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  B-24D-20-CO "Seafood Mama" Serial Number 41-24219  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
321st BS

Pilot  2nd Lt. Herman L. Richardson, O-522725 (KIA, BR) TX
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. William F. Munzinger, O-794843 (KIA, BR) Rochester, NY
Crew  2nd Lt. Francis H. Paronto, O-740268 (KIA, BR) WaKeeney, KS
Crew  2nd Lt. Henry W. Schnelle, O-734750 (KIA, BR)
Crew  TSgt Ralph W. Schooley, Jr., 39240499 (KIA, BR) CA
Crew  SSgt John M. Donley, 39173318 (KIA, BR) OR
Crew  TSgt John Medovic, 35512039 (KIA, BR) OH
Crew  SSgt Joseph D. Oden, 18043601 (KIA, BR) AZ
Crew  SSgt Walter J. Stankiewicz, 13100130 (KIA, BR) PA
Crew  SSgt Philip F. Sabra, 11050895 (KIA, BR)

Crashed  July 12, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 321st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Seafood Mama" with the nose art of a mermaid holding an aerial bomb in her left hand.

Mission History
On July 12, 1943 took off Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Rabaul. Over the target, shot down by enemy fighters off the Gazelle Peninsula.

Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, the remains of the crew were located in November to December 1944 and were buried in the USAF Cemetery at Soputa on December 18, 1944.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew were transported to the Philippines and United States for permanent burial.

The following crew members were transported to the Philippines for burial at Manila American Cemetery. Richardson at plot L row 17 grave 31. Paronto at plot A row 12 grave 121. Schnelle at plot A row 6 grave 165. Schooley at plot B row 6 grave 109. Donley at plot N row 4 grave 36. Medovic at plot A row 14 grave 189. Oden at plot A row 1 grave 189.

The following crew members were transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Stankiewicz is buried at Holy Family Cemetery in Sugar Notch, PA.
Munzinger is buried at Long Island National Cemetery at plot H, grave 8625.
Sabra is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at plot 34, site 4782.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herman L. Richardson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis H. Paronto
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Henry W. Schnelle
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ralph W. Schooley Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John M. Donley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John Medovic
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph D. Oden
FindAGrave - 2Lt Herman L Richardson
FindAGrave - Lieut William F Munzinger (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Francis Holmes Paronto
FindAGrave - 2Lt Henry W Schnelle
FindAGrave - TSgt Ralph W Schooley, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Walter J Stankiewicz
FindAGrave - Philip F Sabra (grave photo)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24 Liberator 41-24219 lists location as "Kosirova"

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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