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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 3 August 1944
Time:20:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23652
C/n / msn: 9514
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) W of Naper, NE (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bruning Army Air Base, NE, United States of America
Destination airport:Pierre AAB, SD (PIR/KPIR), United States of America
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it broke up in flight near Naper, NB. All four crew members and 24 passengers were killed. The flight encountered a wall of thunderstorms. The pilot lost control of the airplane, probably due to severe thunderstorm and/or a lightning strike.

Classification:
Thunderstorm

Loss of control

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles


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Douglas DC-3

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  • 905th loss
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