41-24708        C46

 

On 31 January 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24708, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 9, Mahanbari, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crew was:

                                     Pilot                             Capt. Alvin N. Catalano                      0-502756

                                     Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Robert F. Kearns                       0-671934

                                     Radio Operator            PFC John V. Briggette                         35670282

                                     Crew Chief                  Cpl J. W. Sadler                                   34362014

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                Catalano          W, 436 Tupelo St., New Orleans, LA

                                                Kearns             Joan S. Kearns, W, 3703 Ingleside Rd, Shaker Heights, OH

                                                                        John T. Kearns, F, 1572 Main St., East Hartford, CT

                                                Sadler              Myrtle M. Sadler, W, RFD 1, Elbridge, TN

                                                Briggette          Antoinette Briggette, M, 1353 Pascal Ave., Hamilton, OH

CATALANO, ALVIN NICHOLAS, Captain, # 0-502756, USAAF

 

Alvin N. Catalano was born on 21 December 1913 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Nicolo Catalano (1870-1917) (Italy) and Louisa Amelia (Grimaldi) Catalano (1884-1918) (VA). Siblings included Marietta Grimaldi (Catalano) Fos (1905-1989), Leonard Eugene Catalano (1909-1965). Living with them in 1920-1930 were paternal uncle and aunt, Ralph Catalano (1867-1934) and Victorine Marie (Grimaldi) Catalano (1873-1934) and cousins Frank John Baptiste Catalano (1895-1987), John Baptiste Catalano (1897-1967), and Santo Oteri Catalano (1904-1962). He was married to Mary (Dabronich) Catalano (1909-1978). They had two sons.

 

He registered for the WWII draft 16 October 1940, resided at 436 Tupelo, New Orleans, LA, and described himself as 5’7”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He had a scar on his nose. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India and assigned to pilot the C-46 Commando transport. On 31 January 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24708, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 9, Mahanbari, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in Arunachal Pradesh (a state), India. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.