Crashed October 12, 1944
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9566. On May 20, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as .C-47A-30-DL Dakota serial number 42-32704. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
On July 16, 1943 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 66th Troop Carrier Squadron in Brisbane.
On October 12, 1944 took off on a mission and lost in the Torres Strait off Thursday Island at approximately Lat 10.22 Long 143.17.
Crashed onto a sand bank in the Torres Strait.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-30-DL Dakota serial number 42-23704
"23704 (MSN 9566) delivered May 20, 1943 - 5th AF Brisbane Jul 16, 1943 - Crashed Oct 12, 1944 Torres Strait."
Australian Wreck Survey 194 – 10.22-143.17 – Torres Strait – Qld – Unknown Date – USAC Douglas C47 223704
"Forced landed on sandbank – wreckage located at this position"
Oz@War - Military Aircraft crashes in the rest of north Queensland during WW2 years - 42-23704
Aviation Safety Network - C-47A 42-23704
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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June 29, 2019