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Date:Thursday 14 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23959
MSN: 9821
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Port Moresby (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Destination airport:Port Moresby (unknown airport), Papua New Guinea
The Douglas C-47A took off from Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, Australia to Port Moresby, PNG. During the flight, the aircraft experienced trouble with the no. 1 engine and electrical system. Cargo was thrown out, but the aircraft continued to lose altitude. The no. 2 engine started to malfunction just as the aircraft reached the southern New Guinea coast. A force landing was carried out at Fairfax Cattle Station, about 15 miles west of Port Moresby.



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