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

Former Assignments
19th BG
30th BS

Pilot  Captain Charles N. McArthur, O-398637 interim C.O. 64th BS (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. On June 29, 1942 Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17F Flying Fortress serial number 41-24425. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
On August 21, 1942 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 19th Bombardment Group, 30th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

In November 1942 assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 17, 1943 took off from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Captain Charles N. McArthur (interim C.O. 64th Bombardment Squadron) on a training flight and to swing the bomber's compass. While flying in close formation in the vicinity of Hood Point over the sea, this bomber crossed over the formation and experienced a sudden down draft that caused its propellers to collide with it B-17F "Dinah Might ?" 41-24355 damaging its tail.

After the collision, the engines on this B-17 caught fire and the nose dropped and dove from 1,500' the nose dropped and dove from 1,500' and crashed into the sea and broke up on impact. When this B-17 failed to return, the entire crew was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Although B-17F "Dinah Might ?" 41-24355 sustained tail damage, it managed to land safely at 7-Mile Drome.

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

McArthur earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). He also has a memorial marker at Cross Creek Cemetery #2 in Fayetteville, NC.

Haralson and Whitelaw earned the Air Medal.

Greenwood also has a memorial marker at Lewis Cemetery at Hickory Ridge, AR.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-17F-5-BO Flying Fortress 41-24425
"24425 (19th BG, 30th BS) transferred to 64th BS, 43re BG Oct 1942. Crashed into sea off Port Moresby, PNG during test flight Apr 17, 1943. All crew KIA."
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, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Joseph C Whitelaw (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Robert R Greenwood (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt William N Phillips (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Pvt Brony C Wysocki (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt George N Neuman (photo, tablets of the missing)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-17E Flying Fortress 41-24425
Pride of Seattle page 8
Fortress Against The Sun pages 357 (April 16, 1943 mission), 391
Ken's Men Against The Empire Volume 1 pages 174, 315-316, 327

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Last Updated
December 17, 2018

 

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