flown by Prince Bernhardt of the Netherlands with No.1316 (Dutch) Communication Flight proved incorrect according to the logs (he received his personal Stag PB1, c/n 420)
1943-06-13 transfer to England
1944-06-06 England Military Mission
struck off charge by Royal Air Force, returned to US
YC-43-BH 39-139 1945-07-.. U.S. Army Air Force
1946-07-01 transfer according U.S. Army Air Force records
1947-06-05 declared obsolete by the Air Ministry
D17S NC91397 1947-..-..
1950-..-.. to UK, stored at Lympne
G-AMBY 1950-05-24 to 1951-07-06 Irene Marrayda, Colchester
1951-07-16 to 1951-09-14 Commercial Air Services (Rhodesia) Ltd, Kumalo, Southern Rhodesia
VP-YIV 1951-08-15 departure from Croydon
1953-..-.. Air Carriers, Kumalo
1959-..-.. Rhodesia Nyasaland Air Charters, Lusaka
N. Bowker
P. C. Rawson, Salisbury
Peter H. William Dahl, Messina, Republic of South Africa, recovered with Ceconite
ZS-PWD 1972-08-.. Peter H. William Dahl, Messina
1978-..-.. restorated
1985-..-.. offered for sale by Bob Ewing, president of the South African EAA to Ron Huckins, sold 6 months later, crated to US for 15 month restoration
N295BS/”39-139″ 1987-..-.. Ron Huckins (who owned 3 Stags!) painted in its original colors, based at Bellevue (WA)
1987-05-19 CoA
Museum of Flight, Seattle (WA)
1988-..-.. Bruce R. McCaw, Bellevue (WA)
1990-03-.. offered for sale by Gina Kershner, Bellevue (WA)
1990-..-.. J. C. Prather, El Dorado (KS)
1990-07-02 M. J. S. Corvettes Inc, El Dorado (KS)
Southern Cross Int, Camarillo (CA)
1995-..-.. Southern Cross Aviation, Eindhoven, Netherlands, used for business flights and by Duke of Brabant Air Force for airshow displays, regular visitor in the West European airshow circuit
1996-05-25 twice this day at Rotterdam
1996-11-14 flew Gilze-Rijen to Woensdrecht and back to Gilze-Rijen
1997-10-27 at Rotterdam
1999-09-16 at Soesterberg
2000-09-01 and next day at Koninklijke Luchtmacht-KLu (Royal Netherlands Air Force) Open Day, Volkel AFB
2007-12-06 Eastern Stearman Inc Trustee, Leesburg (VA) still based at Eindhoven and operated by Southern Cross Aviation
2009-06-18 and next 2 days at Koninklijke Luchtmacht-KLu (Royal Netherlands Air Force) Open Day, Volkel AFB
2016-02-29 expired

 

c/n 296

CFGBeech17de
c/n 296 YC-43 39-140 factory fresh, seen here in 1939 prior to delivery to the USAAF, shortly after installation of the engine by Clayton Grace (who was hired by Walter Beech September 1937 for installing Staggerwing engines), received via his son David Grace ©
CFGBeech17cd
just moments earlier Clayton Grace installing the engine of 39-140, via David Grace ©

YC-43-BH 39-140 1939-..-.. mfd, contract W535-ac-12336
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-07-10 U.S. Army Air Corps, Paris, France, flown by the US Air Attaché
1940-06-14 Germans took Paris but would not have interfered with the (then neutral) US Air Attache’s aircraft
1941-07-11 to US, repair by the Middletown AD (PA)
Duncan Field (TX)
Sacramento AD (CA)
McClellan Field (CA)
Mines Field (CA)
Muroc AAF (CA)
1943-04-13 Western Procurement District, Davis-Monthan AAF (AZ)
1943-06-12 noted at San Diego (CA)
Long Beach AAF (CA)
Hill Field, Ogden (UT)
scrapped

 

c/n 297

YC-43-BH 39-141 1939-..-.. mfd, contract W535-ac-12336
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-15 U.S. Army Air Corps, Rome, Italy, flown by the US Air Attaché
1942-03-22 Reparto P (VIP Sq) of Regia Aeronautica, Rome-Centocello
1942-05-07 U.S. Army Air Corps card notes Confiscated by Foreign Government (Italy), little flown due to maintenance / spares problems
1942-06-.. used by Col. G. Casero
1943-09-.. Rieti
Armistice
fate unknown

