Memories by Hans Beunk on Cameroon Air Transport and DH Dove PH-MAD
In August 1965 I started my civilian flying career with an air company named Cameroon Air Transport (CAT). And I stayed there until November 1967. The company was founded by an organisation whch traded in large bananas, rubber and palm oil. They had farms in Cameroon and the name of the company was Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC). It was meant to provide efficient transport from the farms as well as other destination in a country which had no infrastructure of roads or rail to speak off. Later scheduled flights were established between Yahoude, Bamenda, Mamfe, Douala and Ebolowa.
CAT was led by Mr Patient, from England and a former RAF Mosquito WW2 pilot. He had also been employed by Schreiner Aero Contractors in Nigeria. A 3rd pilot was Roel Tonsbeek (former Dutch Air Force fighter pilot on the Gloster Meteor and Hawker Hunter at Soesterberg Air Base and Leeuwarden AB). He'd also been employed by Schreiner Aero Contracters. A 4th pilot was Bill Bond, also from the UK and ex RAF WW 2 Bomber Pilot. CAT was started with one Piper Apache and had amassed four aircraft when I joined them: two DH Doves, a Dornier 28 and a Piper Aztec.
Southern Cameroons Yesterday: More developed than today. Tiko Airport: Memories by Hans Beunk on Cameroon Air Transport and DH Dove PH-MA