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Last updated: 21 April 2021
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Date:Monday 2 July 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN344
C/n / msn: 32660/15912
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Samarai Island (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed due to bad weather. Aboard was freight for the Royal Australian Navy.
The airplane operated on a cargo flight from Mascot Airport, Australia to Momote Airfield, PNG with en route stops at Townsville-Garbutt Airfield and an airfield in the Milne Bay area.
Crew:
Pilot F/Lt Charles Raymond Kerferd Young, 425802 RAAF (KIA)
Navigator F/O Frederick Dunlop Rutledge, 426164 RAAF (KIA)
Radio W/O Kenneth Clement Bevan, 1140088 RAF (KIA).

Sources:
» pacificwrecks.com


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