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  C-47A-90-DL "Windy City" Serial Number 43-16011  
USAAF
5th AF
417 BG
673rd BS

Pilot  Captain Eldred E. Kellogg, O-803830 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) East Bethany, NY
Co-Pilot  Capt. James E. Dickey, O-804626 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Burlington, NC
Engineer  SSgt William F. Caruthers, 37226279 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Junction City, KS
Radio  SSgt Morris Cohen, 31159757 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Roxbury, MA
Passenger  Captain Robert F. Meeker, O-804705 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Tiffin, OH
Passenger  SSgt Luigi F. Bettina, 32742646 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) NY
Passenger  1st Lt Richard F. Stanley, O-7625001 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Corcoran, CA
Passenger  SSgt Fred O. Miller, 18062910 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Wortham, TX
Passenger  2nd Lt Harvey J. McHenry, O-77108 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Benton, PA
Passenger  Sgt Frank A. Lo Vallo, 33603032 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Scranton, PA
Passenger  1st Lt Victor Paschild, O-759722 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Hammond, OR
Passenger  Sgt Glenn E. Sinclair, 06245345 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Denver, CO
Passenger  2nd Lt Gregor M. Bronson, O-762454 3rd BG, 8th BS (MIA / KIA) WA
Passenger  Sgt James F. Tyree, 34711240 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Lewisburg, TN
Passenger  2nd Lt Robert A. Daube,O-779805 43rd BG, 65th BS (MIA / KIA) CA
Passenger  Sgt Albert L. Desrochers, 31353365 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Newton, MA
Passenger  2nd Lt Thomas D. Galey, 02060788 43rd BG, 403rd BS (MIA / KIA) GA
Passenger  Sgt Harry C. Gould, 36454904 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Grand Rapids, MI
Passenger  2nd Lt Kenneth W. Sober, O-78321 43rd BG, 65th BS (MIA / KIA) Ellis County, OK
Passenger  Sgt Michael Mikula, 12135212 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Jersey City, NJ
Passenger  2nd Lt Robert G. Powel, 02037437 USAAF (MIA / KIA) Essex County, NJ
Passenger  Sgt Emerson A. Tanner, 34651430 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Cheraw, SC
Passenger  SSgt William I. Shaw, 16186470 417th BG, 672nd BS (MIA / KIA) Detroit, MI
Passenger  Sgt Selby L. Yates, 16075385 417th BG, 673rd BS (MIA / KIA) Godfrey, IL
Crashed  March 27, 1945
MACR  14320

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 20477. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-90-DL Skytrain serial number 43-16011. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 673rd Bombardment Squadron (673rd BS). Nicknamed "Windy City". When lost, engines: R-1830-92 serial numbers. CP-358202 and CP-358185.

On March 16, 1945 took off from Hill Airfield on Mindoro Island in the Philippines bound for Sydney. Aboard were personnel from several units traveling to Australia for rest and recuperation (R&R).

Mission History
On March 27, 1945 at 8:21pm took off from Garbutt Field at Townsville piloted by Captain Eldred E. Kellogg bound for Finschafen Airfield in New Guinea. Aboard were personnel from several units including the 417th BG, 43rd BG and 3rd BG that were returning to Mindoro Island in the Philippines. When this aircraft failed to arrive, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
After being reported as lost, a search was begun on March 29, 1945 the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) searching out to sea between Townsville and Port Moresby with Sunderland flying boats. Also, the 310th Bomb Wing Air & Sea Rescue section and the Combat Replacement Training Center (CRTC) searched from Nadzab Airfield. In addition, all airfields north of Townsville were checked for the missing C-47, in case it diverted to another airfield. On April 2, 1945 two Sunderlands searched unsuccessfully. Although several rumors were received during these searches, none proved to be substantiated. No trace of the aircraft was ever found.

Memorials
The crew and passengers (with the exception of Bronson) were officially declared dead on March 27, 1945 the day of the crash. Bronson was officially declared dead on July 27, 1945 (likely this date is an administrative error). Because this flight was over a non-combat area, none of the crew or passengers earned the Purple Heart when they were killed.

To this day, the entire crew remains officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). The entire crew is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Kellogg earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He also has a memorial marker at East Bethany Cemetery in East Bethany, NY.

Dickey earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Cohen earned the Air Medal.

Meeker earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Stanley earned the Air Medal.

Paschild earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Galey earned the Air Medal.

Bronson has a memorial mark at Rosedale Cemetery in Gig Harbor, WA.

Tyree has a memorial marker at Haynes Cemetery in Culleoka, TN.

