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|Pilot Captain Clyde H. Webb Jr., O-22999 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot Major Harold Willsie, O-373836 (MIA / KIA) OK
Bombardier 1st Lt. Seth A. Ford, O-440331 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator 2nd Lt Philip P. Reece Jr., O-789813 (MIA / KIA) WV
Engineer Sgt Carl T. Roberts, 6999228 (MIA / KIA)
Radio Sgt John Kominicki, 11011456 (MIA / KIA) RI
Gunner Cpl Ferris J. Antone, 17034700 (MIA / KIA) MO
Gunner Pvt Harold W. Davis, 39020775 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner Pvt Raymond B. Weeks, 18061857 (MIA / KIA) TX
MIA August 26, 1942
At the start of the bomb run, this B-17 suffered a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire in the No. 2 engine and fuel tank setting it on fire. Immediately, the bomber nosed over upside down and crashed into Milne Bay with the loss of the entire crew. No parachutes were observed. Before sinking, the B-17 skidded along the surface leaving behind a trail of burning fuel in the sea. This bomber was the first B-17 F model lost in the Pacific War.
Willsie has a memorial marker at Tecumseh Cemetery in Tecumseh, OK.
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