Accident Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3) 43-16230,
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Date:Friday 22 June 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16230
MSN: 20696
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Irian Jaya -   Indonesia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Merauke-Mopah Airport (MKQ/WAKK)
Destination airport:Biak (unknown airport)
The C-47B transport plane departed Australia carrying passengers returning from leave and a cargo of fresh food. The airplane landed at Merauke Airfield in the evening and took off again at roughly 21:40 hours, bound for Biak. That night, there were stratocumulus cloud cover to 12,000' with 6-8/10 cover and intermittent rains. Last radio contact was at 22:40. The aircraft failed to arrive at Biak and searches were fruitless.
On March 2, 1962 the wreckage of this C-47 was discovered on a mountain peak at 12,000 feet.


The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge

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