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  B-24J-85-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-100273  
13th AF
868th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Donald W. Dyer, O-678201 (MIA / KIA) Hermosa Beach, CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. George M. Jones, O-691049 (MIA / KIA) Conway, AR
Navigator  2nd Lt. John E. Malley, O-689620 (MIA / KIA) Houston, TX
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Charles L. Frank, Jr., O-751898 (MIA / KIA) Woodmont, CT
Engineer  SSgt William E. Grenz, 37263695 (MIA / KIA) Lake Benton, MN
Asst. Engineer  SSgt Bernard A. Malinowski, 36216903 (MIA / KIA) Milwaukee WI
Radio  SSgt Walter Martin, 35671201 (MIA / KIA) Larue, KY
Radar  SSgt Seymour J. Stoller, 32419449 (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Gunner  SSgt Melvin W. Ott, 32830456 (MIA / KIA) Buffalo, NY
Gunner  SSgt William Mikesell, 15019606 (MIA / KIA) Yongstown, OH

MIA  June 11, 1944 at 2:30am
MACR  6138

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-85-CO Liberator serial number 42-100273. Ferried overseas to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 868th Bombardment Squadron as a SB-24J Liberator. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP-42934, BP-429392, BP-429662 and BP-42934. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 6138 (MACR 6138).

Mission History
On June 11, 1944 took off from Mokerang Airfield on Los Negros on a radar "snooper" mission against Truk. Weather was reported as good. Over the target, this B-24 was believed to be lost due to either enemy anti-aircraft fire or a night fighter.

In the same formation, B-24 piloted by Rockwood observed a large burning object descending approximately 20 miles northwest of Faleu Island before reportedly crashing onto Faleu Island where it broke into two pieces and burned brightly for at least twenty minutes. Another B-24 piloted by Haynes observed the same B-24 explode in mid-air and appeared to go down in a flat spin and crashed, breaking into several pieces onto land and burn for a long time.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 21, 1946. All are listed on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Dyer also has a memorial marker at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at plot MA, 0, 17.

Missing Air Crew Report 6138 (MACR 6138) created June 18, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Donald W. Dyer
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - George M. Jones
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - John E. Malley
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Charles L. Frank Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - William E. Grenz
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Bernard A. Malinowski
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Walter Martin
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Seymour J. Stoller
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - Melvin W. Ott
American Battle Monuments Commission (AMBC) - William W. Mikesell
FindAGrave - 2Lt Donald W Dyer (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Donald W Dyer (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt George M Jones (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John E Malley (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2LT Charles L Frank, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave -
SSgt William E Grenz (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Bernard A Malinowski (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Walter Martin (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Seymour J Stoller (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Melvin W Ott (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt William W Mikesell (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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