|Pilot 1st Lt. Robert W. Laurie, O-795410 (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot F/O Percy Donack, T-60908 (KIA, BR)
Navigator 2nd Lt. George R. Brinker, O-691710 (KIA, BR) KY
Engineer Sgt Harold H. Santarelli, 31166334 (KIA, BR)
Radio S/Sgt Joseph A. Piszczek, 6980430 (KIA, BR) WA
Passenger S/Sgt Armand D. Cingranelli, 6980430 (KIA, BR) Rome, NY
Passengger Sgt Carl F. Tomlinson, 18020142 (KIA, BR) OK
Crashed March 12, 1944 at 21:00 hours
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 12, 1944 took off from Garbutt Airfield near Townsville at approximately 2:30pm on a flight bound for Port
Moresby arriving at 8:00pm in darkness during a blinding rainstorm. The pilot found
the area closed in by weather, and began circling looking for
an opening. In touch with the tower, he made two approaches, but was too high each time. The
pilot was last heard
to said "I see the runway" but crashed at 9:00pm near
Burns Peak into a valley near Port
Moresby, killing everyone aboard on impact.
the late 1990's this area was blasted for a highway road cut, for a highway connecting Port
Moresby. The area where the wreck was located
but it is suspected the wreckage disappeared or was scrapped around that time.
Bruce Hoy recalls:
a small valley to the right that can be seen from the road leading
up to Burns Peak, is the remains of this B-24, but I think nothing
now remains of that. I took some 5th AF veterans to the site (I seem to recall them as being from the 22BG – the same group that 42-100205 was assigned) during which I managed to identify the wreck as being 42-100205. The serial number was on a bomb shackle which I brought back to the museum. It was raining when I took the veterans there and it was only through the shackle being wet that the numbers were visible. When the shackle dried out, the numbers disappeared."
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, their remains were transported to Hawaii and the United States for permanent burial.
Piszczek is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at section E site 418.
Cingranelli is buried at Saint Johns Cemetery in Rome, NY.
Brinker is buried at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, KY.
Tomlinson is buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose, CA.
The other crew burials are unknown, presumably in private cemeteries in their hometowns.
Piszczek (son of Joseph Piszczek)
"My father, SSgt Joseph Piszczek, was the radio operator on the flight. He is not listed in the [MACR] because he was a last-minute substitution for someone else. The bodies of the entire crew, including my father's, were recovered from the wreckage within a couple of days of the crash, but I understand the plane itself was simply abandoned."
Missing Air Crew Report 15323 (MACR 15323)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-100205
FindAGrave - Armand Cingranelli (grave photo)
FindAGrave - George R Brinker (grave photo)
Joseph A Piszczek (grave photo)
Carl F Tomlinson (grave photo)
Thanks to Bruce Hoy for additional information
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July 7, 2018