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  B-24A-CO Liberator Serial Number 40-2355 Number 21
USAAF
11th AF
28th Composite Group
404th BS

Pilot  Major Carl G. Wagner, O-474446 (survived, interned) Flushing, NY
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Winfred H. Vaniver, O-672508 (survived, interned) Frisco, TX
Navigator  2nd Lt. Benson H. Black, O-676019 (survived, interned) Durham, NC
Bombardier  SSgt Thomas A. Corbett, 6809139 (survived, interned) Bedford, MA
Engineer  Cpl Robert L. Daniels, 14072259 (survived, interned) Nashville, TN
Radar  Sgt Charles L. Waid, 13038751 (survived, interned) Greenville, PA
Asst. Radar  Cpl Howard C. Fuller, 12049794 (survived, interned) Newark, NJ
Gunner  SSgt Lawrance E. Mark, 16012309 (survived, interned) Flint, MI
Asst. Engineer-Gunner  SSgt Joseph P. Kerns, 13006854 (survived, interned) Pottsville, PA
Gunner  Sgt David L. Carter, 18041073 (survived, interned) Bonham, TX
Gunner  Sgt Arnold M. O. Saugestad, 19083551 (survived, interned) Minneapolis, MN
Gunner  Sgt Margarito Vasques, 19021002 (survived, interned) Los Angeles, CA
Photographer  Sgt Henry C. Everett, Jr., 34134087 (survived, interned) Braxton, MS

Crashed  September 11, 1943 at 3:15pm
MACR  12420

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego during 1941. Constructors Number 7. Delivered to the U. S. Army and ferried to Alaska.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Composite Group, 404th Bombardment Squadron. Aircraft Number 21 painted in large digits on both sides of the nose. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers 41-15241, 42-59124, 42-40992 and 42-59189. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR).

Mission History
On September 11, 1943 took off from Attu Airfield on Attu Island for a bombing mission against Paramushiru Island. Weather was ceiling and visibility unlimited (CAVU). During the bomber's last radio contact, their position was noted as roughly 100 miles off Shimushu Island headed for the Kamchatka Peninsula and crash landed in the Soviet Union.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew was interned by Soviet forces and later returned to duty.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 12420 (MACR 12420)
Joe Baugher Aircraft Serial Number Search incorrectly lists 40-2355 as:
"RAF as AM916. Sold Aug 19, 1946. Salvaged Baledo Bridge, 1952"
List of Americans, British, and French military personnel detained by organs of the Ministry of State Security [B-24D No 02355 Wagner, Wendwer (sic), Black, Daniels, Morks (sic), Kearns (sic), Corbitt (sic), Carter, Vasquez (sic), Sogristed (sic), Fulley (sic), Evrett (sic), Wade (sic)]
The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 2??

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June 23, 2018

 

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