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  B-24J-135-CO "Sleepy Time Gal" Serial Number 42-110120 Number 124
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
530th BS

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380th BG c1944
Pilot  F/O Alan Lindsay Harrison, 408190 (MIA / KIA) Cradoc, TAS
Co-Pilot  W/O Stuart Hugh Davidson, 413969 (MIA / KIA) Tumblong, NSW
Navigator/Bombardier  F/L Alan Arthur Cropley, 416078 (MIA / KIA) Solomontown, SA
Navigator/Bombardier  F/Sgt William Ronald Barber (MIA / KIA)
Engineer   Sgt Frederick William Anstey, 116993 (MIA / KIA) Footscray, VIC
WAG  F/O Donald John O'Dea, 408590 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
WAG  F/Sgt Charles Leslie Wilken, 408448 (MIA / KIA) New Town, TAS
Gunner  F/Sgt James Edward Cook, 429432 (MIA / KIA) Mount Garnet, QLD
Gunner  Sgt Stewart Hugh Jamieson, 36474 (MIA / KIA) Mosman, NSW
Gunner  Sgt Walter James Birfd, 62526 (MIA / KIA) Lane Cove, NSW
Crew  W/O Keith Leonard James Killen, 416861 (MIA / KIA) Brompton, SA
MIA  October 29, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego completed on January 31, 1944. Constructors Number 3916. First flight on January 9, 1944. Accepted to the USAAF on January 10, 1944. Flown to Tucson modification center on February 12. Afterwards to Hamilton Field arriving on April 2, 1944.

Wartime History
On April 21, 1944 took off from Hamilton Field on a ferry flight via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia arriving at Garbutt Field five days later. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 530th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Sleepy Time Gal" with the nose art of w woman yawning. Squadron Number 124. Crew chief MSgt William V. Clarke. First combat mission was May 11, 1944 piloted by Murphy on a bombing mission over Ambon. This B-24 flew a total of 37 missions.

Mission History
On October 29, 1944 took off from Darwin piloted by F/O Alan Lindsay Harrison on a mission against Makassar. The entire crew were members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). During the flight, suffered fuel transfer problems and crashed into the Timor Sea. When this aircraft failed to return, the entire crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the crash. All are memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial. Killen on panel 1. Cropley on panel 6. Harrison and O'Dea on panel 7. Davidson and Barber on panel 8. Anstey, Cook, Bird and Wilken on panel 9. Jamieson on panel 10.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-135-CO Liberator 42-110120
"110120 (530th BS) lost Oct 29, 1944, Timor Sea. Believe ditched due to engine trouble. All aboard lost."
380th BG Data Sheet - B-24D "Sleepy Time Gal" 42-110120 [PDF]
380th BG Mission Record - B-24D "Sleepy Time Gal" 42-110120
RAAF Casualty Card - B-24D 42-110120
CWGC - Alan Lindsay Harrison
CWGC - Stuart Hugh Davidson
CWGC - Alan Arthur Cropley
CWGC - William Ronald Barber
CWGC - Frederick William Anstey
CWGC - Donald John O'Dea
CWGC - Charles Leslie Wilken
CWGC - James Edward Cook
CWGC - Stewart Hugh Jamieson
CWGC - Walter James Bird
CWGC - Keith Leonard James Killen
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
October 21, 2019

 

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