|Pilot 2nd Lt. Arthur F. Parkhurst (MIA / KIA, recovered) Evansville, IN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Edwin H. Franks, 2057272 (MIA / KIA) Toronto, Canada
Engineer TSgt James G. Maynard, 34265608 (MIA / KIA) Ellenwood, GA
Asst Engineer Sgt Philip Taliaferro, Jr. 36149428 (MIA / KIA) Jackson, MI
Radio Sgt Marvin A. Gill, 39086814 (MIA / KIA) Linden, CA
Passenger Captain George W. Grismore, O-364822 (MIA / KIA)
Salt Lake City, UT
MIA March 12, 1945
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 18918. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron.
Took off at 1233 from Tanauan Airfield on Leyte on a mission to deliver supplies to guerilla forces including fuel, radio equipment and rations. Also aboard was Parkhurst's pet monkey. Weather was broken cumulus, base 2,000' - 7,000' visibility of 12 miles, improving. After takeoff there was no further communication and when it failed to return, was declared missing. In fact, the C-47 had crashed within 10-12 minutes after takeoff in the jungle.
Wartime searches found no evidence of this aircraft or crew, searching 10 miles on both sides of its intended route.
During May 1989, a Filipino farmer hunting for rattan discovered the wreckage of this aircraft in the jungle, including human remains, dogtags, shores and the tail number was recorded as 42-100455, with a HQ 13th Air Force insignia. Afterwards, he notified the police of the discovery.
This crash site was discovered on Leyte during the late 1980s and remains and artifacts recovered by local people.
Recovery of Remains
In 1989, a Philippine National Police (PNP) officer contacted U.S. officials and delivered human remains, aircraft parts and artifacts including an identification tag belonging to Parkhurst that were recovered by locals and turned over to the police to American authorities.
These remains were stored at CILHI / JPAC from 1989-2010. Parkhurst was identified using dental and mDNA provided by his brother and sister and his identification was announced on October 14, 2010.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
On October 16, 2010 Parkhurst was buried Valley View Memorial Gardens in Xenia, Ohio.
Bryan Parkhurst (great nephew of Parkhurst)
"Lt. Arthur Parkhurst was my Grandfather's brother and would have been my Great Uncle I also learned at the services yesterday that Arthur, who didn't smoke, traded his government issued cigarettes for…. a pet monkey. In the booklet the DPMO gave my Great Uncle Judd which described in depth the research and details of Arthur finally coming home, there is a section describing the remains found and within that there is a description of non-human remains being found in the wreckage. Uncle Judd noted in the book, 'monkey?'"
(Nephew of Marvin A. Gill)
"My family was briefed by JPAC last week, and services for my Uncle are scheduled for next month."
Missing Air Crew Report 14323 (MACR 14323)
DPMO News Release Missing WWII Airman Identified October 14, 2010 [Parkhurst]
Courier Press "Years of wondering are over" October 16, 2010
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January 5, 2018