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.

SHEARER, WALTER ALLEN, Staff Sergeant, # 39827785, USAAF

 

Walter A. Shearer was born 15 December 1907 in Warwick, Lincoln, Oklahoma; one of six children born to Aaron “Azor” Newton Shearer (1854-1925) and Nellie Elizabeth (Baker) Shearer (1869-1965). His siblings included Mercy Glenna Shearer (1894-1931), Belle Shearer (1897-    ), Marshall Shearer (1899-    ), Joseph Dunning Shearer (1901-1988) and Arthur Lee Dwight Shearer (1910-    ). He married Lucille Ruth Arthurs (1918-2001) and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1940 the family lived in Council, Adams, Idaho. On his WW II draft registration card, he described himself as 5’8”, 145 lbs, with gray eyes. He enlisted 12 May 1942 at Boise, Idaho, and said he was separated and without dependents. While noted in the rank of Corporal on the MACR, he has the rank of Staff Sergeant on other documents. During the time he was missing, he received promotions in due course. Trained as an engineer-mechanic for the C-46, he was sent overseas to the 22nd Transport Group, 78th Transport Squadron, and was the engineer 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. 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.