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  C-47A-50-DL "Our Lillian Ethel Form 1A" Serial Number 42-24228 Nose 201
5th AF
433rd TCG
65th TCS

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5th AF c1944

Pilot  1st Lt. John S. Hutchinson, O-671028 (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Joseph P. O'Donnell, O-804217 (MIA / KIA)
Crew Chief  T/Sgt Robert E. Boring, 17122968 (MIA / KIA)
Radio  T/Sgt Jerry E. Reeves, 17122968 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  2nd Lt Gerda M. Mulack, O-78704 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Sgt Pedro Apodaca, 18068285 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  S/Sgt Edgar A. Jones, 13117844 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Cpl Harry Ciszewski, 36339664 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  S/Sgt Carl E. Laughery, 684516 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Cpl Arnold L. Larsen, 37294627 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  S/Sgt Edward A. Mihalcik, 36349077 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  Cpl Robert B. McKenzie, 17035413 (MIA / KIA)
Passenger  T/Sgt Ralph W. Mowry, 35343387 (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  March 6, 1944
MACR  4905

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-50-DL Dakota serial number 42-24228. Ferried via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 433rd Troop Carrier Group, 65th Troop Carrier Squadron. Nicknamed "Our Lillian Ethel Form 1A". Nose Number (Buzz Number) 201 painted in white behind the cockpit. When lost, engines R-1830-29 serial numbers 41-16581 and 43-50138.

Mission History
On March 6, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. John S. Hutchinson on a flight via Finschafen Airfield bound for Saidor Airfield. Last sighted at 6:45pm at an altitude of 700' roughly two miles off the coast between Finschhafen and Saidor.

In 1949, the crash site was located in the vicinity of Orarako village at approximately Lat 6.15 Long 147.35.

Recovery of Remains
During 1949, a team from American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) recovered the remains of the crew and transported them to the United States for permenant burial.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew were permanently buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in a group burial at section 78 sites 993-995 the grave includes Boring, Hutchinson, Mulack, Apodaca, Jones, Laughery, Larsen, Mihalcik and Mowry.

Missing Air Crew Report 4905 (MACR 4905)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-24228
FindAGrave - John S Hutchinson (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert E Boring
FindAGrave - Jerry E Reeves (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Gerda M Mulack (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Pedro Apodaca (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Edgar A Jones (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Carl E Laughery (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Arnold L Larsen (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Edward A Mihalcik (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Robert Bernard McKenzie (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Ralph W Mowry (grave photo)

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Last Updated
February 26, 2019


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