|Pilot Lt. Howell N. Stapelton
Navigator Lt. John R. Hurley
Engineer George T. Flynn
Radio Herbert R. Loeb
Gunner James B. Turgen
Landed April 24, 1944
Built by North American as model H-1. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
Took off from Nadzab Airfield, to attack targets of opportunity between Hansa Bay and Cape Croiselles. Became lost due to bad weather and faulty instruments, and ditched or force landed near a beach after runing out of fuel, 20 miles from Yule Island. None of the crew were injured and returned to duty.
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January 1, 2014