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  B-24D-130-CO "Weezie" Serial Number 42-41081  
USAAF
5th AF
5th BC

Former Assignments
90th BG
320th BS

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90th BG c1943

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Bruce Hoy c1980

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Justin Taylan 2000

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Daniel Leahy 2005

Pilot  2nd Lt Robert E. Allred, O-679012 22nd BG, 19th BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Fort Des Moines, IA
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt Raymond J. Geis, Jr., O-815308 345th BG, 499th BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Navigator  2nd Lt Keith I. Holm, O-752491 22nd BG, 19th BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Evertt, WA
Passenger  S/Sgt Robert C. Thompson, 34394642 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) AL
Passenger  Sgt Clint P. Butler, 6939262 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Little Rock, AR
Passenger  Sgt Stanley C. Lawrence, 20656522 38th BG, 822nd BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Eau Claire, WI
Passenger  Capt Charles R. Barnard, O-734785 43rd BG, 64th BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Wadsworth, OH
Passenger  Sgt Charles Samples Jr., 15069733 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Swithers, WV
Passenger  2nd Lt Stanley G. Gross, O-744980 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Chicago, IL
Passenger  T/4 Joseph E. Kachorek Jr., 33170120 U.S. Army, 5th Field Hospital (MIA / KIA, BR) Milwaukee, WI
Passenger  2nd Lt Charles R. Steiner, O-749103 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Navarre, OH
Passenger  Cpl Joseph B. Mettam, 39109096 345th BG, 500th BS (MIA / KIA, BR) Selam Beach, CA
Passenger  2nd Lt Melvin F. Walker, O-737508 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Racine, WI
Passenger  Pfc Carlin E. Loop, 37495005 U.S. Army, 565th Signal Air Warning Battalion (MIA / KIA, BR) Salina, KS
Passenger  2nd Lt Emory C. Young, O-811487 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Good Hope, IL
Passenger  First Sgt Harold T. Atkins, 19018763 U.S. Army, 670th A-A MG Battery (MIA / KIA, BR) MT
Passenger  First Sgt Weldon W. Frazier, 6282510 U.S. Army, 665th A-A MG Battery (MIA / KIA, BR) Palestine, TX
Passenger  SSgt Thomas Carpenter Jr., 7080836 USAAF, 5th BC (MIA / KIA, BR) Georgiana, AL
Passenger  SSgt Frank Ginter, 20283103 U.S. Army, 102nd A-A Arty Battalion (MIA / KIA, BR) Buffalo, NY
Passenger  SSgt William M. Shrake, 35092402 USAAF (MIA / KIA, BR) Mooresville, IN
Passenger  SSgt John J. Staseowski, 31007362 38th BG (MIA / KIA, BR) Holyoke, MA
Passenger  2nd Lt Harvey E. Landrum, O-679759 71st TRG, 82nd TRS (MIA / KIA, BR) TX

Crashed  March 22, 1944
MACR  4090

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego at a cost of $297, . Constructors Number 2158. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 90th Bombardment Group, 320th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Weezie" (with quotations around the nickname). The tail was painted with the group's "Jolly Rogers" motif on the tail of a white skull with crossed bombs.

This B-24 was likely retired from combat and according to the Missing Air Crew Report 4090 assigned to 5th Bomber Command replacement center (V Bomber Command Repl Center) based at 7 Mile Drome.

When lost, engines R-1830-42 serial numbers a) 42-89550 b) 42-87462 c) 42-36724 d) 42-87484. Weapon serial numbers not noted in Missing Air Crew Report 4090 (MACR 4090).

Mission History
On March 22, 1944 took off from 7 Mile Drome (Jackson) near Port Moresby on a courier flight bound for Nadzab Airfield. Aboard were three crew and nineteen passengers. Over the Owen Stanley Mountains, this B-24 crashed into Mount Thumb, killing everyone aboard on impact. When this B-24 failed to arrive it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Search
On March 27, 1944 search aircraft flew between 7 Mile Drome to Hood Point and Dobodura looking for this B-24, with nil results.

Wreckage
During the early 1980s, the crash site was discovered by bird hunters including Bobie Fekima from Manumu village. The crash site was reported to the PNG Museum Modern History Department curator Bruce Hoy who in turn reported the site to U. S. Army CILHI.

Remains Recovery
During April 23-29, 1982, the crash site was investigated by U. S. Army CILHI led by Col. Rosenberg with Sgt David Kelly and Sgt Jay Warner plus PNG Museum Bruce Hoy and Charlie Obi. During the investation, remains recovered. Later these remains were identified and returned to the United States for permanent burial.

For the PNG Museum, one of the tail stabalizers with "241081", a piece of the nose with shark mouth plus other smaller artifacts including an unopened bottle of Quink Ink, hair oil, flying jackets, parachute, binoculars, pens, watches, bayonets, four Colt .45 pistols, and a 50 calibre machine gun without its barrel were recovered for the museum's collection.

