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|Aircraft Commander 1st Lt. Edward G. Law, O-738190 (KIA April 2, 1945, BNR) Clare, IA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Gerould L. Giddings, O-767523 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BR) Great Barrington, MA
Navigator 2nd Lt. Donald J. Van Dever, O-2058586 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Witchita Falls, TX
Bombardier 2nd Lt. David R. Gerhardt, O-717886 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Springfield, OH
Engineer TSgt Raymond C. Richmond, 35376077 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Proctor, WV
Central Fire Control Sgt Ray F. Hopper, 19201587 (POW, survived) Marion, OR
Radio Sgt Robert H. Nead, 17112447 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Perry, IA
Left Waist Gunner Sgt Maurice Myers, 13200699 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Souderton, PA
Rad. Gunner Sgt Thaddeus J. Pasternak, 31417202 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Chicopee, MA
Ring Gunner Sgt Harry E. McMillen, 33715004 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Aliquppa, PA
Tail Gunner Sgt Leonard J. McNeill, 34796533 (POW, died May 26, 1945, BNR) Orlando, FL
MIA April 2, 1945
Inbound to the target, the weather was clear with visibility good with a slight haze. On April 2, 1945 over the target between 5,000' to 6,000' this B-29 was shot down with pilot pilot Law ordering the crew to bail out. When it failed to return this bomber was listed as Missing In Action (MIA) for unknown reasons.
Fates of the Crew
The surviving crew parachuted from the bomber and were captured by the Japanese and became Prisoners Of War (POW). According to Japanese military law they were considered captured enemy airmen, not formal POWs.
The crew were detained by the Japanese Army Kenpeitai at Shibuya Military Prison. On April 16, 1945 the crew were detained at Tokyo Military Prison. During the night of May 25-26, 1945 the crew (with the exception of Hooper) died during a firebombing raid.
Hooper survived captivity and was liberated from Omori Headquarters Camp (Ofuna) Tokyo at the end of the Pacific War and retuned to the United States.
Postwar, five Japanese charged with war crimes related to the fate of the crew and put on trail during the Yokohama War Crimes Trial and all found guilty including: Hatsuaki Kambe (life sentance), Keiji Kamimoto (death penalty), Masao Koshikawa (30 year prison sentance), Mataishi Okubo (life sentence) and Toshio Tashiro (death penalty).
Recovery of Remains
Giddings was officially declared dead on May 26, 1945. Postwar he was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot Q, grave 617.
Five of the crew remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and were officially declared dead on May 26, 1945. All five are memorialized on the tablets of the mission National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Van Dever on court 5. Gerhardt on court 7. Nead on court 7. McMillen on court 7. McNeill on court 7.
Myers is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34, site 2240.
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