It was about 5 miles from the Rilengka camp site and at 93° 24’ longitude & 27° 6’ latitude. The party surmised that the C46 was flying west when its right wing hit tall timer. It made a slight left bank and crashed into the mountain. Both wings were torn off and the C46 was scattered for about 200 yards. It burned. Remains (bones) of four bodies were found. A complete set was found near the center of the fuselage with a fatigue cap. Three others were found near the C-46 front. A billfold was found with ID AGO Form for Capt. Prosper V. Terry. A burned .45 cal. M1911 belonging to SSgt. Harold Ruslander was found. The report was copied to the 1327th AAF Base Unit & the 1330th AAF Base Unit. After recovery from the American military cemetery in Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, on 15 December 1949 (Sec. P, Grave 515). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

STERNBAUM, JACOB “JAKE” AARON, First Lieutenant, # 0-672704, USAAF

 

Jacob A. Sternbaum was born 1922 in Ohio to Carl Sternbaum (1888-1954) (Poland) and Mary E. (Yuwiler) Sternbaum (1888-1970). Siblings included Philip David Sternbaum (1914-1988), Ernest Max Sternbaum (1918-    ), Helen Minnie Sternbaum (1921-    ). He graduated from Mansfield High School in 1940. He was reported as a missing Jewish serviceman by his parents.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 March 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools, was multi-engine rated, and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 23 May 1944 a C-46, # 42-107282, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 11, Chabua, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Misamari, India. The C-46 was lost. On 21 November 1944 the 301st Service Group reported: On 2 November 1944 a search party arrived at a political officer’s camp site at Rilengka, the Dafflaghur Hills. On 3 November the 1st aircraft was located. It was identified as the above. ID was made by a vertical stabilizer found in a tree. It was about 5 miles from the Rilengka camp site and at 93° 24’ longitude & 27° 6’ latitude. The party surmised that the C46 was flying west when its right wing hit tall timber. It made a slight left bank and crashed into the mountain. Both wings were torn off and the C46 was scattered for about 200 yards. It burned. Remains (bones) of four bodies were found.