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Last updated: 20 April 2021
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Date:Saturday 15 April 1944
Time:ca 17:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KG508
C/n / msn: 12912
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) E of Açu, RN (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Belém (unknown airport), PA, Brazil
Destination airport:Natal Airport, RN (NAT/SBNT), Brazil
Narrative:
Dakota KG508, from RAF Nassau, Bahamas, departed Belém, Brazil on a ferry flight to Natal at 10:20 UTC. The last contact by Natal with the aircraft was at 16:02 giving an ETA at Natal of 16:38. The aircraft failed to arrive. Two chutes were seen in the air and an aircraft falling in flames about 8 miles east of Açu at about 1700 hours GMT.
The weather at the time was a thick stratus layer and cumulus clouds with moderate turbulence, lightning and heavy rain.

Sources:
» RAAF Personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave


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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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