42-3671           C46

 

On 12 March 1945, a C-46A, # 42-3671, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, at 1440 hours IST for Chanyi, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). Last contact was with air traffic control at Chabua airfield, India, while over Sadiya, India, at about 1500 hours IST. The crew were:

 

                                       Pilot                  1stLt William S. Sanders                      0-514822         KIA

                                       Co-Pilot            2ndLt Lyle F. Green                              0-2058791       KIA

                                       Radio                Sgt Alex Levinsky                                 33271694        RTD 16 March 1945

                                       2nd Radio         SSgt Ben F. Hughes Jr.                          14033507        RTD 16 March 1945

 

The two pilots were found deceased at the crash scene on 27 March 1945 and were buried in the airfield cemetery at Ledo, India. No next-of-kin list was included in the fold3.com file.

SANDERS, WILLIAM S., First Lieutenant, # 0-514822, USAAF

 

William S. Sanders was born on 19 November 1919 in Terrell, Kaufman Co., Texas, to Sidney Coy Sanders (1897-1965) and Ruby Jewel (Gardner) Sanders (1898-1961). He completed one year of college. In 1935-1940, they lived in Waco, McClellan Co., Texas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Texas. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 March 1945, a C-46A, # 42-3671, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1337th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, at 1440 hours IST for Chanyi, China. Last contact was with air traffic control at Chabua airfield, India, while over Sadiya, India, at about 1500 hours IST. The two pilots were found deceased at the crash scene on 27 March 1945 and were buried in the airfield cemetery at Ledo, India. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Kailakunda, India, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 4 February 1949 (Sec. M, Grave 140). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

GREEN, LYLE FRANCIS, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2058791, USAAF

 

Lyle F. Green was born on 31 August 1923 in Ramsey, Minnesota, to Lyle John Green (1898-1947) (Minn.) and Mary Concordia (Froehle) Green (1898-1981) (Iowa). Siblings included Mabel R. (Green) Siemons (1927-    ), Mildred Frances Green (1928-    ), Frances Mary (Green) Sayre (1929-2011), Paul Marvin Green (1934-1987), and Patricia A. (Green) Nelson (1940-    ).