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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Saturday 10 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-68785
MSN: 11712
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) W of Hemingford, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Six transport planes were flying in a V-formation near Hemingford, NE. They were attempting to cross over to a right echelon formation when a midair collision occurred. C-47A 42-23786 (msn 9648) crossed over and descended on top of C-53D 42-68785 (msn 11712). The C-47 struck the C-53 in the port wing with its starboard wing. The C-53 crashed in flames, killing all four aboard. The C-47 lost part of its wing and crashed out of control, also killing all four aboard.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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