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Last updated: 24 September 2020
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Date:Monday 19 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota IV (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KN343
C/n / msn: 32659/15911
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:200 km (125 mls) S off Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Narrative:
The aircraft ditched into the Coral Sea following a failure of both engines.

Sources:
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» Australia @ War (ozatwar.com)


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Distance from Port Moresby-Jackson Field to Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD as the crow flies is 1087 km (680 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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