August 15, 1944
Dave Bowen 1963
|Pilot Captain Corbin U. Terry, 0683610 Temple, TX
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Thaddeus C. Buszek, 0812543
Navigator 2nd Lt. William T. Blakemore, 0695864 Oklahoma, OK
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Michael J. Dwyer, 0690790 Kewanna, IN
Engineer SSgt Harold A. Edinger, 15340436 Blanchester, OH
Engineer Raymond C. Carmichael, 19059361 Wapato, WA
Radio Sgt Edward I. Mee, 33477791 Philadelphia, PA
Gunner Sgt James H. Siders, 35790601 Hillsboro, OH
Armor/Gunner Sgt William H. Smith, 37511455 Kansas City, MO
Radio / Radar T/Sgt Oscar "Eddie" Gilinsky, 32569824 Newark, NJ
Force Landing August 13, 1944
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group (28th Composite Group), 404th Bombardment Squadron. Nose Number 23. No known nickname or nose art. The crew of this bomber flew a total of 34 combat mission together during May 26, 1944 to March 12, 1945.
On August 13, 1944 took off on a bombing mission. Returning from a mission low on fuel and with one engine stopped, this bomber made an emergency landing on Ilak Island on open tundra. Officially, this B-24 was condemned on August 13, 1944.
Three hours after the crash landing, the entire crew was rescued by a U. S. Navy boat directed to them by radio.
After the force landing, Allied aircraft attempted to bomb the intact wreck, but failed to destroy it. Later, a team landed and set the B-24 wreckage on fire, destroying the fuselage section. Today, the wings, tail section and burned fuselage section remain 'in situ'. Also, bomb craters from the bombing attempt are clearly visible from the air.
Bob Gilinsky (grandson of Oscar Gilinsky)
"My grandfather was the radio/radar operator and a turret gunner in Terry's crew in the 404th. They completed 32 out of 34 missions in the Aleutian theatre between May '44 and March '45. This crew were the most decorated fliers in that theatre of operations during WWII."
Thanks to Bob Gilinsky and Pete Johnston for additional information.
The Forgotten War mistakenly identified this wreck as B-24D 41-23908
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May 22, 2017