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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Earl B. Johnson, O-735385 (KIA, BR) Pasadena, CA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Thomas H. Chambers, O-797468 (POW, survived) Paterson, NJ
Navigator 2nd Lt. Jack D. Quarant, O-797390 (POW, survived) New York, NY
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Joseph R. Manella, O-734953 (POW, survived) Milford, MA
Engineer T/Sgt Earl S. Vann, 34305605 (POW, survived) Murfreesboro, NC
Radio T/Sgt Herschell R. Nelson (KIA)
Asst Engineer S/Sgt Abe Trachtenberg, 13081374 (POW, survived) Ashley, PA
Ball Turret/Radio S/Sgt William L. Lambert, 33212423 (KIA, BR) Pulaski, VA
Waist Gunner S/Sgt Paul Cybowski, 32554616 (MIA / KIA) S. Plainfield, NJ
Tail Gunner S/Sgt Frank D. Robbins, 37219214 (KIA, BR) Wichita, KS
Crashed September 15, 1943 at 2:30pm
Pilot Johnson was dead in cockpit, by attacks by enemy fighters. Gunner Robbins, Cybowski, Nelson and Lamber were killed by enemy fighters. The dead crew members were buried by the French officials near Haiphong, on the day of the crash.
Several of the crew bailed out including: Manella who exited the nose wheel door, Tractenberg out the bomb bay. Chambers was badly wounded.
Fates of the Crew
Quarant and Manella were initially picked up by the French and taken to a hospital in Hanoi along with Stomberg a crew member from B-24D "Temptation" 41-24129. The crew were imprisoned in Hanoi and interrogated by the Japanese, who showed the survivors a photo of Robbins, Nelson and said he was dead.
The surviving crew members were liberated at the end of the war and returned to the United States. Van, Manella, Chambers and Quarant were liberated from Malaya Camp #5 Malay Peninsula 6-104. Manella was hospitalized at Walter Reed Hospital and debriefed by intelligence on October 1, 1945.
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