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|Pilot 1st Lt Franklin J. Anderson, O-421589 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Co-Pilot Sgt William Llewellyn Scanlan, RAAF 406736 (MIA / KIA) Fremantle, WA
Navigator 2nd Lt Sidney H. Willoughby, O-662411 (MIA) Warren County, KY
Bombardier 1st Lt Edward H. Hansen, O-432983 (MIA) Chicago, IL
Engineer Sgt John H. McLean, 13005296 (MIA) Exeter, PA
Radio T/Sgt Thomas R. Powell, 7021207 (MIA) Tower City, PA
Gunner S/Sgt George W. Whitley Jr., 13018743 (MIA) Middlesex, NC
MIA December 17, 1942
Built by Martin in Baltimore, Maryland. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-26 Marauder serial number 40-1529. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Brisbane then transported to Amberley Field and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 22nd Bombardment Group (22nd BG), 2nd Bombardment Squadron (2nd BS). Nicknamed "Fury". Regular pilots included Anderson and Patteson. Crew chief Peters. This bomber flew a total of 13 combat missions in New Guinea. On July 22, 1942 this B-26 flew its first combat mission.
On December 17, 1942 at 10:15am took off from 12 Mile Drome (Schwimmer Drome) near Port Moresby piloted by 1st Lt Franklin J. Anderson as one of three B-26s Marauders from 2nd Bombardment Squadron a bombing mission against Buna. The weather was broken cloud over the Owen Stanley Range with unlimited visibility. On the way to the target, this bomber was last seen flying northwards over the Kokoda Gap near Kokoda. When this B-26 failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The American crew members were officially declared dead on December 13, 1945. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on on the tablets of the missing.
Anderson earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Australian Scanlan was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Bomana War Cemetery on the Port Moresby Memorial, panel 9.
Willoughby earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Hansen earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
McLean earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
Powell earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Greenwood Cemetery in Tower City, PA.
Whitley earned the Silver Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-26 Marauder 40-1529
"1529 (22nd BG, 2nd BS, 5th AF) MIA over Kokoda mountains, New Guinea Dec 17, 1942. MACR 16095. All 7 crew killed."
Missing Air Crew Report 16095 (MACR 16095) listed location as "Missing Kokoda 7 miles SW"
Department of Air Minute Paper - Presumption of Death of No. 406736 Sergeant Scanlan W.L. 17 Feb 1947
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-26 40-1529
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Franklin J. Anderson
FindAGrave - 1Lt Franklin Joseph Anderson (photo, obituary, tablets of the missing photo)
CWGC - William Llewellyn Scanlan
FindAGrave - Sergeant William Llewellyn Scanlan (Port Moresby Memorial)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Sidney H. Willoughby
FindAGrave - Sidney H. Willoughby (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edward H. Hansen
FindAGrave - Edward H. Hansen (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt John H McLean (tablets of the missing photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John H. McLean
FindAGrave - SGT John H McLean (tablets of the missing photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas R. Powell
FindAGave - TSgt Thomas Robert Powell (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Thomas R. Powell (memorial marker photo)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George W. Whitley Jr.
FindAGave - SSGT George W Whitley, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
Revenge of the Red Raiders (2006) pages 95, 151, 159-160, 162, 491
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