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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Ernest W. Jackson, O-764317 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Edward A. Carmichael, O-710447 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator 2nd Lt. James R. New, Jr. O-2065813 (rescued)
Asst Engineer Cpl Louis Branch, Jr., 38494177 (rescued)
Radar Sgt Isadore Barrack, 12159730 / 1536th AAFBU (rescued)
Engineer Sgt Paul L. Johnson, Jr., 19138300 (MIA / KIA) CA
Radio Cpl Lloyd L. Lyle, 34635571 (MIA / KIA) Lauderdale County, MS
Missing June 12, 1945
Built by Canadian Vickers in Montreal, Canada. Constructors Number CV533. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as OA-10A Catalina serial number 44-34023.
Assigned to Air Transport Command (ATC). During 1945, attached to the 5th Air Force (5th AF), 1536th Army Air Force Base Unit (AAFBU) based at Hollandia. Nicknamed "Step and Fetch It".
On June 2, 1945 this aircraft was damaged from a bird strike during the flight from Hollandia and was afterwards repaired and returned to flying status. When lost, engines R-1830-92 serial numbers (left) CP 360236 and (right) CP 360320. No armament was aboard this aircraft.
After completing the search, this Catalina was near Peleliu Island when a radio message was received stating something was spotted and directing both search aircraft to the area where they searched further 35 minutes. Radio reception and visibility decreased and this aircraft turned back towards Peleliu and climbed to 10,500' to use celestial navigation and called for a magnetic heading bound for Peleliu.
Low on fuel and unable to reach Peleliu, this Catalina signaled its IFF and readied the aircraft for an emergency landing. At 10:53am ditched out of fuel into the sea 108 miles southwest of Anguar Island. Last contact was a radio direction bearing received by AACS on Biak Island. When this aircraft failed to return it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
Finally, the crew spotting a destroyer, the survivors released their signal dye. At first, they feared they were not seen, but the destroyer spotted them and after 59 hours in the open sea, they were rescued by USS Underhill DE-682 on June 14, 1945 at 7:40am and were treated for sores, sunburn and exhaustion while transported aboard the destroyer to Hollandia. Afterwards, the survivors were treated by the ATC dispensary and returned to duty.
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