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  B-24J-125-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-110000  
USAAF
5th AF
22nd BG
408th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Robert C. Stone, O-888789 (MIA / KIA) VA
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Harry G. Franklin, O-747247 (MIA / KIA) MA
Bombardier  1st Lt. Truman T. Henderson (rescued)
Navigator  1st Lt. Carroll G. Henry (rescued)
Engineer  SSgt John R. Clayton (rescued)
Assistant Engineer  Pfc Americo G. Picucci, 12066198 (MIA / KIA) NY
Radio  SSgt Ronald G. Stein, 12062423 (MIA / KIA) NY
Assistant Radio  Sgt James E. Egan, Jr., 11105746 (rescued)
Gunner  SSgt Joseph H. Sharp, Jr., 1301441 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner  Sgt James W. Richmond, 35426861 (survived)
MIA  April 16, 1944 'Black Sunday'
MACR  8378

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-80-CO Liberator serial number 42-100225. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
During March 1944 assigned to the 5th Air Force, 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost engines R-1830-65 serial numbers BP-432840, BP-435163, BP-435551 and BP-428555.

Mission History
On April 16, 1944 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by 1st Lt. Robert C. Stone on a bombing mission against Hollandia. Returning from the mission, the formation encountered a severe weather front. When lost, the weather was heavy clouds and rain with visibility of only 75'. The crew bailed out roughly 20 miles northeast of Bogadjim. When this B-24 failed to return it was was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Fates of the Crew
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Memorials
Stone was officially declared dead on October 10, 1944. He earned the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, posthumously.

Franklin was officially declared dead on February 25, 1946. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously.

Picucci was officially declared dead on February 25, 1946. He earned the Purple Heart, posthumously.

Stein was officially declared dead on March 21, 1946. He earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, posthumously.

The missing crew members are memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.

References
NARA ADD - check survivors to confirm Army SN
MACR 8378 (MACR 8378) created April 19, 1944
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-110000
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert C. Stone
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harry C. Franklin
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Americo G. Picucci
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ronald G. Stein
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Last Updated
August 10, 2019

 

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