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|Pilot Lt James Van Haur (rescued)
Crew Cpl James H. Hosegood, 16003291 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew Cpl Lucien D'Amour, 6149937 (MIA / KIA) MA
Ditched September 12, 1942
On June 4, 1942 one of nine B-17s that took off from Midway Airfield at 4:05am flying in three plane elements to search for the Japanese aircraft carriers at the start of the Battle of Midway. This B-17, piloted by Captain Clarence P. Tokarz with gunner Sgt Handrow was leading the second element with B-17E "Yankee Doodle" 41-2463 and B-17E piloted by Captain Sullivan.
Captain Payne spotted enemy aircraft carriers, notified Captain Tokarz and bombed the nearest carrier. During the bomb run, the formation met intense anti-aircraft fire and this bomber was hit in the No. 4 engine, and ordered the element to circle around for another bomb run while attempting to restart the no. 4 engine.
After the bomb run, the formation was jumped by Zeros, avoiding this B-17. Gunner Sgt Handrow reported: "Zero fighters attacked us on the way home but wouldn't come in close enough so we could get a good shot them."
During August 1942 operated from Espiritu Santo flying missions over the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal.
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