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|Pilot Lt. Raymond W. Prince (KIA, BR)
Crew 2nd Lt Thomas L. McConnell, O-736281 (KIA, BR) KS
Crew 2nd Lt Arnold H. Recknagel, O-667430 (KIA, BR) MI
Crew 2nd Lt. Louis Z. Orihuela (KIA, BR) FL
Crew James L. Taylor (KIA, BR)
Crew TSgt Dayle C. Potter, 16028767 (KIA, BR) IL
Crew Sgt Emery E. Jacaway, 16054655 (KIA, BR) IL
Radio/Gunner Sgt Warren S. Ryan (KIA, BR) Milwaukee, WI
Crew Delvan E. Hazelrig (KIA, BR)
Crew Pvt William Rothman (KIA, BR)
Crew Peter J. Tenorella (KIA, BR)
Crashed July 10, 1943
Recovery of Remains
Three of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). McConnell at Plot B, Row 0 Grave 1195. Recknagel at section B site 652. Jacaway at section N site 65.
The other four crew: Prince, Hazelrig, Rothman and Tenorella are presumed to be buried in private cemeteries in their hometowns.
"While I was at the Vila War Museum, the curator, told of us a 'B-17' that had recently been found. He offered to take us there for $50. As it was a long hike, we set out early the next morning. We started on a grassy plain and started up a jungle trail alongside a small stream at the base of the ridge.
The first thing we saw was a crumpled supercharger from one of the engines about 2500 feet away from the main crash site. It appeared that the rains had flushed a number of parts down the ridge and some pieces had been thrown clear on the initial impact. As we hiked up a 50 to 70 degree incline for the next hour, we saw various pieces of fuselage. We then ran across one of the landing gear.
We finally reached the site and saw a large piece of fuselage, the waist section, pointed straight down into the ground. There was numerous live .50 cal rounds scattered about. You could still make out the American star on the port side. A little further away was a number of bent propeller blades and the tail section. On this tail section in yellow letters about 5 inches high was the number '240640'.
After rummaging around, we found a single .50 cal machine gun in a very rusted state without the barrel. Sections of wing and the elevators were also about. It was a great experience and the highlight of my sail across the South Pacific."
During the 2003 RAMSI operations in Solomon Islands, Australian
Defense Force soldiers visited the crash site. They recovered one 50 caliber
machine gun from the site and transported it to GBR at Honiara. Later, it was donated to the Solomon
During the 2003 RAMSI operations in Solomon Islands, Australian Defense Force soldiers visited the crash site. They recovered one 50 caliber machine gun from the site and transported it to GBR at Honiara. Later, it was donated to the Solomon Islands Museum.
Barrancas National Cemetery Pensacola Escambia County Florida, USA Plot: 20, 0, 5
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