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|Pilot Captain Robert H. Richards, O-395292 (KIA) Indianapolis, IN
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Robert H. McGhee, O-428441 (KIA) Gary, IN
Navigator 2nd Lt. William F. B. Morris, O-431796 (KIA) Armel, CO
Bombardier SSgt Charles E. Bayer, 6911387 (KIA) Covington, OH
Engineer Cpl Otis O. Black, Jr., 18037748 (KIA) Fort Worth, TX
Asst Engineer Cpl Yvon W. Bailey, 657875 (KIA) San Pedro, CA
Radio Sgt Hugh M. King, 7000804 (KIA) Shivers, MISS
Gunner/Armour Cpl Peter Charuk, 6150144 (KIA) West Hartford, CT
Gunner Pvt William Omanoff, 12022594 (KIA) Bronx, NY
MIA September 8, 1942
In fact, this bomber had intercepted a Japanese four-engined H5K2 Mavis flying boat at approximately 1,000' but was itself shot down, exploded and crashed on Rendova Island. This combat was observed by coastwatcher Sgt Harry Wickham, who reported the crash to coastwatcher Donald Kennedy at Segi.
Reverend J. R. Metcalfe, a Methodist missionary based at Roviana with loyal natives a few days after the crash, finding five dog tags and a piece of paper.
MACR 16202 states:
After the Allies occupied this area, the crash site was investigated on July 21, 1943 by Lt. Marcott of the 43rd Recon supported by 2nd Marine Air Wing, to recover remains with Lt. Rhodes, coastwatcher on Rendova.
On July 22, 1943 natives turned over two photos and papers from the crash site and sent to Kennedy. During their visit to the site, a Japanese sniper fired one shot at them.
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