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  C-47A-30-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-23698  
5th AF
317th TCG
46th TCS

Pilot  F/O Robert P. Hutson (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Melvin L. Kinney, O-669483 (KIA, BR) CO
Crew  SSgt Frank A. Wise (KIA, BR) PA
Crew  Cpl Sidney Israel (KIA, BR)
Passenger  Cpl Henry Edward Conway, 43081 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Shorncliffe, QLD
Passenger  LAC John Brough Tarrant, 51601 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Vale, VIC
Passenger  LAC Harold Edward Stocker, 75207 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Pomona, QLD

Crashed  August 27, 1943 at 10:25am
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9560. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-30-DL Skytrain serial number 42-23698. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 317th Troop Carrier Group (317th TCG), 46th Troop Carrier Squadron (46th TCS). No known nickname or nose art. Registered in Australia as VH-CGZ.

Mission History
On August 27, 1943 took off piloted by F/O Robert P. Hutson with a cargo of bombs and ammunition aboard bound for Wau Airfield. Aboard as passengers were three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) passengers. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Afterwards, C-47s searched for this aircraft, which was located from the air during early September 1943. An Australian Army patrol walked to the crash site sometime during the middle of September 1943.

This C-47 crashed near Winima, roughly 12 miles southwest of Wau. On impact, the munitions aboard exploded and scattered wreckage over a wide area. Wreckage and items were scattered over a wide area. The remains of the crew and passengers were recovered.

At the crash site, a leather wallet with photographs marked "H. E. S." [Stocker] was located some distance from the crash site and recovered. This wallet was returned to his widow, Annie Dorothy Stocker.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the date of the crash. After the recovery of remains, the Australians were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Conway at H. C. 14, Tarrant at H. C. 16. Stocker K. A. 16.

The American crew members were transported to the United States for burial. During 1948, Kinney was permanently buried at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, CO.

On October 29, 2002 Wise was buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. The other American crew members are presumed to be buried in private cemeteries in the United States.

USAAF - 42-23698
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-23698
RAAF Casualty File (NAA: A705, 166/38/257)
FindAGrave - Melvin L Kinney (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Frank A Wise (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
October 22, 2020


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