41-5184           MACR 1371

 

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 crew was:

                                    Pilot                             1stLt John G. Kauffmann                     0-732012

                                    Co-Pilot                       1stLt Walter W.D. Perry                       0-732060

                                    Crew Chief                  MSgt Donald S. Swanson                    6547602

                                    Radio Operator            Pvt Thomas Leslie                               31150054

On 19 May 1945, the Command declared the missing crew dead.

 

KAUFMANN, JOHN G., First Lieutenant, # 0-732012, USAAF

 

John G. Kaufman was born 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, to John George Kauffmann (1899-1929) and Leslie V. (Du Rocher) Ransier nee Kaufmann (1900-1990). Sibling was Betty E. Kaufmann (1921-1921).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Detroit, Michigan, on 24 February 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot 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.

PERRY, WALTER W. DANIEL, First Lieutenant, # 0-732060, USAAF

 

Walter W.D. Perry was born on 5 July 1916 in Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, to Walter Perry (1865-1958) (England) and Mary Ann Perry (1879-1967) (England). Siblings were Constance Dora Perry (1905-1994) (England), Gertrude A. Perry (1906-1994) (England), Mary A. Perry (1908-2007) (England), Sarah D. Maude Perry (1909-2000) (England), Ellen E. Perry (1919-1979) (IL).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the Woodward Governor Co., resided at 719 Woodlawn Ave., Rockford, IL, and described himself as 5’11 ½”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Camp Grant, Illinois on 10 March 1942. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India.