43-49646 MACR 16032
On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. The crew and passengers were:
Pilot 1stLt Ray S. Kaufman 0-818687
Co-Pilot Capt. Wendell W. Wyman 0-411750
Crew Chief TSgt Charles B. Daniel Jr. 15118047
Radio Operator SSgt Donald G. Bonnell 14200087
Passenger SSgt Robert F. Van Gordon 37469144
Passenger Cpl Mitchell A. Papciak 36442655
The next-of-kin were listed as:
Wyman Ruth E. Wyman, W, Wilton, Maine
Daniel Mallie Daniel, M, Horsepen, VA
Van Gordon Corda Van Gordon, M, 322 E. 12th St., Grand Island, NE
Bonnell Jessie R. Bonnell, F, 517 Chesterfield Ave., Nashville, TN
Papciak Mary Papciak, M, 614 N. Sixth St., East St. Louis, IL
Kaufman Amos K. Kaufman, F, 3241 Loran Rd, San Gabriel, CA
KAUFMAN, RAY SWARR, Captain, # 0-818687. USAAF
Ray S. Kaufman was born on 31 August 1923 in California to Amos Kreider Kaufman (1878-1968) (PA) and Mary (Swarr) Kaufman (1885-1950) (PA). Sibling was Leo Swarr Kaufman (1910-1961) (PA). He attended South Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College.
He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, a student, resided at 3241 Lorain Rd, San Gabriel, CA, and described himself as 6’2”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After enlisting in the USAAF in Los Angeles, California, on 11 January 1943, he completed flight instruction through advanced school, was multi-engine rated, and were assigned to fly the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 5 October 1945 a C-47B, # 43-49646, assigned 10th Air Force, 69th Composite Group, 328th Troop Carrier Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield on a flight to Hankow, China. It crashed enroute and all were killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He is remembered in Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.
His brother, Leo S. Kaufman, born 23 March 1910, was inducted on 1 April 1941, commissioned in the U.S. Army on 5 November 1942 and was honorably separated 13 December 1945; First Lieutenant, # 01172947, Third Army, 103rd Division, 382 Field Artillery, Battery C. He died 10 May 1961 and is buried in the Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., California.