41-12409         MACR 1105

 

On 1 November 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12409, assigned to 10th Air Force, 30th Troop Carrier Group, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Yunnanyi, China. The C-46 crashed and has not been found. The crew was:

                                        Pilot                             1stLt Wilbrod J. LePine                        0-481100

                                        Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Clarence A. Alkire                     0-740326

                                        Crew Chief                  Sgt Millard H. Sorenson                       16132312

                                        Radio Operator            Cpl William F. Masek                          37461798

The next-of-kin were:

                                           LePine             Helen E. LePine, W, 194 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY

                                           Alkire              Jo Ann Alkire, W, 550 ? Ave., Columbus, OH

                                           Sorenson          Christina Sorenson, M, Box 6, ?aring, Wisc.

                                           Masek              Josephine R. Masek, M, RFD 2, David City, NE

 

LEPINE, WILBROD J., First Lieutenant, # 0-481100, USAAF

 

Wilbrod J. LePine was born 1911 in New York to Theophile Wilbrod LePine (1877-1919) and Emilie Anna (Major) LePine (1876-1959) (married 1 January 1900, Jackson, MO). Siblings were Gerald John LePine (1901-1980), Donald A. LePine (1902-1970), Anne Marie LePine (1909-    ), and Emilie Jean (LePine) Hanna (1913-2004). He was married to Helen Elizabeth (Engert) Fischer nee LePine (1920-1986) on 20 February 1939 in Rochester, New York. They had a son, George Wilbrod LePine (1939-2013). Living with them in 1910 was a maternal uncle, Arthur S. Major (1878-    ). Living with them in 1915 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, was his maternal grandfather, Joseph Major (1958-    ).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, 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 1 November 1943 a C-46A Commando, # 41-12409, assigned to 10th Air Force, 30th Troop Carrier Group, Mohanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Yunnanyi, China. The C-46 crashed in Burma and has not been found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Gerald J. LePine, born 14 March 1901, served in the New York National Guard from 1 December 1919 to 29 June 1925. He was assigned to the 101st Cavalry, Co. F. He died August 1980.