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Last updated: 28 November 2020
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Date:Saturday 13 October 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100640
C/n / msn: 19103
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:within Huntingdon Warren, Dartmoor, Devon (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villacoublay Advanced Landing Ground A-42 (LFPV), France
Destination airport:Exeter USAAF Station AAF-463 (EXT/EGTE), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The C-47A transport plane was inbound from Villacoublay, France, but was not able to land at RAF Exeter due to poor visibility. The pilot decided to divert to RAF Western Zoyland, but received the reciprocal of the required QDM (magnetic heading). The flight continued in clouds over high terrain until it impacted a stone wall on a hillside.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Aircraft Wrecks: The Walker's Guide / By Nick Wotherspoon, Alan Clark, Mark Sheldon


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Villacoublay Advanced Landing Ground A-42 to Exeter USAAF Station AAF-463 as the crow flies is 455 km (284 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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