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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Monday 7 February 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-35-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23795
MSN: 9657
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Parkton, NC (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Hoffman-Mackall AAF, NC (HFF), United States of America
Destination airport:Hoffman-Mackall AAF, NC (HFF), United States of America
The C-47A was on a local flight out of Camp Mackall. It was manoeuvering at an altitude of 6000 feet when it stalled in an inverted attitude. Witnesses say the plane was doing a loop at the time.
The crew attempted to recover, but overstressed the fuselage in doing so. The airplane broke up in midair.

Airframe failure
Loss of control

» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles


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