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Last updated: 16 June 2019
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Date:Wednesday 7 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: KG329
C/n / msn: 12326
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ranville, Normandy (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dakota III aircraft was hit by fire from an unidentified ship off Normandy, France. The pilot managed to land in flames on the Merville beach. The 4 crew members were taken prisoner. The aircraft was also carrying four members of the Royal Army Supply Corps. Two were taken prisoner and returned to England at the end of the war, the fate of the other two is unknown.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Aérosteles : Lieux de mémoire aéronautique
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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