 

c/n 298

GB-1 BuNo. 1589 1939-..-.. mfd, contract S & A 62561
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-12 U.S. Navy, assigned Anacostia NAS (DC)
NAF
Floyd Bennett, New York NAS (NY)
Casco Bay NAD (ME)
Baltimore INA (MD)
Patuxent River NAS/Test (MD)
New York NAS/VRS-1 (NY)
Embry-Riddle (FL)
Miami NAS/NRAB (FL)
Kodiak CGAS (AK)
1946-03-31 stricken at Glenview NAS (IL)

 

c/n 299

GB-1 BuNo. 1590 1939-..-.. mfd, contract S & A 62561
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-12 U.S. Navy
Norfolk NAS (VA)
Hampton Roads NAS (VA)
Glenview NAS (IL)
Chincoteague NAAS (VA)
Norfolk NAS (VA) “Commander Support Force Atlantic Fleet”-titels
1947-03-31 stricken at Norfolk NAS (VA)
D17S N1189V 1951-..-.. Cale & Sherwood, Tatamy (PA)
N16V 1963-..-.. Aero Research & Development, Tatamy (PA)
rudder with George S. York, spares / scrapped?

 

c/n 300

GB-1 BuNo. 1591 1939-..-.. mfd, contract C.464-Bu-39
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-16 U.S. Navy
Kansas City NRAB (KS)
Anacostia NAS (DC)
1939-10-03 Mexico City, Naval Air Attaché
1940-03-01 forced landing
1940-06-23 Corpus Christi NAS (TX) for repairs
1942-06-26 Mexico City, Naval Air Attache
1942-11-13 Corpus Christi NAS (TX) for overhaul
1943-04-31 stricken at Corpus Christi NAS (TX)

 

c/n 301

GB-1 BuNo. 1592 1939-..-.. mfd, contract C.464-Bu-39
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-22 U.S. Navy
San Diego NAS/NO (CA)
Fleet Service Unit 2
San Diego NAS/Pacific (CA)
Fleet Service Unit 4
1944-05-31 stricken
1944-11-30 reinstated Glenview NAS/A&R (IL)
Norfolk NAS/Pool (VA)
Edenton NAS (NC)
1947-02-28 stricken at Norfolk NAS (VA)
D17S N9464H 1952-12-.. Brookhaven Air Service, Park Avenue, Mastik (NY)
fate unknown

 

c/n 302

GB-1 BuNo. 1593 1939-..-.. mfd, contract S & A 62561
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-26 U.S. Navy
1939-..-.. NAF
1939-11-25 Madrid, Spain Naval Attaché
1945-03-31 Port Lyautey SO, Morocco
1946-03-05 accident after mechanical failure, stricken

 

c/n 303

GB-1 BuNo. 1594 1939-..-.. mfd, contract S & A 62561
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-28 U.S. Navy
Pensacola NAS/NAIT (FL)
Whiting Field NAAS/NAIT (FL)
VN-3D3
Pensacola NAS/A&R (FL)
Penscola NAS/VN Unit (FL)
1945-01-30 stricken at Glenview NAS (IL)

 

c/n 304

Beech GB-1d
rare shot of c/n 304 BuNo.1595 by Howard Levy, New York City (NY) © via William T Larkins
note accidental reversal of model designation and serial

