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-53 #42-6479 a.k.a. RAF #MA929
Found 25 Dec 2017

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C-53 #42-6479

This aircraft was assigned to the 31st Squadron RAF at Palam, India.  Information about the aircraft loss is limited and conflicting.  Aviation Safety Network reports the aircraft departed Dinjan, India for Fort Hertz, Burma at 1330 hrs. on 31 Jan 1943.  The aircraft failed to arrive at its destination and has not been located.  It was reportedly last seen by a Hudson pilot at 1400 hrs., flying at 7,000 ft. near Kamku, India and heading for Fort Hertz.  However, this may have been an erroneous sighting because the crash site was found approx. 60 mi. NNW of Kamku.  The C-47 reference book, The First Seventy Years by Jennifer Gradidge, reports the aircraft as missing in flight on 27 Jan 1943 while enroute from Tezpur, India to Dinjan, India.  Either flight route could plausibly explain the crash site location.  Dead: 6.

  • 1st Pilot: F/O Hugh John Munro Campbell MiD RAAF
  • 2nd Pilot: F/Sgt. John Orson Nicholls RAFVF
  • W.Op./Air Gunr: W/O Kenneth Ross Phelps RAAF
  • W.Op./Air Gunr: W/O2 Joseph Jean Jacques Fernand Casaubon RCAF
  • Fitter llE: AC1 Thomas Gladstone Williamson RAFVF
  • Passenger: F/Lt. Norman Lee Baugh MC RAF

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