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  B-24D-65-CO "Kathy" Serial Number 42-40517  
USAAF
5th AF
380th BG
531st BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Benjamin D. Parker, O-439661 (MIA / KIA) NH
Co-Pilot  1st Lt. Leo H. Welter, O-731710 (MIA / KIA) WI
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Jack E. Corey, O-733535 (MIA/ KIA) CA
Navigator  2nd Lt. Herbert W. Field, O-735986 (MIA / KIA) KS
Engineer  TSgt Earl A. Jeanson, 37160349 (MIA / KIA) MN
Radio  Pvt Daniel Soloway, 12057307 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  Stanley C. Rumburg (KIA, BR)
Gunner  SSgt Donald E. Brown, 18044647 (MIA / KIA) AZ
Gunner  SSgt William L. DeLauter (KIA, BR) PA

Crashed  June 15, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego during March 4-16, 1943. Constructors Number 1594. First flight March 18, 1943. Delivered to the U. S. Army on March 19, 1943. Flown to the Tucson, AZ modification center on March 24, 1943. To Topeka, KS on April 15, 1943. Departed Hamilton Field on April 29, 1943 and ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia. Arrived at Amberly Field near Brisbane on May 4, 1943.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 380th Bombardment Group, 531st Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Kathy". Assigned to air crew 31. In total, this B-24 flew a total of four combat missions in Australia and New Guinea before being lost. Officially, stricken from charge on July 13, 1943.

Mission History
On June 15, 1943 took off piloted by Parker on a bombing mission against enemy shipping in Simpson Harbor near Rabaul. Returning, this B-24 suffered a mid-air collision with B-24D “Dauntless Dabby” 42-40528 and crashed into Teak Bay near Rigo. The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Recovery of Remains
The bodies of two of the crew: DeLauter and Rumburg were recovered and buried in New Guinea. Postwar, they were exhumed and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Seven missing crew members are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

DeLauter is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 34, site 2324.
Rumburg's burial is unknown, but presumed to be a private cemetery in his hometown.

References
380th BG Association - B-24D "Kathy" 42-40517
380th BG Association - B-24D "Kathy 42-40517 - Mission Record
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Benjamin D. Parker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Leo H. Welter
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack E. Corey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Herbert W. Field
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald E. Brown
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl A. Jeanson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Daniel Soloway
FindAGrave - William L Delauter (grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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