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  C-47-DL Dakota Serial Number 41-38667  
5th AF

Pilot  ? (KIA)
Co-Pilot  ? (KIA)
Engineer  ? (KIA)
Passenger  Signaller Horace Carroll, Australian Army (KIA)
Passenger  ? (WIA, KIA)
Passenger  ? (WIA, KIA)
Passenger  ? (WIA, KIA)
Passenger  ? (WIA, KIA)
Crashed  January 18, 1943 at 9:12am
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas Aircraft Company. Constructors Number 6050. On November 29, 1942 assigned to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47-DL Skytrain serial number 41-38667.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 374th Troop Carrier Group (374th TCG), 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron (33rd TCS) or possibly 317th Troop Carrier Group (317th TCG), 40th Troop Carrier Squadron (40th TCS). No known nickname or nose art.

On January 12, 1943 at 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby sustained minor damage on when the ground when this C-47 accidentally collided with C-47 "The Jayhawk" 41-18598. Afterwards, repaired and returned to duty.

Mission History
On January 18, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby as one of ten C-47s transporting personnel from the Australian Army 16th Brigade, 2/6th Battalion to Wau Airfield. Inbound, the C-47s were escorted by fighters.

Approaching Wau Airfield, this C-47 was third to land but approached too low and clipped trees and crashed at 9:12am roughly 250 meters off the northern end of the runway killing four in the crash including passenger Carroll. The other passengers were injured and later died of their injuriees. Officially condemned on December 1, 1943.

The fate of this aircraft is unknown, possibly parts were salvaged or abandoned at the airfield after the crash.

Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII Vol 2, page 420 (states the crew of five and three passengers were killed)
The Battle for Wau (2008) pages 116-117, 257
17th Brigade War Diary, AWM 52, 8/2/17 Jan 43, pages 6-7
40th Airlift Squadron via Wikipedia "Wau saw the 40th [TCS]'s first combat casualties when a crew crashed while attempting to land on 18 January [1943]."

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Last Updated
January 9, 2024


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