May 26, 2022 10:00 pm

Lost 80-year-old WWII plane found in the Himalayas

One Missing WWII plane found in remote Himalayan area, in India, almost 80 years after his accident after a complicated search in which three guides died.

The C-46 transport ship, which took off from Kunming (in southern China) was flying with 13 people on board when it disappeared in the middle of a storm in the mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh in the first week of 1945.

”This plane was never heard from again. It just disappeared,” explained Clayton Kuhles, an American adventurer who led the mission after a request from the son of one of the accident victims.

The remains of the aircraft were found in a remote area of ​​the Himalayas almost 80 years after its accident.AFP

The expedition lasted months as Kuhles and a team of local guides crossed chest-deep rivers and camped in frigid temperatures. Three guides died of hypothermia at the beginning of the mission during a snow storm.

The team finally found the plane on a snowy mountain last month, and was able to identify the fuselage by the number on the plane’s tail. There were no human remains on the ship.

Bill Scherer, the orphaned son who commissioned the mission, said he was “delighted just to know where” his father is. “It’s sad, but happy,” he said in an email to AFP from New York.

The plane was carrying 13 people at the time of its disappearance, although no human remains were found.
The plane was carrying 13 people at the time of its disappearance, although no human remains were found.

“I grew up without a father. All I think about is my poor mother, receiving a telegram and discovering that my father is missing and she has stayed with me, a 13-month-old baby, “he added.

Hundreds of US military aircraft went missing on operations in India, China and Burma during World War II, either due to attacks by Japanese forces or due to weather conditions.

With information from AFP

Reference-www.lanacion.com.ar

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