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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Datum:Mittwoch 2 Februar 1944
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Kennzeichen: 42-23487
Werknummer: 9349
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 18 / Insassen: 18
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 22
Sachschaden: Vermisst
Konsequenzen: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Unfallort:vom Land entfernt von Papua New Guinea (   Papua Neuguinea)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australien
Flug nach:Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) (GUR/AYGN), Papua Neuguinea
A Douglas C-47A went missing on a flight from Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, Australia to Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River). Papua New Guinea. En route weather included periods of rainfall and an area with cumulonimbus peaks to 18-20,000 feet.
The aircraft was last heard from by Horn Island Radio when the crew attempted to contact Milne Bay by radio. There was no reply from Milne Bay.

» 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 Townsville-Garbutt Airfield, QLD to Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) as the crow flies is 1062 km (663 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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