Gould has a memorial marker at Seaman Cemetery in Casnovia, MI.

Relatives
Barbara Graham Hammaker (niece of Captain Robert Meeker)
"My uncle was a passenger on the plane, getting ready to come home after 100 hours of combat flight in the Pacific Arena of WWII. My 89 year old mom is the last survivor of her generation from my uncle, AAF Capt. Robert Meeker, who was lost on the C-47 transport "Windy City" on March 27, 1945. I pray that he might still be found that she could have the peace of that closure. Our family was told that the flight encountered a typhoon, and was presumed lost in the Coral Sea on its flight from Cooktown Airfield to Wards Drome (5 Mile) near Port Moresby.

[April 10, 2014] I wanted you to know that Capt. Robert F. Meeker's only remaining sibling, Dorothy (my mom) passed after a brief illness in October 2013. We did send the mDNA evidence to the US Army and they have confirmed it is on file for identifying my uncle, should his remains from the C-47 Windy City wreck ever be found in New Guinea. I hope you will contact me should there ever be a breakthrough. I was contacted by the daughter of another passenger of that flight (relative of Bronson) and we hope every day that some day a lead will be found for that missing flight. Thank you again for all you do."

Wreckage
The wreckage of this aircraft has never been located. It is believed to be somewhere in the mountains behind Kamadarang village in the Saruwaged Range.

Brian Bennett adds:
"The radio code books belonging to radio operator 'Cohen' were found in a crash site in that area. However a later investigation had the locals taking a party to B-25D "Torrid Tessie The Terror" 41-29692 though I think that the C47 is still there though local knowledge may now be gone and the C-47 'lost again'."

References
Note, passenger Lovallo is listed as "Lovallo" [sic] in some sources.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James E. Dickey
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Morris Co hen [sic Cohen]
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert F. Meeker
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Luigi F. Bettina

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Fred O. Miller
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Frank A. Lo Vallo
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Glenn E. Sinclair
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - James F. Tyree
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Albert L. Desrochers
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Harry C. Gould
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Kenneth W. Sober
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Michael Mikula
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert G. Powel
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Emerson A. Tanner
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - William I. Shaw
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Selby L. Yates
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-90-DL Skytrain 43-16011
"16011 (MSN 20477, 417th TCG) lost Mar 27, 1945, New Guinea. MACR 14320"
Missing Air Crew Report 14320 (MACR 14320) created April 3, 1945
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 43-16011
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Eldred E. Kellogg
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James E. Dickey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William F. Caruthers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Morris Cohen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert F. Meeker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Luigi F. Bettina
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard F. Stanley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Fred O. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harvey J. McHenry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank A. Lo Vallo
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Victor Paschild
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Glenn E. Sinclair
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gregor M. Bronson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James F. Tyree
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert A. Daube
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert L. Desrochers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas D. Galey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry C. Gould
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth W. Sober
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael Mikula
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert G. Powel
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Emerson A. Tanner
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William I. Shaw
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Selby L. Yates
FindAGrave - Capt Eldred Kellogg (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Eldred E Kellogg (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - CAPT James E Dickey (CAPT James E Dickey)
FindAGrave - SSgt William F Caruthers (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Morris Cohen (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Robert F Meeker (tablets of the missing, photos)
FindAGrave - SSgt Luigi F Bettina (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Richard F. Stanley (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Fred O Miller (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Harvey J Mchenry (tablets of the missing, photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Frank A Lo Vallo (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Victor Paschild (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Glenn E Sinclair (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lt Gregor M Bronson (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Gregor M Bronson (tablets of the missing photo) date of death listed as July 27, 1945 [sic]
FindAGrave - James Freeland Tyree (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Sgt James F Tyree (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Robert A. Daube (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Albert L Desrochers (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Thomas Dandridge Galey (tablets of the missing photo, map)
FindAGrave - Sgt Harry C Gould (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Harry C. Gould (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Kenneth W Sober (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Michael Mikula (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Robert G Powel (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Emerson A Tanner (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt William I Shaw (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Selby L Yates (tablets of the missing photo)
DPMO Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII for the U. S. Army Air Force Last name beginning with L - Lovallo [sic, Lo Vallo] via Wayback Machine December 9, 2014
DPAA Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII for the U. S. Army Air Forces - Lovallo [sic, Lo Vallo]
DPAA Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII from Pennsylvania - Lovalle [sic, Lo Vallo]
Thanks to Barbara Graham Hammaker and Brian Bennett for additional information

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Last Updated
October 31, 2019

 

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