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|Pilot 1st Lt Herbert C. Mayes, O-406421 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Garrett H. McCallister, O-388997 (MIA / KIA) Shawnee, OK
Navigator 2nd Lt. William D. Hargis Jr., O-429474 (MIA / KIA) OK
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Gerald J. Barnicle, O-432965 (MIA / KIA) MA
Nose Gunner SSgt Salvatore Battaglia, 6976250 (MIA / KIA) NY
Engineer / Top Turret Gunner Pvt Benjamin F. Huffstickler, 14021810 (MIA / KIA) NC
Tail Gunner Pvt Roy W. Walters, 12029059 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA June 4, 1942 at 7:05am
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1424. In the middle of 1941, assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Group, 18th Reconnaissance Squadron at Langley Field, Virginia. Assigned plane number 22 to pilot McClaren. Disassembled and shipped as cargo aboard a shipped to Oahu.
During May 1942, one of the last B-26s reassembled at Hickam Field by the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD). The stateside markings were over painted but retained the six U. S. star markings and "U. S. Army" on the bottom of both wings. The serial number, minus the first number "01424" was painted in yellow on both sides of the rear fuselage. Nicknamed "Satan's Playmate".
During April 1942, the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron was redesignated 408th Bombardment Squadron. This B-26 was at Hickam Field waiting for two other B-26s to be ready for a ferry flight across the Pacific bound for Australia.
Instead, this bomber was one of two B-26s from the 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron plus two B-26s from the 38th Bombardment Group, 69th Bombardment Squadron flown to Midway Airfield to defend against the Japanese fleet that was expected to attack Midway Atoll during early June 1942.
The formation was led by the B-26 piloted by Captain James F. Collins, with left wingman (this aircraft) B-26 "Satan's Playmate" 40-1424 piloted by 1st Lt Herbert C. Mayes and right wingman B-26 piloted by 1st Lt William S. Watson. Behind them was B-26 "Susie-Q" 40-1391 piloted by 1st Lt. James P. Muri.
At 7:10am, the formation attacked the Japanese Navy carrier force roughly 150 miles northwest of Midway Atoll. Flying in a diamond formation at 700' altitude the bombers descend to 200' to make their torpedo attack. The B-26 formation was intercepted by two A6M2 Zeros flying a Combat Air Patrol (CAP) and defensive anti-aircraft fire from Akagi. During the attack, this bomber was shot down by enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire at 7:05am. When this B-26 failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
McCallister also has a memorial marker at Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, OK and Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee, OK.
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