|Pilot Captain John N. Barley, O-660619 (survived)
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Evan W. Scott Jr., O-696600 (WIA, evacuated)
Navigator 2nd Lt Francis J. Washington, O-683102 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Bombardier 1st Lt Elden E. Hamilton, O-432880 (MIA / KIA) OH
Engineer T/Sgt Frederick E. Pelegrin, 34276280 (survived)
Asst Engineer S/Sgt William P. Mackosky, 13046899 (KIA, BR) PA
Radio T/Sgt Warren J. Carstens, 18149456 (MIA / KIA) LA
Assist. Radio Sgt Warren R. Brunn, 36809708 (MIA / KIA) WI
Gunner S/Sgt Russell W. Lowery, 32457378 (WIA, evacuated)
Gunner S/Sgt Carmen Barreca, 13044878 (MIA / KIA) PA
Ditched June 9, 1944 at 10:30pm
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army on October 14, 1943. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving around November 25, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP-431335, BP-431438, BP-430834, BP-431455. According to the USAAF Status Card, this B-24 was officially condemned on September 4, 1944.
On June 9, 1944 took off from Hollandia on a bombing mission against Peleliu Airfield. Damaged over the target, it was unable to locate or return to Hollandia due to bad weather and darkness. Ditched into Sissano Lagoon near Tadji at roughly Lat 3.03 Long 142.05.
Pilot John Barley recalls:
"We had run a bombing mission against Palau and been pretty badly hit by Jap fighters and lost a lot of fuel so we were unable to make it back to Hollandia. We ditched at night about 1 mile off shore and then after reaching shore, I found a native who guided me to an Aussie outpost where I was able to secure help since some of the crew members were badly injured. I have news clippings of this whole thing if you are interested."
Fates of the Crew
Four of the crew survived:
Barley, Scott, Pelegrin and Lowery. Two of the crew: Scott and Lowery were wounded and evacuated.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, the remains of Mackosky were recovered. Postwar, his remains were transported to the Philippines for permanent burial.
The missing members of the crew: Washington, Hamilton, Carstens, Brunn and Barreca were officially declared dead on June 10, 1944 and are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Hamilton also has a memorial marker at Saint Bernard Cemetery in Springfield, OH.
Mackosky is buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot C row 4 grave 74.
Missing Air Crew Report 13285 (MACR 13285)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis J. Washington
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Elden E. Hamilton
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William P. Mackosky
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren J. Carstens
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren P. Brunn
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carmen Barreca
2Lt Francis J Washington (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Elden E Hamilton (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Elden E Hamilton (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt William P Mackosky (grave photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Warren J Carstens (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Warren R Brunn (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Carmen Barreca (tablets of the missing photos)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-100180
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February 4, 2018