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