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  B-24D-65-CO "Mr. Five By Five" Serial Number 42-40505  
USAAF
5th AF
360th Service Group
CRTC School

Former Assignments
380th BG
531st BS

90th BG
43rd BG

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380th BG c1943

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via Gerald Johnson c1943

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via Teri Knudsen c1943

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Pilot  2nd Lt. Hugh L. Johnson, Jr., O-828444 (MIA / KIA) Montgomery, AL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Byron L. Stenen, O-776106 (MIA / KIA) Northridge, CA
Navigator  2nd Lt. John F. Green, O-20544568 (MIA / KIA) Watertown, NY
Bombardier  2nd Lt. John M. Meisner, O-777903 (MIA / KIA) Pembroke, MA
Engineer  Cpl Michael J. Pushkar, 3387420 (MIA / KIA) Mahanoy City, PA
Gunner  S/Sgt Walter Knudsen, 17029283 (MIA / KIA) Sioux City, IA
Asst Radio  Cpl John A. De Carlo, 12206062 (MIA / KIA) Newark, NJ
Radio  Cpl Robert E. Raney, 35147448 (MIA / KIA) Monon, IN
Gunner  Cpl William G. Mohr, 33874202 (MIA / KIA) Mt. Wolf, PA

Crashed  October 9, 1944
MACR  10020

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego between March 2–13, 1943. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Test flown on March 16, 1943 and received modifications at Tucson on the March 21. Next to Topeka, KS on April 16. Ferried overseas from Hamilton Field departing on May 1, 1943 across the Pacific, then arriving at Amberley Field.

Wartime History
Assigned to 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 531st Bombardment Squadron based at Manbulloo Airfield. Nicknamed "Mr. Five By Five" with nose art of two dice and a figure in a suit. By early December 1943, this B-24 flew 26 combat missions in the New Guinea theater.

On December 11, 1943 transferred to the 90th Bombardment Group. Later, nose turret was installed at the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville. Afterwards, transferred to the 43rd Bombardment Group.

Lastly, assigned to the 360th Service Squadron, CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield. When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers 42-59440, 42-38736, 42-62072, 42-38816.

Mission History
On October 9, 1944 took off at 6:46am from Nadzab Airfield (No. 1) on a local training flight bound for Port Moresby. The weather was overcast at 10,000' with low scattered clouds at 2,500'. This B-24 encountered a thunderstorm and went missing in the Nadzab area.

Wreckage
The crash site was located by two New Guinea villagers, 11 miles south-west of Lae at 7,500' near Buang and Bugiau village. They discovered remains and recovered two dog tags from the wreckage and brought them to the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby during early 2002.

Recovery of Remains
Later during 2002, US Army CILHI interviewed the villagers who turned over the dog tags and made a survey visit to the crash site.

Next, a US Army CILHI team led by Captain Tipton excavated the crash site during January - February 2003 and recovered the remains of nine crew men.

The remains were transported to the CILHI laboratory in Hawaii and identified using mDNA and other forensic tools. DPMO officially announced the crew had been identified in a news release on June 27, 2006.

Captain Paul Madrid, US Army (Repatriation & Family Affairs) adds:
"Between 11 December 2005 to 25 March 2006, representatives from Army Casualty traveled to the homes of representatives of the nine families to present the final identification report. Once each of the families accepted the report - coordination for the interment were made which took place yesterday." [June 27, 2006].

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission and all were memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the recovery of remains, nine of the crew are buried in a group burial at Arlington National Cemetery including DeCarlo, Johnson, Meisner, Pushkar, Green, Knudsen, Mohr, Raney, and Stenen at section 60 site 8334. Three of the crew also have individual burials at Arlington National Cemetery Green at section 60 site 8338. Pushkar at section 60 site 8335. Mohr at section 60 site 8336.

Johnson also has a memorial marker at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Geneva, AL.
Raney also has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery section 60 site 8334.
Knudsen also has a memorial marker at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA near his parents grave.
Raney also has a memorial marker at Monon Cemetery in Monon, IN.

Relatives
Terri Knudsen (niece of Knudsen)

References
Missing Air Crew Report 10020 (MACR 10020)
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-40505
CILHI site numbers PP01-003 and PP-00254
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hugh L. Johnson Jr.
"2LT Johnson's remains have been recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Byron L. Stenen
"2LT Stenen's remains have been recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John F. Green
"2LT Green's remains were recovered and identified. His name permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John M. Meisner
"2LT Meisner's remains were recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Michael J. Pushkar
"CPL Puskhar's remains have been recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Walter Knudsen
"SSGT Knudsen's remains have been recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John A. De Carlo "His remains were recovered."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert E. Raney
"CPL Raney's remains were recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William G. Mohr
FindAGrave - 2Lt Hugh L Johnson, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Hugh L Johnson, Jr (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Hugh L Johnson, Jr (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut Byron L. Stenen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Byron L Stenen (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut John F Green (group burial photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John F Green (group burial photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Lieut John M. Meisner (group burial photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt John M Meisner (group burial photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Michael J. Pushkar (group burial photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Michael J Pushkar (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Walter Knudsen (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Walter Knudsen (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Sgt Walter Knudsen (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Corp John A DeCarlo (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Robert E Raney (group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Robert E. Raney (memorial marker Arlington photo)
FindAGrave - Corp Robert E. Raney (memorial marker Monon photo)
FindAGrave - Corp William G Mohr (grave photo, group burial photo)
FindAGrave - Corp William G. Mohr (grave photo)
DPMO "Nine airmen missing in action identified and are being returned to their families" June 27, 2006
380th BG Association - B-24D 42-40505 Data Sheet

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February 4, 2018

 

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