On 8 September 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-61054, assigned to 20th Air Force, 2nd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Kalaikunda, India, for a cargo transportation mission to Chengtu, China. The last contact was by radio at about 0240 hours with Station Lalmanier Hat, in China. The crew were:
Pilot 1stLt David D. Haydon 0-486488
Co-Pilot F/O Francis D. Johnson T-187041
Radio Operator Sgt Charles R. Cooper 39280924
Crew Chief (Eng.) SSgt Okie R. Venable Jr. 14139480
Asst. Crew Chief Cpl Paul L. Kenney 11089665
The next-of-kin were listed as:
Haydon Sylvia C. Haydon, W, 349 Perry St – c/o Mrs Ruth Joy, Buffalo, NY
Johnson Ethel J Venson, M, 60 Willard St, Malden, Mass.
Venable Lottie W Venable, M, RRte 3, Jefferson, GA
Cooper Pauline L Newfer, S, 423 E 82nd St, Los Angeles, CA
Kenney Nora M Kenney, W, 60 N Beacon St, Watertown, Mass.