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|Pilot Captain Andrew J. Hughes, O-663916 (MIA / KIA) NM
Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Ashley F. Pritchard, O-736350 (MIA / KIA) NY
Navigator 1st Lt. Claude C. Talley, Jr., O-667451 (MIA / KIA) TN
Nav-Observer 2nd Lt. Orval G. McBride, O-683267 (MIA / KIA) MT
Bombardier 1st Lt. Lawrence Lipps, O-730801 (MIA / KIA) NY, NY
Engineer T/Sgt William J. Lilley, 19096201 (MIA / KIA) WA
Asst Engineer S/Sgt Albert R. Harmon, 14073998 (MIA / KIA) NC
Radio T/Sgt Norman J. Fritz, 31067096 (MIA / KIA) CT
Asst Radio S/Sgt Kristjan T. Vivatson, 37291830 (MIA / KIA) ND
Gunner S/Sgt Charles M. Higgs, 34350913 (MIA / KIA) GA
Gunner S/Sgt William C. Trout, 13043012 (MIA / KIA) MD
MIA December 4, 1943 at 1000
By the time the bomber returned to the formation, they started their bomb run, and experienced accurate anti-aircraft fire. Another B-24 crew reported that this bomber was hit between the cockpit and #2 engine, smoked and caused it to dive to the left of the formation. Two crew were seen to parachute from the bomber when it initially hit and went into the dive. One landed south of Chabai, the other in the Chabai area.
The B-24 leveled out over Bonis, and was now emitting gray smoke from either the #2 engine or fuselage but no fire was seen. Four or five more crew bailed out. One landed on the northern shore the others in the sea. The B-24 headed over the sea and went into a vertical dive and crashed nose first, two miles off the northern coast of Bougainville at roughly 5 degrees 23' S 154 degrees 47' E.
The next day, two B-24s from the 31st BS also search, but found nothing. They flew the following route: past Savo Island, to the Manning Straight and up the north coast of Choiseul, then over the north-east coast of Bougainville. Circled crash area twice at 40-100' then returned via the same route.
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