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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 16 July 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KG472
C/n / msn: 12584
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Bosanska Dubica (   Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bari Airport (BRI/LIBD), Italy
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Dakota KG472 carried out a special operation of infiltration and evacuation in Yugoslavia. The aircraft attempted to go around again during a night time approach. The aircraft gained height rapidly and then rapidly lost height and crashed about 500 yards beyond the end of the flare path. The aircraft hit the ground and crashed.
An unknown number of passengers survived. Surviving passengers were Major Randolf Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill and the novelist, captain Evelyn Waugh who was then a Commando.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» lostaircraft.com


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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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