|Pilot Major John O. Vick (survived) Pacific Palisades, CA
Co-Pilot F/O Robert A. Roast (survived)
Bombardier Captain Charles L. Morris (survived)
Crew 2nd Lt. Donald E. Martin (survived)
Navigator Sgt Peter J. Orsini (survived)
Radar 2nd Lt. Allan M. Cohen, O-2068612 (MIA / KIA) Kings County, NY
CFC Cpl Harvey H. Delles (survived)
Gunner Cpl Floyd R. Griffith (survived)
Crew Cpl Walter Pychewicz (survived)
Crew Cpl Dane A. Miller (survived)
Crew Cpl William R. Shaver (survived)
Crew Cpl Harvey H. Dellas (survived)
Damaged May 17, 1945
Built by Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-29-75-BW Superfortress 44-70010.
Assigned to the 20th Air Force, 330th Bombardment Group, 458th Bombardment Squadron. Tail code K Square 41. Assigned to pilot Major John O. Vick who nicknamed the bomber "City of Pacific Palisades" after his hometown. Later renamed "City of Glen Falls" and/or "City of Hatch, ID".
On May 17, 1945 took off from North Field on Guam piloted by Major John O. Vick on a night incendiary bombing mission against Nagoya in Japan. While en route to the target at 3:45am, the no. 2 engine appeared to be on fire approximately 20 miles from the Japanese coast, and failed to feather and bombs were salvoed and turned towards Iwo Jima and the crew altered to be ready to bail out because the airplane seemed uncontrollable due to the vibrations and wind milling propeller.
At 6:00am, the order was given to bail out, and the five crew in the rear of the plane jumped (Shaver, Miller, Delles, Pychewicz and Cohen). After bailing out Cohen's chute was seen to open but he was never seen again and became Missing In Action (MIA). He was know to be unable to swim.
The rest of the crew in the nose and cockpit (Vick, Roast, Morris, Martin, Orsini and Griffith) were unable to lower the nose landing gear. The vibrations ceased and they successfully landed landed on Iwo Jima at approximately 8:00am. On the ground, the number 2 engine burst into flames but was extinguished after 10-15 minutes.
Two other B-29s dropped two rafts and a "gibson girl" and supplies to the men who had bailed out. A destroyer searched for Cohen for the remainder of the day and night, but failed to find any trace of him.
Plus a PBY Catalina "Dumbo" unsuccessfully searched for him the next day.
Afterwards, this B-29 was listed as ACNL "Aircraft Not Lost". It is unclear if this B-29 was repaired and continued to fly additional missions.
Cohen was officially declared dead on the day of the mission and earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing, court 7.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records -
John O. Vick
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Allan M. Cohen
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-29-75-BW Superfortress 44-70010
"70010 (458th BG, 330th BG) loat from unknown cause in Pacific Ocean May 17, 1945. MACR 14444. Fate of crew unknown."
Missing Air Crew Report 14444 (MACR 14444)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Allan M. Cohen
2Lt Allan M Cohen (courts of the missing photo)
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July 8, 2018