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C-47 Dakota found in Siberia

Article about: This Douglas C-47-DL, serial number 42-32892, factory 9118 was deliver to the US Air Force on February 24th 1943. It was then handed to the USSR Air Force on 12th march 1943 under the lend-l

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    This Douglas C-47-DL, serial number 42-32892, factory 9118 was deliver to the US Air Force on February 24th 1943. It was then handed to the USSR Air Force on 12th march 1943 under the lend-lease programme, where it was given the ID 'USSR-H-328'. It was sent to the 7th Arctic Aviation Regiment of the 1st Air Division.

    According to order number OK/071 of April 16th 1943 it was enlisted by the Office of Polar Aviation to conduct ice reconnaissance. From October 22nd to November 1th 1943 it explored the Kara Sea under the command of the pilot, MA Titlova.

    From 3th June to 24th July 1944 it made further sorties from bases in Anderme for further reconnaissance of the Kara Sea. In 1945 it was sent to the Chukotka Polar Air Arm where it was given the number A-3072.

    In Vadim Denisov's book 'Неведомый Норильск' (The Unknown Norilsk), he describes the final fate of this aircraft.

    "Emergency, Saturday April 13th 1947 in the area of the river Dudypty, North of the village Volochanka. Failure of the left engine. Successfully made a landing and sat for around twenty days, until discovered by the crew of F. Shatrova. 28 people survives, some with minor frostbite on their hands and face (mostly children). Commander Tyuikov, airborne radio operator Smirnov and seven passengers were missing - they had gone in search of help in the snowy tundra and never returned."

    Full story and excellent photos here:- Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia - English Russia
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    Hi Simon, thanks for posting this. Super find.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Fascinating ! The pilot seems to have executed a good crash landing there !

    I wonder how many more undiscovered aircraft are out there on those vast Russian Steppes !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Very Interesting Thanks for sharing.

    Greg

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    What a find!

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Hi Simon, thanks for posting this. Super find.

    Cheers, Ade.
    Your welcome Ade. I found the story on Facebook posted by the group ARQUEOLOGIA MILITAR, ARQUEOLOGIA MILITAR | Facebook

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    Russia is so far and big, there are some secrets in it! Great find.

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    Wow ! That is in superb condition.......what a find !

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    i'ts very good condition but resored in flying condition is possible

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    Gr 54, the amount of work required to restore that husk to flying condition is not worth it. There are plenty more salvageable fuselages in easier to access places.

    Interesting story, god knows where the 7 that went off exploring ended up.

    Nitram

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