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|Pilot F/O Carl
A. Nelson (survived) Emporia,
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John H. Pfieffer (survived) Cunberland, MD
Navigator 2nd Lt. Alexander E. Nagy (survived)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Wilbert Alwedt (survived)
Gunner TSgt Troy W. Selvey (survived)
Gunner TSgt Lucian I. Oliver, 14070201 (survived) Memphis, TN
Gunner SSgt Warren Brooks (survived)
Gunner SSgt Anthony Cantazaro (survived)
Gunner TSgt Paul Barbus (survived)
Force Landed October 18, 1943
Due to bad weather, bombed Hoskins Airfield, the alternate target. Damage was noted as one small lugger sunk in harbor and a large column of smoke and a fire in target area.
Returning, this B-24 ran low on fuel approaching the coast of northern New Guinea. Pilot Nelson ordered the crew to bail out, while he and co-pilot Pfieffer force landed the bomber onto a flat grassy area west of Gona that proved to be a sago swamp.
The next day, three B-24's (two from the 64th Bombardment Squadron and one from the 63rd Bombardment Squadron) located the crashed bomber and the crew. From the air, they dropped supplies to the crew. Afterwards, the crew was led to friendly forces and returned to duty.
On October 29, 1943 pilot Nelson flew his next combat mission. On November 21, 1943 TSgt Oliver was killed as the radar operator/gunner aboard B-24D 42-40886 on a night radar search mission over Wewak.
John Douglas visited the crash site in 2000:
Justin Taylan visited the crash site on September
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