Date & Time: Jul 9, 1943 at 1327 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Wright Patterson - Wright Patterson
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The C-54 was flying in formation with a Lockheed C-40A Electra Junior registered 38-546, so his crew could photograph the dropping of a dummy combat tank from the C-54. After the tank was released, the pilot of the C-40A made a quick turn to the left, striking the C-54 right wingtip. The C-40A entered a spin and crashed near the runway, killing all five crew members. The C-54 continued on for 700 feet, allowing two passengers to bail out. The plane then crashed in a vertical dive, killing three other crewmen.
Wrong judgement on part of the C-40 crew.