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Last updated: 25 May 2020
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Date:Wednesday 23 May 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commado
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77507
C/n / msn: 32903
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Taillefontaine (   France)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed after one of the engines caught fire. Four crew members and forty wounded American soldiers died in the crash.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Aérosteles : Lieux de mémoire aéronautique


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