Accident Douglas C-49H (DC-3) NC21788, Friday 5 May 1944
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Date:Friday 5 May 1944
Time:10:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-49H (DC-3)
Owner/operator:USAAF, lsf Pennsylvania-Central Airlines
Registration: NC21788
MSN: 2187
Year of manufacture:1940
Engine model:Wright R-1820-97
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:10 km SE off Lake Worth, FL -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Miami-36th Street Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
Destination airport:Savannah International Airport, GA (SAV/KSAV)
Narrative:
A Consolidated B-24D (41-11889) departed Homestead AAF, FL on an instrument flight to West Palm Beach, FL. To simulate instrument conditions, the pilot was flying under the hood.
At 10:06 a Douglas C-49 took off from Miami, bound for Savannah and began to climb to its assigned cruising altitude of 3000 feet. At 10:20 the pilot of the B-24 radioed Morrison Field that the exercise was completed and that they were leaving the Morrison Radio Range. It proceeded to the south at an altitude of 1500 feet. At 10:26 both aircraft collided nearly head on. The B-24D's port wing separated near the no. 1 engine. The airplane rolled over to the left and crashed into the sea. The C-49 went into a steep spiral and impacted the sea about a mile off shore.
It is presumed that the pilot of the B-24 was still under the hood with both crew members of the C-49 preoccupied with their respective cockpit duties.
Official records list the C-49's serial as 39-2187. This seems improbable

Sources:

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945, Vol. 2: July 1943-July 1944 / Anthony J. Mireles

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