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