The cargo list included: (1) personal baggage for 11 persons - one loading ramp, (2) 12 cases containing remains of 38 bodies (wt. 1440 lbs), (3) 2 life rafts, (4) 11 parachutes and (5) an unknown number of "Mae West" life jackets.
The MACR file shows that 12 Royal Air Force (British) search sorties were flown and 26 U.S.A.A.F. search sorties were flown. The number was actually much higher, as revealed by separate USAAF records.
The MACR log shows:
0324 GMT Take-off time for 43-48308 from Rangoon
0530 GMT Ships position time over Akyab, at 12,000 feet, IFR: Barrackpore 0800
IFR (IFR - Instrument Flight Rules - no visibility by which to fly)
0610 GMT Above position report received by air-ground radio station
0615 GMT 8308 asked for and received Barrackpore weather
0705 GMT At this time the Barrackpore air-ground operator gace C-54 5629 (inbound from
Karachi a long count. 8308 radio operator, thinking the count was for him, came back
with a QRU "nothing for you." NOTE: This was the last radio word from 8308 and
it was still 55 minutes from Barrackpore, according to ETA. NOTE: All messages
were in CW and on 4595 Kc.
0800 GMT Air-Ground began calling 8308 - DF station was alerted.
0900 GMT Major Prokop, 1304th AAF BU Director of Operations declared 8308 overdue.
1000 GMT 8308 officially was declared "missing."
1000 GMT RAF Area Control at Ballygunge was notified that 8308 was missing between Akyab
and Barrackpore. They immediately accomplished the following:
a. Sent an emergency "request/news" signal to Akyab, Chittagong, Pagu and Rangoon
Area Control, informing them that 0838 was missing between Akyab and Barrackpore.
(no news was forthcoming)