42-93349         C47


On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. The last contact was by radio at about 1048 hours with Dinjan ATC radio. The crew and a passenger, who were killed in action, were:


                                           Pilot                             2ndLt John E. Butler               0-679992

                                           Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Byron W. Myers            0-767617

                                           Engineer                      Sgt Paul N. Richardson            34571069

                                           Radio Operator            SSgt Francis E. O’Leary          20123895

                                           Asst. Engineer             Cpl James P. Kelly                   19167839

                                           Passenger                     Pvt Joseph A. Tomarelli          13116060 669th Anti-Aircraft Battery

There was no next-of-kin list in the MACR folder. 

According to the Dinjan radio log, the C-47A was on course at 1048 hrs. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registration. The crew remains were buried in a group ceremony and burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri (Sec. 82, Graves 58-59).