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  B-24D-53-CO "Scrap Iron" Serial Number 42-40384  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
424th BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Jack M. Cobb, O-665966 (survived)
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Carl O. Beisser, O-796647 (survived)
Navigator  2nd Lt. Calvin G. Brown, O-795192 (KIA, BR) Duncan, OK
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Melville G. Brown, O-734417 (survived)
Engineer  T/Sgt John F. Bjornberg, 18041378 (survived)
Asst Engineer  S/Sgt Harley H. Hartwig, 36221778 (survived)
Radio  T/Sgt Oliver Ordway, 39087899 (survived)
Asst Radio  S/Sgt Edward R. Schank, 13113508 (survived)
Tail Gunner  S/Sgt Wilborn L. Craft, 14082111 (survived)
Armor Gunner  Pvt Dale E. Riley, 37131284
(survived)
Ditched  July 7, 1943
MACR  45 and 1487

Crew History
Previously, the crew flew six missions including June 10 Vila, June 14 Kahili, June 20 Nauru, June 21 Ballale and this mission when lost.

AIrcraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-53-CO Liberator serial number 42-40384. This aircraft was a modified D model with a nose turret.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 307th Bombardment Group, 424th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Scrap Iron". When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers a) 42-44611 b) 42-44631 c) 42-44660 d) 42-44807.

Mission History
On July 7, 1943 took off from Carney Field on Guadalcanal at 3:57am on a bombing mission against Kahili Airfield. On the return flight, this B-24 ditched off then northern tip of Santa Isabel in approximately 40' of water at night.

Fates of the Crew
After the ditching, navigator Brown was not seen again, and was possibly killed when the ball turret came loose and struck him. He was never seen again, despite searches by the other crew. The other crew members sustained injuries in the crash. Local people assisted to the crew to safety, and afterwards they returned to the United States.

Recovery of Remains
Brown recovered and postwar transported to the United States for burial.

Memorials
Brown was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Duncan, OK.

Search
Eight B-24s flew search missions to locate this bomber, but achieved negative results.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24D-53-CO Liberator 42-40384
"40384 (307th BG) lost Jul 8, 1943. MACR 45 and 1487"
Missing Air Crew Report 45 (MACR 45)
Missing Air Crew Report 1487 (MACR 1487)
FindAGrave - 2LT Calvin G. Brown (photo, grave photo)

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Last Updated
June 24, 2018

 

Tech Information
B-24

SCUBA
40'

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