|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
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 400th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
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 Junyō Detachment temporarily based at Wewak Airfield.
The next day 90th BG B-24s again flew armed reconnaissance over Wewak and searched for Regan's bomber, but failed to locate it.
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.
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."
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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February 4, 2018