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|Pilot Major Marion N. "Buzz" Pharr, O-22626 C. O. 431st BS (MIA / KIA) Newborn, GA
Crew 1st Lt. Robert O. Pate, O-416886 (MIA / KIA) Dallas, TX
Crew 1st Lt. Thomas N. Warren, Jr., O-391317 (MIA / KIA) Macon, GA
Crew 1st Lt. Richard R. Lehr, O-432385 (MIA / KIA) Lakewood, OH
Engineer Sgt Cecil A. Rogers, 7000776 (MIA / KIA) Ravenwood, MS
Crew T/Sgt Millard G. Hendrix, 6574573 (MIA / KIA) Marshfield, OR
Crew S/Sgt James B. Winey, 6667864 (MIA / KIA) Toledo, OH
Crew T/Sgt Raymond L. Nelbach, 6706490 (MIA / KIA) Utica, NY
Crew T/Sgt Samuel E. McKee, 6296808 (MIA / KIA) AZ
Gunner Pfc Edwin B. Decker, Jr., 7002217 (MIA / KIA) Columbia, LA
MIA August 7, 1942
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Constructors Number 2692. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-9220. Delivered to Cheyenne on May 26, 1942. This bomber was ferried from the United States to Hickham Field.
On June 5 1942 assigned to the 7th Air Force. On July 22, 1942 transfered to the 13th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 431st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On August 7, 1942 took off piloted by Major Marion N. Pharr on a reconnaissance mission over the Solomon Islands. When this B-17 failed to return the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The location of this loss is listed as "vicinity of Tulagi". Another lists the loss as "east of Henderson Field". Yet another source lists the loss as over the "North Solomons" which could refer to anywhere in present day Western Province including New Georgia, Choiseul or Santa Isabel, Shortlands or Bougainville.
Administratively, this aircraft was officially written off on June 15, 1944. Steve Birdsall adds: "15 June 1944” entries on the Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC), that’s a catch-all date when they brought the paperwork up to date and didn’t have a record of what had happened to the plane, but it wasn’t around anymore."
Three of the crew: Pharr, Rogers and Hendrix are memorialized on the courts of the missing at Honolulu Cemetery (Punchbowl) on court 7. The other seven: Pate, Warren, Lehr, Winey, Nelbach, McKee and Decker are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Pharr also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery at memorial section H.
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