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  C-87A-CF Liberator Serial Number 41-24174  
USAAF
ATC
Air Transport Command

Pilot  Major Francis E. Savage, O-725534 (HQ USAAF Pacific) (MIA / KIA) Sherman, TX
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Jack M. West, O-671718 (86th CMS) (MIA / KIA) IL
Navigator  Major Archibald D. Anderson, O-429261 (HQ USAAF Pacific) (MIA / KIA) CA
Radio  TSgt Steve Geist, 11029853 (HQ FEAAF) (MIA / KIA) NY
Engineer  MSgt Douglas Anderson, 6931667 (HQ FEAAF (MIA / KIA) KS
Asst Engineer  Pfc Arthur Ofner, 17076366 (HQ USAAF Pacific) (MIA / KIA) MS
Passenger Lt. General Millard Fillmore Harmon, O-3406 HQ, USAAF Pacific (MIA / KIA) NJ
Passenger Brig General James R. Andersen, O-16407 (USAAF) (MIA / KIA) Racine, WS
Passenger  Col William Bell, O-017876 (USAAF) (MIA / KIA) Washington, DC
Passenger  TSgt Charles McInerney, 31033584
(HQ USAAF Pacific) (MIA / KIA) MA
MIA  February 26, 1945
MACR  12769

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated Ford. Constructor Number 969. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-87A-CF Liberator Express serial number 41-24174.

Wartime History
Assigned to Air Transport Command (ATC). No known nickname or nose art.

Passengers
Lt. Gen. Millard F. Harmon was commanding general of the AAF/POA (7th Air Force) and and Deputy Commander of the 20th Air Force. On March 2, Major General Willis H Hale, AAFPOA deputy commander for operations, assumes Harmon's positions. Depot Field on Guam was renamed "Harmon Field" in his honor. Decorations: Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, British Most Honorable Order of the Bath, French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star.

Brigadier General James R. Andersen, served as a staff officer in strategic planning during World War II, with assignments in Washington, D.C. and the Pacific. In 1944, as a colonel, he went to Hawaii as the chief of staff, Headquarters Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Area (AAF/POA). He was the principal planner for the move of the headquarters to Guam, which was accomplished in January 1945. Andersen was promoted to Brigadier General that same month. On Guam, North Field renamed "Andersen Field" in his honor.

Mission History
On February 26, 1945 took from Guam on a flight bound for Hawaii transporting senior staff for prepare for a high-level meeting about plans for the campaign against Japan. Weather was reported as broken clouds at 3,000' - 6,000'. The first leg of the flight to Kwajalein was successful. The aircraft was lost at sea between Kwajalein and Hawaii.

Last contact was by radio at 12:15 with Sgt Stanley H. Long, reporting the aircraft's position as 11° 15' north, 174° 15' east.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on February 26, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

References
Consolidated C-87A-CF Liberator Express 41-24174
Missing AIr Crew Report 12769 (MACR 12769) does not list engine serial numbers of this aircraft and incorrectly lists McInerney as 'McInery'.

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Last Updated
August 12, 2018

 

Tech Information
C-87

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