|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
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).
Assigned to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 345th Bombardment Group (345th BG), 498th Bombardment Squadron (498th BS). No known nickname or nose art.
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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April 29, 2020