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Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:Thursday 21 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KG579
MSN: 13302
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Volkel Air Base (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Down Ampney RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Down Ampney RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Douglas Dakota III was engaged in a resupply mission during Operation Market Garden. Supplies were dropped at Oosterbeek and the aircraft turned back to England. However, it was intercepted and shot at by Fw 190 fighters. The no.2 engine caught fire, forcing six of the eight crew members to bail out. Two were hit and killed by aircraft fire. Additionally, both pilots were killed when the Dakota crashed at Volkel Air Base.

Sources:
» Crash van de Dakota KG579 op vliegveld Volkel


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