44-49013         C109 (MACR 12029)

 

On 2 February 1945, a C-109 transport (B-24 Liberator conversion), # 44-49013, assigned to Air Transport Commnd, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The last contact with the C-109 was at about 0114 hours IST. The C-109 crashed, the crw killed, 76 miles East of Jorhat, India, at coordinates 26º 46’ 30” North & 95º 21’ East. The crew were:

 

                                              Pilot                             Capt. George L. Rettinger                   0-417527

                                              Co-Pilot                       1stLt William S. Conroy Jr.                 0-793898

                                              Radio Operator            Pvt James J. McCauley                        37677646

                                              Engineer                      TSgt Theodore Pawlikowski                35324006

 

On 19 February 1945, the 1327th AAF BU reported that search and rescue officer Major Pricer informed the unit that the Ghurka rescue team located the wreckage of the C-109 and found 4 bodies. Two of the bodies were identified as Capt. Rettinger and 1stLt. Conroy. There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder.

RETTINGER, GEORGE LARAY, Captain, # 0-417527, USAAF

 

George L. Rettinger was born on 6 November 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, to George Rettinger (1894-1938) and Elizabeth (Malinsky) Rettinger (1902-    ) (married 21 March 1918 in Chicago, IL).  Living with them in 1930 was a paternal aunt, Rose Rettinger (1890-1945). His mother resided at 2235 S. Christiania Ave., Chicago, Illinois, in 1949. He attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Illinois on 6 July 1941. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools to earn his commission and pilot wings. He was trained as a pilot of the B-24 Liberator (C-109 transport version). He was sent overseas to India. On 2 February 1945, a C-109 transport (B-24 Liberator conversion), # 44-49013, assigned to Air Transport Commnd, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The last contact with the C-109 was at about 0114 hours IST. The C-109 crashed, the crw killed, 76 miles East of Jorhat, India, at coordinates 26º 46’ 30” North & 95º 21’ East. On 2 February 1945, a C-109 transport (B-24 Liberator conversion), # 44-49013, assigned to Air Transport Commnd, CIB, 1327th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Tezpur, India, on a cargo mission to Luliang, China. The last contact with the C-109 was at about 0114 hours IST. The C-109 crashed, the crew killed, 76 miles East of Jorhat, India, at coordinates 26º 46’ 30” North & 95º 21’ East. After recovery from the military cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.