43-48634         C47

 

On 27 October 1944, a C-47B Skytrain, # 43-48634, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Ledo, India, on a routine flight to Myitkyina, Burma. It crashed enroute at map coordinates NR5554. The crew and a passenger were:

 

                                               Pilot                             2ndLt Werner A. Kriese                      0-706065

                                               Co-Pilot                       Capt. Franklin W. Seelig                      0-322319

                                               Radio Operator            Cpl Robert C. Fetzer                           16045540

                                               Passenger                     Pvt Alexander Krolikowski                  36291614

                                                                                    Hqs Co., Engineers Div. 2, Pipeline – Ledo, India

 

All were killed in the crash. Last contact by radio was with Cpl. Lester J. Phillips, 31120129. A C-64 of the 443rd Troop Carrier Group, was dispatched to the area of the crash. The crashed plane was identified as a C-47 with large yellow tail markings such as the one missing. The “political agent” for the area, Mr. Walker, reported that it will take 3 days to reach the crash after the search party is rganized. 1stLt Rueben C. Zirbel, 0-745775, Operations Officer, is in charge of the search.

 

1stLt Guy E. Tadlock, Assistant Operations Officer, reported that he was climbing on a course west of Digboi Mountain. He saw a large fire and black smoke. He changed course and identified the fire as a burning aircraft. He sent a message to “Tapleak” at Ledo Air Base and gave the location. He circled until a UC64-A, 43-5321, arrived and located the fire, then proceeded to his destination.

 

The next-of-kin listed were:

 

                                              Seelig               Beth E. Seelig, W, 2311 Lothrop Ave, Detroit, Mich.

                                              Kriese              Betty W. Kriese, W, 23023 Melrose St, East Detroit, Mich.

                                              Fetzer              Jane L. Fetzer, W, Rte 2, Otsego, Mich.

                                              Krolikowski     Angeline Krolikowski, M, 3433 A – North 5th St, Milwaukee, Wisc.

KRIESE, WERNER A., Second Lieutenant, # 0-706065, USAAF

 

Werner A. Kriese was born on 30 July 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, to Alfonse August Kriese (1889-1946) (Lodz, Poland) and Juliana H. M. “Julia” (Kauk) Kriese (1885-    ) (Croatia). Siblings included Ruth Kriese (1909-    ), Martha Kriese (1912-1999), and Harold Kriese (1915-1916). He was married to Billy Jean “Betty” (Witzling) (1923-1993) and they had a daughter.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 27 October 1944, a C-47B, # 43-48634, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Ledo, India, on a routine flight to Myitkyina, Burma. It crashed enroute at map coordinates NR5554. All were killed in the crash.