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 #42-73242
Found 04 Jan 2011

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B-24J #42-73242

On 25 Jan 1944, this aircraft departed Kunming, China for Chabua, India on a routine ferrying mission.  The aircraft was assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Squadron.

The aircraft never arrived in Chabua.  The cause of the crash and its whereabouts is unknown.  Dead: 12.

  • Pilot: Maj. Harry H. Musinski
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer
  • Navigator: 2nd Lt. John B. Frazier
  • Bombardier: 2nd Lt. George R. Maupin
  • Radio Operator: TSgt. Joseph P. Kurta
  • Asst. Radio Operator: SSgt. Donah L. Adams
  • Flight Engineer: TSgt. Wellington W. Hull
  • Asst. Flight Engineer: SSgt. John W. Karns
  • Passenger: 1st Lt. Charles P. Mortimer
  • Passenger: TSgt. Jack R. Ferguson
  • Passenger: TSgt. Edward W. Higgins
  • Passenger: SSgt. Robert O. Watson

View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report for B-24J #42-73242

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