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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 4 March 1945
Time:20:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16144
C/n / msn: 20610
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,8 km (3 mls) N of Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Lawrenceville-George AAF, IL (LWV/KLWV), United States of America
Narrative:
A collision occurred between a Douglas C-47A (42-24101, c/n 9963) and a C-47B (43-16144, c/n 20610) both descending towards George Field, IL. The C-47A operated on a night training flight. The C-47B was on a double glider tow mission. Both aircraft collided at a height of 2400 ft msl. The C-47A's starboard wing was damaged, causing the crew to lose control. The airplane crashed, killing both pilots. The other plane managed to carry out a safe belly landing at George Field.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» 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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