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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Saturday 23 December 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-48407
MSN: 25668/14223
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:N of Laroche (   Belgium)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Welford RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Vernouillet-Advanced Landing Ground A-41 (XDR/LFON), France
The C-47B transport plane was one of 29 aircraft tasked to resupply Marcouray. C-47 43-48407 was hit by flak and crashed.

Shot down from the ground
Shot down from the ground

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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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 Welford RAF Station to Vernouillet-Advanced Landing Ground A-41 as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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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