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Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Datum:Freitag 9 Juli 1943
Zeit:13:27
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54-DO (DC-4)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 41-37271
Werknummer: 3057
Baujahr: 1943
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 5
Opfer des Zusammenstoßes:Todesopfer: 5
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO) (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), USA
Flug nach:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), USA
Unfallbericht:
Douglas C-54 41-37271 was scheduled to fly over Wright Field at 2000 feet altitude. A dummy combat tank equipped with parachutes was slung under the fuselage. The crew were planning to release the tank over the field. A twin engine USAAF Lockheed C-40A Electra plane (38-546, c/n 1263) was flying in formation so the occupants were able to photograph the tank dropping. After the tank was released, the C-40 made a quick turn to the left, striking the C-54 wing tip. It severed 19 feet of the C-54's wing.
The C-40 entered a spin and crashed near the runway. The C-54 continued for 500-750 feet, allowing two passengers to bail out with parachutes. The airplane then dropped off on the right wing and crashed in a vertical dive near Wright Brothers Hill.

Informationsquelle:
» 8 Die in air crash (Lima News, 1943-07-10)
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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