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  B-17F-50-BO Flying Fortress Serial Number 42-5367  
USAAF

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USAAF February 1943

Pilot  Lt. John T. Ray (KIA, BR) Klamath Falls, OR
Co-Pilot  Lt. Richard H. Reed (KIA, BR)
Crew  Lt. David T. Dunning (KIA, BR) Madisonville, WI
Crew  Lt. Hans N. Lehne (KIA, BR) Glen Ellyn, IL
Crew  TSgt Alexander Dec (KIA, BR) Buffalo, NY
Crew  SSgt Lloyd L. Ball (KIA, BR) Huntington Park, CA
Crew  SSgt Milton D. Johnson (KIA, BR) Midland, TX
Crew  SSgt C. W. Seifer, Jr. (KIA, BR) San Jose, CA
Waist Gunner  SSgt Joseph F. Perkins (KIA, BR) Fort Worth, TX
Crew  SSgt Wilmer C. Fankhavel (KIA, BR) Barnesville, MN

Crashed  February 11, 1943 at 11:15


Aircraft History
Built by Boeing at Seattle. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Mission History
On February 11, 1943 took off from Walla Walla Field in Washington on a routine flight. While flying on instruments, crashed on Table Rock Mountain.

Search
The crash site was first spotted from the air by a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft. A search team led by Umatilla National Forest forest ranger Henry Harrison with Cpl Howard W. Raabe, a ski instructor traveled to the crash site to recover the remains of the crew, traveling over heavy snow.

Wreckage
This is an accessible crash site in Umatilla National Forest located to the south of Dayton, Washington located to the southeast of Walla Walla, Washington.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, each crew member was buried in their hometown cemeteries. Ray is buried at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum and Crematory in
Portland, OR. Dunning is buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville in KY. Johnson is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Midland, TX. Perkins is buried at Springtown Cemetery in Springtown, TX. The burials of Fankhavel and Seifer are unknown.

Relatives
David Perkins (brother Joseph Perkins)
"It took several days and I remember when the word came that they had been found my mother was (understandably) heartbroken. It was a sad time."

References
Volume I, Fatal Army Air Force Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945 by Tony Mireles, page 270
Wartime location listed as: "17 airline miles east of Walla Walla, struck a ridge at approximately 6,000 feet msl near Table Top Mountain at 1115."
Bomber, 10 Men Missing (details unknown)
Bodies Found in Mountains Near Bomber (details unknown)
FindAGrave - Lieut John Thomas Ray (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Richard H. Reed (photos, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut David I. Dunning (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Hans Lawrence Lehne (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Alexander Dec
FindAGrave - Sgt Lloyd L. Ball (grave photo, obituary)
FindAGrave - Sgt Milton David Johnson, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Milton David Johnson, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Joseph F "Joe" Perkins (grave photo)
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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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