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Last updated: 24 November 2020
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Date:Saturday 24 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-40-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-24038
C/n / msn: 9900
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NW of Wesel (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mourmelon Airport (LFXM), France
Destination airport:Mourmelon Airport (LFXM), France
Narrative:
Shot down during Rhein crossing (Operation Varsity). The tail was blown off and the aircraft crashed.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

Sources:
» MACR


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