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