On 1 December 1944 a C-87, # 44-31243, assigned to 10th Air Force, India-China Wing, 1327th AAF Base Unit, Tespur, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Chengtu, Chia, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It was last seen on take-off. The crew was:
Pilot 1stLt Harold W. Playford 0-793372
Co-Pilot Capt. Percy B. Coker 0-663858
Radio Operatot Cpl Max (NMI) Streicker 32617718
Crew Chief TSgt John E. Curley 31365157
A search party on 6 February 1945 reported 2 bodies found, one identified as Mac (NMI) Streicker. A search party from Jorhat, India, led by Lt. Waldron reported 15 January 1945 that the wreckage was located at 26° 34’ North & 93° 26’ East, was searched and that two crewmen were killed in the crash and were lost in the fire. They possessed copies of crew fingerprints which were sent to Quartermaster, Graves Registration, by the 329th Service Group, Jorhat, India.
The next-of-kin were listed as:
Coker Willie D. Coker, F, P.O. Box 1392, Kilgore, TX
Playford Margaret L. Playford, W, 2516 Montclair Ave., Cleveland, OH
Curley Florence I. Curley, M, 401 Howard St., Brockton, Mass.
Streicker Jean P. Streicker, W, 30-43 34th St., Astoria, Long Island, NY