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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Date:Saturday 10 February 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16015
MSN: 20481
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Nichols Field (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dulag Airfield, Philippines
Destination airport:Angeles City-Clark Field (CRK/RPMK), Philippines
The Douglas C-47A transport plane was en route from Leyte-Dulag Airstrip to Clark Field when it flew into an active battle zone near Nichols Field. It flew at an altitude between 500 and 1000 feet and was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire. The wing broke off and the airplane crashed.
The pilot may have entered the battle zone on purpose as he made remarks on the day of the accident that he wanted to take photos of the battle scene.

Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

» Among Heroes: Tales of the Jungle Skippers / By Philip Brinson
» The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 - the first seventy years / J.M. Gradidge


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Distance from Dulag Airfield to Angeles City-Clark Field as the crow flies is 670 km (419 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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