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  R4D-5 Dakota Bureau Number 12432  
USMC
MAW-2
MAG-25
VMJ-253

Pilot  ? (MIA / KIA)
Passengers  23 (MIA / KIA)
Crashed  December 27, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Construction Number 9529. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-30-DL Dakota serial number 42-23667. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as R4D-5 Dakota bureau number 12432.

Wartime History
Delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to Marine Air Wing 2 (MAW-2), Marine Air Group 25 (MAG-25) to squadron VMJ-253. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 27, 1943 took off from Tontouta Airfield near Nouméa on New Caledonia on a flight bound for Bomber 1 (Pekoa Field) on Espiritu Santo. Reportedly as missing near Wallis Island (Uvea). When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-30-DL Dakota 42-23667
"23667 (MSN 9529) to Navy as BuNo 12432"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - R4D-5 Dakota 12432
"12432 (MSN 9529) ex USAAF 42-23667. To US Navy May 12, 1943. San Diego/NAD-483 -- MAG-25 Jun 28, 1943. 12432 (VMJ-253) missing on flight near Uvea Island, S Pacific Dec 27, 1943. 24 missing."
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List December 1942 does not mention this loss, does list R4D-1 4696 VMJ-253 12/29/1942

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Last Updated
December 27, 2018

 

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