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Last updated: 26 January 2022
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Datum:Freitag 21 Juli 1944
Zeit:ca 22:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 43-30664
Werknummer: 13815
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Sachschaden: Vermisst
Konsequenzen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Unfallort:ca 40 km SE off Cape Fear, NC, USA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
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Flug nach:?
Unfallbericht:
A mass flight of 54 Douglas C-47 aircraft was proceeding at an altitude of 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. The third squadron consisted of nine aircraft flying in V-formation. Aircraft number 3 of the left element and aircraft 1 and 2 of the right element lost contact with the squadron leader. After running into a rainstorm the squadron leader ordered the aircraft to make a 180-degree turn and reassemble over the coastline.
Despite a three day search no trace of the three aircraft (42-100712, 42-92115, 43-30664) was found.
Possible causes for the accidents are a mid-air collision, stalling in formation or controlled flight into water while on instruments and under influence of vertigo.

Informationsquelle:
» 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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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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