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 #43-15398
Found 23 Nov 2010

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C-47A #43-15398

This aircraft departed Lalmanirhat, India on 25 May 1944 for Chabua, India on a routine cargo run.  This was an Air Transport Command aircraft assigned to Karachi and with an ATC crew aboard.

The aircraft did not arrive in Chabua, and no distress calls were received from the crew.  The weather was very poor that day along its route, with scattered thunderstorms, low clouds and occasional zero visibility being reported. The last report on this aircraft states it is still missing in flight and the crew is presumed dead.  Dead: 3.

  • Pilot: 1st Lt. John S. Gordon
  • Co-Pilot: F/O Russell A. Brown
  • Radio Operator: Pfc. James C. Mohn

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