On 8 September 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5184 assigned to 10th Air Force, 29th Transport Group, 301st Transport Squadron (1337th AAF Base Unit), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a return cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The C-46 crashed and was never found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois.

SWANSON, DONALD S., Master Sergeant, # 6547602, USAAF

 

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After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 September 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5184 assigned to 10th Air Force, 29th Transport Group, 301st Transport Squadron (1337th AAF Base Unit), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a return cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The C-46 crashed and was never found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

LESLIE, THOMAS, Private, # 31150054, USAAF

 

Thomas Leslie was born in 1912 in Manchester, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire, to Robert G. Leslie (1878-    ) (Ireland) and Ellen Foster (Clyde) Leslie (1880-    ) (Ireland) (both naturalized in 1919). Siblings were Clarence Leslie (1906-1995) (NH), William Clyde Leslie (1909-1962), Robert Leslie (1912-1972), Lillian M. (Leslie) Swanson (1918-2005).

 

After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 September 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5184 assigned to 10th Air Force, 29th Transport Group, 301st Transport Squadron (1337th AAF Base Unit), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, on a return cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The C-46 crashed and was never found. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.