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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 10 April 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 42-101020
MSN: 19483
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wenigenlupnitz Advanced Landing Ground R-1 (EIB) (   Germany)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Dreux-Vernouillet Airfield (XDR/LFON), France
Destination airport:Wenigenlupnitz Advanced Landing Ground R-1 (EIB/EDGE), Germany
The lead airplane of a resupply formation, 42-101020, was on the final approach to Wenigenlupnitz Advanced Landing Ground R-1, Germany about to land when the control personnel shot a red flare, so the pilot pulled up and went again to make another approach. The other aircraft landed safely but 42-101020 was hit by fire from enemy fighter planes.
Trailing smoke the C-47 hit the ground and burst into flames.

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Distance from Dreux-Vernouillet Airfield to Wenigenlupnitz Advanced Landing Ground R-1 as the crow flies is 695 km (435 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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