On 18 January 1944, a C-47, 41-19476, assigned 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed Dinjan, India, on food packet drop mission to Burma. It was last seen at about 1137 hours, downed by enemy fighters. All aboard were killed in action.
Pilot Capt. Ferde A. Larson 0-729190 KIA
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Jesse D. Morris 0-684535 KIA
Radio Operator 1stLt Joseph D. Feldman 0-857395 KIA
Drop Crew 1stSgt William (NMI) Seymour 39024032 QMC KIA
Drop Crew Cpl Charles W. Morgan Jr. 33288970 KIA
Drop Crew Capt. James R. Fitzpatrick 0-1285730 KIA
Passenger 2ndLt Thomas R. Riley 0-354389 KIA
Passenger P/M 2ndCls Bernard N. Baumann 329-08-29 USN KIA
A statement by Capt. Donald G Prout, Asst. Operations Officer, said: On 19 January 1944 I went as a passenger on a B-25 to search for four missing planes, one photo ship and our three transports, numbers C-47 41-19476, C-47A 42-100615, and C-47A 42-100696. After finding no trace of the photo ship we proceeded to the area where reports indicated our transports may be located. One village had a message saying a plan was six miles in the direction indicated by an arrow. We looked over the area but found no trace of any of the ships. We were forced to return due to a lack of fuel of escorting fighters.
Last contacted by radio by Cpl Harold J. Peterson, 33276274.