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Last updated: 28 February 2021
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Date:Thursday 21 September 1944
Time:14:15
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: KG444
C/n / msn: 12479
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Oploo (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dakota crew had delivered their load of supplies during Operation Market Garden. The pilot climbed to 6,000 feet and carried out a circuit on the dropping areas before setting course to the south and climbing to 8,000 feet. South of Nijmegen, the aircraft was attacked by a Luftwaffe Fw 190 fighter plane.
The Dakota sustained damage and a fire erupted. The pilot elected to crash-land the aircraft, when he realised that several of the dispatchers had been wounded. Three occupants died in the crash-landing and five survived. F/L Edwards, his wireless operator and a soldier were able to reach Allied lines but the two other crew were made POWs.

Sources:
» World War 2 Talk Forum
» Market Garden Roll of Honour


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