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  C-47A-DK Dakota Serial Number 42-92062 Nose 385
5th AF
433rd TCG
70th TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. Russell A. Morrison, O-740880 (MIA / KIA) Deleon, TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Kenneth E. Wirth, O-772242 (MIA / KIA) Lincoln, NE
Engineer  T/Sgt John F. Semmens, 12123113 (MIA / KIA) Harrington Park, NJ
Radio  S/Sgt Frank M. Staker, 39529923 (MIA / KIA) CA
Passenger  Col Oscar D. McNeely, O-7325 HQ, 25th AAA Group (MIA / KIA) OK
Passenger  Pfc Paul E. Almon, 39197973 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion (MIA / KIA) WA
Passenger  Captain Hal Sayre, O-355966 821st Engineer Battalion, Aviation (MIA / KIA) CO
Passenger  Pfc William H. Hatch, 34466193 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion (MIA / KIA) NC
Passenger  Capt Boothe C. Haltom, O-366455 146th AAA Ops Detachment (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger  Pfc Irvin H. Miller, 33489435 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  Lt. John R. Riisoe, O-2036215 HQ FEAF (MIA / KIA) KS
Passenger  1st Lt Harry E. Petersen, O-1640812 93rd Signal Battalion (MIA / KIA) MN
Passenger  Pvt Francis J. Benson, 38363676 574th SAW Battalion (MIA / KIA) TX
Passenger  1st Lt William L. Pilgrim, O-1289620 151st IR, 38th ID (MIA / KIA) SC
Passenger  1st Lt Claude A. Reese, Jr. O-1288619 21st IR, 24th ID (MIA / KIA) TX
Passenger  T/5 Alfred G. Daigneau, 15376994 574th SAW Battalion (MIA / KIA ) OH
Passenger  2nd Lt George D. Steel Jr., O-2036224 HQ, FEASC (MIA / KIA) WY
Passenger  T/5 John L. Zajicek, 37181290 574th Signal Air Warning Battalion (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger  Lt(jg) John H. Fezler, 2281365 USN (MIA / KIA) OK
Passenger  CAOM William C. Meadville, 6048993 USNR (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  Lt Peter Ogilvie Graham, QX26597 2nd MLG (MIA / KIA) Kingaroy, Queensland
Passenger  Joseph Engel, TC-10622 (MIA / KIA) Australian
Passenger  Arthur Hawley, TC-7041 (MIA / KIA) Australian
Passenger   Ronald Ince, TC-2405 (MIA / KIA) Australian
Passenger  John Mignot, TC-10720 (MIA / KIA) Australian
Passenger  Dennis Rawson, TC-9730 (MIA / KIA) Australian

MIA  October 1, 1944
MACR  9016

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 11821. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 70th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nose Number 385. No known nickname. When lost, engines: R-1830-92 Serial Numbers: CP-354000 and 41-16632.

Mission History
On October 1, 1944 took off from Cyclops Drome near Hollandia on a flight bound for Finschafen Airfield. Aboard was a flight crew from the 70th Troop Carrier Squadron and passengers from the U. S. Army, two U. S. Navy and six Australian passengers. Last seen on take off, this C-47 failed to arrive at its destination.

The next day at 9:00am, it was determined that this C-47 had never arrived, and radio messages were relayed to all stations south of Hollandia, that confirmed the plane had not landed or contacted any other stations. Then, it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

On October 3, 1944 starting at 7:30am, two C-47s searched between Hollandia and Hansa Bay over land and sea routes, flying eight hours each. All planes in this vicinity were advised of the missing aircraft. On October 4, 1944 starting at 6:30am, two C-47s searched the inland route to Finschafen flying ten hours, without results.

All Army crew and passengers were officially declared dead the day of the mission.. The USN passengers were officially declared dead on October 2, 1945. All American crew members are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. The Australian crew members were memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, Panel 1.

Pilot Morrison was posthumously (?) promoted to Captain. Also, passenger Hal Sayre was posthumously (?) promoted to Major.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-92062

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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