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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Monday 8 November 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-53D Skytrooper (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:within Albania (   Albania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA/LICC), Italy
Destination airport:Bari Airport (BRI/LIBD), Italy
Narrative:
A violent storm and pursuit by German Messerschmitts led to a crash landing of the C-53 transport plane in a remote part of Albania. There were 30 people on the plane: a pilot, a co-pilot, a radio operator, and a crew chief, plus 13 nurses and 13 medics. In a long ordeal the whole group managed to travel, with help of the Albanian population, in sixty days through Nazi occupied Albania to finally cross the Allied lines. The long journey was depicted in several books and a movie.

Sources:
» Q&A: Last Survivor of a Dramatic World War II Rescue (National Geographic 23-5-2013)
» Albanian Escape : The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines / The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines, 1999


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Distance from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport to Bari Airport as the crow flies is 431 km (269 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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