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  B-24D-105-CO "Flamingo" Serial Number 42-40848  
USAAF
14h AF
308th BG
373rd BS




USAAF July 29, 1945

Pilot  Captain William Chenowith (KIA, BR) NJ
Co-Pilot  Major Edward G. Schultz (KIA, BR)
Observer  1st Lt. Hsu Tung Chow, CAF (KIA)
Navigator  Lt Clune J. Clifford (survived)
Bombardier  Lt Donald B. Duffey (survived)
Engineer  TSgt Charles P. Yelton (survived)
Radio  TSgt Russell A. Giles (survived)
Assistant Engineer  SSgt Edward Pawlick (survived)
Assistant Radio  SSgt Milton A. McGee (survived)
Armorer  SSgt Max C. Elder (survived)
Armorer SSgt Francis J. Meaney
(survived)
Crashed  July 29, 1943 at 4:30pm
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 1925. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas to China.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 14th Air Force, 308th Bombardment Group, 373rd Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Flamingo". No Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) was created for this loss.

Mission History
On July 29, 1943 took off on a bombing mission against the dockyards at Hong Kong. Over the target, the formation encountered anti-aircraft fire but no enemy fighters. This B-24 made three bomb runs over the target before releasing their bombs.

was testing a new retractable turret and caused excess drag and caused the bomber to run out of fuel near Yangkai roughly 25 miles from base.

Pilot Chenowith ordered the crew to bail out. Inside th cockpit, the observer, Chinese Air Force 1st Lt. Hsu Tung Chow accidentally opened his parachute and was trapped inside. In an effort to save him, the two pilots attempted to make a force landing into a rice paddy, but the B-24 landed too fast, impacted a burm and killed all three on impact.

Fates of the Crew
The other seven crew members bailed out and landed safely. While bailing out, Giles struck his head on the back edge of the escape hatch and suffered a severe gash. On the ground, the surviving crew found each other by 10:00pm and returned to base.

After the crash, the remains of all three were recovered and transported to Kunming. After the crash, 373rd Bombardment Squadron personnel were sent to locate the crash site and crew aboard two trucks. A Chinese farmer directed them to the site.

Wreckage
This B-24 landed into a rice paddy and crashed into an earthen burm, crushing the nose section and center section. The tail section was intact.

Glenn Roberts via 308th Bomb Group's Stories "The Fate of Flamingo' and Friendlin' recalls:
"Our flight engineer, T/Sgt. "A.T." Hill and I (Glenn) volunteered to go along and jumped onto the first truck. A Chinese farmer directed us to the crash site. The plane was a mess. When the plane struck the dike, the nose of the plane had been driven back so hard that there was absolutely nothing left, forward of the wing. The inertial effect of the impact had cause things to break loose throughout the fuselage and fly forward. The bodies of Captain Chenoweth, Major Shultz and the Chinese pilot were removed and taken to Kunming. Hill and I were directed to remove the two waist guns, load them onto the truck, then remain at the site that night and stand guard, for fear that the local people might start taking things from the ship. When it got dark, it was an eerie feeling to be there. We were nervous and all night long, jumped at any little sound. We hadn’t eaten since noon and were hungry but wouldn’t go inside the plane to search for any K rations. Hill had half a pack of cigarettes which we had smoked by around 9:00 PM. It was a very long night. The next morning we thought they would never send a truck to bring us back to Yangkai."

Memorials
After the recovery of remains, the deceased crew members were transported to the United States for permanent burial. Schultz is buried at Arlington National Cemetery at Section 12, site 3126

References
308th Bomb Group's Stories "The Fate of Flamingo' and Friendlin' by Midge Meaney
EarlyAviators.com - Edward Fraf Schultz

FindAGrave - Edward Graf Schultz
FindAGrave - Edward G Schultz (Arlington grave photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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