|Pilot Captain Paul Noel (survived)
Co-Pilot TSgt Dave Schwitzer (survived)
Crew Sgt Keith MacLeod (survived)
Crash Landed December 1, 1950
Built by Douglas as C-47B-DK Dakota. Assigned to the US Navy as R4D-6 Bureau Number 50767. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 1st Marine Air Wing, Headquarters Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On December 1, 1950 took off from Yonpo Airfield loaded with artillery rounds bound for Hagaru-ri Airfield near the Chosin Reservoir. After unloading, this aircraft planned to evacuate wounded soldiers. The runway was only a rough emergency strip. This R4D made a hard landing at Hagaru-ri Airfield that caused their cargo to shift inside the fuselage while one of the propellers dug into the ground causing the aircraft to skew to one side and the landing gear to collapsed.
Luckily, the R4D did not catch fire, but the cargo of artillery rounds fell forward into the cockpit, bending the bulkhead and leaving little room for the unhurt crew to escape. Afterwards, the crew were flown out aboard a USAF C-47 and returned to duty.
Five days later, on December 6, 1950 the damaged R4D was set on fire to destroy it and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
ChosinReservoir.com - Crash Landing Of Marine R4D #50767
"[After the crash] An infantryman, who Capt. Noel thought looked like an apparition due to his dirty, bearded face, long parka, and heavy winter clothing, came running up to the aircraft to see if they were injured. When he discovered all were OK, he asked if he could have the aircraft's clock. Capt. Noel told him he could have the whole damn aircraft, as far as he was concerned."
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January 5, 2018