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Date:Sunday 24 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: KG653
MSN: 13470
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Neuleiningen (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Pershore RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE), Italy
Dakota KG653 took off from RAF Pershore with 14 other aircraft on a troop transport flight to Karachi. The first stop was planned at Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia. Due to bad weather, KG653 strayed off course and flew into Germany.
A Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109G-14 opened fire on the right-hand engine. The aircraft rolled inverted and one of the wings separated. The Dakota burst into flames and crashed.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pershore RAF Station to Cagliari-Elmas Airport as the crow flies is 1656 km (1035 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 1133rd loss
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