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Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 19 September 1944
Time:15:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-48355
C/n / msn: 25616/14171
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Best (   Netherlands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Welford RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Welford RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The C-47B operated on a glider tow mission as part of Operation Market Garden. The airplane was hit by ground fire as it approach the glider release zone. The airplane pulled up into a stall. The nose then dropped and three occupants managed to bail out. The captain and copilot went down with the plane.

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
» MACR


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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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