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|Pilot Lt John W. Taylor, O-797637 (survived) TN
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Patrick J. Freeman, O-743232 (survived) Gilberts, IL
Navigator 2nd Lt William E. Townsend, O-676174 (survived) Mena, AR
Bombardier 2nd Lt James C. Brown, O-676418 (survived) SC
Engineer S/Sgt Patrick P. Steffanelli 12132191 (survived) NJ
Assist. Engineer Sgt Joseph C. Keen Jr 35467991 (survived) OH
Radio S/Sgt Robert E. Fitzgerald 31163118 (survived) MA
Asst. Radio Sgt Joseph G. Bialy, 32452236 (survived) NJ
Gunner Sgt Harry F. Huntington, 19087985 (survived) CA
Gunner Sgt Louis O. Ball, 35342063 (survived) IL
Crashed October 18, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego at a cost of $297,627.00 Constructors Number 2165. On June 29, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-130-CO Liberator serial number 42-41088. Flown to the modification center at Tucson, AZ. On July 14, 1943 flown to Love Field, TX and the next day to Biggs Field at El Paso, TX then to Lincoln, NB. On August 9, 1943 arrived at Long Beach, CA and three days later flown to Fairfield Airfield.
On August 17, 1943 assigned to "Left" (5th Air Force) and departed Fairfield Airfield on a flight to Hickam Field where it was further modified at Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) including the removal of the Sperry ball turret and installation of ASV radar. On August 24, 1943 departed Hickam Field on a ferry flight across the Pacific arriving in Australia on September 5, 1943. Further modified at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Afterwards assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group on September 29, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 43rd Bombardment Group (43rd BG) "Ken's Men", 65th Bombardment Squadron (65th BS). Nicknamed "The Upstairs Maid" in white lettering, in reference to the popular song by Bing Crosby "The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid" (1941). On the left side of the tail was a large pair of white dice, the 65th Bombardment Squadron motif.
When lost, engines R-1830-43 AAF serial numbers 42-88841, 42-88846, 42-87685, 42-88844. Weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 964 (MACR 964) including nine .50 caliber machine guns and two .30 caliber machine guns serial numbers 71617 and 74536. Officially, this B-24 was condemned on January 6, 1944.
Inbound to the target, the formation encountered bad weather and aborted the mission with some bombing the alternate target of Cape Hoskin. Returning at from the mission, at approximately 2:45pm, at roughly Lat 7.30 Long 148E the formation passed through a thunderstorm at an altitude of 8,000' for approximately two minutes and this B-24 was observed to peel off to the left in a dive and come out of the dive at the right of his element when it was last sighted by other B-24s from the 43rd Bombardment Group including B-24D "Double Trouble" 42-41226 flying in the same formation.
After exiting the thunderstorm, this bomber was last seen by B-24D 42-41086 approximately five miles to the right of the formation and Taylor radioed asking what ship they were. Both the pilot and co-pilot answered, but did not get a response. This B-24 was last observed on an approximate course of 205° at roughly 10,000' at approximately Lat 8.40 S Long 147.40 E. Another wartime coordinate listed of the last sighting was Lat 8.56 S Long 147.18 E. When this B-24 failed to return, it was listed as Missing In Action (MIA). In total, four B-24s were lost including this bomber, B-24D "Sky Lady" 41-24043, B-24D "Ben Buzzard" 42-40670 and B-24D 42-40885.
In fact, this B-24 became separated from the rest of the formation. Low on fuel and when three engines cut out the pilots placed the bomber into a turn and ordered the crew to bail out. All successfully parachuted out of the B-24 before it crashed into the ground.
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