C47A accident October 22nd, 1943

Discussion in '61st TCG' started by Alex Smart, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Hello,

    Details of the accident to a 51st TCS C47A, serial 42-23330 on October 22nd, 1943.
    This took place at Milo AD(?), Trapani, Sicily.
    Seems it ground looped.
    Passengers included an Unknown Naval Officer, Two Unknown enlisted men and an Unknown British enlisted man.
    In regard to these Unknowns , if killed Would they be given an FOD date or be recorded as killed on the day of the crash ?
    However,if I understand it correctly there were no injuries at all.

    Thanks
    Alex
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2016
  2. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Looks like the full crew list (Moon as Pilot and probably Schlittler as co-pilot) is:

    MOON, ROBERT W.; SCHLITTLER, MELVIN L.; EVANS, PETER; VANDER LINDEN, LEWIS L.; GILLILAND, W. P.; NICHOLS,J. J.; NUSBAUM, J. M.; PROKOP, J. E.; BERG, M. J.; SWIGER, T. R.; PETERSON, W. P.; SPOLER, F. S.; KING, W. M.; ZACHARIAH, E. J.; SANTORO, V. V.; UNKNOWN NAVAL OFFICER; TWO UNKNOWN UNITED STATES ENLISTED MEN; ONE UNKNOWN BRITISH ENLISTED MAN

    Do you know which men were killed?
     
  3. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Hello,
    I first thought that the Unknowns meant that they were killed, but on second glance it looks like their names/rank was never known,and not that they were killed.
    Lucky for crew and passengers.
    JB has the a/c still in service up to 1945 and with the 8thAF after this date, so ground loop may not have caused too much damage it seems.
    Alex
     
  4. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Thanks to you both for the replies and contact address.
    Jaap, maybe it better to send me the email address in a pm and delete it from the above post ?
    Alex
     
  5. Ranlew

    Ranlew New Member

    Hi,
    This may be a little late but here's a little more info.
    I am pretty sure no one was killed in this accident. The pilot was Moon and the ship was named "Sad Sack" of the 15th TCS. He landed too fast which is what caused the accident and was attributed to pilot error if memory serves me. I am sure that Moon lost his 1st pilot status for a while because of the accident. Col. Mitchell was very disappointed with him.
    One side of the landing gear folded under the ship. Not a total loss.
    Cheers......Randy
     
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  6. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    There is an Accident Report on this incident, perhaps that would supply the missing information.


    moon.jpg
     
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