1st LT USAAF WWII
1330th Army Air Force Base Unit
He was the son of Frederick H Langhorst and Frieda Beckmann of Yonkers, Westchester County, New York. He married Alice Pirzl. Together, they had one daughter, Gail. His sisters were Dorothy Langhorst and Anna Langhorst. His first cousins were SSgt William J Langhorst and Genevieve M 'Gene' DeWitt Langhorst.
He disappeared as the CoPilot of C-109 #44-49628 on 17 July 1945. The aircraft departed Jorhat, India enroute to Chengtu, China. They had instrument clearance on the Able route. It was a routine Hump cargo flight hauling 100 octane aviation gasoline to the Chengtu area.
A position report was received as being over Pathalipam, India at 8,000 ft. There were no further radio contacts with this ship. Negative replies were received in answer to all queries sent. This aircraft disappeared somewhere on the Hump and was declared missing as of 17 July 1945. A concentrated search was conducted to no avail, and the search was abandoned as of 17 August 1945. In view of the complete absence of information, the cause of the accident remains undetermined. All crewmembers aboard this aircraft were declared dead. The crew members were~
1st Lt Allen R Turner, Pilot
2nd Lt Frederick W Langhorst, CoPilot
Cpl Robert L McAdoo, Radio Operator
Pvt Joseph I Natvik, Flight Engineer
THE WRECKAGE OF THIS AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED OCTOBER 2007 BY CLAYTON KUHLES OF miarecoveries.org NORTHEAST OF THE VILLAGE OF BISHMAKNAGAR, ARUNACHAL PRADESH STATE, INDIA.
Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Langhorst)
16-103 | November 18, 2016
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frederick W. Langhorst, 24, of Yonkers, New York, will be buried Nov. 26 in Battle Creek, Michigan. On July 17, 1945, Langhorst was assigned to the 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command, and was the co-pilot of a C-109 aircraft with three other crew members on a routine cargo transport mission from Jorhat, India, to Hsinching, China, when it crashed in a remote area. An extensive search of the area failed to identify the crash site and the crew was declared deceased on July 18, 1946, and their remains designated non-recoverable.
In late 2007, an independent investigator, Clayton Kuhles, discovered aircraft wreckage near the village of Bismarknagar, India, in a deep ravine at a high altitude, which he believed correlated to the missing aircraft. Bone fragments were recovered and sent to the former Joint Personnel Accounting Command’s Central Identification Lab, now DPAA’s laboratory.
In February 2009, a contracted group traveled to the reported crash site and confirmed the location of the wreckage. Also in 2009, a local resident in India turned over additional bone fragments he had taken from the crash site.
To identify Langhorst’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched a nephew, as well as circumstantial evidence.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420.
Genealogy research for this man's family has been documented by the manager of this memorial. Family members of this man are encouraged to contact the manager of this memorial or Clayton Kuhles. Thank you,
Entered the service from New York.
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