Loss of control Accident Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3) 42-23866,
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Date:Thursday 11 May 1944
Time:07:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23866
MSN: 9728
Year of manufacture:1943
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Twelve C-47 aircraft were involved in a paratroop drop mission out of Pope Field. The C-47 in question was number eight for takeoff. The airplane swerved left and right during the takeoff roll, presumably due to an unlocked tail wheel. It went off the runway but the pilot managed to get airborne. It stalled at a height of 150 feet and fell off to the left. The right wing struck trees. The airplane then cartwheeled into terrain and caught fire.

Sources:

Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles

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