|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
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Assigned to the 5th Bombardment Group, 72nd Bombardment Squadron. No nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-182-65 serial numbers 41-23473, 41-22385, 42-79299 and 41-22503. Weapon serial numbers not noted in MACR.
On October 4, took off at 3am from Henderson Field on a bombing mission with 20 x 100lbs bombs on a mission against Buka Airfield, but encountered bad weather and could not find the target.
Returning to base, the formation unexpectedly encountered six Japanese warships off New Georgia includingdestroyers Nowaki, Maikaze, Akitsuki, Nisshin and Chitose. Intercepted by 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 of the Chitose piloted by PO Katsuki Kiyomi, to prevent it from bombing Nisshin. During the ramming, the B-17's right wing was torn off and damage caused to the vertical stabilizer, causing it to crash. The ramming damaged the Pete's right wing, but both Katsuki and his observer successfully bail out and were rescued by destroyer Akitsuki. For this attack, Kiyomi earned a commendation and gold chevron.
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