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  B-24D-10-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-23890 Number 25
USAAF
11th AF
28th BG
404th BS

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USAAF c1943

Pilot  Major Frank T. Gash, O-396440 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Urban A. Faulstich, O-739658 (MIA / KIA) MS
Navigator  2nd Lt. Harry S. General, O-740643 (MIA / KIA) MA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Michael Haberern, O-733047 (MIA / KIA) CT
Engineer  TSgt John L. Gannaway, 6823599 (MIA / KIA) AR
Radio  TSgt Clifford F. Smith, 39238461 (MIA / KIA) CA
Asst. Radio  SSgt Leon Abramchik, 32411098 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  SSgt Ben P. Colecchi, 33296475 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radar  Sgt William A. Wreath, 39084979 (MIA / KIA) MN
Mechanic-Gunner  Sgt Homer R. Simmons, 6833445 (MIA / KIA) IL
Photographer  TSgt Walter S. Feuer, 6907972 (MIA / KIA) NY

Crashed  September 11, 1943 at 2:10pm
MACR  3263

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 685. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) and ferried to Alaska.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 11th Air Force, 28th Bombardment Group, 404th Bombardment Squadron. Aircraft Number 25 painted in large digits on both sides of the nose. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers 42-41379, 42-59839, 42-41162 and 42-59324. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 3263.

Mission History
On September 11, 1943 took of from Attu Airfield (APO 729) on Attu Island leading a bombing mission against the Kashiwabara staging area on the northeast tip of Paramushiru island in the Kurle Islands. Weather was ceiling and visibility unlimited (CAVU).

Over the target, the formation made a south to north bombing run from 18,600'. After releasing their bombs, the formation turned to the south and departed over Arahata Cape and descended. Five minutes after the bombing run at 8,000', the bombers were intercepted by Japanese fighters. This B-24 was shot in the no. 1 engine and caused the bomber to begin loosing speed.

Damaged, the rest of the formation escorted this bomber to sea level, but enemy fighters concentrated on this B-24 and knocked out the no. 3 engine and the tail gunner was observed to still be firing even after the bomber crashed into the sea. The B-24 crashed at approximately fifty miles east of Arahata Cape on Paramushiru island and was observed by two crew members aboard another bomber.

During the crash, the nose was observed to cave in, the fuselage buckled at the bomb bay and both wings broke off. The enemy fighters were observed to strafe the wreckage after the crash. When this B-24 failed to arrive the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing. Wreath on court 5. Gash, Faulstich, General, Feuer, Haberern, Gannaway, Smith, Abramchik, Colecchi, Simmons and Feuer at court 7.

Gash also has a memorial marker at Liberty Veterans Cemetery in Fresno, CA in section D.
Haberern also has a memorial marker at East Cemetery in Manchester, CT in section veteran.
Wreath also has a memorial marker at Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar, MO.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 3263 (MACR 3263)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank T. Gash
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Urban A. Faulstich
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry S. General
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael Haberern
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John L. Gannaway
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clifford F. Smith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leon Abramchik
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ben P. Colecchi
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William A. Wreath
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Homer R. Simmons
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter S. Feuer
FindAGrave - Maj Frank T Gash (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Frank Taylor Gash, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Urban A Faulstich (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Harry S General (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Michael Haberern (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Michael M. Haberern (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt John L Gannaway (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Clifford F Smith (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Leon Abramchik (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Ben P. Colecchi (photo, courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt William A Wreath (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - William Andrew Wreath (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Homer R Simmons (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Walter S Feuer (courts of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
April 6, 2018

 

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