|Pilot 1st Lt. Claude W. Burger
Co-Pilot Captain Edison K. Walters (WIA) C. O. 499th BS
Navigator 2nd Lt. Louis E. Higgins (WIA)
Crashed July 8, 1943
Built by North American. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 499th Bombardment Squadron during March 1943. Assigned to pilot Claude W. Burger and crew chief Bright. Nicknamed "Blunder Bus".
On July 8, 1943 took off from Durand
Airstrip (17 Mile) near Port Moresby. After take off, the pilot lowered the nose gear incorrectly, believing the co-pilot had already raised the gear. It hit
and ended up in the swamp, and the bomber's fuselage had broken. Three crew members were hospitalized in
the crash. The aircraft was abandoned.
Probably, this aircraft was scrapped sometime in the early 1980s. It
has not been located recently, and the area described in the crash
appears to be empty.
Warpath Across The Pacific page 32-33, 386
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January 3, 2015