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 #41-18556 a.k.a. CNAC #60
Found 29 Sep 2011

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C-47DL #41-18556 a.k.a. CNAC #60

This CNAC aircraft was enroute from Kunming, China to Dinjan, India on 17 Nov 1942. It was on a routine mission over the Hump back to its homebase.

The aircraft was loaded with tin billets in Kunming for transport to India.  Kunming tower notified pilot that there was an incoming attack by Japanese aircraft, and pilot should quickly depart to prevent his aircraft from being destroyed or damaged in the impending attack.  The aircraft hurriedly departed Kunming before the cargo of tin billets could be completely secured.

On Able route, about 1 hr. out from Kunming and slightly SE of Likiang, the aircraft was already icing badly.  Pilot, John Dean, radioed Kunming-bound CNAC pilot Robbie Robertson that #60 was icing badly and asked Robertson about weather on the more southerly Charlie route that Robertson had just flown.  Robertson replied he experienced no icing on Charlie route and saw no Japanese aircraft.  This was the last known radio contact with #60.

The aircraft did not arrive in Dinjan and was reported as Missing in Flight.  No trace of this aircraft or its crew has been found.  Dead: 3.

  • Pilot: John J. Dean
  • Co-Pilot: James S. Browne
  • Radio Operator: K.L. Yang

View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report for C-47DL #41-18556 a.k.a. CNAC #60

View the C47DL #41-18556 a.k.a. CNAC #60 ID Reference

View the article The Last Flight of CNAC #60


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