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  B-24J-15-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73119  
13th AF
307th BG
370nd BS

USAAF c1944
Pilot  2nd Lt Anthony F. Diederich, O-697342 (MIA / KIA) Monroe, NB
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Robert W. Pomeroy, O-768215 (MIA / KIA) New Boston, IL
Navigator  2nd Lt Eugene W. Garrett, O-708251 (MIA / KIA) Sacramento, CA
Bombardier  2nd Lt Andrew Sekanics, O-703402 (MIA / KIA) Garfield, NJ
SSgt Kenneth W. Seiler, 32762907 (MIA / KIA) Little Ferry, NJ
Assistant Engineer  Cpl Clint D. Hundley, 38135303 (MIA / KIA) Wichita Falls, TX
Radio  SSgt Robert F. Jacobs, 33738013 (MIA / KIA) Washington, DC
Assistant Radio  Cpl Charles F. Reynolds, 37676896 (MIA / KIA) Mont Ayr, IA
Gunner  Cpl John O. Dunbar, Jr., 37540207 (MIA / KIA) Columbus, KS
Armorer-Gunner  Sgt William E. Crowley, 16004052 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Camera-Gunner  Sgt William E. Moores, 36647606 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL

MIA  July 15, 1944
MACR  6924

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. At the factory completed with an aluminum finish. Constructors Number 2689. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-15-CO Liberator serial number 42-73119. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to then across the Pacific to the South Pacific (SOPAC).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Known as "119", for the last three digits of the serial number. When lost, engines R-1830-65 serial numbers CP 309284, BP 346627, CP 310135 and CP 307777. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 6924 (MACR 6924) .

Mission History
On July 15, 1944 took off from Mokerang Airfield on Los Negros Island piloted by 2nd Lt Anthony F. Diederich on a bombing mission against Yap Island. The weather was a high overcast with alto stratus clouds at 15,000' and .2 low cumulus with tops at 3,000' and visibility of 1-2 miles.

Ten minutes before reaching the target, the formation was intercepted by A6M Zeros with one attacking from 2 o'clock high. After the attack, this B-24 was seen to fall off to the left and come down directly on top of B-24J 44-40555. Both bombers burst into flames hanging together for several seconds before breaking up. This B-24 broke behind the wing and the right was observed to crumple on fire.

Both B-24s impacted the sea close together at roughly Lat 9° 8' N Long 138° 17' E roughly 5-8 miles south of Yap Island. The impact and crash were observed by several crew members aboard several other bombers in the formation. When both bomber failed to return, their crews were officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. The entire crew earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Diederich also has a memorial marker at Saint Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus, NB.
Pomeroy also has a memorial marker at New Boston Cemetery in New Boston, IL.
Reynolds also has a memorial marker at Clearfield Cemetery in Ringgold County IA.
Crowley also has a memorial marker at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at plot: MW, 173.

Sharon Edwards (daughter of Sgt. William Edward Crowley)

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D 42-73119
"73119 (307th BG) lost Jul 15, 1944, South Pacific. MACR 6924"
Missing Air Crew Report 6924 (MACR 6924) created July 17, 1944
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Anthony F. Diederich

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert W. Pomeroy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Eugene W. Garrett
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Andrew Sekanics
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth W. Seiler
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clint D. Hundley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert F. Jacobs
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles F. Reynolds
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John O. Dunbar, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William E. Crowley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William E. Moores
FindAGrave - 2Lt Anthony Francis Diederich, Jr (photos, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Anthony Frances Diederich, Jr (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Robert W Pomeroy (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Robert W Pomeroy (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Eugene W Garrett (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Andrew Sekanics (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Kenneth W Seiler (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Kenneth W Seiler (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Clint D Hundley (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Robert F Jacobs (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Corp Charles Francis Reynolds (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Capt Charles Francis Reynolds, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Corp John Owen Dunbar, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt William Edward Crowley (photos, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt William Edward Crowley (photos, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt William E Moores (memorial marker photo)
Missing Air Crew - Yap Island Mission Loss—15 July 1944
Missing Air Crew - Diederich Crew—Lost on 15 July 1944 near Yap, MACR #6924
Missing Air Crew - 2nd Lt. Anthony Diederich, Jr.—Lost 15 July 1944 near Yap
AWON - SGT William Edward Crowley 13 AF, 307th BG, 372 BS KIA 15 July, 1944
Thanks to Sharon Edwards for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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