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  B-24D-1-CO "Yanks From Hell" Serial Number 41-23716  
5th AF
90th BG
321th BS

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90th BG c1943

Pilot  2nd Lt Joseph M. Casale, O-519484 (MIA / KIA) South Orange, NJ
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Richard T. Dodson, O-675180 (MIA / KIA) San Francisco, CA
Navigator  2nd Lt Jason V. George Jr., O-673536 (MIA / KIA) SC
Bombardier  2nd Lt Valentine B. Kane Jr., O-738927 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Engineer  T/Sgt Oscar R. Jordan, 34393704 (MIA / KIA) NC
Gunner  S/Sgt Edward S. Meding, 35307461 (MIA / KIA) OH
Radio  T/Sgt Raymond L. St Jeor, 39830743 (MIA / KIA) ID
Gunner  S/Sgt Jack W. Eaton, 39454651 (MIA / KIA) WA
Gunner  S/Sgt Alfred A. Podesta, 32357566 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  S/Sgt Harry M. Manson, 6265899 (MIA / KIA) MA
Passenger  M/Sgt Rupert W. Adams, 13034565 (MIA / KIA) AL

Crashed  August 17, 1943 at 0300am
MACR  4906

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-1-CO Liberator serial number 41-23716. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to 1st Lt James J. Crawford. Nicknamed "Yanks From Hell" (with quotations around the nickname) painted on both sides of the nose. On the right side of the nose near the nose near the nose cone was painted "Charlene".

This B-24 operated from 5-Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on bombing missions over New Guinea. During March 1943, comedian Joe E. Brown visited the 90th Bomb Group area and was photographed with B-24 "Yanks From Hell" an painted a message to Tojo on one of the bombs being loaded for a mission.

When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial number 42-36525, 42-37059, 42-36757 and 42-36479. Weapon serial number are not noted in the Missing Air Crew Report 4906.

Mission History
On August 16, 1944 one of twenty-four B-24s that took off from 5-Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby at 11:44pm on an individual bombing mission at night against Boram Airfield near Wewak from 6,500' altitude. Weather was 6/10 cloud cover with cumulus clouds.

Over the target, on August 17, 1943 at 2:26am, the formation experienced intense anti-aircraft fire and searchlights and this B-24 suffered a direct hit, causing it to catch fire and crash at Cape Boram. After being hit, it is possible this bomber might have collided with B-24D "Twin Niftys" 42-40348, causing it to also crash.

Postwar, the wreckage of this B-24 was located by a RAAF Searcher Team at Cape Boram at roughly 3.34 143.38. At one time, US Army CILHI coded this crash site "PNG #5".

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Eaton has a memorial marker at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane, WA.

Beverly Rose (sister of Jack W. Eaton)

Missing Air Crew Report 4906 (MACR 4906)
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 196
"Joe E Brown, the movie comedian, who was in Port Moresby at the end of March [1943] visited the 90th area. As he posed in front of "Yanks From Hell", Joe painted a message to Tojo on one of the bombs
MacArthur's Eagles page 39
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 41-23716 (lists nickname as "Yanks From Hell II")
FindAGrave - Joseph M Casale (photo)
FindAGrave - Richard T. Dodson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Jason V George, Jr
FindAGrave - Valentine B Kane
FindAGrave - Oscar Randolph Jordan
FindAGrave - Edward S Meding
FindAGrave - Jack William Eaton (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Alfred A Podesta
FindAGrave - Harry M Manson
FindAGrave - Rupert W Adams

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Last Updated
April 24, 2018


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