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  R4D-1 Dakota Bureau Number 01648  

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 4367. On May 9, 1942 delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as R4D-1 Dakota bureau number 01648.

Wartime History
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Air Wing 2 (MAW-2), Marine Air Group 25 (MAG-25) to squadron VMJ-253. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 12, 1942 or November 13, 1942 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal and flew low over Sealark Channel and Iron Bottom Sound. A few miles off the coast, this C-47 exploded and fragments fell into the sea. The entire crew were killed in the crash. Officially, this aircraft was stricken off charge on November 30, 1942.

Other sources list the date of loss as November 15, 1942
Navy Serial Number Search Results - R4D-1 Dakota 01648
"01648 (MSN 4367) to US Navy May 09, 1942 - MAW-2/VMJ-253. SOC Pearl Harbour Nov 30, 1942."
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List November 1942 - R4D-1 Dakota 01648 VMJ-253 11/15/1942
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson for additional information.

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Last Updated
October 9, 2018


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