435th BS 'Kangaroo Squadron'
|Pilot 1st Lt Wilson L. Cook, O-417007 (MIA / KIA) Bradley,
Co-Pilot F/Sgt George S. Andrews, 6694 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD
Navigator 2nd Lt Hubert S. Mobley, O-441131 (MIA / KIA) Tampa, FL
Bombardier 2nd Lt Joseph R. Cunningham, O-433008 (MIA / KIA Travelers Rest,
Engineer SSgt Elwyn O. Rahier, 6566980 (MIA / KIA) MN
Asst. Engineer SSgt John J. Dunbar (MIA / KIA) Tujunga, CA
Radio TSgt Irving W. McMichael, 6580398 (MIA / KIA) Lincon, NE
Asst Radio Cpl Charles M. Hartman, 6583190 (MIA / KIA) Gettysburg, SD
AVS / Gunner Pvt David B. Beattie, 16039053 (MIA / KIA) MI
Gunner Cpl Richard K. Pastor, 12007946 (MIA / KIA) Lynbrook, NY
MIA August 14, 1942
Built by Boeing at Seattle, paid for by citizens of Seattle during a bond campaign sponsored by a local newspaper to
raise $280,535 to pay for a single Flying Fortress. Nicknamed "Chief Seattle from the Pacific Northwest" at a christen at a ceremony on March 5, 1942.
Assigned to the USAAF, Sent overseas by July 1942. Assigned to the
19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron "Kangaroo Squadron". Briefly assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group and flown to Fenton Airfield, then
recalled and reassigned to 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron two days later. First combat mission
was a reconnaissance flight over Rabaul and Kavieng.
For its second mission, the bomber was flown from Townsville to 7-Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby. Took off at 6:02am on on a recon mission flying
to Buna, Gasmata, Rabaul, Kavieng and the Solomons sea lanes to report
any enemy activity. Nothing was ever heard from the bomber again,
and it was presumed as lost sometime between 10am - 7pm.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 7, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Chief Seattle from the Pacific Northwest by
Glen Spieth, 1988 (self published)
Oz@War - Chief Seattle a B-17 of the 435th Bomb Squadron crashed 14 Aug 1942
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