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|Pilot 1st Lt. William A. Rutledge, O-373011 (KIA, BR) Sharpsburg, IA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Don Boyd Smith, O-793188 (POW, survived)
Navigator 2nd Lt. Robert F. Powers (POW, survived) OK
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Richard G. Warren, O-728525 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Engineer S/Sgt Robert L. Corbin, 35112852 (MIA / KIA) IN
Radio Sgt Donald M. Slemmons, 36331069 (KIA, BR)
Asst Radio S/Sgt Arvid J. Stomberg, 36324975 (MIA / KIA) IL
Asst Engineer S/Sgt Wilbur H. Willis, 6392822 (MIA / KIA) NC
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Jay N. Hawe (POW, survived)
Observer 2nd Lt. Cheng C. Wang, Chinese Air Force (fate unknown)
Crashed September 15, 1943
When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers a) 42-41851 b) 42-42218 c) 42-43960 and d) 42-43013. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 12001.
While on the bomb run at 12,000', the bombers were intercepted by 50+ fighters.
This bomber was hit over the target by fighters, causing an engine to be feathered an engine and flew along with the formation for a few minutes and then turned north. Most of the crew bailed out and were strafed in their parachutes, and some were never seen again.
Fates of the Crew
Powers bailed out and landed near Slemmons, who died of internal injuries from an improperly fitted parachute and died of his wounded at 22:00. Warren was wounded in the leg and bailed out and was slightly wounded, but was not seen again. Corbin was wounded and unconscious, but alive. Smith bailed out and was picked up by the French. Smith pulled his chute and dropped him out the bomb bay, this was the last time he was seen. Eillis parachuted out apparently unhurt, but was never seen again.
The surviving crew were held as POWs and Powers, Hawe and Smith were liberated at the end of the war from Malaya POW Camp Malay 6-104 and returned to the United States.
Arvid Stomberg was declared dead on May 14, 1946.
MIA / POW
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