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5th AF c1944
|Pilot 1st Lt. John S. Hutchinson, O-671028 (MIA / KIA, BR) Fairfield County, CT
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Joseph P. O'Donnell, O-804217 (MIA / KIA, BR) NJ
Crew Chief T/Sgt Robert E. Boring, 17122968 (MIA / KIA, BR) Kay County, Oklahoma
Radio T/Sgt Jerry E. Reeves, 17122968 (MIA / KIA, BR) Douglas County, NB
Passenger 2nd Lt Gerda M. Mulack, O-78704 (MIA / KIA, BR) Newburgh, NY
Passenger Sgt Pedro Apodaca, 18068285 (MIA / KIA, BR) Albuquerque, NM
Passenger S/Sgt Edgar A. Jones, 13117844 (MIA / KIA, BR) Clinchport, VA
Passenger Cpl Harry Ciszewski, 36339664 (MIA / KIA, BR) IL
Passenger S/Sgt Carl E. Laughery, 684516 (MIA / KIA, BR) PA
Passenger Cpl Arnold L. Larsen, 37294627 (MIA / KIA, BR) St. Louis County, MN
Passenger S/Sgt Edward A. Mihalcik, 36349077 (MIA / KIA, BR) MI
Passenger Cpl Robert B. McKenzie, 17035413 (MIA / KIA, BR) Livingston County, MO
Passenger T/Sgt Ralph W. Mowry, 35343387 (MIA / KIA, BR) OH
Crashed March 6, 1944
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 10090. On August 18, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47A-50-DL Skytrain serial number 42-24228. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
On September 24, 1943 assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 433rd Troop Carrier Group (433rd TCG), 65th Troop Carrier Squadron (65th TCS). 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.
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 north coast of New Guinea 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. Three of the crew were individually identified: O'Donnell, Ciszewski and McKenzie. The rest of the crew were not individually identified including Hutchinson, Boring, Reeves, Mulack, Apodaca, Jones, Laughery, Larsen, Mihalcik and Mowry. Afterwards, the remains of the crew ere transported them to the United States for permanent burial.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. On February 16, 1950 the entire crew were permanently buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in a group burial at section 78 sites 993-995 the grave includes Hutchinson, Boring, Reeves, Mulack, Apodaca, Jones, Laughery, Larsen, Mihalcik and Mowry.
O'Donnell is buried at Saint Marys Cemetery in Trenton, NJ.
Ciszewski is buried at Rock Island National Cemetery at section E, site 94.
McKenzie is buried at Leopolis Cemetery in Livingston County, MO at row 7.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - C-47A-50-DL Skytrain 42-24228
"24228 (MSN 10090) delivered Aug 18, 1943. 5th AF Brisbane Sep 24, 1943. With 433rd TCG crashed at sea off Finchafen, New Guinea en route Saidor-Nadzab Mar 6, 1944. MACR 4905"
Missing Air Crew Report 4905 (MACR 4905) created May 9, 1944
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - C-47 Dakota 42-24228
Kingsport Times "Death Notice Staff Sgt. Edgar Jones" February 3, 1950
FindAGrave - John S Hutchinson (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Joseph P O'Donnell (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert E Boring (photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Jerry E Reeves (photo, obituary, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Gerda M Mulack (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SGT Pedro Apodaca (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Edgar A Jones (obituary, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - CPL Harry Ciszewski (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Carl E Laughery (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Arnold L Larsen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Edward A Mihalcik (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - CPL Robert Bernard McKenzie (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Ralph W Mowry (group burial photo)
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