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  B-17E "Miss Carriage" Serial Number 41-2645  
5th AF
43rd BG
64th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Charles N. Crowell, O-411698 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. John W. Bixby, O-790612 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  1st Lt. Henry G. Carr, O-724290 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crew  MSgt Frank C. French, Jr., 6265699 (MIA / KIA) CO
Crew  TSgt William F. Martin, 6151547 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  Sgt James H. Andrews, 6947160 (MIA / KIA) NC
Crew  S/Sgt Herbert L. Kerley, 6296890 (MIA / KIA) TN
Crew  Sgt Glenn H. Davis, 6904085 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  Cpl Raymond F. Kettner, 6975699
MIA  December 1, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. Possibly, this B-17 was nicknamed "Miss Carriage".

Mission History
This B-17 failed to return from. a reconnaissance mission over Buna and Gasmata. Extensive searches failed to locate the aircraft or its crew.

The crew was officially declared dead on January 7, 1946. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

History 43rd Bombardment Group frame 244
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2645
Thanks to Steve Birdsall for additional information

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August 7, 2015


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