41-12406         MACR 1488

 

On 20 December 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12406, assigned to 10th Air Force, Mohanbari, India, departed on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengkeng, China. The crew was:

                                          Pilot                             2ndLt Harold E. Greenberg                  0-796686

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt William R. White                       0-796253

                                          Radio Operator            Pvt Russel E. Stanley                           32404305

                                          Crew Chief                  PFC George C. Osborn Jr.                   34396150

The next-of-kin were:

                                 Greenberg        Joseph Greenberg, F, 7101 9th St. Northwest, Washington, D.C.

                                 White               William P. White, F, 1900 Portage Ave., Birmingham, Alabama

                                 Stanley             Claude M. Stanley, B, 3001 Fernside Blvd, Alameda, CA

                                 Osborn            Mary R. Osborn, M, Rte 1, Bear Creek, Alabama

GREENBERG, HAROLD ELLIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-796686, USAAF

 

Harold E. Greenberg was born on 22 February 1920 in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Joseph Andrew Greenberg (1891-1966) (Galicia, Austria) and Rae (Levin) Greenberg (1895-1940) (D.C.) (married 25 December 1913, Washington, D.C.). He attended Central High School, D.C. A sibling was Robert Milton Greenberg (1916-2009). He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, employed by the U.S. Treasury Department, resided at 7101 Ninth St. NW, Washington, D.C., and described himself as 5’11”, 150 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He noted that he had a small scar over the bridge of his nose. He enlisted in the USAAF in Washington, D.C., on 23 January 1942. 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 commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 December 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12406, assigned to 10th Air Force, Mohanbari, India, departed on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Chengkeng, China. The C-46 crashed and has not been found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Dr. Robert M. Greenberg, Ph.D. (Psychiatrist), born 24 October 1916, served in the U.S. Navy, Commander, during WWII and Korea, from 1942 to at least 1953. He founded the Jewish War Veterans organization to honor his brother. He died 7 March 2009 and is buried in the King David Memorial Gardens, Fairfax Co., Virginia.

Dr. Robert M. Greenberg