|Pilot 1st Lt. Wilson L. Cook, O-417007 (MIA / KIA) Bradley,
Co-Pilot F/Sgt George S. Andrews, 6694 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Navigator 2nd Lt. Hubert S. Mobley, O-441131 (MIA / KIA) Tampa, FL
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Joseph R. Cunningham, O-433008 (MIA / KIA) Travelers Rest, SC
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) Glasgow, Scotland
Gunner Cpl Richard K. Pastor, 12007946 (MIA / KIA) Lynbrook, NY
MIA August 14, 1942
On March 5, 1942 at a ceremony at Boeing Field, this B-17 was delivered to the U. S. Army on behalf of Major General F. L. Martin in a ceremony attended by Seattle mayor Earl Millikin P. G. Johnson, Mrs Edward C. Teats and others. Afterwards, ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
On August 5, 1942 assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron as their first B-17, but on August 6, 1942 assigned back to the 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron. On August 8, 1942 during the afternoon took off from Fenton Airfield on a flight to Garbutt Field near Townsville and prepared for a combat mission.
This B-17's first combat mission was flown on August 9, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Lt. Morris Friedman on a reconnaissance mission over Rabaul and Kavieng. The mission lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes.
On August 11, 1942 the same mission was repeated, but aborted an hour and a half into the flight. Took off from 7 Mile Drome piloted by Lt. Morris Friedman on a reconnaissance mission over Rabaul and Kavieng. After only 3 hours, this B-17 returned due to a problem with the No. 2 engine. When it landed, United Press correspondent Frank Hewlett, interviewed the crew and a photo was taken in front of the B-17 as the ground crew worked on the No. 2 engine. By August 13, the repairs were completed.
A second crew from the 435th Squadron was assigned to fly the next mission. The new crew was experienced in the ways of war in the Pacific. Many were veterans of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Some had been on the ground dodging bombs and bullets, and some had been in the air over the island in unarmed B-17s trying to save
After take off, nothing ever heard from this bomber and it was presumed lost sometime between 10am to 7pm. The entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers unknown.
Australian Andrews was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Port Moresby Memorial at Bomana War Cemetery on panel 9.