Historical Note: The text within this post is an excerpt from the original Army Air Corps or USAAF accident report that was filed shortly after the aircraft disappeared.  These archival reports were typically the Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) or Report of Major Accident.  The reports frequently stated the crash site was believed to be “unrecoverable” or “all but impossible to recover”, due to the very remote and rugged terrain where the aircraft crashed.  Employing the services of local tribal guides, I was able to reach and document this crash site.  Without exception, all the sites were very difficult to reach, often involving many days of trekking from the nearest road and multiple river crossings.

B-24J #42-100184
Found 07 Dec 2010

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On 25 May 1944, this B-24 aircraft of the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, departed Yangkai, China for Chabua, India.  It was a routine ferrying mission.

The aircraft reported being 30 min. E of Chabua.  This was the last radio contact received from the aircraft.  Due to the mountainous terrain where the aircraft was probably lost, it’s believed that even if the aircraft were located, it would be all but impossible to recover the remains of the crew and passengers.  The crew were declared dead as of 26 May 1945.  Dead: 10.

  • Pilot: 1st Lt. Robert M. King
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. John B. Byron
  • Navigator: 1st Lt. Eugene L. Bernstein
  • Radio Operator: TSgt. John J. Regan
  • Flight Engineer: TSgt. Robert R. Riley
  • Gunner: SSgt. Garland J. Reed
  • Gunner: SSgt. Earl L. Smith
  • Passenger: Capt. Thomas H. Clare
  • Passenger: SSgt. Raymond J. Bridge
  • Passenger: Cpl. Merle L. Pickup

View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report for B-24J #42-100184

The recovery of this crash site has been generously sponsored by the Chinese American community.


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