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307th BG c1943
307th BG c1943-1944
|Pilot 2nd Lt. George A. Singletary, O-682909 13th Bomber Command, HQ (MIA / KIA) OK
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Thomas P. Frank, O-692959 13th Bomber Command, HQ (KIA, BR) VA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Charles F. Bishop, O-814227 (MIA / KIA) CA
Engineer SSgt Floyd R. Frazier, 37381558 (KIA, BR) MO
Gunner Pvt Gene Seaton, 37651407 13th Bomber Command, HQ (MIA / KIA) IA
Radio SSgt Edwin O. Rudolph, 17161555 (KIA, BR)
Gunner Sgt John R. Murray, 13125163 13th Bomber Command, HQ (MIA / KIA) PA
Gunner Sgt Lester K. Ellingson, 37660982 (MIA / KIA) IA
Gunner Sgt Benjamin E. Pulliam, 37226423 KS (WIA, died March 27, 1944)
Crashed March 1, 1944 at 10:30am
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-110-CO Liberator serial number 42-40877. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field. Modified at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) with four ASV radar antennas installed on the left side of the nose and a turret modification. Afterwards, ferried across the Pacific to Guadalcanal. This bomber was painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces and equipped with radar.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Pregnant Polecat" in yellow block letters on the left side of the nose. Later "877" in yellow on the left side of the nose (last three digits of the serial number).
Fates of the Crew
Recovery of Remains
Singletary also has a memorial marker at Oak Grove Cemetery in Graham, TX.
After the wartime recovery of remains, three of the crew Frank, Frazier and Rudolph were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Frank is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 12, site 4569.
Pulliam is buried at Fort Scott National Cemetery at plot 2, grave 1814. Pulliam also has a memorial marker on his parents grave at Oak Grove Cemetery at Fort Scott, KS.
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