27th Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 10th Air Force
Aircraft C-47B, serial number 43-16350, nicknamed Able Baker, departed on 28 September 1945 from Hsian on an administrative mission to Liangshan AB, China. Bad weather and rain caused shorting out of radio equipment. The aircraft went missing between Liangshan and Peishiyi. Search was made by C-47 and L-5 on 29 September 1945. Weather prohibited flying on 30 September. Search was made in Liangshan area with no results.
Pilot, 1st Lt John F. Pospichal
Co-Pilot, F/O Frederick L. Patterson
Radio Operator T/Sgt Jerome H. Birkenfeld
Crew Chief S/Sgt Robert S. Abeel Jr.
Passengers Major Leslie G. Shellan and Colonel James C. MacMullan
Son of Robert S Abeel Sr and Ruby
Enlisted 22 Apr 1943, Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
Buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY, Plot E, 0, 100
On headstone with Frederick Patterson
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of birth: 7 December 1924
- Date of death: 28 September 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 27th Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal
- Burial/Memorial Location: Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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