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  B-24D-145-CO "Heaven Can Wait" Serial Number 42-41216  
USAAF
5th AF
90th BG
320th BS

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USAAF c1943

Pilot  1st Lt Herbert G. Tennyson O-745216 (MIA / KIA) KS
Co-Pilot
 2nd Lt Michael J. McFadden O-806878 (MIA / KIA) NE
Bombardier  
2nd Lt Thomas V. Kelly Jr O-752864 (MIA / KIA) CA
Navigator
 2nd Lt Donald W. Sheppick O-808158 (MIA / KIA) PA
Engineer
 T/Sgt Edward Gorvetzian 32618088 (MIA / KIA) NY
Radio
 T/Sgt Eugene J. Oarrigan 32662082 (MIA / KIA)
Radio
 T/Sgt Walter W. Graves, 17129162 (MIA / KIA) KS
Gunner  T/Sgt Walter W. Graves, 17129162 (MIA / KIA)
Gunner  S/Sgt Donald W. Burd, 12162694 (MIA / KIA) NJ
Gunner  S/Sgt Eugene A. Reinhardt, 35671016 (MIA / KIA) OH
Gunner  S/Sgt Paul W. Martin, 37181162 (MIA / KIA) MS
Photographer  S/Sgt John W. Emner Jr., 37021765 (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  March 11, 1944
MACR  16272

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. 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 "Heaven Can Wait" with nose art of a cartoon style women in a cocktail dress with angle wings and a halo. This B-24 operated from Dobodura during late 1943 flying bombing missions over New Guinea.

Mission History
One of six B-24s that took off on a bombing mission against Wewak. Over the target, an under cast interfered with bombing but a total of 48 x 1,000 pound bombs were dropped, some falling near an anti-aircraft position, causing a small secondary explosion. Anti-aircraft ire was spasmodic, as the gunners were firing through the same under cast. Returing to base, this B-24 flew directly into an intense box barrage over Awar Point near Hansa Bay and went down in smoke.

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

Resources
90th BG History: Frame 1226 40085
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41216

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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