It was last heard from near Ledo, India, at about 0730 hours. The crashed aircraft was reached at 1345 hours, 17 November 1944, by an Air Jungle Rescue Unit ground search party, 10th Air Force. It was located at 140º from Auche, Burma, at 25º 37’ North & 97º 2 ½’ East (map coord. SC7274). Four crew and two passengers aboard at time of crash. The body of 1stLt Ralph Austin Burson, 0-1551813, 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, was not found and he is categorized MIA. His remains were recovered and buried in the Sudan Cemetery, Sudan, Lamb Co., Texas.

BERGER, MORRIS S., Corporal, # 12151145, USAAF

 

He was born on 30 November 1921 in Bronx, New York, New York. His father was Louis Berger, His mother was Yetta P. (Sonnenblick) Berger, 2007 Union St., Brooklyn, New York (married 1911). She recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 7 October 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the C-47 and earned his crewman wings. He was assigned to 10th Air Force in India. On 9 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-933767, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combar Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, at 0630 hours on a cargo mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last heard from near Ledo, India, at about 0730 hours. The crashed aircraft was reached at 1345 hours, 17 November 1944, by an Air Jungle Rescue Unit ground search party, 10th Air Force. It was located at 140º from Auche, Burma, at 25º 37’ North & 97º 2 ½’ East (map coord. SC7274). Four crew and two passengers aboard at time of crash. The body of 1stLt Ralph Austin Burson, 0-1551813, 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, was not found and he is categorized MIA. His remains were recovered and buried in the Harbor Lawn-Mount Olive Memorial Park, Costa Mesa, California.