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Last updated: 24 May 2019
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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-85-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15493
C/n / msn: 19959
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NE of Wesel (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Coulommiers/Voisins Advanced Landing Ground A-58 (LFPK), France
Destination airport:Coulommiers/Voisins Advanced Landing Ground A-58 (LFPK), France
Narrative:
The aircraft was hit by flak while towing a glider as part of the Rhein crossing (Operation Varsity). The aircraft was first hit in the right wing behind the engine and subsequently near the navigator's station and in the centre of the aircraft. The two gliders (CG-4A's 43-39755 and 43-27466) were released and the aircraft crashed. One of the crew members was able to bail out.

Sources:
» Friends of the WW2 437th Troop Carrier Group Facebook Page


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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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