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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 22 March 1944
Time:17:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-80-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-15303
C/n / msn: 19769
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Louisville-Bowman Field, KY (LOU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA/KFWA), United States of America
Destination airport:Louisville-Bowman Field, KY (LOU/KLOU), United States of America
Narrative:
The airplane was approaching Bowman Field when the pilot decided to go around. He added power and retracted the landing gear. The C-47 entered a steep climb and stalled at a height of about 400ft. It fell off on the left wing and crashed into the flight line, destroying four Aeronca L-3B planes and three Taylorcraft L-2Ms.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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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 Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN to Louisville-Bowman Field, KY as the crow flies is 306 km (191 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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