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360th Service Group
|Pilot 1st Lt Robert W. Tosch, O-672905 380th Bomber Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) Hillsboro, OR
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Francis D. Landre, O-714715 1st Composite Bomber Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) WI
Passenger 2nd Lt Charles R. Struck, 0696269 22nd BG, 33rd BS (MIA / KIA) Milwaukee, WI
Passenger T/Sgt Jack Williamson, 33286545 380th BG, 528th BS (MIA / KIA) Lancaster, England
Passenger Cpl William H. Henry, 11053833 22nd BG, 408th BS (MIA / KIA) Boston, MA
Passenger Major William H. Smith, O-151472 5th FC, HQ (MIA / KIA) NY
Passenger 2nd Lt Robert S. La Sance, O-817976 8th Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) NY
Passenger Sgt Alfred G. Farrar, 11014377 3rd BG, 90th BS (MIA / KIA) ME
Passenger F/O Samuel T. Millikin, T-002249 8th Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger 2nd Lt M. C. Chandley, Jr., O-821839 8th Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) NC
Passenger F/O Neil E. Sellers, T-002262 8th Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) Los Angeles, CA
Passenger 2nd Lt John E. Harriss, O-886066 USAAF (MIA / KIA) MA
Passenger F/O John R. Snelgrove, T-190847 8th Air Service Group, HQ (MIA / KIA) Canada
MIA July 19, 1944
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. On May 16, 1943 Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-100-CO Liberator serial number 42-40814. Ferried overseas departing on July 1, 1943 via Hawaii to arriving in Australia on July 24, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 320th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Later, assigned to the 360th Air Service Group, FEAF - CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center). When lost, engines were R-183043 serial numbers: 42-86675, 42-60755, 42-44640, 42-61604. Aboard were ten machine guns, but their type and serial numbers are not noted in MACR 9023.
On July 19, 1944 at 10:23am took off from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt Robert W. Tosch on a flight bound for Brisbane (APO 925). Aboard were eleven passengers. After takeoff, this bomber was never seen again nor was any contact made by radio. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
After being reported as missing, a general search was requested by all stations on the eastern coast of Australia between Garbutt Field at Townsville and Archerfield Airfield at Brisbane. Also, pilots flying between Port Moresby and Australia were advised to search. The results of the search are unknown.
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