MAY 26, 1944
From Fletcher Hank's, "WHEN AND HOW THE CNAC CRASHES HAPPENED ON THE HUMP AND ITS ENVIRONS DURING WWII" (hand-dated 5/4/02)
Richard Marchant, 5/26/44, C-47 #82.
12 fatalities. Copilot, C.F. Liu (Chinese). There were two excellent maintenance men aboard, Jack Haubelt and Hal Hughes and eight other mechanics. Dick was flying from Calcutta to Dinjan in extremely bad weather with a strong tail wind that he did not know about and static so severe that he couldn't get bearings on any radio station that he flew over. Apparently, he passed east of Dinjan and flew into the Graveyard of the Himalayas, north of Burma, where he plowed into a 22,000-foot mountain in Tibet. This was CNAC's most costly crash of the War because of the loss of the valuable mechanics. It made it more difficult to recruit lead mechanics from the Pan American System.
Source: Kirkpatrick log.
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