41-38702 C-47

 

On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed. All aboard were killed. They were:

                                         Pilot                             1stLt Lyndon O. Raff                           0-729234

                                         Co-Pilot                       FO Rudolph S. Withers Jr.                   T-185799

                                         Navigator                    2ndLt William H. Southcott Jr.             0-465619

                                         Crew Chief                  Sgt Paul L. Box                                    18053814

                                         Radio Operator            SSgt Walter (NMI) Haut                      12137086

                                         Drop Crew                  SSgt Adrian Phillips                             39526351

                                           “                                  Cpl Max K. Hall                                 37330745

                                           “                                  Cpl Stanley O. Rigney                        35466367

                                           “                                  PFC Anthony J. Montisano                20547589

The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found “it crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-drafts. There were no survivors. An investigation by ground was requested. Fire consumed all but the wing tips and the tail. Adjutant Capt. Coy T. Sevier wrote that the transport approached due West following the valley into the field and began to climb but an engine failed. The pilot banked left sharply to his left. The left wing hit trees which caused the C-47 to swing and fall into the jungle. An observer noticed an engine burst on several seconds before the crash. A ground team reached the crash site but could do little because of intense heat from burning gas. No survivors were found. Eight bodies were found in the wreckage but were unidentifiable. The bodies were buried at the crash site and marked.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                       Raff                 Nina B. Raff, W, 1762 Englewood Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

                                       Withers            Rudolph S. Withers, F, 1230 Willow Branch Ave., Jacksonville, FL

                                       Southcott         Ruth McInnes Southcott, M, 333 E. 18th St., Jacksonville, FL

                                       Box                  Lizah W. Box, F, #11 N. Broadway, Cleveland, OK

                                       Haut                Freida Haut, M, S. Huntington Terrace, Howard, NJ

                                       Phillips            Iris A. Phillips, M, 332 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA

                                       Hall                 Charles E. Hall, F, Silt, CO

                                       Rigney             Mattie Rigney, M, Liberty, KY

                                       Montisano       Jenny Montisano, M, 331 Cole Ave., Akron, OH