43-47003         MACR 14892

 

On 31 August 1945 a C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 43-47003, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, returning to Chabua, India, from a cargo mission, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The aircraft crashed about ten miles southwest of Pathalipan, India, enroute, was located by the 1352nd AAF Base Unit (Jungle Rescue) on 15 September 1945 but, the crew was killed. A ground search party reached the crash on 7 October 1945 and all three crewmen were found in the wreckage. They were buried at the crash site. The crew was:

                                         Pilot                             2ndLt Arthur H. Rogers                        0-2059911

                                         Co-Pilot                       FO Clyde C. Finley                               T-4898

                                         Radio Operator            TSgt Donald (NM) Frega                     36636182

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                  Rogers                         John D. Rogers, F, Blanding, UT

                                                  Finley                          Clyde C. Finley, F, 707 E. Elm St., Missouri Valley, IA

                                                  Frega                           Lena Frega, M, 116 Highland Ave., Elmhurst, DuPage Co., IL

 

ROGERS, ARTHUR HURST, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2059911, USAAF

 

Arhur H. Rogers was born on 6 June 1922 in Blanding, San Juan Co., Utah, to John David Rogers (1892-1982) and Luella May (Hurst) Rogers (1897-1990) (married 15 December 1915, Salt Lake, UT). Siblings were Milton David Rogers (1920-2012) and Helen (Rogers) Redd (1918-2015).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 31 August 1945 a C-46A Commando, “Stork,” # 43-47003, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, departed the airfield at Kunming, China, returning to Chabua, India, from a cargo mission, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The aircraft crashed about ten miles southwest of Pathalipan, India, enroute, was located by the 1352nd AAF Base Unit (Jungle Rescue) on 15 September 1945 but, the crew was killed. A ground search party reached the crash on 7 October 1945 and all three crewmen were found in the wreckage. They were buried at the crash site. After recovery from overseas, the remains of the crew (Rogers, Finley & Frega - indistinguishable) were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska, on 30 August 1949 (Sec. R, Grave 18).