It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. 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).

SMITH, FORMAN F., Staff Sergeant, # 20246146, USAAF

 

Forman F. Smith was born in 1917 in New Jersey to Forman F. Smith Jr. (1883-1936) and Myrtle Ella (Miller) Smith (1893-1960) (married in 1912 in New Jersey). A sister was Theola M. (Smith) Kramer (1919-1974). In 1930 his father was a carpenter. In 1940 Myrtle Smith was widowed.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, Field Artillery, in Trenton, New Jersey, on 27 January 1941 but was activated and transferred to the USAAF. 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. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. 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).

FELD, PHILIP, Technical Sergeant, # 31278351, USAAF

 

Philip Feld was born on 11 February 1923 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Harry Feld (1886-    ) (Russia – immigrated 1906 – naturalized in 1919) and Jennie (Wexler) Feld (1891-1968) (Russia – immigrated 1906 – naturalized in 1919). Siblings included Percy Feld (1908-    ), Isadore Feld (1915-    ), and Shirley Feld (1925-    ). He graduated from Bassick High School.

 

He registered for the WW II draft, residing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 30 June 1942 and described himself as 5’11”, 137 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 6 January 1943. 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. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. 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).