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  C-47-DL Dakota Serial Number 41-18668 Tail VH-CFG
USAAF
5th AF
374th TCG
21st TCS

Pilot  1st Lt Charles O. Cathcart, O-664971 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot  F/O Darwin R. Hamilton, T-185577 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Engineer  Sgt Theodore Slocki, 32168337 (MIA / KIA, BR) NJ
Radio  Sgt William H. Fetzer, 13048370 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Passenger  Cpl Jeremiah J. Ryan, 17038060 35th FC Sqn (KIA, BR) NB
Passenger  Pfc Austin J. Lothschutz, 36159172 35th FC Squadron (KIA, BR)
Passenger  Pvt Sam Rothstein, 32486190 35th FC Squadron (KIA, BR)
Passenger  Cpl Thomas B. Renkes, 39th FS, HQ (KIA, BR)
Passenger  Cpl Earl L. Kahler, 17024726, 39th FS, HQ (KIA, BR) Platte, WY

Crashed  August 15, 1943
MACR  14358

Crew History
Cathcart and Ryan are buried at Manila American Cemetary.

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. When lost, engines R-1830-92 serial numbers: 42-11207 (left) and 42-11210 (right). Nose number 13.

Mission History
On August 15, 1943 took off from Port Moresby fully loaded with supplies and personnel of the 35th Fighter Command Squadron and 39th Fighter Squadron. While in the traffic pattern for Tsili Tsili Airfield, its second flight was intercepted by Ki-43 Oscars led by Shigeo Nango of the 59th Sentai. This C-47 was shot down south-west of Tsili Tsili with the loss of all aboard. It was never found in searches following its disappearance. Also lost is C-47 "Liliane" 41-18682.

Wreckage
This C-47 crashed rougly five to eight miles from Tsili Tsili.

Daniel Leahy adds:
"I have checked my RAAF Searcher Briefs and Casualty Cards (which usually include the details of post-war RAAF finds/recoveries) and am unable to see anything related to this loss"

During 1950, this crash site was discovered and the remains of the crew were recovered.

Memorials
Six members of the crew were recovered and temporarily buried at USAF Masolium #1 at Manila American Cemetery. Later, the remains of Fetzer, Hamilton, Lothschutz, Rothstein, Kahler and Renkes were transported to the United States and on March 16, 1950 were buried in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Two are buried at Manila American Cemetery: Ryan at F-4-7 and Cathcart at H-13-127. Slocki is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34 site 4194.

Fetzer also has a grave in Trcziyulny Cemetery in Milesburg, PA at row 1, plot 4, secton 4.

Hamilton also has a memorial marker at Memory Grove Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT.

Relatives
Larry Slocki (nephew of Slocki)
"Theodore Slocki was my uncle. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1950. The story I heard from my Dad (his younger brother) was that his remains were found that year, hence his funeral then at Arlington."

References
Missing Air Crew Report 14358
35th Fighter Group "Historical Resume", page 5 via Carlos Dannacher
Japanese Army Air Force Aces 1937-45, page 60
Allied Air Transport Operations SWPA in WWII Volume 2, page 11, 51, 72, 79
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 41-18668
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles O. Cathcart
FindAGrave - 1Lt Charles O Cathcart (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - FO Darwin R Hamilton (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Darwin R Hamilton (group burial photos)
FindAGrave - Theodore Slocki (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William H Fetzer (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp William H Fetzer (grave photos)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jeremiah J. Ryan

FindAGrave - Corp Jeremiah J Ryan (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Austin J Lothschutz (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Sam Rothstein (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Thomas B Renkes (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Kahler
Thanks to Daniel Leahy and Edward Rogers for additional crew details and Ted Darcy for burial details

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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