Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 6 June 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-101025
C/n / msn: 19488
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Carentan (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Merryfield RAF Station (EGDW), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Merryfield RAF Station (EGDW), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Shot down during Normandy invasion (Operation Overlord).
There were 18 paratroopers on board of the 2nd Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment plus equipment.


Sources:
» Died In Action Over France


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Distance from Merryfield RAF Station to Merryfield RAF Station as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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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