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|Pilot Lt. Col. James H. York, 1699563 XX Bomber Command, HQ (MIA / KIA) OK
Co-Pilot Col. Howard H. Couch, O-016009 XX Bomber Command, HQ (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Warren L. Caron, O-800199 555th AAFBU (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Radio TSgt Malcolm E. McLean, 14025654 16th Squadron, 5th Ferry Group (MIA / KIA) Bowling Green, FL
Engineer Pvt John H. Baggett, 34708232 82nd Squadron, 3rd Air Depot Group (MIA / KIA) Enterprise, AL
Photographer Captain Edward C. Collins, O-922716 10th AAF Combat Camera Unit (MIA / KIA) CA
Photographer Cpl Ralph E. Mallery, 39404461 (MIA / KIA) Placer County, CA
Passenger Col. Russell H. Cooper, O-011607 Headquarters, 47th Air Depot Group (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA March 15, 1944
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-145-CO Liberator serial number 42-41178. Ferried overseas to India.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, Headquarters Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers unknown.
On March 15, 1944 took off from Tezpur Airfield in India piloted by Lt. Col. James H. York on a reconnaissance mission bound for Cheng Tu Airfield in China. Weather was overcast skies with ceiling and visibility unknown. When this aircraft failed to arrive it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Possibly late in 1944, Chinese traders located the crash site of a "large airplane crash" and recovered four damaged pistols from the dead bodies at the site. When Chinese troops from Shung Ho Hein in Szechwan Province were sent to locate them, they fled and were never interviewed.
During 1947, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) designated this loss "Case No. 20". AGRS-CZ Headquarters, Search & Recovery Team 2, Search Part No. 1 under the command C. O. 1st Lt. Glen B. Hunt based in Cheng Tu collected information from Chinese magistrates, military, missionaries and bandits operating in the area. The team investigated the crash site of a B-29 "Case No. 107" and rumors about another site, possibly this B-24 nearby. In view of the extensive search completed in the area and the absence of confirmed information, AGRS recommended this crew be listed as an isolated burial, non-recoverable.
Mallery also has a memorial marker at Old Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, CA at 615A-6.
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