Accident Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3) 44-76230,
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Date:Saturday 27 October 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-76230
MSN: 32562/15814
Year of manufacture:1945
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5 km NW of Pennville, IN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dayton-Wright Patterson AAF, OH (FFO/KFFO)
Destination airport:Minneapolis-Wold-Chamberlain Field, MN (MSP/KMSP)
A Douglas C-47 transport plane sustained substantial damage in a forced landing near Pennville, IN. Six on board were killed in the accident. The airplane was en route between Wright Field and Minneapolis on autopilot when the crew noticed a drop in manifold pressure to 20". The crew was not able to determine the cause of the pressure drop. Flying at 1500 feet the pilot selected a field for a forced landing. The C-47 came in high and fast, causing the plane to balloon on touchdown. The pilot attempted to pull the plane back up to clear groups of trees. The airplane became airborne again but struck the last group of trees and crash-landed.


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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