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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Thursday 22 October 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Lodestar II
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: EW984
MSN: 18-2139
First flight: 1941
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bilbeis RAF Station (   Egypt)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bilbeis RAF Station, Egypt
Destination airport:Lydda Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
The Lodestar took off from Bilbeis, Egypt, on a passenger flight to Lydda, Israel. Shortly after becoming airborne the pilot began to perform passes over Bilbeis Camp. He made a run at the Officers' Mess tent at a reported height of 8 feet. The left wing-tip of the Lodestar struck the tent and broke away causing the plane to roll inverted and crash, bursting into flames. All on board (3 crew and 10 passengers) lost their lives.


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