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  L-4B Grasshopper Serial Number 43-1137  
5th AF
345th BG
498th BS

Pilot  Captain James P. Banks, O-789122 (KIA, BR)
Observer  1st Lt. Allan R. Bardwell, O-85668 (KIA, BR) Springfield, MA

Crashed  July 27, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Piper Aircraft. Delivered to the U. S. Army as L-4B Grasshopper 43-1137. Disassembled and shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 345th Bombardment Group (345th BG), 498th Bombardment Squadron (498th BS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 27, 1943 crashed near Berry Drome (12 Mile) near Port Moresby. This aircraft was officially condemned on July 29, 1943.

Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, both crew were transported to the United States for permenant burial.

Banks was buried in 1948 at High Springs Cemetery in High Springs, FL.
Bardwell's burial is unknown. Presumably in his hometown in the United States.

NARA - World War II Army Enlistment Records - James P. Banks
NARA - World War II Army Enlistment Records - Allan R. Bardwell

FindAGrave - James Paul Banks (photo, obituary, grave photo)

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Last Updated
April 29, 2020


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