On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. The last contact was by radio at about 1048 hours with Dinjan ATC radio. The crew and a passenger, who were killed in action, were:
Pilot 2ndLt John E. Butler 0-679992
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Byron W. Myers 0-767617
Engineer Sgt Paul N. Richardson 34571069
Radio Operator SSgt Francis E. O’Leary 20123895
Asst. Engineer Cpl James P. Kelly 19167839
Passenger Pvt Joseph A. Tomarelli 13116060 669th Anti-Aircraft Battery
There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder.
According to the Dinjan radio log, the C-47A was on course at 1048 hrs. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registration. The crew remains were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 82, Graves 58-59).