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 #41-23791
Found 16 Oct 2008

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C-87 #41-23791

This aircraft departed its home station at Chabua, India on 09 Apr 1943 on a routine ferrying flight to China.  It was assigned to the Air Transport Command of the 10th Air Force, 1st Ferrying Group, 3rd Ferrying Squadron.

This aircraft simply disappeared while over the Hump.  Numerous attempts were made to contact it, but no replies were received to any of the radio calls.  The aircraft and its crew were never located.  The nature of the loss is undetermined.  Dead: 6.

  • Pilot: Capt. Bobby A. Cook
  • Co-Pilot: 2nd Lt. Marvin Siegal
  • Navigator: 2nd Lt. John P. Falvo
  • Radio Operator: Pvt. Robert L. Looney
  • Flight Engineer: TSgt. Henry C. Jones
  • Passenger: MSgt. Thomas L. Macintosh

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