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  B-24D-13-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-23975  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
424th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Russell W. Rowe, O-726482 (MIA / KIA) IN
Crew  2nd Lt. Daniel D. Deuchare, O-662757 (MIA / KIA) FL
Crew  2nd Lt. Charles R. Wade, O-728436 (MIA / KIA) NC
Crew  2nd Lt. Paul C. Crane, O-728256 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew  S/Sgt Kenneth C. McCarthy, 12029541 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Crew  S/Sgt. Elmer J. Beaupre, 16037684 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew  S/Sgt John Stimadorakis, 13029222 (MIA / KIA) PA
Crew  S/Sgt Jack L. Collins, 19054993 (MIA / KIA) MT
Crew  Sgt. James F. Magri, 15101628 (MIA / KIA) OH
Photographer  Unidentified, USN (MIA / KIA)

MIA  February 13, 1943
MACR  559

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Constructors Number 749. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to the South Pacific.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 424nd Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On February 13, 1943 one of six B-24s that took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal as the second wave of a bombing mission against shipping in the Shortland-Buin area. Escorted by 4 P-38s and 7 P-40s (2 P-38s and 3 P-40s abort due to engine trouble).

Over the target at 14,000', the bombers dropped 36 x 1,000 lbs bombs. Only a single hit was scored on a transport, and 8 Zeros were claimed. They reported being attacked by 30 Mitsubishi Zeros and 15 Japanese float-equipped fighters, with support from heavy flak fired by naval vessels below. This B-24 was hit after reaching the target and fell behind and soon afterwards crashed flaming into the sea.

Justin Taylan adds:
"I researched this mission at the Tokyo Defense archives. A total of 39 Japanese aircraft attacked the bomber formation including: 11 Rufes (one aborted) of 802 Kōkūtai, 20 Zeros of the 252 Kōkūtai and 9 Zeros of the 204 Kōkūtai."

Memorials
The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
Guadalcanal and the Origins of the 13th Air Force, page 180-181
Vampire Squadron, page 25-26
Kodochosho, 802nd Kōkūtai, February 13, 1943
Kodochosho, 204th Kōkūtai, February 13, 1943
Kodochosho, 252nd Kōkūtai, February 13, 1943
ABMC lists the date of death of Beaupre as April 13, 1943 [sic]
Stimadorakis is listed as 'Stimadorkis' in some references

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-24

MIAMIA
10 Missing

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