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  B-17E "Blue Goose" Serial Number 41-2616  
13th AF
11th BG
98th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Frank T. Waskowitz, O-401274 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Clarence L. Marthey, O-424976 (MIA / KIA) OH
Navigator  1st Lt. Arthur J. Platt, O-434020 (MIA / KIA) NY
Bombardier  1st Lt. Joseph M. Todd, O-432979 (MIA / KIA) IN
Engineer  TSgt David G. Dixon, 6391882 (MIA / KIA) SC
Assistant Engineer  SSgt J. W. Childers, 6297983 (MIA / KIA) OK
Radio  SSgt J. W. Joslin, 6297983 (MIA / KIA) OK
Asst Radio  Cpl Henry C. Nosalik, 36048939 (MIA / KIA) IL
Gunner  Cpl Robert G. Thomas, 13042540
Crashed  September 29, 1942
MACR  16104

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Blue Goose". When lost, engine and weapon serial numbers not noted in MACR.

Mission History
On September 29, 1942 took off from Espiritu Santo on a bombing mission off southern Bougainville. Over the target, this B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a warship and the wing was observed to tear off causing it to crash into the sea at roughly Lat 6° 25' S Long 155° 10 E.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the court of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). The entire crew earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, posthumously for this mission.

MACR 16104 was created retroactively, long after the loss or postwar
Thanks to Jim Sawruk for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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