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.