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  C-47A-35-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-23851  
USAAF
5th AF
433rd TCG
65th TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. Joe. L. Hill, O-670910 (survived)
Co-Pilot  F/O William P Pace, T-121297 (survived)
Crew Chief  Sgt Jay W. Newbold, 34512105 (survived)
Radio  Cpl Charles T. Gasprsa, 32476939 (survived)

Ditched  December 8, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Construction Number 9713. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-35-DL Skytrain serial number 42-23851. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 433rd Troop Carrier Group (433rd TCG), 65th Troop Carrier Squadron (65th TCS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 8, 1943 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Joe. L. Hill. After take off, this C-47 suffered engine failures with both engines and ditched into the Huon Gulf a mile off Lae.

Fate of the Crew
The entire crew survived unhurt and were rescued and returned to duty.

References
69th TCS History
U.S. Army Signal Corps photograph 185991
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-23851

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Last Updated
May 18, 2021

 

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