GARRETT, FRANKLIN MONROE, First Lieutenant, # 0-711179, USAAF
Franklin M. Garrett was born on 21 November 1921 in Akron, Summit Co., Ohio, to Zealand Monroe Garrett (1887-1962) (Fletcher, VA) and Emma Helen (Gmeiner) Garrett (1895-1978) (OH) (married 6 May 1920, OH). Living with them in 1930 was his maternal uncle, John Ben Gmeiner (1889- ) (Germany).
After completing advanced schools and becoming multi-engine rated, he earned his commission and pilot wings. He was selected for flying the Curtiss Aircraft C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, a C-46D-1GK, # 42-96815, assigned to the Combat Cargo task Force,4th Combat Cargo Group, 13th Combat Cargo Squadron, Sylhet, India, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to the airfield at Sookerating, India. Last radio contact was at 1200Z when it was in or near the Pangshu Pass. Last to contact it was SSgt Vincent Michetti, 12185993, and last to sight it was 1stLt Kenneth E. Ely, 0-735371. 1stLt Ely reported that he was pilot of # 42-101189, which departed Myitkyina, Burma, at 1015Z, 5 Dec. 1944, two minutes behind 42-96815. He landed at Sookerating at 1125Z. The other C-46 was in sight most of the flight. When they reached Pangshu Pass, it was about 1050Z. He was about 5 miles right of course at about 8,500’. The other C-46 was on course and slightly ahead. After flying over the pass, he flew into overhead and lost sight of the other C-46. He had no more contact with Garrett. The C-46 crashed in the Pangsau Pass, India, and the crew perished. After recovery from the American military airfield cemetery in Barrackpore, India, his crew and his remains were buried in a common grave (three caskets) in the Mills Springs National Cemetery, Perryville, Kentucky, on 10 August 1949 (Sec. D, Grave 790A & B).