On 28 February 1944, a C-47A, # 42-100693, of the 315th Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force, departed the air base at Sookerating, India, on a food dropping mission to allied troops at Laawng, Burma. The aircraft was last contacted by radio and was down for unknown reasons. The crew was comprised of:
Pilot 2ndLt Thaddeus J. Worley 0-681273 KIA
Co-Pilot 2ndLt James R. SirLouis 0-806534 KIA
Navigator 2ndLt George E. Anderson 0-811504 KIA
Engineer SSgt Ray A. Scott 31975669 KIA
Radio Operator Cpl George Kleiner 32444302 KIA
Food Drop Sgt Ernest D. Barnes 33204837 EUS
Food Drop Sgt Harlin B. Flanagan 35439714 “
Food Drop PFC William R. Guffey 34255573 KIA
The last person to contact them: 2ndLt Harmon L. Schilling, 0-745947. A search flown by Capt. John H. Blomstrand, 0-659091, resulted in wreckage identified and a search party was sent. “EUS” is for “Evacuated to United States.”
A document adds:
443rd Troop Carrier Group:
1stLt Charles B. Bierboum, 0-540131, missing 18 August 1944, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron.
2ndLt George E. Anderson, 0-811504, missing 18 February 1944, 315th Troop Carrier Squadron.