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Last updated: 18 October 2019
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Date:Friday 20 October 1944
Time:21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15387
C/n / msn: 19853
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) N of Luichow (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Chengkung Airfield, China
Destination airport:Chengdu Airport (CTU/ZUUU), China
Narrative:
Missing in service during cargo flight between Chenkung and Chengdu. Instrument weather conditions existed along the entire route.
Last radio contact was with Kurmitola when the crew reported that they were bailing out.

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Distance from Chengkung Airfield to Chengdu Airport as the crow flies is 644 km (402 miles).

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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