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|Pilot 1st Lt. Marvin Davis, O-670847 (MIA / KIA, BR) San Antonio, TX
Co-Pilot 2nd. Lt. Walter H. Williford, O-683708 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Radio Cpl Charles L. Ebers, 16060628 (MIA / KIA, BR) MI
Engineer TSgt Marshall P. Starks, Jr., 38089258 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Asst Engineer Cpl Gent E. Bogle, 16150702 (MIA / KIA, BR) Lansing, MI
Passenger Cpl Vincent A. Garnot, 32589432 (MIA / KIA, BR) Wappingers Falls, NY
Passenger Sgt Elmer W. Schoff, 35579600 (MIA / KIA, BR) La Port, IN
MIA July 9, 1944
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 9567. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-30-DL Dakota serial number 42-23705. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 375th Troop Carrier Group, 57th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nicknamed "Shakes All Over" painted in white with the nose art of a Hawaiian girl wearing a leis and a grass skirt with one hand behind her head and the other on her hip. Nose number X163 painted in white to the rear of the cockpit window and on the front of the nose. When lost, engines R-1830-92 serial numbers 42-107748 and 41-16404.
On July 12, 1944 four search sorties were flown. The first C-47 piloted by 1st Lt. Kennedy made a 3 hour 40 minute flight from Nadzab to Saidor and returned with nil sightings. The second C-47 piloted by 1st Lt. Harold E. Townsend made a 3 hour search over the Cromwell Range and Rawlisen Range to the west of the Finisterre range. The third C-47 piloted by Major Benjamin King made a 3 hour 15 minute search over Astrolabe Bay to Madang and the Finisterre range. The fourth C-47 piloted by Captain David Stelliugwerth searched 8 hours Nadzab to Saidor.
Richard Leahy adds:
I visited the site courtesy of CILHI, specifically U.S. Army Captain Paul Royal and Army anthropologist Alec Christienson. I guess that they took me along to show them where it was. The locals have made no reference to anyone visiting 42-23705 prior to our arrival on Sept. 18th. This means to me that all who were alive at that time have now gone.
Aircraft has painted on left hand side of forward nose section; X163. Under that is the word painted diagonally SHAKES then a large depiction of a fully clad woman, then the follow on from SHAKES, the words, ALL OVER. We counted 24 half inch (50 cal) Browning machine guns which I surmise were being taken to Nadzab for repair and return. They would have been removed from either P-47s and or A-20s and or B-25s. They were (are) all fixed guns. This information was sourced for me by aviation historian and author, Robert Piper."
Ebers was buried at Manila American Cemetery at Plot L Row 7 Grave 81. Ebers also has a memorial marker at Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI at plot P-97E-8.
Four of the crew: Davis, Bogle, Garnot and Starks are buried at Zachary Taylor Cemetery in a group burial at section E site 258.
Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery is Williford at section R site 10.
The grave of Schoff is unknown, but presumed to be in his hometown in the United States.
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