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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Saturday 11 March 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100877
C/n / msn: 19340
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Axford, Ramsbury (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
During a routing glider tow training mission near Ramsbury, a Horsa glider (LG891) became detached from its tow plane and landed in a large ploughed field just north of the small village of Axford. A Douglas C-47A transport plane, 42-100877, flew to the field in order to retrieve the glider.
Takeoff was attempted with a 17 knots tailwind. Although the C-47 became airborne, it was not able to clear an electric power line. The plane then stalled before pitching into the ground, coming to a rest in the River Kennet.
The glider pilot cut loose and landed safely in another field.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Aviation Archaeology - local crash sites


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