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  B-24D-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-1088  
11th AF
28th BG
21st BS

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June 11, 1942

Pilot  Captain Jack F. Todd (KIA, BR)
Crew  Lt. Clark A. Hood, Jr., O-074902 USN (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  Captain Virgil Calvin Alleman (KIA, BR)
Crew  2nd Lt. Robert Ruggs Rieman (KIA, BR)
Navigator  1st Lt. Henry Frank Hubbard (KIA, BR)
Crew  Sgt Stanley A. Douglas, Jr. (KIA, BR)
Crew  SSgt Roy Ellis (KIA, BR)
Crew  SSgt John S. Ferguson (KIA, BR)
Crew  SSgt Charles Jimick (KIA, BR)
Crew  Cpl Harold Denson (KIA, BR)

Crashed  June 11, 1942
MACR  15399

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th AIr Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 21st Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Based at Elmendorf Airfield. USAAF records list this B-24 as officially condemned on June 25, 1942.

Mission History
Took from Cold Bay Airfield landing at Umnak Airfield to load bombs then took off on the first 11th Air Force bombing mission against Japanese shipping in Kiska Harbor.

Over the target, this bomber was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and exploded midair. The explosion and wreckage falling was captured by an Asahi Shimbun photographer and was published in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper in late July or early August 1942. Also, a cameraman captured the explosion on 16mm film and it was later shown in Nippon News newsreel.

Recovery of Remains
When American forces liberated Kiska during August 1943, the remains of the crew (with the exception of Hood) were recovered.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Hood is still missing in action and is memorialized at the courts of the mission at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

The remains of the crew were recovered and were buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in a group burial at at section 2 site 220 including Alleman, Hood, Denson, Douglas, Ellis, Ferguson, Hubbard and Jimick . Rieman at 220-A. Todd at 220-B.

Nippon News 16mm film sequence
Asahi Shimbun photograph late July or early August 1942
Abilene Reporter News "Abilenian's Son Died in Aleutians" May 8, 1945
FindAGrave - Henry Frank Hubbard (grave photo)
CBS "The Pacific Perimeter, Frozen War" World War 2 with Walter Cronkite
The Last Flight of Bomber 31 page 287
Thanks to Ted Darcy and Minoru Kamada for additional information

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January 5, 2018


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