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  B-24D-15-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-24044  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
400th BS

Pilot  1st Lt Scott L. Regan, O-437653 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt George D. Kerby Jr., O-662801 (MIA / KIA) MD
Crew  2nd Lt John L. Crane Jr., O-791569 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  2nd Lt Jerome A. Lesser, O-727640(MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  S/Sgt Earl L. Byrd, 14053648 (MIA / KIA) Bryson City, NC
Crew  S/Sgt Albert S. Cowles, 12057523 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew  Sgt Francis L. Fox, 39237912 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  Sgt Clifford S. Low, 19085714 (MIA / KIA) OR
Crew  Sgt Paul C. Vinson, 31108405(MIA / KIA) NH
Crew  Cpl Floyd E. McCallum, 36169194 (MIA / KIA) MI

MIA  January 22, 1943
MACR  15722

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from 5 Mile (Wards Drome) near Port Moresby on a reconnaissance mission over Wewak and to search for the crew of B-24D 41-24101 missing two days earlier. The last radio message received was "intercepted by Zeros". This B-24 was was shot down by A6M2 Zero fighters from the Junyƍ Detachment temporarily based at Wewak Airfield.

Searches
The next day 90th BG B-24s again flew armed reconnaissance over Wewak and searched for Regan's bomber, but failed to locate it.

Memorials
Post war searches failed to locate their remains and they were presumed dead on January 8, 1946. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

Relatives
George Corwin (nephew of Floyd E. McCallum)

Robert Byrd (nephew of Earl L. Byrd)
"If the wreck is ever found my uncle, SSG Earl Byrd would still have his Colt .45 hog leg revolver on him."

References
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator piloted by Regan (does not list serial number)
Wewak - The Early Days by Richard Dunn mentions this loss
The Jolly Rogers, page 195

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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B-24

MIA
MIA
10 Missing

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