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.

C-109 #44-49628
Found 22 Oct 2007

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C-109 #44-49628

This aircraft departed Jorhat, India enroute to Chengtu, China on 17 Jul 1945 at approx. 0230 IST.  They had instrument clearance on Able route.  It was a routine Hump cargo flight hauling 100 octane aviation gasoline to the Chengtu area.

A received position report put the aircraft over Pathalipam at 8,000 ft.  There were no further radio contacts with this aircraft.  No replies were received in response to all queries sent. The aircraft disappeared somewhere on the Hump and was declared missing as of 17 Jul 1945.  A concentrated search was conducted to no avail, and the search was abandoned on 17 Aug 1945.  In view of the complete absence of information, the cause of the accident remains undetermined.  Crew declared dead.  Dead: 4.

  • Pilot: 1st Lt. Allen R. Turner
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Frederick W. Langhorst
  • Radio Operator: Cpl. Robert L. McAdoo
  • Flight Engineer: Pvt. Joseph I. Natvik

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