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5295th ASAC (P)
|Pilot F/O Robert E. Gennette, T-008609 15th ADG, 15th RS (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Crew Chief John C. Backius, 31423410 12th ADG, 12th RS (KIA, BR) NY
Crew Chief Cpl Richard A. Gass, 39257090 (MIA / KIA) Canton, IL
Radio Cpl Doyle L. Simmons, 39957090 15th ADG, 393th ASS (KIA, BR) Spring Canyon, UT
Passenger T/3 Edward M. Kelly, 16038065 307th BG, HQ (KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Passenger T/5 Milton E. Miles, 32554493 307th BG, HQ (KIA) Tonawanda, NY
Passenger T/5 Paul P. Dunlap, 35499182 307th BG, HQ (MIA / KIA) Louisville, KY
Passenger T/5 Lloyd E. Smith, 35670095 (KIA, BR) Colmar, KY
Passenger Pfc Manuel S. Alderette, 38215137 (KIA) Silver City, NM
Passenger Pfc Thomas E. Gehringer, 36556122 307th BG, HQ (MIA / KIA) Chipman, MI
Passenger Pfc Joseph F. Peragine, 32511073 (KIA) Bronx, NY
Passenger PFc Ernest Huber, 6622238 (KIA, BR) Danville, IL
Passenger Pvt James B. Ellis, 34339752 (KIA) Ardmore, TN
Passenger Pvt Joseph S. Markulis, 36556929 307th BG, HQ (KIA) Detroit, MI
Passenger Pfc Grant C. Ruchti, 39835720 (KIA) Salt Lake City, UT
Passenger Cpl Broadus F. James, 34113675 (KIA) Marshville, NC
Passenger T/5 Noel N. Knox, 17037463 1125th MO Company (KIA) Bemidji, MN
Passenger Pfc L. W. Natson, 31183457 (KIA)
Passenger SSgt Paul A. Gallick, 13025236 (KIA) South Bend, IN
Passenger SSgt Carlton K. Nipher, 32143204 (KIA, BR) NY
Passenger Pfc Lester M. Kranz, 38379652 (KIA) Monroe, LA
Passenger CWO George Bloomer, W-2122327 (KIA) Stoneridge, NY
Passenger Dr. Isabel Walstrom, civilian (KIA)
Passenger SSgt Robert H. Meyers, 19127384 (KIA) Pasadena, CA
Passenger Sgt Kingdon G. Ford, 13054819 (KIA) Ardmore, PA
Passenger Sgt William B. Campbell, 32373777 15th ADG, 393rd AAS (KIA, BR) NY
Passenger Captain Melvin D. Deck, O-355619 133rd General Hospital (KIA, BR) Porna, UT
Passenger Sgt Melvin R. Robinson, 34453630 15th ADG, 393rd AAS (MIA / KIA) NC
Passenger Lt(jg) E. J. Cycenains, USNR (KIA)
Passenger Pfc Joseph M. Barone, 42127758 (KIA) NY
Crashed September 6, 1945 at 9:00am
Operated from New Guinea. On December 18, 1943 parked at Finschafen Airfield after delivering supplies for a fighter group.
During 1945, assigned to the FEASC (Far East Air Service Command) to the 5295th ASAC (P) in the Philippines.
Last seen by Filipino natives over Ilben Point on Leyte (roughly 12 miles from Tacloban) at about 9:00am caught in an intense rain storm and possibly attempted to turn back to base. Filipino natives on the ground observed this C-47 was observed to be on fire and apparently exploded in midair and crashed over a wide area over the San Jacinico Strait between Leyte and Samar into San Pedro Bay. The cause of the explosion is unknown.
Recovery of Remains
Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery are Gennette, Gehringer, Dunlap and Robinson.
Buried at Manila American Cemetery are seven. Backius at plot B row 5 grave 141. Kelly at plot F row 1 grave 71. Huber at plot B, row 5 grave 154. Nipher at plot A row 13 grave 197. Campbell at plot A row 2 grave 162. Deck at Plot A Row 2 Grave 77.
Buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) is Markulis at plot D grave 14.
The others were transported to the United States for permanant burial.
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