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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