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  B-29-15-BW "Lethal Lady" Serial Number 42-6370  
USAAF
20th AF
58th BW
468th BG
793rd BS

Pilot  Col. Ted S. Faulkner, O-021593 (MIA / KIA) WA
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Maurice G. Eigler, O-805796 (MIA / KIA) Begley, IA
Navigator  Major Robert T. Arnoldus, O-412133 (MIA / KIA) OR
Bombardier  Major Harve N. Johnson, O-402914 (MIA / KIA) Chandler, OK
Crew  1st Lt. Harry H. Peterson, O-862249 (MIA / KIA) Vineland, NJ
Crew  F/O Edward J. Kennedy, T-192545 (MIA / KIA) Medford, MA
Radio  Sgt William Glibbon, 36559274 (MIA / KIA) Fruitport, MI
Crew  Sgt Ward Miller, 11079089 (MIA / KIA) Greenwich, CT
Left Waist Gunner  SSgt Buster Westbrook, 38293607 (MIA / KIA) North Little Rock, AR
Right Waist Gunner  SSgt Hubert B. Gruber, 18216279 (MIA / KIA) Wiles, TX
Tail Gunner  SSgt Emerald T. Queen, 34243386 (MIA / KIA) South Petersburg, FL
Passenger  SSgt John Andrew (MIA / KIA)) Springfiled, IL

MIA  November 5, 1944
MACR  9577

Crew History
Faulkner was the C. O. of the 468th Bombardment Group. Passenger John Andrew was a member of the press serving as a war correspondent.

AIrcraft History
Assigned to the 468th Bombardment Group, 793rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Lethal Lady".

Mission History
One of 53 B-29's that took off from Khargpur Airfield near Calcutta at 20:30 on November 4, 1944 to attack Singapore naval base putting the King George VI Dock (one of the world's best dry docks) out of operation for 3 months. Two B-29 bombers were lost including this B-29.

Returning from the mission at night, this B-29 was lost over the Arabian Sea / Bay of Bengal. Seekatz, a radio operator aboard another B-29 received an urgent radio call from this B-29 at 20:30, but the message was never transmitted. While returning from the mission, other B-29 crew members saw an airplane explode and land on the sea at roughly 11 degrees 17' N, 94 degrees 14' E approximately 75 miles off Andaman Islands. Another saw red and green flares at roughly the same position. Another B-29 reported seeing a life raft at a position slightly to the north of the bearing. Since only one bomber went missing returning from the mission, these observations must relate to this B-29.

Search
Thirty hours after the loss, American and Royal Navy aircraft searched for the crew over several days. One of the searching aircraft found three rafts tied together and partially submerged and empty.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on March 27, 1946. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
ABMC does not list John Andrew

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Last Updated
January 1, 2014

 

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