WWII: AirCrash Detectives (2014): S01E04 – Death on the Great Plains: Naper 28


A documentary series looking at the causes behind catastrophic accidents and training crash incidents during World War Two.


03 August 1944 – a C-47 transport plane, with a crew of four, is ferrying 24 trainee P-47 fighter pilots from Nebraska to South Dakotan for advanced training. The pilot is forced to try and find a way through a wide storm front as the weather conditions conspire against him. But the plane is engulthed in a violent storm. There is a lightning flash and witnesses see the aircraft plummet to the ground killing all 28 passengers and crew onboard. This was one of the worse single US plane crashes of the war, but the exact cause of the crash was never fully determined. This season finale follows the work of ex-Korean War pilot David Hughs as he pieces together the clues and evidence to reveal a horrific accident where the power of Mother Nature was no match for a WWII era plane.

WWII: Air Crash Detectives Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 2014.
  • Running Time: 44 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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