OCTOBER 16, 1943
TAKEOFF AT KUNMING


From Fletcher Hank's, "WHEN AND HOW THE CNAC CRASHES HAPPENED ON THE HUMP AND ITS ENVIRONS DURING WWII" (hand-dated 5/4/02)

Julius Petach with Dick Marchant, 10/16/43, C-47 #84. No Fatalities. Lost right engine on takeoff at Kunming. Then the right engine caught on fire before the plane hit the ground. After making a belly landing, the crew scrambled out through the top hatch and through the flames with minor burns and bruises. Plane and cargo burned. Everything was a complete loss. Source: Kirkpatrick log.


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