|Pilot 1st Lt. Richard A. Fraker, O-803178 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner SSgt Henry A. Christopherson, 37322972 (MIA / KIA) MN
Crashed November 1, 1944
Built at Douglas. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group, 675th Bombardment Squadron. Tail letter N. No known nickname or nose art.
On April 16, 1944 took off from Saidor Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Duane Aamodt on a low level strike mission against Hollandia. Returning, the formation encountered a severe weather front. Landing at Saidor Airfield this aircraft impacted a B-25D Mitchell on the ground, clipping off five feet from the right wing. Both aircraft were later repaired.
On November 1, 1944 took off on a mission against Halong Seaplane Base. Over the target, crashed killing both of the crew.
The crew was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Fraker also has a memorial marker at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Fulton County, NY. Also,
Christopherson has a memorial marker at Silverton Lutheran Cemetery in Pennington County, MN.
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January 5, 2018