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  C-47A-60-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-24398 Nose Number 208
USAAF
5th AF
403rd TCG
65th TCS

Pilot  1st Lt. Paul A. Bishop, O-672312 (KIA, BR) Wabash, IN
Co-Pilot  F/O Richmond C. Rosenberg, T-1594 (KIA, BR) Osseo, WI
Crew Chief  TSgt William E. Farle, 6243571 (WIA, rescued)
Radio  Sgt Robert E. Kenna, 32287685 (WIA, rescued)

MIA  February 19, 1944 at 4:30pm
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at Long Beach, California. Constructors Number 10260. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 403rd Troop Carrier Group, 65th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nose number 208. No known nickname or nose art. This C-47 was operationally assigned to the 433rd Troop Carrier Squadron.

Mission History
Took off from Dobodura Airfield at 3:58 on a flight bound for Finschafen Airfield. At 4:30pm, this C-47 radioed that it was in trouble and was loosing altitude rapidly and the crew were attempting to fly towards the sea. This C-47 crashed or force landed in the vicinty of Cape Ward Hunt. When it crashed, two died and the other two were wounded.

Search
After the crash, a rescue team trekked to the crash site over six days from the coast. At the site, the two wounded crew members were rescued. At the crash site, Lt. Bishop was buried. Lt. Rosenberg was not buried due to the location of his remains inside the aircraft wreckage.

Memorials
Bishop and Rosenberg were both officially declared dead the day of the mission. Bishop is buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot A row 9 grave 189. He is memorialized on the roll of honor at the Wabash Museum. Rosenberg has a memorial marker at Osseo Cemetery in Osseo, WI.

References
65th Troop Carrier Squadron microfilm frames 1453, 1460
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-24398
The Wabash Museum - Roll of Honor
"PAUL A. BISHOP, first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, who had won the Distinguished Flying Cross for completing more than fifty operational flights with extraordinary achievement, gave his life while on a mission over New Guinea on Feb. 19, 1944. First reported missing, the Wabash flier was later reported killed in action in messages to the wife, Mrs. Jean Smith Bishop, Wabash, and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bishop, Wabash. Lt. Bishop was a student of Lagro and Wabash High schools, enlisted June 15, 1942 and went to the southwest Pacific area in June 1943. He was employed at the General Tire and Rubber company. A small daughter, Paula also survives."
FindAGrave - 1Lt Paul Arden Bishop (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Richmond Clarence Rosenberg (photo, memorial marker)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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