Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Royal Hellenic Air Force Korean Detachment (ΕΚ.Σ.Ε.), Airfix, 1/72
This is my Royal Hellenic Air Force C-47, s/n 92630, named “ΑΡΗΣ”-“MARS”, built through the “Korea : The Forgotten War………..” Group Build.
It was at this scheme that “ΑΡΗΣ” took part in the Forgotten War with the Greek Korean Detachment (ΕΚ.Σ.Ε.), seen below “in” an improvised hangar in Korea, undergoing maintenance.
Since you are all more or less familiar with the C-47, I’ll skip the intro to the plane and provide a very short story of the Hellenic C-47s in Korea:
The Greek Expeditionary Force (GEF) in Korea (Greek: Εκστρατευτικόν Σώμα Ελλάδος, abbreviated ΕΚΣΕ) was formed in response to the United Nations appeal for assistance in the Korean War.
It comprised a reinforced Hellenic Army infantry battalion and a Royal Hellenic Air Force (RHAF) flight of seven transport planes. Greece was the fifth largest troop contributor to U.N. Forces in Korea.
The seven C-47s of 13th Flight, with 67 Air Force officers and personnel, de-parted from Elefsis air base at 0830 on November 11, 1950.
They belonged to the 355 Transport Squadron, known for its participation in the recent civil war. The majority of the officers and NCOs of this first mission were experienced airmen, being veterans of the Mediterranean and Middle East Thea-tre of World War II and the Greek Civil War.
On December 3, 1950, the first Greek aircraft landed on Korean soil. The Greek flight was immediately attached to the 21st Troop Carrier Sqn. (later re-named 6461 TC Sqn.) of the 374th Wing, United States Air Force, based ini-tially at Daegu.
From May 14, 1951, the flight was based at Kimpo air base where it remained until May 23, 1955.
During its time in Korea, the Greek Flight carried out 2,916 missions, comprising air evacuations, the transport of personnel and prisoners, drops of supplies and ammunition, the replenishment of allied bases and the collection of operational information. In total, its planes carried 70,568 passengers, including 9,243 wounded. It logged 13,777 flight hours. Losses included 12 officers and NCOs and two C-47s.
This is the classic but nice 1/72 Airfix kit, which is an Italeri rebox.
Some details and improvements were scratchbuilt.
Painted with Humbrol enamels.
The excellent decals came from the Afteburner company, sadly no longer in business.
Won’t tire you with building details, but, should you wish, please follow my build thread here:
BIG thanks to GB Administrator, our friend Louis Gardner @lgardner, for his GB idea and for his essential support through my build.
Also BIG thanks to all friends who followed along my build with their supportive comments.