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  B-32-20-CF Dominator Serial Number 42-108544  
USAAF
5th AF
312th BG
386th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Leonard Sill (KIA, BR) WI
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Glen W. Bowie (KIA, BR) KS
Navigator  1st Lt William H. Colley (KIA, BR) Kings County, NY
Radar Operator  1st Lt. Calvin S. Warren (KIA, BR) Laporte, CO
Intelligence Officer  Captain William P. Barnes, IIII (KIA, BR) LA
Communication Officer  Captain Woodrow H. Hauser (KIA, BR) WI
Engineer Gunner  Sgt Albert M. Andrade, 19087534 (KIA, BR) Modesto, CA
Engineer Gunner  Sgt George P. Bollos, 31366626 (KIA, BR) Bristol County, MA
Engineer Gunner  Sgt Raymond A. Repp (KIA, BR) MI
Crew  SSgt Max E. Holben (KIA, BR) Norcatur, KS
Radio  TSgt Richard W. Roth, 39289202 (KIA, BR) Fresno, CA
Engineer  TSgt Donald L. Fry (KIA, BR) Springfield, MO
Crashed  August 28, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated-Vultee at Fort Worth, Texas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-32-20-CF Dominator serial number 42-108544. Also known as #544 for the last three digits of the serial number. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific and on August 12, 1945 arrived at Yontan Airfield on Okinawa.

Wartime History
On August 12, 1945 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group (312th BG), 386th Bombardment Squadron (386th BS) at Yontan Airfield. No known nickname or nose art.

On August 25, 1945 took off from Yontan Airfield with B-32 42-108528 on a photographic mission over Tokyo. On the way to the target the two other bombers in the formation B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 and B-32 "Harriet's Chariot" 42-108543 aborted the mission due to mechanical problems. Over the target, there was no opposition and both bombers returned safely.

Mission History
On August 28, 1945 before dawn took off from Yontan Airfield piloted by Sill on a photographic mission over Tokyo to observe if the terms of surrender were being observed, and propellers removed from Japanese aircraft at Atsugi Airfield with B-32 "Hobo Queen II" 42-108532 pilot Elliott. Both bomber were equipped with a bomb bay fuel tank for extra range. Also aboard were two passengers: Intelligence officer Captain William P. Barnes and Communications officer Captain Woodrow H. Hauser. During take off, the no. 3 engine lost power causing and the pilots attempted to abort the take off by applying the breaks but the bomber skidded off the runway and landed in an 80' gravel pit at the end of the runway and exploded killing everyone aboard.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered. Postwar, their remains were transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
Sill is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Bowie is buried at Browns Grove Cemetery in Burdett, KS at plot 130.

Colley is buried at Long Island National Cemetery at section J site 15394.

Warren is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section Q site 1142.

Barnes is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Baton Rouge, LA at section F 44.

Hauser is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section M site 1071.

Holben is buried at Norcatur Cemetery in Norcatur, KS.

Hauser is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section M site 1071.

Andrade is buried at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto, CA at D S-27 A-14 GR 72.

Bollos has an unknown burial, presumably in a private cemetery in his hometown.

Repp is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section F site 716.

Roth is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, CA.

Fry is buried at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield, MO.

References
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - William H. Colley
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Calvin S. Warren
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Woodrow H Hauser
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Max E. Holben
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Albert M. Andrade

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - George P. Bollos
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Max E. Holben

NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Richard W. Roth
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Donald L. Fry
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-32-20-CF Dominator 42-108544
"108544 w/o Aug 28, 1945 when lost an engine on takeoff from Okinawa. Skidded off runway, exploded, and burned. 13 KIA"
FindAGrave - Leonard Sill (photos)
FindAGrave - Glenn William Bowie (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William H. Colley (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT Calvin Stanfield Warren (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt William Preston Barnes III (grave photos)
FindAGrave - Woodrow H Hauser (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Albert M. Andrade (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Raymond A Repp (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Max Eldon Holben (obituary, photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Richard W Roth (grave)
FindAGrave - Sgt Donald Lee Fry (grave photo)
Dominator (1984) page 42
Echoes of the Dominator (2007) pages 109, 113, 121-125, 129, 147
Rampage of the Roarin' 20's (2009) pages 328 (August 12, 1945), 333-334 (August 28, 1945), 353 (August 28, 1945 crew list KIA), 401 (index Barnes)

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Last Updated
August 28, 2020

 

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