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Last updated: 26 November 2020
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Date:Saturday 25 March 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-37274
C/n / msn: 3064
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Azores (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-54 departed the Azores bound for the U.K. En route the aircraft passed overhead a convoy at 5,000 feet on top of broken cloud with visibility 20 miles. A Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Striker mis-identified the transport for a German Focke Wulf FW-200 and shot it down killing all on board.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» RAFCommand.com
» RAN Reserve News, July 2001
» Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum


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