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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 105365
Last updated: 5 September 2021
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Date:17-MAR-1945
Time:09:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas A-26B Invader
Owner/operator:640th BSqn /409th BGp USAAF
Registration: 41-39294
MSN: 7007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Laon-Couvron A-70 airfield, Aisne -   France
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:A.70 Laon-Couvron airfield (F)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The A-26B-20-DL 41-39294 of 640th BS, 409th BG was taking off from Laon-Couvron A-70 airfield at 0945 hrs when a tire blew up as the bomber was ready to take off after reaching 130 mph. The pilot, 1st Lt Allan M Showler, thought one of the engine was failing and decided to cancel the take-off. The Invader went over the end of the runway and the undercarriage broke due to the rough terrain. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair, but Showler and the two other crew, Sgt Joseph E McKenna and Sgt Ben Silverstein (both air gunners) were unhurt.

Sources:

http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=7416
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Mar1945O.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartier_Mangin
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=fr&lat=49.633333&lon=3.548333&z=14&m=w


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Oct-2012 13:37 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Mar-2020 19:50 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Mar-2020 13:22 DG333 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Operator]

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