|Pilot Captain Leroy D. Cunningham, O-431945 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Richard P. Hjorth, O-730120 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator Captain James M. Everly, O-728365 (KIA) Cardin, OK
Bombardier Captain Maynard P. Johnson, O-663272 (KIA, BR) Rockford, IL
Engineer T/Sgt Michael B. Ludwig, 39181211 (MIA / KIA) Canes, WA
Radio T/Sgt Vincent J. Pizzoferrato, 15071556 (MIA / KIA) Canton, OH
Asst Gunner S/Sgt Leo J. Kennedy, 20121839 (MIA / KIA) MA
Asst Radio T/Sgt Kenneth H. Pershke, 13040925 (KIA, BR) Bradford, PA
Gunner S/Sgt Eldred W. Stafney, 37281162 (MIA / KIA) ND
Observer 2nd Lt Pu Shi Ping, Chinese Air Force (MIA / KIA)
Crashed September 15, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
Assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 373rd Bombardment Squadron.
Nicknamed "Daisy May". When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers a) 42-59108 b) 42-59436 c) 42-59282 d) 42-38254.
On September 15, 1943 one of five B-24s that took off from Yangkai Airfield at 1:05pm on a bombing mission against a cement plant north of Haiphong near Hanoi. While on the bomb run at 12,000', the bombers were intercepted by 50+ fighters.
This bomber was shot down by enemy fighters. It turned over on its back and crashed into the Bay of Tonkin (Tongking). Also lost were B-24D "Temptation" 41-24129 and B-24D "Mohawk" 42-40786.
Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of two of the crew were recovered: Johnson and Pershke and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
The missing crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Postwar, two of the crew were recovered and are buried in the United States. Johnson is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 12, site 3066. Pershke was buried in 1952 at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon Township, PA.
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR)
Note, some references incorrectly state this B-24 was nicknamed "Daisy Mae"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) -
Leroy D. Cunningham
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Richard P. Hjorth
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James M. Everly
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael B. Ludwig
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Vincent J. Pizzoferrato
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leo J. Kennedy
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Eldred W. Stafney
FindAGrave - Capt Leroy D. Cunningham (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Maynard P. Johnson (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Kenneth Herman Pershke (burial record)
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January 5, 2018