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  B-24J-185-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73115  
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
530th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Harold S. Mulhollen, O-796179 (KIA, BR) Kingfisher, OK
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Russell P. Fleming (KIA, BR) Elkhart County, IN
Navigator  2nd Lt. Clarence F. Jerge (KIA, BR) Buffalo, NY
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Keith K. Ramsdell (KIA, BR) Clintonville, WI
Engineer  TSgt William G. Whitacre, 19066062 (KIA, BR) Los Angeles, CA
Radio  Sgt Stewart Rex, 16044218 (KIA, BR) Saginaw, MI
Gunner  SSgt John C. Stevenson, 18079825 (KIA, BR) Frost, TX
Gunner  SSgt Eugene O. Schell, 37378088 (KIA, BR) Jasper, MO
Gunner  SSgt William E. Miller (KIA, BR) Reading, PA
Gunner  SSgt Leonard G. Patterson (KIA, BR) Port Huron, MI
Crashed  January 8, 1944
MACR   1699

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego built between September 1, 1943 and completed September 8, 1943. Constructors Number 2685. On September 11, 1943 first test flight. On September 14, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-15-CO Liberator serial number 42-73115. On September 20, 1943 flown to the modification center in Tucson, AZ then on September 27, 1943 flown to the staging area. On October 16, 1943 departed Fairfield Field via Hickam Field then across the Pacific on October 21, 1943 arrived at Garbutt Field at Townsville.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 380th Bombardment Group (380th BG), 530 Bombardment Squadron (530th BS). No known nickname or nose art. Assigned to crew chief MSgt Robert L. Askins.

Mission History
On January 8, 1944 took off from Fenton Airfield piloted by Lt. Harold S Mullhollen with crew no. 59 on its first combat mission (FEN IV-1) a bombing mission against Kendari in the Celebes (Sulawesi). Over the target, the formation was attacked by at least thirteen A6M Zeros that targeted this bomber damaging at least two engines and caused it to crash into a hill on Wowoni Island. This bomber was lost on its first mission.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was buried on August 26, 1949 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in a group burial at section 82 site 72.

Mullhollen earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker erected by his mother Mrs. Ruth Madar and daughter Barbara Ann 1946 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada, OH near the grave of his grandfather, Elmer N. Shadley.

Stevenson also has a memorial marker at Frost Cemetery in Frost, TX.

Relatives
Milas Yoes (nephew of Eugene Schell)
"My uncle Gene Schell was a member of Mulhollans crew."

References
Note, some sources incorrectly spell the pilot's name as "Mullhollen" [sic, Mulhollen]
Previously, Mulhollen managed to pull up flying another B-24 from an inverted dive before pulling up at 3,500'.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Harold S. Mulhollen
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Russell P. Fleming
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Clarence F. Jerge
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Keith K. Ramsdell
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - William G. Whitacre
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Stewart Rex
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - John C. Stevenson
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Eugene O. Schell
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Leonard G. Patterson
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24J Liberator 42-73115
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-15-CO Liberator 42-73115
"73115 (380th BG) lost Jan 8, 1944, New Guinea. MACR 1699"
Missing Air Crew Report 1699 (MACR 1699) listed as "Missing 1699" in NARA M1380 microfilm collection
380thBG.org - Data Sheet B-24J 42-73115
380thBG.org - Mission Record B-24J 42-73115
FindAGrave - 1LT Harold Shadley Mulhollen (photo, news, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Harold Shadley Mulhollen (photos, news, obit, grave photo)
FindAGrave -2LT Russell P Fleming (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Clarence F. Jerge (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Keith K Ramsdell (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - TSGT William G Whitacre (obituary, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT Stewart Rex (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT John Clendenning Stevenson (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT John Clendenning Stevenson (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - SSGT Eugene O Schell (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT William E Miller (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Leonard G Patterson (group burial photo)

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Last Updated
November 29, 2020

 

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