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Last updated: 18 April 2021
Date:Sunday 23 August 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-7803
C/n / msn: 4295
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moel-y-Gaer Mountain, Wales (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Prestwick-Heathfield Airport (PIK/EGPK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Atcham-USAAF Station 342, United Kingdom
The C-47A was operated by the USAAF's 14th Fighter Group. It was performing a flight from Prestwick to RAF Atcham. It was during the descent through bad weather that the C-47 crashed into the northern side of Moel-y-Gaer mountain. The aircraft broke up and caught fire. Four crew members and eight passengers died. One passenger survived and was rescued.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Prestwick-Heathfield Airport to Atcham-USAAF Station 342 as the crow flies is 336 km (210 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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