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Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Date:Wednesday 25 July 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: KN556
MSN: 33168/16420
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Akyab (   Myanmar)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Toungoo, Myanmar
Narrative:
Douglas Dakota KN556 of 194 Sqn RAF, was scheduled for an early morning takeoff on 25 July 1945 which was delayed until 09:00 hours due to heavy rain rendering the runway unserviceable.
The aircraft was carrying a load R.E's stores for their destination at Toungoo, Burma. When the aircraft finally took off at 10:07 hours nothing unusual was
noticed by Flying Control, with no rain at the time, cloud 7-9/10ths and ceiling of 400-500 feet.
At 17:20 hours the aircraft was reported overdue. Nothing further was heard until the Thursday evening, 26 July 1945, when two members of 62 Squadron who had been fishing near the mouth of the Chuang, Akyab Beach returned to camp and reported finding Dakota wreckage.

Sources:
» Missing with no known grave / by Alan Storr


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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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