This aircraft departed Mohanbari, India at 0423 GMT on 31 Jan 1944 for Kunming, China on a routine cargo flight over the Hump.
The route was overcast with cloud tops above 24,000 ft. Winds were out of the SW and estimated to be 70 mph at 18,000 ft. About 50% of the flight would have been flown on instruments and was further complicated by high winds.
There is no record of radio contact from the aircraft. The last known position, cause or nature of the aircraft loss is not known. It is believed the crash may have been caused by bad weather, mechanical failure or a sudden catastrophic event. The cause of the crash was probably so sudden and so severe that the pilot didn’t have time to radio a mayday call. The pilot had made 35 roundtrips on this route. The aircraft has not been found and the crew has been declared dead. Dead: 4.
- Pilot: Capt. Alvin Catalano
- Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Robert F. Kearns
- Radio Operator: Pfc. John W. Briggette
- Flight Engineer: Cpl. John W. Sadler
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