GB-2′s (450hp) are more often seen on photos than GB-1′s (400hp) like this one

GB-1 BuNo. 1595 1939-..-.. mfd, contract S & A 62561
1939-..-.. testflown by Army lieutenant George Price, Flight Test Section, Material Division, Wright Field (OH)
1939-06-30 U.S. Navy
Anacostia NAS (DC)
NAF
Anacostia NAS (DC)
New York NAS (NY)
Norfolk Atlantic NAS (VA)
Memphis NRAB/NO (TN)
Glenview NAS/A&R (IL)
Memphis NRAB (TN)
1946-09-30 stricken at Memphis NRAB (TN)
D17S N2422 1955-07-28 CoA
owned by some 12 to 15 individuals, mostly in Washington, Idaho, California and Arizona
1963-..-.. D. R. Simpson Jr, Hanford (CA)
1966-05-16 prior to an intended ferryflight this Stag collided with a parked Cessna 172 N6400B at Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix (AZ) when tiedown lines snapped as the pilot had left the Stag with the engine running, both planes sufferd substantial damage
1966-..-.. John Kelly, Clarksburg (CA) bought in Arizona in bad shape, restorated
1971-..-.. E. Stone, Springfield (OR)
1977-..-.. Dr. F. Leland “Lee” Jones, Anchorage (AK)
1978-..-.. Cindy Capper, Anchorage (AK)
1984-12-.. Leland Jones (AK)
198.-..-.. visited Tullahoma (TN) yearly
198.-..-.. on display an the Staggerwing Museum, Tullahoma (TN)
1988-..-.. Cynthia A. Jones, Anchorage (AK) rebuilt
Ray Dieckman, Cincinnatti (OH)
2005-06-07 Robert Jr. & Marta Meyer Trustee, Tehachapi (CA)
2015-02-28 expired

 

c/n 305

NC19453
c/n 305 NC19453 at Wichita (KS) 1939, factory photo received in 1989 from Beech ©

D17A NC19453 1939-..-.. mfd
1939-11-07 ATC-713
1939-09-05 S. J. Coughran, Aero Brokerage Service Co, Van Nuys (CA)
UC-43F-BH 42-49071 1942-05-20 impressed into U.S. Army Air Force, Long Beach AAF (CA)
Bolling Field, Washington (DC)
Jacksonville AAB (FL)
Winston
Memphis AAF (TN)
Avenger Field, Sweetwater (TX)
1942-10-12 accident at Bolling Field, Washington (DC) flown by John D. Smerick
1943-07-15 CAA for delivery to Regional Office, Fort Worth (TX)
1945-02-22 Reconstruction Finance Corporation
D17A N50959 1946-..-.. Alamo Airline Service, San Antonio (TX)
1946-..-.. to 1947-..-.. W. M. Woods, Boise (ID)
1956-04-19 CoA
1958-..-.. W. “Bill” Humphrey, McCall (ID) based at Mackay Bar, Main Salmon River (ID)
1963-..-.. G. Ambrose, Meridian (ID)
1966-..-.. F. Humphreys, Pacifica (CA)
1971-..-.. T. B. Peterson, Boise (ID)
197.-..-.. Dr. E. M. Blumberg
1977-..-.. Glenn Pray, Tulsa (OK) rebuilt
1987-..-.. John L. Harbor, Central Point (OR)
198.-..-.. damaged, rebuilt
NC50959 1989-03-13 Alan W. DeBoer, Ashland (OR)
Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville (OR) displayed
Certificate terminated or in question

 

c/n 306

D17S NC20768 1939-0.-.. mfd, painted all silver with blue trim
NC20768/”G” 1939-07-09 Charles C. “Chucky” Gilbert, Detroit (MI)
NC20768/”G”/”66″ 1939-..-.. Bendix Trophy Race, flown by William Maycock, came in 6th
NC20768 1940-01-11 Charles C. “Chucky” Gilbert (Ryan Aeronautical Co, Lindbergh Field) San Diego (CA)
1940-03-12 crashed at Casey (IL)
1940-10-11 cancelled as destroyed

 

c/n 307

F17D NC20769 1939-..-.. mfd
1939-08-05 William J. Morden, Bronxville (NY)
1944-..-.. Bishop Flying Service Inc
194.-..-.. a tractor ran into it, Stag little damage but a seriously injured tractor operator
1945-..-.. Ozark Airlines, Springfield (MO)
1947-..-.. M. Henry (IA)
fate unknown

 

c/n 308

F17D NC20770 1939-08-02 mfd
1939-08-09 J. A. Harris III, Philadelphia (PA)
1940-..-.. Wings Field Inc (PA)
1941-..-.. Orrin J. Whitney Inc, New York City (NY)
1941-..-.. W. G. Smith, Cleveland (OH)
1941-10-27 Norwegian Legation, Washington (DC)
1941-..-.. Northraship (NY) named “Ingrid”, purpose was to scout for the Antarctic whaler Thorshammer
SF17D 1941-11-10 departed Pottstown (PA) pilot Lt. F. W. Svenson, engineer Sgt. J. Storli, radio operator Lt. N. Romnæs
1941-11-20 arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, missed the ship as it had already sailed through the Canal
F17D 194.-..-.. floats removed
GB-1 BuNo. 09800 1942-..-.. impressed into U.S. Navy
1943-03-18 Civil registration cancelled, U.S. Navy Dept, General Delivery, Washington (DC) c/n quoted as “1622″ in error
194.-..-.. Upham NAS
194.-..-.. Coco Solo NAS/Utility Unit, Panama
194.-..-.. Coco Solo NAD/NO, Panama
1944-06-02 stricken

