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  B-24D-100-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-40814  
5th AF
360th Service Group
CRTC School

Former Assignments
90th BG
320th BS

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
MACR  9023

Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Missing Air Crew Report 9023 (MACR 9023)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-40814
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert W. Tosch
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis D. Landre
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles R. Struck
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack Williamson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William E. Henry
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William H. Smith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert S. La Sance
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alfred G. Farrar
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Samuel T. Millikin
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - M. C. Chandley Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Neil E. Sellers
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John E. Harriss
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John R. Snelgrove
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert W Tosch, Jr
FindAGrave - 2Lt Francis D Landre (photos)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Charles R Struck
FindAGrave - TSgt Jack Williamson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp William H Henry (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Maj William H Smith
FindAGrave - 2Lt Robert S LaSance
FindAGrave - Sgt Alfred G Farrar
FindAGrave - Lieut Samuel T Millikin
FindAGrave - 2LT M C Chandley, Jr
FindAGrave - Lieut Neil E Sellers
FindAGrave - 2Lt John E Harriss

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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