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|Pilot 2/Lt. George W. Vandervort, O-662204 (MIA / KIA 11-10-42 / BNR) OH
Co-Pilot S/Sgt John J. Gerrity (did not fly mission)
Engineer T/Sgt Stephen J. Pitch, 33118721 (KIA)
Radio Sgt George B. Kershner, 35267797 (survived) Dayton, OH
Chaplain Capt "Ted" Theodore W. Barron, O-31196 (KIA, BR)
Passenger Sgt James M. Verstay, 20633547 (KIA 11-10-42 / BR)
Passenger Pvt Vernon R. Moak, 39304877 (KIA 11-10-42 / BR) AR
Passenger Pvt Charles W. Raddatz, 37139035 (KIA 11-10-42 / BR) NB
Passenger Pvt Charles I. Stokes, 37139199 (KIA 11-10-42 / BR)
Passenger Pvt Margarito Padilla, 38070304 (KIA 11/10/42 / BR) NM
Passenger Pvt Carlos D. Failin (KIA) MI
Passenger Pfc Gerald M. Grove, 37111466 (MIA / KIA 11-17-42, drowned, BNR) Iowa
Passenger PFC Frank A. Thomas, Jr., 37139278 (survived) Tilden, NE
Passenger PVT Duane R. Butler, 36154720 (survived) MI
Passenger Sgt Edward K. Holleman, 36155513 (survived) Hudsonville, MI
Passenger Pvt Floyd L. August, 37139105 (survived) Dorchester, NE)
Passenger Pvt John W. Mobley, 39085305 (survived) Oakland, CA
Passenger Tec5 Lawrence E. Peterson, 36308327 (KIA 12-29-42, BR)
Passenger Pvt John J. Bellus, 27139313 (KIA at crashsite)
Passenger Pfc Malvern E. Patton, 39382982 (KIA at crashsite) Dayton, WA
Passenger Pvt Theodore Romero, 39083083 (KIA at crashsite)
Passenger Pfc William L. Smith, 38083372 (KIA at crashsite)
Passenger Pvt Martin J. Brandon, 20636075 (KIA at crashsite)
Passenger Pvt Antonio T. Montes, 38070252 (KIA at crashsite)
Crashed November 10, 1942 at 1:30pm
The regular crew included pilot George W. Vandervort and co-pilot S/Sgt John J. Gerrity. When lost, this C-47 was the 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron's first wartime loss.
of the Crew
The most health survivors departed to try to locate help and left the others at the crash site. The first group of four to depart included: Pvt. Carlos Failing, Pvt. Gerald Grove (drown on November 17), Pvt. Duane Butler and Pfc Frank A. Thomas.
Two days later, a second group departed including Pvt. Floyd August, Pvt. John Mobley, Sgt George B. Kershner and Pvt. Ed Hollerman. They followed a stream bed, and eventually found an outpost. By the time an Australian patrol reached the crash site, those left behind had all died.
Diary on the Door
The door diary was displayed at the PNG Museum until the 1980s, along with a piece of the nose art. Later, this door was placed on permanent loan to the USAF Museum. In exchange, a replica of the door was donated to the PNG Museum as a replacement.
Postwar, the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Buried at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) are Barron, Bellus and Peterson at P-929.
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