42-107282       C46

 

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.

TERRY (TERRANAVA), PROSPER V., Captain, # 0-793459, USAAF

 

Prosper V. Terry was born on 24 February 1916 in Saint Johnsville, Montgomery Co., New York, to Carmine Terranava (Terry) (1888-1938) and Mary (Napolean) Terranava (1895-1978) (married in 1910, NJ). Siblings included Joseph Alfred Terranava (1911-1990), Victor Terranava (1911-1993) and Virginia (Terranava) Wilson (1912-1996). Living with them in 1920 were his cousins: Lewis Napoleon (1909-    ), Victor Napoleon (1911-1993), Mary Napoleon (1912-    ), Pauline Napoleon (1914-2001), with his paternal uncle, Luciano Terranava (1896-    ) and his maternal grandmother, Mary Napolean (1863-    ) (widowed).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in New York, New York, on 12 January 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.