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|Pilot F/O Judson B. Baskett, T-64445 1305th AAFBU (MIA / KIA, BR) Houston, TX
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. William H. Myers, O-796183 1305th AAFBU (KIA) Elizabethtown, PA
Radio Pfc Donald E. Jones, 37484709 1305th AAFBU (MIA / KIA) MN
MIA November 27, 1945
All three crew members were assigned to the 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit (1305th AAFBU). Baskett was from Texas and married. Jones was from Minnesota and married.
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 20727. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47B-1-DL Dakota serial number 43-16261.
Assigned to the Air Transport Command (ATC). No known nickname or nose art. Tail number "61" with a "C" at the tip of the tail. On the right side of the rear fuselage was the ATC logo, a black circle with "The Air Transport Command" and "U. S. Army Air Forces" with the Air Transport Command logo in the center. When lost, engines R-1830-90-C serial numbers CP-139362 and P-1333226. No weapons were aboard.
On November 27, 1945 took off from Singapore piloted by F/O Judson B. Baskett on a transport flight via Swittenham Airfield (Klang) bound for Butterworth Airfield. Weather was scattered showers and occasional rain with visibility of 15-20 miles. Last reported location by radio was over Malaoca. When this aircraft failed to arrive, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
After being reported missing, U. S. Army Air Force aircraft and were briefed to look for this aircraft. Also Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft cooperated in the search. On the fifth day of searching, flares were sighted at Lat 100° 59' East and Long 4° 24' North. But no results were reported.
During March 1946, an object was observed on the side of a mountain 45 miles south of Butterworth. Several efforts were made to reach the site by foot, but were unsuccessful. Later, it was determined to be a waterfall. On November 28, 1946 crew was officially declared dead.
In fact, this C-47 crashed into a jungle covered mountain slope, the nose section was crushed but the wings and tail section remain largely intact. Today, the crash site is located in the Bubu Forest Reserve, west of Ipoh.
On July 6, 1966 a Malaysian cutting sugar cane discovered the crash site in the jungle on a mountain side near Perak, Malaysia. Afterwards, a report was made to the Kuala Kangsar Police and relayed to the Malaysian Ministry of Defense Joint Operations Center who then notified the U. S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
On July 12, 1966 the embassy's U. S. Air Force Air Attaché trekked to the crash site and confirmed the site, observed the tail serial "316261" and took photographs. On July 14, 1966 the Air Attaché notified the Department of the Air Force. During middle July 1966, a spokesman at the Pentagon was quoted in WWII Pilot's Mother Wants Jungle Search "the plane was identified by numbers on the tail section spotted by aircraft flying overhead. Identification of the persons presumably killed in the crash was done by checking with the Army casually branch."
In early 1985, the wreck was rediscovered by two rattan (palm) collectors, who notified the press and Museum Negara and Military Museum.
During 2012, a team from Malaysian Historical Group (MHG) visited the crash site and recovered personal effects from the wreckage.
On February 26, 2015 a partnership was created between the Malaysian Government and the United States Government to undertake remains recovery work at this crash site.
Recovery of Remains
A news conference was held on September 9, 2015. The DPAA team of eleven was led by Captain Gregory Lynch with anthropologist Dr. Owen O'Leary. The Royal Malaysian Armed Forces team included Brig General Datuk Dr, Mohd Ilham Haron, forensic odontology. Remains and personal effects were recovered from the crash site including the flight jacket of Myers.
On November 4, 2015 at Subang Airport a turnover ceremony was attended by U. S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Malaysian Armed Forces. The remains recovered from the crash site were transfered aboard C-17 Globemaster HH 55150 and flown to Joint-Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham to DPAA arriving the next day.
On June 15, 2016 the Department of Defense (DoD) announced Baskett was identified using dental and anthropological analyses plus circumstantial and material evidence.
Baskett also has a memorial marker at Hollywood Cemetery in Houston, TX. After his remains were identified in 2016, he was permanently buried on August 12, 2016 in Houston, TX at
No memorial service was ever conducted for Myers, whose mother hoped that he would one day return.
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