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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Saturday 24 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77637
MSN: 33033
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Bonninghardt (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The Curtiss C-46D participated in Operation Varsity and dropped 22 paratroopers of the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment at a drop zone near Bonninghardt, Germany.
After dropping the paratroopers a fire developed on the left wing. A forced landing was attempted but the airplane impacted the ground and broke up.
The aircraft operated out of an airfield near Achiet, France.



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