43-47146         MACR 13770

 

On 5 April 1945 a C-46A, “Stork,” # 43-47146, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact was at about 0445 IST near Moran, India. It crashed in the Kachin state of Burma. The crew was:

                                   Pilot                             2ndLt Willard C. Perry                    0-775528

                                   Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Garrett E. Peterson                0-2070867

                                   Radio Operator            Cpl William D. Robertson               33209750

The nest-of-kin listed were:

                             Perry                Rosina R. Perry, W, 1623 N. Weber, Colorado Springs, CO

                             Peterson          Ernest Peterson, F, 1923 14th St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH

                             Robertson        Simon Peter Robertson, Hardy, VA

 

PERRY, WILLARD C., Second Lieutenant, # 0-775528, USAAF

 

Willard C. Perry was born on 18 May 1922 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado, to George Wolf Perry (1859-1942) (OH) and Lena Sophia (Gebhardt) Perry (1891-1989) (KS).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, rersided at 665 Del Mar, Chula Vista, Sandiego Co., CA, his parents resided at 2713 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, and described himself as 6’, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 April 1945 a C-46A, “Stork,” # 43-47146, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain rang (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact was at about 0445 IST near Moran, India. It crashed in the Kachin state of Burma. He is remembered o the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

PETERSON, GARRETT ERNEST, Second Lieutenant, # 0-2070867, USAAF

 

Garrett E. Peterson was born on 12 December 1924 in Hennepin Co., Minnesota, to Ernest Peterson (1889-1972) and Selma  (Johnson) Peterson (1893-1954) (married 21 November 1921, Summit Co., OH). Sibling was Jean Dorothy (Peterson) Viering (1922-1994).

 

He enlisted at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio, in the USAAF on 24 March 1943. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 April 1945 a C-46A, “Stork,” # 43-47146, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1333rd AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain rang (the Hump) to Kunming, China. Last contact was at about 0445 IST near Moran, India. It crashed in the Kachin state of Burma. He is remembered o the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. After recovery in Burma and India, his remains were buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., Ohio.