41-38746         C47

 

On 5 June 1945, a C-47A, # 41-38746, assigned to Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, India, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Dum Dum, India, on an air resupply cargo mission, eventually to land at the airfield at Jorhat, India. It never landed. Those on board were:

 

                                               Pilot                             Capt. Earl E. Cunningham                   0-739737

                                               Co-Pilot                       1stLt John J. Besone                            0-519121

                                               Radio Operator            CPL Morris Adoff                               32879914

                                               Engineer                      PFC Charlie (NMI) Perkel                   12159512

                                               “                                  SSgt Murdoch M. McLauchlin             34319567

                                               Passenger                     Capt Lloyd F. Melichar                        0-484311

                                               Passenger                     PFC John Barto                                   15354011

No next-of-kin list was with the fold3.com (MACR) file.

CUNNINGHAM, EARL E., Captain, # 0-739737, USAAF

 

Earl R. Cunningham was born on 20 March 1922 in Kansas to Carl Eugene Cunningham (1899-1977) (Hartford, KS) and Madge Helen (Foster) Cunningham (1905-1989) (MO). A sister was Betty Lou Cunningham (1926-    ). His father was a real estate broker in 1940. On 23 October 1949 the family resided at 5111 Verona St., Los Angeles, California.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 30 March 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to fly the C-47 Skytrain transport and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 June 1945, a C-47A, # 41-38746, assigned to Air Transport Command, Assam Wing, India, B Squadron, departed the airfield at Dum Dum, India, on an air resupply cargo mission, eventually to land at the airfield at Jorhat, India. It never landed. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.