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|Pilot F/O Carl
A. Nelson (survived) Emporia,
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. John H. Pfieffer (survived) Cunberland, MD
Navigator 2nd Lt. Alexander E. Nagy (survived)
Bombardier 2nd Lt. Wilbert Alwedt (survived)
Gunner TSgt Troy W. Selvey (survived)
Gunner TSgt Lucian I. Oliver, 14070201 (survived) Memphis, TN
Gunner SSgt Warren Brooks (survived)
Gunner SSgt Anthony Cantazaro (survived)
Gunner TSgt Paul Barbus (survived)
Force Landed October 18, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego at a cost of $297,627. Delivered to the U. S. Army on May 26, 1943. Flown overseas to Australia, arriving on July 14, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On October 18, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby piloted by F/O Carl A. Nelson armed with 100 pound bombs on a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. The formation included B-24 Liberators from the 43rd Bomb Group, 90th Bomb Group and 380th Bomb Group. Due to bad weather, the formation bombed the the alternate target, Hoskins Airfield. Damage was noted as one small lugger sunk in harbor and a large column of smoke and a fire in target area.
Returning, this B-24 ran low on fuel approaching the coast of northern New Guinea. Pilot Nelson ordered the crew to bail out, while he and co-pilot Pfieffer force landed the bomber onto a flat grassy area west of Gona that proved to be a sago swamp.
The next day, three B-24's (two from the 64th Bombardment Squadron and one from the 63rd Bombardment Squadron) located the crashed bomber and the crew. From the air, they dropped supplies to the crew. Afterwards, the crew was led to friendly forces and returned to duty.
Pilot Nelson flew his next combat mission on October 29, 1943. On November 21, 1943 TSgt Oliver was killed as the radar operator/gunner aboard B-24D 42-40886 on a night radar search mission over Wewak.
John Douglas visited the crash site in 2000:
Justin Taylan visited the crash site on September
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