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  C-46G-1-CU Commando Serial Number 44-78961  
USAAF
20th AF
13th Airdrome Squadron

Pilot  Captain James Curley Queen, O-705422 (MIA / KIA) MD 13th Airdrome Squadron
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. George Eisenhaur, O-2058130 (MIA / KIA)
Navigator  1st Lt. Richard George Davis, 2078947 (MIA / KIA) NY
Engineer  Sgt Earl C. Glass, 15115981 (MIA / KIA) WV 19th Airdrome Squadron
Radio  Sgt Stanley Brudney
Passenger  2nd Lt. Dwight K. Gilbert, 1651745 (MIA / KIA) IA 3362nd Signal Battalion
Passenger  WO(jg) Alfred Joseph DiPiletro, 2127771 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Ptc Arthur Brown, 39490305 (MIA / KIA) OR 811th Engineer Battalion, Aviation
Passenger  Sgt Joseph Brown (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  T4 Fred Bows (MIA / KIA)
Passenger   T5 Robert L. Goins, 45040629 (MIA / KIA) IN 440th Port Company
Passenger  SSgt Vivian L. Harris, 32557268 (MIA / KIA) NJ 440th Port Company
Passenger  T5 Emanuel M. Jackson, 43004921 (MIA / KIA) VA 3527th Transportation Corps
Passenger  T5 Jessie L. Glover, 46019499 (MIA / KIA) MS 440th Port Company
Passenger  T5 Carnell Boyd, 44004947 (MIA / KIA) TN 440th Port Company
Passenger  Pfc John T. Eatmon, 42271279 (MIA / KIA) NY 440th Port Company
Passenger  Pfc Jonathon Culbertson, 33556137 (MIA / KIA) MD 440th Port Company
Passenger  Pfc Clarence W. Brown, 44160430 (MIA / KIA) NY 440th Port Company
Passenger  Pfc Earnest Flowers, 38210568 (MIA / KIA) IL 440th Port Company
Passenger  Cpl Harry Edmonds, 34870809 (MIA / KIA) MS 3527th Transportation Corps
Passenger  Pfc L. C. Hollins, 38299950 (MIA / KIA) TX 536th Quartermaster Company
Passenger  Pfc Williams Jenkins, Jr., 35865144 (MIA / KIA) OH 536th Quartermaster Company
Passenger  Pfc Robert Hillaman, Jr. (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  November 16, 1946

Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss-Wright. Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 13th Airdrome Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R2800-75 serial numbers 088529 and 088819.

Mission History
Took off from Guam on an administrative flight to Iwo Jima. Last contacted by radio at 1:35pm six miles northeast of Iwo Jima and crashed at sea offshore the island.

Gareth Rosson adds:
"There was a team of black solders in it. They were coming back from Japan. They went there to play baseball (they lost). At the time, I was a S/Sgt with the 3605th HAM Shop Co. and they had made me acting first Sgt. over the company. I was outside the orderly room with T/ 5 John Willinghoff and T/5 Walker. The plane we could hear it, it was coming in on Airfield No. 3 approaching north to south.  It was way to high and missed the field. It came to our left about 600 feet away. It went on down to the water. It hit about 1,200 feet out in the water to the left of the main office for the island. Col. Thomson was the top man in the office at that time. We saw it hit the water, no one came up and to the top of the water and the plane went down. Record shows that this plane went down about 15 miles out into the water.  ( That is a lie) This plane had 20 enlisted men on it, also Capt Queen was flying it."

Search
After the loss, a search mission was flown by the Emergency Rescue B-17 on November 17 at 1:00am, searching the area the C-46 was lost on radar flying at 1,000 feet, then returned on thirty minutes later due to due to low clouds and mist. At 6:00 a second search was flown for 4:35, sighted ten miles east of the island, including an oil slick which covered five mile area and a photograph of debris was taken. An LST was directed to the area by smoke bombs dropped from the aircraft. Also, a twenty mile search for survivors was conducted, without results.

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Hawaii Cemetery (Punchbowl).

References
Thanks to Gareth Rosson for additional information
ABMC does not list Eisenhaur, Brudney, Brown, Bows, Hillaman. It is possible their names are mispelled

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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