On July 2, 1983, Bruce Hoy and Peap Tomon from the PNG Museum plus author Susan Sheehan flew by helicopter to the crash site and camped at site. The following day while showing Susan around the crash site, Bruce Hoy observed additional human remains at the site and collected them. Later, these remains were turned over to U. S. Army CILHI.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All were memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

After the 1982 recovery of remains, the crew was permanently buried in the United States.
Allred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at Section V grave 931-B.
Geis at Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Highwood, IL.
Holm has a memorial marker at Kimball Cemetery in Kimball, NB.
Thompson is buried at Roopville City Cemetery in Roopville, GA.
Butler at Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, AL at plot 15A grave 268.
Lawrence has a memorial marker at Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire, WI
Barnard has an unknown burial in the United States.
Samples at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA at section 12, site 8206.
Gross is buried at Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Highwood, IL.
Kachorek has an unknown burial in the United States.
Steiner is buried at Union Lawn Cemetery in Navarre, OH.
Mettam at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA at plot P grave 2905.
Walker has an unknown burial in the United States.
Loop was buried on March 5, 1983 at Gypsum Hill Cemetery in Salina, KS at plot: Blk 18, Lot 13, Space 01B
Young is buried at Good Hope Cemetery in Good Hope, IL at section 8.
Atkins has a memorial marker at Carrington Cemetery in Carrington, ND
Frazier is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Oakwood, TX.
Carpenter at Oakwood Cemetery in Georgiana, AL.
Ginter has an unknown burial in the United States.
Shrake at Centerton Cemetery in Centerton, IL.
Staseowski has a memorial marker in Holyoke, MA .
Landrum was buried on February 5, 1983 at Kilgore City Cemetery in Kilgore, TX at plot A.

The graves of the other crew members are unknown, presumed to be in private cemeteries in the United States.

Display
After the recovery of remains, Bruce Hoy created an exhibit about this B-24 at the PNG Museum displayed in the indoor gallery. The display including the upper portion of the tail stabilizer with the U. S. Army serial number "241081" and the 90th Bombardment Group motif and artifacts recovered from the site displayed in the indoor gallery.

Bruce Hoy adds:
"The tail on display in Port Moresby off 42-41081 is not the original tail off that aircraft. One can still discern the original serial number under '241081' the numerals of which are not painted in the same manner as the usual military method of painting serial numbers. The entire tail unit has been replaced off another B-24, a slightly newer example. A photograph of the tail on its original aircraft taken in flight has been published in at least one book. 2nd Lt Harvey E. Landrum was an unmanifested passenger listed as AWOL and carried thus for years. I am not certain if there was an amendment to his records which stated that he may have been on 42-41081, so you would need to see his casualty file as well as the MACR. His remains were designated X19A. He may have been buried in Kilgore, Texas, as this is where his parents lived and died. His sister moved into her parent's house, and the Army only found her as she had not got around to changing the telephone listing, as her father's name was also Harvey."

References
Missing Air Crew Report 4090 (MACR 4090)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) lists "remains recovered" for each crew member. Barnard's date of death is incorrectly listed as July 22, 1944.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41081
Bruce Hoy Diary - March 15, 1982
Bruce Hoy Diary - March 16, 1982
Bruce Hoy Diary - March 17, 1982
Bruce Hoy Diary - March 18, 1982
Bruce Hoy Diary - April 2, 1982
A Missing Plane by Susan Sheehan details the history, discovery, recovery and identification of the crew
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert E. Allred listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Raymond J. Geis, Jr. listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Keith I. Holm listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert C. Thompson listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Clint P. Butler listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley C. Lawrence listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles R. Barnard listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles Samples Jr. listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley G. Gross listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph E. Kachorek Jr. listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles R. Steiner listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph B. Mettam listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Melvin F. Walker listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Carlin E. Loop listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Emory C. Young listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harold T. Atkins listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Weldon W. Frazier listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Thomas Carpenter Jr. listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank Ginter listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William M. Shrake listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John J. Staseowski listed as "remains recovered"
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Harvey E. Landrum listed as "Landrum's remains have been recovered and identified. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial."
FindAGrave - Robert Edward Allred (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Raymond J. Geis, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Keith Truman Holm (grave photo, photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Charles R Barnard
FindAGrave - 2Lt Stanley G Gross (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Charles Robert Steiner
FindAGrave - 2Lt Melvin F Walker
FindAGrave - Emory C Young
FindAGrave - 1Sgt Harold Atkins (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Harold T Atkins (photo, memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Sgt. Weldon Walker Frazier
FindAGrave - Thomas Jiles Carpenter, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt Frank Ginter (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - William M. "Billy" Shrake (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SSgt John J Staseowski (memorial marker)
FindAGrave - Sgt Robert Charles "Charlie" Thompson (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Clint P. Butler, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Clint P. Butler, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Sgt Stanley Charles Lawrence (tablet of the missing)
FindAGrave - Stanley C. Lawrence (memorial marker) date incorrectly listed as Mar. 21 1944
FindAGrave - Charles Samples, Jr (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Charles R Barnard (tablets of the missing photo) date incorrectly listed as Jul. 22, 1944
FindAGrave - Tec4 Joseph E Kachorek, Jr (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Joseph B Mettam (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Melvin F Walker (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - PFC Carlin E Loop (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Carlin E Loop (grave photo)
FindAGrave - 2Lt Harvey E Landrum (news paper article, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Lieut Harvey E Landrum, Jr (grave photo)
Associated Press (AP) "Bodies of 22 U. S. Soldiers Finally Located" by Christopher Connell December 7, 1986
Thanks to Bruce Hoy, Bobie Fekima and Niki Bobie additional information

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