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Last updated: 23 October 2019
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Date:Tuesday 6 June 1944
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: KG429
C/n / msn: 12464
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombelles (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-47 was hit by anti-aircraft cannon located near the shipyards. It crashed near the Saint-Martin church of Colombelles, France.
The airplane was operated by the No. 46 Group of the Royal Air Force Transport Command, carrying a stick of paratroopers of the 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment during the invasion of Normandy during World War 2.

Sources:
» Le Forum dday-overlord.com
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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