|Pilot 1st Lt John Thomas O'Brien, O-736554 (MIA / KIA) Palatine, IL
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Earl G. Sherman, O-674526 (MIA / KIA) PA
Navigator 1st Lt. Lawrence E. Kuhlman, O-725995 (MIA / KIA) OH
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Edward A. Fay, Jr., O-734327 (MIA / KIA) CA
Engineer TSgt Emmett Jones, 34266668 (MIA / KIA) GA
Radio TSgt Robert J. Beil, 15102304 (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner SSgt James W. Moore, Jr., 14123990 (MIA / KIA) NC
Gunner SSgt Richard E. Smith, 6281847 (MIA / KIA) OK
Gunner SSgt Jesse A. Tidwell, 6918368 (MIA / KIA) IL
Gunner SSgt Warren G. Card, 17091507 (MIA / KIA) CO
Crashed November 6, 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, 380th Bombardment Group, 531st Bombardment Squadron. Later, transfered to the 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Miss Deed" with the nose art of a reclining nude woman.
On November 6, 1943 took off from Horanda No. 4 (Dobodura No. 4) near Dobodura on a weather
reconnaissance mission over Rabaul. Aboard was a RAAF observer / radar countermeasure
specialist. Their instructions were to radio in every 30 minutes during
the mission. After their first radio message 20 minutes after takeoff, this B-24 was never heard
from again. When it failed to return, the crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Both the U. S. Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) searched for the missing B-24, but found no trace of it.
The entire crew was declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Tidwell also has a memorial marker at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City, IL.
R. Young III (Sherman's nephew)
"Earl G. Sherman was born. December 27, 1922 and declared MIA November 6th,
1943 as a member of the 'Jolly Rogers'. He received a
silver star, air medal, and purple heart."
Lori Goff-O’Brien (daughter in law of John O'Brien)
"O’Brien was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He was an excellent student in school and a top athlete in the rural town of Palatine. In 1942 he joined the Army and immediately transferred into the Army Air Corps, which now is known as the Air force. After flight training he moved into a bomber group and was trained to fly B-24 bombers. He was then sent to his first and only duty station in Port Moresby. New Guinea was a very dangerous place at that time because the Japanese were still in control of that part of the Pacific plus the island of New Guinea has extremely bad weather patterns that made it very difficult for all the pilots who did not have the modern equipment for bad weather landings that we have today. Everything they did was strictly visual. On Lieutenant O’Brien’s 24th mission, he would have finished his tour of duty after 25, he was sent out at 3:30 am to do a recon mission to take pictures of the prior days raids. He was to run on radio silence and report in every 20 minutes. He reported in once and then was never heard from again. Rescue teams were sent out, but nothing was ever found and no one knows exactly what happened. His son John Jr., who he never saw, was 8 weeks old. He was officially reported missing in action on November 3rd 1943. Medals awarded are: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Pacific Campaign (Asiatic), Purple Heart, Freedom Medal."
Missing Air Crew Report 1485 (MACR 1485)
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 43
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-72814
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
John T. O'Brien
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl G. Sherman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward A. Fay, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Emmett Jones
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert J. Beil
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James W. Moore, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard E. Smith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jesse A. Tidwell
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren G. Card
TSgt Robert J Beil
FindAGrave - SSgt Richard E Smith
FindAGrave - 2Lt Earl G Sherman (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jesse August Tidwell (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jesse August Tidwell (photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Warren G Card (tablets of the missing photo)
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February 4, 2018