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AP March 10, 1942
|Pilot Captain Ray L. Cox, O-380226 (MIA / KIA) TX
Co-Pilot 1st Lt John E. L. Huse, O-021777 (MIA / KIA) ME
Crew S/Sgt John U. Sowa, 6541524 (MIA / KIA) MT
Crew Sgt. Arthur E. Karlinger, 6579249 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crew Sgt John S. Penny, 17023807 (MIA / KIA) MS
Gunner Pfc Jack E. Bingham, 20813175 (MIA / KIA) TX 131st Field Artillery (flying as gunner)
Gunner Pvt. Don H. Barnes, 20813583 (MIA / KIA) TX 131st Field Artillery (flying as gunner)
Crashed February 3, 1942
Afterwards, ferried from Clark Field down to Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao. Next, on the morning of December 14, this B-17 piloted by Lt. Connaly blew a tire during take off on a mission to bomb Japanese off Legaspi, and did not participate in the mission.
On December 22, 1941 this B-17 was one of nine B-17s that took off from Batchelor Field on a for a bombing mission against Japanese shipping in Davao Bay. Returning, they land at Del Monte Airfield and afterwards return to Batchelor Field.
On December 30, at 8:00am, Major Walsh led six B-17s including this bomber, now the last operational B-17C in the theater to Malang AIrfield.
On the morning of January 8, 1942, flown from Malang AIrfield by Lt. Connally to Kendari II Airfield and took off again on a bombing mission. Became separated before arriving over Davao Bay and bombed a large transport, but missed and afterwards returned to Kendari II Airfield.
On January 11, 1942 at 5:55am took off from Singosari Airfield piloted by Lt. Kurts and Lt. Connaly to bomb the Japanese invasion force off Tarakan. Encountered a storm over the Java Sea forcing the formation to climb up to 27,000'. Nearing the target, they observed a smoke column from the burning Borneo oil fields and experienced a drop in oil pressure from the No. 1 engine, but adjusted controls and continued on the mission. At 11:45am, this B-17 dropped its bombs over Tarakan from 29,000' and damage was reported as uncertain and turned back for base, but began loosing altitude, 100' per minute and instead landed at Soerabaja Airfield, after an 11 hour, 30 minute mission. The next day, the B-17 returned to Singosari Airfield.
On January 19, took off piloted by Lt. Connally with co-pilot Major Combs took off from Malang AIrfield during a storm, on a joint bombing mission between the 19th BG and 7th BG, to attack Jolo then land at Del Monte to pickup stranded personnel and return to Malang. Finding Jolo cloud covered by the storm, the formation proceeded to Del Monte, but spotted Japanese warships in a hole in the clouds. Bombardier Sgt. Fesmire had stowed the bombsight, and quickly worked to install it, and dropped their 100 pound bombs on a tanker in two three bomber elements, scoring many hits and was burning and sinking by its stern. Landing at Del Monte, the B-17s picked up stranded 19th BG personnel, with priority to stranded pilots, and took off after midnight on January 20 for Malang. For his role in the evacuation flight, Connally earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
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