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Last updated: 19 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 C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-93002
C/n / msn: 12865
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) NE off Etienville, Normandy (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saltby RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Saltby RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft operated on a paratroop flight to a drop zone near Etienville, Normandy from RAF Saltby.
A forced landing was carried out on mud flats off Etienville after being struck by machine gun fire from the ground.
The aircraft made three approaches to the drop zone but on the third approach both engines failed and the airplane started burning. All paratroopers except for one exited the airplane.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» MACR


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