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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 9 January 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-100479
MSN: 18942
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Biak (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station, Indonesia
Destination airport:Peleliu Airfield, Palau
The C-47A transport plane took off from Boroekoe Airfield on Biak on a flight bound for Peleliu Airfield.
Weather was a heavy overcast with a ceiling at 1,000'. Elsewhere, the sky was clear. After take off, the airplane made a turn to the right instead of the left with the rest of the formation.
The wreckage was located on March 11, 1945 in a swamp on the north side of Biak.

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


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Biak-Boroekoe Royal Dutch Navy Air Station to Peleliu Airfield as the crow flies is 927 km (580 miles).

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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