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  B-24D-20-CO "Daisy May" Serial Number 41-24218  
USAAF
14th AF
308th BG
373rd BS

MIA
USAAF c1943

MIA
USAAF c1943

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
MACR  11907

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
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.

References
Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 11907
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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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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