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Last updated: 7 June 2020
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Date:Friday 13 April 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15086
C/n / msn: 19552
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nieheim (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Vernouillet-Advanced Landing Ground A-41 (XDR/LFON), France
Destination airport:Hildesheim Advanced Landing Ground R-16 (EDVM), Germany
Narrative:
The airplane operated on a resupply and evacuation mission to R-16. The formation of fourteen, except for 43-15086, turned back after encountering bad weather.

Sources:
» MACR Report
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Vernouillet-Advanced Landing Ground A-41 to Hildesheim Advanced Landing Ground R-16 as the crow flies is 714 km (446 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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