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  B-24A-CO Liberator Serial Number 40-2359  
11th AF
28th CG
21st BS

Pilot  Captain Ira Wintermute (rescued)
Navigator  1st Lt. Horace T. Freeman, Jr., O-421214 30th BG, 392nd BS (MIA / KIA) GA
Gunner  Pvt Brooks C. Quattlebaum, 34119948 30th BG, 392nd BS (MIA / KIA) NC

Crashed  June 18, 1942
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. When lost, at least two of the crew members from the 4th Air Force, 30th Bombardment Group, 392nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 18, 1942 took off from Cold Bay Airfield piloted by Captain Ira Wintermute as one of four B-24 that joined a formation including one LB-30 plus three B-17s on a high altitude bombing mission from an altitude of 14,000' against enemy shipping in Kiska Harbor off Kiska Island. A transport is left burning and sinking, another is mauled, and two scout planes were claimed as possibly shot down. Over the target, damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

Returning, this B-24 ran low on fuel and ditched into the sea. During the landing, the B-24 broke apart and sank immediately with two crew members: Freeman and Quattlebaum were never seen again. The remainder of the crew sucessfully deployed their life rafts.

The surviving crew members were rescued by a PBY Catalina and returned to duty.

The two missing crew members were officially declared dead on June 19, 1942. Both earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Both are memorialized at the courts of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Freeman and Quattlebaum on court 7.

Freeman also has a memorial marker at Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

Quattlebaum also has a memorial marker at Leesville Cemetery in Leesville, SC.

The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 287 incorrectly notes as B-24D 40-2359 21st BS
The Thousand-Mile War page 124
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Horace T. Freeman Jr.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Brooks C. Quattlebaum
FindAGrave - PVT Brooks C Quattlebaum (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Brooks Cuthbert Quattlebaum
(Leesville Cemetery photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Horace T Freeman, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Horace T. Freeman, Jr. (Greenwich Cemetery photo)

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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