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|Pilot 1st Lt. Claude N. Burcky, O-417245
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Augustin Rapisardi, O-438650
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Donald C. Miller, O-42644
Navigator 1st Lt. William F. Meenagh, O-372623 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Sgt. Lloyd Chamberlain, 6554507
Crew Pvt John Naglich, 14066421
Crew S/Sgt Norris Reynolds, 20814112
Crew Sgt Lawrence Johnson, 14021680
Crew Sgt George Schmid, 6558573
Crashed September 17, 1942
On September 21, 1942 the Catalina returned and landed at Weipa Mission to check if the other four might have arrived at the mission. Still missing, nine Aboriginal trackers were taken by the Catalina to the crash site. The four were found on a mud flat, and the Catalina landed to collect them but the tide had gone out leaving the Catalina stuck in the mud. Once the tide came in, they took off for Cairns with the final four survivors. Three of the crew were hospitalized afterwards Burcky, Johnson and Schmid. Meenagh was never found and remains Missing In Action (MIA).
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