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  B-24L-5-CO Liberator Serial Number 44-41482  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

MIA
USAAF c1945
Pilot  Captain Hans H. Williams, O-798626 (MIA / KIA) Luther, IA
Co-Pilot  1/Lt Elmo McCarty, O-2058842 (MIA / KIA) MS
Engineer  T/Sgt Stephen D. Baldwin, 31381429 (MIA / KIA) CT
Radio Operator  T/Sgt Gerald S. Dolan, 37701966 (MIA / KIA) CO
Passenger  1/Lt Jack M. Petrosillo, O-776018 (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Passenger  1/Lt John B. Lawson, O-783095 (MIA / KIA) OR
Passenger  1/Lt Joseph E. Tierney, O-2065855 (MIA / KIA) CT
Passenger  1/Lt Robert E. Bartel, O-2037312 (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger  2/Lt Dean R. Kendall Jr., O-830121 (MIA / KIA) CO
Passenger  MSgt Walter V. McCarty, 14039796 (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger  T/Sgt Joseph X. Dunayczan, 36591345 (MIA / KIA) MI
Passenger  T/Sgt Ralph I. Miller, 37570278 (MIA / KIA) MN
Passenger  S/Sgt Charles E. Bacon, 37708854 (MIA / KIA) CO
Passenger  S/Sgt James J. Barnett, 19005311 (MIA / KIA) OR
Passenger  S/Sgt Joseph A. Gooley, 13080512 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Passenger  S/Sgt Edward J. Jonikas, 36751329 (MIA / KIA) IL
Passenger  S/Sgt John K. Shryock, Jr, 13200206 (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  S/Sgt Franklin L. Van Beek, 17029851 (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger  Sgt Wade A. Little, 35301841 (MIA / KIA) OH
Passenger  Cpl Harold A. Bedrick, 12085966 (MIA / KIA) NY
Passenger  Cpl William F. Erickson, 13154176 (MIA / KIA) PA
Passenger  Cpl Thomas M. Knight, 14049667 (MIA / KIA) NC
Passenger  Cpl Thomas F. Ward, 12041327 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Passenger  PFC Arthur R. Harring, 32827105 (MIA / KIA) Plains, PA
MIA  June 6, 1945
MACR  14608

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. Constructors Number 5418. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24L-5-CO Liberator serial number 44-41482. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 400th Bomb Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers: a) CP-307555, b) CP-311611 and c) 42-40885 and d) R-1830-65 serial number 42-87815. Armed with. 50 caliber machine guns serial numbers noted in Missing Aircrew Report 14608 (MACR 14608).

Mission History
On June 6, 1945 at 2:04pm took off from McGuire Field (San Jose) on Mindoro piloted by Captain Hans H. Williams on a courier flight bound for Floridablanca Airfield on Luzon. Aboard were twenty passengers from the 400th Bomb Squadron (400th BS). The weather was heavy showers off the western end of Mindoro. The circumstances for the loss are unknown. When the B-24 failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
In the morning of June 7, 1945 aircraft from the 310th Bomb Wing (310th BW) searched for the missing B-24 until June 11, 1945 without results and the search was abandoned.

Memorials
The crew and passengers aboard were officially declared dead the day of the mission. None of the crew or passengers earned the Purple Heart posthumously as this flight was deemed to be non-combat. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Williams earned the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. He also has a memorial marker at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.

Dolan also has a memorial marker at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, CO at section 2 row K site 26.

Bartel also has a memorial marker at Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago, IL.

McCarty also has a memorial marker at Zion Hill Cemetery in Fouke, MS.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24L-5-CO Liberator 44-41482
"41482 (90th BG, 400th BS) missing on flight from McGuire Fleld, Mindoro to Clark Field, Luzon June 6, 1945. A search was begun on June 7th and abandoned on June 11th. 24 MIA. MACR 14608."
Missing Aircrew Report 14608 (MACR 14608) created June 8, 1945
(Page 7) Lists the destination as both Floridablanca Airfield and Clark Field, it is unclear which was the correct destination. Based on the form pages 2, 5 and map page 12 it seems the destination was Floridablanca Airfield
American Battle Monuments Commission - Hans H. Williams
American Battle Monuments Commission - Elmo McCarty
American Battle Monuments Commission - Stephen D. Baldwin
American Battle Monuments Commission - Gerald S. Dolan
American Battle Monuments Commission - Jack M. Petrosillo
American Battle Monuments Commission - John B. Lawson
American Battle Monuments Commission - Joseph E. Tierney
American Battle Monuments Commission - Robert E. Bartel
American Battle Monuments Commission - Dean R. Kendall Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission - Walter V. McCarty
American Battle Monuments Commission - Joseph X. Dunayczan
American Battle Monuments Commission - Ralph I. Miller
American Battle Monuments Commission - Charles E. Bacon
American Battle Monuments Commission - James J. Barnett
American Battle Monuments Commission - Joseph A. Gooley
American Battle Monuments Commission - Edward J. Jonikas
American Battle Monuments Commission - John K. Shryock Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission - Franklin L. Van Beek
American Battle Monuments Commission - Wade A. Little
American Battle Monuments Commission - Harold A. Bedrick
American Battle Monuments Commission - William F. Erickson
American Battle Monuments Commission - Thomas M. Knight
American Battle Monuments Commission - Thomas F. Ward
American Battle Monuments Commission - Arthur R. Harring
FindAGrave - Capt Hans Harrison Williams (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Hans H. Williams (memorial marker photo) date of death in profile incorrectly listed May 6, 1945 [sic]
FindAGrave - 1Lt Elmo McCarty (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSGT Stephen Decatur Baldwin (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSGT Gerald S Dolan (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Gerald S Dolan (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Jack Michael Petrosillo (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt John Bernard Lawson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Joseph Edward Tierney (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert Edward Bartel (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Robert E Bartel (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Dean R. Kendall Jr. (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - MSgt Walter Van McCarty (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Walter Van McCarty (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Joseph X Dunayczan (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Ralph I. Miller
FindAGrave - Charles E. Bacon
FindAGrave - James J. Barnett
FindAGrave - Joseph A. Gooley
FindAGrave - Edward J. Jonikas
FindAGrave - John K. Shryock Jr.
FindAGrave - Franklin L. Van Beek
FindAGrave - Wade A. Little
FindAGrave - Harold A. Bedrick
FindAGrave - William F. Erickson
FindAGrave - Thomas M. Knight
FindAGrave - Corp Thomas F Ward (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Arthur Robert Harring (tablets of the missing)

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June 5, 2020

 

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