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  C-47A-65-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-100455  
13th AF

Pilot  2nd Lt. Arthur F. Parkhurst (MIA / KIA, recovered) Evansville, IN
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Edwin H. Franks, 2057272 (MIA / KIA) Toronto, Canada
Engineer  TSgt James G. Maynard, 34265608 (MIA / KIA) Ellenwood, GA
Asst Engineer  Sgt Philip Taliaferro, Jr. 36149428 (MIA / KIA) Jackson, MI
Radio  Sgt Marvin A. Gill, 39086814 (MIA / KIA) Linden, CA
Passenger  Captain George W. Grismore, O-364822 (MIA / KIA) Salt Lake City, UT

MIA  March 12, 1945
MACR  14323

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 18918. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-65-DL Dakota serial number 42-100455.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron. This aircraft was adorned with the 13th Air Force insignia.

Mission History
Took off at 1233 from Tanauan Airfield on Leyte on a mission to deliver supplies to guerilla forces including fuel, radio equipment and rations. Also aboard was Parkhurst's pet monkey. Weather was broken cumulus, base 2,000' - 7,000' visibility of 12 miles, improving. After takeoff there was no further communication and when it failed to return, was declared missing. In fact, the C-47 had crashed within 10-12 minutes after takeoff in the jungle.

Wartime searches found no evidence of this aircraft or crew, searching 10 miles on both sides of its intended route.

During May 1989, a Filipino farmer hunting for rattan discovered the wreckage of this aircraft in the jungle on Letye Island. The crash site included human remains, dog tags, shoes and the tail serial number of 42-100455 was visible with the 13th Air Force insignia. Afterwards, he notified the police of the discovery.

Recovery of Remains
In 1989, a Philippine National Police (PNP) officer contacted U.S. officials and delivered human remains, aircraft parts and artifacts including an identification tag belonging to Parkhurst that were recovered by locals and turned over to U. S. authorities.

Between 1989 until 2010, theses remains were recovered remains were stored at CILHI / JPAC. Parkhurst was identified using dental and mDNA provided by his brother and sister. October 14, 2010 Parkhurst's identificiation was announced.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

On October 16, 2010 Parkhurst was buried Valley View Memorial Gardens in Xenia, Ohio.

Bryan Parkhurst (great nephew of Parkhurst)
"Lt. Arthur Parkhurst was my Grandfather's brother and would have been my Great Uncle I also learned at the services yesterday that Arthur, who didn't smoke, traded his government issued cigarettes for a pet monkey. In the booklet the DPMO gave my Great Uncle Judd which described in depth the research and details of Arthur finally coming home, there is a section describing the remains found and within that there is a description of non-human remains being found in the wreckage. Uncle Judd noted in the book, 'monkey?'"

(Nephew of Marvin A. Gill)
"My family was briefed by JPAC last week, and services for my uncle are scheduled for next month."

Missing Air Crew Report 14323 (MACR 14323)
DPMO News Release Missing WWII Airman Identified October 14, 2010 [Parkhurst]
Courier Press "Years of wondering are over" October 16, 2010

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Last Updated
April 22, 2018


Tech Info

5 Missing
1 Resolved

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