Built by Douglas. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 312th Bombardment Group, 387th Bombardment Squadron on October 25, 1944. The nose art depicted playing cards with the poker hand "King High Flush", each card in the diamond suit, the symbol of the 387th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter ? This aircraft had this nose art only, no nickname. Assigned to pilot Nave with crew chief Flowers.
On June 3, 1945 squadron armorers were loading parafrag bombs aboard this aircraft parked on the ground at Floridablanca Airfield. Inside the bomb bay, a live bomb was discovered with the safety pin and arming wire removed. The bomb was carefully removed and placed atop a nearby bomb rack to be disarmed later.
This live bomb rolled off the rack and detonated when it hit the ground and the explosion destroyed the aircraft and killed three armorers: TSgt Robert B. Alpin, SSgt Clarence E. Humphrey and Cpl Tom G. Allison (died three days later). Also, five were injured: TSgt Raymond L. Weller, Cpl Walter E. Butt, Cpl Robert L. Risley, Pfc Samuel P. Collins and Pvt Romulus T. Weatherman.
Those killed were buried at the Manila Armed Forces Cemetery. Postwar, their remains were transported to the United States for final burial. Humphrey is buried at Elizabethtown City Cemetery in Elizabethtown, KY. The burials of the other two armorors are unknown, but presume to be buried in private cemeteries in their hometowns.
Rampage of the Roarin' 20s page 311-312, 359, 376 (photo)
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October 23, 2019