44-49681 B24 (MACR 14615)
On 13 June 1945, a B-24J, # 44-49681, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 375th Bomb Squadron, Rupsi, India, departed the airfield at Rupsi, India, on a routine flight to Dergaon, India. Last contact was with air traffic control at the Rupsi airfield at 1128 hours IST. The crew aboard were:
Pilot 1stLt John E. Kapsner 0-736530
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Howard W. Grisso 0-2061932
Navigator 1stLt George R. Schreiber 0-734987
Engineer SSgt Ralph K. Mode 37729527
Radio Operator TSgt John W. Poole 34268466
Passenger (Gunner) SSgt Martin Steir 11110227
The B-24 crashed in the vicinity of Lengteng, Assam, India, coordinates 26º 27’ North & 93º 03’ East. A Graves Registration ground party reached the wreckage on 2 August 1945 and recovered five remains. They did not find the remains of the sixth crewman after an extensive search. Burial was at the American military cemetery, Jorhat, Assam, India, on 4 August 1945.
The next-of-kin were listed as:
Kapsner Lavina K. Kapsner, W, 104 4th St NE, Mandan, ND
Grisso Laura M. Grisso, W, 1117 Clifton Ave, Springfield, OH
Schreiber Nadyne K Schreiber, W, 4333 NE 71st Ave, Portland, OR
Poole Mary P. Moorman, S, 400 Virginia Ave, South Roanoke, VA
Steir Betty Steir, M, 70 Federal Ave, Quincy, Mass.
Also: 5 Nightingale St, Dorchester, Mass.
Mode Charlotte A. Mode, Star Route, Russell Springs, KS