From 10th Combat Cargo Squadron commander to 10th Air Force, dated 12 December 1944: The demolished C-47A was found on 7 November 1944 by a ground party from Headquar-ters, Air Jungle Rescue Unit, Tingkawk Sakan, Burma. The C-47 was completely demolished from the center of the fuselage to the nose. The tail was intact, and the serial number was plainly visible. The rest was gutted by fire. “The pilot, co-pilot and engineer were burned to the point of near cremation.” Nothing was found of the radio operator, Cpl. Maurice P. McKay. A map in the MACR file shows that the crash was just North of the Thi Seingon River between the villages of We ban and Kweindwa, near a tributary of the Seingon River. It was off course, probably taking evasive action from a threat. The remains were indistinguishable from one another, upon and after recovery from Burma and the India Airfield cemetery, so a group burial was arranged in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 79, Grave 362). The family placed a memorial marker in the Sunrise Burial Park, Faitlawn, Pulaski Co., Virginia.

REUSCH, RICHARD ULRICH, Second Lieutenant, # 0-768668, USAAF

 

Richard U. Reusch was born on 15 October 1921 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota, to Jacob Joseph Reusch (1883-1929) and Ann Rosalie “Annie” (Ulrich) Reusch (1887-1939). Siblings included Mary Ethel (Reusch) Schwankl (1912-1997), John Joseph “Jack” Reusch (1914-2011), and William Paul Reusch (1917-1989). He attended Central High School (Tri Hi-Y) and the University of Minnesota (Sigma Alpha Epsilon).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 30 January 1943. He was selected for flight training in the USAAF and completed basic flight school then advanced instruction. He was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. After a too-brief leave at home, he was sent overseas to India. On 10 October 1944, a C-47 A, # 43-15812, “Frivolous Sal,” assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 10th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a secret mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last contacted by radio on departure from Warzup, Burma, with Cpl. Clarence H. Newcomb, # 33297100, and its destination from Warzup was Myitkyina. It was on a combat mission. Its cargo was unknown to clerical staff. From 10th Combat Cargo Squadron commander to 10th Air Force, dated 12 December 1944: The demolished C-47A was found on 7 November 1944 by a ground party from Headquarters, Air Jungle Rescue Unit, Tingkawk Sakan, Burma. The C-47 was completely demolished from the center of the fuselage to the nose. The tail was intact, and the serial number was plainly visible. The rest was gutted by fire. “The pilot, co-pilot and engineer were burned to the point of near cremation.” Nothing was found of the radio operator, Cpl. Maurice P. McKay.