C-87 41-24027

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Anthony J. Mireles
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C-87 41-24027

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:01 am

Looking for correct date for the accident involving C-87 # 41-24027.

The accident report I have on microfilm indicates that the accident occurred on 2 August 1943.

But the accident report is filed under 1 August 1942.

The 1943 date on the report could be a typo error and the accident is really 1942. Or the the accident occurred in 1943 and the report is mis-filed under 1942.

Pilot was Herschel V. Laughlin (UAL).

Any help appreciated.

TonyM.

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Re: C-87 41-24027

Post by Timerover51 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:02 pm

Greetings Tony,

I suspect that the correct date is 2 August 1943, since the C-87 was the cargo version of the B-24 bomber, and I do not believe that any were converted prior to the end of 1942. You might want to check on a history of the B-24 and see when the conversions started.

Also, I just noticed that you are located in Calumet City. I grew up in Dolton, and am a graduate of Thornridge High School, 1969.

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Re: C-87 41-24027

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:33 am

Timerover 51,

T.F. North 1981. So I am catcing up with you. Where are you living now?

At Thornridge, What sports did you play? Maybe you competed against some of my relatives.

TonyM.

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Re: C-87 41-24027

Post by Anthony J. Mireles » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:04 am

Evidence indicates that the correct date is 2 August 1943.

That means that the AAF Form No. 14 Aircraft Accident Report for this C-87 is mis-filed under 1 August 1942 on the microfilm record.

Thanks to all who helped.

Tony M.

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Re: C-87 41-24027

Post by Timerover51 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:00 pm

Anthony J. Mireles wrote:Timerover 51,

T.F. North 1981. So I am catcing up with you. Where are you living now?

At Thornridge, What sports did you play? Maybe you competed against some of my relatives.

TonyM.
I am presently in Zion, Illinois, about an hour and a half to the north of you. As for sports, I was one of the class brains, and most definitely not an athlete. I currently am putting together an expedition return to the New Georgia group in the Solomon Islands, where I was in May of 2002 with Bob Ballard looking for PT-109, and look for more wrecks on the bottom. Do you have any records on B-24 going down in that area that might be on the ocean bottom? There are quite a few single-engined planes down there, a couple of which we picked up on our side scan sonar, but I was wondering if we might come across any twin-engine aircraft besides Japanese Betties.

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