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 #42-107259
Found 03 Oct 2008

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C-87 #42-107259

This aircraft departed Yangkai, China on 09 Aug 1943 enroute to Jorhat, India.   It was reported missing in flight.  There was still no news on the fate of this aircraft or its crew as of Dec 1943.  Dead: 5.

  • Pilot: Capt. Tom Perry
  • Co-Pilot: 1st Lt. John T. Tennison
  • Navigator: 2nd Lt. John W. Funk
  • Radio Operator: SSgt. Alvin J. Lenox
  • Crew Chief: Pfc. Donald A. Johnson

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