WYATT, JOHN W., Private, # 17068468, USAAF

 

Accurate data identifying this veteran and his family to properly honor themn was not found. Please provide assistance and information through the contact page. After enlisting the USAAF, he was trained to maintain the mechanical systems (crew chief, engineer) on the C-47 Skytrain. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24634, assigned to 1st Transport Group, 3rd Transport Squadron (Station 6), departed the airfield at Chabau, India, at 1027 Zulu for Kunming, China, on a cargo mission (Wolmite & 4 mail pouches) on its return flight to Chabau, India, flying through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed enroute. It was about 2 hours out of Kunming, China, in the vicinity of Pimau, Burma, when it was caught in a downdraft (windshear) between mountain ridges, it rapidly lost altitude from 23,000’ to the height of the mountains it was flying through (13,000’). The pilot was unable to climb and fearing a crash, the crew was ordered to throw out the cargo and bail out. Natives at the crash site there were scattered portions of human remains of two bodies which indicated the pilot and MSgt Houghton were in the C-46 when it crashed.