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Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 10 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23646
MSN: 9508
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gela, Sicily (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kairouan Airport (QKN/DTTK), Tunisia
Destination airport:Kairouan Airport (QKN/DTTK), Tunisia
Narrative:
The Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy, codenamed Operation Husky, began on the night of 9–10 July 1943, when 2,200 paratroopers were dropped into Gela.
Douglas C-47A 42-23646 was one of the aircraft that crashed during the operation.

Sources:
» MACR
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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