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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Wednesday 27 October 1943
Time:21:56
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: 41-18416
C/n / msn: 4478
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:7,5 km (4.7 mls) SW of Fort Benning-Lawson Field, GA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Benning-Lawson AAF, GA (LSF/KLSF), United States of America
Narrative:
The C-47 took off from Fort Benning at 19:45 on a training flight to practice landings.
During a low altitude turn to finals the pilot probably lost visual contact with the ground in poor visibility conditions. The left wingtip struck the ground. The airplane cartwheeled and burst into flames.

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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