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USAAF Dec 1941
|Pilot Major Dean C. "Pinky" Hoevet, O-22248 19th BG, 30th BS (MIA / KIA) Fairfield, NB
Passenger Sgt Coy Adams, 6882642 (KIA, BR) Baileysville, WV
Passenger T/Sgt Stephen A. Androkovich, 6881199 19th BG, 30th BS (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger 2nd Lt William T. Chesser, O-423468 19th BG, 30th BS (MIA / KIA) TX
Passenger 1st Lt. Paul M. Lindsey, O-406701 (MIA / KIA) Canon City, CO
Passenger T/Sgt Hermon T. Randall, 69246702 (KIA, BR) GA
Passenger 2nd Lt Arthur F. Sorrell, O-426202 19th BG, 30th BS (MIA / KIA) NY
Passenger 2nd Lt Maxwell D. Stone, O-426204 19th BG, 30th BS (MIA / KIA) MA
Passenger 1st Lt George W. Hammersmith, O-364669 450th Ordnance Company (KIA, BR)
Passenger S/Sgt Bernard Merker, 32110191 (KIA, BR) New York, NY
Passenger T/Sgt Ralph Tarod, 35032421 450th Ordnance Company (KIA, BR) Columbus, OH
Crashed August 16, 1942
This B-17 was fired on by U. S. Navy anti-aircraft guns and attempted to land at Hickam Field, then Wheeler Field, but both were burning from the attack. Finally, the bomber landed at Hickam Field but was strafed by an A6M2 Zero while landing. On the ground the crew fled the B-17 while Zeros continued to strafed, but none were wounded. One of the crew fired his pistol at the strafing fighters.
Afterwards, this B-17 flew reconnaissance over the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii. On February 8, 1942 departed Hickam Field on a ferry flight overseas to Australia. Arriving at Garbutt Field near Townsville on February 19, 1942. Assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Possibly, assigned to the 28th Bombardment Squadron also.
During the night of February 22, 1942 this B-17 was damaged when its left wing tip hit the wing and no. 4 engine of B-17E 41-241. This plane got a replacement wing tip from B-17E 41-2416. This B-17 was returned to flying condition the next day, but missed the Feb 22/23 mission against Rabaul.
On March 13, 1942 participated in a bombing mission against Rabaul. Over the target, this bomber claimed one Zero.
On March 16, 1942, this B-17 piloted by Major Richard H. Carmichael was to be the pilot that would evacuate General Douglas MacArthur from Del Monte Airfield, but the engines were unable to start due to mechanical problems. When the B-17s arrived, Charmichael did fly the General on last leg of journey from Bachelor Field southward where he boarded a train.
On a June 2, 1942 piloted by Frederick Eaton and Tower. During the mission gunners claimed two Zeros south of Lae and the bomber was hit by bullets but no one aboard was injured. Due to a Japanese air raid, this bomber was unable to land at Horn Island Airfield as planned and instead landing at Coen Airfield. During the landing, the tail wheel was smashed. Afterwards, Captain Spieth flew in replacement tail wheel assembly, and it took two days to clear a runway, then Spieth flew it back to Garbutt Field near Townsville.
Recovery of Remains
The six missing crew: Hoevet, Androkovich, Lindsey, Sorrell, Stone and Chesser remain Missing In Action (MIA). All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Lindsey also has a memorial marker at Evergreen Cemetery in Braymer, Missouri. After his death, his community raised $300,000 to purchase a bomber nicknamed "Royal Gorge No. 1" in his honor.
After the crash, the remains of five of the crew: Merker, Tarod, Hammersmith, Randall and Adams were recovered and buried at Townsville US Cemetery on August 23, 1942. On August 6, 1945, they were all reburied at Ipswich Cemetery. Postwar, these remains were transported to the United States for permanent burial. Four of the crew are buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Adams at A 133 Randall at B 503. Hammersmith at B 1101. Tarod at C 1262.
Merker is buried at the United Hebrew Cemetery in Richmond (Staten Island), NY
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