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C-46A #41-24708
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This aircraft departed Mohanbari, India at 0423GMT on 31 Jan 1944 for Kunming, China on a routine cargo flight over the Hump.

The route was overcast, with tops over 24,000 ft. Winds were out of the SW and estimated to be 70 mph at 18,000 ft. Approximately 50% of the flight would have been flown on instruments, and further complicated by the high winds.

There is no record of radio contact from this aircraft. The position, cause or nature of this aircraft loss is not known. However, it is believed this crash may have been caused by bad weather, mechanical failure or some kind of sudden catastrophe. The cause of the crash probably happened so fast that the pilot did not have time to send a mayday call. The pilot had made 35 roundtrips on this same route. The aircraft has not been located and the crew has been declared dead. Dead: 4.

View the Crashed Aircraft Site Report

  • Crashsite on green slope in rear-center
  • Wreckage
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  • Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert F. Kearns
  • Radio Operator Pfc. John V. Briggette
  • Flight Engineer Cpl. John W. Sadler
  • Flight Engineer Cpl. John W. Sadler
  • Trekking toward crashsite
  • Valley near crashsite
  • Trekking
  • Guide and Clayton
  • Guides and Clayton
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