|Pilot 1st Lt. Stephen W. Blount, III, O-661181 (WIA, survived)
Co-Pilot Lt Julian J. Petty (WIA, survived)
Crew S/Sgt Delray Echohawk, 38088034 (WIA, survived) OK
Crew S/Sgt Clayton L. Landon 37383109 (WIA, survived)
Crew T/Sgt Alvin K. Hartley, 17016791 (KIA, BR) IL
Crew S/Sgt Sequoyah J. Downing 18128575 (KIA, BNR) Mayes County, OK
Crew 1st Lt Jack D. Ganz, O-419770 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew S/Sgt Donald W. Ham, 39832194 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew 2nd Lt John E. Wagner, O-734765 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew T/Sgt Jack R. Myers, 15019872 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew T/Sgt Lawrence A. Ommundsen, 32279311 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Ditched October 18, 1943
This crew was a mix of personnel who did not normally fly together. One crew member was an observer, earning combat hours so he could earn leave at home.
The formation encountered bad weather and aborted the mission. Returning to Port Moresby, this B-24 ran out of fuel and ditched into Bootless Bay. Seven of the crew drowned in the crash. Four were wounded and were rescued.
The entire crew was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds or posthumously. Due to his actions save others, Cherokee Indian Echohawk was recommended for the Silver Star.
Recovery of Remains
Ganz, Ham, Wagner, Myers and Ommundsen were never located and remain Missing In Action (MIA). All five are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Hartley was buried at National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section A site 1056.
Downing was seven-eighths Cherokee Indian. He was buried on June 16, 1948 at Hogan Cemetery in Locust Grove, OK.
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