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Accident description
Last updated: 10 October 2015
Date:Sunday 6 May 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77839
C/n / msn: 33235
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hindhead (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Newbury-Greenham Common RAF Station (EWY/EGVI), United Kingdom
A 8/10 cloud coverage at 600 feet caused the pilot to fly very low. The C-46 entered a valley where it struck a radar tower on top of Gibbets Hill. The airplane lost its right wing and crashed.

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