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|Pilot Captain Willis E. Jacobs, O-417147 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Stanley H. Sommers, O-726839 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew 2nd Lt Clarence R. Johnson, O-726027 (MIA / KIA) CO
Crew 2nd Lt William S. Jackimczky, O-790138 (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew SSgt Eino S. Hamalainen, 7071265 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Sgt Delos J. Tuffey, 6974406 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Cpl Clair W. Glover, 39307060 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crew Cpl Ray Lindamood, 15070408 (MIA / KIA) OH
Crew Pfc Arthur L. Lemar, 32222652 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Cpl Joseph E. Hartman (survived)
Crashed December 1, 1942
Officials caught up with the B-17 and it was removed from the squadron and again assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "The Plastered Bastard".
On October 4, 1942 this B-17 flew its first combat mission in the Solomons.
Returning from the mission, while flying at 17,000', intercepted by six A6M Zeros at approximately 1:00pm local time over Cape Friendship. The crew claimed two shot down, and that the others departed. Another seven Zeros intercepted over the northern end of Choiseul. Six circled and maneuvered out of range of the bomber's guns.
Over New Georgia, a seventh unseen Zero dove at the nose and dropped four aerial bombs that were ineffective. The same Zero continued to dive and collided with the the B-17's behind the radio compartment and broke the bomber into two pieces. The front half caught fire and all aboard perished.
Fates of the Crew
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