Built by Curtiss-Wright during 1944. Constructors Number 32713. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-46D-5-CU Commando serial number 44-77317.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 2nd Combat Cargo Group, 5th Combat Cargo Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 30, 1945 took off from Finschhafen Airfield. Thirty minutes after takeoff, this aircraft suffered an engine failure. When attempting to return to the field, the second engine failed forcing this C-46 to ditch into the sea close to shore.
Afterwards, all aboard were rescued by an amphibious DWUK and returned safely to shore.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-46D-5-CU Commando 44-77317
"condemned Sep 30, 1945, accident, non-combat"
September 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports does not mention the loss of this aircraft
Aviation Safety Network - C-46D Commando 44-77317
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January 9, 2018