Accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) 41-18603, Friday 2 February 1945
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Date:Friday 2 February 1945
Time:10:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 41-18603
MSN: 4728
Year of manufacture:1942
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 26
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:5 km W of Montieri -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Florence-Peretola Airport (FLR/LIRQ)
Destination airport:Roma (unknown airport)
Narrative:
En route to Rome, Italy, the C-47 entered a river valley. Hills on both sides of the river were obscured by strato-cumulus clouds and mist. When entering a fog bank the crew advanced the throttle levers in an attempt to climbing over the rising terrain. The aircraft contacted trees and crashed.

Sources:

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher

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