43-4242 This MACR includes the death of British Major General Charles Ord Wingate
On 24 March 1944, a B-25H, # 43-4242, assigned to 1st Air Commando Squadron, departed the air field at Imphal, India and, at 2030 hours, crashed near Thelon, India. Aboard were crewmen and passengers:
Pilot 1stLt Brian Floyd Hodges 0-433523
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Stephen A. Wanderer 0-681944
Vernon A. McIninch 18117506
James W. Hickey 20811833
Frank Sadoski 6730933
Passengers Major Gen. Charles Orde Wingate British
Capt. George Henry Borrow “
Stanley Wills British War Correspondent
Stewart Emeny “
A C-47, piloted by Capt. R.L. Benjamin, 0-759107, flying from Imphal to Hailankandi, saw an explosion on the ground north of his route – location of fire about 35 miles west of Imphal on course 280º. Bodies were scattered in an area of about 100 yards, badly mangled, a helmet was found similar to that of Maj.Gen. Wingate; identification of bodies was impossible.
Calcutta reported that the body of Major General Orde Charles Wingate, British leader of the legendary Chindits during the war in Burma, had been found in the rough Himalayan foothills near th India-Burmaborder. The famous 39-year-ldGeneral was killed 24 March 1944 in the crash of the B-25 aircraft flown by an American crew. Six Americans and two British war correspondents were reported to have lost their lives in the crash. General Wingate’s remains were found about 40 miles from Imphal by a British Graves Commission accompanied by two Americans from the U.S. Graves Registration Headquarters in Calcutta. The searchers marched several days across the rough terrain to reach the spot. The two Americans were: Sgt. Thomas M. Kauppi, Chicago, IL, and Sgt. Clarence E. Manby, California.