Vliegtuigongeval op 10 FEB 1945 met Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3) 43-30761 - Batan Island
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Datum:zaterdag 10 februari 1945
Tijd:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registratie: 43-30761
Constructienummer: 13912
Bouwjaar: 1943
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 8
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:W off Batan Island (   Filippijnen)
Fase: Onbekend (UNK)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Tacloban Airport (TAC/RPVA), Filippijnen
Vliegveld van aankomst:Angeles City-Clark Field (CRK/RPMK), Filippijnen
Beschrijving:
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.

Bronnen:
» 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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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Tacloban Airport en Angeles City-Clark Field bedraagt 650 km (406 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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