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Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Date:Thursday 23 December 1943
Time:20:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-45-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-24121
C/n / msn: 9983
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC (MXE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Laurinburg-Maxton AAB, NC (MXE/KMEB), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A formation of Waco CG-4A gliders was returning to Maxton AAB when one of them (42-79013) collided with the C-47. The C-47 was taking off an struck the glider's tail. The glider crashed but the C-47 landed safely.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» 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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