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  B-24J-20-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-73196  
10th AF
7th BG
436th BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. John E. McLauchlen, Jr., O-797160 (MIA / KIA) Detroit, MI
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Elden W. Watts, O-680554 (MIA / KIA) Yukon, OK
Navigator  2nd Lt. Pershing E. Bowes, O-674124 (MIA / KIA) Flushing, NY
Bombardier   2nd Lt. Gilbert A. Rauh, O-738787 (MIA / KIA) Thornwood, NY
Engineer  TSgt Roman J. Ropinski, 16034281 (MIA / KIA) Jefferson, WI
Radio  TSgt Harold L. Seifreid, 13080602 (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Gunner   Sgt Charles W. Morley, 19017399 (MIA / KIA) East Hartford, CT
Gunner  SSgt Frank J. Tedone, 11094405 (MIA / KIA) Corpus Christi, TX
Gunner  SSgt Claude E. Nixon, 38114201 (MIA / KIA) Alliance, OH
Gunner  SSgt Edward K. Pyle, 35300957 (MIA / KIA) Aberdeen, WA

Crashed  December 1, 1943
MACR  1223

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-20-CO Liberator serial number 42-73196. Ferried overseas to India.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 7th Bomber Group, 436th Bomber Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers noted in Missing Air Crew Report 1223 (MACR 1223).

Mission History
On December 1, 1943 took off from Panagarh Airfield in India on a bombing mission against against Insein north of Rangoon in Burma. After the bombing run, this B-24 was hit in the left wing by anti-aircraft fire and began smoking badly and dove sharply to the left but was chased by an enemy fighter. Last seen descending into a cloud bank. Also lost was B-24J "Tough Baba" 42-73159 (MIA).

The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 4, 1946. Bowes was officially declared dead on April 4, 1946, in error. Each crew member earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-20-CO Liberator 42-73196
"73196 (7th BG, 436th BS) shot down by AAA and fighters at Rangoon, Burma Dec 1, 1943. MACR 1223. 10 KIA"
Missing Air Crew Report 1223 (MACR 1223)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John E. McLauchlen Jr
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Elden W. Watts
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Pershing E. Bowes
date of death in error
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gilbert A. Rauh
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roman J. Ropinski
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold L. Seifreid
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles W. Morley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank J. Tedone
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Claude E. Nixon
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward K. Pyle
FindAGrave - 2Lt John Elbridge McLauchlen, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Elden W Watts (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Pershing E Bowes (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Gilbert Andrew Robert Rauh (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Roman J Ropinski (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Harold L Seifreid (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Charles W Morley (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Frank J Tedone (photos, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Claude Eldon Nixon (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Edward K Pyle (tablets of the missing)

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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