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|Pilot F/O Harold A. Thornton, T-223106 (KIA, BR) Southwick, ID
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. William C. Karbach, Jr., O-806457 (KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Navigator 1st Lt. Douglas G. McMillin, O-389311 (KIA, BR) Rossville, GA
Bombardier 2nd Lt Max Rubin, O-739216 (KIA, BR) Dorchester, MA
Engineer T/Sgt Richard W. Corbin, 35387868 (KIA, BR) Akron, OH
Radio S/Sgt Harry H. Reed, 15048811 (KIA, BR) Franklin, KY
Asst Engineer S/Sgt Peter P. Kosciuszek, 31082095 (POW, executed)
Asst Radio S/Sgt. J. D. F. Hawthorne, 34354276 (KIA, BR) Black, AL
Gunner S/Sgt Steve J. Buccia, 35509897 (KIA, BR) New Castle, PA
Photographer S/Sgt Kenneth H. Thoen, 39839148 (POW, executed) CA
Weather Observer Cpl Author H. Gill, Jr. 33587829 (POW, died July 5, 1945) Philadelphia, PA
Crashed July 5, 1944 at 11:00
During May 1944, assigned to the 380th Bombardment Group, 529th Bombardment Squadron at Long Airfield. Nicknamed "Big Chief Cockeye" with the nose art of an Indian's head created by a reclining nude woman on the left side of the nose. On the right side of the nose was a scoreboard with bomb markings indicating missions flown and a aircraft silhouette indicating an enemy aircraft claimed as shot down. Assigned to crew chief MSgt Gilbert N. Murdock. This bomber flew a total of eight missions before being lost.
When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial number 42-40351, 42-86729, 42-36439 and 42-41433. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 6585 (MACR 6585s).
In fact, this B-24 spotted enemy vessels and made a bomb run on the ships. Afterwards, this bomber into a mountain top near Sampala on Ceram at approximately Lat 2° 24' S Long 130 E. Eight of the crew were killed in the crash.
Fates of the Crew
Separated from the other prisoners, Gil was transported via Celebes (Sulawesi), Philippines, Formosa (Taiwan) and finally to Japan and imprisoned at Ofuna Camp. During captivity, he was beaten by his guards with bats and sustained internal injuries and was unable to eat and died of starvation and abuse.
The other eight crew members are buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery at section 2, site: E-293 are Buccia, Corbin, Hawthorne, Karbach, McMillin, Reed, Rubin and Thornton.
Two of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Kosciuszek at Plot P Row 0 Grave 1083 and Thoen at Plot Q Row 0 Grave 858.
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