Albert A. Turner (survived)
Co-Pilot Lt. Warren Lanz (survived)
Bombardier Lt. Ludlow Miller (survived)
Navigator Travis Gibertson (survived)
Engineer John Bartell (survived)
Radio Fred A. Taylor, Jr. (survived)
Asst. Radio Paul L. Meyers (survived)
Nose Gunner Lee W. McGown (survived)
Ditched October 28, 1943
Built by Consolidated at San Diego a cost of $297,627. Delivered to the US Army on July 17, 1943. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia arriving on September 28, 1943.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On October 28, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on reconnaissance mission over the Solomon
Sea, passing over the New Britain coastline and bombing Gasmata. Returning, this B-24 ran
into bad weather over the Owen Stanley Mountains and instead diverted towards Milne Bay. The same bad weather made a landing
impossible, so this B-24 turned westward bound for Port Moresby, but ran out
of fuel and ditched into Mullins
All the crew survived and deployed the life rafts and were
assisted ashore by native people. The next day, a U. S. Navy PBY Catalina arrived and rescued the entire crew.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-24D Liberator 42-41217
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January 5, 2018