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Last updated: 17 April 2021
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Date:Thursday 24 August 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: FZ644
C/n / msn: 12202
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 45 km NE of Imphal (   India)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Douglas Dakota III FZ644 was operated on a mission to carry out a supply and map drop for army forces. The aircraft took off at 16:00 hours.
The monsoon was very active in the area and when the aircraft arrived over the drop zone, it was covered with thick low lying cloud. The crew stayed in the area until 19:00 hours when they were able to drop the supplies. Although the night was fast approaching they attempted to deliver the maps, and flying over difficult mountainous terrain the aircraft crashed into a hillside and all the crew were killed.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» RAAF fatalities in Second World War among RAAF personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units / by Alan Storr, 2006


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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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