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C-47A #42-24360
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On 02 Nov 1943, this aircraft departed Yunnanyi, China at 0840 for Misamari, India. It was assigned to the Air Transport Command.

No radio contacts were received from aircraft after its departure from Yunnanyi. Airplane did not arrive in Misamari, and it was listed as missing. The cause of the loss is unknown, as the weather was reportedly good and the airplane was new. This ship might have been brought down by Jap fighter aircraft operating over northern Burma.

On 09 Oct 1944, the ATC search and rescue team at Ft. Hertz, Burma heard about a US plane wreckage being found high in the mountains NW of the Burma border. They went to the site and identified it as being this aircraft. All 3 crewmembers were found and identified, and their remains were buried at the site. Dead: 3.

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  • Crashsite on L. shore of lake
  • Wreckage
  • Wreckage
  • Wreckage
  • Pilot 2nd Lt. John A. Deaux, Jr.
  • Pilot 2nd Lt. John A. Deaux, Jr.
  • Radio Operator Cpl. Paul E. Pakari
  • Clayton crossing hanging bridge in northern Burma
  • Clayton in northern Burma
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