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Last updated: 23 October 2019
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Date:Saturday 12 May 1945
Time:ca 00:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16383
C/n / msn: 20849
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,6 km (3.5 mls) SSW of Cordelia, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Sacramento-McClellan AFB, CA (MCC/KMCC), United States of America
Destination airport:San Rafael-Hamilton Field, CA (SRF), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it collided with a ridge in about 18 minutes after takeoff from McClellan Field. The airplane broke up and all three aboard were killed.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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