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C-47DL #41-18556 a.k.a. CNAC #60
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This CNAC aircraft was enroute from Kunming, China to Dinjan, India on 17 Nov 1942. It was a routine flight over the Hump to its homebase. The aircraft was loaded with tin billets at Kunming for transport back to India.

About 1 hr out from Kunming, and slightly SE of Likiang on the Able route, pilot John Dean told eastbound CNAC pilot Robbie Robertson that #60 was icing badly. Robertson had just come through from India on the more southerly Charlie course, and responded to Dean that he experienced no icing and saw no Japs on his route. This was the last known radio contact with #60.

CNAC #60 is reported as Missing in Flight. No trace of this aircraft or crew has been found. Pilot John Dean was a former Flying Tiger. Dead: 3.

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  • Pilot John J. Dean
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  • Co-pilot James S. Brown
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