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-47A #42-24360
Found 11 Nov 2003

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C-47A 42-24360
This aircraft departed Yunnanyi, China at 0840 CST for Misamari, India on 02 Nov 1943.  The aircraft was assigned to the Air Transport Command.

No radio contacts were received from the aircraft after its departure from Yunnanyi.  It did not arrive in Misamari and was listed as missing.  The cause of the loss is unknown, as the weather was reportedly good and the aircraft was new.  It’s possible it was brought down by Japanese fighter aircraft operating over the Ft. Hertz Valley in northern Burma.  Japanese fighter aircraft based in Sumprabum, Burma were active in the area.

The ATC search and rescue team at Ft. Hertz, Burma received a report on 09 Oct 1944 about a US aircraft wreck found high in the mountains in northeastern India, just across the border from Burma.  They went to the crash site and identified it as being this aircraft.  All 3 crewmembers were found and identified and their remains were buried at the site.  Dead: 3.

  • Pilot: 1st Lt. John A. Deaux
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Edgar L. Corbiere
  • Radio Operator: Cpl. Paul E. Pakari

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