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  C-47A-60-DL "Hoosier Traveller" Serial Number 43-30742  
5th AF
374th TCG
22nd TCS

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Phil Bradley 2008

Pilot  2nd Lt William R. Crecelius, O-888625 (KIA)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John R. Rowell, O-810036 (KIA)
Engineer  TSgt John L. Shupe, 13035323 (KIA)
Radio  Robert L. Fazio, 12192190 (KIA)
Passengers  Twenty-seven passengers

Crashed  December 19, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 13893. Assigned Australian civil registration 'VH-CHR'.

Mission History
Aboard was a total of 27 passengers including 17 Americans and 10 Australians. Took off from Garbutt Airfield near Townsville at 7:10am bound for Rockhampton Airfield and then onto Brisbane.

A crash was reported by 9:45am by volunteer air observe corps. The weather was poor south of Townsville but fair in the Rockhapton area. An explosion was observed by five stockman working at Canal Creek, seeking it blow up in the air and a ball of fire coming to earth. It crashed 30 miles north of Rockhampton at Ross Moya Road, in the Canal Creek. No cause of the crash was determined, but obviously a fire causing the explosion.

Propeller displayed in museum at Yeppoon.

Phil Bradley adds:
"I visited Yeppoon where the propeller from the Canal Creek C47 crash on 18 December 1943 is displayed."

Allied Air Transport Operations - Volume Two pages 52, 74-75

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February 4, 2018


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