42-61067

 

On 17 September 1944, a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 42-61067, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th AAF Base Unit, at Misamari, India, on a cargo mission, departed an advance airfield at Chanyi, China, returning to Misamari, India, in a cargo mission. It was presumed to have crashed into mountains and the last contact was at 1413Z while between Shingdwiyang, Burma, and Jorhat, India. The crew were:

                                              Pilot                             1stLt Charles M. Adams                      0-500355

                                              Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Robert W. Tinsley                     0-1696784

                                              Radio Operator            Pvt Andrew E. Rajnic                          33014255

The wreckage was found at an altitude of 11,000’, at 28º 15’ North & 94º 23’ East, near Kayi Ligok, India, on 24 January 1945. The location and nature of the terrain in Arunachal Pradesh, India, made it impossible to reach the wreckage. The wreckage was located a second time in 2009 but no remains were recovered.

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                            Adams             E. Adams, M, 112 Knight Ave., Collingswood, NJ

                                                                    Katherine Adams, W, 200 N. 36h St, Camden, NJ

                                            Tinsley             Mrs Robert W. Tinsle, W, Box 235, North Bessemer, PA

                                            Rajnic              Theresa R. Hook, M, 159 First St, Coaldale, PA

ADAMS, CHARLES M., First Lieutenant, # 0-500355, USAAF

 

Charles M. Adams was born on 17 July 1919 in Camden, Camden Co., New Jersey to Clinton Adams (1891-   ) (NJ) and Mary Edith (Kechner) Adams (1898-    ) (PA) (married 1918). He had a sister, Mabel Adams (1929-    ). He was married to Katherine (1920-    ). In 1940 his father worked as a W.P.A. foreman. They lived with his maternal grandparents in 1940: Charles Franklin Kechner (1868-1929) (PA) and Mabel Fraley (Lentz) Kechner (1872-    ) (MO) (married 1890, Philadelphia, PA).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 5 August 1942 at Moody Field, Valdosta, Georgia. He completed flight instruction at various schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 17 September 1944, a C-46A, # 42-61067, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, 1328th AAF Base Unit, at Misamari, India, on a cargo mission, departed an advance airfield at Chanyi, China, returning to Misamari, India, in a cargo mission. It was presumed to have crashed into mountains and the last contact was at 1413Z while between Shingdwiyang, Burma, and Jorhat, India. The wreckage was found at an altitude of 11,000’, at 28º 15’ North & 94º 23’ East, near Kayi Ligok, India, on 24 January 1945. The location and nature of the terrain in Arunachal Pradesh, India, made it impossible to reach the wreckage. The wreckage was located a second time in 2009 but no remains were recovered. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.