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Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Date:Wednesday 14 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100781
C/n / msn: 19244
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Prosnes (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Prosnes Advanced Landing Ground A-79, France
Destination airport:Prosnes Advanced Landing Ground A-79, France
Narrative:
A formation of 42 C-47 transport planes took off from Reims airfield A-79 for a practice paratroop and paradrop mission.
During the exercise the right hand propeller of 42-100781 separated from the engine. The airplane lost altitude and struck several paratroopers on the way down. The airplane crashed, killing all four crew members and six paratroopers./

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» http://www.airbornetroopcarrier.com


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