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-46A #41-24717
Found 27 Oct 2007

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C-46A #41-24717

On 24 Mar 1944, this aircraft was on a cargo mission from Chabua, India to Ondal, India via Tezpur.  The pilot was given night instrument clearance from Chabua to Ondal.  There was light to moderate thunderstorm activity with ground fog and intermittent hail along the entire route, with heaviest storm activity in the Tezpur and Misamari area.

The aircraft crashed enroute, killing all the crew.  Cause of crash is undetermined.  Dead: 4.

  • Pilot: 1st Lt. Richard S. Austin
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Joe O. Hudgins
  • Radio Operator: Cpl. Giles Q. Stevens
  • Flight Engineer: Cpl. Arnold B. Stavinoha

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