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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
On December 19, 1943 took off from Garbutt Airfield near Townsville at 7:10am piloted by 2nd Lt William R. Crecelius bound for Rockhampton Airfield and then onto Brisbane. Aboard was a total of 27 passengers including 17 Americans and 10 Australians. The weather was poor south of Townsville but fair in the Rockhapton area.

A crash was reported by 9:45am by volunteer air observe corps. 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.

One of the propellers is on 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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June 5, 2018


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