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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Friday 8 September 1944
Time:23:30
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: 42-93278
C/n / msn: 13172
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) SW of Exeter USAAF Station AAF-463 (EXT) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Brussel/Evere Advanced Landing Ground B-56, Belgium
Destination airport:Exeter USAAF Station AAF-463 (EXT/EGTE), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft hit the ground when turning to base leg for an approach to Exeter USAAF Station, U.K.
The cause of the accident was a 'misjudgement of altitude' and pilot fatigue causing the plane's airspeed to slow to an almost stall.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» usaafdata.com
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» sidmouthherald.co.uk


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Distance from Brussel/Evere Advanced Landing Ground B-56 to Exeter USAAF Station AAF-463 as the crow flies is 541 km (338 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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