Accident Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3) 43-16143, Saturday 11 November 1944
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Date:Saturday 11 November 1944
Time:20:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 43-16143
MSN: 20609
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:22 km N of Glendale, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bakersfield-Meadows Field, CA (BFL/KBFL)
Destination airport:Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX/KLAX)
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47 transport plane was destroyed when it collided with terrain during descent towards Los Angeles. It struck trees on a ridge, broke up and caught fire. The airplane operated on a flight from San Rafael-Hamilton Field, CA (SRF) to Los Angeles-Mines Field, CA (LAX) via Bakersfield-Meadows Field, CA (BFL).
Erroneous wind information was given to the crew before departure from Bakersfield. The airplane went off course and a descent was initiated when the airplane was still over mountainous terrain. The aircraft crashed in Wildcat Canyon, approx. 2 miles NE of Strawberry Peak 1/4 from bottom of Big Tujunga Canyon.

Sources:

Hamilton Field Diary: The Country Club Airbase / By Major F. H. Oberding USAF (Ret.)
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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