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.
Found 24 Nov 2010
On 05 June 1945, this aircraft departed Dum Dum, India at 1243 Z on a shuttle flight to Jorhat, India.
The only radio contact from the aircraft was a position report transmitted at 1415 Z. The crew reported its position at that time as S of Lalmanirhat and at 5,000 ft. altitude.
The aircraft never arrived in Jorhat. Dead: 7.
- Pilot: Capt. Earl E. Cunningham
- Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. John J. Besone
- Radio Operator: Cpl. Morris Adoff
- Flight Engineer: SSgt. Murdoch M. McLaughlin
- Asst. Flight Engineer: Pfc. Charles Perkel
- Passenger: Capt. Lloyd F. Melichar
- Passenger: Pfc. John Barto
View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report for C-47A #41-38746.
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