|Pilot F/O Robert P. Hutson (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Melvin L. Kinney, O-669483 (KIA, BR) CO
Crew SSgt Frank A. Wise (KIA, BR) PA
Crew Cpl Sidney Israel (KIA, BR)
Passenger Cpl Henry Edward Conway, 43081 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Shorncliffe, QLD
Passenger LAC John Brough Tarrant, 51601 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Vale, VIC
Passenger LAC Harold Edward Stocker, 75207 4 Sqn, RAAF (KIA, BR) Pomona, QLD
Crashed August 27, 1943 at 10:25am
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9560. Assigned to the US Army.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th Troop Carrier Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. Assigned registration VH-CGZ.
Took off on a non-operational flight with a cargo of bombs and ammunition aboard bound for Wau. Aboard were three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) passengers. This aircraft was lost and the crew were declared Missing In Action (MIA).
C-47s searched for this aircraft, which was located from the air during early September 1943. An Australian Army patrol walked to the crash site sometime during the middle of September 1943.
This C-47 crashed near Winima, roughly
12 miles southwest of Wau. On impact, the munitions aboard exploded and scattered wreckage over a wide area. Wreckage and items were scattered over a wide area. The remains of the crew and passengers were recovered.
At the crash site, a leather wallet with photographs marked "H. E. S." [Stocker] was located some distance from the crash site and recovered. This wallet was returned to his widow, Annie Dorothy Stocker.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the date of the crash. After the recovery of remains, the Australians were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Conway at H. C. 14, Tarrant at H. C. 16. Stocker K. A. 16.
The American crew members were transported to the United States for burial. During 1948, Kinney was permanently buried at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, CO. On October 29, 2002
Wise was buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. The other American crew members are presumed to be buried in private cemeteries in the United States.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-23698
RAAF Casualty File (NAA: A705, 166/38/257)
RAAFDB - LAC TARRANT, JOHN BROUGH
RAAFDB - LAC STOCKER, HAROLD EDWARD
RAAFDB - CPL CONWAY, HENRY EDWARD
CONWAY, HENRY EDWARD
CWGC - TARRANT, JOHN BROUGH
CWGC - STOCKER,
FindAGrave - Melvin L Kinney (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Frank A Wise
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?
May 22, 2017