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  B-17F Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-24425  
5th AF
43rd BG
64th BS

Former Assignments
19th BG
30th BS

Pilot  Captain Charles N. McArthur O-398637 (MIA / KIA) NC
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. La Rue Haralson, O-661209 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  S/Sgt Joseph C. Whitelaw, 16028506 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  Cpl Robert R. Greenwood, 17014588 (MIA / KIA) AR
Crew  Pvt William N. Phillips, 33053325 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew  Pvt Brony C. Wysocki, 11030519 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  Cpl George N. Neuman, 17026370 (MIA / KIA) MN

Crashed  April 17, 1943
MACR  16387

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army on June 29, 1942. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. Later transfered to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron.

Mission History
On April 17, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a flight to swing the bomber's compass. Near Hood Point, this bomber collided with B-17F "Dinah Might" 41-24355 and crashed into the sea, killing the entire crew. The other B-17 sustained damage to its tail but managed to land safely at 7-Mile Drome.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

McArthur has a memorial marker at Cross Creek Cemetery #2 in Fayetteville, NC.
Greenwood has a memorial marker at Lewis Cemetery at Hickory Ridge, AR.

PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-24425
Pride of Seattle page 8
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles N. McArthur Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - La Rue Haralson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph C. Whitelaw
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert R. Greenwood
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William N. Phillips
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Brony C. Wysocki
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George N. Neuman
FindAGrave - Capt Charles Neill McArthur, Jr (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Charles Neill McArthur, Jr (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt La Rue Haralson (photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Joseph C Whitelaw (photo)
FindAGrave - Robert R Greenwood (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt George N Neuman (photo)

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Last Updated
April 24, 2018


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