UC 45 Exspeditor Beechcraft

UC-45E Beachcraft Expeditor  S/N 43-33285

The Incident:

For unknown reason the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. Source indicates that the aircraft came down near Camp Baker. (Location is not confirmed). The aircraft sustained severe damage.

The Crew:

The pilot Clair William A and his passengers survived.

The Aircraft:

Mfg. Beach Aircraft Corporation
Type: UC-45E Trainer and Utility Aircraft
S/N: 43-33285 C/N 4782
Operator: USAAF 342 Composite Group Head Quarters. 33285 was used for training and utility operations.

Detales on Aircraft: Wikipedia, YouTube

Source: USAAF Loss list

After repair and modification to Model 18 in March 1947, 33285 was sold to Flugfélag Íslands “Icelandair”. On September 25, 1947, 33285 crashed at take off on island Heimaey 15 miles south of Iceland. The crew and passengers survived.