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|Pilot Captain Kenneth Casper
Radio Sgt Arthur L. Richardson
Crew Sgt Penwarden (WIA)
Crashed August 26, 1942
This B-17 dropped its bombs individually on a cruiser and a transport with no results apparent, the bombs impacting within 40' to 200' of their targets. Over the target, this B-17 was hit five times by anti-aircraft fire in the wings and fuselage, disabling the hydraulic system, puncturing a tire, damaged two engines and the flaps. Aboard, crew member Sgt Penwarden was wounded. During the attack, B-17F 41-24354 received a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire and crashed near the convoy.
Returning from the mission, this B-17 was difficult to handle and circled Mareeba Airfield before landing. Unable to apply the breaks or flaps, one of the wheels broke off causing the bomber to spin to the right into a ground loop and impacted a tree. Although smoking, the B-17 did not catch fire but heavily damaged and written off.
Richardson often talked about a flight that took numerous hits and that the person on the side gun received injuries to the eye, possibly losing it. He (Richardson) would have normally been in that position but had been pulled to act as radio operator. He felt very lucky that he was spared. I notice one of the men (Penwarden) in the group picture I sent earlier wearing an eye-patch.
Sgt. Richardson had received a previous Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an enemy ground strafing at Mindanao. The wounds he sustained to his legs were not very serious but would account for the picture his buddies painted of him being evacuated on a Dutch freighter in a pair of bloody coveralls with a big cigar in his pocket. This was his worldly goods at the moment. Everything else had been left behind at Clark Field. So many left much, much more; their lives and in one case, a buddy of his left a wife who was a nurse. He was frantic, not knowing what was happening to her. I don't know when, or if, he ever found out. I have been told that only about 15% of the men in his group got out of the Philippines. So many things you wonder about, the questions never stop.
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