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  C-47A-20-DL "Shack Trooper" Serial Number 42-23487  
5th AF
374th TCG
33rd TCS

Pilot  1st Lt John B. Donovan, O-662547 (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Leo W. Zimmerman, O-753267 (MIA / KIA) Mapleton, KS
Engineer  T/Sgt Harry T. Moseley, 13030508 (MIA / KIA) Brockway, PA
Radio  Sgt Cleveland Polson, Jr., 14062047 (MIA / KIA) Greer, SC
Passenger  Major Charles J. Fay, O-334131 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Westmont, NJ
Passenger  Major Angus D. Teskey, O-350225 HQ Sixth AAA Group (MIA / KIA) San Rafael, CA
Passenger  Capt Alfred W. Frankenfield, O-317318 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Clover, SC
Passenger  Capt William S. Imorde, O-386216 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Louisville, KY
Passenger  Capt Albert P. Nicol, O-366218 US Army Ordnance Department (MIA / KIA) Corvallis, OR
Passenger  Capt Oliver J. Noriby, O-441283 (MIA / KIA) Grenora, ND
Passenger  Capt Ralph H. Turner, O-352890 (MIA / KIA) Kansas City, MO
Passenger  1st Lt. Robert N. Simon, O-923983 HQ, Sixth Army (MIA / KIA) Wilmington, NC
Passenger  2nd Lt. Neil D. Quast, 1945251 HQ, US Army Service of Supply (MIA / KIA) Bismarck, ND
Passenger  WO(jg) Walter A. Kendzor, W2127569 (MIA / KIA) Alpine, TX
Passenger  T/3 Sidney W. Hubbell, Jr., 38074340 HQ Company, Sixth Army (MIA / KIA) Galveston, TX
Passenger  Pvt Harold A. King, 33286856 Sixth AAA Gp (MIA / KIA) North Braddock, PA
Passenger  T/4 Leland F. Abrigg, 15077461 HQ, Special Troops, Sixth Army (MIA / KIA) Youngstown, OH
Passenger  Cpl Robert J. Appel, 36192730 HQ Battery, 6th AAA Group (MIA / KIA) Muskegon, MI
Passenger  T/5 Ole C. Lund, 33475690 HQ Company, Sixth Army (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Passenger  Norreys H. McKay, American Red Cross (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Steward Robert L. Pinkham, City of Houston (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Major Eric Maxwell Catherwood, QX35565, H.Q. Milne Bay Base Sub Area (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD

MIA  February 2, 1944
MACR  2049

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9349. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-20-DL Dakota serial number 42-23487. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 374th Troop Carrier Group, 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron. Australian Call Sign VH-CJM. Nicknamed "The Shack Trooper" or "Shack Trooper". When lost, engines R-1830-92 serial numbers 41-75380 and 41-15826.

Mission History
On February 2, 1944 took off from Garbutt Airfield at Townsville on a flight bound for Gurney Airfield (No. 1 Strip, Fall River) at Milne Bay. Aboard were four crew and nineteen passengers. After take off, no radio contact was made. The radio station at Horn Island intercepted a radio message from this C-47 attempting to contact Milne Bay. When this C-47 failed to arrive it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Afterward, search aircraft failed to find any trace of this C-47. One Air-Sea Rescue Dornier flying boat based at Goodenough searched Goodenough, Woodlark and Milne Bay. One Air-Sea Rescue Dornier flying boat based at Townsville searched to Milne Bay. All aircraft flying in the vicinity were advised to look for the missing C-47.

During the 1970's this C-47 was claimed to be located by the Pacific Island Aviation Society at Lat 10.05 Long 150.21.

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. Australian Catherwood is memorialized at Bomana War Cemetery on the Port Moresby Memorial, panel 1.

Quast has a memorial marker at Temvik Cemetery in Temvik, ND.
Nicol has a memorial marker at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.
Fay has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at section MI Site 425.
Zimmerman a memorial marker Fort Scott National Cemetery plot MA, 0, 28.

Other sources incorrectly state this C-47 took off from Cooktown Airfield.
Missing Air Crew Report 2049 (MACR 2049)
Among Heroes: Tales of the Jungle Skippers
The Forgotten Fifth page 105
Oz @ War "2 February 1944 crash of a C-47 Dakota between Cooktown and Milne Bay"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John B. Donovan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leo W. Zimmerman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry T. Moseley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Cleveland Polson Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles J. Fay
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Angus D. Teskey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alfred W. Frankenfield
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William S. Imorde
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert P. Nicol
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Oliver J. Nordby
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ralph H. Turner
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Neil D. Quast
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert N. Simon
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter A. Kendzor
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sidney W. Hubbell, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold A. King
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leland F. Abrigg
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert J. Appel
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ole C. Lund
CWGC - Eric Maxwell Catherwood
FindAGrave - 2Lt Leo William Zimmerman (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Leo William Zimmerman (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Harry T. Moseley (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Cleveland Jr Polson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Charles J Fay (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Maj Angus D Teskey (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Alfred W Frankenfield (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt William S Imorde (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt Albert P Nicol (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt Albert P. Nicol (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Capt Ralph H Turner (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1LT Robert N Simon (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Neil D Quast (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Neil D Quast (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - WOJG Walter A Kendzor (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Tec3 Sidney W Hubbell, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Pvt Harold A King (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Tec4 Leland L Abrigg (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Robert J Appel (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Tec5 Ole C Lund (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018


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