|Pilot Robert L. Boydstun, O-730852 (MIA / KIA, BR) Oklahoma City, OK
Passenger Lt. Herman M. Bowie, O-735740 (MIA / KIA, BR) New Albany, IN
Passenger Daniel Lambert Smith, 16053234 (MIA / KIA, BR) Ozark, IL
Passenger Cpl Beale Simmons, 39839461 (MIA / KIA, BR) Oakland, CA
Passenger Pvt. Louis J. Cinadr, 35313644 (MIA / KIA, BR) Cleveland, OH
Crashed June 10, 1944
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group. On March 20, 1944 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Tail letter unknown. Assigned to pilot Boydstun crew chief Smith.
On June 10, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield on a ferry flight to Gusap Airfield. On the approach to land on runway No. 5, this A-20 stalled and crashed, killing everyone aboard. After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission.
Postwar, the remains of the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Boydstun is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK at section 18. Simmons is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section C site 319. Smith is buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL at Plot: 3 grave 923-N. Cinadr is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, OH at section 110, soldier's plot.
David Smith (first cousin twice of Daniel L. Smith)
"Smith was born October 20, 1919 in Illinois.
My understanding (according to the newspaper article) was that the plane flipped over on approach after returning from a mission. Mechanical failure of some sort. In any case that is the entry indeed. I am attaching three photos regarding Daniel: 1) article regarding his death announcement, 2) article announcing his burial, and 3) his grave site. I am not sure what paper this would have been copied out of but it says Vienna Illinois. I have attached basic details about Daniel below as well."
Chris Nastal (great nephew of Cinadr)
Missing Air Crew Report 15141 (MACR 15141)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - A-20A Havoc 43-9475
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's pages 358
FindAGrave - Robert L. Boydstun (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Daniel L Smith (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Beale Simmons (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt Louis J Cinadr (obituary, grave photo)
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August 10, 2019