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  C-47A-DK "The Green Banana" Serial Number 42-92051  
USAAF
5th AF
433rd TCG
67th TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. Andrew J. Dobrisky, O-678196 (MIA / KIA) MA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Leslie R. Galloway, O-680018 (survived)
Crew Chief  S/Sgt Charles M. Brzuchanski, 36609099 (survived)
Radio  Cpl John J. Ruane, 31160130 (survived)

Ditched  February 10 , 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 11809. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 67th Troop Carrier Squadron. Squadron Number 304. Nicknamed "The Green Banana".

Mission History
Took off from Nadzab Airfield on a transport mission. During the flight, this C-47 suffered an aerial collision with C-47 Dakota 42-92038 from the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron going over and under in. This Dakota's vertical stabilizer and rudder were bent over to the right. The bottom of rudder was bent to the left and smashed into the elevator.

Damaged, this C-47 ditched into the sea roughly 1.5 miles off Mambare Bay, roughly 100 miles southeast of Lae. A safe water landing was made, and this aircraft floated for about 12 minutes before sinking. Pilot Dobrisky was killed in the crash and presumably went down with the aircraft.

Fates of the Crew
The rest of the crew reached shore and were rescued and returned to duty.

Memorials
Dobrisky was officially declared dead on February 14, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
433rd Troop Carrier Group microfilm A0985 frames 1455-1457
American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) - Andrew J. Dobrisky
FindAGrave - 1Lt Andrew J Dobrisky
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47A Dakota 42-92051

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
C-47

MIAMIA
1 Missing

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