UI Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando 44-77654,
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Date:Sunday 4 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77654
MSN: 33050
Year of manufacture:1945
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,6 km S off Orfordness -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The C-46 departed Station 484 Folkingham, England at 10:30, towing a loaded Waco CG-13A glider, with B-54, Achiet, France as its destination.
Unfavorable weather was encountered en route but the airplane and glider made a successful landing at B-54. The airplane and crew departed B-54, Achiet, at 15:50 without the glider in tow, for the purpose of returning to Folkingham. At 19:25 hours, the pilot radioed "we are lost". The airplane circled Hawkinge, Lympne and Detling airfields southeast of London, England at approximately 10,000 feet in daylight. The pilot ultimately flew off course over a restricted area over the English Channel where he was fired upon by anti-aircraft guns at 20:05.


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