Sadler, Ralph L., 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 10th Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Aviation

Second Lieutenant



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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bernie
Last Address
Bernie, Missouri

Casualty Date
Oct 16, 1945
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
China
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Bernie Memorial Cemetery - Bernie, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
China-Burma-India (CBI)USAAF 14th Air Force
  1944-1945, 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1054, USAAF 14th Air Force
  1945-1945, 10th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
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Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Ralph Sadler enlisted in the AAC on 10 August 1943.

Flying the Hump in China transporting Chinese Nationalists to a safe Haven north of Hankow, China after Japan had surrendered..  Crashed into a radio tower in the rain and fog.  All aboard perished. 

In the CBI, he served with the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 10th and 14th Air Forces.

On 16 October 1945, he was the pilot of a C-46F (tail number 44-78591) that was lost near Peiking (Beijing), China during operatons when it struck a radio transmission tower while on approach for landing on final approach at Nanyuan Airfield.  Cause was attributed to poor visibility and fog near the airfield resulting in the crash. The aircraft came down approximately 15.6 miles WNW of the field.  The flight had originated in Hankou, China,  now part of Wuhan, en route to Peiking/Beijing, China. 

Crew members and passengers killed were: 
2nd Lt. Ralph L. Sadler (pilot) 
2nd Lt. Ernest N. Riedel
2nd Lt. Glenwood L. Waggoner
Cpl. Oscar P. Peterson


Passengers:
55 Chinnese Miltiary personnel 

   
Comments/Citation
Notes:

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) # 15993

http://www.aviationarcheology.org/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Sadler&Submit7=Go http://planecrashinfo.com/1945/1945.htm
http://planecrashinfo.com/1945/1945-50.htm (details of the crash)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PncI5MiIPts
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19451012-0 (details)
   
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