Accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3) 43-15687,
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Date:Saturday 11 August 1945
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15687
MSN: 20153
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:11 km SW of Marietta, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Atlanta AAF, GA (ATL/KATL)
Destination airport:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB)
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Atlanta AAB. The crew discovered immediately after takeoff that the aileron and elevator locks had not been removed. The pilot was able to keep the airplane climbing slowly by using four degrees forward trim on the elevator trim tab and 40" of manifold pressure. Upon reaching 3200 feet the airplane became very hard to control. The passenger and two crew members bailed out but the pilot could not abandon the plane.

Sources:

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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