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  B-24D-85-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-40671  
USAAF
5th AF
43rd BG
64th BS

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U. S. Army July 11, 1943

Pilot  1st Lt Walter C. Hammond, O-793325 (KIA, BR) NY
Co-Pilot 
2nd Lt Robert F. Johnston (KIA, BR)
Bombardier  2nd Lt Harry C. Shannon (KIA, BR) Brookline, PA
Navigator  2nd Lt. Arthur N. Zuckerman (KIA, BR)
Radio  T/Sgt William E. Guinn (KIA, BR) GA
Engineer  T/Sgt Hartsill C. Rasor (KIA, BR)
Assistant Radio  S/Sgt Glenn E. Slettin (KIA, BR)
Assistant Engineer  S/Sgt Dominick T. Rossi (KIA, BR) NY
Gunner  S/Sgt Jeremiah S. Connolly (KIA, BR)
Gunner  S/Sgt Daniel M. Costello
(KIA, BR)
Crashed  July 11, 1943
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 11, 1943 took off from7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby on a bombing mission against Rabaul. Shortly after take off, this B-24 spun in from 2,000' and crashed in a field near the Rigo Valley near 17 Mile and the 2/9 Australian General Hospital (AGH). The entire crew was killed in the crash.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered and temporarily buried in Port Moresby.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Postwar, the remains of the crew were transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Two of the crew are buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). Rasor at plot F, grave 126. Rossi at plot B grave 352.
Two of the crew are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Johnston at section 12, grave 4756. Connolly at section 34 site 3996.
Hammond is buried at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY at plot H, grave 7877.
Zuckerman is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA at plot C, row 0, grave 46.
Guinn is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Blue Springs, TN in the old section.
Shannon was buried on March 26, 1948 at Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA at Division 3, Section N.
Costello is buried at Saint Joseph New Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.
The grave of Slettin is unknown, presumably he is buried in a private cemetery in his hometown.

References
Note, some sources state this B-24 was nicknamed "Double Trouble".
History 43rd Bombardment Group, serial number confirmed frame 632 A0556
History 8th Service Group "crashed near 101st CAA at Fort Nub missing Arcadia Hill near old Death Valley."
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-40671
Accident Report 42-40671
FindAGrave - Walter C Hammond (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert F Johnston (grave photo)
FindAGrave - LTJG Harry C. Shannon (grave photo, obituary)
The Pittsburgh Press "Obituary Lt. Harry C. Shannon" March 26, 1948, page 27
FindAGrave - Arthur M Zuckerman (grave photo)
FindAGrave - William E. Guinn (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Hartsill C Rasor (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Dominick T Rossi (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Jeremiah S Connolly (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Daniel M. Costello
KensMen.com - Looking for a Lost Crewmate? - Crew of Double Trouble

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May 24, 2018

 

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