PH-TAH Douglas DC-4
After WW II KLM began
registering its aircraft in the PH-T-- series (presumably "T" for
examination of the original of this print, received from KLM in 1948,
reveals that the identity
actually NL-307. It was re-registered PH-TAH at the end of
1945. In late 1944
the Dutch Government
set up the Netherlands Government Air Transport service.
arm was equipped with approximately 18 ex USAAF C-54s with NL- serial
It began running
services between the recently liberated Amsterdam and the
U.K. Most of these
civlianized for KLM, and the shot above was evidently taken before
the civil registration
had been applied. Seen below is
a poor (although the only one I have) image of a NGAT C-54,
which, on the original print, can
identified as NL-311 (c/n 10391 and which became PH-TAM).
In the post
WW II period KLM, in lieu of the port side "Royal Dutch Air Lines" and
Luchtvarrt Maatshappy" now sported "The Flying Dutchman" and "De
Hollander" with apparent
random selection as to which side was painted with which.
was sold in 1948 to T.A.I. as F-BELG., whereas PH-TAM (below) went to
Air France as F-BELO.