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Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Owner/operator:468th BGp /792nd BSqn USAAF
Registration: 42-6238
MSN: 3372
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Emei Mountain, Sichuan Province -   China
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kharagpur Airfield, West Bengal, India
Destination airport:AAF Base A-7, Pengshan, China
B-29-1-BW 42-6238 Delivered to the USAAF 8 November 1943. Departed Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas for CBI (China-Burma-India Theater of Operations) on 15 April 1944. Assigned to 792nd Bomb Squadron, 468th Bomb Group, Kharagpur, India 24 May 1944: converted to tanker.

On October 1, 1944 aircraft 42-6238, piloted by Captain Winkler of the 792nd Bomb Squadron crashed on a routine cargo mission to the Advance Base, under circumstances which left little doubt that all on board perished.The last radio contact was while over Myitkyina, Burma. The B-29 crashed into Mount Emei, Sichuan Province, China (at approximate Coordinates: 2931′11″N 10319′57″E). Aboard 42-6238 as passengers were Captain Thomas Maxwell, Medical Officer and T/Sgt. S.C. Spillers, Crew Chief of 42-6238.

The Crew of 7 (plus 3 passengers) were all KIA:
Capt. Eddie Winkler Airplane Commander
1st Lt. Robert Purvis Co Pilot
2nd Lt. John Geene Flight Engineer
2nd Lt. Earl Thompson - Navigator
Maj. John Matthews Passenger
Capt. Thomas Maxwell Passenger
T/Sgt. Jack Raymond Radar Operator
T/Sgt. Ward Clark Crew
S/Sgt. Henry Eyerman Crew
T/Sgt. Samuel Spillers, Jr. Crew Chief

The fatal crash of 42-6328 was the second accident involving Capt Eddie Winkler: he had been previously involved in the crash of B-29 tanker 42-6356 "The Gusher" on August 26 1944. What remains that were found were buried in a cemetery in Chengdu. Two airmen were buried July 21, 1949 in Section E 74 at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.


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Revision history:

21-Jun-2014 13:52 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Narrative]
21-Jun-2014 13:53 Uli Elch Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2017 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2017 21:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2020 16:08 DG333 Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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