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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 13 December 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-15-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-92887
C/n / msn: 12737
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Aldermaston RAF Station (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Aldermaston RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-47A transport plane stalled into the ground immediately after lifting off runway 27 during takeoff. It hit a mound and bounced across a road. A fire erupted as the aircraft was loaded with gasoline for the advancing armies.
There was probably some ice still on the wing even though much of the ice had already melted away.

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» airbornetroopcarrier.com
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)


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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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