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  B-24D-CO "Punjab" Serial Number 41-11902  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS

Pilot ┬áMajor Raymond S. Morse, O-22863 (MIA / KIA) OK (320th BS C. O.) Elk City, OK
Co-Pilot  Colonel Arthur W. Meehan, O-17261 90th BG C. O. (MIA / KIA) IN
Crew  1st Lt Wallace S. Sorensen, O-724652 (MIA / KIA) Richfield, UT
Crew  1st Lt John K. Booroojy, O-790296 (MIA / KIA) Patterson, NJ
Crew  1st Lt Robert I. Kinsella, O-726910 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  S/Sgt William J. Whiteman, 6293007 (MIA / KIA) Haworth, OK
Crew  Sgt Vico W. Jordan, 36302025 (MIA / KIA) Kankakee County, IL
Crew  Sgt Jimmie M. Nayfa, 38062192 (MIA / KIA) Oklahoma City, OK
Crew  Cpl Albert J. Pyron, 33155958 (MIA / KIA) Washington, DC
Crew  Cpl Forrest C. Schooler, 35401309 (MIA / KIA) Frazeysburg, OH
MIA  November 16, 1942
MACR  15970

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 398. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-CO Liberator serial number 41-11902. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 90th Bombardment Group (90th BG) "Jolly Rogers", 320th Bombardment Squadron (320th BS). Nicknamed "Punjab".

Mission History
On November 16, 1942 at 11:00pm took off from Iron Range Airfield piloted by Major Raymond S. Morse as the first bomber to take off on the 90th Bombardment Group's first bombing mission against Rabaul. Aboard was Major Raymond S. Morse Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 90th Bombardment Group (90th BG) and Major Raymond S. Morse (Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the 320th Bombardment Squadron (320th BS). After takeoff, no further contact was made with this aircraft.

Due to confusion on the ground, the next B-24 took off 14 minutes after this this bomber. A total of ten B-24s departed for Rabaul, but four aborted the mission due to bad weather and only five reached the target. It is unknown if this B-24 proceeded to the target or where exactly it was lost. When this bomber failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 10, 1945. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Morse earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Meehan earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Sorensen earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Booroojy earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Kinsella earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Whiteman earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Jordan earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Nayfa earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Pyron earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Schooler earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Frazeysburg Cemetery in Frazeysburg, OH.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond S. Morse
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Wallace S. Sorensen
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - John K. Booroojy
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert I. Kinsella
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Vico W. Jordan
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Jimmie M. Nayfa
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-CO Liberator 41-11902
"X11902 (90th BG, "Punjab") MIA after combat operation against Rabaul Nov 16-17, 1942."
MACR 15970 (MACR 15970)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 41-11902
Oz@War - 16 November 1942 crash of a B-24 Liberator at iron Range 4 aircraft destroyed 11 men killed
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond S. Morse
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur W. Meehan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wallace S. Sorensen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John K. Booroojy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert I. Kinsella
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William J. Whiteman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Vico W. Jordan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jimmie M. Nayfa
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert J. Pyron
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Forrest C. Schooler
FindAGrave - Maj Raymond S Morse (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Col Arthur W Meehan (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Wallace S Sorensen (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt John K Booroojy (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert I Kinsella (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt William J Whiteman (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Vico W. Jordan (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jimmie M Nayfa (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Albert J Pyron (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Forrest C Schooler (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Forrest Churchill Schooler (photo, memorial marker photo, obituary)

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Last Updated
October 29, 2020

 

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