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Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:Sunday 10 December 1944
Time:16:25
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: KG584
MSN: 13307
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Leith Hill, Surrey (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Brussel/Evere Advanced Landing Ground B-56, Belgium
Destination airport:Down Ampney RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
Struck Leith Hill, Surrey, U.K.

Probable Cause:

A Court of Inquiry into the accident reported: "The aircraft left B56 for Base, RAF Station Down Ampney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, after having some temporary repairs made to the aircraft. Weather conditions were not good but were sufficient for this flight to be carried out. On nearing Gatwick, the aircraft was observed flying in and out of the base of the cloud. After failing to answer "Darky" calls from Gatwick, the aircraft disappeared into cloud and apparently commenced a right hand turn, and whilst doing so struck Leith Hill still in cloud."

Sources:
» Lostaircraft.com
» RAAF fatalities in Second World War among RAAF personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units / by Alan Storr, 2006


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Distance from Brussel/Evere Advanced Landing Ground B-56 to Down Ampney RAF Station as the crow flies is 435 km (272 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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