He registered for the draft and described himself as 5’6”, 157 lbs, with blond hair and gray eyes. He enlisted 20 November 1940 and was an aviation cadet on 30 September 1941 and was trained as a navigator and on 14 November 1942, was sent overseas and assigned to the 22nd Transport Group, 78th Transport Squadron, and was navigator of the C-46A when it was lost over the Himalayas. Assigned to the 22nd Transport Group, 78th Transport Squadron, C-46A, # 41-12298, departed Tezpur, India on a mission to Kunming Air Base, China. It was expected to be flying IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) over the Hump because of inclimate weather. It left on 1 July 1943 between 0735 and 1130 hours. Lloyd Marlaire, Flight Officer, made a report regarding the sortie of a C-46A, 41-12295, on the same route at the same time. Flying at 17,500 feet, on instruments, the weather was so poor that at times they could not see the wingtips. At that time, he was 120º from Chabua, India, and about 40 miles out of Chabua. There was a momentary period of exceedingly rough turbulence, not unusual on that route. They landed in Kunming, China. After landing, he noticed that the right wing-tip was damaged and there was a dent on the right top side of the fuselage. The right wing-tip deicer boot O.D. paint on it and the dent indicated that a vertical object struck the plane. It was hypothesized that there had been an accidental collision between the aircraft; by 2ndLt Robert C. Burt, Assistant Operations Officer. No search was possible due to the weather and necessary altitude. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

MIRANDA, THOMAS G., Staff Sergeant, # 32510363, USAAF

 

Thomas G Miranda was born 31 January 1921, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, third from oldest of at least eight children, to Michael Salvatore Miranda (1891-1936) and Margaret “Maggie” (Catapano) Miranda (1896-1986). Siblings include Rose Miranda (1917-2006), Frances Miranda (1919-1994), Joseph Miranda (1922-2009), Concetta Miranda (1925-    ), Michael Miranda (1927-1985), Salvatore Miranda (1928-2006) and Frank Miranda (1929-1932). His father was born in Italy and his mother in New York. His grandparents were all born in Italy.

 

He enlisted 23 September 1942 at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York. Trained as an radio operations for the C-46, he was sent overseas to the 22nd Transport Group, 78th Transport Squadron, and was the radio operator for the C-46A when it was lost over the Himalayas. Assigned to the 22nd Transport Group, 78th Transport Squadron, C-46A, # 41-12298, departed Tezpur, India on a mission to Kunming Air Base, China. It was expected to be flying IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) over the Hump because of inclimate weather. 

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