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  B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2586  
11th AF
28th BG
36th BS
11th AF c1942
Pilot  1st. Lt. Major H. McWilliams, O-425019 (MIA / KIA) MS
Crew  Captain Robert H. Bennington, O-474415 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew  2nd Lt. Bernard M. Dowd, O-725415 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew  2nd Lt. Richard M. Johnson, O-660758 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew  2nd Lt. William E. Osburn, O-789800 (MIA / KIA) IN
Crew  MSgt Henry E. Fretwell, 6545796 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  SSgt Samuel L. Herron, 6285858 (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew  SSgt John A. Reeves, 18008692 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  Cpl Clinton J. Chadsey, 11037989 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  Cpl Stanley E. Earls, 39083528 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  Cpl Harold Holcombe, 18044424 (MIA / KIA) AZ
Crew  Cpl Royal C. Kinsman, 36227890 (MIA / KIA) WI
Crew  Cpl Louis T. Madore, 39165970 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  Pvt Julian W. Meeks, 12033607 (MIA / KIA) GA
Crew  Pvt Thomas M. Wright, 20828515 (MIA / KIA) OK

Crashed  January 21, 1943
MACR  ????

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 28th Bombardment Group, 36th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
On January 21, 1943 this B-17 collided with B-17E 41-9094 causing this bomber to crash into a mountain in the Aleutians.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at the court of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

The Thousand- Mile War page 144-145, footnote referencing Steve Birdsall research

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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