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c/n 93

55-3253
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c/n 93

55-3253

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• 55-3253 United States Army. Delivered on 12th March 1956. Designated U-1A

It was allocated to the 14th Army Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.

Re-designated the 1st Aviation Company, moved to Fort Benning, GA until 1961.

57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, OK., until March 1963.

It joined the 937th Engineer Company, Panama Canal Zone for use on the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS), February 1966 until early 1968.

It was then flown to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA  in April 1968 for overhaul and was transported from there to Vietnam, where in October 1968 it joined the 54th Aviation Company.

Unit stood down in Jan-1971 and placed into storage with the 56th Transportation Company at Long Thanh North.

Feb 1971 flown to Vung Tau and handed over to the 388th Transportation Company for disposal.

• Serial unknown Government of Cambodia between Jul and Dec-1971. Presumed withdrawn from use and scrapped.

Final status unknown

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Otter 93 was delivered to the United States Army on 12th March 1956 with serial 55-3253 (tail number 53253). It was allocated to the 14th Army Aviation Company, Fort Riley, Kansas. In August 1956 the 14th was re-designated the 1st Aviation Company and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia where it continued to fly the Otter until 1961, when it converted to the Caribou, relinquishing its U-1As to other units.

53253 then joined the 57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma until March 1963. Its next operating location was a unit in the Panama Canal Zone until in February 1966 it joined the 937th Engineer Company, Panama for use on the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS). It continued to fly on the IAGS until early 1968, when it was one of six Otters withdrawn from these survey duties for service in Vietnam. It was flown to the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California in April 1968 for overhaul and was transported from there to Vietnam, where in October 1968 it joined the 54th Aviation Company.

53253 was one of sixteen Otters still in use with the 54th Aviation Company when the unit stood down in January 1971 and placed its Otters into storage with the 56th Transportation Company at Long Thanh North. The following month, they were all flown to Vung Tau and handed over to the 388th Transportation Company for disposal. This unit also received all the other Army Otters in Vietnam for disposal. 53253 was one of eighteen Army Otters handed over to the Government of Cambodia between July and December 1971. Their operation was short-lived and the fate of this Otter can only be recorded as “withdrawn from use and scrapped”.

Full history courtesy of Karl E. Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter: A History (2005).

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