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  B-24D-15-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-24093  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
370th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Joseph R. Littlepage, O-395086 (MIA / KIA) WV
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. George L. Goddard, O-736183 (MIA / KIA) OH
Navigator  2nd Lt. James H. Scholl, O-667436 (MIA / KIA) TX
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Leonard B. Conway, O-731150 (MIA / KIA) WA
Engineer  TSgt Harold H. Justus, 37146474 (MIA / KIA) SD
Asst Engineer  SSgt Harold R. Denison, 37124018 (MIA / KIA) SD
Radio  TSgt Cyril B. Cluff Jr., 39826759 (MIA / KIA) UT
Asst Radio  SSgt Clifford H. Muhlhausen, 18050271 (MIA / KIA) OK
Gunner  SSgt William Posledni, 6991563 (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner/Armorer  SSgt Thomas R. Brady Jr., 35490823 (MIA / KIA) IN
MIA  July 6, 1943 at 7:15pm
MACR  1486 and 45

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructor Number 888. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-15-CO Liberator serial number 41-24093. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific (SOPAC).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group (307th BG), 370th Bombardment Squadron (370th BS). Nicknamed "Ready Teddy" / "Billie B". When lost, engines R-1830-43 Serial Numbers: a) 42-41307 b) 42-42036 c) 42-44427 d) 42-43686.

Mission History
On July 6, 1943 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Joseph R. Littlepage on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield and Ballale Airfield. Last seen around 7:00-7:15pm over Choiseul. When this bomber failed to return and was reported as Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was declared dead on January 21, 1946. All earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. The entire crew is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Littlepage earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Spring Hill Cemetery in Charleston, WV at cenotaph.

Goddard earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Scholl earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Conway earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Justus earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Denison earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Cluff earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Muhlhausen earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Posledni earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Brady earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-15-CO Liberator 41-24093
"24093 (307th BG) lost Jul 6, 1943. MACR 1486 and 45"
Missing Air Crew Report 45 (MACR 45) created July 7, 1943
Missing Air Crew Report 1486 (MACR 1486) created July 7, 1943
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph R. Littlepage
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George L. Goddard
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James H. Scholl
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leonard B. Conway
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold H. Justus
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold R. Denison
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Cyril B. Cluff Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clifford H. Muhlhausen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William Posledni
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas R. Brady Jr.
FindAGrave - 1LT Joseph Robins Littlepage (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Joseph Robins Littlepage (Photo, memorial marker photos)
FindAGrave - George L. Goddard
FindAGrave - James H. Scholl
FindAGrave - Leonard B. Conway
FindAGrave - Harold H. Justus
FindAGrave - Harold R. Denison
FindAGrave - Cyril B. Cluff
FindAGrave - Clifford H. Muhlhausen
FindAGrave - William Poslendi
FindAGrave - Thomas R. Brady
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Last Updated
November 20, 2020

 

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