42-101234       MACR 14264

 

On 21 March 1945 a C-46D Commando, # 42-101234, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 14th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a tactical mission. It was last seen when it crashed at about 1114 hours IST near coordinates 22° 12’ North & 92° 39’ East. The crew was:

 

                                     Pilot                             2ndLt Lynwood Logan                        0-779909

                                     Co-Pilot                       1stLt Robert E. Claudius                     0-826107

                                     Crew Chief                  TSgt Loren D. Hall                              6658739

                                     Radio Operator            SSgt George J. Hayes                          35364998

 

1stLt William R. King, 0-709219, saw it crash. The crew chief and the radio operator parachuted and returned to duty. The pilots remains were found in the wreckage. 1stLt King reported that he saw the C-46 at 1105 hours, 70 miles east of Dohazari, India. Its right engine was aflame and smoking. The cargo load was jettisoned. After 6 minutes, flames burst from the right engine, trailing about 20 feet. Two parachutes appeared. The C-46 right wing collapsed at the root with the fuselage and fell free. The C-46 nosed toward the ground from 2,000’ and exploded upon impact at about 30 miles east of Dohazari. A C-47 circled the parachutes. A crewman reported that 1stLt Claudius stayed too long and bailed out of the cockpit emergency hatch and was killed by the propeller. The parachute opened but he was dead when he landed. 2ndLt Logan ordered bail out and rang the jump bell. He was unable to bail out.

A note reads: “G.J. Hayes, 3356 Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis, IN.”

LOGAN, LYNWOOD WESLEY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-779909, USAAF

 

Lynwood W. Logan was born on 13 August 1923 in Gonzales Co., Texas, to Ernest Lynnwood Logan (1883-1970) and Maggie (Raminsky) Logan (1898-1991). Siblings were Martha Louise (Logan) Boehm (1917-2003), Winston Frank Logan (1915-1963), Ella Mae (Logan) Nixon (1926-1914), James Edward Logan (1927-    ), Robert Lee Logan (1930-    ), Johnnie Lanier Logan (1932-    ), Thomas Anderson Logan (1932-1932), Marjorie Dell Logan ( (1934-1934), and Jennie V. Logan (1935-    ). He was married to Bessie Fay (Hinton) Logan.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Southwest Associated Telephone Co., resided in Gonzales, TX, and described himself as 5’6”, 122 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He noted a small scar on his right eyebrow. 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. On 21 March 1945 a C-46D Commando, # 42-101234, assigned to 10th Air Force, Combat Cargo Task Force, 4th Combat Cargo Group, 14th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Chittagong, India, on a tactical mission. It was last seen when it crashed at about 1114 hours IST near coordinates 22° 12’ North & 92° 39’ East. 1stLt William R. King, 0-709219, saw it crash. The crew chief and the radio operator parachuted and returned to duty. The pilots remains were found in the wreckage. 1stLt King reported that he saw the C-46 at 1105 hours, 70 miles east of Dohazari, India. Its right engine was aflame and smoking. The cargo load was jettisoned. After 6 minutes, flames burst from the right engine, trailing about 20 feet. Two parachutes appeared. The C-46 right wing collapsed at the root with the fuselage and fell free. The C-46 nosed toward the ground from 2,000’ and exploded upon impact at about 30 miles east of Dohazari.