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Last updated: 18 July 2019
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Date:Wednesday 13 December 1944
Time:ca 01:00
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: 43-16047
C/n / msn: 20513
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NE of Zelma, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
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 C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed after striking trees on a ridge. All four on board were killed. The airplane operated on a night training flight. The crew had just accomplished a three hour glider tow training mission.

Sources:
» 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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