Pierson            Dorothy S Pierson, M, Rte 1, Box 183, Vancouver, WA

Worland           Leo F Worland, F, 1429 Hepburn St, Louisville, KY

McDonough    Mary A McDonough, W, Box 698, Charleston, SC

Jacobs, M.        Rebecca Jacobs, M, 402 Hickory St, Buffalo, NY

Statements (all not included in the fold3.com MACR copy) were made by TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs (survivor), TSgt Brenner (search), Flight Surgeon Capt. Austin E. Lamberts, and Intelligence Officer 1stLt. William F. Diebold.

An extract from TSgt Jacobs’ statement was provided and is provided in part:

 

There was a sudden shift of baggage from front to rear. The C-46 seemed to mush, nose up and tail down. He next recalled becoming conscious laying in a bamboo thicket on very steep ground. He had to wrap his arms around bamboo to keep from slipping. When dawn came, he heard copping noises and yelled. Natives cut through the bamboo to him. They left then returned at midmorning and wanted him to get up. He did and wrapped his arms around two natives. With their aid, he walked up a very steep hillside then down into a valley and up another steeper hillside, most along a steep native trail. He saw bodies, C-46 parts and debris as he walked. He saw the body of his tail gunner, SSgt Harlan G. Casper, and recognized the body of TSgt Lawrence Jacobs. He was taken to the wreckage, which was still smoldering. There were more bodies near the C-46 wreckage. He found the unopened navigation kit. He removed photographs of an officer. He later got discouraged and destroyed them.

 

He was found by an American search party. Sgt Brenner helped him ut then returned to the wreckage. Lt. Diebold said they found terrain suitable for an airstrip and would build one. The search produced the high school ring of SSgt Ernest B. Schenck and a cigarette lighter belonging to SSgt F.F. Smith. The airstrip was completed and a Stinson L-5 landed. He was loaded on board and flown out and landed at the Duflagar Tea Estate. He was flown by transport to an airfield then went by ambulance to the hospital.

WEAVER, CECIL ALLEN, Flight Officer, # T-193145, USAAF

 

Cecil A. Weaver was born on 9 June 1915 in Big Spring, Howard Co., Texas, to Tilman Driscoll Weaver (1887-1969) and Charlene B. (Brock) Weaver (1893-1969). Siblings included Ralph Loftin Weaver (1920-1945) and T. D. Weaver (1924-1980).

 

F/O Weaver, before serving in the USAAF, was a civilian instructor at Avenger Field before joining the Air Transport Command in India, died within 2 days of his brother, USAAF Sgt Ralph L. Weaver. Sgt Weaver earned his crewman wings and completed gunner’s training at Kingman, AZ, in 1943, and was a tail gunner on a B-17 whose bomber completed a mission over Germany but crashed in England. Sgt. Weaver was on his second overseas combat tour and had been awarded the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster with the 486th Bomb Group. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Another brother, USAAF TSgt T.D. Weaver, served 18 months as a B-24 crew chief in the SW Pacific and was transferred to the airfield at Muroc, California. After joining the USAAF, his flight experience was put to immediate use flying the C-46. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).