ASN Aircraft accident Douglas Dakota III (DC-3) KG421 Chambois, Orne
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Date:Monday 21 August 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KG421
MSN: 12456
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chambois, Orne (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
One of six RAF 48 Sqn Dakotas tasked to drop urgently needed supplies to Polish forces fighting to close the Falaise pocket at Chambois, Orne, France. It was hit by flak and small arms fire and the pilot managed to crash land inside allied lines. Pilot was the squadron commanding officer: Wing Commander J.A. Sproule (CDN) - slight injury Copilot was: Flight Lieutenant B. Cobcroft (NZ) - slight injury Navigator was: Flight Lieutenant W.G. Owen - seriously injured, hospitalized.
Riding in the rear of the plane had been two members of the Army Service Corps. Their job was to throw out the supplies at the drop zone. They were unhurt.

Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

» Archives Canada Personnel records of J/89500 W/C JA Sproule DFC
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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