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|Pilot Colonel David W. Hutchison
Crew 1st Lt William H. Fairbank Jr., O-453251 (survived) Glendale, CA
Crew T/Sgt Nicholas C. Laboda, 12033182
Crew Cpl Philip J. Lynch, 16013446 8th PRS (KIA, BR) Bay City, MI
Crew T/Sgt George E. Manley, 31048318
Crew Pfc Robert C. McGee, 34141064 (KIA, BR)
Crew S/Sgt Thomas A Lane, 39381881
Crew Pvt Ernest E. Young Jr., 14053129
Crew Cpl Hector E. Rodgers, 19070579
Crew Pvt Alex Black, 33115534
Cameramen Captain Carter
Cameramen S/Sgt Harbuan
Correspondents Raynor Morrison
Crashed December 26, 1943 at 5:53am
On January 5, 1943 one of six B-17s from the 64th Bombardment Squadron that took off from 7 Mile Drome armed with 500 pound bombs near near Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Rabaul. Over the target around noon at roughly 8,500' the bombers approached from the southeast between Kokopo and Rapopo and bombed enemy shipping. B-24s claimed hits on two ships and B-17s claimed hits on nine including a destroyer. In fact, only the Keifuku Maru sustained two near misses that caused her to sink. Bomb fragments did cause fires aboard other ships and inflicted 20 casualties. Bomb fragments did cause fires aboard other ships and inflicted 20 casualties. Lost returning from the mission was B-17F "San Antonio Rose" 41-24458 (MIA, two POW).
Later during 1943 assigned to the 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. Nicknamed "R.F.D. Tojo". This B-17 was used for long range photographic missions and also as the squadron supply and as a transport aircraft.
Local people still recall the crash and the wreckage. During 2005, Thomas Rei discovered the dog tag of Philip Lynch at 14 Mile Drome in a dump area. This dog tag is displayed at his Schwimner War Museum.
Lynch is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot B, grave 494.
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