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Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 1 May 1944
Time:08:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-60-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-24376
C/n / msn: 10238
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:40 km (25 mls) SW of Palel (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A formation of eight C-47 transport planes was attacked by Japanese Nakajima Ki-43-I Oscar fighters. The aircraft were flying at 1000 feet. C-47 42-24376 was hit in the tail, severing some control cables. A fire erupted in some empty gasoline drums in the cargo hold. The pilot carried out a forced landing. The airplane bounced off a small knoll and crashed into a swamp.

Classification:
Shot down by aircraft
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» C-47/R4D Skytrain Units of the Pacific and CBI / By David Isby


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