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|Pilot 1st Lt. Kenneth C. Sanderson, O-886170 (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Loren B. Corliss, O-713355 (survived)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Stephen P. Piusz, O-701285 (survived)
Bombardier F/O Charles G. Steiger, T-124050 (survived)
Engineer SSgt L. Norton Ligon, 18232936 (survived) Nuces County, TX
Asst Engineer TSgt Michael S. Dobos, 36567057 (survived)
Radio TSgt Howard I. Mosher, 14119897 (survived)
Asst Radio SSgt Leroy L. Cartwright, 35217251 (survived)
Gunner SSgt Jesus N. Valenciano, 35895296 (survived) Parr, TX
Gunner SSgt John W. Kirk, Jr., 33646881 (survived)
Crashed November 8, 1944
Built by Consolidated. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 371st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-1830-65A serial numbers BP-443849, BP-444273, BP-443430 and BP-444063. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 10587 (MACR 10587).
On November 8, 1944 took off from Kornasoren Airfield on Noemfoor Island piloted by 1st Lt. Kenneth C. Sanderson on a bombing mission against Alicante Airfield on Negros. Over the target, this B-24 was damaged.
Returning, at approximately 11:45am, Lt. Sanders called over the radio to B-24J 44-40938 piloted by 1st Lt. William R. Covington that his fuel gauges were shattered and he had no way to estimate fuel levels. Also, he reported one engine was out and several crew members were injured. He also stated that he had lost sight of the formation over Mindanao north-northeast of Davao and advised he would divert to Leyte. He departed the formation heading north. The weather was 6/10 low stratus clouds with visibility of 6-8 miles.
At 1:00pm another aircrew member aboard B-24J 44-41213 heard the radio message "QMMO" from LED to Morotai that was repeated several times. At 3:10 the aircraft then began sending an "SOS" and at 3:20pm the message "Bail out or crash land on Mindanao".
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