Plane crash C-47 in East Prussia. 1945
Plane crash C-47 in East Prussia. 1945

With the plane crash-47 10-oh GATD CAF in East Prussia

  • Date of the crash: 04.03.1945, the
  • Country plane crash in Germany
  • Place the crash: East Prussia, 3 km north trough
  • Aircraft type: Douglas C-47
  • Registration of aircraft: SSSRL915
  • Name of air carrier Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division :: 10-th GATD CAF, 1-th regiment

Chronology of events:

The commander of the regiment gave a telegram: "Return Vormditt, I forbid flying to Insterburg." Despite this, the KK continued to stubbornly fly to Insterburg and only after the third radiogram "I forbid categorically to go to Insterburg, go to Wormditt" reported that he returns to Wormditt. During the flight, the course of 320 degrees at the borderline low altitude of the aircraft in a heavy snowfall suddenly came on the forest. He touched the right side of the top of the two spruce trees and tore it away. Flying another 740 m, at an angle of 45 degrees, the plane fell to the cutting area located in the clearing, among the stacks of firewood, partially burnt, collapsed. The crash site was found from the air 3 km north of Mulden (now Perevalovo).

Data on victims:

Total on board were people 5: 5 crew members. Total killed 5 people: 5 crew members.

Details of the crash:

  • Phase of flight: Horizontal (cruising) flight
  • Identified causes of the crash: crew error
Data on the plane:
  • Mark Aircraft: Douglas C-47
  • Aircraft ID: USSR-L915
  • Country where registered aircraft: the USSR
  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 18.05.1944
  • Serial number of the aircraft: 13350
Flight data:
  • Tour type: Ferry
  • The aviation company Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division: 10-th GATD CAF, 1-th regiment
  • The country, which was registered aviation company: USSR
  • Flying from: Vormditt
  • Flying in: Insterburg
  • Original item: Vormditt
  • A final point: Insterburg
Additional information:
Information about the crew:
  • KK Guards. ml. l-t Yakov Isaakovich Mazo
  • the co-pilot to Mr. Ivan Kravchuk Vetchinkin
  • Guards navigator. ml. l-t Nikolai Demus
  • Guards mechanic. ml. the l-r Nikolai Ploduhin
  • Guards radio operator. with t-Ivan Traulkin 

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