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|Pilot 1st Lt Leonard E. Walker, O-740313 (MIA / KIA) Pampa, TX
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt William R. Kinzie, O-680650 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Engineer Sgt Keith K. Keown, 37656484 (MIA / KIA) Des Moines, IA
Radio Operator SSgt Ben A. Korzinski, 13131115 (MIA / KIA) Pittsburgh, PA
Passenger 2nd Lt Charles C. Boyd, O-2036146 8th FG, 35th FS (MIA / KIA) Stephenville, TX
Passenger 1st Lt Ted R. Davis, O-1542961 U. S. Army Medical Corps (MIA / KIA) Denver, CO
Passenger Captain Daniel P. Predovich, O-480865 USAAF, 59th Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) Pueblo, CO
MIA September 25, 1944 at 4:50pm
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 13417. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-25-DK Skytrain serial number 42-93499. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 317th Troop Carrier Group, 46th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nose number 79 (other sources list as X79). When lost, engines R-1830-92 serial numbers CP-358873 and CP-359184.
On September 25, 1944 at 11:22am took off from Garbutt Field near Townsville piloted by 1st Lt. Leonard E. Walker on a flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. Manifested were three members of 8th Fighter Control Squadron, but they did not travel on the flight. Instead, three other passengers were aboard. This C-47 landed at Lae Airfield at 4:25pm, then took off for Nadzab Airfield at 4:50pm but failed to arrive. Last contact was by radio for routine take off clearance. This aircraft was last seen on take off. When this aircraft failed did not arrive, it was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Afterwards, extensive searches were flown for this C-47 over the presumed flight route between Lae and Nadzab. without result.
The entire crew and passengers were officially declared dead on April 3, 1946. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. Korzinski also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery in memorial section H. Predovich also has a memorial marker at Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, CO at block 20.
Previously, Korzinski survived the force landing of C-47 "The Amazon" 42-23659 on December 1, 1943
The three 8th Fighter Control Squadron personnel manifested that did not fly on this aircraft were: Cpl Roberts V. Fortney 17636515, Cpl Joseph J. Glodenis 19067510 and Sgt Richard C. Garrett, 19067510.
46th Troop Carrier Squadron lists this C-47 as missing between Cooktown Airfield and Port Moresby in error.
Other sources incorrectly state this C-47 was flying from Cooktown Airfield to Port Moresby in error.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Leonard E. Walker
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - William R. Kinzie
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Keith K. Keown
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Ben A. Korzinski
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-25-DK 42-93499
"93499 (MSN 13417, 317th TCG) lost Sep 25, 1944, SW Pacific. MACR 14321."
Missing Air Crew Report 14321 (MACR 14321) created retroactively on May 16, 1945
RAAF Survey of Aircraft Wreckage, Australia, page 1 "18 - 15.28 / 145.14 - Cooktown Area - USAC Douglas C-47A 42-934499 [sic] Departed Cooktown for Port Moresby - no further news"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leonard E. Walker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William R. Kinzie
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Keith K. Keown
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ben A. Korzinski
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles C. Boyd
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ted R. Davis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Daniel P. Predovich
FindAGrave - 1Lt Leonard E Walker (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt William R Kinzie
FindAGrave - Sgt Keith K Keown (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Ben A Korzinski (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Benjamin A. Korzinski (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Ted R Davis
FindAGrave - Capt Daniel P Predovich, Jr
FindAGrave - Capt Daniel P. Predovich, Jr (grave photo)
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