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  B-24J-135-CO "Sleepy Time Gal" Serial Number 42-110120  
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
530th BS

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380th BG c1944

Pilot  F/O Alan Lindsay Harrison, 408190 (MIA / KIA) Cradoc, TAS
Co-Pilot  W/O Stuart Hugh Davidson, 413969 (MIA / KIA) Tumblong, NSW
Navigator/Bombardier  F/L Alan Arthur Cropley, 416078 (MIA / KIA) Solomontown, SA
Navigator/Bombardier  F/Sgt William Ronald Barber (MIA / KIA)
Engineer   Sgt Frederick William Anstey, 116993 (MIA / KIA) Footscray, VIC
WAG  F/O Donald John O'Dea, 408590 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
WAG  F/Sgt Charles Leslie Wilken, 408448 (MIA / KIA) New Town, TAS
Gunner  F/Sgt James Edward Cook, 429432 (MIA / KIA) Mount Garnet, QLD
Gunner  Sgt Stewart Hugh Jamieson, 36474 (MIA / KIA) Mosman, NSW
Gunner  Sgt Walter James Birfd, 62526 (MIA / KIA) Lane Cove, NSW
Crew  W/O Keith Leonard James Killen, 416861 (MIA / KIA) Brompton, SA

MIA  October 29, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego on January 31, 1944. Constructors number 3916. First flight on January 9, 1944. Accepted to the USAAF on January 10, 1944. Flown to Tucson modification center on February 12. Afterwards to Hamilton Field arriving on April 2, 1944.

Wartime History
On April 21, 1944 departed Hamilton Field on a ferry flight overseas, arriving at Garbutt Field five days later. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 530th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Sleepy Time Gal" with aircraft number 124. Crew chief MSgt William V. Clarke. First combat mission was May 11, 1944 piloted by Murphy on a bombing mission over Ambon. This B-24 flew a total of 37 missions.

Mission History
On October 29, 1944 took off from Darwin on a mission against Makassar with a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) crew aboard. During the flight, suffered fuel transfer problems and crashed into the Timor Sea. When this B-24 failed to return, the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the crash. All are memorialized at the Northern Territory Memorial at Adelaide River War Cemetery. Killen on panel 1. Cropley on panel 6. Harrison and O'Dea on panel 7. Davidson and Barber on panel 8. Anstey, Cook, Bird and Wilken on panel 9. Jamieson on panel 10.

References
380th BG Data Sheet - B-24D "Sleepy Time Gal" 42-110120 [PDF]
380th BG Mission Record - B-24D "Sleepy Time Gal" 42-110120
RAAF Casualty Card - B-24D 42-110120
RAAFDB - Consolidated B-24J-135-CO Liberator 42-110120
CWGC - Alan Lindsay Harrison
CWGC - Stuart Hugh Davidson
CWGC - Alan Arthur Cropley
CWGC - William Ronald Barber
CWGC - Frederick William Anstey
CWGC - Donald John O'Dea
CWGC - Charles Leslie Wilken
CWGC - James Edward Cook
CWGC - Stewart Hugh Jamieson
CWGC - Walter James Bird
CWGC - Keith Leonard James Killen
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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