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|Pilot F/O Richard Schaffner, T-120187 (MIA / KIA) PA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John A. Bailey, O-797952 (POW / MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew SSgt Peter Caravella, 38194013 (MIA / KIA) LA
Crew Sgt William Garrity, 39533989 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew William H. Levernier, O-673206 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew SSgt Patrick G. Quinn, 19102377 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crashed November 23, 1943 at 9:15
Built by North American. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, 75th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-2600-13 serial numbers a) 41-30388 b) 42-77353.
On November 23, 1943 took off from Renard Field on Banika Island for a strike mission against Chabai on Bougainville. This B-25 was one of twelve from the 75th BS led by Captain Davidson. Also, an element of four B-25s from the 70th BS led by Lt. Blackburn.
Over the target, the bombers met intense anti-aircraft fire while dropping parafrag bombs and strafing. Three B-25, including this aircraft were damaged. This bomber was worst damaged, and crashed into the sea (reportedly Matchin Bay).
Bailey survived and was captured and became a Prisoner Of War (POW) and transported to Rabaul. Detained by the 81st Naval Guard Unit (Keibitai) and did not survive the captivity and was likely executed.
The entire crew was declared dead on November 24, 1944. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Missing Air Crew Report 1217 (MACR 1217)
The Crusaders: A History of the 42nd Bombardment Group page 54
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard Schaffner
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John A. Bailey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Peter Caravella
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William Garrity
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William H. Levernier
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Patrick G. Quinn
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