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IJN June 11, 1942
|Pilot Captain Jack F. Todd, O-22559 (KIA, BR) Visalia, CA
Co-Pilot Captain Virgil Calvin Alleman, O-395100 (KIA, BR)
Navigator 1st Lt. Henry Frank Hubbard O-418959 (KIA, BR)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Robert Ruggs Rieman, O-725083 (KIA, BR)
Observer Lt. Clark A. Hood, Jr., O-074902 USN (MIA / KIA) TX
Engineer SSgt John S. Ferguson, 15059657 (KIA, BR)
ASV Operator Sgt Stanley A. Douglas, Jr., 12032498 (KIA, BR)
Radio SSgt Roy Ellis, 17012574 (KIA, BR)
Gunner SSgt Charles Jimick, 33087622 (KIA, BR)
Gunner Cpl Harold Denson, 18030895 (KIA, BR)
Crashed June 11, 1942
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 28. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-CO Liberator serial number 41-1088. Ferried to Alaska.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group (28th BG), 21st Bombardment Squadron (21st BS). No known nose art or nickname. Flown to Elmendorf Airfield.
On June 11, 1942 took from Cold Bay Airfield piloted by Captain Jack F. Todd and landed at Umnak Airfield to load bombs then took off again the first 11th Air Force bombing mission against Japanese shipping in Kiska Harbor of Kiska Island. Also aboard was U.S. Navy (USN) observer Lt. Clark A. "Joe" Hood, Jr.
Over the target, this bomber was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and exploded midair. The explosion and wreckage falling was captured by an Asahi Shimbun photographer and was published in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper in late July or early August 1942. Also, a cine cameraman recorded the explosion on 16mm film that was later released by Nippon News. This B-24 was officially condemned on June 25, 1942.
Recovery of Remains
During August 1943 when American forces liberated Kiska, the remains of the crew (with the exception of Hood) were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission and earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.
Hood remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). He is memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the Courts of the Missing, court 3.
The remains of the crew were recovered and were buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in a group burial at at section 2 site 220 including Alleman, Hood, Denson, Douglas, Ellis, Ferguson, Hubbard and Jimick. Rieman at section 2, site 220-A. Todd at section 2, site 220-B.
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24D 41-1088
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-CO Liberator 41-1088
"1088 (30th BG [sic], 21st BS) shot down by AAA over Kiska, Aleutians Jun 11, 1942. condemned Jun 25, 1942
Missing Air Crew Report 15399 (MACR 15399) was created retroactively circa 1945–1946
(Page 3) States the entire crew were members of the 27th Provisional Squadron (H)... with station at Fort Glenn, Alaska. Also, it incorrectly states their bomber was "B-24D type aircraft, plane number 40-2359 [sic]" that serial number was transfered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) and postwar was registered as G-AHYB and later F-VNNP Emperor Bao Dai.
Alaska State Library Historical Collections - Lt. Henry F. Hubbard, papers and photographs, 1917-1942" 5 boxes
Nippon News "Aleutian Campaign” and “American Plane Shoot Down" (NHK)
YouTube "米軍機撃墜(B24・B17・F4U・PBY Catalina Shoot down)" Nippon News (via NHK) 0:00–1:38
Asahi Shimbun photograph late July or early August 1942
Abilene Reporter News "Abilenian's Son Died in Aleutians" May 8, 1945
FindAGrave - Henry Frank Hubbard (grave photo)
CBS "The Pacific Perimeter, Frozen War" World War 2 with Walter Cronkite
The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 287
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clark A. Hood Jr.
FindAGrave - Jack F Todd (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Virgil Calvin Alleman (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Henry Frank Hubbard (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Robert Ruggs Rieman (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lt Clark Alexander Hood, Jr (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Clark Alexander Hood, Jr (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - John S Ferguson (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Stanley Allen Douglas, Jr (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Roy Ellis (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Charles Jimick (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Harold Denson (group burial photo)
Thanks to Ted Darcy and Minoru Kamada for additional information
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