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  B-24D-15-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-24017  
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Donald A. Rininsland, O-724644 (MIA / KIA) Muscatine, IA
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Evan P. Hughes, O-726241 (MIA / KIA) TN
Crew  1st Lt. Franklin L. Peck, O-664340 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  1st Lt. Lloyd A. Stuehmer, O-727679 (MIA / KIA) NB
Crew  1st Lt. Olin J. Wimberly, O-660539 (MIA / KIA) FL
Crew  TSgt Robert H. Blocker, 14064077 (MIA / KIA) FL
Crew  TSgt Alexander Kouski, 15072871 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew  TSgt Bernard T. Kwiatkowski, 6980647 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  SSgt John F. Coston, 18040127
Crew  SSgt James F. Oliver, 39094426 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crew  SSgt Joe B. Pacheco, 18097009 (MIA / KIA) AZ

Crashed  February 12, 1943
MACR  16424

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army on October 6, 1942. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group 400th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines and weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 16424 (MACR 16424.

Mission History
On February 12, 1943 took off from 5-Mile (Ward) near Port Moresby on an armed reconnaissance mission over Wewak. An Allied radar station tracked an unidentified aircraft, believed to be this B-24 over Buna and followed it to 50 miles off Hood Point heading southward out to sea. It was believed this B-24 failed to turn a proper course back to base and and was declared missing.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on January 21, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16424 was retroactively does not list aircraft, engine or weapon serial numbers
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator piloted by Rininsland (does not note serial number)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Donald A Rininsland
Thanks to Pete Johnson for confirming the aircraft serial number.

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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