Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

It seems to be a good year for the discovery of old forgotten airframes! There was the P-40 in Egypt earlier in the year, an IL-2 from a Russian lake last month, and now an intact C-47 ‘Dakota’ has been found in Siberia, in absolutely stunning condition!

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

This lend-lease aircraft was found in the vast Taymyr Peninsula in Siberia.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

65 years of exposure has stripped away a lot of the paint so you can see her original US markings on the fuselage.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

The left engine appears to have become detached after the plane made a successful landing, and the prop blades (visible in the shadows to the left of the picture) have been feathered, indicating the engine was not operational when she went down.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

The prop blades on the right engine appear undamaged, a good sign if the intention is to make her airworthy again.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Detail of the right engine with the cowling missing, though said cowling is visible in the foreground of the picture at the start of the post.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

By the crushed nose it seems likely she nosed over upon making a forced landing at some speed.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

This Douglas C-47-DL, serial number 42-32892, factory 9118 was deliver to the US Air Force on February 24th 1943. It was then handed to the USSR Air Force on 12th march 1943 under the lend-lease programme, where it was given the ID ‘USSR-H-328’. It was sent to the 7th Arctic Aviation Regiment of the 1st Air Division.

According to order number OK/071 of April 16th 1943 it was enlisted by the Office of Polar Aviation to conduct ice reconnaissance. From October 22nd to November 1th 1943 it explored the Kara Sea under the command of the pilot, MA Titlova.

From 3th June to 24th July 1944 it made further sorties from bases in Anderme for further reconnaissance of the Kara Sea. In 1945 it was sent to the Chukotka Polar Air Arm where it was given the number A-3072.

One book describes the final fate of this aircraft.

“Emergency, Saturday April 13th 1947 in the area of the river Dudypty, North of the village Volochanka. Failure of the left engine. Successfully made a landing and sat for around twenty days, until discovered by the crew of F. Shatrova. 28 people survives, some with minor frostbite on their hands and face (mostly children). Commander Tyuikov, airborne radio operator Smirnov and seven passengers were missing – they had gone in search of help in the snowy tundra and never returned.”

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Amazing that the Soviet red star is still visible on the fuselage after so many years out in the open!

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

The landing gear has sunk firmly into the ground over the years.

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Hopefully the plane will be recovered and made airworthy again by a Russian museum.

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23 thoughts on “Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia”

      • They saved many American, Canadian, British etc lives by keeping Germany busy at the eastern front. Eliminating key elite SS forces and pantzer material which could have been stationed on the western front instead. So don’t whine about not getting anything back.

        • By keeping them busy? No the Nazis were going to wipe Russia off the map PERIOD you didn’t keep anyone busy bub

          Thanks to Great Britain, French resistance fighters, Canadian Red Devils, Norwegian resistance fighters, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Greece, Czechoslovak, Belgium, Poland, and the USA.

          You see without them taking the bulk of pressure off the Easter front by diverting Nazi forces and thinning of Nazi supply lines and resources Russia as you know it might not even exist

          All I’m going to say now is

          YOUR WELCOME

          • Be Careful there guy. Yes, us Westerners did a lot on to take down Germany, but the USSR did amazing things as well. They took Berlin. Their part in the battle for Europe was approx. 4 TIMES the size of the western nations, and the USSR Civilian Casualties were over 13 million. The battle of Stalingrad was key to the defeat of the Germans. Don’t talk down to the Russians concerning their contributions to the war, they more than pulled their weight. The way you talk, you come across as learning history from Hollywood videos.

      • @Osip

        Soviets “paid” this plane and some others by crushing the Nazi Military Machine long before the Brits and US troops could stamp a foot in Europe.

        In other words, they saved your ass.

  1. in 1972 russia agreed to pay 722 million of 11 billion debt by july 1, 2001. i don’t know if it ever happened.

  2. I’m sure that it could be restored to airworthiness again, if it wasn’t for the problem of accessing it, as well as perhaps the availability of Li-2 parts.

    • It’s not a Lisunov…it’s an actual Douglas built plane. Looks like some parts were salvaged already, the instrument panel is missing pieces that would have been worth the time and trouble of removing.

      • The Lisonov was a licence built copy, so parts should bolt right up, provided that the Li-2 used SAE parts, if not, it would be a matter of redrilling/tapping the airframe for metric parts.

        • There is more different to the Lisunov LI-2 than just a few bolts. The engines were different and the dimensions of some parts of the airframe were different as well. It was basically re-engineered in a lot of places to fit Soviet manufacturing processes. It’s like the Lada 2101 Vs the Fiat 124. They look the same but under the skin there are some fairly substantial differences.

        • One of the bigger problems would be the metric vs. imperial measurements. The USSR used metric, thus common measurements, such as 1/16 inch (1.5875 mm) sheeting, or 1/2inch (12.7mm) bolts were not part of their production system (they would have had either 1.5mm or 1.75mm sheeting, and 13mm bolts). So, the compatibility between a C-47 and Li-2 isn’t exact, and mating parts won’t work without a lot of filing.

          Of course, modern production easily affords the ability to reproduce parts (new or used) that fit.

          As for being salvaged/vandalized–possible, but not likely. Anyone in the area likely to discover this would have, over the years, taken a fair bit more (nothing like airplane parts to fortify the hunting/reindeer camp). A good hard landing could pop parts out of the instrument case, passengers grabbing a souvenir being they leave after rescue, or Commander Tyuikov grabbing them to possibly aid him and the 8 others in their failed attempt to find help (ie: things that can help give direction, reflect or focus light, help keep track of time, or otherwise help them survive).

  3. Great find! But it’s in the wide open.. nobody noticed the plane in all these years ?
    Gimme the prop, it wil look cool in my house 🙂

    • Well, its in an area of nearly 3000000 square kilometers (1.15 million square miles), with a population density of, well, almost no-one, between nothing (no cities, towns, or military outposts that provide fly-over.

      So yea, no one noticed it after all these years, most likely because no one fly within 50 miles of it at an altitude lower than 30,000 feet.

  4. Must search for remains of brave crewmen who tried to get help but perished. Reminds me of the “Lady Be Good”, B-24 bomber lost in Libyan desert. All but one of crew found and returned home years after they too, perished in the desert./

  5. Repayment by USSR / Russia.

    According to a New York Times article, in 1947 the U.S. asked the Soviet Union to pay $1.3 billion as settlement of its Lend-Lease debt. The Soviet Union made a counter-offer to repay just $170 million.

    No repayment at all actually occurred until the Soviets agreed in 1972 to pay $722 million in installments through to 2001. The first Soviet “repayment” installment actually took the form of a deal to buy $750 million in grain from the U.S. But most of the debt remained unpaid when the USSR ceased to exist.

    The Russian Federation inherited the debt from the Soviet Union. In the year 2000, the Russian Federation acknowledged $600 million as still owed to the USA from WW2 Lend-Lease accounts.

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