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Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Monday 18 September 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-50-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-24177
C/n / msn: 10039
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) S of Berlicum (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The USAAF Douglas C-47A operated on a glider tow mission to a dropzone near Groesbeek, the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden.
Near Schijndel the right wing of the aircraft was hit by ground fire. The glider crew disconnected from the airplane shortly before the wing separated, causing the C-47 to enter a spiral descent. It came down near the Busselsteeg road Berlicum.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

Sources:
» Verliesregister 1939-1945 : Alle militaire vliegtuigverliezen in Nederland tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog - 1944 / Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Vijf Amerikaanse veldgraven in het Berlicums Woud / Antoon Verbakel


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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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