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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Saturday 23 December 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-48056
C/n / msn: 25317/13872
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Bastogne (   Belgium)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Membury USAAF Station 466, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Chalgrove USAAF Station 465 (EGLJ), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The airplane operated on a resupply drop flight to Belgium. It departed from Membury USAAF Station 466 and was due to return to Chalgrove USAAF Station 465.
A witness saw the airplane fall away on fire in a left bank, shortly after dropping the load.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» MACR


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Membury USAAF Station 466 to Chalgrove USAAF Station 465 as the crow flies is 39 km (25 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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