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|Pilot 1st Lt. Henry C. Ellis, O-888627 (KIA, BR) TX
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Franklin P. Miller, O-425589 (KIA, BR) NM
Crew Chief Sgt Michael E. Anderchak, 13041101 (KIA, BR)
Radio Sgt John J. Budarek, Jr., 37186768 (KIA, BR)
Passenger Cpl Filmer F. Heikkila, 37186768 310th Fighter Squadron (KIA, BR)
Passenger TSgt Kenneth C. Spohn, 17031692 310th Fighter Squadron (KIA, BR)
Passenger Sgt Robert W. Thomas, 18004801 310th Fighter Squadron (KIA, BR) OK
Crashed April 1, 1944
On November 5, 1942 took off from 5-Mile Drome (Wards Drome) near Port Moresby at 10:50am piloted by 2nd Lt Earl B. Lattier with two other aircraft: C-47 41-18498 (VH-CFB) and C-47 "The Broadway Limited" 41-38615 on a mission was to drop supplies to US Army 32nd Infantry Division, 126th Infantry Regiment crossing the Owen Stanley Mountains along the Kapa Kapa Trail near Bofu.
Later, assigned to the 317th Troop Carrier Group, 40th Troop Carrier Squadron. During May 1943, this C-47 flew 205.10 hours, flying 121,880 pounds of cargo and 392 passengers. During June 1943 flew 121.40 hours and had six engine changes while in service.
On October 27, 1943 assigned to the 41st Troop Carrier Squadron as a replacement aircraft. During December 1943, flown 84.35 hours. During January 1944 flown 116.30 hours.
Recovery of Remains
Three are buried at Manila American Cemetery. Ellis at Plot A Row 5 Grave 185. Miller at Plot H Row 4 Grave 107. Thomas at Plot A Row 7 Grave 58.
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