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

Pilot  1st Lt. Russell W. Rowe, O-726482 (MIA / KIA) Otterbein, IN
Crew  2nd Lt. Daniel D. Deuchare, O-662757 (MIA / KIA) Crawford County, IN
Crew  2nd Lt. Charles R. Wade, O-728436 (MIA / KIA) Raleigh, NC
Crew  2nd Lt. Paul C. Crane, O-728256 (MIA / KIA) Peoria, IL
Crew  S/Sgt Kenneth C. McCarthy, 12029541 (MIA / KIA) Essex County, 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 Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-15-CO Liberator serial number 41-23975. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific 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 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal piloted by 1st Lt. Russell W. Rowe as one of six B-24s on a bombing mission against shipping in the Shortland-Buin area. This bomber was part of the second wave. The formation was escorted by 4 P-38s and 7 P-40s (inbound, 2 P-38s and 3 P-40s abort due to engine trouble).

Over the target at 14,000', the bomber formation dropped 36 x 1,000 lbs bombs. Only a single hit was scored on a transport, and 8 Zeros were claimed as shot down. Over the target, the formation was attacked by 30 A6M Zeros and 15 float-equipped fighters (A6M2-N Rufe), with support from heavy anti-aircraft fire from the ships targeted. This B-24 was hit after reaching the target and fell behind the formation and soon afterwards crashed in flames into the sea.

When this bomber failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Also lost was B-24D 41-23980 (MIA).

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."

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. All are memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

Rowe also has a memorial marker on his parents grave at Pond Grove Cemetery in Medina Township, IN.

McCarthy also has a memorial marker in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

Beaupre also has a memorial marker in Saint Anne Catholic Cemetery in Saint Anne, IL.

Note, Stimadorakis is listed as 'Stimadorkis' in some references
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-15-CO Liberator 41-23975
"23975 (424th BS, 307th BG) lost Feb 13, 1943, Solomon Islands. MACR 561."
Missing Air Crew Report 559 (MACR 559)
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
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Russell W. Rowe
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Daniel D. Deuchare
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles R. Wade
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul C. Crane
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth C. McCarthy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Elmer J. Beaupre date of death listed as April 13, 1943 [sic]
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Stimadorakis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack L. Collins
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James F. Magri
FindAGrave - 1Lt Russell W Rowe (photo, news, obituary tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Russell Rowe (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Daniel D Deuchare (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2LT Charles R Wade (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Paul C Crane (obituary, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Kenneth C McCarthy (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Kenneth C McCarthy (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Elmer J Beaupre (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Elmer John Beaupre (photo, memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt John Stimadorakis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Jack Lewis Collins (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt James F Magri (tablets of the missing photo)

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Last Updated
April 1, 2019


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