On 11 June 1944, C-47A, # 43-15403, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to the map coordinates 22R SC2562, Burma. The aircraft crashed near Kum Gahtawng, Burma. There was one survivor. The crew were:
Pilot 2ndLt Fred A. Crawford 0-737010 KIA
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Leonard R. Colville 0-799537 KIA
Radio Operator Cpl Clarence A. Stowers 16154736 KIA
Drop Crew Tech.5 Harold A. Graham 35366086 KIA
“ Cpl Frank J. Ploski 33353972 KIA
“ Tech.5 Edward Hnizdor 36372600 ALW
Next-of-kin were listed as:
Crawford Mrs Julia E Crawford, mother, RR # 2, E. 4th St. Rd., Seymour, IN
Colville Mrs Cora H Colville, mother, 211 Woodrow Ave, Chattanooga, TN
Stowers Mr Clarence W Stowers, father, 721 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Graham Mrs Vera Graham, mother, Burrows, IN
Ploski Mrs Veronica Ploski, mother, 32 Morgan St, Plymouth, PA
Hnizdor Mrs Bessie Hnizdor, mother, 2125 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
A radiogram was reeived from Forward Echelon Combat Hqrs on 13 June 1944 (paraphrased): The C-47A crashed and burned at about 0700 hours local. Parts of five bodies were found. One survivor with broken shoulder and internal injuries. All bodies buried near trail. The wounded survivor was Technician 5th Grade Hnizdor.