43-49657 MACR 12028
On 7 February 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49675, assigned 14th Air Force, ATC, 1342 AAF Base Unit, departed Hsian, China, on a flight to Kunming, China, and the C-47B crashed, killing the pilot, co-pilot and the Chinese troops on board. Both were buried by the Chinese west-southwest of Tiengo (24° 55’ North & 107° 15’ East). Dr. Austin and PFC Robie survived bailing out. Maj. Gregory and 2ndLt Young were buried at Tien Ho by the Chinese 100 miles southwest of Ho Chih.. The crew and passengers were:
Pilot Maj. Carrol D. Gregory 0-521574
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Ralph R. Young 0-550952
Radio Operator PFC Raymond J. Robie 39564730
Flight Surgeon Capt. Dr. George M. Austin 0-461426
Passengers: 35 Chinese soldiers.
Dr. Austin’s 3-page report is interesting and is included on the fold3.com MACR web pages. He said, in part: Maj. Gregory told them to get chutes on (because the radio compress bearing seemed in accuate) [The enemy used radio frequency jamming]. They were at an altitude of 23,000 feet. At 9:15 Maj. Gregory ordered bail out. Dr. Austin thought the left engine was on fire. It started to spin to the left which made it hard to get to the door to get out. He spun while dropping and hit on his back 1/3 of the way up the mountain. He did not hear the crash. The cloud layed extended to where he hit. 10 days later he heard the radio operatot got out. In the dark, he heard two mountain lions roaring at each other nearby. Natives guided him for days to the village called Tiengo, China, then to an American outpost at Nan-tan, China. The next-of-kin listed was:
Gregory Dew Drop Gregory, M, 711 Washington, Sturgis, KY
Austin Nancy G. Austin, W, 809 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA
Young Lillian N, Young, W, 5912 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD
Robie Eula Robie, M, 1549 Baldwin Ave., Del Monte, CA
GREGORY, CARROLL DAVID, Major, # 0-521374, USAAF
Carroll D. Gregory was born on 11 April 1918 in Webster Co., Kentucky to Richard Louis Gregory (1886-1937) and Dew Drop (Brooks) Gregory (1886-1996). Siblings were Nancy Newton Gregory (1914-1937), K. Barkley Gregory (1917-1917), Daniel Harold Gregory (1922-1998), Margarette (Gregory) Wochos (1924-2014), and Paul Douglas Gregory (1928-2008).
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by the West Kentucky Coal Co., resided at 711 Washington, Sturgis, Union Co., KY, and described himself as 5’11”, 185 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an aviation cadet, on 22 November 1940. 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 7 February 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49675, assigned 14th Air Force, ATC, 1342nd AAF Base Unit, departed Hsian, China, on a flight to Kunming, China, and the C-47B crashed, killing the pilot, co-pilot and the Chinese troops on board.