41-7797           C47

 

On 6 January 1945, a C-47A, # 41-7797, assigned to Air Transport Command, India Wing, 1326th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Dum Dum Air Base, India, for Chabua, India, on a cargo flight and check ride. The last radio contact with the C-47A was Jorhat, India, at about 2150 IST. The crew were:

                                                Pilot                             1stLt Paul L. Updyke                           0-791987

                                                Check Pilot                  2ndLt Harrison G. McDonald Jr          0-740233

                                                Co-Pilot                       F/O Donald W. Mangino                    T-224469

 

It was confirmed on 29 March 1945 that a ground search party had located the crashed and burned C-47A. Recovery included Lt. McDonald’s ID tag. Found was a box owned by Capt. Andrews, O.S.S. Unit, Detachment 202. On 3 April 1945 a Graves Registration team visited the scene of the wreckage of the C-47A and recovered the remains of the crew for temporary burial in the airfield cemetery at Jorhat Air Base, India. On 26 April 1945, the ATC received the identified remains of the crew.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                              Updyke            Phyllis W Updyke, W, RFD 3, Huntingdon, PA

                                              McDonald       Harrison B McDonald, F, 1040 S. San Gabriel Blvd, Pasadena, CA

                                              Mangino          Miss Josephine Mangino, S, 374 W. 2nd St, Bound Brook, NJ

UPDYKE, PAUL LARUE, First Lieutenant, # 0-791987, USAAF

 

Paul L. Updyke was born on 8 March 1918 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, to Joseph I. Updyke (1875-1959) and Stella (Hartman) Updyke (1888-1941). Siblings included Gilbert Updyke (1912-1982), Louise Updyke (1916-    ). Through Emaline Updyke (1874-1909), half siblings included Helen Updyke (1892-    ), Harry W. Updyke (1896-1964), Winifred Updyke (1898-    ), and an infant (1917). He graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1937. He graduated from Juaniata College in 1938. He was married to Phyllis (Lanntzer) Updyke (1917-2004) and they had a son.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940, a student at Juaniata College, and described himself as 5’11”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pennsylvania on 6 September 1942. He completed aviation training through advanced flights schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. It was confirmed on 29 March 1945 that a ground search party had located the crashed and burned C-47A. Recovery included Lt. McDonald’s ID tag. Found was a box owned by Capt. Andrews, O.S.S. Unit, Detachment 202. On 3 April 1945 a Graves Registration team visited the scene of the wreckage of the C-47A and recovered the remains of the crew for temporary burial in the airfield cemetery at Jorhat Air Base, India. On 26 April 1945, Graves Registration turned over the identified remains of the crew to the Air Transport Command. After recovery from India, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 8 June 1948 (Sec. 12, Grave 3722.

 

His brother, Gilbert S. Updyke, born 28 August 1912, enlisted at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, in the U.S. Army on 30 December 1942, # 33568110, and served to 2 March 1946. He died on 23December 1982 and is buried in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.