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Accident description
Last updated: 30 November 2015
Date:Tuesday 27 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16011
C/n / msn: 20477
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:at an unknown location (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cooktown Airport, QLD (CTN/YCKN), Australia
Destination airport:Finschhafen Airport (FIN), Papua New Guinea
Missing en route.

» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war


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Distance from Cooktown Airport, QLD to Finschhafen Airport as the crow flies is 1020 km (637 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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