b. Sent an "all Fying Units, India" and "A.C.S.E.A. Commands Emergency Request/news
signal" regarding 8308 (no results)
c. Sent following signal to 1347 Air Sea Rescue Squadron, "First light search required for
USAAF A/C C-47 8308 overdue on flight between Akyab and Barrackpore. Track search
with 2 aircraft. If search could be carried out until dusktonight, do so. Wil forward further
details if available.
d. 255 and 227 High Speed Launch Units on Bay of Bengal were alerted to stand by for
search or rescue (Note: These craft did not go out).
1000 It was arranged that the following US aircraft would search on 18 May:
C-47, 8788 with Captain Gale as Pilot
C-47, 6362 with Captain Cornell as Pilot
C-47, 3113 with Lt. Tilden as Pilot
C-54, 5624 with Major Prokop as Pilot
1000 It was agreed that "A/C missing" report would not be sent till 18 May, due to possibility that
the missing 8308 might be on one of the numerous small airports neat Chittagong or enroute.
1300 Base C.O. was notified that 8308 was missing. Delay was due to scanty information usually
available here on ETA of aircraft. These delays largely due to monson weather static making
radio contact poor. [Remainder omitted]