41-24693

 

On 17 July 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24693, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 11, Misamari, India, departed Kunming, China, on a cargo mission, returning to the airfield at Misamari, India. The last radio contact was within less than a mile by radio with the airfield at Jorhat, India, at about 0050 IST. The crew was:

                                       Pilot                             Capt. Ralph B. Johnston                      0-412541

                                       Co-Pilot                       FO John I. McCall                               T-121007

                                       Radio Operator            Sgt Chester (NMI) Andrews                16068576

The next-of-kin listed were:

                              Johnston                      Lucille C. Johnston, W, 812 Washington Ave., Montebello, CA

                              McCall                         Ethel Carter, M, Box 13, Tuscola, TX

                              Andrews                      Frances M. Andrews, W, 3342 N. First St., Milwaukee, Wisc.

 

JOHNSTON, RALPH B., Captain, # 0-412541, USAAF

 

There is insufficient data to accurately identify this veteran. Please provide assistance with the contact page. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

MCCALL, JOHN IRVING, Flight Officer, # T-121007, USAAF

 

John I. “Jimmie” McCall was born on 26 January 1920 in Texas to John Thomas McCall (1893-1928) (AR) and Ethel B. (Carter) McCall (1887-1978) (Alabama) (married 28 December 1916, Taylor Co., TX).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF and was appointed a Flight Officer, with a multi-engine rating. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 July 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24693, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 11, Misamari, India, departed Kunming, China, on a cargo mission, returning to the airfield at Misamari, India. The last radio contact was within less than a mile with radio at the airfield at Jorhat, India, at about 0050 IST. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is memorialized in the Tuscola Cemetery, Tuscola, Taylor Co., Texas.

ANDREWS, CHESTER (NMI), Sergeant, # 16068576, USAAF

 

Chester Andrews was born on 14 January 1921 in Armstrong Creek, Forest Co., Wisconsin, to Andrews and Anna Andrews. There is insufficient data to accurately identify this veteran. Please provide assistance with the contact page. He enlisted in the USAAF in Chicago, Illinois, on 5 March 1942, while he resided in Forest Co., Wisconsin. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 and other transport aircraft. He earned his crewman wings. Sent overseas to India, he was assigned to the 1328th AAF Base Unit. On 17 July 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24693, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 11, Misamari, India, departed Kunming, China, on a cargo mission, returning to the airfield at Misamari, India. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin. He was awarded the Air Medal.