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Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2016
Date:Wednesday 14 February 1945
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: 42-100996
C/n / msn: 19459
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,4 km (4 mls) E of Oblong, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV/KLWV), United States of America
Destination airport:Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV/KLWV), United States of America
A Douglas C-47 was destroyed when it struck terrain following engine problems near Oblong, IL. Four crew members were killed. The airplane was part of a 21-ship formation on a para-pack drop exercise. It fell out of the formation after the drop and began to experience engine problems which the crew misinterpreted as a runaway propeller. The airplane lost altitude until it collided with terrain.

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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