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  C-47A-30-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-23700 Nose 233
5th AF
433rd TCG
66th TCS

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August 10, 1943
Pilot  1st Lt. G. W. Walker (rescued)
Crew  1st Lt S. Rosenfield (rescued)
Crew  1st Lt. Howard Zimmerman (rescued)
Crew  S/Sgt C. E. Hall (rescued)
Crew  S/Sgt Ralph W. Braden, 33715938
(rescued) Allegheny County, PA
Force Landed  August 10, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9562. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-30-DL Dakota serial number 42-23700. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 66th Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Nose number 233.

Mission History
On August 10, 1943 took off piloted by Walker on a flight bound for Port Moresby. Over the southern coast of New Guinea, this aircraft accidentally collided with C-47 #168 from the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. Damaged, this C-47 made a successful belly landing into a swamp with kunai grass roughly 8-10 miles northeast of Terapo. The other C-47 was crash landed at 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby.

The crew was rescued several days later and transported down the Kapuri River to Popo, then to Terapo where they were flown from Terapo Airfield aboard a C-47 to Port Moresby and returned to duty.

The wreckage of this aircraft remains in situ.

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Ralph W. Braden
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-30-DL Dakota 42-23700
"23700 (MSN 9562) delivered May 20, 1943 - 5th AF Brisbane Jul 16, 1943. Condemned Aug 12, 1943, accident"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-23700

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February 14, 2020


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