The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. After recovery from India, the indistinguishable remains of three of the crew (Nathanson, Worschak, & Esposito) were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 21 March 1949 (Sec. 15, Grave 72).

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MCDOUGALL, CHARLES S., Major, # 0-407107, USAAF

 

Charles S. McDougall was born on 28 November 1918. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on 27 July 1940. He completed flight school and advance flight schools to pilot the B-25 Mitchell. He was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. His last assignment was to the 47th Air Depot Group, Headquarters Squadron. In India, he was assigned to fly on a B-25 in search of the two missing crews and his B-25 Mitchell crashed in India. Two of five B-25s departed the airfield at Panagarh, India, at 0830 hours, 17 October 1945, for Bangalore, India, to be later scrapped. B-25, # 43-4955, was located, crashed 13 miles from Udayagiri, India. On 23 October 1945, a jeep and 3 officers (Chaplain Capt. Claude T. Ennis, 1stLt Robert Clark, Operations Officer, and 1stLt Jack L. McAnally, Provost Marshal) were sent by C-47 to Vizigapatam, India, for a ground investigation. The aircraft and fragments of the crew but positive identification were made. The remains were given a Christian burial in the Mallikpodi Christian cemetery. This MACR holds numerous pages of Q&A of several witnesses under oath with investigators who recommended disciplinary actions against two officers, including a USAAF Colonel, Group Commander, for dereliction of duty for failing to ensure the aircraft were sufficiently maintained and prepared for flight and manned with sufficient and qualified USAAF personnel, leading the aircraft aloft to be vulnerable to navigational and pilot errors and resulted in crashes and deaths. His B-25 crashed near Udayagiri, Andhra Pardesh, India, during the search. After recovery from the American military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 25 February 1949 (Sec. 34, Grave 4784).