43-15370         MACR 10909

 

On 7 January 1945 a C-47A, “Princess Jeannie,” # 43-15370, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Shingbwiyang, Burma, departed the airfield on an combat air supply mission to “694.” It was monsoon season and visibility was poor. It was last contacted by radio when near 50° course 25 miles from Myitkyina, 25° 37’ North & 97° 40’ East. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. 10th AF Jungle Rescue Unit, 1333rd AAF Base Unit were notified after contact was lost. The MACR file includes 2 map pages. The crew was:

                                           Pilot                             1stLt Neil R. Collier Jr.                          0-815589

                                           Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Raymond C. Fry Jr.                     0-721689

                                           Radio Operator            Cpl Jimmie L. Stribling                        18242280

                                           Drop crew                   Cpl Carl K. Fischer                                36362418

                                            “                                  Tech.5th Archie Kuhn                           39832072

                                            “                                  Tech.5th Paul D. Lowery                      20547804

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                      Collier              Pauline L. Collier, M, 24 Gray Gardens West, Cambridge, Mass.

                                      Fry                   Alice H. Fry, M, 735 N. Denning St., Piqua, OH

                                      Stribling           Ova I. Stribling, M, Box 198, Wirt, OK

                                      Fischer             Henry F. Fischer, F, 1502 Shirland Ave., South Beloit, IL

                                      Kuhn               Pauline H. Kuhn, M, Rte 1, Payette, Idaho

                                      Lowery            Ela Lowery, M, 22 Wiltshire Rd, Fairlawn, OH

COLLIER, NEIL REX, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-815589, USAAF

 

Neil R. Collier Jr. was born on 11 October 1921 in Clarendon, Arlington Co., Virginia, to Neil R. Collier (1897-1978) and Pauline Lillian (Palmer) Collier (1901-1984). Siblings were Elaine Collier (1920-1925), William Lee Collier (1923-2000), and Jack Wayne Collier (1930-1999). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal grandmother, Lilly Dale (Barnes) Palmer (1856-1946), widow of William Henry Palmer (1848-1922)

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by the British Purchasing Commission, resided at 4774 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, and described himself as 5’11”, 145 lbs, with brwn hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his forehead. 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 7 January 1945 a C-47A, “Princess Jeannie,” # 43-15370, assigned 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, Shingbwiyang, Burma, departed the airfield on a combat air supply mission to “694.” It was monsoon season and visibility was poor. It was last contacted by radio when near 50° course 25 miles from Myitkyina, 25° 37’ North & 97° 40’ East. The C-47 crashed and the crew was killed. 10th AF Jungle Rescue Unit, 1333rd AAF Base Unit were notified after contact was lost. The MACR file includes 2 map pages. After recovery, the indistinguishable remains of crewmen Collier, Fry, Lowery, Fischer, Kuhn and Stribling, were buried in a group ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 16 August 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4972-4973).