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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Saturday 28 November 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-38635
C/n / msn: 4738
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S of Iliamna Lake, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Naknek Airport, AK (NNK), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK (EDF/PAED), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47, operated by the 54th Troop Carrier Squadron took off from Naknek on a flight to Elmendorf Army Air Base. The control tower at Naknek lost contact 30 minutes after departure. The weather at the time required instrument flying with severe winds up to 70 miles per hour reported. The aircraft failed to land at Elmendorf and was declared missing.
The Eleventh Air Force launched a one-month search. Frequent snowstorms made the search difficult.
The search was resumed 19 August 1943 when the snow had cleared from the tops of all but the tallest mountains. The searches found the wreckage later that month at the 2,000-foot level on south shore of Iliamna Lake. It had apparently struck at full power with everyone aboard killed instantly.

Sources:
» Alaska Aviation Heritage 26 Nov.-2 Dec 2007
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Naknek Airport, AK to Anchorage-Elmendorf AFB, AK as the crow flies is 485 km (303 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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