On 23 May 1944 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 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. Its crew was:
Pilot Capt. Prosper V. Terry 0-793459
Co-Pilot 1stLt Jake A. Sternbaum 0-672704
Crew Chief SSgt Harold Ruslander 20236617
Passenger Capt. Thomas F. Ruckelshaus 0-914672
On 23 November 1944, the unit changed their MIA status to deceased.
The next-of-kin listed were:
Terry Mary A. Terry, M, 2079 62nd St., Brooklyn, NY
Ruckelshaus Virginia H. Ruckelshaus, Ambassador Hotel, East Chicago, IN
Sternbaum Mary Sternbaum, M, 169 Vale Ave., Mansfield, OH
Ruslander Fred Ruslander, F, 5301 Fair Oaks St., Pittsburgh, PA
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 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.