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  C-47-DL Dakota Serial Number 41-38667  
USAAF
5th AF

Pilot  ? (KIA)
Co-Pilot  ? (KIA)
Engineer  ? (KIA)
Passenger  Signaller Horace Carroll, Australian Army (KIA)
Passenger  ?
Passenger  ?
Passenger  ?
Passenger  ?
Crashed  January 18, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 6050. On November 29, 1942 assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47-DL Dakota serial number 41-38667.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron (or possibly 317th TCG, 40th TCS) on January 12, 1943.

On January 12, 1943 at 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby this C-47 suffered a collision on the ground with C-47 "The Jayhawk" 41-18598 and sustained minor damage. Afterwards, this C-47 was repaired and returned to duty.

Mission History
On January 18, 1943 one of ten C-47s that took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby transporting personnel from the Australian Army 16th Brigade, 2/6th Battalion to Wau Airfield. The C-47s were escorted by fighters.

Third to land, this C-47 approached too low and clipped trees and crashed at 9:12am roughly 250 meters off the northern end of the runway at Wau Airfield, killing four of the crew and passenger Carroll. The other passengers survived, but later four others died of their wounds. This C-47 was officially condemned on December 1, 1943.

Wreckage
The fate of this aircraft is unknown, possibly parts were salvaged or abandoned at the airfield after the crash.

References
Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII Vol 2, page 420 (states the crew of five and three passengers were killed)
The Battle for Wau page 116-117, 257
17th Brigade War Diary, AWM 52, 8/2/17 Jan 43, pages 6-7
40th Airlift Squadron via Wikipedia "Wau saw the 40th [TCS]'s first combat casualties when a crew crashed while attempting to land on 18 January [1943]."

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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