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Last updated: 22 January 2019
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Date:Tuesday 11 September 1945
Time:ca 10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A65-56
C/n / msn: 25365/13920
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Milne Bay (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Alotau-Gurney Airport (GUR/AYGN), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Dobodura Airfield, Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
Minutes after taking off from Gurney, the plane was engulfed by a tropical downpour. At 10:21, the pilot radioed to the tower he was returning and asked to be "homed". That was the last anyone ever heard of the aircraft. Weather closed in around strip and aircraft apparently crashed into sea.
Aerial and ground searches found nothing. But the next day a village constable in a canoe found life jackets, cushions and oil floating on the surface of the water at Milne Bay.

Sources:
» Pacific Wrecks - C-47A-30-DK Serial Number A65-56 Tail Number VH-CIJ
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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Distance from Alotau-Gurney Airport to Dobodura Airfield as the crow flies is 275 km (172 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2090th loss
  • 618th fatal accident
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