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  B-24D-CO "Punjab" Serial Number 41-11902  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS

Pilot ┬áMajor Raymond S. Morse, O-22863 (MIA / KIA) OK (320th BS C. O.) OK
Co-Pilot  Colonel Arthur W. Meehan, O-17261 (MIA / KIA) IN (90th BG C.O.) IN
Crew  1st Lt Wallace S. Sorensen, O-724652 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crew  1st Lt John K. Booroojy, O-790296 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew  1st Lt Robert I. Kinsella, O-726910 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew  S/Sgt William J. Whiteman, 6293007 (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew  Sgt Vico W. Jordan, 36302025 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew  Sgt Jimmie M. Nayfa, 38062192 (MIA / KIA) OK
Crew  Cpl Albert J. Pyron, 33155958 (MIA / KIA) DC
Crew  Cpl Forrest C. Schooler, 35401309 (MIA / KIA) Frazeysburg, OH

MIA  November 16, 1942
MACR  15970

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 320th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Punjab".

Mission History
On November 16, 1942 this B-24 was the first to take off Iron Range Airfield at roughly 11:00pm on the 90th Bombardment Group's first mission against Rabaul. Aboard was the C. O. of the 90th Bombardment Group, Col. Meehan and the C. O. of the 320th Bombardment Squadron, Major Morse. After takeoff, no further contact was made with this aircraft.

Due to confusion on the ground, the next B-24 took off 14 minutes after this lead aircraft. A total of ten B-24s departed for Rabaul, but four aborted the mission due to bad weather and only five reached the target. It is unknown if this B-24 proceeded to the target or where it was lost precisely.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 10, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Schooler has a memorial marker at Frazeysburg Cemetery in Frazeysburg, OH.

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 41-11902
Oz@War - 16 November 1942 crash of a B-24 Liberator at iron Range 4 aircraft destroyed 11 men killed
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond S. Morse
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur W. Meehan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wallace S. Sorensen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John K. Booroojy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert I. Kinsella
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William J. Whiteman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Vico W. Jordan
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jimmie M. Nayfa
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Albert J. Pyron
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Forrest C. Schooler
FindAGrave - Maj Raymond S Morse (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Col Arthur W Meehan
FindAGrave - 1Lt Wallace S Sorensen
FindAGrave - 1Lt John K Booroojy
FindAGrave - 1Lt Robert I Kinsella (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt William J Whiteman (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Vico W. Jordan
FindAGrave - Sgt Jimmie M Nayfa
FindAGrave - Corp Albert J Pyron
FindAGrave - Corp Forrest C Schooler
FindAGrave - Corp Forrest Churchill Schooler (memorial marker photo, obituary)

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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