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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 17 December 1944
Time:10:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-49J
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-1976
C/n / msn: 6316
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-71
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
During takeoff from Memphis Municipal Airport runway 17 the airplane drifted to the right and entered a nose high attitude. The airplane stalled and struck a small brick storehouse. Investigation revealed that the no. 2 engine had failed on takeoff. The pilot had just nine hours on C-49 equipment and had never been officially checked off on the type.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» 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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