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  C-46D-20-CU Commando Serial Number 44-78455  
5th AF
322nd TCW
374th TCG
21st TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. David S. Leatherman (KIA, BR) TX
Co-Pilot   2Lt. Theodore C. Cowell (KIA, BR) MS
Crashed  September 22, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss-Wright. Constructors Number 22268. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-46D-20-CU Commando serial number 44-78455. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South West Pacific Area.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 322nd Troop Carrier Wing, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 22, 1945 took off from Biak Island on a flight bound for Atsugi Airfield. This C-46 cashed into a mountain in Japan, possibly near Atsugi or across the bay from Atsugi.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Leatherman is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, CO.
Cowell is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot F, grave 63.

FindAGrave - David S. Leatherman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Theodore C Cowell (grave photo)
Thanks to Dr. James M. Cloninger Jr. for additional information

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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