|Pilot 1st Lt. George F. Moznette, Jr (MIA / KIA, BR) GA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Malcolm D. Frankel, Jr., O-662552 (MIA / KIA) KY
Navigator 2nd Lt. Charles L. Seymour (MIA / KIA, BR) Los Angeles, CA
Bombardier 1st Lt. James R. Carringer, Jr. (MIA / KIA, BR) NJ
Special Intel Officer Captain John D. H. Hoyt (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew SSgt Don Harp (MIA / KIA, BR) TX
Crew Sgt Dalton E. Bowman (MIA / KIA, BR) TX
Crew Sgt William W. Johnston (MIA / KIA) New York, NY
Crew Pvt Frank M. Favia (MIA / KIA) Hillsborough County, FL
Passenger Major Johnathan E. Coxwell, O-388654 (MIA / KIA) MT
Crashed January 8, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 724. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as a B-24D Liberator serial number unknown.
Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 372nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On October 24, 1942 took off from Hamilton Field piloted by 1st Lt John D. Nichols Jr. with co-pilot 2/Lt Charlton Cuppernell, bombadier 2/Lt James R Carringer, navigator Capt Phillip A Kreig, engineer S/Sgt Don Harp, radio ): T/Sgt Vern H Tyrrell, assistant engineer Sgt Bernard J Forand, assistant radio operator S/Sgt Vance E Gilson, tail gunner Pfc Francis P McNamara and passenger Col William A. Matheny on a flight to Hickam Field as part of Operations Order #109 as part of the original cadre of the 307th Bombardment Group.
On January 8, 1943 took off
from Barking Sands Airfield on a training flight leading a mock attack against Pearl Harbor on Oahu. This B-24 crashed two miles off Barking Sands on Kaui (Kauaʻi). Afterwards, this B-24 was officially condemned on January 27, 1943.
That morning, B-24 "Super Man" took off on a search mission for this missing bomber. While flying at 15,000' they spotted the B-24 offshore underwater.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, the remains of five of the crew were recovered and buried in Hawaii and postwar permanently buried in the United States.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Five of the crew remain listed as Missing In Action (MIA) including Frankel, Hoyt, Johnston, Favia
are memorialized at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the court of the missing, court 7.
Four of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Moznette at plot Q, grave 384. Seymour at plot O, grave 112. Carringer at plot: A, gave 940. Bowman at plot N, grave 84
Harp is buried at Edgewood Cemetery in Crystal, TX.
Frankel also has a memorial marker at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville KY at section N. Hoyt also has a memorial marker at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. The inscription reads: "Air Corps US Army. Killed in performance of his duties in the Pacific Theater."
Previously, Coxwell earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his role flying B-17 Flying Fortress missions during the Battle of Midway.
Jonathan Coxwell (son of Johnathan E. Coxwell)
"My Father, Major Jonathan Coxwell, was commander of the 372nd squadron before his death in Jan 1943. Just prior to his death he received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Adm Nimitz for his part in the first raid on Wake Island. The scottie dog that is depicted on the squadron patch belonged to my mother and father and traveled with them all over central america prior to the Pearl Harbor. My father was flying sub patrols at the time I think in B-17s. I have a children's book written and illustrated by my grandmother about that dog but it was never published. I also have a water glass with the insignia on it. I was born just a few weeks after the death of my father, but still remember the dog being in the house when I was very young. Information about my father's military service has been very difficult to find. My son, Mark Coxwell, has been the most successful in finding bits and pieces on the web. If you have any information about the 307th Group and the 372 Squadron (especially early information from pre 1943) I would appreciate it. Also please copy my son."
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC) - B-24D 41-23929
Some sources incorrectly state the serial number of this bomber as “41-2329" or "41-24329" both are incorrect.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16218 was created retroactively circa 1945-1946 does not list the serial number and misspells the names of three of the crew: "Cominger" [sic, Carringer], "Dalton D. Newman" [sic, Dalton E Bowman] and "William W Johnston" [sic, William W. Johnson]
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-13-CO Liberator 41-23929
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Malcolm D. Frankel Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John D. H. Hoyt
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William W. Johnston
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank M. Favia
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Johnathan E. Coxwell
FindAGrave - 1LT George F Moznette, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Malcolm D Frankel, Jr (court of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2LT Malcolm David Frankel, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Charles L Seymour (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 1LT James R Carringer, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave -Capt John D H Hoyt (court of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt John D H Hoyt (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSGT La Don Harp (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Dalton E Bowman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt William W Johnston (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Pvt Frank M Favia (courts of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Maj Jonathan E Coxwell (photos, court of the missing)
Unbroken pages 82-83
"Coxwell had barely made it past takeoff. He had cleared the runway, turned and slammed into the water. Several crewmen had survived the crash and tried to swim to land, but sharks had found them. The men were Louie [Zamperini] wrote in his diary, 'literally ripped to pieces.'... They were buried in the cemetery in Honolulu, joining the men killed at Pearl Harbor."
B24BestWeb - 307th Bomb Group - 372nd Bomb Squadron - Patch Description by Jonathan Coxwell
Syracuse.com "CNY pilot killed in plane crash flew to honor father, who died flying B24 in WWII" July 11, 2017
Associated Press (AP) "Man killed in crash was inspired to fly by WWII hero father" July 11, 2017
"[On July 4, 2017] 74-year-old Jonathan Coxwell died July 4 when his single-engine plane crashed in a farm field in his hometown of Remsen. The cause is under investigation. The architect received his pilot’s license in 1967. He was inspired to fly by his father, an Army Air Force bomber pilot during WWII with the same name. The elder Coxwell died when his B-24 bomber crashed after takeoff on a training flight in Hawaii in 1943. His son was born a few months later."
Thanks to Bob Livingstone and Pete Johnston for additional information.
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February 4, 2018