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  C-47A-35-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-23851  
5th AF
433rd TCG
65th TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. Joe. L. Hill, O-670910 (survived)
Co-Pilot  F/O William P Pace, T-121297 (survived)
Crew Chief  Sgt Jay W. Newbold, 34512105 (survived)
Radio  Cpl Charles T. Gasprsa, 32476939 (survived)

Ditched  December 8, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Construction Number 9713. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 65th Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 8, 1943 took off from Nadzab Airfield. After take off, this C-47 suffered engine failure to both engines and ditched a mile off Lae into the Huon Gulf. The entire crew survived unhurt.

Fate of the Crew
The entire crew was rescued and returned to duty.

69th TCS History
U. S. Army Signal Corps photograph 185991
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-23851

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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