90th BG c1943
|Pilot 2nd Lt Joseph M. Casale, O-519484 (MIA / KIA) South Orange, NJ
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Richard T. Dodson, O-675180 (MIA / KIA) San Francisco, CA
Navigator 2nd Lt Jason V. George Jr., O-673536 (MIA / KIA) SC
Bombardier 2nd Lt Valentine B. Kane Jr., O-738927 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Engineer T/Sgt Oscar R. Jordan, 34393704 (MIA / KIA) NC
Gunner S/Sgt Edward S. Meding, 35307461 (MIA / KIA) OH
Radio T/Sgt Raymond L. St Jeor, 39830743 (MIA / KIA) ID
Gunner S/Sgt Jack W. Eaton, 39454651 (MIA / KIA) WA
Gunner S/Sgt Alfred A. Podesta, 32357566 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner S/Sgt Harry M. Manson, 6265899 (MIA / KIA) MA
Passenger M/Sgt Rupert W. Adams, 13034565 (MIA / KIA) AL
Crashed August 17, 1943 at 0300am
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to 1st Lt James J. Crawford. Nicknamed "Yanks From Hell" (with quotations around the nickname) painted on both sides of the nose. On the right side of the nose near the nose near the nose cone was painted "Charlene".
This B-24 operated from 5-Mile
Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on bombing missions over New Guinea. During March 1943, comedian Joe E. Brown visited the 90th Bomb Group area and was photographed with B-24 "Yanks From Hell" an painted a message to Tojo on one of the bombs being loaded for a mission.
When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial number 42-36525, 42-37059, 42-36757 and 42-36479. Weapon serial number are not noted in the Missing Air Crew Report 4906.
On August 16, 1944 one of twenty-four B-24s that took off from 5-Mile
Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby at 11:44pm on an individual bombing mission at night against Boram Airfield near Wewak from 6,500' altitude. Weather was 6/10 cloud cover with cumulus clouds.
Over the target, on August 17, 1943 at 2:26am, the formation experienced intense anti-aircraft fire and searchlights and this B-24 suffered a direct hit, causing it to catch fire and crash at Cape Boram. After being hit, it is possible this bomber might have collided with B-24D "Twin Niftys" 42-40348, causing it to also crash.
Postwar, the wreckage of this B-24 was located by a RAAF Searcher Team at Cape Boram at roughly 3.34 143.38. At one time, US Army CILHI coded this crash site "PNG #5".
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Eaton has a memorial marker at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane, WA.
Beverly Rose (sister of Jack W. Eaton)
Missing Air Crew Report 4906 (MACR 4906)
Legacy of the 90th Bombardment Group page 196
"Joe E Brown, the movie comedian, who was in Port Moresby at the end of March  visited the 90th area. As he posed in front of "Yanks From Hell", Joe painted a message to Tojo on one of the bombs
MacArthur's Eagles page 39
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 41-23716 (lists nickname as "Yanks From Hell II")
FindAGrave - Joseph M Casale (photo)
FindAGrave - Richard T. Dodson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Jason V George, Jr
FindAGrave - Valentine B Kane
Oscar Randolph Jordan
Edward S Meding
FindAGrave - Jack William Eaton (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Alfred A Podesta
Harry M Manson
Rupert W Adams
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May 22, 2017