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Last updated: 19 October 2019
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Date:Sunday 17 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL Skytrain
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100965
C/n / msn: 19428
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Hoeven (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-47A was operating on a paradrop mission over the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden.
Near Tilburg the airplane reportedly crashed into the rear of USAAF Douglas C-47A 42-100517 (msn 18980). The right hand prop and gear case of 42-100517 were torn off. Also, the roof was torn off from the pilot's bulkhead to the rear. The airplane continued on one engine, and later ditched in the North Sea.
Aircraft 42-100965 (“Miss Yank”) was seen to crash near Hoeven. All crew members survived. Except for the navigator,
who was captured by the Germans, the entire crew escaped detection for six weeks before making their way back to American lines.

Sources:
» Valor Without Arms: A History of the 316th Troop Carrier Group, 1942-1945 / Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr


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