Canadian Warplanes 4: Stinson Voyager and Stinson Reliant

Stinson Voyager and Stinson Reliant

(NASA Langley Photo)

Stinson Model HW-75, RCAF 105 Voyager.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582864)

Stinson 105 Voyager, RCAF (Serial No. 3465), 20 Mar 1942.

Stinson 105 Voyager/HW-75 (25), (Serial Nos. 3465-3489).

(Library of Congress Photo, LC-USW33-055048-C)

Vultee-Stinson Reliant Mk. 1, RAF (Serial No. FK814), ex-USAAF AT-19 (Serial No. 42-46640), (c/n 77-1), built under the lend-lease agreement for Great Britain.  The UK ordered 500 Reliants in July 1942.

(IWM Photos, A 19269)

Stinson Reliant, RN (Serial No. FK876), in service with the Fleet Air Arm for training observers at Lee-on-Solent Fleet Air Arm Station in the UK.

The RAF impressed 11 civil Reliants at the beginning of the war.  Air Britain serials lists 11 "of various marks".  Seven were registered in the W block and all went to 1 Communications Unit, survivors to 24 Sq or assorted units.   W7981 was ex G-AFHB, served with 1 CU, 24 Sq, Andover, and the Maintenance Command Communications Squadron, returning to civil life postwar.  Four more were separately  impressed in the X block, three went to the ATA and one to School of Technical Training.  The navy received 500 of the AT-19 version which they used to some extent as nav trainers but mainly as comms aircraft. photos only show smooth cowling.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3227960)

Stinson Reliant, used by General H.D.G. Crerar, shown here with his pilot and ground crew, Grave, Netherlands, 11 Apr 1945.