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|Pilot David C. Everitt, O-417018 (MIA / KIA) WI
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Dan D. Drakulich, O-725134 (MIA / KIA) AZ
Bombardier 1st Lt John W. Sears, O-728952 (MIA / KIA) KS
Navigator 1st Lt. Robert L. Rose, O-427839 (MIA / KIA) CT
Engineer SSgt Jack L. Woody, 6983982 (MIA / KIA) KY
Asst Engineer SSgt Glover N. Brown, 6999210 (MIA / KIA) ILin
Radio Cpl Benjamin C. Navage, 33080036 (MIA / KIA) PA
Asst Radio Pfc Floyd E. Marshall, 17031352 (MIA / KIA) NB
Gunner Pvt Francis J. Foye, 11051762 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crashed October 4, 1942
Inbound to the target, the formation encountered bad weather and could not find the target and turned back for Guadalcanal. Off New Georgia, the bombers encountered six Japanese warships off including Japanese destroyers Nowaki, Maikaze, Akitsuki, Nisshin and Chitose. The B-17s were intercepted by Japanese floatplanes flying combat air patrol over the fleet, the B-17s claimed two Zeros shot down.
During the combat, this lead B-17 was deliberately rammed from below by a F1M2 Pete from Chitose piloted by PO Katsuki Kiyomi, to prevent it from bombing Nisshin. The right wing of the F1M2 Pete impacted this B-17's right wing, tearing off the wingtip damaging the vertical stabilizer. Immediately, the B-17 went into a spiral then crashed into the sea. Although the ramming damaged the right wing of the F1M2 Pete, both Katsuki and his observer successfully bailed out and were rescued by destroyer Akitsuki. For this attack, Kiyomi earned a commendation and gold chevron.
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