On 27 March 1944, a B-24-J, # 42-64104, assigned to 10th Air Force, 6th Photo Group, 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, of the air field at Gushkara, India, took off from Sookerating, Assam, India, on a ferrying mission to Gushkara, India. Its last known location was at 0830 hours at Sookerating, India. The crew included:
Pilot 1stLt Fred M. Hughes Jr. 0-666291
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Joseph A. Cook 0-665179
Navigator 2ndLt James G. Roddy 0-797396
Engineer TSgt Virgil C. Gray 13009315
Radio Operator SSgt Eli (NMI) Samuels 36329110
The next-of-kin list was:
Hughes Mrs. Marguerite V. Hughes, wife, 617 Seventh Ave, Yma, AZ
Cook Mrs TenaUliberri,sister, Box 983, Shiprock, NM
Roddy Mrs Margaret J Rody, wife, 4837 Radner Ave, Detroit, Mich.
Gray Mrs Ella E Gray wif, Box 106, Douglas Cottage # 2, Manitou Springs, CO
Samuels Mr John Samuels, father, 6607 Sheriden Rd, Chicago, IL
Capt. Joseph M. Kotlewski, 0-661497, Investigating Officer, reported: The aircraft departed Gushkara air field, India, on 27 March 1944. It landed at Sookerating field, Assam, India, at 0545 Zulu hours. It was ferrying 100 octane fuel and eight passengers. It took off from Sookerating at 0843 Zulu to fly to Gushkara. No Form 23, flight clearance, was on file at Sookerating. The last contact was with the Sookerating Airdrome. Two B-24-J aircraft flew a search. Nothing was found.