43-30640         C47

 

On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The crew and passengers were:

 

                                             Pilot                             1stLt Clair L. Newton                          0-1699260

                                             Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Richard K. Foster                      0-767783

                                             Radio Operator            Cpl Stanley L. Pittman                        33302282

                                             Passenger                     1stSgt Alphonse C. Russell                 34100484

                                             “                                  SSgt Johnnie G. Williams                    34060256

                                             “                                  Tech5 Leroy Bray                                34060332

                                             “                                  Tech5 Oneal Rush                               34090279

 

Last radio contact was with SSgt William R. Chattin, 15017744. Chabua airfield Rescue was notified. The next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                                 Newton           Dorothy W Newton, W,40 Knola Ave, Kenmore, NY

                                                 Foster              Sarah N. Nugent, M, 6516 Fry St, Bell, CA

                                                 Williams          Minnie Williams, M, Rte 3, Box 17 Conyers, GA

                                                 Russell             Hattie Turner, M, 624 Bizzell Ave, Mobile, Alabama

                                                 Bray                 Daisy Bray, M, 308 Shoals St, Warrenton, GA

                                                 Rush                Katherine J. Rush, W, Rte 1, Box 82, Galivants Ferry, SC

                                                 Pittman            Gertrude Pittman, M, RFD 2, Sharpsburg, PA

NEWTON, CLAIR LINCOLN, First Lieutenant, # 0-1699260, USAAF

 

Clair L. Newton was born on 30 August 1914 in Carlton, Orleans Co., New York, to Herman Columbia Newton (1889-1930) and Eunice L. (Ives) Newton (1889-1932). He had three siblings: Donald Albert Newton (1911-1996) and two sisters. He married Dorothy Louise Wullenweber (1916-1998).

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The C-47 crashed and all aboard were killed. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.