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|Pilot 1st Lt. John K. Lowe, O-764368 (MIA / KIA) Kittitas County, WA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Francis Richard Dibblee, O-929144 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Harold Lionel Vigue, O-20656 (rescued)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Alexander Walter Hunt, O-783072 (MIA / KIA) CA
Engineer Cpl Horace W. Pliler, Jr., 37527385 (MIA / KIA) KS
Radio Cpl Zane G. Phillips, 34809000 (MIA / KIA) AL
Gunner Cpl Robert F. Finnerty, 31167546 (MIA / KIA) CT
Gunner Cpl Roy Rosario Scimeca, 16187532 (MIA / KIA) IL
Gunner Cpl Raymond Edward De Roo, 36876616 (WIA, rescued)
Gunner Cpl Darwin O. Nichols, 16188450 (MIA / KIA) IL
Photographer Sgt Joseph A. Slevin, 16031304 7th AF Camera Unit (MIA / KIA) IL
Ditched May 8, 1945
Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-170-CO Liberator serial number 44-40617. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific.
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Temptation". When lost engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP-455044, BP-426826, BP-456488 and BP-437225. Weapon serial numbers noted in MACR 14398.
On May 8, 1945 took off from Harmon Field (Depot Field) on Guam piloted by 1st Lt. John K. Lowe on a bombing mission against Marcus Island. Over the target, damaged by anti-aircraft fire before the bomb run and returning ditched roughly 70 miles northeast of Saipan. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Air Sea Rescue was contacted and a PBY Catalina searched for this bomber unsuccessfully. Six B-24s searched for this bomber on May 9, 1945 flying a box formation during the search. On May 10, 1945 another search was made by a single B-24.
Fates of the Crew
Two of the crew survived and were rescued. De Roo returned to duty on May 27, 1945. Vigue was injured and returned to duty on July 14, 1945.
The entire crew with the exception of survivors De Roo and Vigue were officially declared dead the day of the mission. The missing crew members are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing. Lowe on court 7.
Lowe earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Finnerty earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.
Scimeca earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
De Roo earned
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