42-96746         C46 (MACR 12311)

 

On 13 February 1945, a C-46A, # 42-96746, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1328th AAF Base Unit in India, departed its home airfield on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China. Last contact was by radio at 1222 Zulu over the QR marker on course. The C-46A crashed and the crew was killed. The crew were:

 

                                               Pilot                             1stLt Ray B. Delamater           0-501460

                                               Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Charles R. Brumigam    0-545342

                                               Radio Operator            Cpl Francis J. Rourke               32890199

 

On 22 February 1945, the 1328th AAF Base Unit reported that the C-46A crashed near Chanyi, China. No next-of-kin list was in the fold3.com file.

DELAMATER, RAY BENTON, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-501460, USAAF

 

Ray B. Delamater Jr. was born on 29 November 1920 in Roundup, Montana, to Ray B. Delmater (1884-1969) (PA) and Isabelle “Belle” Lucile (Morrow) Delmater (1890-1967) (ND) (married 2 December 1914, Erie, Cass Co., ND). Siblings included Robert Delmater (1923-    ). He is a descendant of Revolutionary War soldier Jonas Byham.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 16 February 1942, and described himself as 5’8”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools to flying the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and wings. He was sent overseas to India and assigned to flying across the Himalayas (the Hump) to China and return. On 13 February 1945, a C-46A, # 42-96746, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1328th AAF Base Unit in India, departed its home airfield on a cargo mission to Chanyi, China. Last contact was by radio at 1222 Zulu over the QR marker on course. The C-46A crashed and the crew was killed. On 22 February 1945, the unit reported that the C-46A crashed near Chanyi, China. After recovery from temporary burial, his remains were buried in the Custer National Cemetery, Crow Agency, Big Horn Co., Montana, on 27 October 1947 (Sec. D, Grave 4). He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

BRUMAGIM, CHARLES ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-545342, USAAF

 

Charles R. Brumagim was born on 11 June 1919 in New York to Freeman M. Brumagim (1891-    ) and Mayme A. (Clary) Brumagim (1891-1952) (married 22 January 1917 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY).   Barbara Jane (Brumagim) Simonin (1921-2006). His father resided at 167 Dursion, Amsterdam, New York, and was employed as a Sergeant, U.S. Army, at Madison Barracks, New York, on 2 June 1917. They resided in Syracuse, New York, in 1920.