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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 Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: FZ649
C/n / msn: 12207
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Wesel (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dakota III, FZ649, took part in the Rhine crossing operation. FZ649 released its glider but was then hit in a fuel tank by flak. The wireless operator baled out of the burning aircraft but three other crew members were killed when the aircraft broke up in the air.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground

Sources:
» Battle of Britain Monument
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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