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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 15 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5 (DC-3)
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 17234
C/n / msn: 13596
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tacloban Airport (TAC) (   Philippines)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tacloban Airport (TAC/RPVA), Philippines
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed following midair collision with USAAF Stinson L-5 (42-99165) off end of the runway.
The R4D-5 operated on a flight to evacuate wounded men, high priority passengers, cargo and mail.

Those lost were:
Crew:
Lt. Bridwell J. McKnight (pilot)
Lt. Donald W. Huegel (co-pilot)
Lt. George A. Danner (navigator)
Sp(V)3c James R. Reynolds (orderly)
ARM1c Hugh G. Ballantyne (radio man)

Passengers:
Lt Com. C.H. Mattson
Lt. Com. G.W. Pease
Lt. E.J. Detmer
Lt. Winfield V. Scott, Jr S(A)
Ens. M.L. Naylor
Ens. N.J. Roccaforte
RhM1c G.M. Pangalos
SK1c F. Hold
PhM2c A.D. Nonsley
PhM2c O.F. Blizzard
PhM2c J.B. Hayden
PhM3c H.E. Dickinson
PhM3c J.C. Raines
PhM3c W.E. Seeling
PhM3c S.D. Stroul
ARM3c M.M. King

Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge
» War Diary for the Month of January 1945, NATS, Thirteenth Squadron (VR-13).


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Douglas DC-3

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  • 1460th loss
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