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  B-24D-40-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-40230  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
424th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Don F. Hathaway, O-663906 (MIA / KIA) Coffeeville, KS
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Walter G. Dowie, O-668217 (MIA / KIA) IA
Navigator  1st Lt. Herman Levy, O-794148 (MIA / KIA) PA
Bombardier  2nd Lt. George J. Strzelecki, O-731430 (MIA / KIA) IL
Engineer  TSgt Glenn H. Barnard, 14078029 (MIA / KIA) TN
Asst Engineer  SSgt Melvin J. Robertson, 13072445 (MIA / KIA) MD
Radio  TSgt Joseph E. Lauve, 34290148 (MIA / KIA) LA
Asst Radio SSgt Thomas G. Curry, 38035287 (MIA / KIA) TX
Gunner  SSgt Jack A. Fournier, 19095372 (MIA / KIA) WA
Tail Gunner  SSgt Francis J. Murphy, 36253570 (MIA / KIA) WI

MIA  July 6, 1943 at 6:58 aprox
MACR  45A

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 424th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. When lost, engine R-1820-43 serial numbers 1) 42-43681 2) 42-43611 3) 42-43627 4) 42-43815.

Mission History
On July 6, 1943 took off from Carney Airfield on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield on Bougainville. After dropping bombs, the formation left the target area on a south-westerly course, to avoid anti-aircraft defenses in the Shortlands area and flew down the west coast until halfway between Shortland and Treasury Island Group, then east towards Choiseul.

This bomber was attacked by enemy aircraft and turned out of formation. It was observed to continue to follow the formation for a time, and then was lost form sight. It was not seen to go down.

Search
The next day, two B-24s from the same squadron were sent out to search for the missing bomber. One searching Malaita Island and the other searching the San Cristobal area. Both reported nothing.

Memorials
Declared dead January 11, 1946. The entire crew is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-40-CO Liberator 42-40230
"40230 (307th BG, 424th BS) shot down by fighter near Treasury Islands, Solomons Jul 6, 1943. 10 KIA. MACR 45A."
Missing Air Crew Report 45A (MACR 45A)
Diary of Oscar C. Fitzhenry - July 11, 1943
"Have had no word form Hathaway on his crew"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Don F. Hathaway
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Last Updated
June 25, 2018

 

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