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  B-24D-130-CO "Dumbo" Serial Number 42-41085  
USAAF
13th AF
307th BG
370th BS

Pilot  Captain Samuel T. Gregory
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt George H. Nelson (WIA during ditching)
Navigator  1st Lt David E. Parker
Bombardier  1stLt. Harry A. Sterkel
Crew  TSgt William G. Harden
Crew  TSgt David L. Cox
Crew  TSgt Wilbur E. Morgan
Crew  TSgt David W. Timpe (WIA during ditching)
Crew  TSgt Arthur J. McCurry (WIA during ditching)
Crew  TSgt C. Baker
Crew  Sgt Robert Madden

Ditched  July 1, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 307th Bombardment Group, 370th Bombardment Squadron. Nicknamed "Dumbo".

Mission History
Took off from Carney Field on a mission. Ditched off the south coast of Choiseul Island. The crew survived the ditching and proceeded to a small island nearby.

Rescue
The next day, VP-24 PBY Catalina piloted by Lt. R. A. Melrose rescued the crew.

Jim Sawruk adds:
"One thing I did notice is that 'Hardin' is spelled 'Harden' on the rescue list while the squadron photo list has him as Hardin."

References
Thanks to Jim Sawruk and Ewan Stevenson for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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