42-3616

 

On 19 August 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-3616, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Comman, 4328th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transport mission to Chengkung, China and return. The weather report was poor to bad for the route through the Southern Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The crew was:

 

                                            Pilot                             1stLt David A. Devine Jr.                     0-674569

                                            Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Duane E. Gamet                         0-740396

                                            Radio Operator            Cpl Marlin R. Lawton                          38281967

 

A radio contact with the airfield at Chabua was that the C-46A crew was uncertain of its position and was given a heading. No further contact. On 5 September 1944, it was reported that the C-46A crashed, found by a ground search party, and the crew were killed. The search report said: a ground party started into the jungle on 23 August ro check on unidentified aircraft wreckage. On 24 August the party reached the wreck. Capt. Varnhagen flew over the site and pin-pointed the wreckage, dropping food to the ground party. On 26 August, a telephone report was made to the Intelligence Office, Rescue Unit, 1333rd Air Base Unit, by Capt. Varnhagen. The wreckage was found South from Marherita, Assam, India, near a village, Fhangyak, China. The C-46A was identified and serial numbers on parts corroborated the identity. An altitude of 3,500 feet was necessary to clear the ridge where it crashed. Its course was 180º and it crashed into the ridge about 200 yards below the summit. It was accordion compacted and parts scattered for 50 yards. It broke into 3 sections, the nose and one engine were furtherest south; the center section was the fuselage; and, the tail section was north. Two bodies were found driven from the cockpit into the tail and burned. They were in small unidentifiable fragments. No evidence pointed to the third body. It was not found. A .45 caliber pistol (M-1911A), # 898737, was found. A notebook belonging to one of the pilots was found. In it were notes: “Good luck, Dave,” signed “Annise and Davey.” Another: “Hi, My sweetheart. Annise.” Another: “Hello, My Daddy, When are you coming home?” signed, “Davey.”

DEVINE, DAVID ANDREW, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-674569, USAAF

 

David A. Devine, Jr., was born on 14 November 1921 in Kenton, Kentucky, to David A. Devine (1896-1968) and Elsie Marie (Murphy) Runner nee Devine (1904-1985) (married 17 April 1920, Newport, Campbell Co., KY). Siblings included Lavena Marie (Devine) Warner (1929-2003), Martha Y. (Devine) Monnin (1926-2009), and Kathleen Patricia (Devine) Stephenson (1935-1984). Living with them in 1940 was a paternal uncle, Michael Peter Devine (1893-1949). On 25 April 1842, David A. and Elsie Devine resided at 1313 Oakridge Drive, Dayton, Ohio. David A. Devine (Sr.) worked for the Apex Tool Co., Dayton, Ohio. In 1948, David A. Devine (Sr.) resided at 1313 Oakridge Drive, Dayton, Ohio. A point of contact for David A. Devine Jr. was Mrs. C.H. True, Golden Tip Oil Station, Dixie Highway, Erlanger, Kentucky.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 4 April 1942 at Lockbourne USAAF Field, Columbus, Ohio. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight school and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a C-46A, # 42-3616, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Comman, 4328 Air Base Unit, departed the airfield at Misamari, India, on a cargo transport mission to Chengkung, China and return.