On 25 April 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-3597, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, Station 11, departed the airfield at Chittagong, Burma, on a cargo transport mission to Supam, India.
The crew were:
Pilot 2ndLt Thomas C. Rintoul Jr. 0-799256
Co-Pilot 2ndLt David M. Nichols 0-438310
Engineer Cpl John D. Howard 18160157
Radio Operator PFC Paul M. Witt 37225339
The unarmed C-46 was attacked by enemy aircraft and shot down. The pilot bailed out and suffered a broken left leg and minor injuries and found on 28 April 1944. On 29 April 1944, the pilot was enroute to the 112th Station Hospital, Kailakundai, for treatment. When the crashed C-46 was located, the three deceased crew members were found.
The next-of-kin was listed as:
Nichols James R Nichols, F, Bolton Farm, Rte 1, Wittman, MD
Emily A Nichols, W, 1227 S. 21st St, Birmingham, Alabama
Rintoul Janet C Rintoul, M, 71 Mainsgate St. Ingram, Pittsburgh, PA
Witt John M Witt, F, RFD 2, Saint Joseph, MO
Howard Susie Howard, M, Gen. Del., Turkey Ford, OK