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|Pilot 1st Lt. Andrew J. Dobrisky, O-678196 (MIA / KIA) Cambridge, MA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Leslie R. Galloway, O-680018 (survived)
Crew Chief S/Sgt Charles M. Brzuchanski, 36609099 (survived)
Radio Cpl John J. Ruane, 31160130 (survived)
Ditched February 10, 1944
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 11809. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-DK Skytrain serial number 42-92051. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 433rd Troop Carrier Group (433rd TCG), 67th Troop Carrier Squadron (67th TCS). Nicknamed "The Green Banana". Squadron Number / Buzz Number 304.
On February 10, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Andrew J. Dobrisky on a transport mission. During the flight, this C-47 suffered an aerial collision with C-47 Dakota 42-92038 from the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron going over and under in. This Dakota's vertical stabilizer and rudder were bent over to the right. The bottom of rudder was bent to the left and smashed into the elevator.
Damaged, this C-47 ditched into the sea roughly 1.5 miles off Mambare Bay off the coast of New Guinea, roughly 100 miles southeast of Lae. After ditching successfully, this aircraft floated for about 12 minutes before sinking. Pilot Dobrisky was killed in the crash and presumably went down with the aircraft.
Fates of the Crew
The rest of the crew reached shore and were rescued and returned to duty.
Dobrisky was officially declared dead on February 14, 1946. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-DK Skytrain 42-92051
"92051 (MSN 11809) delivered May 31, 1943. 5th AF Brisbane Aug 23, 1943. Condemned Feb 11, 1944, accident."
433rd Troop Carrier Group microfilm A0985 frames 1455-1457
American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) - Andrew J. Dobrisky
FindAGrave - 1Lt Andrew J Dobrisky (tablets of the missing photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47A Dakota 42-92051
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