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-87 #41-23696
Found 19 Oct 2003

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C87 #41-23696

On 24 Apr 1943, this aircraft departed Yangkai, China at approx. 1400 CST for its homebase in Chabua, India.  It was assigned to the 1333rd AAF Base Unit, 22nd Ferrying Group, 3rd Ferrying Squadron.

There was no radio contact with this aircraft after take-off in Yangkai.  It did not arrive in Chabua and was listed as missing.  Aerial searches commenced immediately and lasted until 26 May 1943.  The aircraft was not located.  The nature of its loss is unknown.  No further information has become available.  Crew was declared dead.  Dead: 5.

  • Pilot: Capt. Jennings H. Mease, Sr.
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Samuel E. Lunday, Jr.
  • Navigator: 2nd Lt. James M. Jeffrey
  • Radio Operator: SSgt. Elwood E. Stevens
  • Flight Engineer: Pvt. Mervyn E. Sims

View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report for C-87 #41-23696

View the Expedition Notes for C-87 #41-23696

View the Memorial Services for Pvt. Mervyn E. Sims


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