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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Sunday 19 December 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-30742
C/n / msn: 13893
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) N of Canal Creek, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Destination airport:Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD (YBAF), Australia
The C-47 disintegrated and crashed some two hours after departure from Townsville-Garbutt Airfield. The airplane was part of the Allied Directorate of Air Transport (ADAT) fleet with call sign VH-CHR.

Loss of control

» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war


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Distance from Townsville Airport, QLD to Brisbane-Archerfield Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 1118 km (699 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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