BAIN, CLYDE HOWARD, Staff Sergeant, # 35652115, USAAF
He was born on 31 December 1923 in Avella, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, to James Wilke Bain (1874-1938) (Midlothian, Scotland) and Mary Austelle (Pinkerton) Bain (1880-1934) (married 17 June 1897, Westmoreland Co., PA). Siblings included James Wilke Bain Jr. (1900-1997), Roy Larimer Bain (1909- ), Ruth Anna O. (Bain) Davis (1916- ). His father was a fireman for a coal mine. His sister was a nurse in Salem, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
He enlisted in the USAAF in Huntington, West Virginia, on 22 February 1943. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the Curtiss Aircraft C-46 Commando. He earned his crewman wings, He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, a C-46D-1GK, # 42-96815, assigned to the Combat Cargo task Force,4th Combat Cargo Group, 13th Combat Cargo Squadron, Sylhet, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to the airfield at Sookerating, India. Last radio contact was at 1200Z when it was in or near the Pangshu Pass. Last to contact it was SSgt Vincent Michetti, 12185993, and last to sight it was 1stLt Kenneth E. Ely, 0-735371. 1stLt Ely reported that he was pilot of # 42-101189, which departed Myitkyina, Burma, at 1015Z, 5 Dec. 1944, two minutes behind 42-96815. He landed at Sookerating at 1125Z. The other C-46 was in sight most of the flight. When they reached Pangshu Pass, it was about 1050Z. He was about 5 miles right of course at about 8,500’. The other C-46 was on course and slightly ahead. After flying over the pass, he flew into overhead and lost sight of the other C-46. He had no more contact with Garrett. The C-46 crashed in the Pangsau Pass, India, and the crew perished. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery in Barrackpore, India, his crew and his remains were buried in a common grave (three caskets) in the Mills Springs National Cemetery, Perryville, Kentucky, on 10 August 1949 (Sec. D, Grave 790A & B).
His brother, Roy L. Bain, born 7 December 1909, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 29 October 1942 and was honorably discharged 4 November 1945. He died 9 May 1976 in Pinellas Co., Florida.