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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 5 December 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: FL588
MSN: 11996
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Mijanès (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:London-Northolt RAF Station (NHT/EGWU), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Douglas Dakota FL588 originated from RAF Northolt at 09:00 on a course for Marseilles, France to transport 20 glider pilots who were trained to fly Horsa and Hamilcar gliders.
The Dakota aircraft crashed on the Pic de la Camisette (alt 2426 m ), striking the north face above the Roc de la Musique before coming down facing south-east near a lake. The exact cause of the crash is not known, although it is known that the aircraft came down in a blizzard.

» The 24 Sqn RAF Association BLog Book
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from London-Northolt RAF Station to Marseille-Marignane Airport as the crow flies is 989 km (618 miles).

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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