Accident Douglas C-49J (DC-3) 43-1976, Sunday 17 December 1944
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Date:Sunday 17 December 1944
Time:10:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-49J (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-1976
MSN: 6316
Year of manufacture:1942
Engine model:Wright R-1820-71
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Memphis Municipal Airport, TN (MEM/KMEM)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During takeoff from Memphis Municipal Airport runway 17 the airplane drifted to the right and entered a nose high attitude. The airplane stalled and struck a small brick storehouse. Investigation revealed that the no. 2 engine had failed on takeoff. The pilot had just nine hours on C-49 equipment and had never been officially checked off on the type.

Sources:

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 3: August 1944-December 1945 / Anthony J. Mireles

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