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c/n 240

IM-1726
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c/n 240

IM-1726

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• IM-1726 Indian Air Force. Delivered 17-Mar-1958.

Mar-1958. 41 Squadron (Otters) at Jodhpur.

Note: 41Sqd (Otters) was actually the name of the unit and was set up to operate the Otters.

Continued to serve with 41 Squadron and during 1962/63 was involved in supporting Indian troops in their battle with the Chinese, who invaded the Walong region in November 1962. The Otters of 41 Squadron were engaged in flying in supplies to Walong before it fell to the Chinese. When the Chinese subsequently left, the Otters, including IM-1726, flew back into Walong with supplies for the Army and the civil authorities.

The Otter subsequently crashed and was written off in Indian Air Force service, details unfortunately unknown.

Written off

Otter 240 was delivered to the Indian Air Force on 17th March 1958 with serial IM-1726. After test flying at Downsview, it was packed into a crate and shipped to India where it was re-assembled and entered service. All that is known of its Indian Air Force service is that the Otter served with 41 Squadron during 1962/63 and was involved in supporting Indian troops in their battle with the Chinese, who invaded the Walong region in November 1962. The Otters of 41 Squadron were engaged in flying in supplies to Walong before it fell to the Chinese. When the Chinese subsequently left, the Otters, including IM-1726, flew back into Walong with supplies for the Army and the civil authorities. The Otter subsequently crashed and was written off in Indian Air Force service, details unfortunately unknown.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)