|Pilot 1st Lt. David S. Leatherman (KIA, BR) TX
Co-Pilot 2Lt. Theodore C. Cowell (KIA, BR) MS
Crashed September 22, 1945
Built by Curtiss-Wright. Constructors Number 22268. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South West Pacific Area.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 322nd Troop Carrier Wing, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 22, 1945 took off from Biak Island on a flight bound for Atsugi Airfield. This C-46 cashed into a mountain in Japan, possibly near Atsugi or across the bay from Atsugi.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Leatherman is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, CO.
Cowell is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot F, grave 63.
FindAGrave - David S. Leatherman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Theodore C Cowell (grave photo)
Thanks to Dr. James M. Cloninger Jr. for additional information
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February 4, 2018