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  B-17F-25-BO "Listen Here Tojo!" Serial Number 41-24552  
5th AF
43rd BG
65th BS

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43rd BG 1943

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Pilot  1st Lt. Howard G. Eberly, O-661764 (MIA / KIA, BR) OR
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Edgar L. Townsend, O-799101 (MIA / KIA, BR) NY
Navigator  2nd Lt. George L. Stacy, O-804891 (MIA / KIA, BR) PA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Charles E. Ranker, O-738729 (MIA / KIA, BR) OH
Engineer  T/Sgt Delmar Dotson, 6941704 (MIA / KIA, BR) VA
Assist Engineer  Sgt Jennings B. Messer, 15040321 (MIA / KIA, BR) WV
Radio  Sgt Joseph Ferraiolo, 11041353 (MIA / KIA, BR) CT
Gunner  S/Sgt Theodore J. McCartney, 33290785 (MIA / KIA, BR)
Gunner  S/Sgt Watson C. Hall, 34389661 (MIA / KIA, BR) SC
Ball Turret  Sgt Arthur Jingozian, 31036871 (MIA / KIA, BR) MA
Tail Gunner / Photo  T/Sgt Peter S. Owens, 12023894 (MIA / KIA, BR) NY

Crashed  September 15, 1943
MACR  648

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army on August 4, 1942. Ferried overseas via Hawaii arrving in Australia during November 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Listen Here Tojo!". Possibly, this B-17 flew its first combat mission on November 22, 1942.

Mission History
On September 15, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Eberly between 8:00-9:00am as part of a mission to bomb the Chinatown area of Lae armed with 1,000 lbs. bombs. Over the target, clouds obscured the ground compelling three bombers in the formation not to release their bombs, as Australian Army troops were in the vicinity.

Between 10:20-10:41am, this B-17 experienced anti-aircraft fire over Lae. The rest of the formation dropped their 1,000 lbs bombs on the target claiming direct hits. On the return flight to Port Moresby, this B-17 was last seen peeling off in the face of a thunderstorm over the Wau area, disappeared into a cloud and was never seen again.

This bomber has the sad distinction of being the last B-17 Flying Fortress lost in the Pacific War on a combat mission.

This B-17 impacted a mountainside in the Black Cat Gap area of the Hidden Valley at an elevation of at 8,300'.

Recovery of Remains
During August to September 1993, US Army CILHI investigated the crash site and recovered remains. The crash site was designated CILHI number 0173-93 and S&R number 113CL94. After the recovery, the crash site was declared closed. During 1998, the remains recovered were identified.

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

After the recovery of remains, the entire crew was buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 60 plots 7814-7821. Dotson at section 60 site 7813. Jingozian at section 60 site 7814. Messer at section 60 site 7815. McCartney at section 60 site 7816. Owens at section 60 site 7817. Stacy at section 60 site 7818. Townsend at section 60 site 7819. Ferraiolo section 60 site 7821.

Peter Owen (nephew of Peter S. Owens)

Missing Air Crew Report 648 (MACR 648)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24552
Pride of Seattle page 14, 18
Fortress Against the Sky
Tribute to a World War II Tail Gunner by Peter Owen (via Wayback Machine September 14, 2005)
Australian Military History "Listen Here Tojo" by Brice Hoy Number 1, April-May 1994
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Howard G. Eberly "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Edgar L. Townsend Jr. "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - George L. Stacy "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Charles E. Ranker "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Delmar Dotson "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Jennings B. Messer "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Joseph Ferraiolo "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) - Theodore J. McCartney "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) Watson C. Hall "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) Arthur Jingozian "remains have been recovered"
American Battle Monuments Comission (ABMC) Peter S. Owens "remains have been recovered"
FindAGrave - Lieut Howard C. Eberly (group burial photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Howard George "Junior & Eb" Eberly (photo, obituary)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Howard G Eberly (tablets of the missing photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Edgar L. Townsend (grave photos)
FindAGrave - 2Lt George L Stacy (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut George L. Stacy (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Charles E Ranker (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Charles E. Ranker (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Delmar Dotson (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jennings B Messer (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Jennings B. Messer (photo, group burial)
Thanks to Bruce Hoy and Janice Olson for additional information

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February 4, 2018


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