43-47154         C46 (MACR 12834)


On 1 March 1945, a C-46A-55, # 43-47154, assigned to Air Transport Command, Barrackpore, India, 1340th AAF Base Unit, departed the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). The C-46 was not heard from since its departure at about 1530 Zulu. The crew were:


                                               Pilot                             1stLt Elmer H. Capell              0-548876

                                               Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Keith E. Carnie             0-782162

                                               2nd Qualified Pilot       2ndLt John C. Breese              0-776225

                                               Radio Operator            PFC Norman T. Bayne            34722559

                                               Engineer                      MSgt Harold W. Dahlstrom     17000092


Note re MSgt Dahlstrom: 1804th AAF Base Unit – Protestant – 5’11”, 175 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, size 10E shoe. Dental chart available. Age 24.

The next-of-kin listed were:

                                                  Capell              Wave R Capell, W, Mexico, NY

                                                  Carnie              Catherine C Carnie, M, 1523 Charlotte St, Kansas City, MO

                                                  Breese              Clinton S Breese, F, 110 East Avenue South, Waukesha, Wisc.

                                                  Dahlstrom       Agnes H Dahlstrom, M, 3149 Nunson Ave, Topeka, KS

                                                  Bayne              Imogene A Bayne, W, 1303 S Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN

CAPELL, ELMER H., First Lieutenant, # 0-548876, USAAF


Elmer Harvey Capell Jr. was born in 1919 in Canastota, Madison Co., New York, to Elmer H. Capell (1884-1935) and Charlotte May (Montgomery) Capell (1886-    ) (married 14 January 1909, Jefferson Co., NY). His father was a building contractor in 1920, a building carpenter in 1930. He was married to Wave R. Capell, Mexico, New York. He was married to Wava Lucile Rurey (1919-2012) in 1942 in New York.