|Pilot F/O Halbert V. Miller, T-344000 (MIA / KIA, BR) OR
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Joseph L. Nichols, O-675274 (MIA / KIA) Bessemer, AL
Navigator 2nd Lt. Ben L. Greene, O-673546 (MIA / KIA)
Bombardier M/Sgt Arthur W. Griffin, 31146089 (MIA / KIA)
Observer 2nd Lt. William C. Bumguardner, Jr., O-669982 (MIA / KIA) TX
Engineer T/Sgt Andrew G. Anderson, 38110675 (MIA / KIA) Keenesburg, CO
Radio T/Sgt Michael Downey, 32421791 (MIA / KIA)
Assist. Engineer S/Sgt Otis F. Cozine, 35455523 (MIA / KIA) LA
Assist. Radio S/Sgt Seymour S. Pinsky, 32437965 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner SSgt Charles C. Barnard, 33204701 (MIA / KIA) Baltimore, MD
Gunner SSgt Paul M. McClintock, 6999467 (MIA / KIA)
Crashed November 10, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R1830-65 serial numbers 42-88289, 42-88084, 42-88277, 42-88123.
On November 10, 1943 took off from Horanda Drome (Dobodura No. 4) at 01:55 hours on a bombing mission against Rabaul. Last seen on take off.
During late January 1944 Pfc James A. Brooks gunner from TBF Avenger 24492 visited this crash site, observed the bodies of the eleven crew members and recovered a dog tag and three pistols.
E&E Report No. 41 - Swenson / Brooks, 29th March 1944 pages 5:
"[Circa January 25-31, 1944] A native told our gunner [Brooks] about an airplane that had crashed and burned nearby in November, 1943. The gunner examined the plane and found it to be a B-24. He also saw the 11 bodies of the crew, but could not find any serial number on this ship. Three. 45 pistols were slavaged from the wreck and also a dog tag of one of the crew members. This information was later passed on to our rescuers and thence to the proper authorities."
During December 1948, the crash site was visited by American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) and the remains of the crew were recovered.
The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Five of the crew: Downey, Greene, Griffin, Pinsky and McClintock burial at Arlington National Cemetery in a group burial at section 34 site 4746.
Two of the crew were buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Nichols at Plot P Row 0 Grave 926. Barnard was buried on December 8, 1949 at Plot P Row 0 Grave 545.
Cozine is buried at Baton Rouge National Cemetery at section 13, site 13
Miller is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section N site 2231
buried at Rest Haven Cemetery in Menard, TX
Anderson is buried at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, CO at block 96.
Missing Air Crew Report 1636 (MACR 1636)
E&E Report No. 41 - Swenson / Brooks, 29th March 1944 pages 5
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41210
FindAGrave - Halbert V. Miller (group burial grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Joseph L Nichols (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Ben L. Greene (photo, group burial grave photo)
FindAGrave - Arthur W. Griffin (group burial grave photo)
FindAGrave - William C. Bumguardner (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Andrew George "Andy" Anderson (obituary, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Michael Downey (photo, group burial grave photo)
FindAGrave - Otis Cozine (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Seymour Pinsky (group burial grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Charles C Barnard (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Paul McClintock (group burial grave photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for research and analysis
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February 14, 2020