41-12307         MACR 1079

 

On 27 October 1943 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-12307, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 377th Transport Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The crew was:

                                            Pilot                             F/O Marion C. Thomas                        T-60219

                                            Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Dale D. Syfert                            0-672002

                                            Radio Operator            SSgt Frazier W. Albers                        13049440

                                            Asst. Radio Operator   Cpl Ralph D. Christian                        37333012

                                            Crew Chief                  PFC John D. McCarty                         39452062

The pilot (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’. The next-of-kin were:

                                            Thomas           Mary B. Crabb, A, Eminence, KY

                                            Syfert               Margaret N. Syfert, W, 2837 Northwest 17th St., Oklahoma City, OK

                                            Albers              Cornelia York, S, 1210 First St., Neptune Beach, FL

                                                                     Lt.J.G. Albers, B, 2811 33rd St., San Diego CA

                                            Christian          Otto J. Christian, F, Box 293, LaSalle, CO

                                            McCarty           Marguerite McCarty, M, 834 E. Alder, Walla Walla, WA

 

THOMAS, MARION CRABB, Flight Officer, # T-60219, USAAF

 

Marion C. Thomas was born on 27 July 1922 in Henry Co., Kentucky, to Scott Thomas (Unknown) and Mary Belle (Crabb) Thomas (1903-1993). He attended the University of Kentucky. In 1920, his mother was living with her grandparents. In 1930 he was living with his maternal great-grandmother, Martha “Mattie” O. (Rowland) Crabb (1853-1930) and his mother, Mary Belle Crabb (1880-1948). His great-grandfather was Andrew “Andy” Samuel Crabb (1949-1923).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on 9 October 1940, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his (appointment as a Flight Officer) and then his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1943 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 41-12307, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 377th Transport Squadron, Chabua, India, departed the airfield at Yunnanyi, China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chabua, India. The pilot, F.O. Marion C. Thomas, (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’. He was separated 13 April 1946. He re-entered the USAF 27 August 1948 and was separated 24 June 1952. He re-entered the USAF 7 August 1952 and was separated 31 December 1965.  His C-46 Commando was shot down by five Japanese Zeroes. He survived in the jungle four days until he was picked up by local natives who assisted him in getting to Burma and then to his base in Chauba, India. The pilot, F.O. Marion C. Thomas, (promoted to First Lieutenant, 0-169668) survived the crash in the northern part of Burma at about 13,000’.