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Last updated: 16 June 2019
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Date:Thursday 22 February 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-92742
C/n / msn: 12576
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:unknown (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villacoublay Advanced Landing Ground A-42 (LFPV), France
Destination airport:Spanhoe-USAAF Station AAF-493, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft departed from Spanhoe, England on 21 February 1945, flying to Welford Park, England and picking up a glider. The glider was towed to Advanced Landing Ground A-50 (Orléans) where the aircraft developed engine trouble and remained overnight. Departing A-50 on 22 February 1945, the aircraft proceeded to A-54 (Paris-Le Bourget) for the purpose of refueling. Not being able to procure fuel at A-54, the aircraft flew to A-42 (Villacoublay). The aircraft departed A-42 at 14:26 hours on 22 February 1945 for Spanhoe and no further knowledge of the airplane is available.

Sources:
» usaafdata.com
» fieldsofhonor-database.com
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Villacoublay Advanced Landing Ground A-42 to Spanhoe-USAAF Station AAF-493 as the crow flies is 462 km (289 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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