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  PB4Y-1 Liberator Bureau Number 32277  
USN
VPB-101

Pilot  Lt. Harold H. Lewis Jr., O-125406 USNR (MIA / KIA) WA
Crew  AMM3c Tony D. Gonzalez, 6289816 (MIA / KIA) KS
Crew  AOM2c Clifford E. McFarlane, 6653889 (MIA / KIA) WA
Crew  Ensign Raymond R. Taylor, O-315117 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  AOM1c Wilbur L. Williamson, 6692698 USNR (MIA / KIA) MS
Crew  AMM1c Charles C. Boudreau, 3375962 (MIA / KIA) MS
Crew  ARM3c Frederick V. Cole, 3471730 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  AOM3c James W. Davis, 3471730 (MIA / KIA) AR
Crew  ARM2c Junius B. Duncan, 6566777 (MIA / KIA) Whiteville, NC
Crew  AMM2c Frank L. Furbush, 2088525 (MIA / KIA) Palmyra, ME
MIA  October 23, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego as Model 32. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-125-CO Liberator 42-110013.

Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PB4Y-1 Liberator bureau number 32277.

Wartime History
Assigned to Patrol Bombing Squadron 101 (VPB-101). No known nickname, nose art or squadron number. Possibly, nicknamed “Big Op”.

Mission History
On October 23, 1944 took off from Morotai Island piloted by Lt. Harold H. Lewis Jr. on a patrol mission over "sector one". During the patrol, attacked by enemy fighters. When this bomber failed to return the entire entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared October 24, 1945. The entire crew is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Lewis earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with Gold Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Gonzalez earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

McFarlane earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Taylor earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Williamson earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Boudreau earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Cole earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Davis earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Duncan earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Western Prong Baptist Church Cemetery in Whiteville, NC.

Furbush earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. He also has a memorial marker at Palmyra Village Cemetery in Palmyra, ME.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-125-CO Liberator 42-110013
"110013 to USN as PB4Y-1 32277"
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PB4Y-1 Liberator 32277
"32277 (ex USAAF B-24J 42-110013, VPB-101) shot down by enemy aircraft Oct 23, 1944. Took off from Morotai, Moluccas Islands, Dutch East Endies on patrol mission and failed to return. Crew of 10 MIA."
NARA "Bombing Squadron 101 (VBP-101) War Diary October 1944 page 4
"October 23, [1944] Lt(jg) Lieutenant Harold H. Lewis failed to return after attack by fighters in sector one."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold H. Lewis, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Tony D. Gonzalez
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clifford E. McFarlane
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond R. Taylor
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wilbur L. Williamson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles C. Boudreau
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frederick V. Cole
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James W. Davis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Junius B. Duncan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank L. Furbush
FindAGrave - Lt Harold H Lewis, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AMM3 Tony DeLuna Gonzalez (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AOM2 Clifford E McFarlane (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Ens Raymond R Taylor (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AOM1 Wilbur L Williamson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AMM1 Charles C Boudreau (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - ARM3 Frederick V Cole (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AOM3 James W Davis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - ARM2C Junius Burvin Duncan (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Junius Burvin Duncan (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - AMM2 Frank Lincoln Furbush (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Frank L Furbush (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
October 15, 2019

 

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