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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Thursday 21 September 1944
Time:00:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16132
C/n / msn: 20598
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) N of Malden AAF, MO (MAW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Malden AAF, MO (MAW/KMAW), United States of America
Destination airport:Malden AAF, MO (MAW/KMAW), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C47 collided with a church steeple while on approach to Malden AAF. The crew had completed a navigation mission. The airplane smashed into a field and caught fire.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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