43-49646         MACR 16032

 

On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. The crew and passengers were:

                                  Pilot                             1stLt Ray S. Kaufman                          0-818687

                                  Co-Pilot                       Capt. Wendell W. Wyman                    0-411750

                                  Crew Chief                  TSgt Charles B. Daniel Jr.                    15118047

                                  Radio Operator            SSgt Donald G. Bonnell                      14200087

                                  Passenger                     SSgt Robert F. Van Gordon                 37469144

                                  Passenger                     Cpl Mitchell A. Papciak                       36442655

The next-of-kin were listed as:

                                      Wyman            Ruth E. Wyman, W, Wilton, Maine

                                      Daniel              Mallie Daniel, M, Horsepen, VA

                                      Van Gordon    Corda Van Gordon, M, 322 E. 12th St., Grand Island, NE

                                      Bonnell            Jessie R. Bonnell, F, 517 Chesterfield Ave., Nashville, TN

                                      Papciak                        Mary Papciak, M, 614 N. Sixth St., East St. Louis, IL

                                      Kaufman         Amos K. Kaufman, F, 3241 Loran Rd, San Gabriel, CA

 

KAUFMAN, RAY SWARR, Captain, # 0-818687. USAAF

 

Ray S. Kaufman was born on 31 August 1923 in California to Amos Kreider Kaufman (1878-1968) (PA) and Mary (Swarr) Kaufman (1885-1950) (PA). Sibling was Leo Swarr Kaufman (1910-1961) (PA). He attended South Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student, resided at 3241 Lorain Rd, San Gabriel, CA, and described himself as 6’2”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 11 January 1943, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. It crashed enroute and all were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.

 

His brother, Leo S. Kaufman, born 23 March 1910, was inducted on 1 April 1941, commissioned in the U.S. Army on 5 November 1942 and was honorably separated 13 December 1945; First Lieutenant, # 01172947, Third Army, 103rd Division, 382 Field Artillery, Battery C. He died 10 May 1961 and is buried in the Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.