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Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:Sunday 24 September 1944
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: KG653
MSN: 13470
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Neuleiningen (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pershore RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE), Italy
Narrative:
Dakota KG653 took off from RAF Pershore with destination Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia. The airplane was bound for Karachi.
Over Neuleiningen the aircraft was attacked by German fighters. It burst into flames and crashed At the time the weather was very bad, with dark low clouds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Sources:
» RAAF Personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units in World War 2 and Missing with No Known Grave


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Distance from Pershore RAF Station to Cagliari-Elmas Airport as the crow flies is 1656 km (1035 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Douglas DC-3

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