2Lt Rita F. Erard

2Lt Rita F. Erard

Death 4 Mar 1945
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Army
Memorial ID 56751752 · View Source
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Rita served as a Second Lieutenant in the 172nd General Hospital, Army Nurse's Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.

She resided in Onondaga County, New York prior to the war.

Rita was a passenger on C-47 #41-18554 and was also a member of a medical task force that was scheduled to open an advanced Army Hospital near Calcutta, India.

C-47 #41-18554 took off, with a crew of 2 and 25 passengers that included 15 female nurses, from Dinjan, India on a flight to Ledo, India. When approaching Ledo for a landing the C-47 made a low turn, due to fog, and crashed and and burned near the India-Burma border. All 27 on the flight perished in this accident.

Rita was declared "Missing In Action" in the "Line Of Duty" in this accident during the war.

Service # N-789913

2nd Lt. Kathryn L. McCarthy ( see below ) was also from Onondaga County, New York.

This crash was the single highest fatality of American female nurses during World War II.

The remains of two of those on this flight, 2nd Lt. Erard and 2nd Lt. Launier, were never recovered from the wreckage due to the intensity of fire.

Reference: MACR #1013

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Crew who perished on C-47 #41-18554:

Lukaszczyk, John J. ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, PA
Mandoukos, Nicholas J. ~ Capt, Pilot, NY

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Passengers who perished on C-47 #41-18554:

Amsler, Walter S., Jr. ~ 1st Lt, TX
Blalock, Francis W. ~ 2nd Lt, NC
Barnes, Julia S. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, WI
Blevins, Jane M. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, KY
Bruton, Evelyn M. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, NY
Dellinger, Thomas E. ~ 2nd Lt, OH
Erard, Rita F. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, NY ~ MIA
Gerdrum, Evelyn M. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, MT
Glisson, Lyndell A. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, MS
Hammack, Henry D., Jr. ~ 1st Lt, MI
Harris, Eathel L. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, MO
Henley, Helen J. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, NC
Larkin, Catherine M. ~ 1st Lt, ANC, MA
Launier, Joseph R. ~ 2nd Lt, MA ~ MIA
Lloyd, Kathryn L. ~ 1st Lt, ANC, PA
Loucks, Charles W. ~ Capt, FL
Masters, Grady A. ~ 1st Lt, FL
McCarthy, Kathryn L. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, NY
Merrill, Ann L. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, IL
Monahan, Genevieve R. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, CA
Moore, Edward R. ~ Capt, OH
Onken, Mayo C. ~ 2nd Lt, ANC, CA
Scott, Jack P. Lt Col, TX
Thomey, Leona A. ~ Civilian, Red Cross, MN
Tibbetts, Robert W. ~ 1st Lt, NJ

Note: ANC = Army Nurse's Corps

( Crew & Passenger listing by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751752
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Rita F. Erard (unknown–4 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751752, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .