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Lt. Daniel W. Fagen, O-398681 (MIA / KIA) OK
Co-Pilot Lt Robert R. Meyer, Jr., O-416325 (MIA / KIA) AL
Navigator 2nd Lt. Ralph Howard, O-431678 (MIA / KIA) CA
Bombardier Lt. Jim Sam Grant, O-419265 (MIA / KIA) AR
Crew Sgt Joe A. Carter, 6579316 (MIA / KIA) La Jolla, CA
Gunner Sgt Edward L. Hargrove, 6580643 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner Sgt. Paul A. Reimer, 6580519 (MIA / KIA) CA
Gunner Sgt. Elton J. Rose, 6241916 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crashed April 25, 1942 at 04:46
On April 24, 1942 four B-17s, led by Major Montgomery mission took off from Cloncurry Airfield, and landed at Garbutt Airfield near Townsville to be briefed and bombs loaded. Departed Townsville mid-afternoon, the B-17s then landed at 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby in the early evening to avoid Japanese air raids. The planned departure was set for 0330 hours the next morning.
On September 2, 1961 a team from U. S. Army consisting of Lt. Jospeh Wheeler and Sargeant Henry Paolillo arrived to identify several wrecks recently reported. They trekked to the crash site with Australian Patrol Officer (Kiap) David Marsh who gave erroneous information that the plane was associated with a B-17 which a war correspondent had bailed out. The team reconnoitered the crash site and identified the bomber as B-17E 41-2505. But, incorrectly had the aircraft listed as one that the crew bailed out and survived.
During 1984, PNG Museum modern history curator Bruce Hoy convinced the U.S. Army CILHI that this crash site was worthy of re-examination. Through assistance of villagers from Saunom, a helipad was constructed at 11,000' on a ridge above the wreck. On June 15, 1986 Bruce Hoy landed at the site.
Recovery of Remains
During June 19 - July 12, 1987 a second recovery mission was undertaken by U.S. Army CILHI and the remains of the rest of the crew were recovered and the cockpit section was found in the bed of a small stream. In addition, many personal belongings were recovered, including wallets, and camera with spare lenses, knives from Mindanao, and the remains of wrist watches. No dog tags were found. The cockpit clock was stopped at 04:46.
An intact 50 caliber machine gun from the left waist gun was recovered from the aircraft. The U.S. Army CILHI EOD field stripped the weapon and oen night and actually fired the gun over a ridge using ammunition found at the site. Later, this machine gun was flown out aboard a helicopter and donated to the PNG War Museum.
On November 15, 1990 after years of identification, the entire crew was given a full military burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Three of the crew could not be individually identified and were buried in a group burial. The other five were buried separately.
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