41-24750         C46

 

On 21 September 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24750, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, Mohanbari, India, departed Kunming China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) returning to Mohanbari, India. Last contact was at 2215 Zulu over Chabua airfield at 9,000’. The crew was:

                                              Pilot                             1stLt Robert N. Perry                          0-737634

                                              Co-Pilot                       2ndLt James B, Hagen                        0-776288

                                              Radio Operator            Sgt Theodore L. Charny                     32590853

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                         Perry                Sadie Esther Isham, M, Middleton, Mich.

                                                         Hagen              Glenn A. Hagen, F, Waterville, IA

                                                         Charny             Jacob Charny, F, 282 Redmond St., New Brunswick, NJ

 

PERRY, ROBERT N., First Lieutenant, # 0-737634, USAAF

 

Robert N. Perry was born in 1920 in Michigan to Thomas Lorne Perry (1879-1932) and Sarah “Sadie” Esther (Humphrey) Isham nee Perry (1884-1973). Siblings included Dorothy Perry (1905-1912), Beulah Perry (1907-1923), Margret Perry (1913-1913), Everett Lorne Perry (1915-1982) and Glen Cecil Perry (1916-1971).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Selfridge Field, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, on 16 March 1942. 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 21 September 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24750, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1332nd AAF Base Unit, Mohanbari, India, departed Kunming China, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) returning to Mohanbari, India. Last contact was at 2215 Zulu over Chabua airfield at 9,000’. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. A memorial marker was placed in the Riverside Cemetery, Alma, Gratiot Co., Michigan. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.