42-3597

 

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

RINTOUL, THOMAS CUTHBERTSON, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-799256, USAAF

 

Thomas C. Rintoul Jr. was born on 16 November 1921 in Motherwell, Scotland, to Thomas C. Rintoul (1890-1964) and Janet (Cuthbertson) Rintoul (1889-    ) (Scotland) (married 28 December 1917, Scotland). Siblings included William Rintoul (1918-    ). He was a naturalized citizen. On 5 August 1946 he married Roberta B. Hanna in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.

 

He enlisted n the USAAF on 28 March 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was trained as a pilot and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was overseas from 11 December 1943 through 3 July 1944. On 25 April 1944, a C-46A, # 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 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. He separated from the USAAF on 4 February 1947. He died 28 February 2013.

 

His father, born 5 October 1890, served in the British Royal Army, 6th Cameronians, a Sergeant, # 3237081, trained to use the Vickers machinegun, Redford Infantry Barracks, from 2 February 1911 – 26 February 1916. During WW I he was in France 1915-1916. He was wounded in action 15/16 June 1915. He received the 1914-15 Star. He also served with the 6th Scottish Rifles. He reenlisted 30 May 1921 to 29 August 1922.