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  B-24D-130-CO Liberator Serial Number 42-41066  
USAAF
5th AF
43rd BG
403rd BS

Pilot  1st Lt. Paul S. Lamos, Jr., O-663527 (MIA / KIA) IL
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Kenneth G. Bennett, O-743164 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator  2nd Lt. Stanley J. Bucki, O-804929 (MIA / KIA) PA
Observer  1st Lt. Clarence J. Fisher, O-664752 (MIA / KIA) TX
Engineer  F/O Gilbert H. Grey, T-190829 345th BG, 498th BS (MIA / KIA) CA
Asst Engineer  TSgt Lester E. McMinis, 34307188 (MIA / KIA) NC
Asst Engineer  SSgt George H. Lewis, 17046360 (MIA / KIA) MO
Radio  TSgt Charles J. Zipay, 13100382 (MIA / KIA) PA
Asst Radio
 SSgt Steven J. Chernek, Jr., 36126118 (MIA / KIA) MI
Gunner  
SSgt Jack Lattman, 32429542 (MIA / KIA) NY
Gunner  SSgt Hammond A. Rhodes, 34425668 (MIA / KIA) MS

MIA  October 2, 1943 at 4:07am
MACR  798

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered by the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 403rd Bombardment Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. When lost, engines R-1830-43 serial numbers 42-88740, 41-88707, 42-88793 and 42-87217. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 798.

Wartime History
On October 2, 1943 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby on weather reconnaissance mission over Wewak. Aboard was observer 1st Lt. Clarence J. Fisher from the 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron. This B-24's last reported position by radio was approximately Lat 7° 42' S Long 142° 30' E over Gulf Province.

Search
After this bomber was reported missing, an aerial search was flown over the southern coast of New Guinea, over the route this B-24 was to have flown, but no sightings were made.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on October 3, 1944. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Rhodes also has a memorial marker at Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka, MI.

References
Missing Air Crew Report 798 (MACR 798) incorrectly notes the surnames of "Lemos" and "Zipsy"
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41066
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul S. Lamos Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Kenneth G. Bennett
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley J. Bucki
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clarence J. Fisher
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gilbert H. Grey
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lester E. McMinis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - George H. Lewis
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles J. Zipay
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Steven J. Chernek, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Jack Lattman
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hammond A. Rhodes
FindAGrave - 1Lt Paul S Lamos, Jr (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Kenneth G Bennett (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Stanley J Bucki (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - 1Lt Clarence J Fisher (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - FLtOff Gilbert H Grey (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - TSGT Lester E Mcminis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt George H Lewis (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - TSgt Charles J Zipay (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Steven J Chernek, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Jack Lattman (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SSgt Hammond A Rhodes (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Hammond A. Rhodes (memorial marker photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Steven J Chernek, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Hammond A. Rhodes (memorial photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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