42-101119                   MACR 14389

 

On 29 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-101119, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, on a return cargo mission to Sookerating through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crew was:

                                                   Pilot                             1stLt Alex Sabo                       0-535719

                                                   Co-Pilot                       FO Harry Goodman                T-187002

                                                   Radio Operator            Cpl Edgar L. Bowdoin            34511191

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                           Sabo                Dan Sabo, F, P.O. Box 76, Heller, PA

                                                           Goodman        Ethel Goodman, M, 541 N. 8th St., Lebanon, PA

                                                           Bowdoin          Robert R. Bowdoin, F, RFD 1, Coffeesprings, Alabama

SABO, ALEX, First Lieutenant, #0-535719, USAAF

 

Alex “Alec” Sabo was born on 22 March 1910 in South Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania to Daniel Sabo (1885-1969) (Hungary) and Anna (Kovacs) Sabo (1890-1960). Siblings were Dano Sabo Jr. (1908-    ), William Sabo (1913-1988), Margaret Sabo (1914-    ), Rudolph Sabo (1917-    ) , John Sabo (1919-1999).

 

He registered for the USAAF draft on 16 October 1940, resided in rural Hiller, PA, and described himself as 6’, 185 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was multi-engine rated to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India and assigned to fly to and from China across the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). On 29 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-101119, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), Sookerating, India, departed the airfield at Chanyi, China, on a return cargo mission to Sookerating through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed enroute. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

 

His brother, John Sabo, born 13 December 1919, served in the U.S. Army, # 6943060, from 31 January 1942 to 9 February 1946 (overseas 7 June 1945 to 4 February 1946). He died 30 July 1999 and is buried in the Saint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, Leckrone, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania.

GOODMAN, HARRY, Flight Officer, # T-187002, USAAF

 

Harry Goodman was born on 23 January 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, to Max Goodman (1885-1943) and Ethel (Rome) Goodman (1886-    ) (both born in Russia – naturalized). Siblings were Irvin Goodman (1919-    ) (IL), Estelle (Goodman) Farbstein (1920-1999) (IL), and Edward Goodman (1925-    ) (PA). His father was a teacher in 1940. He was recorded as a missing Jewish serviceman by his father.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at 541 W. 8th St., Lebanon, Lebanon Co., PA, and described himself as 5’5”, 135 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. After enlisting on 23 June 1941, he was appointed a Flight Officer and ttrained to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his pilot wings and was sent overseas to India.