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  B-24J-90-CO "Ole Tomato" Serial Number 42-100291  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
33rd BS


22nd BG c1944


22nd BG c1944

Pilot  1st Lt Donald White, O-802505 (KIA, BR) Los Angeles, CA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Alonza Theodore Rountree, Jr., O-693592 (MIA / KIA) VA
Navigator  1st Lt William R Brown, O-687985 (MIA / KIA) PA
Bombardier  1st Lt. Joe A. Coronado, O-679608 (MIA / KIA) CO
Radio  SSgt John T Hooks, 34353560 (MIA / KIA) GA
Engineer  TSgt Wayne W. Shaw, 38141106 (KIA, BR)
Assistant Engineer  TSgt Arthur K. Miller, Jr., 17078124 (MIA / KIA) NB
Gunner  SSgt Raymond Schutrum, 32138272 (MIA / KIA) Rochester, NY
Gunner  SSgt William C. Steele, 33057730 (MIA / KIA) PA
Observer  1st Lt. Nathaniel Heyward Ball, O-803129 (KIA, BR) VA

Crashed  September 1, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 3440. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-90-CO Liberator 42-100291. Ferried overseas by pilot Robert Carpenter via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia arriving at Garbutt Field then to Charters Towers.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 33rd Bombardment Squadron during February 1944.

On March 10, 1944 this B-24 flew its first combat mission piloted by Ralph E. Mehlhorn on a mission against Lugas Plantation.

On March 11, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Cape Moem near Wewak and experienced anti-aircraft fire and was intercepted by enemy fighters and claimed a "Zero" [sic Oscar] shot down and sustained damage. Aboard, one crew member was wounded but the bomber returned safely. Afterwards, a bomb indicating a mission flown, a purple heart for the wounded crew member and a Japanese flag for the victory claim were added to the scoreboard on the right side of the nose.

On March 21, 1944 took off piloted by Dial on a bombing mission against Kairiru Island.

On March 23, 1944 took off piloted by Evans on a bombing mission against Awar Airfield.

On March 30, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Cyclops Airfield.

On April 2, 1944 took off piloted by Shelton on a bombing mission against Hansa Bay.

On April 3, 1944 took off piloted by Hoefgen on a bombing mission against Cyclops Airfield.

On April 4, 1944 took off piloted by Gemmel on a bombing mission against Boram Airfield.

On April 5, 1944 took off piloted by Burkey on a bombing mission against Hollandia.

On April 8, 1944 took off piloted by Sewell on a search mission over the Bismarck Sea.

On April 9, 1944 took off piloted by Wallin on a bombing mission against Hansa Bay.

On April 16, 1944 "Black Sunday" took off piloted by Lanphere on a bombing mission against Hollandia.

On April 21, 1944 took off piloted by Shelton on a bombing mission against Ali Island.

On April 22, 1944 took off piloted by Sewell on a bombing mission against Boram Airfield.

On April 23, 1944 took off piloted by Shelton on a bombing mission against Wewak.

On April 27, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Boram Airfield.

On April 28, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Sarmi.

During May 1944, nicknamed "Ole Tomato" with nose art of a blonde nude woman painted by Sgt Charles Chestnut. This nose art was painted over an olive drab rectangle, possibly over top prior artwork.

On May 1, 1944 took off piloted by Evans on a bombing mission against Wakde Island and Wewak.

On May 15, 1944 took off piloted by Kindig on a bombing mission against Maffin Airfield.

On May 16, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Wakde Island.

On May 17, 1944 took off piloted by DeRoche on a bombing mission against Biak Island.

On May 22, 1944 took off piloted by Mehlhorn on a bombing mission against Biak Island.

On May 27, 1944 took off piloted by Nunn on a bombing mission against Biak Island.

On May 29, 1944 took off piloted by Henry on a bombing mission against Mokmer Airfield.

On June 3, 1944 took off piloted by Hoefgen on a bombing mission against Sarmi.

On June 11, 1944 took off piloted by Nunn on a bombing mission against Sorido Airfield.

On June 13, 1944 took off piloted by Lint on a bombing mission against Peleliu.

On June 20, 1944 took off piloted by Nunn on a bombing mission against Noemfoor Island.

On June 27, 1944 took off piloted by Rock on a bombing mission against Soroei village.

On July 1, 1944 took off piloted by Gemmill on a bombing mission against Kamiri Airfield.

On July 26, 1944 took off piloted by Rock on a bombing mission against Ransiki Airfield.

On July 27, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt Donald White on a bombing mission against Miti Airfield.

On August 16, 1944 took off piloted by Louis A. Perraud on a bombing mission against Miti Airfield.

On August 28, 1944 took off piloted by Chaplain on a bombing mission against Point Victoria.

On August 29, 1944 took off piloted by Bell on a bombing mission against Basile Bay.

Mission History
On September 1, 1944 took off piloted by 1st Lt Donald White on a bombing mission against Matina Airfield near Davao on Mindanao. Over the target, hit by an anti-aircraft phosphorus shell. The explosion killed all aboard and caused the bomber to crash.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of White, New, Shaw and Ball were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Rountree, Brown, Coronado, Hooks, Miller, Schutrum, and Steele remain Missing In Action (MIA). All seven are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the recovery of remains, White was buried at Manila American Cemetery at plot N, row 16, grave 150. The remains of New, Shaw and Ball were temporarily buried at Manila American Cemetery then transported to the United States for permanent burial in their home states.

New was buried in 1948 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at section T, site 131.
Shaw is buried at Concord Cemetery in Quitman, TX at plot 123.
Ball is buried at Strawberry Chapel Cemetery in Berkeley County, SC.

References
Previously, Schutrum was rescued from B-25G Mitchell 42-64868 on July 28, 1943.
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Wayne W. Shaw
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Raymond Schutrum
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-90-CO Liberator 42-100291
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald W. White
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Alonza T. Rountree Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William R. Brown
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joe A. Coronado
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John T. Hooks
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arthur K. Miller Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond Schutrum
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William C. Steele
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Nathaniel H. Ball
FindAGrave - 1Lt Donald W White (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Alonza Theodore Rountree, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 1Lt William R Brown (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Joe A Coronado (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt John T Hooks (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - TSgt Arthur K Miller, Jr (tablets of the missing, news articles)
FindAGrave - Wayne Wheeler Shaw (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Chester B New (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Raymond Schutrum (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt William C Steele (tablets of the missing photo)
USAAF Nose Art Research Project - Ole Tomato B-24J-90-CO 42-100291

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