On 9 December 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93365, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, Moran, India, departed the airfield at Warazup, Burma, on an air supply mission over target 283, Burma (drop supplies to ground troops). The C-47A was seen to crash at about 0950 hours near 23º 57’ North & 97º 26’ East. All aboard were killed. The crew and those aboard were:

                                           Pilot                             2ndLt Vincent A. Van Dersarl             0-764841

                                           Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Mervin B. Cannon                     0-825559

                                           Engineer                      SSgt Louis C. Zaborowski                   35154087

                                           Radio Operator            SSgt James T. Wellman                       14057608

                                           Drop crew                   Cpl Glen G. Osler                                 39612040

                                           “                                  PFC  Walter P. Bretzman                      12148969

                                           “                                  Pvt Floyd E. Streitenberger                  35767424

1stLt Vander L. Smith, 0-680956, and 2ndLt Leroy C. McLaren, 0-889323, saw the crash. 1stLt Smith reported: At about 0830, 9 December 1944, he was briefed with the pilos of # 42-93365 and 42-93360 for a target at the above cited location. At about 0850, they departed at about 2-minute intervals. Upon arrival at the target drop site, one C-47 was circling and another was down and burning. Radio contact revealed the C-47 still aloft was 42-93360. There were no signs of life near the downed C-47.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                     Van Dersarl                 Mrs Vincent A Van Dersarl, W, 1035 S. 6th St, Raton, NM

                                                                         J.J. Van Dearl, F, 740 S. 4th St, Raton, NM

                                     Cannon                        Kathryn O’Neil, aunt, 757 Clinton Springs, Cincinnati, OH

                                     Wellman                      Myrtle B. Wellman, W, c/o R.F. Holley, Rte 4, Clanton, Alabama

                                     Zaborowski                 Agnes K. Zabrowski, W, 3938 Deal St, East Chicago, IN

                                     Bretzman                     Dorothy Bretzman, W, Little Falls, W.VA.

                                                                         Elmer Bretzman, F, Box 1175. Morgantown, W.VA.

                                     Osler                           Earl Osler, F, Trego, Montana

                                     Streitenberger              Rose L. Streitenberger, M, Rte 3, Beaver, OH