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

Former Assignments
433rd 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)

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

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at Long Beach, California. Constructors Number 10260. On Sep 16, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-60-DL Dakota serial number 42-24398. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
On Nov 17, 1943 asssigned to the 5th Air Force, 403rd Troop Carrier Group, 433rd Troop Carrier Squadron. Later, transferred to the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron (65th TCS). Nose number 208. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 19, 1944 took off from Dobodura Airfield at 3:58pm piloted by 1st Lt. Paul A. Bishop 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 was attempting to fly towards the sea. This C-47 crashed or force landed in the vicinity of Cape Ward Hunt. When it crashed, two were killed: Bishop and Rosenberg. The other two crew were wounded.

Search
After the crash, a rescue team trekked to the crash site over six days from the coast. At the crash site, the two wounded crew members were rescued and the two killed Bishop were buried at the site. Rosenberg was not buried due to the location of his remains inside the 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 also memorialized on the roll of honor at the Wabash Museum. Rosenberg has a memorial marker at Osseo Cemetery in Osseo, WI.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-60-DL 42-24398
"24398 (MSN 10260) delivered Sep 16, 1943. 5th AF Brisbane Nov 17, 1943. Condemned Feb 20, 1944, accident."
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
May 11, 2018

 

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