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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Sunday 9 July 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-23705
MSN: 9567
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saidor Gap (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saidor Airport (SDI), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Nadzab No. 4 Airfield (Newton Field), Papua New Guinea
The Douglas C-47A transport plane took off from Saidor Airfield, Papua New Guinea at 15:37 on a flight to transport cargo and personnel bound for Nadzab No. 4 Airfield. Aboard were Browning 50 caliber M2 machine guns for servicing. After take off, this C-47 circled to the left and then proceeded on a west-northwesterly direction towards Dumpu. The aircraft failed to arrive and was declared missing.
This aircraft was located in 1948 and was found to have crashed at roughly 7,400 feet elevation in the vicinity of the Saidor Gap.

» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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