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Last updated: 21 November 2018
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Date:Friday 15 January 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54-DO Skymaster (DC-4)
Operating for:Transcontinental & Western Air - TWA
Leased from:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-32939
C/n / msn: 3114
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:40 km (25 mls) ENE of Paramaribo (   Suriname)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Douglas C-54 Skymaster was destroyed in an accident near Paramaribo, Suriname. All 35 on board were killed.
The airplane was operated by TWA on behalf of the USAAF's Air Transport Command. It was en route from the United States to North Africa.
An intermediate stop was made in Trinidad because there were rumours of a possible bomb on board the plane. A screwdriver was found in the hatch containing the IFF device and the flight continued. For unknown reasons the plane disintegrated and fell in the jungle near Bakkie (Reynsdorp, Commewijne district).

Sources:
» Plane Crash Jan. 15, 1943


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