Descripción del Accidente ASN 10 FEB 1945 Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3) 43-30761 - Batan Island
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Fecha:sbado 10 febrero 1945
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Operador:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registración: 43-30761
Numéro de série: 13912
Año de Construcción: 1943
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 8
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 12
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:W off Batan Island (   Filipinas)
Fase: Desconocido (UNK)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Tacloban Airport (TAC/RPVA), Filipinas
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Angeles City-Clark Field (CRK/RPMK), Filipinas
A USAAF Douglas C-47A departed Leyte Island at 07:00 on a flight to Clark Field. Near Manila Bay the flight ran into rough weather as it flew through clouds for about 30 minutes. Still over water the crew became lost. The radio operated radioed several messages but did receive any response. Meanwhile, the cabin was prepared for a ditching. At 12:10 the crew spotted two small islands and prepared to land on an airstrip there.
A USAAF P-51 Mustang pilot was circling in the area because another P-51 had gone down in the water near the islands and the pilot knew the island was occupied by Japanese forces.
He decided to prevent the C-47 to land on the occupied island and opened fire, hitting the right hand engine of the C-47. The P-51 returned and fired at the left hand engine. The airplane was flying low, stalled and hit the water about 300 yards from the shore. All aboard got out into three rafts. They paddled out to sea to avoid machine gun and rifle fire from the shore. They were joined by the P-51 pilot that had been shot down earlier. The next morning all were rescued by a Catalina.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Among Heroes: Tales of the Jungle Skippers / Philip Brinson


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Distance from Tacloban Airport to Angeles City-Clark Field as the crow flies is 650 km (406 miles).

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