42-107300       C46

 

On 20 October 1944, a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 42-107300, assigned to 20th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a routine flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump), returning to Sookerating, India. The last contact was in the vicinity of Ledo, India, at about 0021 hours. The crew were:

 

                                           Pilot                             Capt. William T. Leonard                     0-502004

                                           Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Frederick W. Vail III                 0-680812

                                           Engineer                      Cpl Morris C. Glaze                            19146146

                                           Radio Operator            Cpl Nels G. Jensen                              14097564

 

A rescue search unit reported finding the crashed C-46 with all crewmen killed on 28 October 1944, at about 25 miles SW of Shingbwiyang, Burma, and about 6 miles East of Ramnu, Burma. All crewmen were identified by dog tags and the pilot by an ID bracelet. There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder.

LEONARD, WILLIAM T., Captain, # 0-502004, USAAF

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 October 1944, a C-46, # 42-107300, assigned to 20th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a routive flight, returning to Sookerating, India. The last contact was in the vicinity of Ledo, India, at about 0021 hours. A rescue search unit reported finding the crashed C-46 with all crewmen killed on 28 October 1944, at about 25 miles SW of Shingbwiyang, Burma, and about 6 miles East of Ramnu, Burma. All crewmen were identified by dog tags and the pilot by an ID bracelet. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.

VAIL, FREDERICK WILMOT, III, Second Lieutenant, # 0-680812, USAAF

 

Frederick W. Vail III was born n 1923 in New York to Frederick W. Vail Jr. (1893-1961) and Catherine Ann C. “Nan” (Beugler) Vail (1898-    ). Siblings included Hugh Beugler Vail (1919-1994) and Katherine “Kate” Bowne Vail (1920-1999) Living with themin 1930 was his paternal grandfather, Frederick W. Vail (1862-1934) and his maternal grandfather, Hugh McCollum Beugler (1872-1939) (both widowed). Membership in Sons of the American Revolution was granted through Hugh’s mother’s family, Catherine Ellen McCollum (Hugh M. McCollum 1817-1890; Ehpraim McCollum, 1765-1830; John McCollum – dates unk, wife Ann Smith, 1743-1830).

 

Adter enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 20 October 1944, a C-46, # 42-107300, assigned to 20th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a routive flight, returning to Sookerating, India. The last contact was in the vicinity of Ledo, India, at about 0021 hours.