Reginal Divisional Hospital giving the cause of death as due to “burned face-2nd grade, bullet
wounds in both thighs and difused peritonitis.” The death certificate was made by Intendant and
Officer of the Civil Status Atanas Mumdjiev and it is signed by Sanitary Warrant Officer
Dr. Turpomanov and witnessed by Sanitary SGT. Maj. Ilia Petrov Iotov. The IDPF relates that
the interment was made in the Civilian Cemetery at Plovdiv. “The remains were thereafter
transferred to the custody of the American Graves Registration Service whereupon a complete
identification examination was made to verify that the deceased was, in fact, Corporal Garvin”.
This seems to leave little doubt that Cpl. Garvin died in captivity in Plovdiv and not at the crash site in Strelcha.
As far as where the plane went down:
From the IDPF’s (Individual Deceased Personnel File), we learn that the actual crash location is near the village of Strelcha, (Strelca)
Bulgaria, -thus the coordinates given in the MACR are 84 miles NE of the actual location.
From the Inquiry to the Bulgarian government, from the Chief of the Air-Warning
Unit of the War Ministry – Headquarters – St. Sofia, “A four engine aircraft crashed
4 km east of Strelcha village, near Plovdiv, in the middle of the triangle Valk, Krastevich village, and Strelcha village. Some members of the crew burned to death, two people captured.”