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|Pilot Col Richard Cobb (KIA, BR) MA
Co-pilot Capt James R. Bruce, Jr. (KIA, BR) MI
Navigator 2nd Lt Edward H. Hoffman (KIA, BR) OH
Crew T/Sgt Charles P. Brunson, Jr., 6393791 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA , BR) AL
Crew Sgt Harry Cohn, 06948800 (KIA, BR) PA
Crew Sgt Joe F. Lopez (KIA, BR) TX
Crew Cpl John R. Clanton, 7021855 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA, BR) PA
Crew Cpl James Herriotts, Jr., 13004012 (KIA, BR) Philadelphia, PA
Crew PFC Curtis L. Childers, 7083882 5th BG, 31st BS (KIA, BR) FL
Passenger Lt. William E. Hurst, USN (KIA, BR) NB
Passenger Capt Jean Githerd, Free French Navy liaison officer (KIA, BR)
Crashed June 9, 1942 at 12:00am
The cause of the crash was never determined. When taking off from a bright flare-path-lit runway and with landing lights on during a moonless night, as soon as the aircraft left the runway and turned out its landing lights, the pilots would have been subjected to a short period of visual distortion. It is possible that this is what happened as at the critical moment he would have been unable to check his altimeter, with the result that the aircraft lost altitude and crashed into the rising ground, or engine failure.
Postwar, the remains of the crew were transported to Hawaii and the United States for permenant burial.
Three of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Brunson at Plot B Row 0 Grave 958. Clanton Plot O Row 0 Grave 15 and Childers at Plot B Row 1 Grave 271. The others are presumed buried in private cemeteries.
Three of the crew are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Cobb at section 11, site 537. Bruce at section 12, site 894. Hurst at section 12 site 2853.
Three of the crew are buried in private cemeteries:
A commemorative plaque was dedicated to the crew on November 2, 1998 at Whenuapsi Airfield.
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