NOVEMBER 24, 1944
BAILOUT NEAR KUNMING
From Fletcher Hank's, "WHEN AND HOW THE CNAC CRASHES HAPPENED ON THE HUMP AND ITS ENVIRONS DURING WWII" (hand-dated 5/4/02)
Lloyd McClellan, 11/24/44, C-47 #106.
No fatalities. Returning from Suifu late with high head wind and dark on the Hump, when he got to the Mekong River he decided he could not make it and turned for Kunming. When he got there, an air raid was in progress so all radio beams were turned off. He flew past Kunming and ran low on gas and was lost. He asked for a bearing from the Kunming station. They gave him the reciprocal of the heading he was supposed to fly to get back to Kunming. He didn't realize the mistake until he was out of gasoline. They all bailed out. They walked to a town a few days later. No one was hurt. If Lloyd had turned the volume low on the Kunming station, the radio signal would have faded. He would have learned that he was using the reciprocal heading.
Source: Kirkpatrick's log and Don Bussart