His brother, Lee R. Lowery, born 26 March 1925, served in the U.S. Navy from 22 March 1943 to 9 December 1946. He died 12 September 2003 and is buried in the Hillside Memorial Park, Akron, Summit Co., Ohio. He served on the U.S.S. PC-600, Seaman 2nd Class & SF2C, # 2852285. The U.S.S. PC-600 was a patrol craft and submarine chaser.

43-15789

 

On 22 April 1945 a C-47A, “The Jerk,” # 43-15789, assigned 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield at Lashio, Burma, on an evacuation mission. At 0820 IST, the C-47 was about 10 miles from Lashio, Burma, on a course of 360°. The crew was:

 

Pilot                             2ndLt Leilan Albright                          0-764161

Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Ross O. Russell                         0-778958

Radio Operator            Cpl John W. Horner                            14161110

Passengers: an unknown number of Chinese troops manifested at Lashio, Burma.

 

The wreckage was found 10 miles from Lashio. The C-47 had crashed and burned. Eight bodies had been found and 6 identified as Chinese and the other 2 as Americans. The 3rd was not yet found and identification issues result in not knowing which American is missing. A crash investigation was begun 25 April 1945. The pilot flew into the mountain with power and on instruments. The C-47 hit with the right wing first and in a 3-4 degree bank. On 1st impact, he lost his right wing, propeller, and tail assembly. The fuselage continued further and inverted about 180 yards from the mountain top. It burned on impact and only covered about 30 square yards.

ALBRIGHT, LEILAN GLEN, Second Lieutenant, # 0-764161, USAAF

 

Leilan G. Albright was born in 1918 in Madera Co., California, to Ira Leo Albright (1888-1942) IN) and Opal L. (Glidden) Albright (1896-1972) (KS). Siblings Nolan Everett Albright (1915-1990), Ernest Glidden Albright (1922-2010), Marilyn Jean Albright (1930-    ), and Lucille Elaine Albright (1935-1994).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and was assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 22 April 1945 a C-47A, “The Jerk,” # 43-15789, assigned 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Warazup, Burma, departed the airfield at Lashio, Burma, on an evacuation mission. At 0820 IST, the C-47 was about 10 miles from Lashio, Burma, on a course of 360°. The wreckage was found 10 miles from Lashio. The C-47 had crashed and burned. Eight bodies had been found and 6 identified as Chinese and the other 2 as Americans. The 3rd was not yet found and identification issues result in not knowing which American is missing. A crash investigation was begun 25 April 1945. The pilot flew into the mountain with power and on instruments.