43-17162         MACR 14316

 

On 21 April 1945 a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, # 43-17162, assigned 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield on a flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1855 IST over Bhamo, Burma. The crew was:

 

                                          Pilot                             1stLt Dwight L. Irvine                           0-802400

                                          Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Merrill Hoyle                              0-833114

                                          Radio Operator            SSgt Glenn E. Marshall                        18052749

                                          Crew Chief                  Pvt Clyde W. Whispell                          33619110

 

For a search, the 1352nd AAF Base Unit was notified. On 25 April 1945 the 1345th AAF Base Unit (Bengal) receive notice that wreckage was spotted 3 miles west of Sinbo, Burma. Natives found four bodies in the wreckage. An aircraft was sent to the scene and reported that the wreckage was completely burned except the tail section, on which “162” was visible. Natives brought in an identification tag of SSgt Marshall, a wristwatch identified as 2ndLt Hoyles, an identification bracelet of 2ndLt Hoyle, and a .45 cal. M1911 pistol, issued to 1stLt Irvine. Nothing was recovered from the body of Pvt. Whispell.

IRVINE, DWIGHT LLOYD, First Lieutenant, # 0-802400, USAAF

 

Dwight L. Irvine was born on 17 September 1916 in Los Angeles, California, to Earl Clinton Irvine (1887-1942) and Grace (Turner) Irvine (1894-1918). Siblings were Edgar Turner Irvine (1920-2014) and Marjorie H. (Irvine) Giles (1925-    ). He graduated from Shaler Township High School.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, a student at Louisiana Tech, resided on RFD 4, Anderson Rd, Sharpsburg, Allegheny Co., PA, and described himself as 5’9”, 162 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He enlisted (enlisted svc # 19079385) in the USAAF on 14 April 1942. 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 21 April 1945 a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, # 43-17162, assigned 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield on a flight through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact by radio was at about 1855 IST over Bhamo, Burma. For a search, the 1352nd AAF Base Unit was notified. On 25 April 1945 the 1345th AAF Base Unit (Bengal) receive notice that wreckage was spotted 3 miles west of Sinbo, Burma. Natives found four bodies in the wreckage. An aircraft was sent to the scene and reported that the wreckage was completely burned except the tail section, on which “162” was visible. Natives brought in an identification tag of SSgt Marshall, a wristwatch identified as 2ndLt Hoyles, an identification bracelet of 2ndLt Hoyle, and a .45 cal. M1911 pistol, issued to 1stLt Irvine. Nothing was recovered from the body of Pvt. Whispell. After recovery from Burma and India, his remains were buried in the Mars Cemetery, Mars, Butler Co., Pennsylvania.

 

His brother, Edgar T. Irvine, born 22 January 1920, served in the U.S. Army, Lieutenant, from 16 October 1941. He died 3 September 2014 and is buried in the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles Co., California.