|Pilot James H. Dienelt, O-023999 (MIA / KIA) DC
Co-Pilot Lt John B. Payne Jr., O-734130 (MIA / KIA) FL
Crew 2nd Lt. Joseph A. Donovan, O-734322 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew SSgt Bernard Greenfield, 12148026 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Sgt William J. Kelly, 37285165 (MIA / KIA) ND
Crew TSgt Clarence A. Nevill, 34263296 (MIA / KIA) GA
Crew SSgt Carl A. Ochala, 16100376 (MIA / KIA) IL
Crew 2nd Lt. John A. Palmer, O-796587 (MIA / KIA) NY
Crew Pvt Donald D. Russell, 19088599 (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew TSgt Alvin J. Schulte, 37418570 (MIA / KIA) IA
Crew SSgt Emil F. Vanek, 17030755 (MIA / KIA) NB
Radar Sgt Joseph Holohan, 412532 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Kogarah, NSW, Australia
Crashed June 11, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego between March 1-12, 1943. Constructors Number 1577. First flight on March 16. Accepted by the USAAF on March 18, 1943. Modified at Tucson on March 25, then to Topeka, KS on April 16. Had RCM ferret set installed.
Departing Hamilton Field on April 23 on a ferry flight overseas, arriving at Amberly Field near Brisbane on April 29, 1943. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 531st Bombardment Squadron based at Manbulloo Airfield. Nicknamed "Careless".
Took off from Manbulloo Airfield on its first combat mission over Koepang. After dropping their bombs, this B-24 was intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down over the Timor Sea. It was followed down by Lieutenant A.V. Connary in another bomber, but no trace of any survivors could be found. Reported to have exploded on
impact with the sea.
Three searches were made, two by the 380th Bomb Group and one by 18 N.E.I.
Squadron. All searches proved negative results. In the opinion of the
Commanding Officer 380th Bomb Group, the crew have
lost their lives.
Holohan is memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial, panel 10. The rest of the crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Australian National Archives - Sgt Joseph Holohan Casualty
380th BG Association - B-24 42-40500 (photos and status card)
Other sources spell nickname as "Care Less"
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January 5, 2018