Friday, 6 September 2013

US JPAC On Search Mission For WWII Plane Crash Remains In India

A US team from the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command (JPAC) on Thursday left for northeastern Indian state of Tripura to search for the remains of those who died in a plane crash in World War II, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The six-member team led by JPAC director, Jennifer Nasarenko, will visit Birmonipara in Gandacherra subdivision in Dhalai district where a wreckage of an American plane was found in January this year after a month-long search operation by Assam Rifles troops.

The team comprising JPAC operations director, LTC Timothy Duffy and JPAC official Owen O'Leary will stay at Ambassa, the district headquarters of Dhalai and hold meetings with the district administration about visiting Birmonipara, a remote tribal hamlet where the plane had reportedly crashed on May 17, 1946.

The JPAC team is accompanied by Tripura government's Under Secretary Arup Deb. The team will leave for Kolkata on Sept 7 after carrying out an on-spot study.

The C-47-B plane took off from Rangoon Airport in Myanmar with 11 war criminals along with other passengers for Calcutta on that fateful day in 1946 but crashed in the dense forest near Birmonipara village in Dhalai district.

All passengers and crew members had reportedly died in the crash and their bodies later buried at a cemetery built by the local tribal people near Birmonipara village.

The plane's propeller and crash site were located within 3km of the cemetery.

Thursday 6 September 2013


bringhomec47 said...

I am very interested in this photograph. I am the great-niece of one of the 50+ men lost at this crash site. I have been following the news articles from the Indian outlets, but have yet to see this photograph. Is this a photograph of JPAC investigating this actual site or is this a stock photo from a different location?

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