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Last updated: 18 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-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-48391
C/n / msn: 25652/14207
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Son (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47B was part of a formation that was about to drop paratroopers north of Eindhoven, the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden.
The aircraft was hit by flak, which knocked out the left engine and set the fuel tanks on fire. All paratroopers bailed out near the dropzone. The aircraft descended until it hit the ground, bursting into flames. One of the crew members was thrown clear of the aircraft through the open cargo door.

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» usaafdata.com
» fieldsofhonor-database.com


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