 

c/n 309

F17D NC293Y (1) 1939-08-.. mfd
1939-08-30 crashed in rough air at Wichita (KS) killed the over-confidenced factory test pilot C. A. “Bob” Middleton, prior to delivery to R. C. Dupont, Cranoughe (DE). CAA reports: “While putting on the usual 7 to 10 hours service time on the airplane prior to its delivery, the pilot came out of a long dive with considerable speed and levelled off at about 5,000 feet altitude. The plane disintegrated completely and wing parts were scattered over a large area. The air was reported somewhat gusty at the time”. Bob had a reputation of “violently stunting Beechcrafts during test flying”, eyewitness described him not obeying orders to fly the Stag a few hours at 50% and making some nomal landings, but instead “stunting” for 10-20 minutes, climbing up to 10,000ft, diving vertically to about 5,000ft and making a “sharp pullout” resulting in the disintegration. Bob’s remains were found in the rear of the cabin, in an attempt to don his parachute. CAA analysis concluded some 15G applied in the accident, and the elevator trim tab was positioned for 135mph cruise, making dive recovery even more difficult.

 

c/n 310

F17D NC20772 1939-08-07 mfd
1939-08-12 Vanderburgh Johnstone, Santa Barbara (CA)
UC-43C-BH 42-38241 1942-05-26 impressed into U.S. Army Air Force, Long Beach AAF (CA)
194.-..-.. Hicks Field (TX)
194.-..-.. Meacham Field, Fort Worth (TX)
194.-..-.. Tarrant Field (TX)
194.-..-.. Luke Field (AZ)
194.-..-.. Houston (TX)
194.-..-.. Duncan Field (TX)
194.-..-.. Kelly Field (TX)
1943-06-04 CAA, Jacobs L-6 to Jacobs L-6MB
42-38241 1944-11-23 Reconstruction Finance Corporation
F17D NC50587 1945-..-.. Ozark Airlines, Springfield (MO)
1947-..-.. Von Hoffman Corp (MO)
1955-..-.. G. Carpenter, Florissant (MO)
fate unknown

 

c/n 311

F17D NC20773 1939-08-11 mfd
1939-08-26 C. C. Cross, New York City (NY)
1939-..-.. James Cuhanan Pierce Jr, Charleston (WV)
1943-01-14 crashed into a mountain, James killed, Stag totally destroyed. CAA accident report probable cause “failure of the pilot to navigate accurately while flying on instruments” and shows “careless flight and over-confidence of the pilot” as a contributing factor

 

c/n 312

F17D NC20774 1939-08-30 mfd
1939-09-01 Louis Wasmer, Spokane (WA)
UC-43C-BH 42-38244 1942-03-31 impressed into U.S. Army Air Force
1942-05-11 wrecked in take-off at March Field (CA)
1942-06-29 Class 26 salvage at Spokane AAF (WA)

 

c/n 313

D17R NC20776 1939-09-02 mfd
1939-09-16 Mouton and Clyde, San Bruno (CA)
UC-43A-BH 42-38228 1942-03-31 impressed into U.S. Army Air Force, Hamilton Field (CA)
1942-..-.. March Field (CA)
1942-..-.. San Bernardino AAB (CA)
1942-..-.. Morrow AAF (CA)
1942-09-14 accident at March Field (CA)
1943-..-.. condemned for salvage

 

c/n 314

D17S NC20777 1939-08-21 mfd
1939-10-14 George F. Ryan, Guarantee Trust, New York City (NY)
PT-NAC 1941-04-18 NAB-Navegação Aérea Brasileira, as their first aircraft
1942-04-18 NAB-Navegação Aérea Brasileira
PT-BDL 1958-01-09 Joao Augusto de Carvalho Filho
1959-12-15 CoA expired
fate unknown