On 28 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93385, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, Assam Padesh, India, on an air supply to British Site 47. It was last located at 25º 8’ North 96º 34’ East and crashed in Burma for unknown causes. The last contact by radio was with Sgt. Jacob F. Rempfer, # 37286073. The crew and droppers were:
Pilot 2ndLt James B. Heise 0-751322
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Fletcher Reynolds Jr. 0-720908
Radio Operator SSgt Roy D. Torbert 15040326
Engineer Cpl Harry L. Leyda Jr. 33433574
Cargo Dropper PVT J. Edwards 4919621
“ PVT F. Cooper 3052451
“ Sgt H. Magee 3768651
(Assignments - Edwards – S. Staff; Cooper – Regiment; Magee – Kings Oron RR)
There is a hand drawn map of the drop target in the MACR.
Two locations were possible: (1) Indagyi Lake (not found); (2) the Chindwin River valley (6 week trip in jungle) – not investigated.
The next-of-kin were listed as:
Heise Mrs Phyllis P Heise, W, 308 E. Barner St, Frankfort, IN
Reynolds Mrs Fletcher P. Reynolds, W, 808 Fisher St, Peoria, IL
Torbert Mrs Marion L. Torbert, W, Rte 1, C/O C P Quinn, Axle, TN
Leyda Mrs Virginia S Leyda, W, 144 W 3rd St, Oil City, PA
H L Leyda, F, Maury Hotel, 19th & G NW, Washington, D.C.