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-47DL #41-18518
Found 28 Sep 2008

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C-47DL #41-18518

On 13 Jul 1943, this aircraft departed Mohanbari, India for Kunming, China.  It was on a routine mission over the Hump.  The aircraft radioed from the vicinity of Sookerating, India for a weather report at Yunnanyi, China.  This radio call was received at 1418 IST.

The aircraft did not arrive in Kunming.  It has not been located and no further information has become available.  Crew and passenger declared dead.  Dead: 4.

  • Pilot: 2nd Lt. Robert D. Coker
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Howard G. Bushey
  • Radio Operator: Cpl. Walter A. Hynes
  • Passenger: Capt. Alexander A. St. Clair

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