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  B-24J-125-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-110005  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
408th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert C. Stone, O-888789 (MIA / KIA) Martinsville, VA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Nicholas W. Freije, O-835178 (MIA / KIA) Broome County, NY
Navigator  1st Lt. Earl A. Blessing, O-724283 (MIA / KIA) Harrisburg, PA
Bombardier  1st Lt. Carroll G. Henry, O-673673 (MIA / KIA) San Angelo, TX
Engineer  TSgt Truman L. Livingston, 18134185 (MIA / KIA) Gray, TX
Assistant Engineer  SSgt Robert J. Fritz, 37654469 (MIA / KIA) Oxford Junction, IA
Radio  TSgt Donald M. Myers, 31253776 (MIA / KIA) VT
Assistant Radio  SSgt Roy S. Andersen, 12120739 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  SSgt James E. Gilbert, 15055276 (MIA / KIA) Bell County, KY
Gunner  SSgt Robert E. Ciscell, 6665112 (MIA / KIA) Dugger, IN
Crashed  October 10, 1944
MACR  13821

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 3801. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-80-CO Liberator serial number 42-110005. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
During April 1944 assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 22nd Bombardment Group (22nd BG), 408th Bombardment Squadron (408th BS). No known nickname or nose art. Possibly assigned an unknown tail letter. Also known as "000" for the last three digits of the serial number.

When lost engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP432006, BP-446364, BP-432968 and BP-432870. Armed with .50 caliber machine guns makers and serial numbers not listed in Missing Air Crew Report 13821 (MACR 13821).

Mission History
On October 10, 1944 took off from Owi Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Robert C. Stone as one of twenty-six B-24s from the 22nd Bomb Group on a bombing mission against Balikpapan on Borneo.

Inbound to the target, intercepted by 40-50 Japanese fighters that made aggressive attacks and dropped phosphorous bombs to break up the bomber formation.

Over the target area, hit by fragments from an air-to-air phosphorous bomb that likely damaged the no. 3 engine. After the bomb run around 10:55am this B-24 began loosing altitude and lagged behind the formation and was attacked by pairs of enemy fighters and was shot down. At least six of the crew were seen to parachute out before the bomber exploded ripping off the tail section and blowing two other crew members clear of the wreckage and their parachutes opened.

The eight parachutes were observed to land in the sea roughly 60 miles east of the target area. When this B-24 failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Search

Afterwards, a U. S. submarine on life guard duty was alerted to rescue the crew but was unable to locate any trace of the survivors.

Memorials
The entire crew is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Stone earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, posthumously.

Freije earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Floral Park Cemetery in Johnson City, NY. He has a second memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery in the memorial section.

Blessing earned the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Henry earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, posthumously.

Livingston earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Fritz earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Myers earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Saint Peters Cemetery in Vergennes, VT.

Andersen earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Gilbert earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Ciscell earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

References
Previously, on April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" Stone and Henry survived bailing out of B-24J 42-110000 and returned to duty after more than a week in the jungle.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Robert C. Stone
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Carroll G. Henry
USAF Serial Number Search Results - USAF Serial Number Search Results 42-110005
"110005 (22nd BG) hit by AA over Balikpapan and then shot down by enemy fighters Oct 10, 1944. All crew killed. MACR 13821"
Missing Air Crew Report 13821 (MACR 13821) created April 2 1945
(Page 2) List Henry as Bombardier but he was likely the navigator. List Blessing as navigator but he was likely bombardier
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert C. Stone
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Nicholas W. Freije
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl A. Blessing
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carroll G Henry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Truman L. Livingston
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert J. Fritz
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald M. Myers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roy S. Andersen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James E. Gilbert
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert E. Ciscell
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert C Stone (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1st Lt. Robert C. Stone (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Nicholas W. Freije (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Nicholas W. Freije (Floral Park Cemetery memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Nicholas William Freije (Arlington National Cemetery memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Earl W Blessing (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Carroll G Henry (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Truman L. Livingston (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Robert J. Fritz (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Robert J. Fritz (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Donald M Myers (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Donald M. Myers (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Roy S Andersen (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt James E Gilbert (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Robert Erven Ciscell (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
Revenge of the Red Raiders (2006) pages 314 (map), 320-321 (October 10, 1944 mission), 483 (casualty list), 507 (42-110005), 621 (index Stone)

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May 27, 2020

 

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