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Last updated: 26 May 2020
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Date:Wednesday 23 May 1945
Time:14:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100998
C/n / msn: 19461
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Knollwood Airport, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB), United States of America
Destination airport:Fayetteville-Pope AAF, NC (POB/KPOB), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Knollwood Field, NC. All four crew members were killed. The crew was practicing takeoffs and landings when a suspected engine failure caused the airplane to strike trees at the end of the runway. The airplane crashed and burned.

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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