On 14 December 1944, the Li Su tribesmen informed Burma Road Engineers they had found a crashed aircraft. The engineers were guided to the wreckage, at which they arrived at 1130 hours, 17 December 1944. It was atop a ridge at the Burma-China border, about 20 miles west of Tantza-pa and 30 miles north of Tahow Wang, Yunnan, China. The C-47A was completely demolished, parts strewn up the ridge for about 600’ from impact. The bodies of 23 Chinese Army soldiers were found in the wreckage. Removal of the decomposed American remains was impracticable due to their condition and the mountainous terrain. The dead crewmen had been ripped of all personal belongings -wrist watches, wallets, money belts, and identification (dog tags). The crash investigator located 1stLt Clegg’s briefcase with insurance papers, a 201 file, a carbon copy of 2ndLt Bolton’s will, and a few letters from TSgt Windishman’s family. The crewmens’ status was changed from missing to killed in action on 29 December 1944. After recovery of the crew’s remains, burial was in a common grave (two caskets with four remains) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 19 November 1947 (Sec. 80, Grave 4).

 

His father, born 21 December 1891 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, enlisted in the U.S. Army 15 December 1917 and was honorably discharged 24 March 1919. A Sergeant First Class, # 1757403, he served with the field artillery, Battery C. He died on 28 October 1946 and is buried in the V.A. cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.

WINDISHMAN, JOSEPH J., Technical Sergeant, # 16132283, USAAF

 

Joseph J. Windishman was born in 1922 in Wisconsin to Joseph (Josef) Windishman (1878-1936) (Rudolfswerth, Austria – arrived 1902) and Josephine (Bitenz) Windishman (1885-1971) (Potok, Austria – arrived 1906). Siblings included Stephanie (Windishman) Vodicnik (1917-    ), Bertha Mary (Windishman) Dahms (1920-2007), Josephine Windishman (1925-1977). Living with them in 1930 was a first cousin, Jennie Windishman (1899-    ). In 1932, they lived at 1434 S. 66th St., West Allis, Wisconsin.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 15 October 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and repair of the mechanical parts of the C-47 Skytrain (engineer) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, C-47A, # 43-15698, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a mission to Kunming, China. Burma Road combat engineers walked to the jungle area where the C-47A, # 43-15698, 10th Air Force, crashed. On 14 December 1944, the Li Su tribesmen informed Burma Road Engineers they had found a crashed aircraft. The engineers were guided to the wreckage, at which they arrived at 1130 hours, 17 December 1944. It was atop a ridge at the Burma-China border, about 20 miles west of Tantza-pa and 30 miles north of Tahow Wang, Yunnan, China. The C-47A was completely demolished, parts strewn up the ridge for about 600’ from impact. The bodies of 23 Chinese Army soldiers were found in the wreckage. Removal of the decomposed American remains was impracticable due to their condition and the mountainous terrain. The dead crewmen had been ripped of all personal belongings -wrist watches, wallets, money belts, and identification (dog tags).