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|Pilot 1st Lt Earl L. Hageman, Jr., O-417618 (MIA / KIA ) WA
Crew 1st Lt Dale E. Hanson, O-425083 (MIA / KIA ) IA
Crew 2nd Lt Angelo P. Bianco, O-434589 (MIA / KIA ) PA
Crew 2nd Lt Wade H. Lowry, O-431682 (MIA / KIA ) NC
Crew S/Sgt Michael G. Adamow, 6946756 (MIA / KIA ) PA
Crew Sgt Thomas H. Jack, 6149279 (MIA / KIA ) ME
Crew Cpl Frank J. Mehock, 7021597 (MIA / KIA ) PA
Crew Pfc Thomas W. Wilzbacher, 17026627 (MIA / KIA ) MN
Tail Gunner Sgt Frank W. Plunkett, 6578296 (MIA / KIA ) WV
MIA October 5, 1942
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2670. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-9196. This bomber was one of thirty-two delivered for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as part of lend-lease. At the factory, RAF roundels and serial number were painted over top the U. S. markings. After the bomber was ferried to the United Kingdom, the USAAF serial number would be over painted.
Between May 1942 to June 1942 one of thirty-two B-17s delivered to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the RAF. During the first week of August 1942, four from this batch: B-17E 41-9235, B-17E 41-9234, B-17E 41-9244 and this bomber were retained by the USAAF. Afterwards, repainted with U. S. markings over top the RAF markings applied at the factory. Flown from Hamilton Field via Hickam Field then across the Pacific before arriving in Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Over the target at 24,000' at dawn, the weather was clear but a cloud was over the target, requiring the formation to go around for another bomb run. Because of the delay, the formation was attacked by approximately 25 Zeros making head on attacks directed against the lead aircraft and this B-17. After about the third attack, this bomber was seen to have an engine feathered and shortly thereafter smoke was seen coming from another engine. The aircraft left the formation and was last seen entering a small cloud with eleven Zeros in pursuit. When this B-17 failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
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