Accident Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando 44-77561, Friday 26 October 1945
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Date:Friday 26 October 1945
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-77561
MSN: 32957
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:67 km E of Coos Bay, OR -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT/KFAT)
Destination airport:Tacoma-McChord AFB, WA (TCM/KTCM)
Narrative:
The C-46 was en route from Sedalia AAF to McChord AFB, WA via Fresno. The transport plane could not land at McChord due to poor visibility. The crew decided to return.
For some reason they had to bail out and the airplane crashed in the heavily-wooded wilderness. Five survivors were found within two days and four were found later. Two men were found dead in the wreckage and one remained missing as of December 5, 1945.

Sources:

Traverse City Record Eagle 29-11-1945

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