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  C-47-DL "Shady Lady" Serial Number 41-38631  
5th AF
374th TCG
33rd TCS

Pilot  S/Sgt Marvin L. Brandt, 16027948 (KIA, BR) IL
Co-Pilot  S/Sgt Quentin C. Ruecker (KIA, BR) OR
Crew Chief  Sgt Joseph G. Baltascavage, 7021199 (KIA, BR) PA
Radio  Cpl Hugh Mack Bryan (KIA, BR) Peoria, IL

Crashed  November 26, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 4734. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 374th TCG, 33rd TCS. Nicknamed "Shady Lady". Call sign VH-CCZ.

Mission History
On November 26, 1942 took off from Dobodura bound for 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby. After takeoff, this C-47 was intercepted without warning by A6M2 Zeros at low altitude and shot down near Dobodura. Also lost is C-47 "Swamp Rat" 41-38601.

The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, Three of the crew were buried at Manila American Cemetery are Brandt at plot A row 13 grave 76. Baltascavage at Plot A Row 15 Grave 80. Ruecker at plot D row 2 grave 203. Bryan is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 41-38631
WWII Pacific Air Transport History List, Volume 1, page 350 listed as shot down 11/25/42
ABMC lists Brandt, Ruecker, Bryan and Baltascavage as KIA 11/26/42
FindAGrave - Hugh Mack Bryan (grave photo)
The Forgotten Fifth aircraft nickname index lists nickname as "Shady Lady"

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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